Glenmaura’s Matthews keeps rolling, tops U.S. Amateur Qualifier - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 21, 2013

Glenmaura’s Matthews keeps rolling, tops U.S. Amateur Qualifier

  VILLANOVA, Pa. —A marvelous week grew in grandeur for Brandon Matthews Monday. Five days after capturing the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 109th Open Championship, he qualified for his first U.S. Amateur Championship. The Dupont, Pa. resident carded a 4-under-par 136 to earn medalist honors in a qualifier at Overbrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,568 yards) and Radnor Valley Country Club (par 70, 6,544 yards).

   “It feels great. All I wanted to do was make it today,” Matthews, 18, said. “I wanted to not only get there, but I want to make it to match play. I’m going to make my own destiny from there. When I got to the last two holes at Radnor Valley [site of Matthews’ final round], I said, ‘I can make an 8 here and still be OK. That’s a comfortable feeling.”

  Joining Matthews as qualifiers for the Championship proper are fellow collegians Christopher Crawford of Spring Mill Country Club, Brandon Dalinka of The Ridge at Back Brook and Overbrook’s own Sean Fahey, who heads to Dartmouth College in the fall. Crawford is an incoming sophomore at Drexel Univeristy, Dalinka a junior at the University of North Carolina. Llanerch Country Club’s Stephen Seiden, a 31-year-old from Drexel Hill, Pa., also advanced. The U.S. Amateur will take place Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

  Matthews totaled 11 birdies on the day, finding fairways frequently and firing at flagsticks with little remorse. He emerged as the event’s 18-hole leader by carding a 3-under-par 67 at Overbrook. Matthews opened his bid with a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 380 yards), hitting a knockdown pitching wedge 127 yards to eight feet. He carded consecutive 3s on Nos. 13 (par 4, 384 yards) and 14 (par 4, 305 yards) to secure 18-hole leader status. Matthews sent a wedge onto the back collar and rolled in a 25-footer on the first, and left a 70-yard wedge at three feet on the latter. He felt far from weary entering the event’s final round.

   “I always have gas in the tank. Sometimes you go through burnout, and I didn’t have that today,” Matthews, an incoming sophomore at Temple University, said.

  Matthews separated himself from the pack at Radnor Valley. He again started with a birdie, powering a 3-iron into the front bunker and splashing out a foot on No. 10 (par 5, 520 yards). He lost a stroke on the par 4, 424-yard 12th hole by depositing a 54-degree wedge into the front bunker. Label 13 and 14 as his lucky numbers, though; Matthews inked red on both at Radnor Valley as well. He hit a 58-degree wedge to five inches on No. 13 (par 4, 320 yards) and to six feet on No. 14 (par 4, 435 yards). The battletested, battle-approved Matthews cited a pair of par saves down the stretch as critical junctures. After watching his 3-iron crash into a tree and potentially out-of-bounds on No. 17 (par 4, 416 yards), he re-teed, only to execute an identical shot. Fortunately for Matthews, he found his first golf ball, punched onto the fairway and slammed a wedge 118 yards to two feet. He sunk a clutch 12-footer for 4 on No. 18 (par 4, 432 yards).

   “Those were really good,” Matthews, the reigning GAP Patterson Cup Champion, said. “At the end of a day like this, you’re starting to get tired. Your swing’s starting to get long. Having that little cushion for the final nine holes in a big event like this is something that’s very big because you might be getting a little tired and go back into old habits. Coming down the end of 36-hole tournaments, I really rely on my short game, and it was there.”

  Matthews’ summer to remember tour will now stop in Massachusetts.

   “To almost make the U.S. Open and to make the U.S. Amateur and hopefully do well in it means a lot,” Matthews said. “My coach (Brian Quinn) has helped me so much over the past year and a half. I’m so thankful to have him. I’ve been very blessed this season.”

  Fahey, 18, of Villanova, Pa., set a competitive course record at Radnor Valley to rocket up the leaderboard Monday. He carded a 5-under-par 65, which featured five consecutive birdies.

   “I wanted to try and focus on hitting the ball a little more solid, and I knew I’d shoot a couple under par if I did that because I was putting really well [at Overbrook],” Fahey said. “I had no idea about the course record. I was just trying to play the last round well. I hit two 4-irons into the last hole. It’s cool to have a course record somewhere.”

  George “Buddy” Marucci, Jr. nearly qualified for his 24th U.S. Amateur Championship. He fell to Dalinka in a sudden-death session after catching the right greenside bunker on Overbrook’s No. 10 (par 3, 178 yards), the first playoff hole, with a 5-iron. Marucci played in the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club.

   “I wanted to try and get back,” “Marucci, 61, of Villanova, Pa., said. “Frankly, if you told me I was going to be in a playoff for one spot, I probably would have taken it.”

