#BMWPhillyAm Qualifying: Burlington - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 11, 2021

#BMWPhillyAm Qualifying: Burlington

Seese shoots par for medal at Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.J. – For the first time since 2004, Sean Seese didn’t make an appearance in a GAP event last season.

Seese made up for the time away in a big way Tuesday. The Huntingdon Valley Country Club standout carded an even-par 70 to take low honors in BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifying at beautiful Burlington Country Club (par 70, 6,550 yards).

“It feels great to be back,” said Seese, a member of HVCC’s BMW GAP Team Matches squad who reached the Division AA Playoffs last weekend.

When all was said and done, the cut line for the field of 136 hopefuls stopped at 4-over 74 on the day, meaning 37 players advanced to the championship proper.

An ideal weather setting for Tuesday’s morning wave let scores flirt with par before the afternoon wave endured its fair share of wind gusts. Seese was the only player who managed to stay level.

Starting on Burlington’s back side, Seese hopped on a roller coaster ride featuring birdies and bogeys, mixed in with a pair of pars. Seese started the day with a wedge dart to 15 feet on No. 10 (par 3, 133 yards) before making the birdie to begin. After a bogey on the par-4, 350-yard 11th, another birdie dropped on No. 12 (par 3, 150 yards) from 18 feet. After bogeys on three of four between Nos. 14-17, Seese bounced back with a red number before the turn on No. 18 (par 4, 320 yards). His wedge approach there left just four feet, which he made with confidence.

“It’s always good to start the day with a birdie. But I had some mistakes mixed in there at the start. It wasn’t easy out there,” said Seese, 37, of Rydal, Pa.

After making the turn at 1 over, the steady Seese wanted to pick things up a bit for his second nine. He did just that, starting on No. 1 (par 4, 415 yards). His perfected drive led to a wedge approach that kicked up to 15 feet and the putt for 3 was made. A bogey wiped that one out immediately on No. 2 (par 3, 208 yards ). However, a birdie got him back to even on the dogleg left No. 3 (par 4, 400 yards) when a 20 footer found the bottom of the cup. It all added up to the day’s battle-tested low round, and a medal honor for Seese.

“Tight golf course. This is a place you’ve got to hit it good. You can’t spray it around here and get away with it,” said Seese. “The greens were pure as heck. I thought I could make anything I looked at because they were rolling that great. And I made some good ones today.”

Last February, “just a few weeks before the world shut down due to COVID-19′, Seese switched wealth management companies. After moving over to Rockefeller Capital Management, he turned his attention to his new role for most of 2020 without a full slate of playing opportunities on the table. However, golf still remained in the cards — just not the GAP Qualifying circuit. Seese has been a mainstay on GAP Major tee sheets for most of the past decade, so he’s ready to return to those days.

Today’s #BMWPhillyAm Qualifying event marks the first of four this season. The next Qualifying opportunity comes at Elkview Country Club (May 19), followed by Running Deer Golf Club (May 22), and Heidelberg Country Club (Heidelberg Country Club).

The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is GAP’s premier individual championship. Participants must first advance through one day, 36-hole stroke-play qualifying to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles.

