Spring Mill CC's Bea bests Patterson Cup Qualifier at The Springhaven - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 23, 2009

Spring Mill CC’s Bea bests Patterson Cup Qualifier at The Springhaven

WALLINGFORD, Pa. – James Bea of Spring Mill CC didn’t let an opening bogey set the tone of his round as he carded a 4-under-par 66 to earn medalist honors at Thursday’s Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at The Springhaven Club (par 70, 6,545 yards).

   “It was just a smooth round of golf,” Bea, who’s entering his sophomore year at Saint Joseph’s University, said. “I did a lot of good things – a lot of good momentum things, no real roadblocks, which was nice.”

   The Churchville, Pa. resident generated momentum after firing back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 (par 4, 419 yards) and 5 (par 4, 395 yards). After his tee shot soared into the left-side trees on No. 4, Bea pinched a 54-degree through a gap in the branches to about two feet.

  “I had a good feeling that it was going to be tight, and it was,” Bea said.

   On the next hole, Bea nearly holed-out for eagle with a pitching wedge from 125 yards out.

   “I kind of controlled it,” he said. “It just took one hop, and it lipped, but apparently, it was a little short.”

   Bea went on to drain an uphill 5-footer for birdie.

   “That really gave me confidence to shoot a low number,” he said. “You always want to get off to a good start in a qualifier because you want to get momentum going early. You don’t want to force birdie anywhere. It was all about putting myself in a good position.”

   After making the turn at 1-under, Bea sunk a downhill 6-footer for birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 426 yards). He again battled out of the trees on No. 14 (par 4, 343 yards) by sticking an 85-yard wedge to about six feet. Bea punched a wedge from 100 yards out on No. 18 (par 4, 381 yards) to about four feet and converted the ensuing birdie putt.

   Prior to his final hole of the day, Bea made a critical save on No. 17 (par 4, 366 yards). He cleared the trees with his approach, then pitched it onto the green from about 30 yards and drained a 5-footer.

  “You just want to take it one shot at a time, and that’s been my goal all summer. I’m getting better at handling it,” Bea said.

   The Patterson Cup’s storied history inspired Bea to compete in Thursday’s qualifier.

   “The place where I’ll be playing at is Llanerch CC, where I practice at,” he added. “I’m going to feel somewhat comfortable, having played there a good amount of times.”

   Bea hopes to play well in the Patterson Cup, set for Aug. 13-14. Earlier this season on the Golf Association of Philadelphia circuit, he finished second in an Amateur Championship qualifier at Coatesville CC.

   “It’s been a reoccurring theme this summer, as far as playing well in the qualifier and not showing up when I need to on the big stage,” he said. “It’s a clean slate now. I’m in the tournament. The main goal was to qualify and to do it with flying colors, and I think did that.”

   Brendan Mohler of Northampton CC carded a 3-under-par 67. After making the turn at even-par, he registered three birdies on his final nine holes.

   Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley GC and Brian McDermott of Llanerch CC each carded a 2-under-par 68. Chylinski, of Gulph Mills, Pa., surged to a strong start by firing a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 417 yards). He tapped in from a foot after knocking his 7-iron about 160 yards out of the left rough.

   Chylinski, 59, dialed in an eagle on No. 8 (par 5, 547 yards) after his 3-wood traveled about 260 yards and settled about four feet from the flagstick. He then fired birdies on Nos. 11 (par 4, 454 yards) and 18. The Patterson Cup’s format changed this year from one day, 36-holes to two days, 36-holes, which prompted Chylinski to participate in Thursday’s qualifier.

   “That’s more manageable,” he said.

   McDermott, of West Conshohocken, Pa., felt that he struck the ball well to grow comfortable on the course. Starting on No. 10, he registered four straight birdies on Nos. 17 (par 4, 366 yards), 18, 1 and 2 (par 5, 545 yards) to emerge to 4-under. However, the 27 year-old carded a double-bogey No. 4 (par 4, 419 yards). After his tee shot found the left-side trees, McDermott attempted to chip back onto the fairway, but fell short and landed in the bunker. His wedge came up short of the green, and he failed to get up-and-down.

   McDermott then steadied his play and made pars the rest of the way.

   “Even after making that double, I knew I was in a good position. I just kept my head high,” he said. “It’s one of those days where it’s great to shoot a low score. I’m very fortunate to have done that.”

   The Patterson Cup marks McDermott’s first appearance on the GAP circuit in 2009.

   “Starting work, I just haven’t played much on the competitive side,” he said. “I’ve been playing well, and with Llanerch being the site this year, it’s a good place to get going again. I’m more comfortable with work. It’s probably just a good opportunity.”

   The top 35 players and ties qualified out of Tuesday’s field of 138, with the cut line resting at 75. The second and final Patterson Cup qualifier will be held at Medford Village CC on July 28.

