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#BMWPhillyAm Qualifier: Hartefeld

Davenport dazzles, medals in #BMWPhillyAm Qual. at Hartefeld

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AVONDALE, Pa. – His past playing pedigree speaks for itself, but it’s the first go-around for Will Davenport in the Philadelphia region. The GAP chapter for the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club member features a strong introduction, as evidenced by a low performance in Tuesday’s BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier.

Davenport, a former Yale University Bulldog, battled his way around Hartefeld National Golf Club (par 72, 6,690 yards), firing a 3-under 69 for the qualifying medal. His four birdies, added to an outstanding eagle, gave him the top spot in a field of more than 100 #BMWPhillyAm hopefuls. The cut line stopped at 3-over 75 on the day.

The 119th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will be hosted June 11-13 and 15 at Stonewall. The New Course will be used for stroke-play qualifying, while the Old Course will host both qualifying and match-play action.

Davenport’s first birdie arrived early on No. 2 (par 3, 162 yards). His 8-iron approach there landed within eight feet, leading to the 3. That trusty 8-iron was again utilized nicely on No. 3 (par 4, 380 yards), resulting in a tap-in red number.

The next string of highlights for Davenport came on Nos. 7 (par 4, 390 yards) and 8 (par 5, 472 yards). The former hosted a 113-yard gap wedge and a tap-in birdie. The latter resulted in eagle after a driver, 7-iron combination made way for a four-foot conversion. He’d go on to make the turn at 3 under.

“I was in two mindsets at the turn. One was good because all of the birdies and the eagle. The other, I had just missed a three footer for par,” said Davenport, 26, of Philadelphia. “After I made another bogey on No. 10, I told myself that I really needed to calm down and start playing the way I know I can.”

Hartefeld’s second half was less adventurous on the scorecard. Davenport went on to par seven of the final eight holes, including a tap-in birdie on No. 13 (par 5, 570 yards) after a well-executed chip.

“It’s easy to sit here and be unhappy with a few bad swings. But now, looking at the 3-under score, I can’t be. I’m getting over the case of the yips with my chipping, especially in competition. I wouldn’t wish that sickness on anyone,” he said. “But [this round] goes a long way in giving my game confidence moving forward.”

After his playing days at Yale between 2011-2015, Davenport tried his hand at professional golf. That part of his journey included attempts at qualifying for the European Tour and a number of U.S. Opens. He spent last year in Australia, coming just one shot short of qualifying for the Australian Open.

“I spent the last few years working with the Boston Consulting Group, which was great but meant time away from the game. Without many hours to spend practicing, my golf suffered,” said Davenport, who moved to Philadelphia in August to study at the University of Pennsylvania for his MBA.

High-level, competitive golf is back on the schedule now that Davenport is back in school. He chose to stay in the area over the summer, taking advantage of the deep GAP slate.

“I made the decision to stay up here this summer instead of going home to the Palm Beach area. There were two factors that came into play for that choice. The first, I love Whitemarsh Valley. I realized how much I enjoyed being and playing there, so that was a major factor. The second was the opportunity to play such a rich amateur schedule with all the GAP events. I’ve got everything I need when it comes to these events, and I’m excited to compete.”

Before his Philadelphia Amateur experience, Davenport will take his first GAP Major swings in the #GAPMidAm at Rolling Green. It’s a moment he’s been eyeing for a while now.

“I’m looking to use my time while at UPenn to get my game into shape. Get my game where it needs to be to play at a high amateur level,” he said.

If elite competition is what Davenport seeks, GAP Majors will be the ideal platform.

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)
William Davenport, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club69
Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club70
Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club71
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club71
Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club71
Mike Butzgy, Hartefeld National72
John Murphy, II, The Shore Club72
John Peters, Carlisle Country Club72
Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club73
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club74
Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club74
Andew Cornish, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve74
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club74
Larry Martone, Stonewall74
Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club75
Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club75
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club75
Wills Montgomery, Bala Golf Club75
Michael O’Brien, Bala Golf Club75
Caleb Ryan, Philadelphia Publinks GA75
Failed to qualify
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club76
Neil Gordon, Five Ponds Golf Club76
Paul Hess, Hartefeld National76
Matt Kocent, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
Brandon Raihl, Hartefeld National76
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club76
Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club76
Ryan Barnett, The ACE Club77
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club77
Brian Gardner, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club77
John Lalley, Llanerch Country Club77
Joshua Ryan, GAP Youth on Course77
Matthew Shevlin, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
R.J. Wren, LedgeRock Golf Club77
William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club78
Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club78
Luke Liddell, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale78
Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club78
Brendan Mahoney, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
David Shields, Flourtown Country Club78
Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club79
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club79
Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club79
Kevin Delaney, Stonewall79
Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National79
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club79
Matt Kreider, Foxchase Golf Club79
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club79
George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club80
James Bresnahan, Bala Golf Club80
John McClure, Country Club of York80
Nate Pierce, Spring Ford Country Club80
Peter Sharkey, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club80
Joe Spitaleri, Loch Nairn Golf Club80
Robert Filipe, Medford Village Country Club81
Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club81
Justin Lamason, Carlisle Country Club81
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club81
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA81
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club81
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club81
Evan Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club82
Matthew Ciarmella, Hartefeld National82
Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club82
Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club82
Billy Hallman, Shepherd Hills Golf Club83
Reed Winkler, DuPont Country Club83
Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club84
Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club84
Ryan O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course84
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club84
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club84
Douglas Christensen, Rolling Green Golf Club85
Seth Hildebrand, Bon Air Country Club85
Christopher Marky, Fieldstone Golf Club85
Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club85
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club85
Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club85
Mark Agnew, Hartefeld National86
Joseph Dulka, DuPont Country Club86
Chris Lee, Concord Country Club86
Michael Lewers, Aronimink Golf Club86
Michael Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club86
Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club87
Jim Fisher, Hartefeld National87
Justin Gohn, Concord Country Club88
John Burnes, Philadelphia Cricket Club92
Gregory DaPron, Hartefeld National92
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club93
Ryan DeLorraine, Hartefeld National94
Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country ClubWD
Jordan Claffey, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
Randy Finn, Moselem Springs Golf ClubWD
Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven ClubWD
Peter Moran, Whitford Country ClubWD
Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
Jesse Betts, Medford Village Country ClubNC
Brendan McNamara, The ACE ClubNS
WD – withdrawal; NC – no card; NS – no show