Conestoga's Sheehan snags medalist honors in #PatCup Qual. - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 26, 2017

Conestoga’s Sheehan snags medalist honors in #PatCup Qual.

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — Conestoga Country Club’s Connor Sheehan is a Golf Association of Philadelphia rookie, and was again a newcomer to Philmont Country Club (par 70, 6,601 yards) Wednesday in the first of two Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifiers. Despite no local knowledge, he seemed to have it all figured out by the time he hit Philmont’s finisher, and eventually, the scoring table.

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  Sheehan fired a 2-under-par round of 68 to earn medalist honors, topping a field of 125 Patterson Cup hopefuls vying for 31 spots and ties.

  The cut stopped at 6-over 76 on the day. The championship proper will be played Aug. 9 and 10 on Wilmington’s South track.

  Sheehan, a rising Millersville University senior, who just started playing in GAP events this season, played like a veteran on a day numbers were high while the medalist went low.

  “It felt good to break out of my recent slump today,” said Sheehan, who missed the cut in the GAP Open at Philadelphia Country Club in his Major debut. “I felt like I had it all going today. I only missed three greens and that really kept me steady.”

  A problem Sheehan has been facing during that slump is bogeying opening holes. Ratifying that problem remained a focus today. Count today as a step in the right direction.

  His driver off the tee on No. 1 (par 4, 392 yards) was pulled into the left rough, but a nice 9-iron left him with 15 feet for birdie. That attempt hit nothing but the bottom of the cup.

  “I’ve had a problem in competitions starting off bad, usually with a bogey,” said the twenty-one-year-old Sheehan. “That was a big start for me today. It’s been a point of emphasis for me. It definitely helped – so far, so good.”

  Sheehan laced a drive on No. 5 (par 4, 445 yards) down the middle, then struck 7-iron to the green, leading to a 12-foot bender for birdie. Things were looking up.

  That is, until his only bogey blemish on the day arrived on the challenging par-3 11th (222 yards). He equipped hybrid off the tee, failing to find the green, chipped up and missed a makeable 4-footer.

  That bogey didn’t sit well with him, so in response, he erased it on No. 12 (par 5, 491 yards). Sheehan smacked driver off that tee, hit hybrid from 238 yards out to just in front of the green, then hit wedge to within inches for the tap-in birdie.

  He’d par the next six holes to finish at the magic 2-under number.

  Sheehan, who calls Quarryville, Pa. home, led the Marauders this past season with a stroke average of 74.6, winning three tournaments overall. In result of his highly successful junior season, he was named to the Division II Ping All-Region Atlantic Team.

  GAP competition seems to have arrived just in time for Sheehan’s steady rise to recognition. He says he looks forward to consistently competing in Major championships from here on out.

  “The [GAP] really just runs phenomenal tournaments. I’ve really enjoyed myself so far,” he said. “I’ve got a bunch of buddies out here that play, and it’s been great to compete out here. Not to mention the talent that plays in these events. I’m excited to get to Wilmington.”

  The second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup memorializes a man who fostered the game in its infancy. Joseph Henry Patterson, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, competed in the first out-of-town match played by a team of Philadelphians. Friends of Patterson donated the Cup, designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co., to the Association in 1900.

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Name, club Score
Connor Sheehan, Conestoga Country Club 68
Patrick McRae, West Chester Golf & Country Club 69
Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club 70
Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club 71
Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 71
Chris Anderson, Wilmington Country Club 72
Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club 72
Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club 72
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 73
David Gall, Riverton Country Club 73
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club 73
Joey Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 73
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 74
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club 74
Erik Reisner, The ACE Club 74
Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club 74
Rob Streit, Jr., North Hills Country Club 74
Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 75
Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club 75
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 75
D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club 75
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club 76
Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 76
Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club 76
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club 76
Mike Kacelowicz, Schuylkill Country Club 76
Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 76
Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 76
Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club 76
Michael Shevlin, Sr, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Failed to qualify
John Barry, Lancaster Country Club 77
Tyler Canfield, Downingtown Country Club 77
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club 77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Shane Nocito, Philmont Country Club 77
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club 77
Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club 77
Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club 77
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club 78
J.J. Berenato, Llanerch Country Club 78
Matt Brainard, Loch Nairn Golf Club 78
Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club 78
Andrew Carnevale, North Hills Country Club 78
Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 78
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 78
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 78
Todd Anderson, Wilmington Country Club 79
Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 79
William Mitchell, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 79
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Owen Samuda, Valleybrook Country Club 79
Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club 79
Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 80
John Buliga, Yardley Country Club 80
Brian Bygott, Tavistock Country Club 80
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 80
Kenny Engel, Jr, Bensalem Township Country Club 80
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club 80
Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 80
Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club 80
Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club 80
Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club 80
Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club 80
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Kevin Bonner, Talamore Country Club 81
Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club 81
Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club 81
Jeffrey Romines, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National 81
Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club 82
Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club 82
Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club 82
Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club 82
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club 82
Bill Murray, Woodcrest Country Club 82
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club 82
Alec Ryden, Laurel Creek Country Club 82
Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club 83
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club 83
Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club 83
Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club 83
Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club 84
Jack LaRosa, Philmont Country Club 84
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 84
Cory Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club 85
Frederick Hammer, Merion Golf Club 85
Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club 85
Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club 85
Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club 85
William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club 86
Dylan Topaz, Philadelphia Cricket Club 86
Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club 87
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club 88
Liam Ward, Applecross Country Club 88
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 89
Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club 89
Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club 89
Jon King, LedgeRock Golf Club 89
Michael Lewers, Aronimink Golf Club 90
Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club 92
Jose Rovelli, Philadelphia Cricket Club 93
Robert Filipe, Medford Village Country Club 95
William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club DQ
Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club NS
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club WD
Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club WD
Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club WD
Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Matthew Kristick, Inniscrone Golf Club WD
Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club WD
William Naylor, Applebrook Golf Club WD
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club WD
Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club WD
DQ-disqualification; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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