Jun 28, 2016

Philmont’s Kelly cards 65, caps Open Qualifier at North Hills

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 GLENSIDE, Pa. — With an endgame of earning a living on tour, Louis Kelly, Jr. is looking to prove to potential sponsors that he’s worth the investment. His stock rose Tuesday. | Scorecards | Photo gallery | History |

  Kelly, a Philmont Country Club member who plans to turn professional in the fall, carded a 6-under-par 65 to earn medalist honors in a Golf Association of Philadelphia Open Championship Qualifier at North Hills Country Club (par 71, 6,488 yards). He grabbed one of 29 qualifying positions available for the Championship proper, set for July 18 at The Ridge at Back Brook.

  The cut line fell to 73 by day’s end.

  “This is a big summer because I’m still trying to show people that I can play,” Kelly, 23, said. “I already had seven college wins and made it to a national championship [NCAA Division II in 2014]. I know that I can play; it’s just a matter of showing that I can make it to the next level. This is a good start.”

  Is it ever.

  Kelly, who graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May with a business degree, separated from a sea of red by firing seven birdies against a bogey on the day. With conditions soft early due to overnight rain, he pounced with a 4 on the par 5, 505-yard No. 2, knocking a 60-degree wedge 70 yards to 12 feet. Kelly rolled in a four-footer on the next par 5 (No. 4, 612 yards), using that same wedge from 112 yards. On No. 8 (par 4, 430 yards), he executed a left-to-right breaking 25-footer for birdie following a 52-degree wedge from 150 yards. Kelly became one of 15 players in the morning wave to turn in red figures.

  “I know that I’ve been working really hard on my game, so I was just like, ‘Let’s see what you got. Hit shots, don’t worry about score,’” he said.

  Numbers remained an afterthought for the dialed-in Deptford, N.J. resident. He carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 (par 4, 326 yards) and 11 (par 3, 143 yards); Kelly hit a 60-degree wedge 106 yards to 11 feet on the first, spun a gap wedge to 12 feet on the latter. He drained a 12-foot, left-to-right slider on the par 5, 512-yard 15th hole following a 56-degree wedge set-up from 121 yards. Even a wayward 3-wood off the 18th (par 4, 349 yards) failed to disrupt a birdie destination. Kelly, after receiving a fortuitous tree-kick on the dogleg right, chopped a 52-degree wedge 134 yards to five feet.

  Tuesday marked Kelly’s first competitive tournament since, ironically, a Golf Association of Philadelphia Open Qualifier a year ago. He lost in a 12-for-1 playoff at Running Deer Golf Club. Work and school obligations thereafter kept Kelly off the course. He caddied at Philmont and Trenton Country Club last summer, then took a position in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s athletic department during his senior year.

  Kelly now works as a caddie at Wilmington Country Club. He also assisted with tournament operations during the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club. In between, events such as the Open and Joseph H. Patterson Cup will fill his summer schedule.

  During the winter, Kelly, under the aid of Athletic Motion Golf, underwent a swing change that’s transformed his game.

  “I was down and to the left, hitting eight degrees down on the driver. Now I’m hitting three degrees up and gained 75 yards,” Kelly said. “I’m not taking those beaver pelts, digging up the whole range. I’m eco-friendly now. I’m actually a better player than I was. [Today’s round] is definitely a sign that I’m moving in the right direction.”

  Amateurs John Samaha of Old York Road Country Club and Troy Vannucci of Little Mill Country Club, playing together in the day’s final group, carded respective 5-under-par 66s to share second place. Vannucci, 24, of Marlton, N.J., inked a 30 coming in to tie Samaha, who went out in 31. Overall, 14 players posted subpar scores.

