Jul 18, 2017

Saucon’s Mattare secures 113th #GAPOpen Championship

GLADWYNE, Pa. – Matt Mattare remained calm at every point of crisis in the Open Championship’s final round. A near disaster on No. 16 included.

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  Entering Round 2 with a four-shot advantage, and fresh off a Philadelphia Country Club (par 71, 6,920 yards) course-record of 8-under-par 63, Mattare kept the field at arm’s length throughout to register a two-shot victory. Mattare, an amateur, finished the 36 holes of the event’s 113th edition with a 138 total. He posted a second-round 4-over 75.

  Mattare joins former Professional Ralph Hutchison as the only Saucon Valley Country Club reps to earn Open hardware. Hutchinson took the 1954 Open.

  Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club’s director of instruction, and Tony Perla, an assistant professional from Philadelphia Cricket Club, tied for second place as well as low-pro honors at 2 under. Only four players broke par for the 36 holes.

  “It certainly wasn’t as easy as yesterday,” said Mattare, 31, of Jersey City, N.J. “It feels great to get it over the finish line. I feel like my résumé has a bunch of runner-ups and Top 5s and not enough of the big hardware. It feels great to bring this one home.”

  Mattare’s top prior Open finish was a tie for third in 2011 and 2016.

  He did win the Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship last spring at Waynesborough Country Club in a three-man playoff.

  “This is definitely the biggest win I’ve had,” Mattare added.

  This year’s Open was the first with a revamped format, which included the expansion of the field to 130-plus players (up from 78) and administration of the tournament over two days instead of one. A total of 65 players made the cut (the cut was the low 60 players and ties) – 38 amateurs and 27 professionals.

  Mattare opened his title march in solid, yet conservative, fashion with nine straight pars. He either found the putting surface or the fringe on every front-nine hole. At one point, standing on No. 5 (par 3, 153 yards) he held a six-shot advantage. Mattare headed to the back nine eventually five strokes clear.

  That’s when a little trouble started to brew. On Nos. 10 (par 4, 435 yards) and 11 (par 3, 192 yards), he missed both greens with resulting bogeys. On the former, his tee ball found the left rough and his subsequent approach missed right. On 11, his 5-iron landed eight feet left of the flagstick but bounced over the green. He missed his four-foot par try.

  “The pins were a little tougher and the greens dried out a little bit,” said Mattare of the course conditions. “I wasn’t hitting bad shots. It was set up tough and the course fought back a little bit. I bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11. I didn’t hit bad shots. They just kind of bounced over the green. And I didn’t get up-and-down.”

  Mattare found the greenside bunker on No. 15 (par 3, 221 yards) for another over-par score and then on No. 16 (par 4, 403 yards) almost watched his monster lead disappear.

  He ripped a perfect drive and was left with an 85-yard wedge shot.

  “The only time I felt like I hit a really bad shot was on No. 16 when I laid the sod over [the second shot],” said Mattare. “It’s such a ticklish shot down the hill, hitting a three-quarter lob wedge off a downhill lie to a pin where you have the size of a coffee table to land it in.”

  Mattare’s next shot from 38 yards ran through the green, leaving him a 35-foot par effort. His bogey putt was six feet.

  “That was the only putt I made outside three feet. Yesterday I had 13 one putts, today I had one. It was a very timely one putt. We got through that and here we are.”

  He concluded with solid tee to green play and two pars.

  Bergstol carded a 2-under 69 with six birdies to gradually move up the leaderboard. His score tied for the low round of the day.

  Perla, who opened the second round at 4 under after a 67 yesterday, never seemed to find solid footing. He did, however, answer the bell late when he launched a 90-yard sand wedge on No. 18 (par 4, 390 yards) to eight feet and made the birdie putt to tie Bergstol as the low pro.

  Defending champion Jeff Osberg of Huntingdon Valley Country Club tied for 37th after rounds of 74 and 75.

  Next year, St. Davids Golf Club will host the 114th Open.

