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119th #PattersonCup Round One: Manufacturers’

Keeling, Sheehan share Patterson lead, in search of first title

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.–The Joseph H. Patterson Cup title tree is ripe for the picking for a pair of upstarts searching for a first GAP Major Championship.

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Andrew Keeling of Kennett Square Golf & Country Club and Patrick Sheehan of Talamore Country Club each carded opening-round 6-under 65s Wednesday at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club (par 71, 6,706 yards) to lead the Association’s stroke-play championship and to be on the precipice of a GAP breakthrough victory. The path is not easy. A large pack of contenders lurks as 19 players, including seven former Major winners, are within five shots of the lead.

Provident Bank is the Patterson Cup’s presenting sponsor.

The cut line landed at 3-over-par 74. The low 60 scores and ties advanced to Round Two. A total of 75 players made the cut.

The second round begins at 7:30 a.m. The leaders start at 11:40 a.m.

Defending champion Zach Barbin of Loch Nairn Golf Club stands at 1 under.

Keeling and Sheehan, both playing the golf course for the first time, surged to the top rung of the leaderboard with some scorecard synergy. Both had six birdies, an eagle and two bogeys.

Keeling stood level par through four holes, with a birdie and a bogey, before catching fire. He played his final five holes on the front side in 5 under. On No. 5 (par 4, 427 yards), the 29-year-old West Chester, Pa. resident lifted a pitching wedge from 150 yards to two feet; watched a 6-iron on No. 6 (par 3, 190 yards) stop a foot from the hole for a 2 and added an eagle on No. 7 (par 5, 505 yards) when he canned a 20-footer.

“It was uphill. I gave it a pretty good rap. It caught the back of the cup, popped up and dropped,” said Keeling of the eagle.

A par on No. 8 (par 3, 119 yards) followed before finishing his initial nine with a tap-in birdie on No. 9 (par 5, 469 yards) after finding the putting green in two.

“Today I wanted to put together the lowest number I could,” said Keeling. “After making the turn, I just figured get [through] the back nine in even or 1 under. I didn’t want to play the back nine as aggressive considering my front nine score.”

Keeling finished with six pars, two birdies and a bogey on his inward nine.

Sheehan started with three birdies in his first four holes and four birdies in his first seven holes. The 20-year-old Doylestown, Pa. resident almost drove the putting surface on No. 1 (par 4, 374 yards), which plays substantially downhill, and two putted from 25 feet for birdie; on No. 2 (par 4, 392 yards) lifted a pitching wedge from 153 yards to eight feet for another 3 and on No. 4 (par 3, 175 yards) knocked an 8-iron to five feet for a third red number. A poor drive on No. 5 (par 4, 427 yards) resulted in bogey, but Sheehan quickly rebounded. On No. 7 (par 5, 505 yards), he landed a 6-iron from 198 yards 20 feet from the cup. His eagle try slid just by the low side but he tapped in for birdie. He made the turn at 3 under.

A three-putt bogey on No. 11 (par 3, 193 yards), his tee shot stopped 20-feet above the hole, and with no chance of stopping the birdie putt, was left with a 10-footer up-the-hill for par that failed to fall. Sheehan regained the momentum again with an eagle on No. 12 (par 5, 514 yards). He crushed a 7-iron from 190 yards to nine feet and converted the right to left breaker. The Penn State University rising junior finished in a flurry with 3s on Nos. 16 (par 4, 427 yards) and 17 (par 4, 378 yards). On No. 16, he knocked a 52-degree wedge from 143 yards to 15 feet and made the putt and then on No. 17 ripped a 60-degree wedge from 107 yards to two feet.

Keeling and Sheehan have come close to joining GAP’s hall of champions. Keeling dropped a playoff for the 2019 Middle-Amateur Championship to Will Davenport at Rolling Green Golf Club. Sheehan is fresh off runner-up honors in the Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship last week at Merion Golf Club. He also tied for third in the Open Championship at the Country Club of York in mid-July.

“That was a big experience for me. You aren’t used to the cameras coming out. I think I handled it pretty well then so it’s not going to make me blow up or anything,” said Keeling, a mechanical engineer at Southco, Inc. “I can handle that pressure. Being in this position a second time, it’s good to have that experience under your belt.”

Said Sheehan, “I really want to get a win in a GAP event that would be something special. One of my goals coming into this year was to get that one win.”

The second oldest Championship in GAP, 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.

