#GAPOpen Qualifying: The 1912 Club - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 17, 2021

#GAPOpen Qualifying: The 1912 Club

Barbin bests #GAPOpen Qualifying field at 1912

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Evan Barbin already has a GAP Major Qualifying medal to his name this summer. After earning that top honor, and preparing for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, a weather delay in a national championship qualifying event forced him to withdraw from the Amateur field this week.

After a 1-under 69 performance at The 1912 Club (par 70, 6,655 yards) Wednesday in the first of three GAP Open Championship Qualifying events, now Barbin has a pair of GAP medals — and a second chance at the ultimate Major hardware.

At day’s end, which featured mid-70s temperatures and sporadic wind, the cut line stopped at 6-over 76, meaning 42 players advanced to the 117th #GAPOpen, which will be contested July 13-14 at Country Club of York.

Barbin, a Loch Nairn Golf Club member, began his day on 1912’s opener (par 4, 490 yards) with his card’s lone bogey. After blocking his drive right, Barbin chipped out and failed to get up-and-down for par. He’d round out the front nine with eight-straight pars.

“All I was trying to do was make birdies and avoid doubles. I just told myself to hit the center of greens,” said Barbin.

A clean second side of 2-under par checks both of those goals off the list. Barbin’s first birdie of the day arrived on the par-4, 413-yard 11th. A 3-wood off the tee, and over the pond, left him with just a pitching wedge in. He landed that approach on the left fringe near a sprinkler head, took relief, and chipped in for 3. His second and final red digit on No. 15 (par 4, 347 yards) came after an overdrawn 3-wood landed left, but a 60-yard lob wedge approach landed within 10 feet and was drained. Three pars coming in resulted in the 1-under finish.

“It was one of those days where I had a ton of good looks at birdie. I missed a few short ones, maybe three five-footers in a row,” said Barbin. “I hit the ball really solid overall.”

It’s been a big Barbin week. A medal for Evan, and impressive #BMWPhillyAm showings by Austin and Zach, who both are accomplished GAP and collegiate players in their own right. Zach, of Liberty University, won both the Philadelphia Amateur and Patterson Cup in 2020, and reached the Semifinals Tuesday at Cedarbrook Country Club before falling to eventual finalist Jack Irons, 3&2. His brother, Austin, of the University of Maryland, earned the No. 2 overall #BMWPhillyAm seed before being defeated in the Round of 32, 2 down. Austin also took the 2019 GAP Junior Boys’ Championship title.

A rising senior at Red Lion Christian Academy, Barbin talked about the “huge summer ahead” for his game. So huge, in fact, that schedule conflicts were inevitable. Barbin was set to compete in this week’s #BMWPhillyAm, but a lightning delay the day before in a Boys Junior PGA Championship at Valley Country Club messed with those plans.

“It was extremely unfortunate. I was disappointed, because I really wanted to play in the Philly Am,” said Barbin, 17, of Elkton, Md. “But we had a lightning delay and we had to come back the next day. I ended up missing [the Boys Junior PGA] by one shot, but I’m the first alternate.”

Good thing there’s plenty of golf left to be played this summer. Now, after today’s medal honor, Barbin will not only test his game against the region’s top amateur, but also its top professionals. He’s ready for that platform.

“This will be my first GAP Open. I’ve played in the [Delaware State Golf Association] Open before, so it’s not my first time going against pros,” said Barbin. “I just need to play my game. Each time I go out now, I just think about taking the round deep. I just think about making birdies and posting great rounds. Hopefully I can continue that.”

Today marked the first of three #GAPOpen Qualifying events. The next will tee off at Schuylkill Country Club on June 23, followed by Trenton Country Club on June 28.

The Open Championship is GAP’s third oldest championship behind the Philadelphia Amateur and Joseph H. Patterson Cup.

