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Collegiates Barone, McGrath headline #PatCup Qualifier at Lu Lu

NORTH HILLS, Pa. — A pair of Brian Quinn pupils, John Barone of Glenmaura National Golf Club and Liam McGrath of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, carded respective 3-under-par 68s to share medalist honors in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at Lu Lu Country Club (par 71, 6,368 yards). | Scorecards | Photo gallery | History |

  The two led a field of 96 players hoping to earn one of 39 qualifying positions and ties available for the Championship proper, set for Aug. 4-5 at Huntingdon Valley. The cut line fell to 75 at day’s end.

  Barone, 20, of Dunmore, Pa., is a redshirt sophomore at Temple University, where Quinn serves as men’s golf coach. McGrath, 19, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., consulted Quinn recently to shake off a summer funk. Both showcased the value of that tutelage Tuesday.

  “My game’s been very on and off, to be honest,” Barone said. “When the driver’s good and the putter’s good, everything seems to go right. I wanted to get my game back together for the last big tournament of the summer. Today was a good start. The putter was good, and that’s been the biggest thing for me this summer.”

  Barone totaled 27 putts at Lu Lu. He opened with a birdie on No. 11 (par 4, 350 yards), the first hole for logistical purposes. Barone nearly holed a pitching wedge from 130 yards and tapped in a six-incher. Bogeys on Nos. 13 (par 4, 431 yards) and 15 (par 3, 144 yards) threatened to capsize the round. But Barone’s putter came to the rescue on the par 5, 521-yard 17th hole. He converted a left-to-right breaking 25-footer for birdie.

  Barone made it a back-to-back affair on Nos. 1 (par 5, 478 yards) and 2 (par 4, 352 yards). He launched a 6-iron 197 yards to 15 feet and two-putted for a 4 on the first. A “member’s bounce” changed his scorecard’s shape from square to circle on No. 2. Barone, who also shared medalist honors in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier earlier this year, knocked a 9-iron 150 yards to 15 feet after his driver generously careened into a tree guarding the boundary fence. He joined McGrath as co-medalist by carding a birdie on his last hole (No. 10, par 5, 525 yards). After almost arriving at the green in two with a 4-iron from 230 yards, Barone nestled a chip to four feet.

  During the summer, Barone’s remained in touch with Quinn — a swing checkup here and there.

  “He’s been a huge influence,” Barone said. “I came to Temple kind of a raw golfer and he’s made me what I am.”

  Quinn’s assisted McGrath with ball-striking and short game issues of late.

  “I haven’t really played that well throughout the summer, so it feels good to put a round like this,” McGrath said. “I made a lot of good putts and some lucky up-and-downs. I thought I drove the ball well.”

  A 15-footer for birdie on the par 3, 111-yard No. 6 marks one of those good putts. After sending a sand wedge flag-high right, McGrath snuck in a right-to-left slider on the right edge. One of those lucky up-and-downs resulted in red as well. On No. 7 (par 4, 433 yards), he narrowly cleared a towering pine tree with a pitching wedge from 125 yards and dropped a 10-footer for birdie. Look to the uphill par 4, 311-yard No. 9 as an example of improved ball-striking. He powered a drive greenside left and stopped a chip at three feet. McGrath also carded consecutive birdies on Nos. 17 (par 5, 521 yards) and 18 (par 4, 404 yards). On the first, he hit a 54-degree wedge 110 yards onto the right fringe and watched his ensuing roll catch the cup.

  “I absolutely pounded the putt. It was going to go so far by if it didn’t hit the hole,” McGrath, who will attend Furman University in the fall, said. “I got lucky with that one.” He hit a pitching wedge 125 yards to five feet on No. 18.

  The good news flowed through the McGrath household Tuesday. McGrath’s brother Conor, 16, also advanced with a score of 74. Brett, 13, became a finalist in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship at Moorestown Field Club.

   “We encourage each other a lot and get out there and play as much as possible. They’re kind of teaching me right now,” Liam said.

  Tuesday’s Patterson Cup Qualifier was originally scheduled for July 28 at Broad Run Golfer’s Club. However, severe weather forced officials to postpone the event. Broad Run wasn’t available to return as host site.

  The second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, 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.

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Qualifiers
Name, club Score
John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club 68
Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 68
Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club 69
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 70
Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club 70
Ty Krieger, Lancaster Country Club 70
Connor McNicholas, Talamore Country Club 71
Joseph Chambers, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 71
Marc Oliveri, Jr., Lancaster Country Club 71
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 72
Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club 72
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 72
David Hirschhorn, Old York CC at Chesterfield 72
David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 72
Doug Ergood, Tavistock Country Club 72
Erik Reisner, The ACE Club 72
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 72
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 72
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Michael Fireman, Talamore Country Club 73
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 73
Brandon Raihl, Heidelberg Country Club 74
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 74
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club 74
John Murphy, II, Stone Harbor Golf Club 74
Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 74
Michael Shevlin, Sr., Lu Lu Country Club 74
Scott Forrester, Union League of Philadelphia 74
Scott McKean, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Trey Swanson, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 74
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 75
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 75
Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club 75
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club 75
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 75
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Max Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club 75
Nick Calabrese, The Springhaven Club 75
Failed to qualify
Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club 76
Brendan Hallinan, Applebrook Golf Club 76
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 76
Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 76
Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club 76
James O’Connor, Penn Oaks Golf Club 76
Joshua Krumholz, LedgeRock Golf Club 76
Kevin Bonner, Talamore Country Club 76
Michael Winton, Tavistock Country Club 76
Robert Olseski, Sandy Run Country Club 76
Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club 76
Yoseph Dance, Meadowlands Country Club 76
Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club 77
Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club 77
Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club 77
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 77
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club 78
Evan Choy, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort 78
Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club 78
Matt Bierer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 78
Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club 78
D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Dan Clark, Old York Road Country Club 79
Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club 79
David Sim, Coatesville Country Club 80
Evan Notaro, Woodstone Country Club 80
Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club 80
Joe Rochelle, Indian Valley Country Club 80
Jon King, LedgeRock Golf Club 80
Philip Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club 80
Tom Coyne, McCall Golf & Country Club 80
William Rolli, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 80
Blake Vogdes, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 81
Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Jesse Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Michael Logue, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 81
Pat Rooney, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 81
Tom Corcimiglia, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 81
Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club 82
Noah Harrington, Cedarbrook Country Club 82
Patrick Buckley, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Paul Molloy, Golf Course at Glen Mills 82
Andrew Chobany, Golf Course at Glen Mills 83
Matt Regan, Coatesville Country Club 83
Matthew Meves, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 83
Andrew Simpson, Indian Valley Country Club 85
Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club 85
Frederick Hammer, Merion Golf Club 87
Michael Lamond, White Manor Country Club DQ
John Barry, Lancaster Country Club WD
Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club WD