Both the public and media are welcome to attend.

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Silver Cross

Peter Bradbeer of Merion Golf Club, the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Stroke-Play Qualifying medalist, remains the Silver Cross leader with 18 holes to go. Bradbeer carded a 4-under 67 and has a three-round total of 204 strokes. He leads John Peters of Carlisle Country Club by three shots.

Bradbeer, the 2017 Patterson Cup Champion, also won the Silver Cross that year.

The Silver Cross is presented to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round(s) of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship and the Joseph H. Patterson Cup.

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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, clubScore
Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club65
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club65
Michael O’Brien, LuLu Country Club66
John Peters, Carlisle Country Club66
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club67
Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club67
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club67
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club67
Benjamin Feld, Green Valley Country Club67
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club68
Stephen Cerbara, Huntingdon Valley Country Club68
Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club69
Zach Juhasz, Northampton Country Club69
Dan Keenan, Little Mill Country Club69
Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club69
Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club69
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club69
Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club70
Jim Sullivan, LuLu Country Club70
Michael Davis, Merion Golf Club71
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club71
Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club71
Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club71
P.J. Acierno, LuLu Country Club71
Dougie Ergood, Tavistock Country Club71
Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club71
Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club71
Calen Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club71
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club71
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club71
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club72
Peter Barron, III, Galloway National Golf Club72
Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Jimmy Finnerty, Radley Run Country Club72
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club72
Connor McNicholas, The 1912 Club72
J.T. Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club72
Drue Nicholas, Galloway National Golf Club72
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Austin Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club73
Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club73
John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club73
Jordan Cooper, Woodcrest Country Club73
Nick Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club73
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club73
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club73
Ryan Borrmann, Five Ponds Golf Club73
Christopher Cerminaro, Elkview Country Club73
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club73
Logan Hess, Crossgates Golf Club73
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
Max Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club73
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club73
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club73
Tyler Sokolis, LuLu Country Club73
Tyler Zimmer, Philadelphia Country Club73
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club74
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club74
Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club74
Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club74
Sean McMonagle, Tavistock Country Club74
Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club74
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club74
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club74
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club74
Andy Beittel, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club74
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Matthew Crescenzo, LuLu Country Club74
Nick Hano, LuLu Country Club74
Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club74
Brad Mills, Wedgwood Country Club74
Wills Montgomery, LuLu Country Club74
Nikita Romanov, Loch Nairn Golf Club74
Failed to qualify
Timothy Chilleri, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club75
David Hurly, Aronimink Golf Club75
Erik Reisner, Squires Golf Club75
Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club75
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club75
Billy Howard, Applebrook Golf Club75
Nick Madden, LuLu Country Club75
Bill McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club75
Jonathan Radick, Spring Mill Country Club75
Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club75
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club75
Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club76
Joshua Krumholz, LedgeRock Golf Club76
Ryan McCarty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76
Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association76
Christopher Bell, McCall Golf Club76
Will Keane, Philadelphia Country Club76
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club76
Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club76
Will Weihenmayer, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76
Ryan Cass, Hidden Creek Golf Club77
Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club77
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club77
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club77
Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club77
Scott Forrester, LuLu Country Club77
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club77
Matt Graeff, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club77
Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77
Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club77
William Smith, Chambersburg Country Club77
Jack Sterbenz, Little Mill Country Club77
Adam Bracy, Tavistock Country Club78
Charles Briggs, Merion Golf Club78
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course78
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country Club78
Jason Loehrs, McCall Golf Club78
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club78
Steve Oh, DuPont Country Club78
Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club78
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club79
Brad McFadden, Merion Golf Club79
Stephen Kidron, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club79
David Malone, Sandy Run Country Club79
Chris Orlando, Paxon Hollow Country Club79
D.J. Pinciotti, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Nicholas Vecellio, Moselem Springs Golf Club80
Michael McComb, Greate Bay Country Club80
Jonathan Wilson, Irem Country Club80
Zach Arsenault, Riverton Country Club81
Ron Robinson, LuLu Country Club81
Greg DeLuca, Trenton Country Club81
Ryan Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club81
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club81
David Colleran, Overbrook Golf Club83
Ryan Delargey, Fieldstone Golf Club83
Troy Kelleher, Country Club of Scranton83
Brendan McNamara, Sandy Run Country Club83
Corey Haydu, Spring Mill Country Club84
Matt Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club86
Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club87
Christopher Dalglish, Sunnybrook Golf ClubNS
Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country ClubWD
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal