Herbst heats up in #BMWPhillyAm Qualifier at Golden Oaks - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 20, 2018

Herbst heats up in #BMWPhillyAm Qualifier at Golden Oaks

FLEETWOOD, Pa. — David Herbst, a rising senior standout at Lebanon Valley College, is set to make his Golf Association of Philadelphia competitive debut after catching fire Monday at Golden Oaks Golf Club (par 72, 6,780 yards).

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A sizzling 4-under round of 68 earned Herbst the medal honor in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier. As a member of West Shore Country Club – a new GAP Member Club in 2018 – Herbst will step onto the main stage, while representing the Harrisburg-area course, with momemtum and medal in hand.

“Qualifying for the [Philadelphia Amateur] was a goal of mine at the beginning of the summer. My score today is a new personal low for me in competition, so I’m really happy with the way I played,” said Herbst, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The Championship proper is set for June 12-14 and 16 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. Players will compete in stroke-play qualifying on June 12 (one round each at Whitemarsh Valley and Green Valley Country Club) to determine the 32-player, match-play bracket.

The day’s cut line stopped at 1-over 73 for the field of 109 hopefuls.

Back-to-back birdies started the medalist’s personal record-breaking day. On No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards), a perfect drive left 140 yards for a wedge approach which found the fringe. A jarred 30-footer for 3 got the round warmed up. A red number on No. 2 (par 4, 383 yards) arrived after a driver and eventual pitching wedge approach led to an eight-foot birdie conversion.

“Pretty much what I told myself is to just keep it going after those two. I just wanted to keep getting looks for birdies and eventually they’ll go in,” he said.

Oh, did they ever.

The birdie party continued on No. 5 (par 5, 473 yards) as he drilled a drive down the right side. A 3-wood approach found the green and Herbst would go on to two-putt for a red 4. The next highlight came as Herbst made Golden Oaks’ turn, jarring a six-foot birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 400 yards) after another well-executed wedge approach.

Herbst felt good about his position heading to the home stretch of his round, but that didn’t stop him from taking the foot off the pedal. His 6-iron tee shot on No. 13 (par 3, 164 yards) nestled up to six feet, which he made to get to the winning mark of -4.

The 2017-18 season was a big one for the Lebanon Valley Dutchman. Herbst collected three collegiate titles en route to First-Team All-MAC Commonwealth honors. After qualifying for the GAP’s premier event, Herbst now has a chance to build on his impressive year.

“It was a good season for me. I played consistent golf,” he said. “Last year, I qualified and played in both the Pennsylvania State Amateur and Open. Now I’ll get a chance to play in the [Philadelphia Amateur],” he said. “I’ll set my expectations for high finishes overall, but eventually I want to win one of those three.”

The 21-year-old, who is studying economics at Lebanon Valley, is excited to take on a new Championship in a different part of the state despite not being too familiar with the competition or tracks. That all will change in a few weeks’ time.

“It’s all exciting – I’ve heard great things about the courses. It’s a new part of the state for me, so I’m looking forward to getting there,” said Herbst.

The final of four #BMWPhillyAm Qualifiers will take place Saturday, June 2 at Wild Quail Golf & Country Club after being rained out this past weekend. Players are asked to contact the Association by Tuesday, May 22 informing of their availability to play. Those who cannot attend the new date will be issued full refunds.

The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s premier event. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke play qualifier to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven Amateur Championship titles.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) 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 200 Full Member Clubs and 70,000 individual members are spread across Eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, club Score
David Herbst, West Shore Country Club 68
Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club 69
Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club 70
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 71
Michael O’Brien, Bala Golf Club 71
Ambrose Abbracciamento, Jericho National Golf Club 72
Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 72
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 72
Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club 72
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 72
Matt Long, Glen Brook Golf Club 72
Campbell Wolf, Carlisle Country Club 72
Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club 73
Evan Brown, Hartefeld National 73
Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club 73
Zachary Falone, Sakima Country Club 73
John Foley, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 73
Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club 73
Zachary Juhasz, Northampton Country Club 73
Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club 73
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 73
Warren Rozelle, Country Club of Scranton 73
Joshua Ryan, GAP Junior eClub 73
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 73
Failed to qualify
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club 74
Nick Calabrese, The Springhaven Club 74
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 74
Mike Kacelowicz, Old York Road Country Club 74
Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club 74
Matthew Shevlin, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Kyle Vance, Blue Bell Country Club 74
Joe April, Waynesborough Country Club 75
Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club 75
Christopher Cerminaro, Glenmaura National Golf Club 75
Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club 75
Robert Olseski, III, Applebrook Golf Club 75
Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club 75
Anthony Sarko, Golden Oaks Golf Club 75
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 76
Blake Reifsnyder, Golden Oaks Golf Club 76
R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club 76
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 77
Anthony Del Gaudio, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 77
Billy Hallman, Southmoore Golf Course 77
Kevin Karabin, Glen Oak Country Club 77
David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Ryan Riviezzo, Applecross Country Club 77
Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior eClub 77
Sam Beauregard, GAP Junior eClub 78
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club 78
Luke Fayocavitz, Glen Oak Country Club 78
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club 78
Max Harrington, Brookside CC of Allentown 78
Jack Murray, Stonewall 78
John O’Donnell, White Manor Country Club 78
Brandon Raihl, Heidelberg Country Club 78
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Joseph Chambers, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 79
Tom Coyne, Waynesborough Country Club 79
Stephen O’Sullivan, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club 80
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 80
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club 80
Trevor Seufer, Stonewall 80
Tyler Ulrich, LedgeRock Golf Club 80
Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club 80
Kevin Bonner, Talamore Country Club 81
Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club 81
Wills Montgomery, Applecross Country Club 81
Ryan O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Jh Park, Blue Bell Country Club 81
Timothy Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club 81
Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club 82
Cory Ermold, Brookside Country Club 82
Michael Flatley, Merion Golf Club 82
Anthony Hoffman, Middletown Country Club 82
Ross Pilliod, Bala Golf Club 82
Cory Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club 83
Justin Howe, Applecross Country Club 83
Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club 83
Stephen Meier, Brookside CC of Allentown 83
Tyler Miller, Stonewall 83
Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Reed Huntzinger, Bent Creek Country Club 84
Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 84
Albert Mcfadden, III, Valley Country Club 84
Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club 86
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club 86
Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club 86
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Patrick McCusker, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club 87
Gwinyai Murahwa, Lu Lu Country Club 88
Dan Smith, The Springhaven Club 89
Martin Cryan, Fox Hill Country Club 90
Ryan Wagner, Penn Oaks Golf Club 90
Paul Bickford, Wedgwood Country Club WD
Bobby Kershner, Bellewood Country Club WD
Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club WD
C.J. Bell, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club NS
Blake Vogdes, Stone Harbor Golf Club NS
Matthew Kreuter, The 1912 Club NS
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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