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117th #GAPOpen: Round Two

Hinckley takes 117th #GAPOpen

YORK, Pa. –Eat. Sleep. Golf. Repeat. That’s been Blake Hinckley’s daily schedule since turning professional in April 2019. A necessary monotony for those looking to someday find the bright lights of the PGA TOUR. Wednesday at the Country Club of York (par 70, 6,610 yards), that preparation resulted in the biggest – and only – win of Hinckley’s career. The Philadelphia PGA Section member playing out of Wilmington Country Club outlasted a throng of challengers to capture the 117th Open Championship.

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Hinckley finished the 36 holes at 5-under par, a shot clear of amateur Ron Robinson of LuLu Country Club. His victory earned him the low professional top prize of $6,000. There was a four-way tie for third place at 3 under. Defending Open Champion Michael Little, Lookaway Golf Club’s pro, tied for 30th at 5 over.

“I’ve played in a lot of these events. I’ve been around GAP since I started playing golf and haven’t made any noise,” said Hinckley, who failed to qualify for any GAP Major since he started trying nine years ago before this Open. “The fact I could win one of the biggest tournaments, and my name is going to be on the [John J. McDermott Open Trophy] means a lot to me.”

Hinckley, 24, of Greenville, Del., advanced into the Championship proper from the Trenton Country Club Qualifying site. He posted a 77 to qualify on the cut line.

At York, with all players halfway home, Hinckley trailed leader Troy Vannucci of Little Mill Country Club by two strokes.

That was until a quick burst of red numbers vaulted him into the lead. On No. 11 (par 4, 426 yards), Hinckley holed a sand wedge from 87 yards for an eagle 2. A par on No. 12 (par 3, 198 yards) followed before Hinckley went birdie-birdie. On No. 13 (par 4, 308 yards), he converted a 20-foot left-to-right breaker for a 3 and then followed up on No. 14 (par 5, 525 yards) with a two-putt birdie from 40 feet after reaching the green in two shots.

“It was almost like I could relax knowing that I was back in the mix,” said Hinckley of the hole-out. “I don’t like forcing things if I don’t have to. I like to hit the shot I envision. If I make birdie I make birdie. When I’m playing from behind it’s tough to think that way.”

Hinckley finished with three pars and a “smart” bogey on No. 18 (par 4, 382 yards) after missing the fairway right and in the treeline. He held a two-shot lead on Robinson at that point.

Robinson, who bogeyed 18 to fall back to 4 under, moved into contention with a birdie-birdie run of his own on Nos. 13 and 14. He also made a pair of great up-and-down par saves, one on the inviting and delectable No. 16 (par 4, 394 yards), sinking a 15-footer for par after missing the green short, and then again on No. 17 (par 3, 170 yards) by jarring a 10-footer.

“Obviously it stinks not winning but it’s definitely an honor being the low amateur,” said Robinson, 22, of Hatfield, Pa. “I know my game was in really good form coming in. The Country Club of York is pretty hard, and I feel like I hit every shot in the 36 holes this week. I putted phenomenal. If you told me I was going to shoot 67 before the day, I would have taken it. The course wasn’t playing easy.”

Hinckley’s top professional finish before this win came in the Delaware State Golf Association’s 2020 Open Championship, where he tied for seventh.

“I usually think I have a chance coming in,” said Hinckley. “Coming out strong yesterday helped a lot in terms of confidence and being comfortable out there.”

