Jun 16, 2015

HVCC’s Osberg medals at 115th BMW Philadelphia Amateur

HAVERTOWN, Pa.–Jeff Osberg opened his title defense with a record-tying score in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier on Tuesday. Osberg carded a pair of 68s, first at Llanerch Country Club (par 71, 6,574 yards) and then Rolling Green Golf Club (par 71, 6,922 yards), to finish 6 under, equaling the lowest Amateur qualifying score in relation to par. 

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  By virtue of his medalist performance, Osberg, of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, is seeded No. 1 for the 115th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. Match play begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. at Llanerch. Osberg faces clubmate Ben Cooley, who survived a playoff, in the opening round. Spectators are welcome.

  The cut line fell at 150. The playoff was 13 players for nine qualifying spots. 

  Cole Berman, 19, of Philadelphia Cricket Club, who was the only other player to finish in red figures at 3 under, is seeded second. He’ll face Evan Galbreath of Philmont Country Club.

  Osberg, 30, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., is the first medalist from Huntingdon Valley since David Brookreson earned the distinction in 1995.

  He began his day at Llanerch in the morning on No. 10 and carded nine straight pars before finally finding his putting touch after the turn. He bogeyed No. 1 (par 4, 400 yards) after finding the right greenside bunker to fall to 1 over before birdying his next four holes. On No. 2 (par 4, 410 yards), he knocked a sand wedge from 98 yards to the back edge and drained a 15 footer; on No. 3 (par 4, 437 yards) knocked a 9-iron to eight feet; almost holed a 9-iron on No. 4 (par 3, 178 yards) when his tee shot stopped four inches shy of the hole and on the par 5, 5th (550 yards) made a nice sand save from the back bunker with a 10 footer for par. He bogeyed No. 8 (par 3, 204 yards) after missing the green with his drive but reached No. 9 (par 5, 487 yards) in two shots, actually just over in the rough, and chipped up to a foot.

  After the morning wave at both clubs, Osberg and Rodney James of Golden Oaks Golf Club shared the top spot on the leaderboard.

  “I was really looking to go and play two solid rounds of golf and get a spot for tomorrow and kind of take it the way I did last year which is get into match play and see how far I can take it,” said Osberg. “It’s exciting. I have never been medalist before [in this event]. Obviously it’s quite an honor. There are a lot of great names [who have been medalist].”

  At Rolling Green in the afternoon, Osberg made eight pars and a birdie on his front nine. He sandwiched a birdie on No. 12 (par 4, 360 yards) between two early bogeys early on the back side before finishing with red numbers on three of his final four holes. He birdied No. 15 (par 4, 380 yards) when he hit an 8-iron from 147 yards to 15 feet and made two short up-and-down birdie putts on the closing par 5s (No. 17, 500 yards and No. 18, 526 yards) after just about reaching both in two shots.

  The last player to successfully defend the Amateur title was Chris Lange of Overbrook Golf Club in 1993-94. 

  “That’s the history I’ll be looking for, to join Chris Lange as a repeat champion,” said Osberg. “It’s off to a good start. It’s an honor to be medalist but I’m one of 32 players tomorrow. Hopefully, the week is far from over for me.”

  Michael McDermott was the last defending champion to earn medalist honors the following year. He won the Amateur in 2013 and was medalist last year at White Manor.

  Osberg equaled the qualifying scoring record of Christian Bartolacci of Jericho National Golf Club and Clint Deibert of Doylestown Country Club. In 2002, Bartolacci posted a 135 at Riverton Country Club (par 71) and Torresdale-Frankford Country Club (par 70). In 2006, Deibert posted a 6 under at Huntingdon Valley Country Club (par 70) and, again, Torresdale-Frankford (par 70).

NOTES–Past Amateur Champions Brian Gillespie (2001) of St. Davids Golf Club and Conrad Von Borsig (2009) of Philadelphia Cricket Club advanced from the playoff into the match play field. Past champions Michael Hyland (2000, 2011) of Little Mill Country Club and Michael McDermott (2008, 2013) of Merion Golf Club also made it to Day 2 … a total of 133 players started the day … this is the fourth time Llanerch Country Club will serve as the main site for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur. The last time the Alexander Findlay design hosted the Association’s oldest event was 1998, when Andy Thompson of Overbrook Golf Club earned the J. Wood Platt Trophy. Prior, the Amateur visited Llanerch twice in the 1930s, in 1931 (Robert H. Albertus, CC of Lansdowne) and in 1934 (William H. Goeckler, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club).

BMW Philadelphia Amateur
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.

