Jul 28, 2017

Spring Mill’s Kornuszko cards 68, caps #PatCup Qualifier at Bluestone

BLUE BELL, Pa. — If the Matt Davis Golf Academy needs a testimonial, then Kevin Kornuszko is the guy to call. The Spring Mill Country Club member shaved two strokes off his handicap index since a consultation there last month.

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  Signs of his improvement sprouted throughout Bluestone Country Club (par 71, 6,530 yards) Friday. Kornuszko carded a 3-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier on the delightful design. He earned one of 30 qualifying positions and ties available for the Championship proper.

  The cut line stopped at 77 by day’s end. The 115th Joseph H. Patterson Cup will take place Aug. 9-10 at Wilmington Country Club (South).

  “I took a lesson [with Matt Davis] to fix some iron play. Since then, I’ve really been hitting it a lot better with the iron game,” Kornuszko, 39, of Warrington, Pa., said. “I wasn’t putting enough weight on my front set-up. It’s been effective. From that day on, I’ve been much better.”

  Proof is in Kornuszko’s red pudding at Bluestone. Although he set foot on the property for the first time, Kornuszko executed each shot like a knowledgeable veteran. He deposited a pair of 12-footers for birdie on a pair of par 5s to start. A sand wedge from 80 yards on No. 1 (529 yards), and a gap wedge from 110 yards on No. 5 (531 yards) served as the setups. His only outward bogey occurred on No. 2 (par 4, 413 yards).

  Then came a back-nine breakout.

  Kornuszko, who registered 13 greens in regulation on the day, saw four consecutive birdie opportunities inside 20 feet, but walked away with pars. On the par 4, 380-yard 14th hole, he capitalized on tedious chance from the collar. Kornuszko drained a 20-foot, left-to-right slider following a 6-iron from 180 yards. He ran a 3-wood through the fairway on the next hole, a dogleg left par 4 measuring 421 yards. A troubling lie forced a punch shot; a lob wedge to the front of the green and a two-putt meant a bogey. Kornuszko, a soft-spoken and swift striker, recovered from the rare error by sticking an 8-iron to two feet on No. 16 (par 3, 158 yards) for birdie. Consider the closing par 4, 407-yard 18th hole a clear demonstration of Kornuszko’s improvement. He split the fairway with a powerful drive, knocked a pitching wedge 125 yards to 12 feet and strutted toward the jar as his 12-footer for birdie clattered.

  “I hit it better than I have in years,” Kornuszko, a sales manager, said. “I’ve been playing a lot of golf the last few weeks and I’ve been hitting it really well. I didn’t make a lot of birdie putts today, but still enough to get to 3 under.”

  More flexibility in his work and family schedule allowed Kornuszko to spend more time focusing on his game this summer. He’s auditioned for the Patterson Cup and Middle-Amateur Championship over the past few years. A missed cut here, a middle of the pack finish there.

  Perhaps Wilmington will tell a different tale, given his progression of late.

  “I’ll try to keep playing as well as I can, make the cut and put up the best number I can,” Kornuszko said.

  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 Kornuszko, Spring Mill Country Club 68
Matt Bierer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 71
Adam Mistretta, Silver Creek Country Club 71
Paul Mauer, Stonewall 72
Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club 73
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 73
Dan Joseph, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 73
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club 74
Mark Agnew, Hartefeld National 74
Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 75
Mike Sydnes, Talamore Country Club 75
Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 75
Alex Cook, Waynesborough Country Club 75
Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton 75
Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club 76
David West, Whitford Country Club 76
Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club 76
Daniel Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 76
Jonathan Radick, Spring Mill Country Club 77
David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 77
Ronald Jamarowicz, White Clay Creek Country Club 77
John Mikiewicz, Fox Hill Country Club 77
Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club 77
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club 77
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 77
Kevin Karabin, Glen Oak Country Club 77
Failed to qualify
Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club 78
Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club 78
Greg Berdini, Little Mill Country Club 78
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club 78
Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club 78
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Ross Pilliod, Bala Golf Club 78
George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
David Hirschhorn, Old York CC at Chesterfield 79
Robert Olseski, III, Sandy Run Country Club 79
Brett Murphy, Stone Harbor Golf Club 79
John Murphy, II, Stone Harbor Golf Club 79
Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club 79
Joseph Chambers, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 79
Max Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club 79
Stephen Scott, Woodcrest Country Club 80
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 80
Joe Rochelle, Indian Valley Country Club 80
Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club 80
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club 80
Blake Vogdes, Stone Harbor Golf Club 80
Jack Glacken, Bala Golf Club 80
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 80
Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club 81
Michael Axelrod, Bluestone Country Club 81
Alec Cwienkala, Saucon Valley Country Club 81
Jason Wilt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 81
Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club 81
Nick Ostash, The Bucks Club 81
Joe Minahan, Brookside CC of Allentown 81
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Dan Clark, Old York Road Country Club 81
Brendan Mahoney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club 81
Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Matthew Osorio, Merchantville Country Club 81
Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club 82
Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 82
Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 82
David Guertler, Tavistock Country Club 82
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club 82
Brian Keane, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 83
Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club 83
Chris Jackson, Little Mill Country Club 83
Damian Anzaldo, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 83
Scott Kalan, Squires Golf Club 84
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club 84
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club 84
William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club 84
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Joe Visalli, Hartefeld National 84
Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 84
Anthony Hoffman, Middletown Country Club 84
Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club 85
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club 85
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club 85
Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club 85
Scott Lumbatis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 86
Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club 86
Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club 87
Dylan Willey, Burlington Country Club 87
Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club 87
Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club 89
Christopher Walling, Gulph Mills Golf Club 90
Matt Dreyfuss, Hartefeld National 91
Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club 91
Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club 92
James Peruggia, Blue Bell Country Club 93
Jerry Newell, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club 93
Andrew Ring, Bluestone Country Club 97
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club 97
Dylan Stein, Mercer Oaks Golf Course NS
C.J. Bell, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Brian Aslanian, Galloway National Golf Club WD
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club WD
Dave DiValentino, Five Ponds Golf Club WD
Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club WD
Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club WD
Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club WD
Sam Beauregard, GAP Junior eClub WD
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club WD
Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club WD
Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club WD
Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club WD
Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club WD
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
Joe Rossi, Squires Golf Club WD
Ari Flaisher, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Jonathan Green, Green Valley Country Club WD
Brendan McNamara, The ACE Club WD
NS — no show; WD — withdrawal

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