Jun 13, 2016

Huntsville’s Ross tops former Temple teammate Teesdale for 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur medal

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 ARDMORE, Pa.–There are many layers to Patrick Ross’ medalist performance in the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier. The top of it all, he earned the No. 1 seed in match play. 

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  Add in the enormity of that accomplishment, both personally and golf career wise and the layers stack up.

  Howling morning winds calmed a bit in the afternoon under sunny skies Monday, but both Qualifier venues – Merion Golf Club (East, par 70, 6,383 yards) and Philadelphia Country Club (par 71, 6,934 yards) – played in hard-and-fast championship conditions. The scoring average at Merion was 10 shots above par; PCC eight shots above.

  When the field of 134 players finished 18 holes at each site, Ross found himself atop the scoreboard at 2-over 143. He edged former Temple University teammate Matthew Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club by two shots. Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club and Chris Ault of Yardley Country Club tied for third at 146.

  The final two match play contestants for the bracket of 32 were determined in a 6-for-2 playoff. The playoff was for players at a score of 154, 13 over. Bill Jeremiah of Bidermann Golf Club and Glenn Smeraglio of Lu Lu Country Club advanced. The playoff went two holes (Nos. 13 (par 3, 109 yards) and 14 (par 4, 413 yards) at Merion).

  “It means a lot. Philadelphia golf is so historic, to have your name attached to GAP and to be medalist in something like this is definitely a big accomplishment for me,” said Ross, 24, of Huntsville Golf Club and Dunmore, Pa. “It does mean a lot and knowing that my teammates have done it before me kind of makes me feel a little bit better about myself that I can join them, too.” Former Ross teammates Teesdale and Brandon Matthews have each won multiple Association Majors.

  The Round of 32 matches begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Merion (East). Ross faces Jeremiah. The Round of 16 matches follow at 12 p.m. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Wednesday. The 36-hole final takes place on Saturday.

  This is the first time in 62 years Merion (East) has hosted the Amateur.

  Ross opened his final Amateur, he told reporters after his round he was turning professional next week in time for the Vermont Open (June 20-22), with a 1-under 70 at Philadelphia Country. He noted that a winding, 20-foot par save on No. 18 (par 4, 390 yards) breathed some life into his first round, one that saw him card two birdies and seven pars to close out with the morning round’s only under-par score. He held a three-shot lead.

  He recorded birdies on No. 4 (par 4, 467 yards) with an 8-iron to 10 feet before sinking the putt and then on No. 6 (par 5, 500 yards) dropped a 3-iron from 219 yards to 15-feet and two putted.

  “My goal coming in was to try and be medalist,” said Ross. “I didn’t change my game plan at all after the round of Philly Country. You still try to shoot the best possible score.”

  At Merion, a triple bogey-bogey on holes No. 6 (par 4, 425 yards) and No. 7 (par 4, 356 yards), respectively, put the medalist honor in doubt before three birdies in the last six holes allowed him to edge Teesdale. All coming on the strength of strong wedge work.

  “I really take this as two tournaments, a stroke play and a match play part,” said Ross. “It gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow but that’s a new ball game. Everyone has a clean slate.”

  Ross entered the Amateur only weeks removed from the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, where he and partner Brandon Matthews were medalists at Winged Foot Golf Club. The two fell in the quarterfinals.

  Ross hopes to build upon that success. He’s never advanced further than the second round of match play at the Amateur.

  Teesdale posted rounds of 74 (PCC) and 71 (Merion) to place second.

  He called his game rusty. Employment searching has led to less time on the range.

  “The most important part about a qualifier is qualifying,” said Teesdale, 25 of Maple Glen, Pa. “Getting into the Top 32 was the idea. I played some good golf on the second 18. I felt the game coming around.”

  Defending champion Cole Berman of Philadelphia Cricket Club tied for 18th at 151 (76 PCC, 75 Merion). He is the No. 19 seed.

