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May 14, 2009

Gelrod tops Am. Qualifier at Coatesville CC

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   COATESVILLE, Pa. – Ryan Gelrod of Commonwealth National GC carded an even-par 71 to earn medalist honors at Thursday’s Amateur Championship Qualifier at Coatesville CC (par 71, 6123 yards).

   Gelrod topped a field of 122 players competing for a spot in the 109th Amateur Championship, which will be held on June 15-17 & 20 at Stonewall. This was the final Amateur Championship qualifying event.

   “I was kind of scratchy ball striking, but my short game was real sharp,” he said. “I thought I did well. I chipped and putted great. I’m usually a pretty good ball striker, and usually, that’s where I make hay, but today I was able to save what could’ve gotten ugly with a pretty solid round.”

   Gelrod, 37, began his round with a bogie on No. 1 (par 5, 469 yards).

   “It’s a birdie hole, but I got off to a rough start,” he said. “I got it on the regulation and then three-putted.”

   Gelrod, of Blue Bell, Pa., also bogeyed on No. 10 (par 5, 519 yards) after hitting driver off the tee and landing in trees to the left.

   “I tried to hit a high wave cutting. It didn’t cut enough,” he said. “I had to punch it down there. I had a wild wind on my fourth shot, which I thought I hit really well, but it just rolled out 10-feet. I didn’t make the putt.”

   But Gelrod rebounded and made critical par-saves throughout the day, particularly on No. 2 (par 3, 156 yards). He hit 7-iron off the tee and landed about 10 yards short left of the green. He then chipped it to 12-feet and made the following putt to save par.

   “Making that helped me stay in the round and keep the momentum going,” Gelrod said.

   Gelrod also fired birdies on Nos. 9 (par 4, 354 yards) and 18 (par 4, 332 yards). Now that he’s qualified, Gelrod doesn’t necessarily have any expectations for the Amateur Championship.

   “I’m just going to go out there and try to play as well as I can,” he said. “I played pretty well at Stonewall before. It’s a great venue. The competition’s tough, but I’m going to go out there and try my best, see if I can sneak into match play and see what happens from there.”

   James Bea of Spring Mill CC shot 1-over par to finish second. The Churchville, Pa. resident has been working on his mechanics at home, and it seems to have paid off.

   “I’ve been hitting the ball great,” Bea said. “I’ve been trying to stay ho-hum about it. I made sure that I carried that mentality into the qualifier. You don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot early. I was just trying to keep the ball in play. I controlled the ball early and used that momentum to the end.”

   Bea’s tight approach worked out as the 19 year-old fired birdies on Nos. 4 (par 3, 155 yards), 9 (par 4, 354 yards) and 15 (par 5, 530 yards). He felt that the birdie on No. 15 propelled him to a strong finish.

   “I hit driver off the tee. It was a blind shot,” Bea said. “I drove up to the top of the hill. I hit a bad lay-up shot. I had one spot to hit it, and I ended up hitting it there and it trickled down for a tap. It got me going and motivated. That really got me back to the mentality of ‘just play the game.’ It got me out of a little bit of a panic.”

   Thursday’s qualifier helped to build Bea’s confidence heading into the Amateur Championship.

   “I feel like I’m a good enough player to play with anybody,” he said. “I feel like I’m a little bit of a dark horse. I made my name here. I’m ready to break through and be recognized as one of the better players in the area.”

   As the day ended, the cut line fell to 79.

   Thursday’s qualifier at Coatesville CC was the final Amateur Championship qualifying event. Matthew Gaffney of Little Mill CC and Chris Ault of Yardley CC, shared medalist honors at Monday’s qualifier at Links GC.

