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Merion GC’s Michael McDermott wins Patterson Cup, Silver Cross with flurry of birdies

FLEETWOOD, Pa. – Michael McDermott of Merion GC saved the best for last and carded nine birdies in his final round, including four birdies in a row on his final eight holes, to win the 105th Joseph H. Patterson Cup and Silver Cross Award Thursday. 

  The two-time Middle-Amateur Champion (2001, ‘04) and two-time Silver Cross Award winner (2003, ‘07) took the 36-hole championship, split between Moselem Springs GC (par 70, 6,790 yards) and Berkleigh CC (par 70, 6,250 yards), with a 6-under-par 136 (70-66).

  “I think I made all the eight-footers today that I have not made a chunk of this summer,” said McDermott, who started his day at Moselem Springs GC with an even-par 70 before lighting it up in the afternoon at Berkleigh CC with a 6-under-par 66. “Golf’s a funny game.”

  McDermott came into the Patterson Cup with a less than stellar performance on Monday at the 103rdOpen Championship with a (78-77) 155.

  “I was really excited for the Philadelphia Open,” said the 32-year-old from Havertown, Pa., who was looking forward to playing the Championship at his home course. “I felt like I was playing well going into it and I didn’t.

  “But somewhere inside I sort of thought that I had enough to play well today.”

  And play well he did.

  McDermott hung around the top of the leaderboard after his steady morning round with three birdies and as many bogeys at a Moselem Springs GC that played statistically more difficult than nearby Berkleigh CC. 

  And when he got to Berkleigh, McDermott took advantage with a back-to-back-to-back birdie start complemented by six additional birdies at the Kutztown-area club.

  “My round [at Moselem Springs GC] was solid in the morning,” McDermott said. “When I got to Berkleigh I knew I had to shoot under par. I just didn’t know how far.” 

  What was known was that Nathan Sutherland of Berkshire CC, who teed off in the third group, had completed his 36-hole endeavor with a 4-under-par 138 and that Chris Lange of Overbrook GC was threatening with the same score through 27 holes.

  “I’ve been playing [Berkleigh] since I was young,” said Sutherland, a soon-to-be freshman at Miami University (Ohio). “I’m just comfortable with all the shots because I know what’s out there.” 

  Although McDermott never took his eyes off the leaderboard, he maintained his focus, scored when he had to and did not make any mistakes, playing his final nine holes in 3-under par. 

  “I had never played Berkleigh before,” McDermott said. “And when I saw that Chris Lange shot 4 under and that other people shot some good scores, I knew that other people would shoot low and that I need to try to keep going lower.”

  Added Lange, “I played well at Berkleigh but I missed a few short putts at Moselem. That was the difference.” 

  But McDermott knew what he had to do. 

  “I didn’t get comfortable after making those birdies and that was important,” he said. “I kept making more [birdies] and was able to hold on coming down the stretch.”

  McDermott finished with four straight pars to close out the round.

Silver Cross Award
  McDermott’s Patterson Cup victory also earned him his second Silver Cross Award with a score of 277. He nabbed the award by four strokes over Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC. 

  The Patterson Cup serves as the final two rounds of the Silver Cross. The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round(s) of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup. 

