Links GC’s Cooper caps Amateur Qualifier at Tavistock - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 08, 2012

Links GC’s Cooper caps Amateur Qualifier at Tavistock

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Amateur Qualifier

 HADDONFIELD, N.J. — Two fundamental changes may lead to a competitive golf transformation for Geoffrey Cooper of Links Golf Club. He adopted the stack and tilt approach nearly three years ago and switched putters after a tough outing in the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship last week.

  Cooper now feels more confident in his game. It showed Tuesday as the Philadelphia, Pa. resident earned medalist honors in an Amateur Championship Qualifier at Tavistock Country Club (par 72, 6,789 yards). Challenging greens and high winds made scoring difficult, but Cooper didn’t seem to mind. He carded a 1-under-par 71, the day’s lone subpar score, to lead a field of 135 players attempting to grab one of 30 qualifying positions and ties available for the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 112th Amateur Championship, set for June 12-14 & 16 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

   “My work with Steve Sieracki [who operates the Stack and Tilt Golf Academy at Burlington Country Club] is getting better and better,” Cooper, 35, said. “Using the long putter has helped my short and long putting. For competitive golf, I’m just going to need to commit to it.”

  Cooper hit 16 greens in regulation. The two that he missed resulted in bogeys. Cooper flew the No. 1 (par 4, 355 yards) green with a 140-yard 9-iron shot, guided a chip to six feet and missed the par putt. Cooper nuked his 6-iron into the back bunker on No. 4 (par 3, 157 yards) and failed to get-up-and-down.

  Cooper, who works in sales, fired three birdies on his outward tour. He nearly holed an 80-yard wedge shot on No. 2 (par 5, 546 yards) for eagle. Cooper drilled an 8-iron 140 yards to 15 feet on No. 5 (par 5, 554 yards) and converted the right-to-left breaker. He hit a 56-degree wedge 55 yards to five feet on No. 7 (par 4, 340 yards). Cooper stayed steady on the back, adding a fourth birdie to the scorecard on No. 17 (par 5, 489 yards). He powered a 3-iron 210 yards to 20 feet and nearly executed the eagle try. A three-putt on the par 4, 430-yard 18th hole prevented a score in the 60s.

  The Amateur Championship is the only competitive tournament left on Cooper’s schedule. He and his wife Betsy are expecting their second child this summer.

   “We have a baby coming July 20, so I’m going to shut it down after this [the Championship proper],” Cooper said. “That’ll be my competitive outlet. I want to make match play. I’ve never made match play the last couple of years. I’ve played Huntingdon Valley a lot, and I’ve played it well, so I think I have a good chance.”

  Patrick Knott of Merion Golf Club carded a 1-over-par 72 to place second.

   “My short game saved me today, which you’d like to have out there,” he said. “I made a lot of 10 foot putts today. On greens this fast, it can be quite scary. It was really gut-it-out type round.”

  Starting on the back nine, Knott, 26, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., converted five straight pars before running into trouble on the dogleg left No. 15 (par 5, 542 yards). He attempted to hook a 6-iron around the corner, but beamed his golf ball directly into a row of trees. A punch 7-iron shot hit a tree, forcing Knott to exhaust a fourth stroke just to return to the fairway.

   “I compounded the mistake by trying to get too aggressive with my second and third shots,” he said.

  Knott, who works in investment management, recovered a stroke on No. 17 (par 5, 489 yards) by knocking a 9-iron 130 yards to six feet. He also birdied the par 5, 546-yard No. 2 after sending a sand wedge 106 yards to 10 feet left of the flagstick. Knott stuffed a 9-iron 130 yards to a foot on No. 5 (par 5, 554 yards) to move into subpar territory.

  A bogey on the following hole (No. 6, par 4, 424 yards) didn’t allow Knott to stay there long. He steered an 8-iron 155 yards into the left greenside bunker and failed to get up-and-down. Knott also bogeyed the par 3, 210-yard No. 8. His 4-iron hit the upslope and retracted to the front of the green. Knott hit a bump-and-run to 15 feet and didn’t save par.

   “I decided to play more competitive golf this summer,” Knott said. “I just want to keep working on my game and see what happens next.”