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Name City, state Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Brandon Matthews Dupont, PA 67 OGC 69 RVCC 136
Sean Fahey Villanova, PA 74 OGC 65 RVCC 139
Stephen Seiden Drexel Hill, PA 69 OGC 71 RVCC 140
Christopher Crawford Bensalem, PA 70 RVCC 70 OGC 140
*Brandon Dalinka Newtown, PA 70 OGC 71 RVCC 141
Alternates (in order)
*George Marucci, Jr. Villanova, PA 69 OGC 72 RVCC 141
*Evan Galbreath Huntingdon Valley, PA 71 OGC 71 RVCC 142
Failed to qualify
*Ryan Siegler West Windsor, NJ 70 OGC 72 RVCC 142
Cory Siegfried Wayne, PA 71 OGC 72 RVCC 143
Oscar Mestre Berwyn, PA 74 RVCC 69 OGC 143
James Kania Haverford, PA 72 OGC 72 RVCC 144
Peter Barron, III Mays Landing, NJ 70 RVCC 74 OGC 144
Brad McFadden Bryn Mawr, PA 74 RVCC 70 OGC 144
Brian Gillespie Wayne, PA 71 RVCC 74 OGC 145
Jonathan Ortiz Lansdale, PA 74 RVCC 71 OGC 145
Conor Casey Madison, NJ 71 OGC 76 RVCC 147
Joe April Philadelphia, PA 73 OGC 74 RVCC 147
Mike Amole Huntingdon Valley, PA 73 OGC 74 RVCC 147
Jeff Kiley Los Angeles, CA 74 RVCC 73 OGC 147
Vinay Ramesh Newtown, PA 74 RVCC 73 OGC 147
Dave Liotta West Chester, PA 73 RVCC 74 OGC 147
Matthew Crescenzo Cheltenham, PA 76 RVCC 71 OGC 147
Jonathan Heydt Mertztown, PA 74 OGC 74 RVCC 148
Paul Yun Wayne, PA 79 OGC 69 RVCC 148
Benjamin Feld Blue Bell, PA 72 OGC 76 RVCC 148
Tucker Koch Malvern, PA 71 RVCC 77 OGC 148
Mike Hyland Marlton, NJ 75 RVCC 73 OGC 148
Ryan Triller Street, MD 73 OGC 76 RVCC 149
T. Raleigh Chapin Doylestown, PA 75 OGC 74 RVCC 149
Tommy Higham Shelley, ID 74 OGC 75 RVCC 149
Daniel Myers West Chester, PA 74 OGC 75 RVCC 149
James Braunsberg Plymouth Meeting, PA 75 RVCC 74 OGC 149
Michael Johnson Ambler, PA 73 OGC 77 RVCC 150
Bin Kwon Marlton, NJ 79 OGC 71 RVCC 150
Robert Galbreath Huntingdon Valley, PA 75 OGC 75 RVCC 150
Jay Pinkos Clifton, VA 73 OGC 77 RVCC 150
Tim Godshalk Exton, PA 74 OGC 76 RVCC 150
Zachary Falone Mickleton, NJ 74 RVCC 76 OGC 150
Trevor Randolph Wyckoff, NJ 74 RVCC 76 OGC 150
Ryan Brown Scranton, PA 73 RVCC 77 OGC 150
Matt Kocent Bala Cynwyd, PA 74 RVCC 76 OGC 150
Michael Kania Haverford, PA 76 RVCC 74 OGC 150
Ed Carnes Tinton Falls, NJ 79 OGC 72 RVCC 151
Dan Arison Norristown, PA 76 RVCC 75 OGC 151
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr. West Chester, PA 77 OGC 75 RVCC 152
Evan Notaro Bath, PA 73 OGC 79 RVCC 152
Roland Massimino Lumberville, PA 75 OGC 77 RVCC 152
Rodney Anders Telford, PA 78 RVCC 74 OGC 152
P. Chet Walsh Wayne, PA 75 RVCC 77 OGC 152
Luke Graboyes Watchung, NJ 72 RVCC 80 OGC 152
Kevin Haag Hummelstown, PA 77 RVCC 75 OGC 152
Tyler Fewell Harrisburg, PA 77 OGC 76 RVCC 153
Eric Slawter Wayne, PA 78 RVCC 75 OGC 153
Conrad Von Borsig Swarthmore, PA 74 RVCC 79 OGC 153
Blayze DiPasquale Richboro, PA 77 RVCC 76 OGC 153
Tom Horgan Radnor, PA 76 RVCC 77 OGC 153
Christopher Lange, Jr. Newtown Square, PA 77 OGC 77 RVCC 154
Zachary Allinson Allentown, PA 73 OGC 81 RVCC 154
Alexander Hicks Cape May Court House, NJ 79 OGC 75 RVCC 154
Steve Oh Philadelphia, PA 73 RVCC 81 OGC 154
Andrew Lawson West Chester, PA 74 RVCC 80 OGC 154
Ted Brennan Newtown Square, PA 75 RVCC 79 OGC 154
Morgan Dougherty Warrington, PA 76 RVCC 78 OGC 154
Christopher Fuga Phoenixville, PA 78 OGC 77 RVCC 155
Patrick Ross Dunmore, PA 78 OGC 77 RVCC 155
Jimmy Pokorny Havertown, PA 76 OGC 79 RVCC 155