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Name, clubR1-R2-Total
Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club68L-68R–136
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club70R-69L–139
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73L-69R–142
Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club70R-72L–142
Christopher Fuga, Overbrook Golf Club73R-69L–142
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club73L-70R–143
Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club71R-73L–144
Aaron Fricke, Honeybrook Golf Club75L-69R–144
Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club68R-77L–145
Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club70R-75L–145
Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club73R-72L–145
Ryan Siegler, Makefield Highlands Golf Club71R-74L–145
#John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club76L-70R–146
Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club76R-70L–146
Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club74L-72R–146
David West, Whitford Country Club72L-75R–147
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club76L-71R–147
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club71R-76L–147
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club78L-70R–148
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club72R-76L–148
R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club73L-75R–148
P.J. Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club69R-79L–148
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club75R-74L–149
Justin Hare, Five Ponds Golf Club74L-75R–149
*Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club74L-76R–150
*Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club77L-73R–150
*Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club72R-78L–150
*Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club75R-75L–150
*Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club78R-72L–150
*Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club76L-74R–150
*Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course77R-73L–150
*John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club73L-77R–150
*Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club78L-72R–150
Failed to qualify
*Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club76L-74R–150
*David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club71R-79L–150
*Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club75R-75L–150
*James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club75R-75L–150
Michael R. Brown, Links Golf Club78L-73R–151
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club78L-73R–151
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown75R-76L–151
Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club78L-73R–151
Vincent Kwon, Little Mill Country Club75L-76R–151
Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club78L-73R–151
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club75L-77R–152
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club75R-77L–152
Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club74R-78L–152
Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club75L-77R–152
Cody Dazen, Tavistock Country Club76R-76L–152
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club75R-77L–152
Brendan Worthy, Merion Golf Club74R-78L–152
Brandon Murdock, Llanerch Country Club71R-81L–152
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course77L-76R–153
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club78L-75R–153
Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club80L-73R–153
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club73L-80R–153
Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club74L-79R–153
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club77L-76R–153
Blaine Lafferty, Burlington Country Club80L-73R–153
Serge Hogg, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club78R-75L–153
Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club73L-81R–154
Bill Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club75R-79L–154
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club80R-74L–154
Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club74R-80L–154
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club75L-79R–154
Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield76R-78L–154
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club81L-73R–154
Robert Good, Merion Golf Club75R-79L–154
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club75L-79R–154
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club84L-70R–154
Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club75R-79L–154
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club80L-75R–155
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club78R-77L–155
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA81L-74R–155
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club75L-80R–155
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club78R-77L–155
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club81L-74R–155
Evan Thornton, LedgeRock Golf Club78R-77L–155
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club76R-79L–155
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club75L-80R–155
Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club78R-77L–155
Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club78L-77R–155
Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club74R-81L–155
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club76R-80L–156
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club76R-80L–156
Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Country Club79L-77R–156
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club74R-82L–156
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club77L-79R–156
Sean McCauley, Jr., Galloway National Golf Club76L-80R–156
Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club78L-79R–157
Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club73R-84L–157
#Michael Rogers, Llanerch Country Club76R-81L–157
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club79R-78L–157
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club76L-81R–157
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club78R-79L–157
Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club80L-77R–157
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown79L-79R–158
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club79L-79R–158
Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club81R-77L–158
Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club78R-80L–158
Joe Visalli, White Clay Creek Country Club77R-81L–158
Michael Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club77R-82L–159
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club82L-77R–159
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale78L-81R–159
Brian Malley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79R-80L–159
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club82L-78R–160
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club85L-75R–160
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club79L-81R–160
Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA86L-74R–160
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club80R-80L–160
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club81L-80R–161
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club79L-82R–161
Eamon Marone, Northampton Country Club82R-79L–161
Connor Sharp, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale81L-81R–162
Cole McCook, Applecross Country Club85L-78R–163
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club83R-81L–164
Michael Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79R-85L–164
Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club81L-83R–164
Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club87L-77R–164
Fraser Graham, Rolling Green Golf Club82R-83L–165
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club78R-88L–166
Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfers Club83L-84R–167
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club85L-83R–168
Nick Calabrese, Edgmont Country Club86L-82R–168
Joseph Hughes, Little Mill Country Club88R-80L–168
Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club83R-86L–169
Chris McCann, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park81R-88L–169
Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve89L-81R–170
Brian Winters, Spring Ford Country Club86R-87L–173
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club78R-DQL–DQ
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club74R-WDL–WD
Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club78R-WDL–WD
Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club83L-WDR–WD
*-determined in playoff
#Silver Cross score only
L-Llanerch Country Club;R-Rolling Green Golf Club
DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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