   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 134 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Name Club Scores
Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 71
James Bea Spring Mill Country Club 72
Mark Czerniakowski Blue Bell Country Club 74
Matt Dietrich Whitford Country Club 74
Matthew Teesdale Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Edward McCrossen, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 75
Kevin Genuardi Cedarbrook Country Club 75
Kevin Melnick, Jr. Plymouth Country Club 75
Roc Irey Lookaway Golf Club 75
Brian Corbett Huntsville Golf Club 76
Doug Marcincin Northampton Country Club 76
Ken Sim Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Mark Kosko Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 76
Matthew Burkhart Meadia Heights Golf Club 76
Robert Dziak Spring Ford Country Club 76
Robert Wurtz, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Rodney James Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Scott Storck Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Brad Sokol Green Valley Country Club 77
David Atkinson Llanerch Country Club 77
David Smith Doylestown Country Club 77
Matt Dolinsky Honeybrook Golf Club 77
Vinny Alessi Penn Oaks Golf Club 77
David Shields Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Greg Forster Radnor Valley Country Club 78
Johnny Murphy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 78
Stephen McIntyre Honeybrook Golf Club 78
Steven Kim Blue Bell Country Club 78
Bryan Winsko Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Connor McNicholas Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
James Braunsberg Blue Bell Country Club 79
John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Mark Quigley Lu Lu Country Club 79
Patrick Devlin Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Robert Robertson Sunnybrook Golf Club 79
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 79
Steve Minnick Bala Golf Club 79
William Gallagher, III Honeybrook Golf Club 79
Failed to qualify
Andrew Mason Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Andrew Zoeller Waynesborough Country Club 80
David O’Malley Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 80
John La Dow Bellewood Golf Club 80
Jon Thomas White Clay Creek Country Club 80
Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club 80
Paul Kovalcheck Lu Lu Country Club 80
Sam Lerner Woodcrest Country Club 80
Anthony DeNicco Brookside Country Club 81
Eric Casperson Indian Valley Country Club 81
Michael Bieler Brookside Country Club 81
Michael Ryan Coatesville Country Club 81
Peter Moran Edgmont Country Club 81
Arthur Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 81
Sam Pancoast Radley Run Country Club 81
Tom Carter Greate Bay Country Club 81
Brett Falkoff The ACE Club 82
Chris Kallmeyer Philadelphia Cricket Club 82
Cory Siegfried Philadelphia Country Club 82
Greg Jarmas Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Jason Barkley Huntsville Golf Club 82
John Mullins Spring Ford Country Club 82
Kevin Bair Wyncote Golf Club 82
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 82
Phil Dougherty McCall Golf & Country Club 82
Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 82
Robert Pina Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Zachary Dilcher Hartefeld National 82
Chris Parmer Olde York Country Club 83
Jack Rosenberg Waynesborough Country Club 83
Jason Kowalski Downingtown Golf Club 83
Mark Coassolo Brookside C.C. of Allentown 83
Michael DiGiandomenico French Creek Golf Club 83
Michael Evangelista Concord Country Club 83
Mike Owsik McCall Golf & Country Club 83
Mitch Stead Honeybrook Golf Club 83
Seth Hartman Heidelberg Country Club 83
Tim McNerney Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Tyler Canfield Downingtown Golf Club 83
Ben Feld Blue Bell Country Club 84
Jim Witt Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Joe Dellicarpini Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Paul Liebezeit Aronimink Golf Club 84
Adam Puskar Brookside C.C. of Allentown 85
Andrew Jaskel Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
Ben Bershad Hopewell Valley Golf Club 85
Drew Panebianco Talamore Country Club 85
Jay Desjardins Waynesborough Country Club 85
John Donnelly Concord Country Club 85
Matt Forgie Penn Oaks Golf Club 85
Matt Jasudowich Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Patrick Rutter Moselem Springs Golf Club 85
Scott Vasbinder Mercer Oaks Golf Course 85
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 85
Zachary Herr Jericho National Golf Club 85
Beau Guarino Burlington Country Club 86
John Clevenger Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Jordan Wycoff Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Alexander Penza Llanerch Country Club 87
Jason Staso Makefield Highlands Golf Club 87
Joe DeVito Jr. Laurel Creek Country Club 87
Robert Loftus Overbrook Golf Club 87
Zach Rothaus Philmont Country Club 87
Edmond Fenton Jericho National Golf Club 88
Kyle DiGiacobbe Talamore Country Club 88
Mark O’Neill Sandy Run Country Club 88
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 88
Dave Mcfetridge Ravens Claw Golf Club 89
Michael Boden Aronimink Golf Club 89
Jonathan Heydt Moselem Springs Golf Club 90
Dave Long Honeybrook Golf Club 92
Jim Lanzalotto Llanerch Country Club 95
Michael Ignatuk Penn Oaks Golf Club 97
Duane Pinnock Philadelphia Publinks GA 100
Matthew Shevlin Philadelphia Publinks GA DQ
Raymond Andrusiewicz Mercer Oaks Golf Course NC
Byron Whitman Golden Oaks Golf Club WD
Francis Hamm Country Club of Scranton WD
Kenneth Ralston Huntsville Golf Club WD
Michael Gradisek Stonewall WD
Ryan Worthy Merion Golf Club WD
Scott Morris Doylestown Country Club WD
William Smyrl Blue Bell Country Club NS
NC – no card; DQ – disqualification; WD – withdrawal; NS – no show

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