Four share medalist honors in Open Qualifier at Indian Valley - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 21, 2016

Four share medalist honors in Open Qualifier at Indian Valley

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 TELFORD, Pa. — Three players with Golf Association of Philadelphia imprints, and a relative newcomer searching for certainty, shared medalist honors in an Open Championship Qualifier at a challenging Indian Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,858 yards) Tuesday. | Scorecards | Photo gallery | History |

  Radnor Valley Country Club’s Carey Bina and Aronimink Golf Club’s Michael Davis, opponents in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Round of 16 last week, and Jericho National Golf Club’s Steve Cerbara, the 2013 Christman Cup Champion, carded respective 1-over-par 73s. Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club’s Ben Bershad, a Baltimore, Md. transplant, joined the trio at that number.

  The cut line stopped at 77. Overall, 25 players advanced, with two amateurs — Joseph Chambers, Jr. of Chester Valley Golf Club and Joseph Dulka of Bellewood Country Club — and a professional — Andrew Turner of Whitford Country Club — doing so in a sudden-death playoff.

  The 112th Open Championship will take place July 18 at The Ridge at Back Brook.

  Bina, 20, of Villanova, Pa., and Cerbara, 18, of Langhorne, Pa., played in the same group, ironically rounded out by Davis’ brother Matthew, also of Aronimink. Indian Valley brings back fond memories for Bina; he qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur three years ago on the property.

  “I was just happy to be back here,” Bina, a GAP volunteer, said. “I wasn’t a huge fan when I played it, but given my history, I was looking forward to it. I only hit one fairway and eight greens today.”

  Cerbara, a recent Holy Ghost Prep graduate, saw Indian Valley for the first time Tuesday.

  “I could’ve putted a lot better. This club has a lot firmness in the greens,” he said. “I need to play more tough courses with firm greens like this to improve my game.”

  Bina, a rising senior at Elon University, and Cerbara, who will attend Furman University in the fall, met at 73 thanks to their respective results on the par 4, 391-yard 18th hole. Cerbara drained a downhill 20-footer for birdie, set up by a 54-degree wedge shot from 103 yards. Bina, 3 under on the back nine at that point, dealt with an unresponsive sand wedge out of a difficult lie, missed the green short and made bogey.

  Last week at Merion Golf Club (East), Bina fell to eventual semifinalist Davis, 2&1. The two haven’t taken much downtime since, each competing in father and son events at their home courses over the weekend. Bina and his dad Shahab took second at Radnor Valley; Davis and his father Bill won Aronimink’s event.

  Family, coincidentally, proved vital for Davis Tuesday. He spoke with Matthew following his morning round to learn a few Indian Valley hints.

  “I had never played here, and he had a couple of times,” Davis, 20, of Newtown Square, Pa., said. “He was telling me about the basic layout and how firm it was playing out there. It was good to talk with him. I would’ve been lost on a few holes.”

  Davis carded three birdies against four bogeys on the day. Starting on No. 1 (par 4, 396 yards), the long hitter took advantage of the outward par 5s, executing a three-footer on No. 3 (521 yards) and an eight-footer on No. 8 (511 yards). His last red figure came on No. 13 (par 4, 418 yards), where Davis, a rising junior at Princeton University, spun a sand wedge from 108 yards to three feet.

  Bina, Cerbara and Davis are three collegians carrying a hefty dose of competitive golf in the summer agenda. Bershad, 27, of Hopewell Township, N.J., is well out of school, but in the same boat of his co-medalists. He worked in sales and advertising for a regional sports network in Baltimore but left in March to pursue a potential professional life on the links.

  “I haven’t played much competitive golf since college,” Bershad, a Rutgers University graduate, said. “I was working a lot and I kind of realized I wasn’t exactly enjoying what I was doing. I wanted to see if I had a future in golf, so I decided I was going to give it a shot and see where it takes me.”

