Crescenzo tops Temple trio lurking on Patterson leaderboard - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 08, 2013

Crescenzo tops Temple trio lurking on Patterson leaderboard

  BLUE BELL, Pa.–College classes don’t officially reconvene for a couple of weeks but bragging rights on the Temple University golf team are already at stake. The Owls’ Matthew Crescenzo of Philmont Country Club; Matthew Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf and Brandon Matthews of Glenmaura National Golf Club are all prominent on the first page of the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Cup, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, leaderboard.

  Crescenzo is the first-round leader after shooting a 6-under 66 on Thursday at Cedarbrook Country Club (par 72, 7,058 yards). Teesdale is in a tie for second at 4 under and Matthews, the defending Patterson Cup champion, stands at 3 under.

  Friday tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.

 The final grouping of Crescenzo, Teesdale and Louis Kelly, Jr., also of Philmont, a junior at Adelphia University, start play at 9:09 a.m. Kelly and Pete Barron, III of Stone Harbor Golf Club each shot a 4-under 68.

  The cutline fell at 76 with 69 players advancing.

  “It’ll be like another day for us, like practice,” said Crescenzo, a Temple senior. “I play with Louis [at Philmont] a couple of times per week. I play with Teesdale and Brandon all the time. It’ll be fun. It’s good for Temple. It’s good for our coach Brian Quinn. It’s nice to see.”

  Crescenzo started Temple’s frenzy. He netted eight birdies and two bogeys in the second group to tee off the back nine in the morning. His 66 fell a stroke shy of the competitive course record.

  The 22-year-old resident of Cheltenham, Pa. opened his round with three straight birdies. He drained a 30-footer on No. 10 (par 5, 536 yards); knocked a pitching wedge from 120 yards to six feet on No. 11 (par 4, 388 yards) and two-putted No. 12 (par 5, 556 yards) from 25 feet after knocking a 3-wood on from 240 yards.

  A poor tee shot on No. 14 (par 4, 445 yards) temporarily halted Crescenzo’s streak before he notched back-to-back birdies. He lifted a pitching wedge from 110 yards to eight feet on No. 15 (par 4, 443 yards) and a 7-iron to 15 feet on the par 3, 16th (172 yards).

  A poor putt from 25 feet on No. 17 (par 4, 427 yards) resulted in a bogey. He made the turn at 3 under.

  Crescenzo strung together three birdies early in his final nine to push his number to a red six. He dropped a 58-degree wedge from 80 yards to six feet on No. 2 (par 5, 522 yards); hit a pitching wedge on No. 3 (par 4, 413 yards) from 130 yards to 10 feet and went up and over the right trees on No. 4 (par 4, 380 yards) with a pitching wedge to six feet. He closed with five straight pars.

  “It wasn’t the smartest play. I hit a pitching wedge up and over the tree,” said Crescenzo of the birdie on No. 4. “I started laughing. I called myself an idiot for trying the shot in the first place but it worked out for me.”

  Crescenzo said his lowest tournament score prior to this was either 1 under or even. Now he’s sleeping on the lead in the Association’s second oldest tournament.

  “I’m going to go home, probably turn my cell phone off, and go to bed early because we have to go early again tomorrow,” he said.

  Teesdale, 22, of Maple Glen, Pa., who also started on the back nine, made the turn at 1 under before recording three birdies and no bogeys on his inward side.

  On No. 1 (par 4 399 yards), he hit a pitching wedge from 156 yards to 12 feet; two-putted from 25 feet on No. 2 after reaching the green with an 8-iron and chipped his third from just short of the green to three feet on No. 3.

  “It’s exciting; coach is getting our games in gear,” said Teesdale, a junior at Temple. “I will be really excited if I can carry it over into the season. We definitely make each other better playing and practicing together.”

  Kelly, 20, of Sewell, N.J. registered a bogey free 68. He started on the back nine and registered eight straight pars before sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 (par 4, 401 yards). Kelly hit his third on No. 2 to three feet; almost aced the par 3, 5th (205 yards), his tee shot stopped two inches from the cup; and lofted a 56-degree wedge to five feet on No. 6 (par 5, 565 yards).

