Jul 17, 2012

Llanerch’s Osberg does it again, tops U.S. Amateur Qualifier

  MALVERN, Pa. — It’s now safe to label Jeff Osberg a favorite when it comes to U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifiers. He’s earned medalist honors in events administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia two of the last three years. Make that three of the last four after Wednesday’s performance.

  Osberg lived up to his reputation and didn’t disappoint. The Llanerch Country Club member carded a superlative 5-under-par 137 to finish as the low qualifier at a humid Applebrook Golf Club (par 71, 6,787 yards) and Waynesborough Country Club (par 71, 6,960 yards). Six qualifying positions were available for the Championship proper, set for Aug. 13-19 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

   “I play pretty conservatively. I know that it’s a grind and I don’t get discouraged if I start off badly,” Osberg, 28, of Manayunk, Pa., said. “Making it through a few times gives the confidence in knowing how the grind is going to be. You know not to get too down on yourself or too excited. You try to control your emotions, and I was able to do that.”

  Osberg’s day was one that could’ve tempted the 2010 Patterson Cup titleholder to ride an emotional rollercoaster. He experienced all of golf’s wonders: nine birdies, three double bogeys, two bogeys an eagle and an ace. The seismic smasher started with a birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 516 yards) at Applebrook. He hammered a 5-iron to 20 feet and two-putted. He drove it left of the No. 3 (par 4, 310 yards) green and flopped out from the fescue to an inch. Osberg played his first 11 holes in 2 under and sweetened the scorecard with an eagle on No. 12 (par 4, 368 yards). He holed out for eagle with a wedge from 141 yards. Osberg posted a 6 on the par 4, 453-yard 13th hole after a lost ball. Birdies on Nos. 14 (par 4, 444 yards) and 18 (par 4, 453 yards) put Osberg at 4 under after 18 holes. Overall, ten players posted subpar scores in the morning session.

  As temperatures escalated into the 100-degree range, so did Osberg’s game. Starting on the back nine at Waynesborough, Osberg fired consecutive birdies on Nos. 11 (par 4, 415 yards) and 12 (par 4, 338 yards). He stuck a gap wedge 111 yards to eight inches on the first, a chip to 15 feet on the latter after nearly driving the green. A 4-iron into the bunker on the difficult par 3, 250-yard 17th hole led to a double bogey. Osberg responded with a birdie on the next hole. He flighted a 4-iron 225 yards over a tree-line to 35 feet and two-putted for birdie on No. 18 (par 5, 539 yards). He added another red figure on No. 1 (par 4, 363 yards), smacking a sand wedge 95 yards to three feet.

  Osberg hooked his drive into the left tree-line and eventually carded a double bogey on No. 3 (par 4, 435 yards). Then came the ace. Osberg conquered the 188-yard No. 4 with a smooth 7-iron.

  “I just wanted to make a good swing,” he said. “It took one hop and trickled right into the cup. I knew I was pretty much in control at that point.” It marked his second hole-in-one, but first in competition.

  Two hole-outs in one day.

   “I can’t remember the last time I holed out a shot that wasn’t a chip or a pitch,” Osberg said.

  Osberg will now compete in his third U.S. Amateur, hoping to make match play for the first time.

   “It’s something special to qualify for. It’s a big honor to play in it,” he said. “This year is especially great because my dad (Rick) played in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship at Cherry Hills. I was happy when I saw this on the calendar.”

  Also booking their flights to Cherry Hills Wednesday were Brandon Dalinka of The Ridge at Back Brook, Cory Siegfried of Philadelphia Country Club, Michael Johnson of Talamore Country Club and White Manor Country Club’s Brian Colbert and Cameron Liebert. Both Colbert, the reigning GAP Amateur Champion, and Dalinka, of Newtown, Pa., finished at 4-under-par 138. Colbert will be playing in his second U.S. Amateur, Dalinka his first.

   “My putter kept me in it,” Dalinka, 19, an incoming sophomore at the University of North Carolina, said. “I was very fortunate to have it going today”

   “I’m excited,” Colbert, 22, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., said. “I was just really steady all day.”

  NOTES — Play was suspended at both sites for an hour due to lighting … Osberg wasn’t the only player to have a hole-in-one. Stephen Lavenets of Roughemont, N.C. aced the par 3, 145-yard 14th hole at Waynesborough with a 7-iron.