Although York has never played host to a GAP Major thus far, championships have been in its pedigree since opening in 1899.  The club has a multitude of Pennsylvania Golf Association events to its name, including last year’s R. Jay Sigel Match Play Championship, while also playing host to the 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, the highlight of the club’s centennial season.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 300 Member Clubs and 80,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, clubR1-R2–Total
Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club66-69–135
(a) Ron Robinson, LuLu Country Club69-67–136
(a) Joshua Ryan, The 1912 Club70-67–137
(a) Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club69-68–137
Billy Stewart, Union League Liberty Hill66-71–137
(a) Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club67-70–137
Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club70-68–138
(a) Mark Miller, Philadelphia Cricket Club69-69–138
(a) Jalen Griffin, Five Ponds Golf Club70-69–139
David Quinn, Laurel Creek Country Club70-69–139
John Pillar, Sr., Woodloch Springs68-71–139
(a) Brandon Knaub, Country Club of York72-68–140
Trevor Bensel, Overbrook Golf Club73-67–140
(a) Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club71-69–140
Braden Shattuck, Bidermann Golf Club69-71–140
Dave McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club72-69–141
(a) Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club71-70–141
(a) Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club71-70–141
Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club73-69–142
(a) Alex Butler, Overbrook Golf Club70-72–142
Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club74-68–142
(a) Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club70-72–142
(a) Michael O’Brien, LuLu Country Club68-74–142
Michael Tobiason, Deerfield Golf Club73-70–143
Rusty Harbold, Philadelphia Cricket Club70-73–143
(a) Dougie Ergood, Tavistock Country Club75-68–143
Zac Oakley, Bidermann Golf Club72-72–144
(a) Angelo Giantsopoulos, LuLu Country Club75-69–144
(a) Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association68-76–144
Eddie Perrino, Eagle Rock Golf & Resort73-72–145
David Powers, Woodloch Springs72-73–145
(a) Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club74-71–145
(a) Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club71-74–145
Michael Little, Lookaway Golf Club71-74–145
(a) Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club71-74–145
(a) Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club71-74–145
(a) Nicholas Vecellio, Moselem Springs Golf Club71-74–145
Alexander Knoll, Glen Brook Golf Club75-70–145
(a) Peter Barron, III, Galloway National Golf Club73-73–146
(a) Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club75-71–146
Terry Hertzog, Merion Golf Club72-75–147
George Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club74-73–147
(a) Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club74-73–147
(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75-72–147
Brian Kelly, Bucknell Golf Club74-74–148
Mike Furey, Saucon Valley Country Club71-77–148
Hugo Mazzalupi, Philadelphia Cricket Club74-74–148
(a) Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74-74–148
(a) Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club74-75–149
(a) Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club74-75–149
David Pagett, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club74-75–149
(a) Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club75-74–149
(a) Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club74-76–150
(a) Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club74-76–150
(a) Thomas Weir, Honeybrook Golf Club75-75–150
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club74-77–151
(a) Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club73-79–152
John Cooper, Green Valley Country Club72-80–152
Andrew Turner, Berkshire Country Club72-80–152
(a) John Buliga, Yardley Country Club74-78–152
(a) Gary Schoeman, Gulph Mills Golf Club75-77–152
(a) Zachary Falone, Little Mill Country Club75-77–152
Dustin Wallis, Honey Run Golf Club74-79–153
(a) Chris Waldmann, French Creek Golf Club75-78–153
Nathaniel Short, Country Club of York75-78–153
Travis Deibert, Doylestown Country Club75-79–154
(a) Tucker Sandercock, Steel Club73-83–156
(a) Christopher Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club73-83–156
(a) Brendan McNamara, Sandy Run Country Club75-82–157
(a) Evan Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club75-NS–NS
Failed to qualify
Parks Price, Country Club of York76
Jason Przystup, Crossgates Golf Club76
(a) Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club76
(a) Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club76
(a) Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club76
(a) Jack Tarzy, Medford Lakes Country Club76
Ross Brown, Fox Hill Country Club76
(a) Ryan Cass, Hidden Creek Golf Club76
(a) Benjamin Feld, Green Valley Country Club76
(a) Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club76
(a) Chris Orlando, Paxon Hollow Country Club77
(a) Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club77
Ashley Grier, Overbrook Golf Club77
(a) Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club77
(a) Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club77
(a) Matt Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club77
(a) Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77
Mark Sheftic, Lookaway Golf Club77
(a) Jeffrey Victor, Makefield Highlands Golf Club77
(a) P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club77
(a) Christopher Cerminaro, Glenmaura National Golf Club78
(a) Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club78
Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC-Moorestown78
(a) John McClure, Country Club of York78
(a) Brian Noonan, The Links at Gettysburg78
(a) Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club78
(a) Jack Hamilton, Merion Golf Club78
(a) Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club78
(a) Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National79
(a) Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club79
(a) Corey Betham, St. Davids Golf Club79
(a) Jake Cutler, Union League Liberty Hill79
(a) Scott Lawson, Cedarbrook Country Club79
Andy Watters, Talamore Country Club79
(a) Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
(a) Joe Kerrigan, Llanerch Country Club80
(a) Matthew Krass, Radley Run Country Club80
(a) Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club80
(a) John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club80
(a) Logan Snyder, Briarwood Golf Club80
(a) Cal Buonocore, Philadelphia Cricket Club80
(a) Corey Haydu, Spring Mill Country Club80
(a) Brian Lasky, Woodcrest Country Club80
(a) Christopher Warner, Makefield Highlands Golf Club80
(a) Jason Wilson, Olde Homestead Golf Club80
(a) Peter D’Angelo, Burlington Country Club81
(a) Jackson Debusschere, The Springhaven Club82
(a) Brett McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
(a) Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club84
(a) Sean Ebert, Doylestown Country Club85
Kevin Bales, Country Club of York86
Anthony Shields, Union League Liberty Hill86
(a) Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country ClubWD
Bill Walker, Riverton Country ClubWD
(a) Jack Wallace, Riverton Country ClubNC
(a)-denotes amateur
NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal