Red-hot Brandon Matthews of Fox Hill just misses PCC course record - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 09, 2012

Red-hot Brandon Matthews of Fox Hill just misses PCC course record

GLADWYNE, Pa.–Brandon Matthews of Fox Hill Country Club visited his swing coach Brian Quinn yesterday for a quick check-up. In the opening round of the 110th Joseph H. Patterson Cup, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Thursday, the recently turned 18 year old performed like a finely tuned golfing machine.

  Matthews blistered venerable Philadelphia Country Club (par 71, 6,793 yards) with a 6-under-par 65 to grab a three-stroke lead after the first of two rounds in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s final Major of the season. Christopher Fuga of Phoenixville Country Club; Ben Cooley of Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Michael Hyland of Little Mill Country and Grant Skyllas of Moselem Springs Golf Club stand in second place at 3 under.

  Matthews fell a stroke shy of the modern PCC competitive course record (established after the 2002 renovation). Current PGA Tour player Charlie Beljan carded a 64 (also 6 under) in the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier. That week No. 6, the par 5, played as a 4.

  A total of 12 players broke par on a day that saw a scoring average of 76.816. The cutline for the low 60 players and ties fell at 5-over 76. In all, 61 players made the cut. The final pairing of Matthews, Cooley and Fuga begin their final round at 11:10 a.m. James Kania, Jr. of Overbrook Golf Club is the lowest scoring player, at 2 under, who has won a prior Patterson Cup.

  Matthews started white hot and remained that way on a warm, humid day.

  He birdied No. 1 (par 4, 325 yards) after almost driving the green and No. 3 (par 5, 558 yards) after knocking a 4-iron onto the putting surface from 227 yards out with his second shot. Matthews added fuel to the fire on No. 6 (par 5, 500 yards) when he holed his third shot from 30 yards onto the green and watched it roll into the cup. Another birdie on No. 8 (par 4, 390 yards), a 60-degree wedge from 100 yards to seven feet, put Matthews at 5-under 31 at the turn.

  “All I’m thinking is just cruise along. Try to limit the bogeys, bunt it down the fairways, bunt it on the greens and make a couple of putts,” said Matthews, the 2012 Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Champion, from Dupont, Pa.

  Matthews birdie barrage continued on No. 12 (par 5, 575 yards) when he reached the green in two strokes with a 3-iron from 250 yards. His seven-foot eagle putt slipped left of the jar. Matthews erased that disappointing eagle miss, if you can call it that, immediately when he lofted a 56-degree wedge from 103 yards on No. 13 (par 4, 375 yards) to two feet for another red circle.

  Matthews lone bogey came on No. 15 (par 3, 220 yards), the hardest scoring hole on the course, after missing the green right with a 3-iron and failing to get up-and-down. He closed his round with three straight pars.

  “I struck the ball extremely well. I went and saw my coach yesterday and he pointed something out to me. I don’t think I missed more than two golf shots today,” said the incoming Temple University freshman. “I hit [my shots] exactly where I wanted to.” Quinn is also the Temple University golf coach.

  Matthews’ pairing may have been worth a couple strokes saved as well. He was grouped with longtime Philadelphia Country Club staple P. Chet Walsh. The 47-year-old Walsh has been a member at PCC for the last 41 years.

  “It helped a lot. He knew every blade of grass on this golf course so I wasn’t worried at all. That was probably the best pairing I could ask for,” said Matthews.

  Matthews’ performance also pushed the 2010 PIAA Champion into the Silver Cross Award lead. It was an unexpected bonus for Matthews who asked Walsh what that award represented midway through the round. Matthews forged ahead of Amateur Championship medalist Brian Colbert of White Manor Country Club by one stroke with one round to go. The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup.

  Cooley, 19, of Rydal, Pa., was Matthews’ greatest danger, in a sense. Off in the morning, Cooley had his score at 5 under after birding holes No. 11-13, but finished with two bogeys in his final four holes.

  “I just want to come out and do the same thing I did today,” said the University of Pennsylvania sophomore. “I want to minimize mistakes.”

  Fuga, 21, of Phoenixville, Pa., is a sophomore at Coker College; Skyllas, 26, lives in Reading, Pa. and Hyland, 33, of Marlton, N.J. is a two-time Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Champion.

NOTES–The first round was delayed 50 minutes due to lightning … a field of 127 player started the day.

Name, club Score
Brandon Matthews, Fox Hill Country Club 65
Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club 68
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 68
Grant Skyllas, Moselem Springs Golf Club 68
Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 68
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 69
James Kania, Overbrook Golf Club 69
Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club 69
Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 70
Cory Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club 70
Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 70
Thomas E. Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club 70
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 71
Troy Vannucci, Burlington Country Club 71
Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club 71
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club 71
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 71
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club 72
Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 72
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 72
Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA 72
Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club 72
Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA 72
Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club 72
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club 73
Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club 73
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
J.D. Dornes, Meadia Heights Golf Club 74
Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 74
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club 74
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club 74
Rob Rowe, Bent Creek Country Club 74
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club 75
Dave Fardon, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Paul Carbone, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 75
Brian Colbert, White Manor Country Club 75
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club 75
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club 75
Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club 75
Eric Williams, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club 76
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club 76
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club 76
Raleigh Chapin, Jericho National Golf Club 76
Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club 76
William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club 76
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club 76
Robert Galbreath, Jr., Philmont Country Club 76
John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia Country Club 76
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Dan Ott, Little Mill Country Club 76
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club 76
Failed to qualify
Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Vincent Anagnos, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Michael Davis, Merion Golf Club 77
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club 77
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club 77
Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club 77
Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 78
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 78
John Donnelly, Concord Country Club 78
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 78
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 78
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Reilly Erhardt, Yardley Country Club 78
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Bill Murray, Wedgwood Country Club 78
Joshua Krumholz, Moselem Springs Golf Club 78
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Ryan Felpel, Honeybrook Golf Club 79
James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club 79
Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Greg O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 79
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 79
Zach Allinson, Lehigh Country Club 79
Tim Pici, Chester Valley Golf Club 79
Aaron Burton, Applecross Country Club 79
Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Robert Good, Merion Golf Club 79
Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club 79
Chuck Lynch, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 80
Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Travis Gahman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
James Robertson, Llanerch Country Club 80
Vincent Sirianni, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Mike Good, Merion Golf Club 81
Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club 81
Matt Maurer, Bent Creek Country Club 81
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 82
Brad George, Golf Course at Glen Mills 82
Tim Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield 82
James Chojnacki, Little Mill Country Club 82
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club 83
Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club 83
Michael Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club 83
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club 84
Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club 85
Tim Freeh, Back Creek Golf Club 85
Mike Dunn, Little Mill Country Club 85
Erik Thorn, Little Mill Country Club 86
Andrew Caldwell, The Springhaven Club 86
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 87
Tony DePaul, Jr., North Hills Country Club 87
Liam Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club 92
Dan Clark, Five Ponds Golf Club WD
Kevin Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD

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