Jul 19, 2012

North Hills’ Fisher reels in medalist honors at Patterson Qualifier

  WALLINGFORD, Pa. — Thomas Fisher picked the right day to break par for the first time this year. The Horsham, Pa. resident carded a 2-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at The Springhaven Club (par 70, 6,463 yards) Thursday. He led a field of 103 players attempting to earn one of 22 qualifying spots and ties available for the Championship proper, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance Aug. 9-10 at Philadelphia Country Club.

   “It doesn’t really seem like it’s the first time I broke par, but it feels pretty cool,” Fisher, 16, said. “Since baseball ended (two weeks ago), I’ve played nine holes or have a range session every day. I’ve just been playing golf. I guess it all just clicked today.”

  During the summer, Fisher, an incoming junior at Hatboro-Horsham High School, splits his time between baseball and golf obligations. He competes on the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior circuit as well as the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour, schedule-permitting. And with his baseball bat and glove now tucked away, Fisher is wholly focused on sharpening his course chops.

  It showed Thursday. Fisher fired three birdies against three bogeys for a modest even par on his outward tour. Nerves contributed to an early mistake on No. 2 (par 5, 545 yards). Fisher ruffled a chip out of a ghastly lie on and failed to get up-and-down.

   “I had the first-hole jitters for the first five holes,” he said.

  Fisher reclaimed the stroke with a birdie on the next hole (par 3, 151 yards), stopping an 8-iron at six feet. He couldn’t carry the fairway bunker with his drive on No. 4 (par 4, 418 yards) and carded an unfortunate 5. More tee trouble on the par 4, 441-yard No. 7 added a third circle (bogey) to Fisher’s scorecard. He avoided a complete nosedive by firing back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 (par 5, 545 yards) and 9 (par 3, 170 yards). Fisher hit a wedge 76 yards to eight feet and converted a left-to-right tickler on the first. He stuck a 6-iron to nine feet on the latter.

   “I was just trying to keep a steady head,” Fisher said. “Whenever I make a birdie, I always get excited and I usually end up bogeying the next hole.”

  Heading home, Fisher turned up his consistency dial. He hammered a 5-iron 186 yards to 20 feet on No. 11 (par 4, 445 yards) and canned a straightway slammer for birdie. Fisher knocked a gap wedge 107 yards to seven feet on No. 12 (par 5, 507 yards) for a 4. He maintained a 2 under stance with six consecutive pars.

  Thanks to his effort Thursday, Fisher will make his first appearance in the Association’s premier stroke play championship.

   “It’s definitely cool because last year was the first time I ever played in it, and I shot 81 [in a Patterson Cup Qualifier at Spring Mill Country Club] and didn’t make it,” he said.

  At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 73.

  The Joseph H. Patterson Cup presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance is the second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, having been contested for 109 years. The Patterson Cup started in 1900 and has been held in every year other than the World War II era (1943-45). Many of the Association’s great champions — J. Wood Platt, William Hyndman, III and R. Jay Sigel, to name a few — have had their name engraved on the trophy.

  Since 1912, Liberty Mutual has been committed to providing broad, useful and competitively-priced insurance products and services to meet its customers’ ever-changing needs. Liberty Mutual’s delivery on this commitment is the reason it is now the third-largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2010 net written premium.

  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 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, club Score
Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club 68
James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club 69
Andrew Caldwell, The Springhaven Club 69
Matthew Finger, Woodcrest Country Club 69
Dan Ott, Little Mill Country Club 69
Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club 70
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 70
Raleigh Chapin, Jericho National Golf Club 70
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 70
James Chojnacki, Little Mill Country Club 71
Joshua Krumholz, Moselem Springs Golf Club 71
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 71
Troy Vannucci, Burlington Country Club 71
Ryan Felpel, Honeybrook Golf Club 72
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 72
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 72
Rob Rowe, Bent Creek Country Club 72
Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club 72
John Donnelly, Concord Country Club 73
Mike Dunn, Little Mill Country Club 73
Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club 73
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Tim Pici, Chester Valley Golf Club 73
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 73
Failed to qualify
Jim Allen, Edgmont Country Club 74
Jon Brestle, Seaview Resort & Spa 74
Patrick Buckley, Rolling Green Golf Club 74
Danny Costello, Spring Mill Country Club 74
Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club 74
Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club 74
Patrick Phillips, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Zachary Pogust, The ACE Club 74
Tom Watchko, Plymouth Country Club 74
Ethan Heller, Edgmont Country Club 75
David Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 75
Andrew Kennedy, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Timothy Marshall, Inniscrone Golf Club 75
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club 75
Nate Cleveland, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 76
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 76
Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
Bob Donato III, Wilmington Country Club 76
Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club 76
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 76
David Kimbley, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Anthony List Jr., Llanerch Country Club 76
Jose Rovelli, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club 77
Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club 77
Christopher Cull, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
Mike Hartsough, Edgmont Country Club 77
Craig LaBarbera, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77
Austin List, Merion Golf Club 77
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
William Naylor, Applebrook Golf Club 77
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 78
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club 78
R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Mark Fuessinger, Llanerch Country Club 78
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
Jon Graulich, Meadowlands Country Club 78
Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club 78
Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club 78
John Mastronardo, Cedarbrook Country Club 78
Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
Vince Dginto, Limekiln Golf Club 79
Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 79
Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Logan Cloak, Spring Mill Country Club 80
Jack Clough, Wilmington Country Club 80
Andres Forese, Sea Oaks Golf Club 80
Todd Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club 80
Jonathan Shevlin, North Hills Country Club 80
Ric Sucro, Cedarbrook Country Club 80
Phil Cillo, Little Mill Country Club 81
Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club 81
Norman Graulich, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
David Krausse, Jericho National Golf Club 81
Patrick McCauley, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Joseph Dulka, Jr., Bellewood Golf Club 82
Colin Goan, Merchantville Country Club 82
Ryan Walker, St. Davids Golf Club 82
John Concannon, Concord Country Club 83
Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club 83
Jack Fosselman, Hartefeld National 84
Mark Hodgson, Burlington Country Club 84
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club 84
James Lewis, Little Mill Country Club 84
Zac Robertson, Edgmont Country Club 84
Matthew Kreuter, Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club 86
Andrew Lombard, The Springhaven Club 86
Christopher Chizauskie, Concord Country Club 88
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club WD
Geoffrey Cooper, Links Golf Club WD
Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club NS
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club NS
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club NS
James Schmidt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course DQ

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