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HVCC’s Osberg tops compact Patterson Cup field after Round 1

 HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa.– The 114th Joseph H. Patterson Cup is shaping up to be the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s version of Groundhog Day. As if scripted, and seemingly predictable, multiple-time Major Champions Michael McDermott and Jeff Osberg are once again prominently placed on the leaderboard after the opening round on Thursday at Huntingdon Valley Country Club (Toomey/Flynn, par 70, 6,889 yards). Osberg, a HVCC member, leads at 2-under-par 68 with McDermott sitting in an eight-way tie for third at even. A total of 14 players reside at 1-over or better.| Rd. 2 tee times | Scorecards | Notebook | Round 1 video | History |
Silver Cross standings | William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings |

  Lu Lu Country Club’s Jack Melville and Stone Harbor Golf Club’s Peter Barron, III, share second at 1-under par. Barron, Melville and Osberg start their second round at 11:10 a.m. McDermott begins at 11 a.m.

  The cut line for the low 60 players and ties landed at 6 over with 68 players advancing.

  In early June, McDermott defeated Osberg in a scintillating Final for the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club (East), 1-up. A few weeks ago, Osberg turned the tables and captured the 112th Open Championship in a playoff over Chris Crawford at The Ridge at Back Brook. McDermott tied for third.

  Tomorrow, the Patterson Cup, the Silver Cross (they are 1-2 in the standings) and, likely, William Hyndman, III Player of the Year Award (Osberg leads McDermott by 75 points), are on the line. Last year, Osberg edged McDermott, a five-time POY, for his first William Hyndman, III Player of the Year.

  “I played great,” said Osberg, who also won the 2010 Patterson Cup. “I hit 17 greens. I really only had one bad swing. I didn’t really have to grind over a lot today. It was nice to not put a lot of stress on myself. I would have liked to probably hit it below the hole a few more times. I had a lot of downhill putts today which is tough here. I was happy to come in under par.”

  Osberg, who started on the back nine, turned in 2 under with birdies on Nos. 14 (par 4, 456 yards) and 15 (par 5, 576 yards). He knocked an 8-iron from 160 yards out on No. 14 to 20 feet and then reached No. 15 in two shots and tapped-in for birdie.

  Osberg moved to 3-under on No. 1 (par 4, 382 yards) when his 60-degree wedge stopped a foot from the hole but gave it back on No. 2 (par 4, 445 yards) after his drive kicked into the left woods resulting in a bogey. He finished with seven straight pars, narrowly missing a handful of birdie chances.

  “I put myself in a position to be in contention tomorrow,” said Osberg, 32, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. “Hopefully, I can go out and play the way I played today and make a few more putts.”

  Melville, who played in the morning, and Barron, who teed it up in the afternoon, stand a shot back.

  Melville, 18, of Maple Glen, Pa., carded three birdies and two bogeys, including a hard-to-take over-par score on No. 18 (par 4, 450 yards), after finding the greenside bunker. The soon-to-be University of Delaware freshman missed a 15-foot par save that would have kept him tied for the lead.

  “It was really good to finally put up a good number,” said Melville. “I’ve been kind of struggling all summer. But I had good control of the golf ball and left the ball in really good places. It made the round pretty easy just hitting fairways and greens.”

  Barron, who opened with a double bogey on No. 1 (par 4, 382 yards) and bogey on No. 3 (par 3, 210 yards) closed with a birdie-birdie finish to join the final group. On No. 17 (par 3, 198 yards), Barron knocked a 7-iron from 190 yards to eight feet and then on No. 18 (par 4, 450 yards) laced a 5-iron from 194 yards to 12 feet.

  The 2014 Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf victor, said his score of 69 was a career-best on a track he’s traversed “five or six times.”

  “I think it’s the first time I broke 74 here,” said Barron, 40, of Mays Landing, N.J. “I played in the Delaware Open to practice for this, but something clicked and it’s still going.”

  That practice turned into hardware when Barron won the Delaware State Golf Association Open Championship this Tuesday.

  McDermott, widely-regarded as the Association’s top Amateur of the past decade-plus, was 3 under after four holes and 4 under after five holes. However, he found four bogeys in the last 13 holes to finish even.

  “I can’t be upset about shooting 70, I’m in the hunt, but the truth is I probably let a good one get away,” said McDermott, 41, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.

  McDermott turned in 3-under and said he “hit it better on the back nine,” but didn’t score.

  “I feel very good about my game,” said McDermott. “I’m close enough to where I need to be for tomorrow.”

  Stay tuned for the sequel.

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Name, club Total
Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 68
Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club 69
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club 69
Connor McNicholas, Talamore Country Club 70
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 70
David Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 70
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club 70
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club 70
Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 70
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club 70
P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club 70
Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 71
Kyle Sterbinsky, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 71
Serge Hogg, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club 71
Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club 72
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club 72
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 72
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Doug Ergood, Tavistock Country Club 72
Jim Sullivan, Lu Lu Country Club 72
Mark Hill, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 72
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club 72
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club 72
Roland Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook 72
Scott McKean, Chester Valley Golf Club 72
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club 72
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club 73
Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club 73
Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Marc Oliveri, Jr., Lancaster Country Club 73
Nick Calabrese, The Springhaven Club 73
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club 73
Brandon Raihl, Heidelberg Country Club 74
Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 74
David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 74
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club 74
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 74
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club 74
Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club 74
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 75
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 75
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 75
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club 75
Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 75
Michael R. Brown, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 75
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 75
William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club 75
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club 76
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 76
David Hirschhorn, Old York CC at Chesterfield 76
Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club 76
J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club 76
John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club 76
Keith Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
Kyle Vance, GAP Junior eClub 76
Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club 76
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 76
Failed to qualify
Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club 77
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 77
Brian Whitman, Metedeconk National Golf Club 77
Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 77
Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 77
Erik Reisner, The ACE Club 77
Evan Brown, Hartefeld National 77
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 77
Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club 77
Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 77
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 78
Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club 78
John Murphy, II, Stone Harbor Golf Club 78
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Max Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club 78
Nicholas Hermansader, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Scott Forrester, Union League of Philadelphia 78
Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 79
Gary McCabe, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
Joe Visalli, White Clay Creek Country Club 79
Joseph Chambers, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 79
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club 79
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 79
R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club 79
Sam Digaetano, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Ty Krieger, Lancaster Country Club 79
Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 80
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 80
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 80
Rodney James, Heidelberg Country Club 80
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club 81
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club 81
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 81
Michael Fireman, Talamore Country Club 81
Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 81
Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Joshua Madarang, Applecross Country Club 82
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 82
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 82
Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 82
Craig Meschel, Yardley Country Club 83
Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club 83
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 84
Joseph Hughes, Little Mill Country Club 84
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 84
Timothy Haberbusch, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 85
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club 86
Michael Shevlin, Sr., Lu Lu Country Club 86
Trey Swanson, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 86
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club 87
Luke Sliwowski, Greate Bay Country Club 87
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 87
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club 88
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club NC
Ben Bershad, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club WD
Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club WD
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club WD
David West, Whitford Country Club WD
John Browndorf, Metedeconk National Golf Club WD
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield WD