Jul 26, 2016

Riverton’s Kramarski cards 69, caps #PatCup Qualifier at Yardley

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 YARDLEY, Pa. — When Kevin Kramarski feels like he can spray a driver, he does, and the result is penal. When the Riverton Country Club member is forced to stay straight off the tee, he does, and the result is promising. | Scorecards | Photo gallery | History |

  Yardley Country Club (par 72, 6,327 yards), site of Tuesday’s Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier, demands accuracy given its tree-lined layout and narrow fairways. Kramarski responded accordingly, carding a 3-under-par 69 to top a field of 111 players hoping to attain one of 33 available spots and ties for the Championship proper.

  The cut line fell to 77 by day’s end. The 114th Joseph H. Patterson Cup will take place Aug. 4-5 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

  “This is a tight course. I hit my driver dead straight all day,” Kramarski said. “It’s short, so I had no more than 110, 120 yards into each hole. I only had one errant tee shot.”

  The aforementioned occurred on No. 10 (par 5, 550 yards), Kramarski’s first hole of the day. Kramarski flared a drive to the right, underneath a tree. A forced punch-out thereafter presented a yardage of 190. Kramarski found the front bunker and failed to get up-and-down. He reclaimed the stroke by firing a birdie on the par 5, 490-yard 13th hole. Kramarski nearly reached the green in two with a hybrid from 220 yards. He then nestled a wedge from greenside left to six feet.

  The driver continued to sizzle, but Kramarski’s putter stayed lukewarm for the duration of his outward nine. Its’ temperature, akin to Mother Nature’s Tuesday, increased by the minute.

  On the sharp dogleg right, 328-yard No. 1 (par 4), Kramarski powered a drive over the trees and into the left greenside bunker. A pinpoint blast-out brewed a kick-in birdie. On the gettable No. 6 (par 4, 309 yards), a towering drive kept Kramarski short of the front bunker. He flipped a wedge to 12 feet. Following a pure stripe on the par 4, 352-yard No. 8, he lifted a wedge 75 yards to six feet for his fourth red figure on the day. Kramarski registered 16 greens in regulation at Yardley.

  A year ago, Kramarski, with a score of 3 under, earned medalist honors in a Patterson Cup Qualifier at Burlington Country Club. He finished tied for 43rd in the Championship proper at Chester Valley Golf Club.

  “The one thing I’ve noticed is I kind of psyche myself out when the tournament comes around,” Kramarski said. “I have to learn how to be more confident off the tee. Today, I had no stress off the tee. I just went and gave it a good, hard swing. I didn’t really hold back on anything. The moment I hold back on a driver is the moment it goes every which way.”

  In the academia realm, Kramarski is headed in a different direction. He spent two years at Iona College, where he led the men’s golf team in scoring average this past season. He was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2014 and won the individual title in the conference championship last year. Despite those successes, Kramarski is transferring to Arkansas State University, where he will be a junior in the fall.

  “I felt that if I play at a bigger school, in more competitive tournaments, it will help me more with my amateur rank. I just feel like in the long run, it will help me more than staying up north,” he said.

  Over the weekend, Kramarski captured his third club championship (2013-14) at Riverton. He built a successful Junior career on the Golf Association of Philadelphia circuit. He won the Jock Mackenzie Memorial in 2012 and represented the organization twice in the Williamson Cup (2012-13). Kramarski earned runner-up honors in the Junior Boys’ Championship in 2013. Earlier this season, he won the GAP Four-Man Team alongside clubmates David Gall, Ben Litt and Phil Villari, Jr.

  The second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup memorializes a man who fostered the game in its infancy. Joseph Henry Patterson, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, competed in the first out-of-town match played by a team of Philadelphians. Friends of Patterson donated the Cup, designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co., to the Association in 1900.

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Name, club Score
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 69
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club 71
Ben Bershad, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 72
Joshua Madarang, Applecross Country Club 72
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 72
Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 73
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 73
Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 74
Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club 74
Sam Digaetano, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
Serge Hogg, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club 74
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club 75
Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 75
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club 75
Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 75
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 76
Jim Sullivan, Lu Lu Country Club 76
Luke Sliwowski, Greate Bay Country Club 76
Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 76
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Timothy Haberbusch, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 77
Craig Meschel, Yardley Country Club 77
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Joe Visalli, White Clay Creek Country Club 77
Joseph Hughes, Little Mill Country Club 77
Keith Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 77
Nicholas Hermansader, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 77
Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 77
Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club 77
Failed to qualify
Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 78
Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club 78
Kenneth Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club 78
Nino Rosal, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 78
Owen Samuda, Valleybrook Country Club 78
Benjamin Kotler, Squires Golf Club 79
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club 79
Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 79
Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Gregory Battsinger, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 79
Gregory Dapron, Hartefeld National 79
Joe Rossi, Squires Golf Club 79
Joe Waterman, Yardley Country Club 79
Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 79
Matthew Thompson, Spring Ford Country Club 79
Matthew Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 79
Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club 79
Scott Lumbatis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club 79
Wayne Lesage, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 79
Alex Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook 80
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club 80
Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club 80
Daniel Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club 80
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Sam Damico, Chester Valley Golf Club 81
Tony White, Yardley Country Club 81
John Gosselin, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club 82
Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club 82
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 82
Shawn Rocca, Stone Harbor Golf Club 82
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club 82
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 83
Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 83
Bradley Frank, Philmont Country Club 83
Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club 83
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 83
Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 83
Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club 83
Alex Hargaden, Bala Golf Club 84
Bernie McCole, The Bucks Club 84
Bruce Clifford, Bensalem Township Country Club 84
Butch Silknitter, Bellewood Country Club 84
Charlie Wahl, Tavistock Country Club 84
Dylan Willey, Burlington Country Club 84
Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club 84
Jonathan Kruse, Bala Golf Club 84
Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club 85
John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club 85
Phil Formica, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club 86
Mike Krantz, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 86
Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton 86
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Greg Berdini, Little Mill Country Club 87
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 88
Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club 88
Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club 97
Steven Owens, III, Philadelphia Publinks GA NS
Andrew Woolley, Saucon Valley Country Club NS
Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont Country Club WD
Brendan McNamara, The ACE Club WD
Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club WD
Derek Schwendinger, Trenton Country Club WD
Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club WD
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
Matthew Kreuter, Plymouth Country Club WD
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club WD
Terry Tompkins, Merchantville Country Club WD

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