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Name, club Score
(a) Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont CC 65
(a) John Samaha, Old York Road CC 66
(a) Troy Vannucci, Little Mill CC 66
Stephen Sieracki, Indian Spring CC 67
(a) Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest GC & Preserve 68
(a) Joseph Markmann, Talamore CC 68
(a) Thomas Fisher, Commonwealth National GC 68
Gregory Farrow, Deerwood CC 69
Jon Rusk, Lu Lu CC 69
(a) Ambrose Abbracciamento, Jericho National GC 70
(a) Daniel Altieri, Makefield Highlands GC 70
(a) Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford CC 70
Trevor Bensel, Huntingdon Valley CC 70
(a) Vincent Kwon, Little Mill CC 70
(a) Christopher Thude, Union League GC at Torresdale 71
Corey McAlarney, Sunnybrook GC 71
(a) Drew Guarino, Old York CC at Chesterfield 71
Hugo Mazzalupi, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71
John Allen, Huntingdon Valley CC 71
(a) Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor GC 71
Eric Schultz, Sunnybrook GC 72
(a) Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills CC 72
Greg Matthias, Tavistock CC 72
(a) Kevin Maguire, Trump National GC – Philadelphia 72
(a) Michael R. Brown, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 72
Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill CC 72
(a) *Ben Keyser, Woodcrest CC 73
(a) *Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National GC 73
(a) *Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone GC 73
Alternates (in order)
(a) *Sam Soeth, White Manor CC 73
*Michael Paukovits, St. Davids GC 73
(a) *Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 73
Failed to qualify
(a) Jackson Fiel, Sea Oaks GC 73
(a) Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu CC 73
(a) Adam Mistretta, White Clay Creek CC 74
(a) Alex Kane, Radley Run CC 74
(a) Eric Carlidge, North Hills CC 74
(a) James Greenhalgh, Manufacturers G&CC 74
(a) Jamie Slonis, Tavistock CC 74
(a) Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima CC 74
(a) Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay CC 74
(a) Michael Cook, Applebrook GC 74
(a) Ross Pilliod, Stonewall 74
(a) Scott McKean, Chester Valley GC 74
(a) Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu CC 74
Tom Michaels, Berkshire CC 74
(a) Brandon Raihl, Heidelberg CC 75
(a) Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook GC 75
Dean Halterman, Galloway National GC 75
Jeffrey Bonicky, Sea Oaks GC 75
Justin Rinas, Commonwealth National GC 75
Michael Ladden, Whitford CC 75
(a) Nick Madden, Lu Lu CC 75
(a) Nino Rosal, Wild Quail G&CC 75
(a) P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu CC 75
(a) Peter Moran, Whitford CC 75
(a) Tim Slizofski, North Hills CC 75
(a) Yoseph Dance, Meadowlands CC 75
Andrew Pierson, Camden County Golf Academy 76
(a) Anthony Barr, Blue Bell CC 76
(a) Bo Maguire, Brookside CC 76
(a) Brian Gillespie, St. Davids GC 76
Curtis Kirkpatrick, Indian Spring CC 76
(a) Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National GC 76
(a) Drew Petri, Jericho National GC 76
(a) Eamon Marone, Northampton CC 76
(a) Evan Notaro, Woodstone CC 76
(a) Frank Kohute, Running Deer GC 76
Jason Calhoun, Philadelphia CC 76
(a) Justin Schorr, Talamore CC 76
(a) Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
(a) Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Alexander Knoll, Bethlehem GC 77
(a) Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
(a) Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC 77
(a) Kevin Sarlo, Burlington CC 77
(a) Mark Hill, Rolling Green GC 77
(a) Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell CC 77
(a) Robert Olseski, Sandy Run CC 77
(a) Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley GC 77
(a) Sam Digaetano, Mercer Oaks GC 77
(a) Serge Hogg, Riverwinds Golf & Tennis Club 77
Andrew Baldo, Hartefeld National 78
Brad McFadden, Overbrook GC 78
(a) Brendan Bacskai, Union League GC at Torresdale 78
(a) David West, Whitford CC 78
(a) Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley GC 78
Frederick Blumenstock, Cherry Valley CC 78
(a) J.B. Reibstein, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
John Rutecki, White Manor CC 78
(a) Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
(a) Marc Oliveri, Jr., Lancaster CC 78
(a) Matt Smith, Wilmington CC 78
(a) P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC 78
(a) Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 78
(a) Andrew Sterge, Applebrook GC 79
Doug Delaney, Sand Barrens GC 79
(a) Evan Galbreath, Philmont CC 79
(a) Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
(a) John Burke, III, Hartefeld National 79
(a) Ken Sim, Commonwealth National GC 79
(a) Kenny Engel, Jr., North Hills CC 79
(a) Kevin Cahill, Merion GC 79
(a) Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 79
(a) Mark Wachter, DuPont CC 79
(a) Nick Ostash, The Bucks Club 79
(a) Richard Vanni, III, Union League GC at Torresdale 79
(a) Terry Tompkins, Merchantville CC 79
Anthony Napoletano, GC at Glen Mills 80
Gregg Gipp, Phoenixville CC 80
Hugh Reilly, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC 80
John Kondash, Jr., Greenbriar Oceanaire G&CC 80
(a) Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands GC 80
(a) Michael Shevlin, Sr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
(a) Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National GC 80
(a) Phil Formica, Makefield Highlands GC 80
(a) Vincent Budny, Metedeconk National GC 80
(a) Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks GC 81
(a) Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley CC 81
(a) Dan Agoglia, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
(a) Fran Begley, Wedgwood CC 81
(a) Gregory Dapron, Hartefeld National 81
(a) Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook CC 81
(a) Matt Rosal, Wild Quail G&CC 81
(a) Alex Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook 82
(a) Blake Vogdes, Wildwood G&CC 82
(a) Billy Matthews, North Hills CC 83
(a) Donald Burgess, Lancaster CC 83
(a) Eric Spiller, Huntingdon Valley CC 83
(a) Jack Martinides, Trenton CC 83
(a) Jimmy Chang, Woodcrest CC 83
(a) Andrew Ring, Meadowlands CC 84
(a) David Shell, Radley Run CC 84
(a) Forrest Swisher, Jericho National GC 84
(a) Jeffrey Angelucci, Union League GC at Torresdale 84
(a) Joe Visalli, White Clay Creek CC 84
(a) Brendan McNamara, The ACE Club 85
(a) Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National GC 85
(a) Mike Keenan, Commonwealth National GC 85
Jonathan Trauner, Burlington CC 86
(a) Luke Liddell, Union League GC at Torresdale 86
(a) Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn GC 86
(a) Robert Loftus, Overbrook GC 86
(a) Todd von Vital, Jericho National GC 87
Jim Vernon, Old York CC at Chesterfield 91
(a) Michael Winton, Tavistock CC 92
(a) Robert Fisher, Five Ponds GC 92
(a) Dan Agee, Five Ponds GC 95
(a) Todd Joseph, The ACE Club NS
(a) Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks GC WD
Jared Cottell, Elkview CC WD
(a) Jonathan Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
(a) Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill CC WD

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