#BMWPhillyAm: Stroke-Play Qualifying - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 14, 2021

#BMWPhillyAm: Stroke-Play Qualifying

Bradbeer secures #BMWPhillyAm medal

BLUE BELL, Pa.–Peter Bradbeer knew he needed to get serious about his golf game if he was going to take it to the next level. So last winter, Bradbeer, re-energized and re-focused, started the process. He improved his strength and speed training; found two new coaches – a swing coach and a short game savant; and maybe most importantly, re-found his loose and free attitude.

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In Monday’s 121st BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Stroke-Play Qualifying held at The 1912 Club (par 70, 6,836 yards) and Cedarbrook Country Club (par 72, 7,037 yards), Bradbeer put on a display en route to medalist honors. He finished the 36 holes, 18 at each site, at 5-under 137. He enters the 32-player match-play bracket as the No. 1 seed. Austin Barbin of Loch Nairn Golf Club, the 2019 GAP Junior Player of the Year, placed second at 2 under and is seeded No. 2.

Defending champion Zach Barbin of Loch Nairn Golf Club posted a 2-over 144 in qualifying to keep repeat hopes alive and is seeded No. 14.

The cutline for the 127-player field landed at 5-over 147. There was a 5-for-1 qualifying playoff. Marty McGuckin and Mark Miller, both of Philadelphia Cricket Club, were on the third playoff hole when severe weather delayed the conclusion. The pair will return at 7 a.m. Tuesday with the winner to face Bradbeer at 8:22 a.m. on No. 1.

“It is great. It’s nice to be back in the GAP. I talked to [Assistant Communications Director] Tony [Regina] at the Father & Son (Middle) and felt my game was in good shape and it translated to today,” said Bradbeer, who won that event with dad Brad. “It’s nice to be able to play well and have all the hard work I put in this off season start to pay off. I hope this is just the beginning. It’s great to be the medalist but I’m here for the big one (the J. Wood Platt Amateur Championship Trophy) so we are going to get after it tomorrow. My game is in really good shape. I struck the ball really well today.”

Bradbeer opened qualifying with a 4-under 66 at The 1912 Club in the morning. A round that included a spectacular eagle, four birdies and two bogeys. On No. 13 (par 4, 294 yards), Bradbeer laced a 5-wood that stopped four feet from the hole for a 2. In his afternoon round at Cedarbrook, Bradbeer’s first look at the Championship’s main venue, it was more steady than flashy. He posted three birdies and two bogeys before finishing 1 under.

The 23-year-old Rosemont, Pa. resident is not without GAP Championship pedigree. At age 19, the then-upstart captured the 2017 Joseph H. Patterson Cup – the Association’s stroke-play championship – at Wilmington Country Club’s South Course.

He is the seventh Amateur medalist to call Merion home. The first since Michael McDermott in 2014.

And a victory on Saturday would be just the fourth by a player from the famed Main Line institution. Past Amateur winners were McDermott (2008, 2013, 2016), Max Marston (1923) and Rodney Griscom (1905).

“Any [championship] experience you have on the golf course is massive,” said Bradbeer, who graduated from Bucknell University in 2020. “You keep grinding and keep fighting. You never when a good round is going to around the corner. I’m really excited to get out there tomorrow to see what I can do.

“For the Patterson Cup, I was so loose and relaxed and having fun out there. That’s when I play my best. I think I’ve matured a ton since that win and am ready to take the next step. This is a great start.”

This is Cedarbrook’s sixth time serving as the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship host and first since 2005 when Clint Deibert of Doylestown hoisted the trophy.

BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship

Originating in 1897, the Amateur Championship is GAP’s premiere individual event. Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Albert H. Smith captured the first Amateur Championship by defeating J.D. Winsor of Merion Cricket Club in 37 holes at Bala Golf Club. The event’s format switched to medal play in 1938. J. Wood Platt went on to win two consecutive Amateurs under that format. His brother William “Zimmer” Platt earned the 1940 title at Philadelphia Cricket Club by being the only competitor to finish all 72 holes. The event’s format reverted back to match play in 1941. The Amateur Championship wasn’t contested from 1943- 45 because of World War II. Overall, 37 courses have hosted the Amateur.


