Jul 22, 2013

Four share medalist honors in Patterson Cup Qualifier at Philmont

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Patterson Qualifier

 HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. —Youth reigned supreme in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at Philmont Country Club (par 70, 6,390 yards) Tuesday. Merchantville Country Club’s Vincent Anagnos, Little Mill Country Club’s Zach Arsenault, Glenmaura National Golf Club’s Patrick Ross and Torresdale-Frankford Country Club’s Connor Sharp carded respective even-par 70s to share medalist honors. The foursome topped a field of 148 players attempting to earn one of 44 qualifying spots and ties available for the Championship proper, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance Aug. 8-9 at Cedarbrook Country Club.

  The cut line fell to 76 by day’s end.

  Anagnos and Sharp played in the morning and set the leaderboard standard.

   “I watched my team out here in the winter time, when the course was playing firm, fast and really tough,” Anagnos, a fifth-year senior at Drexel University, said. “But today, it was playing soft and easy. There was definitely a number out there.”

   A trio of birdies allowed Anagnos to chase that number. On No. 3 (par 3, 155 yards), he drilled an 8-iron to the green’s center and deposited a 30-footer into a front right hole location. Sound sand wedges from 105 yards on the next two holes left Anagnos with birdies from six inches and 12 feet, respectively. He played the uphill, dogleg right No. 9 (par 5, 565 yards) wisely by following a 3-wood/5-iron/lob wedge formula that resulted in a 10-footer for a 4.

   “It felt good to make that putt and turn at 2 under,” Anagnos, 21, of University City, Pa., said. “I felt like I had a good, solid game going into the back nine, but then I got a little frustrated on the back.”

   That frustration spawned from a bogey on the par 3, 212-yard 11th hole, where Anagnos flew the green with a 3-iron and failed to navigate a severe slope. Back-to-back bogeys, caused by third shots from greenside bunkers, added to the aggravation. Anagnos poured that anger into an aggressive drive on No. 18 (par 4, 343 yards), followed by a low skipper from 47 yards to four feet for a 3.

   “I’m looking forward to Cedarbrook.” Anagnos said. “That was our home course in college last year. I played it plenty of times.”

   Earlier this year, Sharp forecaddied at Philmont and learned its layout quite well.

   “It was almost like a practice round. It definitely helped,” Sharp, 17, of Northeast Philadelphia, Pa., said. “Early on, I was hitting a lot of fairways and greens, and later in the round, I made a lot of five, 10 footers for par.”

   Sharp’s scorecard was a bit modest: two birdies and two bogeys. He stopped a gap wedge at 15 feet on the par 3, 118-yard No. 8. Sharp knocked a pitching wedge 130 yards to four feet for a 3 on No. 10 (par 4, 322 yards). Poor tee shots crafted his only squares (bogeys) on the scorecard. Sharp, a soon-to-be senior at Father Judge High School, left an 8-iron short on No. 3 (par 3, 155 yards) and pulled a driver left on No. 14 (par 4, 425 yards).

   Sharp is wholly focused on golf this summer; he plays and practices at Torresdale-Frankford from “9 to 5” everyday.

   “I’ve been playing really well over the past week, and it’s given me more confidence,” he said.

   Ross compiled an equally basic yet effective round. The Dunmore, Pa. resident birdied No. 3 thanks to a 7-iron that settled 12 feet below the flagstick. After finding the right fairway bunker on the par 4, 434-yard No. 5, Ross exploded out of an upslope with a 4-iron and executed a four-footer for 3. A pair of bogeys coming in prevented a subpar score. On No. 14 (par 4, 425 yards), the tournament’s toughest hole, Ross exited a 5-iron swing from 192 yards early and missed the green right. He flew the No. 18 (par 4, 343 yards) putting surface with a 9-iron from 134 yards and failed to get up-and-down.

   Ross, who is transferring from the University of Hartford to Temple University in the fall, believes his game is starting to turn around after early season struggles. He qualified for the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Amateur and Open Championships, respectively.

   “It felt good to get a good round in today,” Ross, 21, said. “I kept the ball in front of me. Lag putting was the big thing.”

   Tuesday’s performance renewed Arsenault’s confidence as well. He doubled Ross’ birdie/bogey output.

   “I felt that I had it all day,” Arsenault, 19, of Medford, N.J., said. “I fumbled down the stretch a lot. I can’t complain though. You don’t win the tournament today. I’m happy with the way I played. It gives me some momentum heading into the Patterson Cup.”

   Arsenault, an incoming sophomore at Alvernia University, relied on his 52-degree wedge for red figure set-ups. On No. 9 (par 5, 565 yards), he knocked it 110 yards to three feet. The scene replayed on Nos. 10 (par 4, 322 yards) and 12 (par 5, 491 yards): a 52-degree wedge from the same yardage for birdie.

