Ryan rains birdies, medals in #GAPOpen Qualifier at Golden Oaks
FLEETWOOD, Pa. – Youth on Course turned youth with medal.
Josh Ryan, a 15-year-old GAP Youth on Course member, fired a sizzling 7-under 65 to earn medalist honors in the first of three GAP Open Championship Qualifiers. His bogey-free round at Golden Oaks Golf Club (par 72, 6,820 yards) earned him the top spot over 86 other championship hopefuls, including a mix of the region’s top amateurs and professionals.
The day’s cut line fell at 1-over 73 on the day.
The birdie party began early, and continued often through Ryan’s remarkable round. Beginning on Golden Oaks’ back, Ryan’s first red number arrived on No. 11 (par 5, 496 yards) after a driver, 3-iron combination made way for an eagle putt that was left just short from 15 feet. Birdie was the consolation prize.
Another was jarred on the following hole, No. 12 (par 4, 420 yards), when Ryan’s wedge from 66 yards cosied up to three feet, meaning a tap-in for 3 was in order. A 15-footer dropped for Ryan on the par-5, 560-yard 18th, resulting in a turn of 3-under par.
Golden Oaks’ first side was even kinder to the up-and-coming power hitter. On the 1st hole (par 4, 420 yards), Ryan’s boom stick off the tee left him with just 100 yards in. An over-spun lob wedge rolled out to 25 feet, but the birdie putt fell. He’d get another one on No. 3 (par 4, 390 yards) after 3-iron, pitching wedge equation equaled another 15 footer that found the bottom of the cup.
“The hole looked very, very large to me today,” said a smiling Ryan.
Another perfect drive led to a 7-iron approach from 190 yards on No. 5 (par 5, 480 yards) that found the front of the green. A solid lag putt earned Ryan his sixth birdie of the day. His seventh and final red figure was hosted on the par-5, 570-yard 8th. A pured 3-iron from 250 yards found the right side of the dance floor, but his eagle look was crushed beyond the cup. The eight-foot comebacker was perfect. 7-under par.
“It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played,” said Ryan, whose competitive career low was an 8-under round of 64 at Paxton Hollow. “I couldn’t have been ball-striking any better than I did today. Plus, I was rolling the ball extremely well.”
Ryan’s name first popped up in the GAP circle when he took the 2017 GAP Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship at Phoenixville Country Club in impressive fashion. That week, he earned medalist honors by four shots, secured the No. 1 overall seed, and ran the board in match play for the breakthrough win.
“That week really gave me confidence. It showed me that I could match up with the best players at my age,” said Ryan, who was named a 2018 Player to Watch by the GAP Magazine.
That #GAPJrJr win meant Ryan was destined for a bigger stage. He made his GAP Major debut in last year’s BMW Philadelphia Amateur, and will now try his hand against both the region’s best amateurs and pros in the GAP Open at Huntingdon Valley, July 17-18.
“Playing against competition like that is what I like to do,” he said. “I’ve never played Huntingdon Valley, but I’ve heard it’s one of the best courses [in the area], and that it’s very hilly. I’m very excited for the test.”
While competitive tournaments take up much of his playing time, Ryan is a proud Youth on Course member. He’s a fan of younger players getting access to GAP tracks for $5 or less, and plans to take advantage with more rounds at Downingtown Country Club.
“Obviously I play a lot, but I’m hoping to take advantage of [Youth on Course access] more in the future,” said Ryan. “It’s an awesome program.”
Firing a 7-under round as a 15-year-old is pretty awesome, too.
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.
|(a) Joshua Ryan, GAP Youth on Course||65|
|(a) Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club||66|
|Mike Furey, Blue Shamrock Golf Club||67|
|(a) Wills Montgomery, Bala Golf Club||67|
|(a) Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||69|
|(a) Nicholas Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club||69|
|(a) Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club||69|
|(a) Michael O’Brien, Bala Golf Club||69|
|(a) Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club||69|
|(a) Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club||69|
|(a) Caleb Ryan, Philadelphia Publinks GA||70|
|(a) Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club||70|
|(a) J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club||70|
|(a) Ambrose Abbracciamento, Jericho National Golf Club||71|
|(a) Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA||71|
|(a) Patrick Butkus, Tavistock Country Club||71|
|(a) Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club||71|
|Vincent Kabaso, Laurel Creek Country Club||71|
|Dustin Wallis, Out Door Country Club||71|
|Matthew Episcopo, Pine Valley Golf Club||72|
|(a) Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown||72|
|(a) Robert Fyock, Heidelberg Country Club||72|
|(a) Luca Jezzeny, Doylestown Country Club||72|
|Tom Michaels, Berkshire Country Club||72|
|(a) Brian Rentz, Meadia Heights Golf Club||72|
|Mike Valentine, Commonwealth National Golf Club||72|
|(a) Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club||73|
|Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia||73|
|(a) James Gillespie, Jr. , Concord Country Club||73|
|(a) Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club||73|
|(a) Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club||73|
|(a) Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club||73|
|(a) Brandon Raihl, Hartefeld National||73|
|Failed to qualify|
|(a) Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club||74|
|(a) Quentin Griffith, IV, Philadelphia Publinks GA||74|
|Jeffery Herb, Waynesborough Country Club||74|
|Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club||74|
|(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club||74|
|(a) Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club||74|
|(a) Daniel Simonsen, Green Valley Country Club||74|
|(a) Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club||74|
|Michael Wheeler, Play-a-Round Malvern||74|
|(a) Michael Zupi, Lu Lu Country Club||74|
|(a) T.J. Brennan, Brookside CC of Allentown||75|
|(a) Michael Hrbek, Gilbertsville Golf Club||75|
|Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC- Moorestown||75|
|(a) Joshua Krumholz, LedgeRock Golf Club||75|
|(a) Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club||75|
|(a) Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club||75|
|(a) Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club||75|
|(a) Marco Nieto, Glenmaura National Golf Club||75|
|(a) Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club||75|
|(a) Jon Rudisill, Stone Harbor Golf Club||75|
|(a) Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club||75|
|(a) Kyle Vance, Blue Bell Country Club||75|
|(a) Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club||76|
|(a) Kevin Karabin, Glen Oak Country Club||76|
|(a) Matthew Pulcini, Saucon Valley Country Club||76|
|(a) Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club||76|
|(a) Daniel Tennekoon, Golf Course at Glen Mills||76|
|(a) Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club||76|
|(a) Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club||77|
|(a) Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club||77|
|Doug Delaney, Union League National Golf Club||77|
|(a) Dominic Foti, Yardley Country Club||77|
|(a) Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club||77|
|Justin Rinas, Commonwealth National Golf Club||77|
|(a) Joe Kerrigan, Jr. , Llanerch Country Club||78|
|(a) George Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club||79|
|(a) Jameson Donahue, Downingtown Country Club||79|
|(a) Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club||79|
|(a) Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club||79|
|(a) Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club||80|
|(a) Fredrick Taggart, Meadia Heights Golf Club||80|
|(a) Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club||81|
|(a) Justin Howe, Applecross Country Club||81|
|(a) Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club||81|
|(a) Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club||81|
|(a) Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||82|
|Frank Hesson, Lesson From Hesson Golf Academy LLC||83|
|Anthony Shields, The ACE Club||83|
|(a) Alec Stern, Philadelphia Country Club||83|
|John Mallozzi, Talamore Country Club||84|
|(a) Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA||84|
|Thomas Regan, Jr. , PineCrest Country Club||85|
|(a) Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club||86|
|(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||WD|
|(a) Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||WD|