Gerney, Texter take low honors in #GAPOpen Qual. at Blue Bell - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 21, 2017

Gerney, Texter take low honors in #GAPOpen Qual. at Blue Bell

BLUE BELL, Pa. — One familiar professional of Philadelphia and one former pro recently returning to amateur status topped the first of two Golf Association of Philadelphia Open Championship Qualifiers at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 6,674 yards).

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  Jakob Gerney, an assistant at Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia, and Jarred Texter, a former pro himself playing out of Conestoga Country Club, each fired rounds of 2-under 69 to grab medalist honors Wednesday.

  The day’s cut line stopped at 6-over 77. Starting at 4:19 p.m., there was an hour weather delay due to heavy winds and rain passing through the Blue Bell area.

  The championship proper, which will feature a new two-day playing format, will be played July 17-18 at Philadelphia Country Club.

  Five birdies sent Texter to the top of a leaderboard featuring 141 hopefuls. On No. 2 (par 4, 455 yards), his 3-wood tee shot surfaced in the right rough, leading to a hybrid approach over a water hazard that ran up to the front of the green. Left with a 25-footer, the putt would fall for the first red number.

  Then, a triple bogey arrived on the par-4, 427-yard 4th hole. It was a blemish on the card, but it didn’t rattle Texter’s game.

  “I pulled the tee shot, and the OB was right there. It hit the cart path, went out and then I bogeyed my provisional ball,” said Texter. “But at that point, I knew there was a ton of golf left. I really just wanted to qualify and I got that done.”

  The rest of the birdies came on par 5s (Nos. 7, 9, 14, 17) – a rarity, he says.

“That was kind of a surprise. I don’t usually play those incredibly well, traditionally, because you always feel the pressure to make birdies and take advantage on those,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s always been a mental thing or not, but today I was able to get up and down really well today for birdies.”

  It may bode well for Texter, who regained his amateur-playing status back this season after competing professionally on mini-tours for seven years, that he’ll be appear in the #GAPOpen as an amateur. The last seven titles have gone their way.

  “Coming back as an amateur, I feel like I need to prove myself all over again,” said Texter, said Texter, a four-year member of UNLV’s golf team, including All-America honors in 2006 and 2007. “I’ve played in some pretty big stuff as a pro, but now that I’ve got my status back, I’m really looking forward to my future here playing in GAP [events].”

  Did we mention he’s fresh off his GAP Major debut just last week?

  Texter qualified for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship match play as the No. 11 seed after a 36-hole total of 3-over par 145 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon), but ultimately fell to No. 22 seed David Hicks of Wildwood Golf and Country Club’s, 3&1, in the Round of 32.

  “These events have such a big feel to them. Whether it’s all the stuff the staff does at a tournament, or whether it’s the videos or social media, it just feels big time,” said Texter, of Millersville, Pa.

  Gerney, starting on Blue Bell’s back nine, bogeyed Nos. 12 (par 3, 173 yards) and 13 (par 4, 374 yards) to dig himself in a shallow hole early. That hole was kicked in quickly.

  A birdie dropped on No. 14 (par 5, 491 yards) after Gerney blasted his ball out of a greenside bunker, jarring the 10-foot attempt that followed. On No. 17 (par 5, 493 yards), he blasted a drive down the center followed by a 6-iron that left him in front of the dance floor. A two-putt birdie from 35 feet got him back to even. Another one fell on No. 18 (par 4, 422 yards), after a punch 7-iron led to a six-foot downhiller that was converted.

  A solid second nine, including a tap-in birdie from eight inches on No. 4 (par 4, 427 yards), was the cherry on top for the day’s low score.

Gerney, entering his seventh season at Trump National, is now set to make his eighth #GAPOpen appearance.

  “I love the new two-day format. It’ll give some other guys a chance, it’s a little more manageable. I’d play decent in the morning, but once I would get to the second back nine, it would be over for me,” said Gerney, 38, of Sewell, N.J.

  He’ll look to end the trend of amateurs winning when he steps up to the tee at Philly Country.

  “The [amateur] talent level is awesome. It’s very strong. You’ve got guys like Chris Crawford making back-to-back U.S. Open appearances,” said Gerney. “It’s good moving on in golf tournaments no matter where and what they are.”

  The second and final Qualifier will be administered June 27 at Radnor Valley Country Club.

  The 2017 #GAPOpen field has expanded to 132 players. The format remains 36 holes of stroke play, however, the Championship will be contested over two days this year, rather than one day. A cut to the low 60 and ties takes place after Round 1.

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Name, club Score
(a) Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club 69
Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 69
Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club 70
(a) Yoseph Dance, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 71
(a) Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club 71
(a) Ambrose Abbracciamento, Old York CC at Chesterfield 71
(a) John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club 71
Joey Pohle, Blue Bell Country Club 72
(a) Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club 72
(a) Dylan Stein, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 72
(a) Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 72
(a) Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 73
David Fields, Brookside CC of Allentown 74
(a) Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
(a) Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club 74
(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club 74
(a) Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 75
(a) Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club 75
(a) Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
(a) Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club 75
(a) Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club 75
Nick Gorman, Burlington Country Club 75
(a) Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club 75
(a) Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 75
(a) Jon Rudisill, Reading Country Club 75
(a) Joe Visalli, Hartefeld National 75
(a) Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 76
(a) Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club 76
(a) Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club 76
(a) Ross Pilliod, Gilbertsville Golf Club 76
(a) Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club 76
(a) Kevin Sarlo, Burlington Country Club 76
Ryan Jones, Lehigh Country Club 76
(a) Jim Maru, Northampton Country Club 77
(a) Erik Reisner, The ACE Club 77
(a) Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club 77
(a) Donald Burgess, Lancaster Country Club 77
(a) Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
(a) Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National 77
(a) Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club 77
(a) Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club 77
(a) Connor Sheehan, Conestoga Country Club 77
(a) Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 77
(a) Keith Olinick, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 77
(a) Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 77
Failed to qualify
(a) Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 78
(a) Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club 78
(a) Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club 78
Andy Watters, Talamore Country Club 78
(a) Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 78
Mark Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Kevin Kraft, Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center 78
(a) Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 78
(a) Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 78
(a) Drew Guarino, Old York CC at Chesterfield 78
(a) Mitch Burns, Golden Oaks Golf Club 78
(a) Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club 78
(a) Rick Hendrickson, Aronimink Golf Club 78
(a) Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club 78
John Cooper, Jr., Green Valley Country Club 79
(a) Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 79
(a) Noam Roizman, Bluestone Country Club 79
(a) Doug Gordon, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
(a) Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
(a) Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club 79
(a) Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club 79
(a) Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Jon Rusk, Lu Lu Country Club 79
(a) Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club 79
(a) Rocco Sgrillo, Philmont Country Club 79
(a) Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
(a) Jay Nistad, Medford Village Country Club 79
(a) Trey Kuntz, Lancaster Country Club 79
(a) Anthony Hoffman, Middletown Country Club 79
(a) Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 79
(a) Cory Meyer, Burlington Country Club 79
(a) Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club 79
(a) Clay Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 80
(a) Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
(a) Richard Hunter, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
(a) Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 80
(a) Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 80
(a) Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club 80
(a) Alec Cwienkala, Saucon Valley Country Club 80
(a) Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club 80
Andrew Pierson, Camden County Golf Academy 81
(a) David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
(a) Andrew Simpson, Indian Valley Country Club 81
(a) Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 81
(a) Mike Keenan, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
(a) Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club 81
(a) Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 81
(a) Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club 81
(a) Bret Howey, Woodstone Country Club 81
(a) Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
(a) Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club 82
(a) Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club 82
(a) Rob Wilson, Bala Golf Club 82
(a) Bradley Bernosky, Broad Run Golfer’s Club 82
(a) Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
(a) Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club 83
(a) Bob Ball, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
(a) Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
(a) Timothy Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club 84
(a) Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club 84
(a) Stephen Barry, Sakima Country Club 84
(a) Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club 85
(a) John O’Donnell, White Manor Country Club 85
(a) Matt Dreyfuss, Hartefeld National 85
(a) Rajat Gogia, Applecross Country Club 85
(a) Paul Bickford, Wedgwood Country Club 85
(a) Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
(a) Jonathan Green, Green Valley Country Club 86
(a) Jh Park, Blue Bell Country Club 86
(a) Brian Leftwich, Pine Valley Golf Club 86
Joseph Ambrose, Paupak Hills Golf & Country Club 86
(a) Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club 86
(a) Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 86
(a) Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club 87
(a) Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club 87
(a) James Peruggia, Blue Bell Country Club 88
(a) Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club 90
(a) Terry Tompkins, Talamore Country Club 90
(a) Kenny Engel, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
(a) Richard Reed, Hartefeld National 90
(a) Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 91
(a) Dave DiValentino, Five Ponds Golf Club 91
(a) Reed Huntzinger, Bent Creek Country Club 91
Anthony Shields, The ACE Club 94
(a) Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club 94
(a) Edward Conway, Blue Bell Country Club 101
(a) Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club WD
(a) Matthew Cleary, Wilmington Country Club WD
(a) Luke Liddell, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale WD
(a) Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club WD
(a) Matt Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park WD
(a) Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club WD
(a) Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club WD
(a) Owen Samuda, Valleybrook Country Club WD
(a) Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
(a) Robert Wojczak, Makefield Highlands Golf Club WD
(a) Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club WD
(a) Forrest Swisher, Mercer Oaks Golf Course NC
Greyson Rossi, Bayside Resort Golf Club NC
(a)-denotes amateur
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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