Little Mill's Kwon medals in #GAPOpen Qualifier at Berkshire - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 20, 2018

Little Mill’s Kwon medals in #GAPOpen Qualifier at Berkshire

June 20, 2018

READING, Pa.–Vince Kwon loves to take an easy stroll with his dog, Mickey, as much as he possibly can.

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Wednesday in a #GAPOpen Qualifier at Berkshire Country Club (par 71, 6,381 yards), Kwon smoothly sauntered to a round of 4-under-par 67 and his first Golf Association of Philadelphia medalist honor.

The Championship Proper, the 114th edition, takes place on July 18-19 at St. Davids Golf Club.

  “I love to walk my dog Mickey and just stroll around,” said Kwon, 24, of Marlton, N.J. “He calms me down and is very enjoyable. Each time I come home, he always wants to do something. Whenever I have a bad round I will go home and he will make me happy. He is like my best friend.”

  A total of 35 players qualified with the cutline ultimately finishing at 75.

  Kwon got off to a sizzling start on No. 1 (par 5, 485 yards) after splitting the fairway with his driver. He then hit a 6-iron flag-high from 190 yards and converted a five-footer.

  He then used his 54-degree wedge from 100 yards in the left fairway bunker on No. 2 (par 4, 314 yards) and rolled in another six-footer. Making those short putts was key throughout the day for Kwon.

  “I have been working hard on my putting specifically between four and six feet,” said Kwon. “When I am out there practicing, I am grinding for three hours working on putts inside six feet that are straight and break both left to right and right to left. I hit 50 putts from each of those areas around the cup.”

  Kwon added birdies on Nos. 8 (par 4, 302 yards) because of a smooth 54-degree wedge to 10 feet; 12 (par 5, 552 yards) as a result of tremendous touch around the green with his 54-degree wedge and 13 (par 4, 460 yards) after hitting a tight draw with a 9-iron from 160 yards in the left rough to seven feet.

  Kwon’s final two circles on the card came on Nos. 15 (par 4, 460 yards) and 18 (par 4, 320 yards). After blistering a drive down the center on 15, Kwon hit 7-iron from 180 yards to four feet on the third tier of the green. Kwon said No. 15 was the highlight of the day for him.

  Kwon continued his strong touch around the greens on 18 after hitting a driver just short of the green in the right rough. He then played a bump-and-run with his 54-degree wedge to seven feet. He rolled it in center cut to post 4 under.

  But for Kwon this round, which included a total of six birdies and two bogeys, was unexpected. Especially with the struggles he has had off the tee with his driver recently. But at Berkshire, his driver was pure and reliable.

  “Today, everything felt stress-free for some reason,” said Kwon, of Little Mill Country Club. “I’ve been struggling with my swing and I haven’t been striking the ball well at all. My driver was viciously hooking on me. But last week I found something and I have continued to grind and work on it.

  “But when I had no confidence in it, I kept hitting it. I just powered through it and tried to double-cross it by trying to fade it. But today my driver was working beautifully.”

  Kwon found something in the hands of Indian Spring Golf Course Director of Instruction Steve Sieracki. Kwon said Sieracki just simplified his thoughts and they mostly worked on his fundamentals.

  “Shooting a score like this gives me a ton of confidence,” said Kwon. “Especially since I really wasn’t striking it solid or playing well. Being the medalist means a lot. It shows I can compete and play with these guys again. This puts my confidence back to where it usually is and I am excited to keep playing this summer.”

Name, club Score
(a) Vincent Kwon, Little Mill Country Club 67
(a) Cole Berger, White Manor Country Club 69
Zack Kempa, Chester Valley Golf Club 70
(a) Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 70
(a) Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club 71
(a) John Foley, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 71
(a) Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 72
Terry Hatch, Hickory Valley Golf Club 72
(a) Brock Kovach, LedgeRock Golf Club 72
Zac Oakley, Waynesborough Country Club 72
(a) P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 72
(a) Oliver White, Stonewall 72
(a) Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club 72
(a) Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club 73
(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC Moorestown 73
Tom Michaels, Berkshire Country Club 73
(a) Ron Nattle, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Michael Paukovits, St. Davids Golf Club 73
(a) Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club 73
(a) Jason Wilson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
(a) John Buliga, Yardley Country Club 74
(a) Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club 74
(a) Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club 74
(a) Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 74
(a) Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club 74
(a) David West, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
(a) R.J. Wren, LedgeRock Golf Club 74
(a) Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club 75
(a) Wills Montgomery, Bala Golf Club 75
Anthony Napoletano, Golf Course at Glen Mills 75
(a) Regan Papariello, St. Davids Golf Club 75
(a) Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club 75
William Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
(a) Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club 75
Failed to qualify
(a) Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club 76
John Esher-Hagel, St. Davids Golf Club 76
(a) Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club 76
(a) Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club 76
(a) Rocco Sgrillo, Philmont Country Club 76
Nathaniel Short, Union League National Golf Club 76
(a) Sumeet Arora, Honeybrook Golf Club 77
(a) Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 77
(a) Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 77
(a) Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 77
Doug Delaney, Union League National Golf Club 77
(a) Matt Graeff, Manufacturers’  Golf & Country Club 77
(a) Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club 77
Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club 77
(a) Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club 77
(a) Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 77
(a) Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 78
(a) Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club 78
Scott Chisholm, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
(a) Michael Fagan, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
(a) Conor Kerins, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
(a) Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club 78
(a) Ryan O’Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Eric Schultz, Sunnybrook Golf Club 78
(a) Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club 78
Andy Watters, Talamore Country Club 78
(a) Joseph Dulka, DuPont Country Club 79
(a) Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
(a) Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club 79
(a) Jordan Cook, Waynesborough Country Club 80
(a) Hank Kovalcik, Trenton Country Club 80
(a) Robert Olseski, III, Applebrook Golf Club 80
(a) Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 80
(a) William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club 80
(a) Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Mark Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
(a) Scott Niggli, White Clay Creek Country Club 81
(a) Patrick Serfass, St. Davids Golf Club 81
(a) Tianlin Zhang, White Clay Creek Country Club 81
(a) Dylan Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club 82
(a) Charles Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 82
(a) Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club 82
(a) Andrew Simpson, PineCrest Country Club 82
(a) Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 82
(a) Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 84
(a) Dominick Mancinelli, Glenmaura National Golf Club 84
(a) Logan Fuglestad, Jericho National Golf Club 86
(a) Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 86
(a) Tyler Ulrich, LedgeRock Golf Club 86
(a) Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club 87
(a) Jh Park, Blue Bell Country Club 88
(a) Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club 89
(a) Reed Huntzinger, Golden Oaks Golf Club 93
(a) Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club WD
(a) Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
(a) Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club WD
(a) Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club WD
(a) John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club NS
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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