  The road is an encouraging one thus far for Bershad. He posted a Top 20 finish in the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship and almost advanced to match play spot in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur. Bershad fell in a six-for-three playoff at Merion. He stood tall at Indian Valley Tuesday and held outright medalist honors until the final two holes. Bershad, who started on the back nine, carded a 6 on No. 8 after missing the green with an aggressive 3-iron from 220 yards. A flailed 3-wood on the next hole (par 4, 370 yards) forced a sideways punch-out. Bershad played his next shot into the right greenside bunker and failed to get up-and-down.

  “I was leaking a little oil down the stretch, but overall I played pretty well,” he said. “I think the course was playing pretty tough.”

  The field’s scoring average boomed to 80.6 by day’s end.

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Name, club Score
Ben Bershad (a), Hopewell Valley G&CC 73
Carey Bina (a), Radnor Valley CC 73
Michael Davis (a), Aronimink GC 73
Steve Cerbara (a), Jericho National GC 73
Aaron Fricke (a), Lancaster CC 74
Andrew Lombardo (a), Indian Valley CC 74
Jason Panter, Sand Barrens GC 74
Peter Clarke, Manufacturers G&CC 74
Ryan Lagergren, Stonewall 74
Liam McAnally (a), Applecross CC 75
Matthew Balcer (a), Bensalem Township CC 75
Paul Bickford (a), Little Mill CC 75
Tyler Sokolis (a), Commonwealth National GC 75
Anthony Shields, The ACE Club 76
David Gall (a), Riverton CC 76
Dawson Anders (a), Indian Valley CC 76
Jack Melville (a), Lu Lu CC 76
Jeffery Herb, Waynesborough CC 76
Kevin Kramarski (a), Riverton CC 76
Kyle Henofer (a), Indian Valley CC 76
Michael Moffat (a), Lu Lu CC 76
R.J. Wren (a), Applecross CC 76
*Andrew Turner, Whitford CC 77
*Joseph Chambers, Jr (a), Chester Valley GC 77
*Joseph Dulka (a), Bellewood CC 77
Alternates (in order)
*Clay Anders (a), Indian Valley CC 77
*Mike Furey, Mahoning Valley CC 77
*Ryan Bree (a), Fieldstone GC 77
Failed to qualify
Andrew Simpson (a), Indian Valley CC 77
Bill Walker, Riverton CC 77
Brandon Dalinka (a), The Ridge at Back Brook 77
Bret Howey (a), Woodstone CC 77
Mike Furey, Mahoning Valley CC 77
Nick Calabrese (a), The Springhaven Club 77
Ben Litt (a), Riverton CC 78
Bobby Kershner (a), Bellewood CC 78
Carlos Fullerton (a), Brookside CC of Allentown 78
Charles Cai (a), Mercer Oaks GC 78
Corey Betham (a), Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Daniel Rojas (a), Stonewall 78
Dominic Digiacomo (a), Greate Bay CC 78
John Barone (a), Glenmaura National GC 78
John Barry (a), Lancaster CC 78
Kevin Nicholson, Lu Lu CC 78
Mark Farley (a), Lu Lu CC 78
Marty McGuckin (a), RiverCrest GC & Preserve 78
Matthew Davis (a), Aronimink GC 78
Parker Wine (a), Radley Run CC 78
Robert Amen (a), Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Bernie McCole (a), The Bucks Club 79
Blaine Lafferty (a), Little Mill CC 79
Bradley Frank (a), Philmont CC 79
Brian Devlin (a), Five Ponds GC 79
Jalen Griffin (a), Talamore CC 79
Joey Pohle, Blue Bell CC 79
John LeBoeuf (a), Philadelphia CC 79
Jonathan Radick (a), Northampton Valley CC 79
Michael Rogers (a), Overbrook GC 79
Michael Winter (a), Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC 79
