Jun 13, 2017

Philadelphia Cricket’s Brennan earns top seed in #BMWPhillyAM

FLOURTOWN, Pa.–Timing is everything for John Brennan and the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. A Spring Ford High School social studies teacher, sometimes the educational calendar precludes Brennan from competing in anything more than the event’s stroke play qualifier.

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This year, with Brennan’s home of Philadelphia Cricket Club hosting the Association’s most prestigious tournament, the 38-year-old made sure he was available to play all week, if necessary.

  And it may just be.

  Brennan, on a brutally hot day, scorched the Wissahickon Course (par 70, 6,868 yards) in a career best 4-under in the morning before finishing the 36-hole BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier with an even-par 72 at the Militia Hill Course (par 72, 7,158 yards). His total was three clear of the field. He will be the No. 1 seed heading into match play, which begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Wissahickon will be the match play site.

There was a 6-for-3 playoff at 8-over 150. Jack Melville of Lu Lu Country Club earned the No. 32 and final seed with a par on the second playoff hole. Melville outlasted Matt Mattare of Saucon Valley Country Club for the final match play spot.

  The #BMWPhillyAm is the oldest Amateur Championship conducted by a state or regional golf association. It started in 1897.

  “I think [playing on your home course] was a huge aspect,” said Brennan, a two-time Cricket club champion. “Just the conditions of the golf course. It’s a championship golf course out here at Wissahickon. Is everybody in the field prepared for something like this, ‘I don’t know.’ I knew I was prepared coming in for the day. This is a golf course where you just have to plod along and make a lot of pars and when you get an opportunity to make a birdie you have to capitalize on it.”

  Brennan, of Collegeville, Pa., did that with a career-best showing on Wissahickon. He birdied No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards) with a pitching wedge from 125 yards to two feet. He added another on the difficult No. 4 (par 4, 472 yards) after dropping an 8-iron from 155 yards to five feet. He backed that up with a 20-footer on No. 5 (par 3, 193 yards) after landing a 6-iron to the right of the hole. Brennan missed a short par putt on No. 6 (par 4, 472 yards) to give one back but went on a tear, birdieing Nos. 7 thru 9. On No. 7 (par 5, 550 yards), he dropped a lob wedge from 80 yards to 15 feet; drained a 35-footer on No. 8 (par 4, 367 yards) and stopped a GAP wedge at 10 feet on No. 9 (par 4, 376 yards). He made the turn in 5-under 30.

 He reached No. 12 (par 5, 538 yards) in two for an easy birdie, then carded five straight pars before getting in some trouble on 18 (par 4, 469 yards), both off the tee and around the green, before carding a double bogey.

  “That’s my best round by far at Wissahickon. Maybe I shot 1-under par before. To do it on a day like today I’m proud of myself,” said Brennan, who won the Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship in 2012. “In fact, I had only four scores above par, two bogeys and two double bogeys.”

  Brennan carded his other double bogey, ironically, on the first hole of the second round to make it back-to-back doubles.

  After opening with that double at Militia Hill, Brennan then birdied No. 11 (par 3, 157 yards) with a three-quarter 7-iron to 10 feet and No. 14 (par 5, 531 yards) after reaching it in two.

  “I settled in after that and just made a lot of pars,” said Brennan.

  For some reason, this is Nathan Sutherland of LedgeRock Golf Club’s first Amateur appearance. His 1-under-par total was the only other red figure in the field of 139. The timing just never worked out before for the long-hitting 27-year-old.

  It did today, however, for Sutherland who was playing Cricket for the first time.

  “The course sets up well for me. You can spray the ball a little off the tee, you have to hit high shots into the green and I love putting on fast surfaces,” said Sutherland, 27, of Reading, Pa. “This was the first time all year I kind of put everything together.”

  Sutherland isn’t without Championship credentials.

  He finished second in the 2007 Patterson Cup at Berkleigh Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club to Michael McDermott. That was the same year Sutherland tied for third in the Pennsylvania State Amateur, where he opened with a 63 at Longue Vue Club.

  Sutherland faces No. 31 seed Brian Fischer, 21, of Commonwealth National Golf Club.

  Defending champion McDermott, 42, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., qualified for match play as well. The three-time Amateur Champion finished qualifying at 4 over and is seeded No. 17. He faces 20-year-old clubmate and No. 16 seed Peter Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa. at 7:37 a.m. on No. 1.

  A total of 13 Philadelphia Cricket Club members qualified for the Championship proper. Three others, in addition to Brennan advanced: Cole Berman, the 2015 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion; Conrad Von Borsig, the 2009 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion; and Gregor Orlando, a quarterfinalist in 2016.

