Indian Valley’s Henofer heads #BMWPhillyAm Qual. on home course - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 09, 2017

Indian Valley’s Henofer heads #BMWPhillyAm Qual. on home course

TELFORD, Pa. — Twenty four hours ago, Kyle Henofer’s status for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship lingered in limbo. Any trace of uncertainty evaporated following his performance Tuesday at Indian Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,852 yards).

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  In a qualifier administered on his home course, Henofer carded an even-par 72 to earn medalist honors. The Arcadia University senior led a field of 144 players hoping to attain one of 26 available spots and ties for the Championship proper.

  The cut line fell to 79 by day’s end. The 117th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 & 17 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon).

  “It was kind of crazy,” Henofer, 22, of Glenside, Pa., said. “I had a final exam scheduled for yesterday, but my teacher had a family emergency, so she pushed it back to today. I had to e-mail Kirby (Martin, GAP Director of Competitions) and ask if I could get my tee time pushed back. If I couldn’t do that, I would have to see if I could play in another qualifier. If not, I was going to have to withdraw. That would have been unfortunate.”

  No kidding.

  Henofer completed a final on psychological research methods in the morning, which, coincidentally, helped psychologically. As did a 30-minute nap prior to his new 2:10 p.m. tee time.

  “It put me in a good frame of mind today,” Henofer said.

  Course familiarity added to the psychological comfort.

  “It was definitely a factor — knowing where to miss the greens, where the pins where and which holes I could get aggressive on, which holes I can aim for the middle of the green and take my two-putt,” Henofer said.

  Henofer played his last 11 holes in 3 under to seize the top spot Tuesday. He fired back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 (par 5, 511 yards) and 9 (par 4, 371 yards). On the first, Henofer pummeled a 4-iron 226 yards and nudged a wedge into kick-in range. He knocked a wedge 65 yards to five feet on the latter. On the par 3, 207-yard 11th hole, Henofer left a 5-iron 30 feet short of the hole location. He then buried a right-to-left bender worth two cups of break for birdie.

  Consider a bogey on No. 13 (par 4, 421 yards) a piece of fuzz on Henofer’s medalist coat. He brushed it off with a spectacular birdie on the par 5, 549 yard 15th hole. Playing down the right side on the downhill, uphill dogleg right, Henofer needed to negotiate an obstructing tree on his third shot. He floated a wedge 45 yards, using the natural slope generated by the backside of the green to his advantage. Henofer drained a right-to-left breaker that died into the cup.

  Despite the good vibes upon arrival, Henofer opened his qualifying bid with a bogey on No. 1 (par 4, 396 yards), where a false front suckered his second shot. A three-putt from 10 feet on No. 3 (par 5, 319 yards) and a hooked drive on No. 7 (par 4, 439 yards) also spearheaded bogeys on the front.

  “From that point on, I wanted to play smarter golf and make a few birdies coming in,” Henofer said.

  Henofer heads into his first BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship in a good state, both psychologically and physically.

  “I was a caddie for [good friend] Eric (Murphy) at Philadelphia Cricket last year. It blew me away,” Henofer said. “It’s a grind of a course but I’m really excited. Hopefully I can make somewhat of an impact.”

NOTES — Edward Benatti, 52, of Lincoln University, Pa., aced the par 3, 157-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron. It marked the Hartefeld National member’s first career hole-in-one.   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, club Score
Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club 72
Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club 75
Kyle Deisher, Hartefeld National 75
Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country Club 75
Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club 76
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club 76
Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club 76
Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 76
Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown 77
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 78
Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club 78
Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 78
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club 78
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Brandon Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 78
Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club 78
Evan Brown, Hartefeld National 78
Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club 78
Zachary Falone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club 79
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 79
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club 79
Failed to qualify
Name, club Score
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Kyle Martin, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club 80
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 80
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 80
Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club 80
Joseph Myers, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 80
Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club 80
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club 80
Richard Hunter, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
J. Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 81
Joe Rochelle, Indian Valley Country Club 81
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club 81
Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club 81
David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Thomas Fisher, Talamore Country Club 81
Luke Liddell, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 81
Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club 81
Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
David Shields, Flourtown Country Club 81
Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club 82
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club 82
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 82
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 82
Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club 82
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club 82
John Chung, Cherry Valley Country Club 82
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Nino Rosal, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 83
Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club 83
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 83
Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Mark Agnew, Hartefeld National 83
Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 83
William Mirams, Shawnee Country Club 83
Kody Long, Lehigh Country Club 83
Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club 83
Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club 83
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 84
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Clay Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 84
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club 84
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 84
Chris Button, Golden Oaks Golf Club 84
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Joseph Waterman, Yardley Country Club 84
Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club 84
Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club 84
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
John Donnelly, Concord Country Club 84
Matthew Ciarmella, Hartefeld National 84
Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 85
Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club 85
Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club 85
Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club 85
Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 85
Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 85
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club 85
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club 85
Tom Coyne, Waynesborough Country Club 86
Justin Smith, Philadelphia Cricket Club 86
Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club 86
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club 86
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club 86
David Gall, Riverton Country Club 86
Hee Yoo, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 86
Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club 87
Mike May, Spring Mill Country Club 87
Kevin Tscholl, The Springhaven Club 87
David Sim, Penn Oaks Golf Club 88
Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club 88
Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 88
Timmy Lorenzo, Philadelphia Cricket Club 88
Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 88
Nick Kuhn, Blue Bell Country Club 88
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club 88
Ari Flaisher, McCall Golf & Country Club 88
Butch Silknitter, Bellewood Country Club 88
Phil Cillo, Little Mill Country Club 88
Luke Sliwowski, Greate Bay Country Club 88
Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club 89
Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 90
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 90
Steven Owens, III, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club 90
Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club 91
Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club 91
Edward Benatti, Hartefeld National 91
Matt Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 91
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club 92
Ryan O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 92
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 96
Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club DQ
Joe Rossi, Squires Golf Club NC
Matthew Kreuter, Plymouth Country Club NS
Timothy Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club WD
Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club WD
Jacob Macinanti, Bent Creek Country Club WD
Daniel Katona, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia WD
Nate Pillion, Bala Golf Club WD
Bobby Kershner, Bellewood Country Club WD
Doug Ergood, Tavistock Country Club WD
DQ – disqualification; NC – no card; NS – no show; WD – withdrawal

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