Vince Sirianni Blue Bell, PA 75 OGC 80 RVCC 155
Benjamin Smith Voorhees, NJ 74 RVCC 81 OGC 155
Brendan Worthy Chester Springs, PA 80 RVCC 75 OGC 155
Russell Hill Bordentown, NJ 82 OGC 74 RVCC 156
Grant Skyllas Wyomissing, PA 77 OGC 79 RVCC 156
Jesse Bingaman Nazareth, PA 78 OGC 78 RVCC 156
Cole Willcox Berwyn, PA 81 RVCC 75 OGC 156
Marc Mandel Plymouth Meeting, PA 77 OGC 80 RVCC 157
Michael Rogers Bryn Mawr, PA 82 OGC 75 RVCC 157
Larry Georgetti Marmora, NJ 76 OGC 81 RVCC 157
Oliver White Lower Gwynedd, PA 78 RVCC 79 OGC 157
Matt Cocco Churchville, PA 81 RVCC 76 OGC 157
Anthony List Havertown, PA 82 RVCC 75 OGC 157
Robbie Coyne West Chester, PA 77 RVCC 80 OGC 157
Mark Kosko Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 80 RVCC 77 OGC 157
Brendan Papariello Villanova, PA 81 RVCC 76 OGC 157
Will Flood Blue Bell, PA 78 RVCC 79 OGC 157
Shawn Lavin Drexel Hill, PA 82 OGC 76 RVCC 158
Joshua Bennett Pitman, NJ 77 RVCC 81 OGC 158
Zachary Melnick Blue Bell, PA 74 RVCC 85 OGC 159
Clark Holle South Orange, NJ 74 RVCC 85 OGC 159
Jimmy Johnston Wayne, PA 78 RVCC 81 OGC 159
Bobby Svigals Villanova, PA 77 RVCC 83 OGC 160
Stephen Welkie Coopersburg, PA 80 RVCC 80 OGC 160
Joseph Perese Huntingdon Valley, PA 80 OGC 81 RVCC 161
Brendan Young Malvern, PA 80 OGC 81 RVCC 161
James Kelly Cape May Court House, NJ 77 OGC 84 RVCC 161
Cameron Liebert Malvern, PA 80 RVCC 81 OGC 161
Patrick Knott Bryn Mawr, PA 82 RVCC 79 OGC 161
Quinn Dolan Broomall, PA 82 RVCC 79 OGC 161
Alex Dupre Drexel Hill, PA 82 OGC 80 RVCC 162
Pete Moran Chester Springs, PA 81 OGC 81 RVCC 162
Brian Todaro Springfield, PA 85 OGC 77 RVCC 162
Douglas Hilgenberg Flemington, NJ 79 RVCC 83 OGC 162
Richard Marabella East Norriton, PA 81 OGC 83 RVCC 164
Brian Dempster Robbinsville, NJ 83 RVCC 81 OGC 164
Trey Swanson West Chester, PA 80 RVCC 84 OGC 164
Paul Acierno Flourtown, PA 80 OGC 85 RVCC 165
Matthew Krass Unionville, PA 80 OGC 85 RVCC 165
Daniel Furman Blue Bell, PA 81 OGC 84 RVCC 165
David Long Coatesville, PA 83 RVCC 82 OGC 165
Ryan Carroll Malvern, PA 87 OGC 79 RVCC 166
Gwinyai Murahwa Devon, PA 84 OGC 82 RVCC 166
Blake Hinckley Kennett Square, PA 80 OGC 86 RVCC 166
Kevin Fuchs Garden City, NY 84 RVCC 82 OGC 166
Daniel Robertson-Duggan Daly City, CA 86 RVCC 81 OGC 167
Brandon Roche Burlington, NJ 83 RVCC 84 OGC 167
Brian Fischer Lansdale, PA 86 RVCC 82 OGC 168
John Leighton Huntingdon Valley, PA 86 OGC 84 RVCC 170
R.J. Cummings Moorestown, NJ 88 OGC 83 RVCC 171
Duane Pinnock Eagleville, PA 85 OGC 86 RVCC 171
Richard Reed Drexel Hill, PA 87 RVCC 85 OGC 172
Justin Pak Media, PA 84 RVCC 88 OGC 172
Stephen Kidron Horsham, PA 93 OGC 80 RVCC 173
Kevin Delaney Malvern, PA 85 OGC 90 RVCC 175
Kevin O’Donnell Cape May Court House, NJ 87 RVCC 89 OGC 176
Tyler Flagler North Wales, PA 87 RVCC 90 OGC 177
John Burke Mantua, NJ 85 RVCC 92 OGC 177
Ryan McCormick Middletown, NJ 75 OGC WD RVCC WD
Matthew Teesdale Maple Glen, PA 74 OGC DQ RVCC DQ
Andy Achenbach Wayne, PA 81 OGC WD RVCC WD
Brian David Fairless Hills, PA 91 OGC WD RVCC WD
Paul Bickford Runnemede, NJ 79 RVCC NS OGC NS
Geoffrey Cooper Philadelphia, PA 76 RVCC WD OGC WD
James Bea Churchville, PA 81 RVCC WD OGC WD
* – determined in playoff
DQ – disqualification; WD – withdrawal; NS – no show

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