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PVGC’s Osberg earns top seed in 119th #BMWPhillyAm

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When it comes to contending in GAP Majors, Jeff Osberg seems to always be near the top.

On Tuesday at Stonewall in the 119th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier, the dependable Osberg secured medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 138 (2-under par). He posted a pair of 69s on a day in which scoring was a challenge with steady winds throughout the morning and early afternoon – first on the North Course (par 70, 6,679 yards) and then the Old Course (par 70, 6,620 yards).

He was the lone player under par. Osberg is the top seed in the 32-player match play bracket.

The cut line fell at 10-over-par 150 with a six-for-two playoff.  Will Mirams of Shawnee Country Club and Carey Bina of Radnor Valley Country Club advanced as the No. 31 and No. 32 seeds, respectively.

Osberg, the 2014 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion, faces Bina at 7:30 a.m. on No. 1.

Zachary Barbin of Loch Nairn Golf Club and Andrew Cornish of RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve tied for second in qualifying. The two posted 1-over 141 totals. By way of a blind draw, Cornish is the No. 2 seed; Barbin is the No. 3 seed.

“It’s a long day. I kept the ball in front on me. I was definitely happy with how I finished,” said Osberg, 34 of Bryn Mawr, Pa., who also took Amateur medalist honors in 2015. “Being medalist is great but there’s still a very long week ahead. On a day like today with the 36 holes, experience really helps. Just staying patient. It’s a lot of golf. Not getting too down on yourself when something doesn’t go right. And not getting too high on yourself when it’s going well. An even keel is important.”

Osberg and his typical subdued demeanor registered a total of 11 birdies, seven bogeys and a double bogey in 36 holes. He birdied five of the six par 5s.

This was Osberg’s first competitive round at either of Stonewall’s courses. However, he is not without some local knowledge. Close to his childhood home in Chester Springs, Pa., Osberg caddied at Stonewall as a teenager. He also has played recreationally at the club from time-to-time.

“[The golf course] really requires you to think. The greens are small and extremely undulated. It fits somebody that hits it straight off the tee but also has a lot of control with their irons. That really fits the strength of my game,” said Osberg.

Osberg, out of Pine Valley Golf Club, has found great success in recent years. He’s won every GAP Major as well as two William Hyndman, III Player of the Year awards (2015-16). Last month, he held the lead in the Middle-Amateur Championship at Rolling Green Golf Club with nine holes to go. A victory would have completed the career Grand Slam (Amateur, Open Championship, Patterson Cup.)

Instead, he watched Will Davenport of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club swoop by for the win.

“I played 27 holes pretty much flawless,” said Osberg. “In the [final] nine I hit two bad shots and had five three-putts. But I played fantastic at Rolling Green. I kind of let it slip away with a bad putter but that happens. I didn’t really think too much after it. I really had a ton of confidence coming in here. I had a ton of confidence the day after.”

Barbin, 20, of Elkton, Md., is a rising junior at Liberty University. He helped his team qualify for the NCAA Division Golf Championships, where it finished tied for 20th. This is Barbin’s second Amateur Championship and first time advancing to match play.

Cornish, 20, of Pottstown, Pa., is a rising senior at Penn State Berks. This is Cornish’s first Amateur appearance.

As always, both the public and media are welcome to attend.

Aside from offering live scoring on its website, GAP will provide BMW Philadelphia Amateur updates via its social media outlets. Follow @GAofPhilly on Twitter and Instagram. Watch live broadcasts via Periscope.

