PAOLI, Pa. – Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC finished the 106th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at 5-under-par on Thursday at St. Davids GC (par 70, 6,534 yards) and Waynesborough CC (par 71, 6,990 yards) to become the oldest Joseph H. Patterson Cup champion in 39 years. Smeraglio, 48, carded a 2-under 69 at Waynesborough CC in the morning and a 3-under 67 at St. Davids GC in his second round to become the oldest winner since legendary figure William Hyndman, III, took the 1969 Patterson Cup at age 58.
“I think we have some of the best players around in the Philadelphia area. I’m just trying to hang with them,” said Smeraglio, who also captured the 1998 Patterson Cup. “We have a lot of young kids at Yardley so I’m used to playing with the young kids. They know how to go low. I think that helps me.
“Five under for two rounds is good playing out here. It’s solid. So is it surprising? I don’t know. I don’t think of myself as an older guy until I play with the young guys and they hit it 30 yards by me. You know what, you still have to hit greens, you still have to putt and you still have to get the ball in the hole. I think I do that as well as anyone does.”
Matthew Mattare of Saucon Valley CC finished a shot behind in second place and Geoffrey Cooper of Laurel Creek CC was third at 2 under.
The victory also secured Smeraglio his third Silver Cross (2000-01), awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup.
Smeraglio opened the fourth and final Major of the Golf Association of Philadelphia season at Waynesborough CC and finished at 2 under despite being a bit sloppy at times. On the front side, he carded red numbers on No. 1 (par 4, 368 yards) with a 9-iron to 15 feet; No. 7 (par 5, 547 yards) with a 125-yard wedge to 15 feet and No. 8 (par 4, 373 yards) with a 52-degree wedge to five feet and recorded one bogey, on No. 6 (par 3, 217 yards), when he pushed his drive right. On the back nine, he was a little back-and-forth. He birdied No. 13 (par 4, 403 yards) with a pitching wedge from 125 yards to 10 feet; bogeyed No. 14 (par 3, 175 yards) when he pulled a 7-iron left; birdied No. 15 (par 5, 554 yards) after a short chip to six feet; and bogeyed the lengthy 17th (par 3, 254 yards) after coming up short of the green.
Starting his second round on St. Davids GC’s back nine, Smeraglio had a non-descript opening set with a birdie and a bogey. He hit a 5-iron on No. 10 (par 3, 175 yards) into the left bunker and failed to get up-and-down but birdied No. 16 (par 5, 498 yards) from 10 feet to draw even at the turn.
He then missed short birdie putts on his next two holes before a bolt of lightning, figuratively, struck. “I said to my caddie, I just remembered something about my putting. A little key that I had. I told him I’m going to make putts for the rest of the round. I really did. I putted great the rest of the way in.” Smeraglio would not reveal the key.
He proceeded to birdie No. 5 (par 4, 426 yards) after knocking an 8-iron from 148 yards to 15 feet despite staring at one of the fastest putts on the golf course, a straight downhill challenge.
“I gutted it,” said Smeraglio. “It went straight in the hole.”
He followed that birdie with a 7-iron from 175 yards on the super difficult No. 7 (par 4, 464 yards), the distance was more like 190 considering the uphill, to five feet before making a fantastic pitch-and-putt on No. 8 (par 5, 488 yards) from eight feet to get to 5-under par for the day.
“I gained at least a stroke with that birdie on No. 7. I know that is a disaster hole,” said Smeraglio.
Mattare, playing a few groups behind Smeraglio, was the first-round leader after carding a 4-under 67 at Waynesborough CC in the morning.
In the afternoon, Mattare then stood at 3 under on St. Davids after 15 holes when he rocketed a 3-iron from 219 yards to 15 feet on No. 16 (par 5, 498 yards). His quick downhill eagle try and chance to equal Smeraglio ran eight feet past. His comebacker lipped around the hole.
Still, Mattare had life.
A smooth 5-iron on No. 17 (par 3, 182 yards) stopped eight feet short of the hole and he drained the birdie to head to No. 18 (par 4, 392 yards) a shot behind. On the final hole, Mattare ripped a 3-wood on the dog-leg right to 84 yards before playing a smart chip that landed short and rolled to 12 feet right of the hole. Needing the putt, his effort stayed right.
“It was a double breaker. From where I was standing behind the ball it looked right to left, on the other side it looked left to right. I figured it was inside right or right edge and when I got over the putt I said it has to be more than that,” said Mattare, 22, of Bethlehem, Pa. “I didn’t trust the original line. I pushed it a little bit and ran it by the edge. I should have just gotten up and hit it.”
Smeraglio’s Silver Cross victory came with a 279 total. He finished six shots clear of Michael McDermott of Merion GC, last year’s winner, and Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC.
The Patterson Cup field consisted of 115 players.
