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#GAPOpen Qualifier: Golden Oaks

Ryan rains birdies, medals in #GAPOpen Qualifier at Golden Oaks

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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 had seven birdies paired with zero bogey blemishes.

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.

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, clubScore
(a) Joshua Ryan, GAP Youth on Course65
(a) Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club66
Mike Furey, Blue Shamrock Golf Club67
(a) Wills Montgomery, Bala Golf Club67
(a) Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club69
(a) Nicholas Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club69
(a) Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club69
(a) Michael O’Brien, Bala Golf Club69
(a) Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club69
(a) Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club69
(a) Caleb Ryan, Philadelphia Publinks GA70
(a) Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club70
(a) J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club70
(a) Ambrose Abbracciamento, Jericho National Golf Club71
(a) Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA71
Patrick Butkus, Tavistock Country Club71
(a) Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club71
Vincent Kabaso, Laurel Creek Country Club71
Dustin Wallis, Out Door Country Club71
Matthew Episcopo, Pine Valley Golf Club72
(a) Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown72
(a) Robert Fyock, Heidelberg Country Club72
(a) Luca Jezzeny, Doylestown Country Club72
Tom Michaels, Berkshire Country Club72
(a) Brian Rentz, Meadia Heights Golf Club72
(a) Mike Valentine, Commonwealth National Golf Club72
(a) Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club73
Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia73
(a) James Gillespie, Jr. , Concord Country Club73
(a) Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club73
(a) Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club73
(a) Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club73
(a) Brandon Raihl, Hartefeld National73
Failed to qualify
(a) Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club74
(a) Quentin Griffith, IV,  Philadelphia Publinks GA74
Jeffery Herb, Waynesborough Country Club74
Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club74
(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club74
(a) Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club74
(a) Daniel Simonsen, Green Valley Country Club74
(a) Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club74
Michael Wheeler, Play-a-Round Malvern74
(a) Michael Zupi, Lu Lu Country Club74
(a) T.J. Brennan, Brookside CC of Allentown75
(a) Michael Hrbek, Gilbertsville Golf Club75
Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC- Moorestown75
(a) Joshua Krumholz, LedgeRock Golf Club75
(a) Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club75
(a) Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club75
(a) Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club75
(a) Marco Nieto, Glenmaura National Golf Club75
(a) Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club75
(a) Jon Rudisill, Stone Harbor Golf Club75
(a) Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club75
(a) Kyle Vance, Blue Bell Country Club75
(a) Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
(a) Kevin Karabin, Glen Oak Country Club76
(a) Matthew Pulcini, Saucon Valley Country Club76
(a) Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club76
(a) Daniel Tennekoon, Golf Course at Glen Mills76
(a) Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club76
(a) Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club77
(a) Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club77
Doug Delaney, Union League National Golf Club77
(a) Dominic Foti, Yardley Country Club77
(a) Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club77
Justin Rinas, Commonwealth National Golf Club77
(a) Joe Kerrigan, Jr. ,  Llanerch Country Club78
(a) George Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club79
(a) Jameson Donahue, Downingtown Country Club79
(a) Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club79
(a) Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club79
(a) Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club80
(a) Fredrick Taggart, Meadia Heights Golf Club80
(a) Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club81
(a) Justin Howe, Applecross Country Club81
(a) Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club81
(a) Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club81
(a) Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club82
Frank Hesson, Lesson From Hesson Golf Academy LLC83
Anthony Shields, The ACE Club83
(a) Alec Stern, Philadelphia Country Club83
John Mallozzi, Talamore Country Club84
(a) Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA84
Thomas Regan, Jr. ,  PineCrest Country Club85
(a) Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club86
(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country ClubWD
(a) Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country ClubWD
(a)-denotes amateur
WD-withdrawal