Jul 20, 2016

Huntingdon Valley’s Sterbinsky tops U.S. Amateur Qualifier

  NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Swing mechanics, hip movement, speed and stroke with a putter — all topics on Kyle Sterbinsky’s improvement list this summer. He’s working with John Dunigan, director of instruction at White Manor Country Club, to refresh his golf game. | Scorecards | Photo gallery |

  The project is a success, judging by Wednesday’s result.

  Sterbinsky, a rising junior at Wake Forest University, carded a 3-under-par 138 to earn medalist honors in a U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Aronimink Golf Club (par 70, 7,074 yards) and White Manor Country Club (par 71, 7,015 yards). Fellow collegiates Michael Boss (recent Flagler College graduate), Michael Davis (junior at Princeton University), Matt Oshrine (senior at Duke University) and Henry Shimp (freshman at Stanford University), also advanced to the Championship proper.

  The U.S. Amateur Championship will take place Aug. 15-21 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

  “I saw a lot of progression today, which was nice. It was a long day, but I played solid the whole day,” Sterbinbsky, 19, of Yardley, Pa., said. “I struck the ball really well all day and fortunately got the putter rolling. I’ve been working pretty hard on the greens, so it’s good to see some work pay off. I hit some really good putts today.”

  Sterbinsky, a Huntingdon Valley Country Club member, began his U.S. Amateur bid at White Manor. There he carded a 3-under-par 68 — a shot off the 18-hole lead, held by Lu Lu Country Club’s P.J. Acierno. Sterbinsky birdied two his first three holes to settle in. He buried an uphill, right-to-left dyer on No. 1 (par 4, 424 yards) from 35 feet for birdie. A punch 9-iron from 160 yards served as the set-up. On the monstrous par 3, 249-yard No. 3, Sterbinsky powered a hybrid to 22 feet and trickled a putt over the front edge. He secured a 3 under on the scorecard by sending a soft 8-iron 160 yards to 10 feet above the No. 18 (par 4, 418 yards) flagstick for birdie.

  “I had a lot of confidence on the greens there. It’s nice knowing that if I hit some solid shots, the birdies would come,” Sterbinsky said.

  Only three birdies came at Aronimink, including Sterbinsky’s “best putt of the day.” He breathed on a seven-footer on No. 17 (par 3, 188 yards) following a stupendous 7-iron off the tee. Aronimink and Sterbinsky seem to mesh. At age 16, he became the youngest medalist in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur history at the venue. The memory never crossed his mind Wednesday.

  “I wasn’t really thinking [about what happened] a couple of years ago,” Sterbinsky said. “I knew that if I played well, I could score well out here. It’s a difficult golf course, so you still have to stick with what you’ve been doing.”

  Sterbinsky qualified for the U.S. Amateur in 2012. He was a 10th grader then, nerves abound on the first tee as 50 spectators surrounded.

  “I missed match play by one shot. I feel like I’ve definitely improved since then,” Sterbinsky said. “My game is capable. If I play solid, I can compete with these guys.”

  Davis joins Sterbinsky as a fellow local in the qualifying circle. A two-time club champion at Aronimink, he grew up at the club and kept that course knowledge in his playbook.

  “It definitely helped,” Davis, 20, of Newtown Square, Pa., said. “This place is pretty straightforward off the tee. Being comfortable on the greens and knowing where putts are going to go helped.”

  A pair of four-putts on Nos. 2 (par 4, 420 yards) and 11 (par 4, 408 yards) nearly removed Davis from the qualifying status. He countered the interference with five birdies.

  Davis, recent semifinalist and 2015 BMW Philadelphia Amateur runner-up, qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2011 and 2013. He will make his U.S. Amateur debut.

  Reputation lured Boss, 23, of Lewistown, N.Y., to Aronimink and White Manor. He carded respective 71s at each site to advance.

   “It was tough coming down the stretch. I saw my name on the leaderboards,” Boss, who works on the grounds crew at Niagara Falls Country Club, said. “This is my first U.S. Amateur so I’m pretty excited.”

  Word of mouth, and past experience, prompted Oshrine, 20, of Baltimore, Md., to make the trek north.

  “I played White Manor in Junior golf, and I’ve only heard great things about Aronimink. I like to pick sites that are good, long golf courses,” he said. “I made a lot of putts from the eight-to-12-foot range, especially late in the round at Aronimink. It gave me confidence for the afternoon.”

  A three-hole stretch at White Manor showcased Oshrine’s distance putting proficiency. He converted a 20-footer for par on No. 13 (par 4, 460 yards), a 15-footer for bogey on No. 14 (par 3, 214 yards) and a 15-footer for par on No. 15 (par 4, 494 yards). Oshrine will compete in his third U.S. Amateur (2013, 2015).

  Shimp, 18, of Charlotte, N.C., qualified for his first U.S. Amateur two years ago at Stonewall. He returned to the area hoping to rekindle the magic.

  “Aronimink and White Manor are just awesome courses, so I wanted to come up and play them,” Shimp, 18, of Charlotte, N.C., said. “I’m excited that it worked out.”