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 300 Member Clubs and 80,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, clubScore
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club70
Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club71
Chris Binder, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club71
Jack Ross, Medford Lakes Country Club71
Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club71
Zach Arsenault, Riverton Country Club72
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club72
Jeffrey Cunningham, LuLu Country Club72
Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Luis Diaz, Rancocas Golf Club72
Zachary Falone, Little Mill Country Club72
Kevin Sarlo, Little Mill Country Club72
Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club73
Alex Butler, Overbrook Golf Club73
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
Timothy Chilleri, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club73
Dan Keenan, Little Mill Country Club73
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club73
Brendan Mahoney, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
Mark Miller, LuLu Country Club73
Tony Nocito, Bensalem Country Club73
C.J. Sicilia, Cedarbrook Country Club73
Christopher Warner, Makefield Highlands Golf Club73
Jaden Weisman, Applebrook Golf Club73
Adam Bracy, Tavistock Country Club74
Charles Briggs , Merion Golf Club74
Robert Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club74
Joshua Feldschneider, Burlington Country Club74
Jimmy Finnerty, Radley Run Country Club74
Jack Hamilton, Merion Golf Club74
Joshua Krumholz, LedgeRock Golf Club74
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club74
Brad McFadden, Merion Golf Club74
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club74
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club74
Kyle Vance, Blue Bell Country Club74
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club74
Failed to qualify 
William Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club75
Scott McLaughlin, LuLu Country Club75
John Perrine, Medford Village Country Club75
Will Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club75
Chris Baloga, Briarwood Golf Club76
Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club76
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
Stewart Rickenbach, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club76
Garrett Basalyga, Cedarbrook Country Club77
John Buliga, Yardley Country Club77
Beau Guarino, Riverton Country Club77
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club77
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club77
Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club77
David Malone, Sandy Run Country Club77
Bill Murray, Burlington Country Club77
Brian Walker, Burlington Country Club77
Thomas Weir, Honeybrook Golf Club77
Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club78
Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club78
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Sam Greenhalgh, Honeybrook Golf Club78
Joe Kerrigan, Llanerch Country Club78
Mitchell Racosky, Middletown Country Club78
Brandon Roche, Little Mill Country Club78
Daniel Rudershausen, Bidermann Golf Club78
Daniel Buzgon, Little Mill Country Club79
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club79
Patrick Donaldson, Woodcrest Country Club79
Dan Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club79
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Nick Hano, Aronimink Golf Club79
Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club79
Christian Matt, Cedarbrook Country Club79
Michael Modica, Laurel Creek Country Club79
Colton Murray, DuPont Country Club79
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club79
Mathias Wanner, Lancaster Country Club79
Conner Charlebois, Bala Golf Club80
Garrett Conway, Little Mill Country Club80
Christopher Reedman, LuLu Country Club80
Eric Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club80
Tanner Strow, Tavistock Country Club80
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association81
William Givens, The Shore Club81
Matthew Massott, Woodcrest Country Club81
Regan Papariello, St. Davids Golf Club81
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association81
Dan Close, Hidden Creek Golf Club82
Greg DeLuca, Trenton Country Club82
Nathan Guertler, Tavistock Country Club82
Billy Hallman, Shepherd Hills Golf Club82
Kevin Maguire, Laurel Creek Country Club82
Shane Nocito, Yardley Country Club82
Kyle Quagliero, Medford Lakes Country Club82
Anthony Saltarelli, Philmont Country Club82
Matt Worrall, Little Mill Country Club82
Mike Dietrich, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club83
Tripp Durham, Chester Valley Golf Club83
David Guertler, Tavistock Country Club83
Brendan McNamara, Sandy Run Country Club83
Justin Spaeth, Cedarbrook Country Club83
Mario Ventresca, Cedarbrook Country Club83
Brian Alling, Blue Bell Country Club84
Arthur Herling, Cedarbrook Country Club84
Jonathan Jordan, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club84
David Kotch, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club84
Eric Martin, Penn Oaks Golf Club84
Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club84
Don Powell, DuPont Country Club84
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale84
Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association84
Mike Walley, Trenton Country Club84
Brian Walsh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club84
Davis Clarke, Jeffersonville Golf Club85
Hal Erskine, Wilmington Country Club85
Justin Katz, Rolling Green Golf Club85
J.B. Reibstein, Philadelphia Cricket Club85
Peter Sharkey, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club86
Greg Wasserson, Green Valley Country Club86
Jason Mowry, StoneHedge Golf Assn.87
John Birk, DuPont Country Club88
Billy Johns, Middletown Country Club88
Christopher Nugent, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club88
Eric Schram, Lookaway Golf Club88
Greg Cielosczyk, Woodcrest Country Club90
Paul Carman, Pinecrest Country Club91
Luke Frawley, Shepherd Hills Golf Club92
Steve Levchenco, Philmont Country Club92
Zachary Sandler, Bluestone Country Club92
John Luca, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association93
Anthony Dent, Medford Lakes Country ClubWD
Matt Gaffney, Medford Village Country ClubWD
Wills Montgomery, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationNS
Patrick Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country ClubWD
Noam Roizman, Bluestone Country ClubWD
Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf ClubWD
Bob Wurtz, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
WD – withdrawal; NS – no show 

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