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
(a)Evan Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club69
(a)Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club70
(a)Alex Butler, Overbrook Golf Club71
Mike Furey, Saucon Valley Country Club71
(a)Angelo Giantsopoulos, LuLu Country Club72
(a)Jack Hamilton, Merion Golf Club72
(a)John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club72
(a)Cal Buonocore, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
(a)Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club73
(a)Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club73
Bill Walker, Riverton Country Club73
(a)Ryan Cass, Hidden Creek Golf Club74
(a)Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club74
Chris Krueger, Kings Creek CC74
(a)Brendan McNamara, Sandy Run Country Club74
(a)Gary Schoeman, Gulph Mills Golf Club74
(a)Jake Cutler, Union League Liberty Hill75
(a)Jackson Debusschere, The Springhaven Club75
(a)Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National75
(a)Sean Ebert, Doylestown Country Club75
(a)Zachary Falone, Little Mill Country Club75
(a)Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club75
(a)Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club75
(a)Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75
(a)Joe Kerrigan, Llanerch Country Club75
(a)Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club75
(a)Matthew Krass, Radley Run Country Club75
(a)Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club75
(a)Jeffrey Victor, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75
John Cooper, Green Valley Country Club76
(a)Christopher Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club76
(a)Corey Haydu, Spring Mill Country Club76
(a)Matt Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club76
(a)Brett McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76
(a)Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club76
(a)Chris Orlando, Paxon Hollow Country Club76
David Powers, Woodloch Springs76
(a)Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club76
Anthony Shields, Union League Liberty Hill76
Nathaniel Short, Country Club of York76
(a)Chris Waldmann, French Creek Golf Club76
(a)Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club76
Failed to qualify 
(a)Nicholas Anderson, White Manor Country Club77
(a)Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club77
(a)Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club77
(a)Phillip Garbrous, Hidden Creek Golf Club77
(a)Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
(a)Nick Hano, Aronimink Golf Club77
(a)John Hansel, Sandy Run Country Club77
Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks Golf Club77
Jeff Herb, Waynesborough Country Club77
(a)Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club77
(a)Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale77
(a)Darren Nolan, Cedarbrook Country Club77
(a)Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club77
(a)Stewart Rickenbach, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club77
(a)Nikita Romanov, Loch Nairn Golf Club77
(a)Gerard Rosato, The 1912 Club77
(a)Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown77
(a)Tyler Zimmer, Philadelphia Country Club77
(a)Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club78
(a)John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club78
Scott Chisholm, Rolling Green Golf Club78
(a)Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club78
(a)Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club78
(a)Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club78
Will Huntley, Blue Bell Country Club78
(a)Henry Kovalcik, Hidden Creek Golf Club78
(a)Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
(a)Pete Moran, French Creek Golf Club78
(a)Domenick Trentalange, LuLu Country Club78
(a)Ryan Woelfling, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78
(a)Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club79
(a)Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
(a)Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club79
(a)Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club79
(a)Johnny Mallozzi, Talamore Country Club79
(a)Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club79
(a)Joseph Polidoro, Scotland Run Golf Club79
(a)Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association79
(a)Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club80
(a)Josh Evans, Blue Bell Country Club80
(a)Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club80
(a)Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club80
(a)Garrett McVaugh, Moorestown Field Club80
Hugh Reilly, Philadelphia PGA80
(a)Kevin Rossi, Green Pond Country Club80
(a)Joseph Rueter, Sandy Run Country Club80
(a)Jim Austin, Deerwood Country Club81
(a)Ian Masenheimer, Lehigh Country Club81
(a)Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club81
(a)Sean Campbell, Talamore Country Club82
(a)David Malone, Sandy Run Country Club82
(a)Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country Club82
(a)Jack Davis, Aronimink Golf Club83
(a)Shane Dolan, The 1912 Club83
(a)Jeff Gardiner, Hartefeld National83
(a)Greg Hanna, Applebrook Golf Club83
Quinn Joseph, French Creek Golf Club83
(a)Zach Miller, Five Ponds Golf Club83
(a)Mitch Steelman, Sunnybrook Golf Club83
(a)Michael Sydnes, Talamore Country Club83
(a)Mason Wills, Bent Creek Country Club83
(a)Joshua Gallagher, Hartefeld National84
(a)Richard Marabella, Jeffersonville Golf Club84
(a)J.B. Reibstein, Philadelphia Cricket Club84
(a)A.J. Skinner, Five Ponds Golf Club84
(a)Carter Field, Sandy Run Country Club85
(a)Scott Kalan, Squires Golf Club85
(a)Evan Rosenstein, Bluestone Country Club85
(a)Adam Schlanger, Mercer Oaks Golf Course85
(a)Brad Abel, DuPont Country Club86
(a)Stephen McIntyre, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association86
(a)Brian Smarsh, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association86
(a)Sean Kelly, Bucknell Golf Club87
(a)Daniel Tennekoon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club88
(a)Trent Gehringer, Golden Oaks Golf Club89
(a)Charles Briggs , Merion Golf Club90
(a)Ryan Divis, LuLu Country Club90
(a)Christian Deussing, Jericho National Golf Club91
(a)Christopher Nugent, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club91
(a)Craig Reiner, Moorestown Field Club91
(a)John Stevenson, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club96
(a)Winston Blank, Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
(a)Jordan Cooper, Woodcrest Country ClubWD
(a)James Gradisek, Philadelphia Country ClubWD
(a)Aaron Nye, The 1912 ClubWD
(a)Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country ClubWD
(a)John Rosenberg, Waynesborough Country ClubWD
WD – withdrawal 
(a) – denotes amateur 

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