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Results
NameClubRd. 1Rd. 2Total
Michael McDermottMerion Golf Club70MS66BCC136
Nathan SutherlandBerkshire Country Club70MS68BCC138
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club68BCC70MS138
Chris GallagherPenn Oaks Golf Club73MS66BCC139
Cole WillcoxPhiladelphia Country Club70BCC70MS140
James KiesermanTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club73MS68BCC141
Christopher GoldLittle Mill Country Club69BCC72MS141
Chip LutzLedgeRock Golf Club73MS69BCC142
Robert RobertsonSunnybrook Golf Club69BCC73MS142
Raymond ThompsonOverbrook Golf Club70BCC72MS142
Donny WessnerGolden Oaks Golf Club71BCC72MS143
Stephen ArnoldYardley Country Club70BCC73MS143
Adam CohanThe ACE Club70MS74BCC144
Chase DuncanMeadia Heights Golf Club75BCC69MS144
Philip BartholomewYardley Country Club72BCC72MS144
Bo MaguireBrookside Country Club72BCC72MS144
Douglas ZelnerCoatesville Country Club74MS71BCC145
Michael MoffatCommonwealth National Golf Club71MS74BCC145
Tom BorselloDuPont Country Club71BCC74MS145
Dave GardenerBlue Bell Country Club73MS73BCC146
John Michael PeletWyncote Golf Club74MS72BCC146
Roc IreyCedarbrook Country Club72BCC74MS146
Mike DannerLu Lu Country Club73BCC73MS146
James Kania, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club72MS75BCC147
Brian Belden, Jr.Brookside C.C. of Allentown76MS71BCC147
Ryan GelrodCommonwealth National Golf Club71BCC76MS147
Billy McCrossanWhite Manor Country Club74BCC73MS147
Frank PetrashPhiladelphia Cricket Club75BCC72MS147
Glenn SmeraglioYardley Country Club74MS74BCC148
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club73MS75BCC148
Anthony MartireSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa74MS74BCC148
Andy AchenbachRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve74MS74BCC148
Drew PanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club74BCC74MS148
Mark PetersonPhiladelphia Cricket Club73BCC75MS148
Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf Club75MS74BCC149
William LawlerFox Hill Country Club74MS75BCC149
Matthew FingerRunning Deer Golf Club76MS73BCC149
Robert BechtoldFieldstone Golf Club72BCC77MS149
Christopher AultYardley Country Club74BCC75MS149
Thomas SoaresMoselem Springs Golf Club72BCC77MS149
Peter MoranEdgmont Country Club75BCC74MS149
Bill MurrayMerchantville Country Club76BCC73MS149
Stephen Hudacek IIIGlenmaura National Golf Club77BCC72MS149
Mark MillerYardley Country Club72BCC77MS149
Kevin FrostHoneybrook Golf Club76BCC73MS149
Steve M. CutlerHartefeld National76MS74BCC150
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club73BCC77MS150
Alan BorowskyWhite Manor Country Club76BCC74MS150
Thomas FinnCavaliers Country Club78BCC72MS150
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club76BCC74MS150
Jeffrey HuntzingerNorth Hills Country Club78BCC72MS150
Michael KaniaOverbrook Golf Club74BCC76MS150
Greg O’ConnorHuntingdon Valley Country Club73BCC77MS150
Matt EhrlichMeadowlands Country Club77MS74BCC151
Geoffrey M. CooperLaurel Creek Country Club79MS72BCC151
Robert Galbreath, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club74MS77BCC151
Jim SimmonsStonewall78MS73BCC151
Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club78MS73BCC151
Gary J RootFrench Creek Golf Club71BCC80MS151
Eric FonnerHuntingdon Valley Country Club78BCC73MS151
J Kirk LunteyMerion Golf Club74MS78BCC152
Jeffrey L GriestWaynesborough Country Club78MS74BCC152
Stephen SeidenConcord Country Club77MS75BCC152
John RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club73BCC79MS152
Jamie WallaceLaurel Creek Country Club75BCC77MS152
Daniel DelaneyConcord Country Club79BCC73MS152
Michael O’KeefeLittle Mill Country Club75MS78BCC153
Stephen DresselSpring Ford Country Club74MS79BCC153
Zach SmithDoylestown Country Club76MS77BCC153
Brian RothausPhilmont Country Club78MS75BCC153
John FerdinandLu Lu Country Club78BCC75MS153
Kyle DavisFieldstone Golf Club74BCC79MS153
Paul RogowiczYardley Country Club76BCC77MS153
Bertus WesselsGreen Valley Country Club78BCC75MS153
Jeffrey WuerstleIndian Valley Country Club71BCC82MS153
John BrennanSpring Ford Country Club75MS79BCC154
David GoodmanBucks County Golf Club77MS77BCC154
Douglas SchroerSt. Davids Golf Club78MS76BCC154
Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club78BCC76MS154
Steve Ransom, Jr.Wildwood Golf & Country Club74BCC80MS154
Christopher KasparLu Lu Country Club79BCC75MS154
Matthew PesciYardley Country Club77MS78BCC155
Keith MattLu Lu Country Club79MS76BCC155
Kevin Melnick, Jr.Plymouth Country Club82MS73BCC155
Jim YenserRavens Claw Golf Club75MS80BCC155
Christopher Allan, Jr.Downingtown Golf Club81BCC74MS155
John OlszewskiWyoming Valley Country Club78BCC77MS155
Russell HartungDoylestown Country Club78MS78BCC156
Alex GelciusDoylestown Country Club80MS76BCC156