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, clubR1-R2–Total
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club66T-71C–137
Austin Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club73C-67T–140
John Peters, Carlisle Country Club71T-70C–141
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club67T-74C–141
Michael R. Brown, Jr. , LuLu Country Club71T-71C–142
Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club72T-70C–142
Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club69C-73T–142
Ron Robinson, LuLu Country Club72C-71T–143
Jason Wilson, Olde Homestead Golf Club71T-72C–143
Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club72T-72C–144
Michael Davis, Merion Golf Club71T-73C–144
Jeffrey Cunningham, LuLu Country Club73T-71C–144
Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club73C-71T–144
Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club70T-74C–144
J.T. Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club76C-69T–145
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club72T-73C–145
Michael O’Brien, LuLu Country Club74C-71T–145
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club75C-70T–145
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club73T-72C–145
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73T-72C–145
Zach Juhasz, Northampton Country Club71C-74T–145
Zach Arsenault, Riverton Country Club72T-73C–145
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club71C-74T–145
Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club70T-75C–145
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club74C-71T–145
David Hurly, Aronimink Golf Club73T-73C–146
Kyle Vance, Blue Bell Country Club76C-70T–146
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club71T-75C–146
Tyler McGarry, Huntsville Golf Club73T-73C–146
Nick Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club73T-73C–146
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club73T-73C–146
^Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club74C-73T–147
^Mark Miller, Philadelphia Cricket Club77T-70C–147
Failed to qualify
*Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club70T-77C–147
*Peter Barron, III, Galloway National Golf Club73C-74T–147
*Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club72T-75C–147
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club74T-74C–148
Lee Nonnemacher, Steel Club73C-75T–148
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club72C-77T–149
Brad McFadden, Merion Golf Club77T-72C–149
Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club75T-74C–149
Akhil Giri, Laurel Creek Country Club75C-74T–149
Frank Kacvinsky, Elmhurst Country Club76C-73T–149
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club76T-73C–149
Cole Berman, Merion Golf Club80C-69T–149
Ric Sucro, Cedarbrook Country Club77C-73T–150
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74T-76C–150
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club75T-75C–150
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country Club77C-73T–150
John Updike, Aronimink Golf Club78C-72T–150
Shaun Fedor, Meadia Heights Golf Club78C-72T–150
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook74C-76T–150
Matt Bird, Applecross Country Club76T-75C–151
Sean Sigall, Little Mill Country Club71T-80C–151
Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club74T-77C–151
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club75C-76T–151
Jaden Weisman, Applebrook Golf Club70T-82C–152
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club75C-77T–152
Nicholas Vecellio, Moselem Springs Golf Club76T-76C–152
Jordan Cooper, Woodcrest Country Club77T-75C–152
Connor Sheehan, Conestoga Country Club78C-74T–152
Christopher Warner, Makefield Highlands Golf Club75T-77C–152
Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75T-77C–152
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club72T-80C–152
Jack Hamilton, Merion Golf Club70T-83C–153
Kevin Sarlo, Little Mill Country Club77C-76T–153
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club75T-78C–153
Matt Teesdale, The 1912 Club75C-78T–153
Joshua Feldschneider, Burlington Country Club76T-77C–153
Mark Benevento, Philadelphia Cricket Club77T-76C–153
Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club78C-75T–153
Corey Haydu, Spring Mill Country Club78C-75T–153
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club76T-77C–153
William Pabst, Elmhurst Country Club77C-76T–153
Alex Butler, Overbrook Golf Club75T-79C–154
Timothy Chilleri, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club74T-80C–154
Andy Kerestesy, Running Deer Golf Club78C-76T–154
Dan Ayars, Running Deer Golf Club75C-79T–154
John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club78T-76C–154
Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club74T-80C–154
Jack Ross, Medford Lakes Country Club78T-76C–154
Lodie van Tonder, Sakima Country Club77C-77T–154
Ryan Cass, Hidden Creek Golf Club75C-80T–155
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club79C-76T–155
Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club79C-76T–155
Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club77C-78T–155
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club77T-78C–155
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club80C-75T–155
Joshua Krumholz, LedgeRock Golf Club77C-79T–156
Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club79T-77C–156
Conor Breslin, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club79C-77T–156
Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club79C-77T–156
Joe Dulka, Bellewood Country Club79T-77C–156
Logan Snyder, Briarwood Golf Club80C-76T–156
Erik Reisner, Squires Golf Club80C-77T–157
Adam Bracy, Tavistock Country Club80C-77T–157
Sean McMonagle, Tavistock Country Club75T-82C–157
Connor McNicholas, The 1912 Club78T-79C–157
Gwinyai Murahwa, North Hills Country Club78T-79C–157
Brandon Raihl, Philadelphia Cricket Club81C-76T–157
Jimmy Finnerty, Radley Run Country Club81C-76T–157
Thomas Larkin, GAP Youth on Course78C-79T–157
Kyle Dolby, Waynesborough Country Club77C-81T–158
Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club76T-82C–158
Luis Diaz, Rancocas Golf Club79C-79T–158
Zachary Falone, Little Mill Country Club76C-82T–158
Brendan Mahoney, Philadelphia Cricket Club77T-81C–158
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club78T-80C–158
Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club80T-78C–158
Ryan McCarty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76T-82C–158
C.J. Sicilia, Cedarbrook Country Club76T-83C–159
Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club82C-77T–159
Tyler Canfield, Concord Country Club77T-82C–159
Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club81C-79T–160
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club81C-79T–160
Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown75C-85T–160
Dan Keenan, Little Mill Country Club74T-87C–161
Charles Briggs, Merion Golf Club83C-79T–162
Andrew Willadsen, Sakima Country Club80C-84T–164
Tony Nocito, Bensalem Country Club82C-83T–165
Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club79C-86T–165
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club82C-85T–167
Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club85T-82C–167
Robert Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club86T-84C–170
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club81C-WDT–WD
Benjamin Smith, Carlisle Country ClubWD
Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country ClubDQ
^-playoff to be continued
*-determined in playoff
T-The 1912 Club; C-Cedarbrook Country Club
DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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