   NOTES — Play was delayed twice due to severe weather. Players were called off the course at 4:30 p.m. and returned 35 minutes later. At 5:45 p.m., the horn sounded again due. Play resumed an hour and 20 minutes later … Cedarbrook’s Kevin Genuardi aced the par 3, 118-yard No. 8 with a sand wedge.

  The Joseph H. Patterson Cup is the second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia. The Patterson Cup started in 1900 and has been held in every year other than the World War II era (1943-45). Many of the Association’s great champions — J. Wood Platt, William Hyndman, III and R. Jay Sigel, to name a few — have their name engraved on the trophy.

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  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 143 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, club Scores
Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club 70
Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club 70
Connor Sharp, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 70
Vincent Anagnos, Merchantville Country Club 70
Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont Country Club 71
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 71
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club 71
Stewart Rickenbach, Talamore Country Club 71
Christopher Thude, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 71
Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club 72
Alex Willey, Burlington Country Club 72
Richard Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 72
Patrick Phillips, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club 73
R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 73
Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club 73
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 73
Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club 73
Alec Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club 73
John Simone, Philmont Country Club 74
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club 74
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 74
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club 74
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club 75
Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club 75
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 75
Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 75
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club 76
Jimmy Pokorny, Golf Course at Glen Mills 76
David Sim, Applecross Country Club 76
Paul Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club 76
Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club 76
Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Brendan Hallinan, Applebrook Golf Club 76
Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club 76
Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 76
Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 76
Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club 76
Failed to qualify
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club 77
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club 77
Jose Rovelli, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Vincent Sirianni, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77
Jason Miller, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf Club 77
John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Robert Rinier, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 78
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 78
Mark Hodgson, Burlington Country Club 78
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 78
Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club 78
Jon Graulich, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Joshua Krumholz, D., Moselem Springs Golf Club 78
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Robert Good, Merion Golf Club 78
Charles Scalzott, Hidden Creek Golf Club 78
Ryan Kline, Golden Oaks Golf Club 78
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club 79
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 79
Matt Baer, Broad Run Golfers Club 79
Tom Horgan, Plymouth Country Club 79
Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 79
Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club 79
Zachary Melnick, Plymouth Country Club 79
Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club 79
Tom Watchko, Plymouth Country Club 80
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 80
Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club 80
Jimmy Taylor, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 80
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club 80
Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club 80
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 80
David Atkinson, Llanerch Country Club 80
Timothy Chow, Indian Valley Country Club 80
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club 80
Benjamin Kotler, Bala Golf Club 81
Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club 81
Evan Notaro, P., Woodstone Country Club 81
Ryan Walker, St. Davids Golf Club 81
Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Mike Krantz, Middletown Country Club 81
Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club 81
Matthew German, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 81
Arthur Wheeler, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 81
Brian Sokolowski, Greate Bay Country Club 81
Garrett Basalyga, Cedarbrook Country Club 81
Lance Oberparleiter, Laurel Creek Country Club 81
Joseph Dulka, M., Bellewood Country Club 81
Russell Hartung, Doylestown Country Club 81
Scott Forrester, JC Melrose Country Club 82
Andrew Tomson, Overbrook Golf Club 82
Kevin Davis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Ethan Heller, White Manor Country Club 82
John Leighton, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 82
Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club 82
Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 82
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 83
Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club 83
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club 83
Steve Mroozian, Middletown Country Club 83
Robert Dietrich, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Sutton Smith, Galloway National Golf Club 83
Jack Grasso, Sunnybrook Golf Club 83
Peter Tashjian, White Manor Country Club 84
Kevin O’Brien, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club 84
Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club 84
Adam Gelwarg, Green Valley Country Club 85
Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
Alex Hanna, Overbrook Golf Club 85
George Petrellis, Blue Bell Country Club 85
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 85
Tripp Durham, Blue Bell Country Club 86
Joshua Caggiula, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 87
Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club 88
Jack Clough, Wilmington Country Club 89
John Breslin, North Hills Country Club 89
Jack St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club 94
Gregory Lee, Middletown Country Club 95
Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club WD
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club WD
Tim Pici, Chester Valley Golf Club WD
Joe Perese, Philmont Country Club WD
Robert Cummings, Riverton Country Club WD
Richard Sinopoli, Jr., Galloway National Golf Club WD
Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club WD
Tim McNerney, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Andrew Davenport, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Richard Garvey, Greate Bay Country Club WD
Tim Godshalk, Whitford Country Club WD
Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club WD
Beau Guarino, Burlington Country Club WD
WD – withdrawal

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