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, club R1-R2-Total
Jeff Osberg, Pine Valley Golf Club 69N-69O–138
Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club 67N-74O–141
Andrew Cornish, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 71O-70N–141
David Hicks, The Shore Club 73N-69O–142
Kevin Scherr, Woodstone Country Club & Lodge 70O-72N–142
Austin Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club 78O-65N–143
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club 73O-70N–143
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club 74O-70N–144
Jack Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club 75O-69N–144
Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club 76O-68N–144
Zachary Falone, Sakima Country Club 75O-70N–145
Vincent Kwon, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73O-72N–145
Danny Harcourt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 70O-76N–146
Ambrose Abbracciamento, Jericho National Golf Club 74N-73O–147
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club 73O-74N–147
Dan Close, Woodcrest Country Club 73N-74O–147
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club 70N-77O–147
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club 73O-74N–147
Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club 73N-74O–147
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75N-73O–148
Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71N-77O–148
Michael O’Brien, Bala Golf Club 79O-69N–148
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 71N-77O–148
Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club 75O-73N–148
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club 72O-77N–149
Kyle Deisher, Five Ponds Golf Club 76N-73O–149
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club 73N-76O–149
Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club 75N-74O–149
Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown 76O-73N–149
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76O-73N–149
*Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 72N-78O–150
*William Mirams, Shawnee Country Club 77O-73N–150
^John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75O-75N–150
Failed to qualify
*Mike Butzgy, Hartefeld National 74N-76O–150
*Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76O-74N–150
*Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79O-71N–150
*Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club 78O-72N–150
Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75N-76O–151
William Davenport, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79O-72N–151
Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club 75O-76N–151
Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club 75O-76N–151
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club 74O-77N–151
Adam Armagost, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77N-75O–152
Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club 77O-75N–152
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 75O-77N–152
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club 78O-74N–152
Wills Montgomery, Bala Golf Club 81O-71N–152
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 75O-77N–152
Campbell Wolf, Carlisle Country Club 80N-72O–152
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80O-73N–153
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77O-76N–153
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook 74N-79O–153
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76N-77O–153
Zachary Juhasz, Northampton Country Club 75N-78O–153
John Peters, Carlisle Country Club 77N-76O–153
Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78N-75O–153
Noah Schwartz, Galloway National Golf Club 81N-72O–153
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club 74N-79O–153
Jason Wilson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77O-76N–153
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club 78N-76O–154
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 80O-74N–154
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77O-77N–154
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76O-78N–154
Caleb Ryan, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77N-77O–154
Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club 79O-75N–154
Peter Barron, III, Galloway National Golf Club 77O-78N–155
Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 78N-77O–155
Eddie Johnson, Llanerch Country Club 78O-77N–155
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79O-76N–155
Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club 75N-80O–155
Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 80O-75N–155
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club 74N-81O–155
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club 79N-76O–155
Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club 81N-75O–156
John Buliga, Yardley Country Club 81N-75O–156
Christopher Cerminaro, Glenmaura National Golf Club 78N-78O–156
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club 76O-80N–156
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 83O-73N–156
Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 76N-80O–156
Marco Nieto, Glenmaura National Golf Club 80N-76O–156
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club 77N-79O–156
Michael Winter, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 79O-77N–156
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 79N-78O–157
Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 79O-78N–157
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 79N-78O–157
Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club 75O-82N–157
Sean Sigall, Little Mill Country Club 77N-80O–157
Marc Fillari, Pennsauken Country Club 82O-76N–158
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 79N-79O–158
Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club 83N-75O–158
James Sullivan, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 83O-75N–158
Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80O-79N–159
Paul Mauer, Stonewall 83O-76N–159
Matt Graeff, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 79N-81O–160
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club 82N-78O–160
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80O-80N–160
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club 84N-77O–161
T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club 83N-78O–161
Brian Todaro, Rolling Green Golf Club 78O-83N–161
Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club 85O-76N–161
Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club 85N-77O–162
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79N-83O–162
John Murphy, II, The Shore Club 79N-83O–162
Nick Paone, Glenmaura National Golf Club 82N-80O–162
Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club 83N-79O–162
Kyle Quagliero, Medford Lakes Country Club 87O-75N–162
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 81N-81O–162
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 83N-80O–163
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84O-79N–163
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club 81N-82O–163
Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club 84O-79N–163
Tyler Canfield, Downingtown Country Club 80N-84O–164
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 84O-80N–164
A.J. Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club 82N-83O–165
Larry Martone, Stonewall 90O-75N–165
Oliver White, Stonewall 81O-84N–165
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club 84O-82N–166
Steven Owens, III, The Shore Club 78N-88O–166
Jack Sullivan, The Shore Club 84N-82O–166
Josh Bennett, Running Deer Golf Club 86N-81O–167
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club 86O-82N–168
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club 88O-82N–170
Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79O-94N–173
Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club 86N-88O–174
Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club 90N-89O–179
Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club DQ-DQ–DQ
Michael Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club WD-WD–WD
Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club WD-WD–WD
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club WD-WD–WD
Anthony Del Gaudio, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia WD-WD–WD
Scott Ehrlich, Waynesborough Country Club WD-WD–WD
Luca Jezzeny, Doylestown Country Club WD-WD–WD
Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD-WD–WD
Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club WD-WD–WD
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club WD-WD–WD
Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club WD-WD–WD
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club WD-WD–WD
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 86N-WD–WD
O-Old Course; N-North Course
*-decided in playoff
DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal
^-Silver Cross scoring only/no match play