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 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 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.
|Name||Club||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Total|
|Glenn Smeraglio||Yardley Country Club||69||WC||67||St.||136|
|Matthew Mattare||Saucon Valley Country Club||67||WC||70||St.||137|
|Geoffrey Cooper||Laurel Creek Country Club||72||WC||67||St.||139|
|John Brennan||Spring Ford Country Club||73||WC||68||St.||141|
|David West||Whitford Country Club||71||St.||70||WC||141|
|Christopher Reedman||Makefield Highlands Golf Club||70||WC||72||St.||142|
|Michael McDermott||Merion Golf Club||70||WC||72||St.||142|
|Daniel Charen||Yardley Country Club||69||St.||73||WC||142|
|Robert Galbreath, Jr.||Huntingdon Valley Country Club||73||WC||70||St.||143|
|Andy Achenbach||RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||69||WC||74||St.||143|
|Rand Mendez||Fieldstone Golf Club||68||St.||75||WC||143|
|Brian Creghan||Plymouth Country Club||74||St.||70||WC||144|
|Cole Willcox||Philadelphia Country Club||71||St.||73||WC||144|
|James Donnelly||Merion Golf Club||75||WC||70||St.||145|
|James Kieserman||Talamore Country Club||73||WC||72||St.||145|
|Ryan Gelrod||Commonwealth National Golf Club||74||WC||71||St.||145|
|Dan Pinciotti, Jr.||Huntingdon Valley Country Club||75||WC||70||St.||145|
|Stephen Seiden||Concord Country Club||67||St.||78||WC||145|
|Stephen Dressel||St. Davids Golf Club||73||WC||73||St.||146|
|Jeff Osberg||Brandywine Country Club||76||WC||70||St.||146|
|Vince Boyle||JC Melrose Country Club||72||St.||74||WC||146|
|G. Patrick Dougherty||Talamore Country Club||75||WC||72||St.||147|
|Vinny Alessi||Penn Oaks Golf Club||71||WC||76||St.||147|
|Ben Bershad||Hopewell Valley Golf Club||74||WC||73||St.||147|
|Tucker Koch||RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||73||WC||74||St.||147|
|David Liotta||Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||72||St.||75||WC||147|
|Sean Leonard||Tavistock Country Club||67||St.||80||WC||147|
|Robert Robertson||Sunnybrook Golf Club||72||St.||75||WC||147|
|Warren Taylor||Yardley Country Club||70||St.||77||WC||147|
|Douglas Zelner||Spring Ford Country Club||76||WC||72||St.||148|
|Jamie Slonis||Tavistock Country Club||77||WC||71||St.||148|
|James Kania, Jr.||Overbrook Golf Club||75||WC||73||St.||148|
|Nathan Sutherland||Golden Oaks Golf Club||77||WC||71||St.||148|
|Raymond Thompson||Overbrook Golf Club||68||St.||80||WC||148|
|Brian Gillespie||St. Davids Golf Club||73||St.||75||WC||148|
|Chris Esbenshade||Five Ponds Golf Club||77||WC||72||St.||149|
|Michael Brown||Philadelphia Publinks GA||75||WC||74||St.||149|
|Mike Danner||Lu Lu Country Club||71||St.||78||WC||149|
|Brian Rothaus||Philmont Country Club||73||St.||76||WC||149|
|Robert Savarese||Sand Barrens Golf Club||73||St.||76||WC||149|
|Travis Gahman||Philadelphia Publinks GA||77||St.||72||WC||149|
|Andrew Lawson||Hershey’s Mill Golf Club||76||WC||74||St.||150|
|Kevin Melnick, Jr.||Plymouth Country Club||73||St.||77||WC||150|
|Michael O’Keefe||Little Mill Country Club||78||WC||73||St.||151|
|Jeffrey Griest||Waynesborough Country Club||77||WC||74||St.||151|
|Matthew Pesci||Yardley Country Club||75||WC||76||St.||151|
|Bill Murray||Merchantville Country Club||76||St.||75||WC||151|
|Scott Klee||Indian Valley Country Club||75||St.||76||WC||151|
|Peter Barron III||Stone Harbor Golf Club||75||St.||76||WC||151|
|Robert Dziak||Spring Ford Country Club||74||St.||77||WC||151|
|Jack Wallace||Burlington Country Club||73||St.||78||WC||151|
|Mark Szilagyi||Brookside Country Club||80||WC||72||St.||152|
|Adam Cohan||Talamore Country Club||72||WC||80||St.||152|
|Jeff DellaFranco||Concord Country Club||75||WC||77||St.||152|
|Andrew Zoeller||Waynesborough Country Club||79||WC||73||St.||152|
|Drew Panebianco||Talamore Country Club||73||St.||79||WC||152|
|Christopher Lange||Overbrook Golf Club||77||St.||75||WC||152|
|Keith Matt||Talamore Country Club||78||WC||75||St.||153|
|Stephen McIntyre||Honeybrook Golf Club||81||WC||72||St.||153|
|Jason Cohan||Talamore Country Club||80||WC||73||St.||153|
|Zach Smith||Doylestown Country Club||76||WC||77||St.||153|
|Thomas Gramigna||Tavistock Country Club||70||St.||83||WC||153|
|Michael Moffat||Commonwealth National Golf Club||77||St.||76||WC||153|
|Robert de Rojas||RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||79||WC||75||St.||154|
|Oscar Mestre, Jr.||Overbrook Golf Club||79||WC||75||St.||154|
|Todd Vonderheid||Huntsville Golf Club||74||WC||80||St.||154|
|Michael Vassil||Country Club of Scranton||82||WC||72||St.||154|
|Matt Dietrich||Whitford Country Club||78||WC||76||St.||154|
|Warren Smith||Cavaliers Country Club||76||St.||78||WC||154|
|Joe Bernard||RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||79||WC||76||St.||155|
|Douglas Gregor||Huntingdon Valley Country Club||79||St.||76||WC||155|
|Mark Peterson||Philadelphia Cricket Club||72||St.||83||WC||155|
|Oscar Neubauer||Saucon Valley Country Club||78||St.||77||WC||155|
|Mike McComb||Greate Bay Country Club||80||WC||76||St.||156|
|Burton McHugh||Sunnybrook Golf Club||77||WC||79||St.||156|
|Paul Rogowicz||Yardley Country Club||84||WC||72||St.||156|
|Eric Schmehl||Moorestown Field Club||76||St.||80||WC||156|
|Beau Guarino||Burlington Country Club||78||St.||78||WC||156|
|Mark Coassolo||Brookside C.C. of Allentown||75||St.||81||WC||156|
|P. Chet Walsh||Philadelphia Country Club||79||St.||77||WC||156|
|Brad McFadden||Overbrook Golf Club||78||St.||78||WC||156|
|Scott Morris||Doylestown Country Club||76||St.||80||WC||156|
|Joe DeVito, Jr.||Sand Barrens Golf Club||77||St.||79||WC||156|
|Michael Domenick||Phoenixville Country Club||80||WC||77||St.||157|
|Mark Wachter||Penn Oaks Golf Club||76||WC||81||St.||157|
|William Bello||Metedeconk National Golf Club||83||WC||74||St.||157|
|Cory Siegfried||Philadelphia Country Club||80||WC||77||St.||157|
|R. Blake Slawecki||Spring Ford Country Club||81||WC||76||St.||157|
|Keith Evans||Running Deer Golf Club||78||St.||79||WC||157|
|Brian Rashley||Marriott Seaview Resort||80||St.||77||WC||157|
|Louis Giovi||Mercer Oaks Golf Course||77||St.||81||WC||158|
|Steve Ransom, Jr.||Wildwood Golf & Country Club||78||St.||80||WC||158|
|Bo Maguire||Brookside Country Club||76||St.||82||WC||158|
|Santo Lafoca||Huntsville Golf Club||75||St.||83||WC||158|
|Martin Hayden||Overbrook Golf Club||82||WC||77||St.||159|
|Roc Irey||Cedarbrook Country Club||85||WC||74||St.||159|
|Greg O’Connor||Huntingdon Valley Country Club||82||St.||77||WC||159|
|Drew Garis||North Hills Country Club||81||WC||79||St.||160|
|Mark Kosko||Marriott Seaview Resort||77||WC||83||St.||160|
|Scott Storck||Philadelphia Cricket Club||76||St.||84||WC||160|
|Jon Thomas||Inniscrone Golf Club||75||St.||85||WC||160|
|Richard Marabella||Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||86||St.||76||WC||162|
|Chip Culp||Philadelphia Cricket Club||81||WC||82||St.||163|
|Christopher Terebesi||Chester Valley Golf Club||82||WC||81||St.||163|
|Kevin Ignatuk||Penn Oaks Golf Club||82||WC||82||St.||164|
|Christopher Kaspar||Lu Lu Country Club||82||St.||82||WC||164|
|Mark Walkush||Manufacturers Golf & Country Club||86||St.||78||WC||164|
|Matt Kaelin||Little Mill Country Club||83||WC||82||St.||165|
|William Hoese||Links Golf Club||78||St.||88||WC||166|
|Ted Kerschner||Overbrook Golf Club||89||WC||78||St.||167|
|Garrett Conway||Burlington Country Club||79||St.||89||WC||168|
|Greg Verde||Spring Ford Country Club||88||WC||81||St.||169|
|Michael Boden||French Creek Golf Club||80||St.||89||WC||169|
|John Inman||Cherry Valley Country Club||85||St.||86||WC||171|
|Tom Borsello||Fieldstone Golf Club||81||WC||WD||St.||WD|
|St.-St. Davids GC; WC-Waynesborough CC|