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#BMWPhillyAm Qualifier: Trump – Philadelphia

Gelrod, Pilliod share medal in #BMWPhillyAm Qualifier at Trump – Philadelphia

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Ryan Gelrod took a seat at the scoring area, let out a sigh of relief, and was greeted by GAP
Director of Competitions Kirby Martin.

“We have our medalist?” asked Martin.

“More like survivalist,” said Gelrod.

That mindset became the majority among a 119-player field Monday in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia (par 71, 6,799 yards). Swirling winds, steamy temperatures and the challenging course contributed to high numbers throughout the leaderboard.

Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Gelrod and LedgeRock Golf Club’s Ross Pilliod were the best of the rest under those trying conditions. The duo each fired rounds of 1-over 72 and earned shares of the day’s medalist honors. The qualifying cut line stopped at 79.

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.

Gelrod’s opening nine featured eight pars paired with a single bogey on No. 7 (par 5, 560 yards). His second nine, however, became more adventurous. Three birdies dropped on the back, including a 30-foot bomb on No. 16 (par 3, 178 yards). Three bogeys erased those red numbers on the card, but Gelrod’s 72 was good enough for a share of the day’s top spot.

“[Trump National] is just a really challenging golf course, especially if you can’t keep it straight,” he said. “For me to come out and shoot a round like this today, it gives me the confidence I needed going forward. I’ve played Stonewall a few times, and I really enjoy the Old Course, so I’m happy to have gotten the job done in order to get through [to the championship proper].”

Gelrod is no stranger to GAP Major tee sheets. However, as of late, he says his game “has been all over the place.” Today’s medal honor may go a long way in regaining pure swings for the Cricketeer.

“It’s been a rough 18 months of golf for me,” said Gelrod, 47, of Flourtown, Pa. “I really have been struggling with my ball-striking as of late, which is disappointing, because that was kind of always a strength for me. I missed out on [this week’s GAP Middle-Amateur Championship] for the first time in 15 years. So to come out and fire a round like this today will hopefully put me back on the road to where I need to be.”

Playing in the afternoon wave, Pilliod saw Gelrod post the low mark early. Pilliod, a standout at Saint Joseph’s University, would go on to match it, propelled by three birdies on his card.

“Today was the day to be conservative. When I showed up and saw the high scores, I told myself, “Just get the ball in play, dude,” said Pilliod, 22, of Reading, Pa. “I only had to hit four drivers today. It was all about getting up-and-down for par and keeping the ball in play.”

Pilliod’s worst drive of the day, a 3-wood on No. 6 (par 4, 405 yards), turned into his best hole. That drive was hooked left into the fescue area, but a miracle 6-iron from 180 yards out landed to 25 feet. He dropped that putt for birdie, and ultimately, led to Pilliod’s medal-earning 72.

After a successful collegiate career at Saint Joseph’s, Pilliod graduated two days ago. Post-grad life will feature a goal of turning professional sometime after a full amateur slate in 2019.

“That’s the goal, maybe sometime after the summer or fall. Until then, I’d like to keep playing in highly-competitive amateur tournaments,” said Pilliod. “The [Philadelphia Amateur] will be a good start.”

Pilliod knows a thing or two about Stonewall, as he caddied there for two years. When he saw the GAP schedule, this year’s #BMWPhillyAm is one he had circles around.

“I’m extremely excited to play this one,” said Pilliod. “I’ve had my eyes on it for awhile now. I’m hoping to play really well.”

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)
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club72
Dan Close, Woodcrest Country Club73
Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club74
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club75
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale75
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club76
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club76
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club77
Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club77
Josh Bennett, Running Deer Golf Club77
Noah Schwartz, Galloway National Golf Club77
Sean Sigall, Little Mill Country Club77
Ambrose Abbracciamento, Jericho National Golf Club78
Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club78
Marc Fillari, Pennsauken Country Club78
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club78
Steven Owens, III, The Shore Club78
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA79
Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA79
Tyler Canfield, Downingtown Country Club79
Anthony Del Gaudio, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia79
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club79
Matt Graeff, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club79
Alex Maguire, Brookside Country Club79
Failed to qualify
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course80
Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club80
Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club80
Serge Hogg, Philadelphia Publinks GA80
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Chris Warner, Yardley Country Club80
Robert Bangs, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA81
Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club81
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club81
Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA81
DJ Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81
Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club81
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club81
Caleb Rossi, Sea Oaks Golf Club81
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club81
James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club82
Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club82
Paul Leddy, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club82
Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club82
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club82
Nikita Romanov, Loch Nairn Golf Club82
Christopher Schukay, Valleybrook Country Club82
John Birk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club83
Jack Cooley, Bidermann Golf Club83
Noah Harrington, Cedarbrook Country Club83
Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club83
Wayne LeSage, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club83
Greg Berdini, Little Mill Country Club84
Luis Diaz, Rancocas Golf Club84
Joe Dougherty, McCall Golf Club84
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club84
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club84
John Rose, Bensalem Township Country Club84
Jordan Wagner, Medford Village Country Club84
Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club85
Brian Keane, Mercer Oaks Golf Course85
Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club85
Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA85
Kyle Price, White Clay Creek Country Club85
Timothy Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club85
Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club85
Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club85
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club85
Joshua Brown, The Shore Club86
Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country Club86
Joshua Krumholz, LedgeRock Golf Club86
Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club86
Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia86
Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club86
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club86
Brian Smarsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA86
Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club86
Dan Ayars, Running Deer Golf Club87
William Gamgort, DuPont Country Club87
Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club87
Tom Stewart, Philadelphia Cricket Club87
Jeffrey Angelucci, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale88
Gabe Gant, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia88
Jeffrey Alecci, Metedeconk National Golf Club89
Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club89
Jack Habeeb, The Country Club of Scranton89
Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club90
Albert McFadden, Valley Country Club90
Andrew Ring, Bluestone Country Club90
Travis Shaffer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve90
Rick Uhr, Philadelphia Publinks GA90
Matt Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club91
Adam Bracy, Tavistock Country Club91
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club91
Jh Park, Blue Bell Country Club92
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club93
Stephen O’Sullivan, Philadelphia Cricket Club93
Tyler Miller, Stonewall94
Regan Papariello, St. Davids Golf Club94
Ryan Jones, Northampton Valley Country Club95
Andrew Ranaudo, Chester Valley Golf Club96
Timothy Chow, Rivercrest GC & PreserveWD
Edward Conway, Blue Bell Country ClubWD
Andrew Dargan, Woodcrest Country ClubWD
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf ClubWD
Luke Fayocavitz, Glen Oak Country ClubWD
Stephen Fordyce, Lookaway Golf ClubWD
Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country ClubWD
David Guertler, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Jordan Rosenblatt, Woodcrest Country ClubWD
Jon Thomas, White Clay Creek Country ClubWD
Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country ClubWD
Adam Warner, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Jason Wilt, Philadelphia Publinks GAWD
Michael Zeng, Applecross Country ClubWD
Andrew Davenport, Commonwealth National Golf ClubNS
Timmy Lorenzo, Philadelphia Cricket ClubNS
WD – withdrawal; NS – no show