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#BMWPhillyAm Qualifier: Brookside Allentown

#BMWPhillyAm heavweight: Northampton’s Juhasz reigns supreme in Qualifier at Brookside Allentown

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MACUNGIE, Pa. — Zachary Juhasz lost 100 lbs. over the past year. The weight droppage coincided with an impressive gain in his golf game, if Saturday is any indication.  

Juhasz, a relative GAP newcomer, dropped the hammer in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at a pleasant Brookside Country Club of Allentown (par 71, 6,472 yards). He carded a 3-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors as well as one of 16 qualifying positions and ties available.

The cut line stopped at 75 by day’s end.

The 119th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 11-13 & 15 at Stonewall (Old). The club’s North Course will serve as a qualifying site on Day One.

“It’s a big difference. It took me awhile to get used to it, though,” Juhasz said of his physical transformation. “My golf swing was a lot different.”

Juhasz differentiated from the field Saturday. The Northampton Country Club member registered 14 greens in regulation to post the lone subpar score. His playing partners described Juhasz as “fearless” on Allentown’s small yet spurning surfaces.

“I came in with the mentality to be more aggressive. It was more self-belief probably,” Juhasz, 22, of Bethlehem, Pa., said.

Although he missed the first two greens, Juhasz executed midrange makes for pars to stay afloat early. He distanced with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 (par 4, 495 yards) and 5 (par 3, 169 yards). On the first, he powered a 7-iron 195 yards to 20 feet and two putted. Juhasz, who works for his father’s home improvement company, buried a right-to-left breaking 12-footer on No. 5 following a smooth 8-iron.

His laid back yet laser-focused style continued on the downhill, dogleg left 10th hole (par 4, 415 yards). Juhasz ripped a drive, knocked a sand wedge 100 yards to 10 feet and buried the uphill birdie putt. He hit a 60-degree wedge 65 yards to 15 feet for a 4 on No. 13 (par 5, 479 yards). Juhasz’s lone bogey occurred on No. 16 (par 4, 385 yards). Doomed by a drive into the left tree-line and an “awful third shot.”

Juhasz didn’t start playing golf until his sophomore year at Freedom High School.

“I played basketball, and I’m obviously not the tallest person,” Juhasz, a burly, 5-foot-7 smasher, said. “I was trying to find something else. My uncle introduced me to golf. I went out there and I ended up loving it. I just kept playing and playing.”

And kept improving and improving. Juhasz plans to play more competitive golf — and to increase his GAP involvement — “to see what he’s made of.”

“What’s the point of practicing if you’re not going to test yourself under pressure?” he said.

Test aced at Brookside Country Club of Allentown.

The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is GAP’s premier individual championship. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke-play qualifier to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles.

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 274 Full Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Qualifiers (name, club, score)
Zachary Juhasz, Northampton Country Club68
Jack Sullivan, The Shore Club71
Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club72
Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club72
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown73
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club73
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club73
Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown73
Oliver White, Stonewall73
Jason Wilson, Philadelphia Publinks GA73
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club74
Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve74
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club74
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club75
Kyle Deisher, Five Ponds Golf Club75
A.J. Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club75
Kyle Quagliero, Medford Lakes Country Club75
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club75
Michael Winter, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club75
Failed to qualify
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown76
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club76
Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club77
Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club77
Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club77
Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club77
Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club77
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club78
Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club78
Joe Minahan, Brookside CC of Allentown78
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Publinks GA78
Gary Schoeman, Gulph Mills Golf Club78
Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club78
Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown78
Matthew Law, Jericho National Golf Club79
Stephen Meier, Brookside CC of Allentown79
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club79
Max Rubin, Little Mill Country Club79
Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club79
Ethan Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club79
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club79
Chris Binder, Rancocas Golf Club80
John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club80
Jordan Cooper, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club80
Michael Gallagher, Galloway National Golf Club80
Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club80
Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club80
Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club80
Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club80
Franklin Pyle, III, Brookside CC of Allentown80
Erik Reisner, The ACE Club80
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club80
Daniel Simonsen, Green Valley Country Club80
Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks GA80
Andy Frank, Olde Homestead Golf Club81
Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club81
Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club82
Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club82
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club82
Luke Smith, Woodstone Country Club & Lodge83
Richard Wade, Makefield Highlands Golf Club83
Brandon Murdock, Llanerch Country Club84
Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club84
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club84
Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club85
Zach Sandler, Bluestone Country Club86
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club87
Conrad Benford, Spring Ford Country Club87
Jack Murray, Stonewall87
Alfonso Dicarlo, Lehigh Country Club88
Scott Harrington, Brookside CC of Allentown91
Matt Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park94
Randy Czekaj, Belles Springs Golf Course95
Ryan Woelfling, Philadelphia Publinks GA95
Gary Greenberg, Southmoore Golf CourseNS
William Bello, Moselem Springs Golf ClubWD
Chris Benvenuto, Five Ponds Golf ClubWD
Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country ClubWD
NS — no show; WD — withdrawal