Jul 25, 2018

Merion’s Knott snarls Patterson Cup Qualifier medal at Honeybrook

July 25, 2018

HONEY BROOK, Pa. — Fortunately for Patrick Knott, it wasn’t all for naught.

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  The Merion Golf Club member posted a 3-under-par 67 yesterday in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at a saturated Honeybrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,289 yards). Knott played in the morning under conditions as temperamental as a toddler on an airplane. Sunny, windy, rainy, sunny, rainy, windy and rainy.

  “It was wild. You’d take your jacket off, and then all of a sudden the rain would come back,” Knott, 32, of Ardmore, Pa., said. “Eventually I decided to take the jacket off and just keep on playing. The wind was gusting.”

  Gusty winds served as a precursor to a thunderstorm that postponed play at 1:27 p.m. Competitors returned to the course at 2:40 p.m., only to hear the horn again at 3:35 p.m. Officials deemed Honeybrook unplayable at that point. Players in the afternoon wave returned to the course this morning to finish.

  None matched or bested Knott’s 3 under. He led a field of 100 players (prior to weather withdrawals, that is) hoping to earn one of 29 qualifying positions and ties available for the Championship proper. The cut line stopped at 74.

  The 116th Joseph H. Patterson Cup will take place Aug. 8-9 at Gulph Mills Golf Club. Knott last competed in the event in 2013. A spiraling confidence triggered a five-year hiatus from the Golf Association of Philadelphia circuit.

  “It’s been awhile. I kind of lost my game over the last few years. I’m glad to see it coming back,” Knott, who works for a business evaluation firm, said. “Chipping and putting was definitely killing me. I switched to the claw [grip] in the middle of last year. It’s really saved me a few strokes per round. I was missing too many short putts. I saw it was working on the PGA TOUR, so I gave it a try.”

  Knott registered 15 greens in regulation, withstood fussy weather and rarely faced a red figure putt beyond 20 feet.

  “I’m absolutely happy with [my performance today]. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I kept the golf course in front of me, which is key,” Knott said. “I played Winged Foot (Golf Club) over the weekend in 25 mph crosswinds. I felt like I was playing pretty solid. I was happy that this kind of reinforced it.”

  Starting on the back nine, Knott carded his first birdie on the par 4, 316-yard 14th hole. After carrying the hazard with a mighty 3-wood, he hit an upwind gap wedge 95 yards to 20 feet. The next hole (par 5, 547 yards) marked Knott’s only misstep on the day.

  “[My drive] probably should have been out-of-bounds. It kicked down right next to the cart path, and I was able to save bogey,” Knott said. “It probably wasn’t a driver hole today. I thought I could cut the corner. I probably shouldn’t have tried that.”

  Knott recovered with a birdie on the par 3, 155-yard 17th hole, hitting a 6-iron to 12 feet right of the hole location — an ideal spot given the haunting crosswinds at the time. Knott buried a six-footer for 3 on No. 2 (par 4, 368 yards) following a half pitching wedge from 115 yards. The par 3, 204-yard further showcased his short game renaissance. He walked away with a birdie after missing the green right with a rescue.

  “I had a chip going down the hill that I knew I just needed to get on the green,” Knott said. “At the last minute, it broke a little right, caught the edge and dropped in.”

  Knott, who qualified for the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur, defeated Robert Good, II to win Merion’s men’s championship a few weeks ago. The victory broke another drought (2009) and reaffirmed an upward trend of confidence.

  “It definitely helped,” Knott said. “I’ve been playing well. I feel like I’m progressing, working my way back into competitive golf.”

  If his medalist achievement is any indication, Knott is back and primed for Gulph Mills.

  “I like the golf course. I played in the (A.J.) Drexel Paul last year,” he said. “There are a lot of birdies, but also a lot of slip-ups. Hopefully I’ll play well.”

  The remaining two Joseph H. Patterson Cup qualifying events are taking place today at Elkview Country Club and Yardley Country Club, respectively.

  The second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup memorializes a man who fostered the game in its infancy. Joseph Henry Patterson, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, competed in the first out-of-town match played by a team of Philadelphians. Friends of Patterson donated the Cup, designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co., to the Association in 1900.

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Name, club Score
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club 67
Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club 69
Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club 69
Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club 70
Robert Good, II, Merion Golf Club 70
Marc Groenhuysen, Radley Run Country Club 70
Mike Sydnes, Talamore Country Club 70
Thomas Timby, Jr., Mercer Oaks Golf Course 70
Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National 70
R.J. Wren, LedgeRock Golf Club 70
Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club 71
David Hurly, White Manor Country Club 71
Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club 71
Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club 71
Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club 71
Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club 71
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 72
Matt Kocent, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club 72
Paul Mauer, Stonewall 72
Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club 72
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 72
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club 73
Nic Portonova, Coatesville Country Club 73
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club 73
Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club 74
Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club 74
Michael Beran, Spring Ford Country Club 74
Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club 74
Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 74
Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club 74
Jordan Cook, Waynesborough Country Club 74
Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club 74
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 74
Failed to qualify
Jim Allen, Concord Country Club 75
Peter Garno, Merion Golf Club 75
Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club 75
Jeffrey Romines, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Brendan Shay, Carlisle Country Club 75
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 75
Ellis Chandler, Honeybrook Golf Club 76
Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club 76
Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club 76
Pat Kinch, Broad Run Golfer’s Club 76
Cooper Kronenberger, Little Mill Country Club 76
Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 76
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club 77
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 77
Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club 77
Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Russell Loue, McCall Golf & Country Club 78
Adam Shorey, Honeybrook Golf Club 78
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 78
Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National 79
Ryan Jones, Northampton Valley Country Club 79
Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club 79
Philip Mortell, III, Honeybrook Golf Club 79
Daniel Simonsen, Green Valley Country Club 79
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 80
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 80
Christopher Marky, Fieldstone Golf Club 80
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 80
Luke Fagley, Reading Country Club 81
Justin Gohn, Concord Country Club 81
Dominick Mancinelli, Glenmaura National Golf Club 81
Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club 82
Tyler Miller, Stonewall 82
Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club 83
Robert Olseski, III, Applebrook Golf Club 83
William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club 89
Hank Kovalcik, Trenton Country Club DQ
Oscar Neubauer, Saucon Valley Country Club NS
Zack Amole, Foxchase Golf Club WD
Clay Anders, Indian Valley Country Club WD
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Joshua Brown, The Shore Club WD
Charles Canning, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park WD
Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club WD
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club WD
Jimmy Cunningham, Aronimink Golf Club WD
Joseph Dulka, DuPont Country Club WD
Mike Ellis, Loch Nairn Golf Club WD
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club WD
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Timothy Haberbusch, Mercer Oaks Golf Course WD
Michael Haney, Llanerch Country Club WD
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club WD
James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club WD
Dave Lees, Metedeconk National Golf Club WD
Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Justin Spaeth, Cedarbrook Country Club WD
Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club WD
John Venne, Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club WD
Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club WD
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club WD
DQ — disqualification; NS — no show; WD — withdrawal

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