  At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 78.

  Tuesday’s qualifier was the first of two used to determine who will play in the Championship Proper next month. The second will take place May 17 at Penn Oaks Golf Club.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. 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
Geoffrey Cooper, Links Golf Club 71
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club 73
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club 74
Bryan Ott, Silver Creek Country Club 74
Matthew Finger, Woodcrest Country Club 74
Greg O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Robert Beck, Lehigh Country Club 74
Ryan Felpel, Honeybrook Golf Club 74
Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club 74
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 75
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook 76
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
John Fasy, Wilmington Country Club 76
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 76
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club 77
Troy Vannucci, Burlington Country Club 77
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club 77
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club 77
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 77
Jeffrey Huntzinger, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Matthew Kreuter, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 78
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Gary Schoeman, Stonewall 78
Joseph Jasinski, Northampton Country Club 78
Failed to qualify
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club 79
Peter Barry, Medford Village Country Club 79
Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club 79
Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club 79
Gregory Markus, Little Mill Country Club 79
Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club 80
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 80
Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club 80
Doug Cusick, Tavistock Country Club 80
Michael Casella, Northampton Country Club 80
John Aloisio, Running Deer Golf Club 80
Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club 80
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club 81
Bradley Roberts, Wedgwood Country Club 81
Nicholas Stoyer, Bent Creek Country Club 81
Gerald Bowes, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Steve Oh, Llanerch Country Club 81
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Anthony Apostolico, Back Creek Golf Club 81
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club 81
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club 81
Erik Meyer, Glen Oak Country Club 81
Dylan Shollenberger, Schuylkill Country Club 81
Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club 81
Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club 82
Michael Olson, Riverton Country Club 82
Paul Bickford, Little Mill Country Club 82
Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield 82
Ryan Jordan, Tavistock Country Club 82
Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club 82
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club 82
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 82
Ryan Brown, Country Club of Scranton 82
Mac Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club 83
Patrick Hennigan, Tavistock Country Club 83
Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club 83
Patrick Welsh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Alec Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Andrew Bauer, Laurel Creek Country Club 83
Bill Murray, Wedgwood Country Club 84
Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club 84
Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club 84
Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club 84
Matt Raudenbush, Pine Valley Golf Club 84
Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 84
Chuck Lynch, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Drew Garis, North Hills Country Club 84
Alex Acciani, Talamore Country Club 84
Bradley Cusick, Tavistock Country Club 84
Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Mark Hodgson, Burlington Country Club 84
Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club 84
Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club 85
Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club 85
Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club 85
Steve Mroozian, Middletown Country Club 85
Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Tom Lane, Riverton Country Club 85
Jack Knowles, Country Club of Scranton 85
Christopher Parmer, Metedeconk National Golf Club 86
Michael Rogers, Llanerch Country Club 86
Daniel Kilpatrick, Running Deer Golf Club 86
Matt Brady, Penn Oaks Golf Club 86
James Lewis, Little Mill Country Club 86
Michael Fagan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Timothy Chow, Indian Valley Country Club 87
Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club 87
Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club 87
Jonathan Shevlin, North Hills Country Club 87
Brian Sokolowski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 87
Bill Shotzbarger, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 88
Bob Britton, Philadelphia Publinks GA 88
David Ripa, Running Deer Golf Club 88
Jack Clough, Wilmington Country Club 89
Rick Lynd, Running Deer Golf Club 89
Garrett Conway, Burlington Country Club 89
James Denon, Jr., The Springhaven Club 89
Peter Landreth, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 90
Bill Lippman, The Bucks Club 90
Andrew Pierson, Merchantville Country Club 92
Jeffrey Angelucci, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 93
Michael Cole, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 93
Liam Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club 97
Schuyler Wickes, Phoenixville Country Club 102
Drew O’Neill, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club WD
Joe Frey, Edgmont Country Club WD
Gary Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club WD
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club WD
Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club WD
James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club WD
Robert Galbreath, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Zachary Rothaus, Philmont Country Club WD
Ken Sayers, Rancocas Golf Club WD
Mike Dunn, Little Mill Country Club WD
Mark Mulvihill, Fieldstone Golf Club WD

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