Name Club Scores
James Bea Spring Mill Country Club 66
Brendan Mohler Northampton Country Club 67
Brian McDermott Llanerch Country Club 68
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 68
Greg Matthias Hartefeld National 69
Cory Siegfried Philadelphia Country Club 70
Keith Snyder Sakima Country Club 71
Patrick Buckley Rolling Green Golf Club 71
Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 72
Stephen Walton Downingtown Golf Club 72
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 72
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 72
Chris Lange, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 73
Michael Moser Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 73
Nick Iacono Hartefeld National 73
Oscar Neubauer Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Sean Coyle Llanerch Country Club 73
Tom Spano Llanerch Country Club 73
Vinny Alessi Penn Oaks Golf Club 73
Alexander Penza Llanerch Country Club 74
Drew Panebianco Talamore Country Club 74
Kevin Bair Wyncote Golf Club 74
Mark Coassolo Brookside C.C. of Allentown 74
Mark Dennish The Ridge at Back Brook 74
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 74
Mike Hartsough Edgmont Country Club 74
Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Roc Irey Lookaway Golf Club 74
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 74
Andrew Blumberg Fieldstone Golf Club 75
Andrew Carnevale North Hills Country Club 75
Anthony DeNicco Brookside Country Club 75
Ben Feld Blue Bell Country Club 75
Chris Anderson Wilmington Country Club 75
David Smith Doylestown Country Club 75
Jeffrey Romines Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Michael DiGiandomenico French Creek Golf Club 75
Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 75
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 75
Zac Robertson Edgmont Country Club 75
Failed To Qualify
Ari Flaisher Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Cameron Liebert White Manor Country Club 76
Dan Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 76
David Fardon Saucon Valley Country Club 76
James Braunsberg Blue Bell Country Club 76
Joe Dellicarpini Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
John Mullins Spring Ford Country Club 76
Joseph Gunerman Yardley Country Club 76
Keith Evans Talamore Country Club 76
Mark Wachter DuPont Country Club 76
Matt Pulos St. Davids Golf Club 76
Maxwell Kiely Aronimink Golf Club 76
Peter Moran Edgmont Country Club 76
Sam Pancoast Radley Run Country Club 76
Andrew Lawson Hersheys Mill Golf Club 77
Chris Kallmeyer Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Jason Barkley Huntsville Golf Club 77
Jeff Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Joe DeVito Jr. Laurel Creek Country Club 77
John Donnelly Concord Country Club 77
Kevin Melnick, Jr. Plymouth Country Club 77
Lee King Berkshire Country Club 77
Tim Pici Chester Valley Golf Club 77
A.J. Donatoni White Manor Country Club 78
Alex Gelcius Doylestown Country Club 78
Brian Corbett Huntsville Golf Club 78
David Atkinson Llanerch Country Club 78
Francis McGill, III Philadelphia Country Club 78
George Connell, Jr. Gulph Mills Golf Club 78
Jesse Bingaman Woodstone Country Club 78
Jimmy Johnston Merion Golf Club 78
Kevin Genuardi Cedarbrook Country Club 78
Kevin Scanlon Stonewall 78
Matthew Shevlin Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Michael Rogers Llanerch Country Club 78
Paul Carbone, Jr. Old York Road Country Club 78
Scott Morris Doylestown Country Club 78
Shawn Lavin Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Tyler Noll Berkshire Country Club 78
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 79
Gerry Baldachino Olde York Country Club 79
Jake Suplicki Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Jeff DellaFranco Concord Country Club 79
Jonathan Hoffman Philmont Country Club 79
Michael Hodges The Springhaven Club 79
Mike Miklinevich Greate Bay Country Club 79
Robert Pina Chester Valley Golf Club 79
Vaughn Schill Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Brad Sokol Green Valley Country Club 80
Brent Piattelli Penn Oaks Golf Club 80
Chip Culp Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Greg Verde Spring Ford Country Club 80
James Della Guardia Spring Ford Country Club 80
John Gosselin Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
John Inman Cherry Valley Country Club 80
John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Johnny Murphy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 80
Larry Paster Philmont Country Club 80
Matthew Welsh St. Davids Golf Club 80
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 80
Scott Carney Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Andrew Lombard The Springhaven Club 81
Fred Luck Spring Ford Country Club 81
Joe Morris Waynesborough Country Club 81
Matthew Johnson Bala Golf Club 81
Nicholas Mignogna Blue Bell Country Club 81
Ric Sucro Cedarbrook Country Club 81
Robert Loftus Overbrook Golf Club 81
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 82
James Zuraw Downingtown Golf Club 82
Scott Kalan White Manor Country Club 82
CJ Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 83
Evan Galbreath Philmont Country Club 83
Phil Dougherty McCall Golf & Country Club 83
Brian Kreamer Bala Golf Club 84
Dan Devine DuPont Country Club 84
Duane Pinnock Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
James Denon, Jr. The Springhaven Club 84
Steven Minnick, Jr. Bala Golf Club 84
Tommy Horgan Plymouth Country Club 84
Dave Locher McCall Golf & Country Club 85
John Leighton Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Pat Pasquariello Philadelphia Country Club 85
Patrick O’Brien North Hills Country Club 85
Ross Godick Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Tim McNerney Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
Chris Caba Phoenixville Country Club 86
James Loftus, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 86
Peter Mark RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 86
Troy Vannucci Little Mill Country Club 86
Brett Murphy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 87
Brody Robbins Wildwood Golf & Country Club 87
Walt Neumann McCall Golf & Country Club 87
Jason Rosenbaum Blue Bell Country Club 88
Mike Isaacman Talamore Country Club 89
Jim Muehlbronner Sandy Run Country Club 90
A.J. Tomasello Plymouth Country Club WD
Nikolai Wheeler Wilmington Country Club WD
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