Mike Lam (a), Yardley CC 79
Rodney Anders (a), Indian Valley CC 79
Ron Robinson (a), Commonwealth National GC 79
Russell Hill (a), Old York CC at Chesterfield 79
Thomas Lewis (a), Commonwealth National GC 79
Christopher Cerminaro (a), Glenmaura National GC 80
Ed Gibson, Makefield Highlands GC 80
John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Jordan Gibbs, Gulph Mills GC 80
Matt Bierer (a), RiverCrest GC & Preserve 80
Matt Keim (a), Brookside CC 80
Matthew Episcopo , Pine Valley GC 80
Steve Skurla (a), White Manor CC 80
William Mitchell (a), Laurel Creek CC 80
Billy Civitella (a), Radnor Valley CC 81
Brock Kovach (a), Berkshire CC 81
Butch Silknitter (a), Bellewood CC 81
Chris Barletta, Bala GC 81
David Fields, Brookside CC of Allentown 81
Eric Murphy (a), Indian Valley CC 81
Gary Renson (a), Makefield Highlands GC 81
Jonathan Burns (a), Talamore CC 81
Luke McKeogh (a), Commonwealth National GC 81
Marco Nieto (a), Glenmaura National GC 81
Mitch Burns (a), Reading CC 81
Nathan Guerrini (a), Spring Ford CC 81
Robert Hennefer, Indian Spring CC 81
Trey Croney (a), Overbrook GC 81
Wesley Hollis, Patriots Glen National GC 81
David Kim (a), Commonwealth National GC 82
Gregory Battschinger (a), Galloway National GC 82
John Cooper, Jr., Green Valley CC 82
Jordan Lerner (a), Metedeconk National GC 82
Max Harrington (a), Moselem Springs GC 82
Michael Heidler, Golftec – Mainline 82
Nicholas Johnson (a), Glenmaura National GC 82
Quinn Guzman (a), Indian Valley CC 82
Rob Coyne, Applecross CC 82
Steven Kiefner , Northampton CC 82
Conor McGrath (a), Huntingdon Valley CC 83
Frank Howell (a), Doylestown CC 83
John Rose, III (a), Bensalem Township CC 83
John Updike (a), Aronimink GC 83
Mark Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Matthew Thompson (a), Spring Ford CC 83
Andy Watters, Talamore CC 84
Dave Caldwell (a), Brookside CC 84
Eric Buckland (a), Meadia Heights GC 84
Nick Maff (a), Northampton CC 84
Griffin Smith (a), Jericho National GC 85
Keith Matt (a), Mercer Oaks GC 85
Ken Croney, Jr. (a), Applebrook GC 85
Matthew Bastian, Jr. (a), Rolling Green GC 85
Shane Nocito (a), Philmont CC 85
Bradley Bernosky (a), Broad Run Golfer’s Club 86
Gunnar Gale (a), Plymouth CC 86
Timothy Smith (a), Bensalem Township CC 86
Trey Swanson (a), Union League GC at Torresdale 86
Connor Boham (a), Spring Ford CC 87
Joe Rochelle (a), Indian Valley CC 87
Brad Ebersole (a), The Ridge at Back Brook 88
Duane Pinnock (a), RiverCrest GC & Preserve 88
Stephen Frederick, Lehigh CC 88
Chris Binet (a), Whitemarsh Valley CC 90
David Krausse (a), Galloway National GC 90
Rick Lebeau , Gulph Mills GC 90
Evan Choy (a), Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort 91
Sean Ebert (a), Commonwealth National GC 91
Steve Boham (a), Spring Ford CC 92
Erich Earhart (a), Bellewood CC 95
Andrew Quinn (a), Blue Heron Pines GC 96
John VanDame, Jr. (a), Philadelphia Publinks GA 97
Dylan Chessher (a), Wild Quail G&CC WD
Erik Reisner (a), The ACE Club WD
Grant Skyllas (a), LedgeRock GC WD
John Donnelly (a), Concord CC WD
Luca Jezzeny (a), The Bucks Club WD
Roland Massimino (a), The Ridge at Back Brook WD
William Fox, Jr. , Bensalem Township CC WD

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