  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 City, State Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Scores
Jeff Osberg West Chester, PA 67 AGC 70 WCC 137
Brian Colbert Bryn Mawr, PA 69 WCC 69 AGC 138
Brandon Dalinka Newtown, PA 69 AGC 69 WCC 138
Cory Siegfried Villanova, PA 72 WCC 68 AGC 140
Michael Johnson Ambler, PA 68 WCC 73 AGC 141
Cameron Liebert Malvern, PA 73 WCC 69 AGC 142
Alternates (in order)
*Braden Shattuck Aston, PA 70 WCC 73 AGC 143
*Andy Latowski Plainsboro, NJ 70 AGC 73 WCC 143
Failed to qualify
*James Kania Haverford, PA 76 WCC 67 AGC 143
*Jacob Hicks Mebane, NC 72 WCC 71 AGC 143
*Mike Hyland Marlton, NJ 67 WCC 76 AGC 143
*Sean Fahey Villanova, PA 72 AGC 71 WCC 143
Oliver White Lower Gwynedd, PA 73 WCC 71 AGC 144
Scott McNeil Philadelphia, PA 74 AGC 70 WCC 144
Christopher Crawford Bensalem, PA 70 AGC 74 WCC 144
Robert Galbreath Jr Huntingdon Valley, PA 74 WCC 71 AGC 145
Brandon Matthews Dupont, PA 74 WCC 71 AGC 145
Stephen Lavenets Rougemont, NC 72 AGC 73 WCC 145
Michael Englert III Palmerton, PA 73 AGC 72 WCC 145
Michael Brown Jr Cheltenham, PA 71 WCC 75 AGC 146
Benjamin Feld Blue Bell, PA 74 WCC 72 AGC 146
Jay Pinkos Clifton, VA 75 WCC 71 AGC 146
Greg Jarmas Wynnewood, PA 74 WCC 72 AGC 146
Kyle Martin Ambler, PA 70 WCC 77 AGC 147
Tucker Koch Malvern, PA 73 WCC 74 AGC 147
Trevor Randolph Cliffside Park, NJ 72 WCC 75 AGC 147
Jonathan Ortiz Downingtown, PA 70 AGC 77 WCC 147
Paul Carbone Jr Huntingdon Valley, PA 76 AGC 71 WCC 147
Jalen Griffin Ambler, PA 74 WCC 74 AGC 148
Kevin Haag Hummelstown, PA 71 WCC 77 AGC 148
Christopher Fuga Phoenixville, PA 73 WCC 75 AGC 148
Ted Brennan Newtown Square, PA 78 WCC 70 AGC 148
Brian Gillespie Wayne, PA 74 AGC 74 WCC 148
William Betts Leechburg, PA 72 AGC 76 WCC 148
Ryan McCarty Voorhees, NJ 78 WCC 71 AGC 149
Nelson Hargrove Haverford, PA 72 AGC 77 WCC 149
Matthew Crescenzo Cheltenham, PA 79 AGC 70 WCC 149
Dan Bernard Phoenixville, PA 78 AGC 71 WCC 149
Joshua Eure Crofton, MD 71 AGC 78 WCC 149
Russell Hill Bordentown, NJ 73 AGC 76 WCC 149
Daniel Myers West Chester, PA 74 WCC 76 AGC 150
Matthew Finger Woolwich Township, NJ 78 WCC 72 AGC 150
Mike Meisenzahl Medford, NJ 77 AGC 73 WCC 150
Marc Mandel Conshohocken, PA 74 AGC 76 WCC 150
Kyle Davis Wilmington, DE 74 WCC 77 AGC 151
Eric Williams Honesdale, PA 73 AGC 78 WCC 151
Troy Miller Chester, MD 74 AGC 77 WCC 151
Doug Marcincin Bethlehem, PA 74 AGC 77 WCC 151
Alexander Hicks Cape May Court House, NJ 73 AGC 78 WCC 151
Mike Amole Huntingdon Valley, PA 77 WCC 75 AGC 152
Benjamin Cooley Rydal, PA 72 AGC 80 WCC 152
Thomas Baik Cordoba 77 AGC 75 WCC 152
Devin O’Grady Lancaster, PA 77 AGC 75 WCC 152
Houston Stodghill Holly Springs, NC 78 AGC 74 WCC 152
Michael Carr East Norriton, PA 76 AGC 76 WCC 152
Wes Strang Bethesda, MD 72 AGC 80 WCC 152
Joseph Fabrizio Jr West Chester, PA 73 AGC 79 WCC 152
Benjamin Joyce Chevy Chase, MD 75 WCC 78 AGC 153
Troy Vannucci Marlton, NJ 80 WCC 73 AGC 153
Sam Pancoast West Chester, PA 79 AGC 74 WCC 153
Zachary Falone Melbourne, FL 79 WCC 75 AGC 154
Aaron Burton Wilmington, DE 75 WCC 79 AGC 154
James Pokorny Havertown, PA 77 WCC 78 AGC 155
Vince Boyle Philadelphia, PA 77 WCC 78 AGC 155
Kyle Koonjy Oakland, NJ 80 WCC 76 AGC 156
Evan Thornton Wyomissing, PA 82 WCC 74 AGC 156
Eric Slawter Wayne, PA 76 WCC 80 AGC 156
Pete Prescott Botany 75 WCC 81 AGC 156
Kyle Chittim Annapolis, MD 79 WCC 78 AGC 157
William Breskman Gladwyne, PA 80 WCC 77 AGC 157