  “I wanted to give myself a shot to win tomorrow,” Kelly said. “I don’t enter any tournament thinking I can’t win it. I know I can win these events. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.”

  Barron, III, 37, of Mays Landing, N.J., carded seven birdies and three bogeys en route to his 68. Barron made the turn at 1 under before registering four birdies and a bogey on his last nine. Barron knocked a 4-iron to two feet on the difficult No. 9 (par 3, 213 yards).

  “It’s better to chase than be chased,” said Barron, runner-up in the Association’s Middle-Amateur in May. “You’ll have to go low and apply the pressure.”

  Matthews, a sophomore at Temple, had it to 5 under thru 13 holes but three-putted 14 and 17 to finish at 3 under. Matthews won last year’s rain-shortened Patterson Cup at Philadelphia Country Club with a 6-under 65.

  “I’m very disappointed. It would have been fun to [have the all Temple grouping],” said Matthews, 19, of Dupont, Pa. And of Temple’s strong showing. “It speaks for itself.”

NOTES –There was a 1:04 rain delay at 2:54 p.m. … 17 players are at 1-under or better … Kyle Sterbinsky, 17, of Yardley Country Club and Yardley, Pa., leads the Silver Cross Award standings after three rounds. Sterbinsky is a stroke clear of Barron, Teesdale and Michael Kania of Overbrook Golf Club. Nine players are within four shots. The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup.

Name, club Score
Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club 66
Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont Country Club 68
Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club 68
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club 68
Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club 69
Brandon Matthews, Glenmaura National Golf Club 69
Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 70
Charles Cai, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 70
Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 70
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club 70
Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club 70
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 70
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71
Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club 71
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 71
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club 71
Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley Country Club 71
Michael Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 72
James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club 72
Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club 72
Vinay Ramesh, Yardley Country Club 72
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 72
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 73
Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 73
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club 73
Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club 73
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 73
Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club 73
Blayze DiPasquale, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 73
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 73
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Thomas Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club 73
Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 73
R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Ryan Siegler, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
Joseph Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club 74
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Stewart Rickenbach, Talamore Country Club 74
Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club 74
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club 74
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Paul Tighe, Little Mill Country Club 74
Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club 75
Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 75
Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club 75
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club 75
Johan van Schalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club 75
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 75
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club 75
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 75
Greg Jarmas, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Robert Galbreath, Jr., Philmont Country Club 75
Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club 76
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club 76
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club 76
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 76
Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown 76
Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Conrad Von Borsig, White Manor Country Club 76
Craig Hornberger, Lancaster Country Club 76
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 76
Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Failed to qualify
William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club 77
P.J. Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club 77
David West, Whitford Country Club 77
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club 77
Brendan Hallinan, Applebrook Golf Club 77
James Chojnacki, Little Mill Country Club 77
Vincent Anagnos, Merchantville Country Club 77
Patrick Phillips, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Scott Bergson, Little Mill Country Club 78
Kenneth Matt, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club 78
Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club 78
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club 78
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club 78
Dave Caldwell, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 78
Jack Anderson, Yardley Country Club 78
Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club 79
Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Dan Clark, Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club 79
Alex Willey, Burlington Country Club 79
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield 79
Connor Sharp, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 79
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 79
Zach Allinson, Lehigh Country Club 80
Tim Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 80
Trey Swanson, Penn Oaks Golf Club 80
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 80
Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club 80
Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 81
John Simone, Philmont Country Club 81
Daniel Myers, French Creek Golf Club 81
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 81
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club 81
Christopher Thude, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 81
Greg O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Steven Gerhart, Bensalem Township Country Club 81
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 81
Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Kenny Engel, Jr., North Hills Country Club 82
Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club 82
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club 83
James Schmidt, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club 83
Brud Hutchinson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 84
Jimmy Pokorny, Golf Course at Glen Mills 84
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 84
David Sim, Applecross Country Club 85
Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club 87
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club WD
Andy Achenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club NS
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club WD
Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club NS
Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club WD
Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club WD
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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