  In the afternoon at White Manor, Shimp, a two-time Carolinas Junior Champion, fired five birdies and an eagle. On the par 5, 554-yard No. 6, he pummeled a 3-iron 250 yards to nine feet for a 3.

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Qualifiers
Name, city, state Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley, Pa. 68 WM 70 AGC 138
Henry Shimp, Charlotte, N.C. 71 AGC 69 WM 140
Matt Oshrine, Baltimore, Md. 71 AGC 70 WM 141
Michael Boss, Lewiston, N.Y. 71 AGC 71 WM 142
Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa. 71 WM 71 AGC 142
Alternates (in order)
*Samuel Soeth, Newtown Square, Pa. 73 WM 70 AGC 143
*Robert Maguire, Pottstown, Pa. 73 WM 70 AGC 143
Failed to qualify
P.J. Acierno, Flourtown, Pa. 66 AGC 78 WM 144
Scott McLaughlin, Hatboro, Pa. 77 WM 67 AGC 144
Vinay Ramesh, Hartsdale, N.Y. 73 AGC 72 WM 145
Craig Hornberger, Lancaster, Pa. 72 WM 73 AGC 145
Bryce Howell, Blythewood, SC 70 WM 75 AGC 145
Ryan Siegler, West Windsor, N.J. 73 WM 72 AGC 145
Matthew Smith, Yorklyn, Del. 76 AGC 70 WM 146
Michael Graboyes, Watchung, N.J. 72 AGC 74 WM 146
J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, Pa. 70 AGC 76 WM 146
Benjamin Smith, Philadelphia, Pa. 75 WM 71 AGC 146
Carey Bina, Villanova, Pa. 71 AGC 76 WM 147
James Wolfe, Columbus, OH 72 WM 75 AGC 147
Brandon Dalinka, Margate, N.J. 72 AGC 76 WM 148
Ross Pilliod, Sinking Spring, Pa. 77 AGC 71 WM 148
Paul Liebezeit, Berwyn, Pa. 76 AGC 72 WM 148
Bin Kwon, Marlton, N.J. 72 WM 76 AGC 148
Joseph Markmann, Doylestown, Pa. 73 WM 75 AGC 148
Daniel Rudershausen, Kennett Square, Pa. 72 AGC 77 WM 149
Brandon Vance, Audubon, Pa. 74 AGC 75 WM 149
Gary McCabe, Collegeville, Pa. 72 AGC 77 WM 149
Thomas Lewis, Doylestown, Pa. 74 WM 75 AGC 149
Erik Reisner, Philadelphia, Pa. 76 WM 73 AGC 149
Paul Mauer, Eagleville, Pa. 73 WM 76 AGC 149
Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, Pa. 73 WM 76 AGC 149
Ron Robinson, Hatfield, Pa. 74 WM 75 AGC 149
David Hicks, Cape May Court House, N.J. 76 AGC 74 WM 150
John Samaha, Hatboro, Pa. 75 AGC 75 WM 150
Kyle Martin, Lansdale, Pa. 74 AGC 76 WM 150
Kevin Silvestri, Marlboro, N.J. 75 WM 75 AGC 150
Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, Pa. 74 WM 76 AGC 150
Brock Kovach, Wyomissing, Pa. 75 AGC 76 WM 151
Aaron Fricke, Denver, Pa. 77 AGC 74 WM 151
Austin Nowak, Lancaster, N.Y. 77 AGC 74 WM 151
Marc Oliveri, Lancaster, Pa. 72 WM 79 AGC 151
Tevis Upton, Acworth, Ga. 77 AGC 75 WM 152
Billy Johns, Johns Creek, Ga. 80 WM 72 AGC 152
Joey Russo, Sewell, N.J. 71 WM 81 AGC 152
Jalen Griffin, Ambler, Pa. 74 WM 78 AGC 152
Liam Murphy, Hockessin, Del. 76 AGC 77 WM 153
Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa. 77 AGC 76 WM 153
Joseph Dulka, West Chester, Pa. 79 AGC 74 WM 153
Jack Melville, Maple Glen, Pa. 76 WM 77 AGC 153
Connor Boham, Collegeville, Pa. 77 AGC 77 WM 154
Matt Cocco, Churchville, Pa. 81 AGC 73 WM 154
Quinn Dolan, Broomall, Pa. 76 AGC 78 WM 154
Evan Notaro, Bath, Pa. 76 WM 78 AGC 154
Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, Pa. 74 WM 80 AGC 154
Trey Swanson, West Chester, Pa. 80 WM 74 AGC 154
Luca Jezzeny, Furlong, Pa. 78 WM 76 AGC 154
Zachary Barbin, Elkton, Md. 74 AGC 81 WM 155
Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 76 AGC 79 WM 155
Kyle Wambold, Macungie, Pa. 77 WM 78 AGC 155
Ben Feld, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 79 AGC 77 WM 156
Pete Moran, Chester Springs, Pa. 77 AGC 79 WM 156
Spenser Slayden, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 84 WM 72 AGC 156
