Cricket’s Borst tops BMW Philly Amateur Qualifier at Inniscrone - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 21, 2016

Cricket’s Borst tops BMW Philly Amateur Qualifier at Inniscrone

  AVONDALE, Pa. — Once he arrived at Inniscrone Golf Club Saturday afternoon, Brendan Borst thought it’d be a good idea to purchase a yardage book in the pro shop. He never set foot on the property prior. | Scorecards | | Photo gallery | History |

  Hard to believe given his round of 1-under-par 69 in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier amid cold and rainy conditions. Borst led a field of 88 players hoping to attain one of 10 available spots and ties for the Championship proper.

  The cut line fell to 76 by day’s end. The 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 & 18 at Merion Golf Club’s historic East Course.

  “It was a tough day on a tough golf course,” Borst, 26, of Philadelphia, Pa., said. “Since it was my first time seeing it, I was just trying to stay out of trouble. I was going by the yardage book that I got in the pro shop. It worked out pretty well. The yardage book was key today. There are a lot of holes where you have to control the distance of your tee shot.”

  Spotty yet saturating showers and chilly temperatures increased the difficulty on the par 70, 6,456-yard set-up. Borst, who started on No. 8 (par 3, 190 yards) in the shotgun format, felt the effects early, registering three bogeys on his first nine holes. A tough rear hole location on No. 13 (par 4, 400 yards), a few whacks on No. 15 (par 5, 537 yards) and a shot into the hazard on No. 16 (par 4, 380 yards) meant ruffles on the yardage book’s pages.

  The treacherous 17th hole (par 4, 470 yards), which played a full stroke over par on this day, turned things around for Borst. After sending a drive into the right rough, he powered a 3-iron 230 yards to 35 feet and converted a right-to-left breaker for birdie.

  “That was kind of a gift. I hit it too hard and it caught the back of the hole,” Borst, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, said.

  As the rain persisted, so did Borst and his penchant for red figures. He lifted a wedge 30 yards to three feet on No. 2 (par 4, 359 yards) for birdie. On the drop par 3, 107-yard No. 5, Borst knocked a 60-degree wedge to seven feet for a 3 in between squeegee sessions. Borst’s length again paid dividends on No. 7 (par 5, 510 yards). He hammered a 5-iron 210 yards and two-putted for a closing birdie.

  Borst, who works for PNC Bank, qualified for match play in the 2013 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Aronimink Golf Club. He advanced to the Round of 16 that year. Borst failed to make the match play cut in 2014. He’s eager to tackle Merion for the first time.

  “I’m hitting the ball great right now,” Borst said. “Playing with all of the Cricket guys has definitely helped my game.”

  Fox Hill Country Club hosts the fourth and final BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier on Monday, May 23.

  When Merion’s famed East Course last welcomed the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship 62 years ago, Golf Association of Philadelphia Hall of Famer John Dyniewski defeated N. Harper Steward of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club, 4&3. The Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine highlighted the event’s history at Merion in its Spring 2016 issue.

  The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s premier event. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke play qualifier 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 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 Amateur Championship titles.

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Name, club Score
Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club 69
Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 72
Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 74
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 74
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 74
Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club 75
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 75
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook 76
Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Country Club 76
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 76
Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club 76
Failed to qualify
Alan Borowsky, White Manor Country Club 77
John Michael Pelet, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club 77
Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 78
Joe Perese, Philmont Country Club 78
T.J. Coady, Aronimink Golf Club 78
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 79
Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club 79
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club 79
Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club 79
Micahel Auerbach, Links Golf Club 79
Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 79
Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Steve Mroozian, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club 80
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 80
Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club 80
Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club 80
Alexander Cameron, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Andrew Carnevale, North Hills Country Club 81
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club 81
Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 81
Joe Visalli, White Clay Creek Country Club 81
Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 81
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 82
Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country Club 82
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club 82
Ryan O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club 82
Sean McMonagle, Laurel Creek Country Club 82
Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 83
Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club 83
Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club 83
Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club 83
Patrick Serfass, St. Davids Golf Club 83
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 84
Dan Joseph, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Kevin Delaney, Applecross Country Club 84
Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club 84
Ryan Riviezzo, Applecross Country Club 84
Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 84
Alex Butler, Meadowlands Country Club 85
Brendan McNamara, The ACE Club 85
Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club 85
Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club 85
Gui Costin, Merion Golf Club 86
Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club 86
Michael Mendola, Inniscrone Golf Club 86
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Peter Sharkey, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club 87
Robert Olseski, Sandy Run Country Club 87
Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield 87
Tim Godshalk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club 89
Brendan Young, Chester Valley Golf Club 90
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club 90
Nino Rosal, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 90
Shawn Rocca, Stone Harbor Golf Club 90
Ryan Wagner, Penn Oaks Golf Club 94
John Welkie, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 99
Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 103
Brandon Murdock, Llanerch Country Club DQ
Matthew Fleury, Merion Golf Club NC
John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve WD
Michael Winton, Tavistock Country Club WD
Randy Finn, Moselem Springs Golf Club WD

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