  This is the first time the BMW Philadelphia Amateur returns to the Wissahickon Course as the primary site since 1976. That year O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley Country Club defeated Duke Delcher of Sandy Run Country Club.

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Name, clubR1-R2–Total
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club66W-72MH–138
Nathan Sutherland, LedgeRock Golf Club70MH-71W–141
Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club68MH-74W–142
Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve75W-68MH–143
Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club72W-71MH–143
Michael Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club73MH-71W–144
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club73W-71MH–144
John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club75MH-70W–145
Cole A. Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club72W-73MH–145
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club69MH-76W–145
Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club71W-74MH–145
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club73W-72MH–145
Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club71MH-74W–145
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale72W-73MH–145
Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club73W-72MH–145
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club70MH-76W–146
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club72W-74MH–146
P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club75W-72MH–147
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club74W-73MH–147
Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club79MH-68W–147
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club69W-78MH–147
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club72MH-76W–148
David Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club72MH-76W–148
#Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club73W-75MH–148
Ethan Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club78MH-70W–148
Jay Whitby, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club73W-75MH–148
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook76MH-73W–149
Roland Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook76W-73MH–149
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club72W-77MH–149
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73W-76MH–149
*Matthew Smith, French Creek Golf Club70MH-80W–150
*Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club73MH-77W–150
*Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club76W-74MH–150
Failed to qualify
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club76MH-74W–150
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club75MH-75W–150
Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club74W-76MH–150
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club70W-80MH–150
Austin Barbin, GAP Junior eClub75MH-76W–151
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club75MH-76W–151
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club75MH-76W–151
Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club75W-76MH–151
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club77W-74MH–151
Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club78W-73MH–151
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club71W-80MH–151
Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club71MH-80W–151
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club75W-77MH–152
Evan Brown, Hartefeld National79W-73MH–152
Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club75MH-77W–152
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club76W-76MH–152
Andy Latowski, Philadelphia Cricket Club75MH-77W–152
Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club78W-74MH–152
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club78W-74MH–152
Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club74W-78MH–152
Kevin Scherr, GAP Junior eClub79W-73MH–152
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club77MH-75W–152
R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club75MH-77W–152
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club76W-77MH–153
Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club79W-74MH–153
Kyle Deisher, Hartefeld National76W-77MH–153
Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club78W-75MH–153
Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79W-74MH–153
Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club78W-75MH–153
Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club74W-80MH–154
Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club78W-76MH–154
Zachary Falone, Philadelphia Publinks GA81W-73MH–154
Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club80MH-74W–154
Jack Irons, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia80MH-74W–154
Scott McKean, Chester Valley Golf Club79W-75MH–154
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club77MH-78W–155
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club77W-78MH–155
Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club79W-76MH–155
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club80MH-75W–155
Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club78W-77MH–155
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club79W-76MH–155
Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club76W-79MH–155
Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club82W-74MH–156
Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club77MH-79W–156
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club73MH-83W–156
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club75MH-81W–156
Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club74MH-82W–156
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club78W-78MH–156
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78W-78MH–156
Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior eClub77W-80MH–157
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club79MH-78W–157
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club81MH-76W–157
Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course80W-77MH–157
Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club82W-75MH–157
Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club80MH-77W–157
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81W-77MH–158
Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club80MH-78W–158
Tanner Robb, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club82MH-76W–158
John Buliga, Yardley Country Club79W-80MH–159
Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club83MH-76W–159
Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club81MH-78W–159
Robert Olseski, III, Sandy Run Country Club77MH-82W–159
Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club78W-81MH–159
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club78MH-81W–159
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club80MH-79W–159
Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club77MH-83W–160
Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club85MH-75W–160
Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club84W-76MH–160
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club79W-82MH–161
Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club83W-78MH–161
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club82W-79MH–161
Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club80MH-81W–161
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club78MH-83W–161
Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club77MH-84W–161
Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club82MH-80W–162
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club83W-79MH–162
Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club84MH-79W–163
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club81W-82MH–163
Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club84MH-80W–164
Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club78MH-86W–164
Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club83MH-81W–164
Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club81MH-83W–164
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club83MH-82W–165
Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club77W-88MH–165
Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club78W-88MH–166
Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown81MH-85W–166
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club81MH-86W–167
Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club84MH-83W–167
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club80MH-88W–168
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club82MH-86W–168
Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club82MH-86W–168
Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club83MH-86W–169
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club82W-90MH–172
Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club86MH-89W–175
Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country ClubWD
Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country ClubWD
Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf ClubWD
Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf ClubWD
Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf ClubWD
J.D. Hughes, LedgeRock Golf ClubWD
William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf ClubWD
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf ClubWD
Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country ClubWD
Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country ClubWD
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf ClubWD
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country ClubWD
MH-Militia Hill; W-Wissahickon
#-not participating in match play
*-determined in playoff

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