Apr 17, 2021

#GAPMidAm Qualifying: Five Ponds

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Anderson medals in #GAPMidAm Qualifying at Five Ponds

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WARMINSTER, Pa. – GAP is back.

The GAP (Golf Association of Philadelphia) Major circuit officially teed off Saturday at Five Ponds Golf Club (par 71, 6,464 yards). After a year hiatus from conducting Qualifying events, medalist honors were back up for grabs in the first of four Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifying events.

That honor went to LedgeRock Golf Club’s Josh Anderson, who fired a 1-under 70 — the day’s lone sub-par round — to secure the top spot.

A windy, overcast day hosted 95 players vying for the championship proper, set to be played May 26-27 at Lookaway Golf Club. The cut line stopped at 4-over 75, meaning 26 players punched tickets to the 38th #GAPMidAm.

Anderson, 41, of Morgantown, Pa., began his debut GAP event on No. 10 (par 4, 375 yards) with “one of the worst tees shots I’ve ever hit in my life.” Despite the miscue, he scrambled for an up-and-down par after a flushed 4-iron approach that settled the swift swinger. Anderson then got his first birdie to fall on the par-4, 357-yard 13th after his approach wedge shot nestled to 10 feet and was jarred. Next up was a birdie on the par-5, 540-yard 15th which dropped from 25 feet. Before the turn, another birdie fell after a wedge from 85 yards nestled up to three feet and was knocked in. A 7-iron dart on the par-3, 167-yard 7th hole led to another 20-foot red digit and his last of the day. Despite a bogey on Five Ponds’ finisher, it all equaled the impressive 1-under 70 round for Anderson.

“After the shaky start with the tee shot, I knew I needed to grab a birdie and I was able to,” said Anderson. “Once that fell, I knew that if I made a few more, that I would have some comfort coming in. I was able to kind of just focus on pars and avoiding creeks and things like that once I made the turn. I was kind of cheering on the rest of my group because they were all right around par. It was really fun out there.”

The GAP neophyte, who moved to Morgantown from Ohio in 2019, made a big splash in his first competitive season in the Keystone State. Anderson captured both the Berks Country Golf Association Amateur and Public Links Championships in 2020. He was unable to compete in GAP events due to no Qualifying events on tap in 2020. However, 2021 is a different story, as evidenced by today’s medal performance.

“When I moved here, I was trying to figure out what I was going to compete in. Obviously, I wasn’t able to do any Qualifying events for GAP last year. So I’m excited for that chance this season,” said Anderson.

Now, after today’s medal honors, he’ll turn his attention to chasing a GAP Major trophy. His debut will come at Lookaway in a few weeks, a course he’s never seen before. However, after joining LedgeRock in November, he’s more than familiar with Rees Jones-designed courses. It fits his style — and his scores.

“I’ve played a lot at LedgeRock so I know that style well,” said Anderson. “I played well today without seeing the course beforehand. Plus it’s always nice to have your name at the top of the leaderboard. I’m excited to play in a few weeks at Lookaway now.”

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 300 Member Clubs and 80,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, clubScore
Josh Anderson, LedgeRock Golf Club70
Matthew Crescenzo, LuLu Country Club72
Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country Club72
Nick Orlando, The Shore Club72
Anthony Saltarelli, Philmont Country Club72
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73
Jordan Cooper, Woodcrest Country Club73
Kyle Dolby, Waynesborough Country Club73
Brendan Mahoney, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
David Mecca, Wemberly Hills Golf Club73
Tucker Sandercock, Steel Club73
Bill Kane, Old York Road Country Club74
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club74
Nick Madden, LuLu Country Club74
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Noam Roizman, Bluestone Country Club74
Robert Streit, North Hills Country Club74
Kyle Williams, Glen Oak Country Club74
Brian Alling, Blue Bell Country Club75
Mark Farley, The 1912 Club75
Rob Good, Merion Golf Club75
Jeff Long, Riverton Country Club75
Patrick Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club75
Jonathan Radick, Spring Mill Country Club75
Joseph Rueter, Sandy Run Country Club75
A.J. Skinner, Five Ponds Golf Club75
Failed to qualify 
Erik Bowren, Old York Road Country Club76
David Divalentino, Five Ponds Golf Club76
Joseph Fabrizio, Aronimink Golf Club76
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country Club76
Nick Ostash, Five Ponds Golf Club76
John Simone, LuLu Country Club76
Tanner Strow, Tavistock Country Club76
Rob Albanese, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club77
Dan Ayars, Running Deer Golf Club77
Voltaire Escalona, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Tim Hager, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club77
Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club77
Joe Perese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77
George Petrellis, Eligo Club77
Robert Spellman, Saucon Valley Country Club77
Peter Ucciferro, North Hills Country Club77
Kevin Hilton, Spring Mill Country Club78
Christopher Marky, Fieldstone Golf Club78
Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club78
Dan Pinciotti, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Mitchell Racosky, Middletown Country Club78
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club78
J.J. Berenato, Llanerch Country Club79
Scott Cahayla, DuPont Country Club79
Thomas Coleman, Glen Oak Country Club79
Ryan Jones, Northampton Valley Country Club79
Ed McCusker, Five Ponds Golf Club79
Ryan O’Leary, Makefield Highlands Golf Club79
Tyler Sokolis, LuLu Country Club79
Joe April, Waynesborough Country Club80
Matt Crilley, Steel Club80
Stephen Fordyce, Lookaway Golf Club80
Steve Oh, Running Deer Golf Club80
Joe Petrino, Makefield Highlands Golf Club80
Jack Walsh, Old York Road Country Club80
Andrew Blundin, Fieldstone Golf Club81
Beau Guarino, Riverton Country Club81
Alex Papageorge, Lookaway Golf Club81
Alex Penza, Aronimink Golf Club81
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course82
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club82
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale82
Tyler Joseph, Green Valley Country Club82
Kevin Merlini, North Hills Country Club82
Jordan Mulrain, North Hills Country Club82
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club82
Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club82
Michael Andreassi, Yardley Country Club83
Patrick Doyle, LuLu Country Club83
Sam Greenhalgh, Honeybrook Golf Club83
Drew Balshi, Saucon Valley Country Club84
Christopher Coughlan, Stonewall84
Ahren Henby, Yardley Country Club84
Justin Katz, Rolling Green Golf Club84
Kevin Maguire, Laurel Creek Country Club84
Troy McCloskey, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club84
Thomas Murray, Country Club of Scranton84
James Somers, Makefield Highlands Golf Club84
Rob Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club84
Thomas Devlin, LuLu Country Club85
Gregory Dymek, Five Ponds Golf Club85
Thomas Kay, Riverton Country Club85
Brendan May, North Hills Country Club85
Gregory Ferguson, Lookaway Golf Club87
Kyle Meier, Westwood Golf Club87
John Lupica, Lookaway Golf Club89
Aaron Nye, The 1912 Club91
Justin Spaeth, Cedarbrook Country Club94
Vincent Scarpetta, Glenmaura National Golf ClubWD
WD – withdrawal 

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