Louis Kelly Sewell, NJ 80 AGC 77 WCC 157
Russell Hartung Doylestown, PA 77 WCC 81 AGC 158
Shawn Lavin Drexel Hill, PA 79 AGC 79 WCC 158
Stewart Rickenbach Doylestown, PA 79 AGC 80 WCC 159
Paul Yun Wayne, PA 78 AGC 81 WCC 159
Evan Galbreath Huntingdon Valley, PA 85 AGC 74 WCC 159
Bill Long Ahoskie, NC 77 AGC 83 WCC 160
Matthew Krass Unionville, PA 81 AGC 79 WCC 160
David Liotta West Chester, PA 77 AGC 83 WCC 160
Robert Cunningham Wayne, PA 75 AGC 86 WCC 161
Bobby Svigals Villanova, PA 80 WCC 82 AGC 162
Chris Button Wyomissing, PA 82 AGC 80 WCC 162
Alex Hartzell San Francisco, CA 85 AGC 77 WCC 162
Pete Moran Chester Springs, PA 85 WCC 78 AGC 163
Daniel Furman Blue Bell, PA 85 WCC 78 AGC 163
Lynn Kilduff Kingston, PA 83 WCC 81 AGC 164
Ryan Carroll Malvern, PA 80 WCC 87 AGC 167
Jimmy Johnston Wayne, PA 87 WCC 83 AGC 170
Vincent Anagnos Philadelphia, PA 87 WCC 86 AGC 173
Anthony List Havertown, PA 83 WCC WD AGC WD
Sean Quinn Philadelphia, PA 88 WCC WD AGC WD
Benjamin Smith Voorhees, NJ 73 WCC WD AGC WD
Matthew Long East Stroudsburg, PA 81 WCC WD AGC WD
Joshua Strausbaugh Casselberry, FL 82 WCC WD AGC WD
Brixton Albert Lititz, PA 81 WCC WD AGC WD
Jimmy Taylor Phoenixville, PA 103 WCC WD AGC WD
Zack Mullock Cape May, NJ 84 WCC WD AGC WD
Luke Liddell Philadelphia, PA 92 WCC WD AGC WD
Stephen Seiden Chadds Ford, PA 77 WCC WD AGC WD
Paul Liebezeit Paoli, PA 79 WCC WD AGC WD
Robert Dougherty Warrington, PA 79 WCC WD AGC WD
Ryan O’Donnell Newtown Square, PA 79 WCC WD AGC WD
Bryan Jordan Mechanicsburg, PA 75 WCC WD AGC WD
James Allen Media, PA 81 WCC WD AGC WD
Jeffrey Griest Glen Mills, PA 77 WCC WD AGC WD
James Braunsberg Plymouth Meeting, PA 77 WCC WD AGC WD
Michael Quinn Coatesville, PA 76 WCC WD AGC WD
Stephen Dressel Wayne, PA 78 WCC WD AGC WD
Tim Anderson Kingston, PA 81 WCC WD AGC WD
Kevin Kramarski Moorestown, NJ 83 WCC WD AGC WD
David Shields Erdenheim, PA 79 WCC WD AGC WD
Logan Cloak Ivyland, PA 83 WCC WD AGC WD
Blayze Di Pasquale Richboro, PA 75 WCC WD AGC WD
Austin List Haverford, PA 78 WCC WD AGC WD
Christopher Reedman Yardley, PA 80 AGC WD WCC WD
Connor Eichman Havertown, PA 89 AGC WD WCC WD
Ryan Brown Scranton, PA 72 AGC WD WCC WD
Matthew Kreuter Penllyn, PA 88 AGC WD WCC WD
Scott McLaughlin Harleysville, PA 87 AGC WD WCC WD
Thomas Corr Collegeville, PA 88 AGC WD WCC WD
Andrew Arnold Landisville, PA 75 AGC WD WCC WD
Alexander Dupre Drexel Hill, PA 79 AGC WD WCC WD
Ryan Malloy Dover, DE 77 AGC WD WCC WD
Travis Gahman Souderton, PA 76 AGC WD WCC WD
Matthew Bastian Media, PA 77 AGC WD WCC WD
Justin Smith Jenkintown, PA 84 AGC WD WCC WD
Jack Russell Oreland, PA 87 AGC NC WCC NC
James Wolfe Pottstown, PA 76 AGC WD WCC WD
Eric Spiller Cherry Hill, NJ 89 AGC WD WCC WD
Alexander Kane Unionville, PA 87 AGC WD WCC WD
Corey Melnick Audubon, PA 84 AGC WD WCC WD
Larry Georgetti Marmora, NJ 87 AGC WD WCC WD
Bowen Osborn Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 76 AGC WD WCC WD
Christopher Lucarelli Moscow, PA 86 AGC WD WCC WD
Ethan Heller Media, PA 84 AGC WD WCC WD
T. Raleigh Chapin Doylestown, PA 83 AGC WD WCC WD
Gary Daniels Berwyn, PA 73 AGC WD WCC WD
Brandon Kearney Archbald, PA 80 AGC WD WCC WD
Brian Kenny Somers Point, NJ 74 AGC WD WCC WD
Andrew Lawson West Chester, PA 76 AGC WD WCC WD
John Samaha Ambler, PA 76 AGC WD WCC WD
T. J. Summers Doylestown, PA 79 AGC WD WCC WD
Jake Pilarski Garnet Valley, PA 80 AGC WD WCC WD

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