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Name, club R1-R2-Total
(a) Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club 63-75–138
Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club 71-69–140
Tony Perla, Philadelphia Cricket Club 67-73–140
John Pillar, Sr., CC at Woodloch Springs 71-70–141
Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club 72-70–142
Michael Little, Lookaway Golf Club 72-70–142
Billy Stewart, The ACE Club 72-70–142
David Quinn, Philmont Country Club 71-72–143
(a) Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 75-69–144
Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 72-72–144
(a) Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 73-71–144
Jordan Gibbs, Gulph Mills Golf Club 75-69–144
Alexander Knoll, Bethlehem Golf Club 71-73–144
David McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club 73-71–144
(a) Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club 70-74–144
(a) Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71-74–145
(a) Yoseph Dance, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 73-72–145
(a) Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club 73-72–145
(a) David Hicks, Stone Harbor Golf Club 69-76–145
(a) Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club 69-76–145
Stuart Ingraham, MGOLF Driving Range & Learning Center 70-76–146
(a) Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club 71-75–146
David Pagett, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 74-72–146
Trevor Bensel, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72-74–146
(a) P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club 73-74–147
(a) Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 75-72–147
(a) Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 70-77–147
(a) Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club 75-72–147
Mark Sheftic, Merion Golf Club 70-77–147
(a) Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club 75-72–147
(a) Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 73-74–147
Andrew Turner, Sunnybrook Golf Club 73-74–147
(a) Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75-73–148
(a) Ross Pilliod, Gilbertsville Golf Club 71-77–148
(a) Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club 75-73–148
William Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74-74–148
(a) Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club 75-74–149
(a) Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 71-78–149
George Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club 73-76–149
(a) Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74-75–149
(a) Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club 75-74–149
(a) Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 73-77–150
Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club 73-77–150
(a) Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club 75-75–150
(a) Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73-77–150
(a) Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 73-77–150
Corey McAlarney, Squires Golf Club 75-75–150
Brendon Post, University of Delaware 75-75–150
Matthew Episcopo, Pine Valley Golf Club 75-76–151
(a) Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club 74-77–151
(a) Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74-77–151
Greg Matthias, Tavistock Country Club 74-78–152
(a) Erik Reisner, The ACE Club 75-77–152
(a) Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 75-77–152
Ryan Lagergren, Stonewall 73-79–152
David Fields, Brookside CC of Allentown 75-78–153
Joey Pohle, Blue Bell Country Club 75-78–153
(a) Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club 75-79–154
(a) Dominic Digiacomo, Greate Bay Country Club 75-79–154
(a) Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club 75-80–155
Bill Walker, Riverton Country Club 75-80–155
(a) Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 75-81–156
(a) Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 75-81–156
(a) Matt Bierer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 72-85–157
(a) P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 74-88–162
Failed to qualify
Jason Calhoun, Philadelphia Country Club 76
(a) Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club 76
(a) Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club 76
(a) Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 76
Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC-Moorestown 76
(a) Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club 76
Brett Melton, Radley Run Country Club 76
Tom Michaels, Berkshire Country Club 76
Anthony Napoletano, GOLFTEC-Malvern 76
John Bierkan, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 76
Terry Hatch, Hickory Valley Golf Club 76
Zac Oakley, The Rookery 76
(a) Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club 76
(a) Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club 76
(a) Dylan Stein, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
(a) Mike Sydnes, Talamore Country Club 76
(a) Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club 76
(a) James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club 77
(a) Connor Sheehan, Conestoga Country Club 77
(a) Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club 77
(a) Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Robert Hennefer, Indian Spring Country Club 77
Terry Hertzog, Country Club of York 77
(a) Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club 77
(a) John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club 78
(a) Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 78
(a) Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club 78
(a) Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 78
(a) Jon Rudisill, Reading Country Club 78
(a) Kevin Sarlo, Burlington Country Club 78
(a) Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club 78
(a) Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 78
(a) Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club 78
Steve Swartz, Regents’  Glen Country Club 78
(a) Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club 79
Nick Gorman, Burlington Country Club 79
(a) Keith Olinick, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 79
(a) David West, Whitford Country Club 79
Curtis Kirkpatrick, Indian Spring Country Club 79
Rick LeBeau, Gulph Mills Golf Club 79
(a) Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 79
(a) Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 80
(a) Wills Montgomery, Applecross Country Club 80
Eric Schultz, Sunnybrook Golf Club 80
(a) Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 80
(a) Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
(a) Jim Maru, Northampton Country Club 80
(a) Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club 81
(a) Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Scott Reilly, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Gregory Farrow, Deerwood Country Club 81
Ryan Jones, Lehigh Country Club 81
(a) Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
(a) Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club 82
(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club 83
(a) Joseph Hughes, Little Mill Country Club 83
(a) Scott Kalan, Squires Golf Club 83
(a) Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club 83
John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
(a) Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National 84
(a) Donald Burgess, Lancaster Country Club 87
(a) Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club 89
(a) Ambrose Abbracciamento, Old York CC at Chesterfield WD
(a) Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club WD
Travis Deibert, The Ridge at Back Brook WD
(a) John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
(a) Joe Visalli, Hartefeld National WD

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