Pat CurialeMedford Village Country Club79BCC77MS156
Scott C. MorrisDoylestown Country Club81BCC75MS156
Ryan McCartyLittle Mill Country Club79BCC77MS156
Scott HarringtonMoselem Springs Golf Club74BCC82MS156
Michael QuinnEdgmont Country Club75MS82BCC157
Chip CulpPhiladelphia Cricket Club82MS75BCC157
Martin KlagholzRolling Green Golf Club78BCC79MS157
Kevin IgnatukPenn Oaks Golf Club81BCC76MS157
Mark KoskoSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa81MS77BCC158
Matt KaelinLittle Mill Country Club81MS77BCC158
Chris KallmeyerPhiladelphia Cricket Club77BCC81MS158
Patrick RuggRolling Green Golf Club81BCC77MS158
Christopher TerebesiChester Valley Golf Club77BCC81MS158
Joseph M. RoederLinks Golf Club79BCC79MS158
Mark J CoassoloBerkleigh Country Club76BCC83MS159
Joe DellicarpiniPhiladelphia Cricket Club84MS76BCC160
Kevin HuntingtonPenn Oaks Golf Club77MS83BCC160
Anthony DeNiccoBrookside Country Club80MS80BCC160
Pierce DeverJericho National Golf Club81MS80BCC161
David WestWhitford Country Club84MS77BCC161
Steven PassalacquaWedgwood Country Club78MS83BCC161
Andrew ZoellerWaynesborough Country Club79MS82BCC161
Jason BarkleyHuntsville Golf Club80BCC81MS161
Scott StorckPhiladelphia Cricket Club85MS77BCC162
Charles P. ScalzottTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club85MS77BCC162
Kenneth RalstonHuntsville Golf Club82MS81BCC163
Manus FrielPhiladelphia Publinks GA85MS79BCC164
J.D. HallMerion Golf Club83MS81BCC164
Jason CohanThe ACE Club81MS83BCC164
Robert LoftusOverbrook Golf Club80BCC84MS164
Ben BershadHopewell Valley Golf Club84MS81BCC165
John MullinsSpring Ford Country Club86BCC79MS165
Thomas DiCintiLittle Mill Country Club85BCC80MS165
Michael WilliamsSakima Country Club82BCC83MS165
Jordan WycoffWhitemarsh Valley Country Club82MS85BCC167
Eric SchaftSandy Run Country Club85MS83BCC168
Ken SimCommonwealth National Golf Club78BCC93MS171
Mark WachterPenn Oaks Golf Club81MS91BCC172
Byron WhitmanPhiladelphia Publinks GA79MSWDBCCWD
Conrad Von BorsigConcord Country Club74MSWDBCCWD
Gregg AngelilloMoselem Springs Golf Club77BCCWDMSWD
WD-withdrawal
BCC-Berkleigh CC; MS-Moselem Springs GC
Silver Cross StandingsAGCWMCBCCMGCTotal
Name, clubRd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4 
Michael McDermott, Merion GC72696670277
Cole Willcox, Philadelphia CC67747070281
Christopher Lange, Overbrook GC71756870284
Chase Duncan, Meadia Heights GC67737569284
Chris Gallagher, Penn Oaks GC74726673285
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook GC73727072287
Philip Bartholomew, Yardley CC68767272288
Stephen Arnold, Yardley CC71757073289
Douglas Zelner, Coatesville CC70757174290
Donny Wessner, Golden Oaks GC73757172291
James Kieserman, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC73776873291
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock GC76736973291
Mark Miller, Yardley CC70757277294
Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National GC72777471294
John Michael Pelet, Wyncote GC75737274294
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock CC69767377295
Alan Borowsky, White Manor CC72737674295
Bill Murray, Merchantville CC71757673295
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids GC73737673295
Stephen Seiden, Concord CC73707577295
Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley CC74737474295
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook GC74747572295
Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC72737774296
Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest GC & Preserve71777474296
Billy McCrossan, White Manor CC75757473297
Brian Corbett, Huntsville GC71787475298
Tom Borsello, DuPont CC73807174298
Bo Maguire, Brookside CC77777272298
Douglas Schroer, St. Davids GC75717678300
Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National GC78757176300
Christopher Ault, Yardley CC76757475300
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill CC74767378301
Michael O’Keefe, Little Mill CC74767875303
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley CC75757677303
Christopher Kaspar, Lu Lu CC72777975303
Matthew Finger, Running Deer GC75797376303
Brian Rothaus, Philmont CC73787578304
Ryan McCarty, Little Mill CC70787977304
Zach Smith, Doylestown CC76757776304
Peter Moran, Edgmont CC76807574305
John Robinson, Commonwealth National GC76777379305
Michael Kania, Overbrook GC79787476307
David West, Whitford CC73747784308
Kevin Huntington, Penn Oaks GC74778377311
Matt Ehrlich, Meadowlands CC82787477311
Steven Passalacqua, Wedgwood CC79757883315
Andrew Zoeller, Waynesborough CC77788279316
Matthew Pesci, Yardley CC77847877316
Manus Friel, Philadelphia Publinks GA80847985328
Thomas DiCinti, Little Mill CC83868580334
Rounds:
1-Applebrook Golf Club
2. White Manor Country Club
3. Berkleigh Country Club
4. Moselem Springs Golf Club