Stephen Skurla, West Chester, Pa. 76 WM 80 AGC 156
Adam Mistretta, Philadelphia, Pa. 80 WM 76 AGC 156
Zachary Falone, Mickleton, N.J. 78 WM 78 AGC 156
Dylan Chessher, Dover, Del. 76 WM 80 AGC 156
Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, Del. 75 WM 81 AGC 156
Scott Forrester, Cheltenham, Pa. 80 WM 76 AGC 156
Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, Pa. 74 WM 82 AGC 156
Blake Cleary, Greenville, Del. 78 AGC 79 WM 157
Daniel Altieri, Skillman, N.J. 84 WM 73 AGC 157
Caleb Ryan, Norristown, Pa. 82 WM 75 AGC 157
Justin Elwell, Sewell, N.J. 80 WM 77 AGC 157
Scott McKean, Chester Springs, Pa. 78 WM 79 AGC 157
Yoseph Dance, Richmond, Va. 78 WM 79 AGC 157
Jordan Lerner, Princeton, N.J. 78 WM 79 AGC 157
Gary Schoeman, Philadelphia, Pa. 84 WM 73 AGC 157
Brian Weaver, Sinking Spring, Pa. 76 WM 81 AGC 157
Michael Lam, Langhorne, Pa. 76 AGC 82 WM 158
Joe Kerrigan, Ardmore, Pa. 77 AGC 81 WM 158
Blake Hinckley, Chadds Ford, Pa. 78 AGC 80 WM 158
Shawn Lavin, Drexel Hill, Pa. 80 AGC 78 WM 158
Bret Howey, Nazareth, Pa. 80 WM 78 AGC 158
Zachary Herr, New Hope, Pa. 70 AGC 89 WM 159
Kevin Haag, Hummelstown, Pa. 78 AGC 81 WM 159
Andrew Kotler, Skillman, N.J. 80 AGC 79 WM 159
Benjamin Cooley, Rydal, Pa. 80 AGC 79 WM 159
Ellis Chandler, New Holland, Pa. 79 AGC 80 WM 159
Joseph Hughes, Tabernacle, N.J. 83 WM 76 AGC 159
Matthew Bastian, Media, Pa. 85 WM 74 AGC 159
David Shields, Erdenheim, Pa. 83 WM 76 AGC 159
Robert Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 74 WM 85 AGC 159
Joshua Madarang, Chester Springs, Pa. 75 WM 84 AGC 159
Joseph Visalli, Dover, Del. 82 AGC 78 WM 160
Stephen Barry, Mullica Hill, N.J. 80 AGC 80 WM 160
John Burke, III, Wilmington, Del. 85 AGC 75 WM 160
Tyler Smith, Bath, Pa. 77 WM 83 AGC 160
Christopher Lawler, Philadelphia, Pa. 81 WM 79 AGC 160
Billy Civitella, North Palm Beach, Fla. 82 WM 78 AGC 160
Nino Rosal, Camden, Del. 81 WM 79 AGC 160
Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, Del. 81 WM 79 AGC 160
Eric Carlidge, Ambler, Pa. 83 WM 77 AGC 160
Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, Pa. 81 AGC 80 WM 161
Steve Oh, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 78 AGC 83 WM 161
Rockland Bare, Lancaster, Pa. 81 AGC 80 WM 161
Alexander Butler, East Norriton, Pa. 82 AGC 79 WM 161
David Kim, Dresher, Pa. 82 WM 79 AGC 161
Andrew Romano, Depew, N.Y. 83 WM 78 AGC 161
Steven Altieri, Skillman, N.J. 79 WM 82 AGC 161
David Gall, Cinnaminson, N.J. 79 AGC 83 WM 162
Carlos Fullerton, Emmaus, Pa. 79 WM 83 AGC 162
Nicholas Graziano, Doylestown, Pa. 79 WM 83 AGC 162
Matthew Glowacki, Leesville, S.C. 78 AGC 85 WM 163
Kavian Bina, Villanova, Pa. 78 AGC 85 WM 163
Johan Van Schalkwyk, Haddon Heights, N.J. 81 WM 82 AGC 163
Matthew Sander, Florence, KY 79 WM 84 AGC 163
Wes Samons, Bloomfield, N.J. 82 WM 81 AGC 163
Brandon Capone, Columbus, N.J. 81 AGC 83 WM 164
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 76 AGC 88 WM 164
Alexander Kim, Blue Bell, Pa. 79 AGC 85 WM 164
Mark Coassolo, Macungie, Pa. 80 AGC 84 WM 164
Alexander Kane, Unionville, Pa. 79 AGC 86 WM 165
Jubal Early, Charlotte, N.C. 85 AGC 80 WM 165
Brian Winters, Schwenksville, Pa. 82 AGC 83 WM 165
Jack Quirk, Glenside, Pa. 82 AGC 85 WM 167
Andrew Barbin, Elkton, Md. 85 WM 82 AGC 167
George Duangmanee, Fairfax, Va. 89 WM 78 AGC 167
Bill Long, Ahoskie, N.C. 89 AGC 79 WM 168
Anthony Barr, Harleysville, Pa. 87 WM 82 AGC 169
Jeff Whiteside, Bear, Del. 79 AGC 92 WM 171
Riley Trone, Fairfax, Va. 88 WM 87 AGC 175

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