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Name, clubR1-R2–Total
Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club70P-73M–143
Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club74P-71M–145
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club75M-71P–146
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club79M-67P–146
Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76M-71P–147
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook75M-72P–147
Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club73P-74M–147
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club75M-73P–148
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club75M-73P–148
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club76P-73M–149
Scott Ehrlich, Five Ponds Golf Club74P-75M–149
Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club77P-73M–150
R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club79M-71P–150
Philip Rothermel, Schuylkill Country Club78P-72M–150
David Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club79P-71M–150
Roland Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook75P-75M–150
Jay Whitby, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club77P-73M–150
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club79M-72P–151
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club79M-72P–151
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club76P-75M–151
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club76M-75P–151
Michael R. Brown, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA79M-73P–152
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club77P-75M–152
Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club74M-78P–152
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club79P-74M–153
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club80M-73P–153
Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club79M-74P–153
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club83M-70P–153
Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club77M-76P–153
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club77M-76P–153
*Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club76M-78P–154
*William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club82P-72M–154
Failed to qualify
*John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club79M-75P–154
*Ben Bershad, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club78M-76P–154
*Ryan Siegler, Makefield Highlands Golf Club76P-78M–154
*Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club76P-78M–154
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club80P-75M–155
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club77M-78P–155
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79M-76P–155
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club77P-78M–155
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club77P-78M–155
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club76P-79M–155
P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club80P-75M–155
Drew Guarino, Old York CC at Chesterfield80P-75M–155
Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club80M-75P–155
Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club80M-75P–155
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club79P-77M–156
Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club76P-80M–156
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club77P-79M–156
Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club82M-74P–156
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club77P-79M–156
Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club77P-79M–156
John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club81M-75P–156
Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club77P-80M–157
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club80P-77M–157
Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81P-76M–157
Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course81M-76P–157
Vinay Ramesh, Lu Lu Country Club81M-76P–157
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club79M-79P–158
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club78P-80M–158
Kyle Martin, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81P-77M–158
Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club78P-80M–158
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club80M-78P–158
Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA80P-78M–158
Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club81M-77P–158
Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club81P-77M–158
Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club79M-79P–158
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club83M-77P–160
Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club81M-79P–160
Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club78M-82P–160
Max Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club80P-80M–160
Evan Brown, Hartefeld National80M-80P–160
Ross Pilliod, Gilbertsville Golf Club80P-80M–160
David West, Applecross Country Club82M-79P–161
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club84M-77P–161
Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club84P-77M–161
Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Country Club75M-86P–161
Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club79P-82M–161
Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club76P-85M–161
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club84P-78M–162
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club79M-83P–162
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club81M-81P–162
Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club86M-76P–162
Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club76P-86M–162
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club86P-77M–163
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club86M-77P–163
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club78M-85P–163
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club86P-77M–163
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club81P-82M–163
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club83M-80P–163
Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club82P-81M–163
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club82M-81P–163
Justin Hare, Five Ponds Golf Club81P-82M–163
Tyler Smith, Philadelphia Publinks GA80P-83M–163
Rodney James, Heidelberg Country Club83P-81M–164
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club82M-82P–164
Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club80M-84P–164
Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club80M-84P–164
Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club79P-85M–164
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club84M-81P–165
Paul Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club84P-81M–165
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club86M-79P–165
Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club85P-80M–165
Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club78P-88M–166
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club85M-81P–166
Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club88M-78P–166
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club88M-78P–166
J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club80P-86M–166
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club89M-78P–167
Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club81P-86M–167
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club81P-87M–168
Mark Ellinger, Whitford Country Club86M-82P–168
Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club78P-90M–168
Shamus Gartley, Fox Hill Country Club81P-87M–168
Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club87M-81P–168
Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club84P-85M–169
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club90M-80P–170
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club86M-84P–170
Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club89M-81P–170
Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club87M-83P–170
Austin Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club85P-85M–170
Ted Matthews, Lu Lu Country Club88P-82M–170
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club86P-85M–171
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club86M-85P–171
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club93M-79P–172
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club84P-88M–172
Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club85M-87P–172
Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club81P-92M–173
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown87M-88P–175
Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club85M-92P–177
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club95M-83P–178
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club94M-85P–179
Christian Davis, Glenmaura National Golf Club84P-96M–180
Lenny Welch, Radley Run Country Club91P-DQM–DQ
*-determined in playoff
DQ-disqualification
M-Merion Golf Club; P-Philadelphia Country Club

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