Stein medals; Cooley takes final #USAmateur Qualifier spot - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 25, 2017

Stein medals; Cooley takes final #USAmateur Qualifier spot

ELVERSON, Pa. — Rain and inclement weather threatened – and arrived with a delaying impact – Monday’s U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier at Stonewall, but in the end, it wasn’t wet or dark enough to keep medalist honors out of Dylan Stein’s grasp.

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  Stein, a rising University of Arizona junior who plays out of Mercer Oaks Golf Course, fired a 2-under total of 138 to lead a pack of 125 hopefuls competing on Stonewall’s two tracks — Old (par 70, 6,923 yards) and North (par 70, 6,821 yards).

  An hour and twenty-minute delay began the day in gloom due to rain accumulations – roughly three inches – that fell overnight. Tee times were pushed back, but the show went on. But as the 36-hole event carried on, the Flemington, N.J. resident’s medalist honors didn’t appear as if they would be awarded Monday after all.

  When the horn sounded at 7 p.m., Stein, who carded an even-par 70 in the morning, stood on the 16th green of the Old Course wondering if he’d squeeze his second round in.

  The green light was ultimately given to resume play at 8 p.m. Stein, hustling from tee-to-green, would go par-bogey-par to clinch the top honor. His 2-under 68 was tied for low on the Old track, which served as the main site of the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

  “I was definitely stiff heading back out there,” said Stein, who transferred to Arizona after spending his first season with Towson University. “But when I got out there I was still looking to make birdies. I wanted to be aggressive.”

  “I was actually worried the most about how the greens would be,” said Stein. “It did rain a little bit and I was worried if it was going to slow up or be more receptive. The course is unbelievable. It drained well and everything was great.”

  Stein says he’ll join a few of his Wildcat teammates for the championship proper. The #USAmateur is set for Aug. 14-20 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. and Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

  “I’d say I put extra pressure on myself today, knowing a few of our guys already made it. But it feels good to get a spot and I’m excited to play out there,” he said.

  The other two spots secured on Monday went to David Hicks of Cape May Court House, N.J., a College of William and Mary junior standout, and Michael Graboyes, a senior Cornell University player of Watchung N.J., who each carded 1-under totals of 139.

  The day’s overall low round – a 3-under 67 on the North track in the morning wave – propelled Hicks, a Wildwood Golf & Country Club member, into qualifying position.

  His name isn’t a new one to the Golf Association of Philadelphia region. Hicks has become a mainstay near the top of GAP Major leaderboards as of late. He’s recorded Top 10 finishes in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup in back-to-back years, and reached the Round of 16 in this year’s #BMWPhillyAm at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

  “Making a USGA championship has always been a goal for me,” said the 20-year-old Hicks. “I’ve always played OK and somewhat competitive in these events, but I’ve never really been near the cut at the end of the day.”

  Daylight also became an obstacle for Hicks in finishing off his dual stellar rounds. A form of speed golf was implemented by him and his group.

  “I’ve really got to thank my playing competitors. They kept saying, ‘We really don’t want to go out tomorrow so let’s just book it. They were really great with that,” he said. “I tried to take my time and missed a couple of putts but I was able to make a good one on No. 18 (par 4, 451 yards), a 10-foot par putt to finish.”

  Four contestants — Carter Thompson of Tallahassee, Fla., Ben Cooley of Rydal, Pa., Ryan Dornes of Lancaster, Pa. and Christian Sease of Mount Pleasant, S.C. returned to the Old course Tuesday morning to decide the final spot. All four players finished at even-par 140 on Monday.

  The playoff began on No. 9 (par 3, 218 yards) on Tuesday at 7 a.m. Cooley secured the fourth and final spot in result of a beautiful bunker blast that lead to a tap-in par. Sease was tagged as the first alternate after a great bogey despite finding the left water hazard off the tee, while Dornes, a Penn State University junior, went on to grab the second alternate position after birdieing the second playoff hole, No. 10 (par 4, 442 yards).

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Name, city, state R1-R2–Total
Dylan Stein, Flemington, N.J. 70N-68O–138
Michael Graboyes, Watchung, N.J. 69N-70O–139
David Hicks, Cape May Court House, N.J. 67N-72O–139
*Benjamin Cooley, Rydal, Pa. 71O-69N–140
*Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant, S.C. 72O-68N–140
*Ryan Dornes, Lancaster, Pa. 69N-71O–140
Failed to qualify
Carter Thompson, Philadelphia, Pa. 70N-70O–140
Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, Pa. 71N-70O–141
John Sawin, San Francisco, Calif. 71O-70N–141
Jay Whitby, Wyoming, Del. 73O-68N–141
Yoseph Dance, Richmond, Va. 73O-69N–142
Rodney Anders, Telford, Pa. 72O-71N–143
Kevin Conners, Downingtown, Pa. 74O-69N–143
Tony Gil, Thornhill, Ontario 72N-71O–143
Andrew Kolarik, Cockeysville, Md. 71N-72O–143
Paul Acierno, Flourtown, Pa. 72N-72O–144
John Barone, Dunmore, Pa. 71N-73O–144
John Buliga, Langhorne, Pa. 76O-68N–144
Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C. 73O-71N–144
Ian Hildebrand, Purcellville, Va. 75N-69O–144
Connor Sheehan, Quarryville, Pa. 71O-73N–144
Henry Shimp, Charlotte, N.C. 76N-68O–144
Carey Bina, Villanova, Pa. 75N-70O–145
Geoffrey Cooper, Erdenheim, Pa. 75N-70O–145
Luca Jezzeny, Furlong, Pa. 75O-70N–145
Gary McCabe, Collegeville, Pa. 69N-76O–145
Marty McGuckin, Valley Forge, Pa. 76O-69N–145
Cory Siegfried, Haverford, Pa. 70N-75O–145
Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. 71O-75N–146
Alexander Butler, East Norriton, Pa. 72N-74O–146
James Kania, Jr., Haverford, Pa. 72N-74O–146
Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, Pa. 78O-69N–147
Nicholas Biondi, Moosic, Pa. 77N-70O–147
Roland Massimino, Lumberville, Pa. 77O-70N–147
Jack Melville, Maple Glen, Pa. 73N-74O–147
Sam Soeth, Newtown Square, Pa. 73O-74N–147
Joseph Chambers, Malvern, Pa. 77O-71N–148
Ryan Tall, Malvern, Pa. 74N-74O–148
Robert Bechtold, Avondale, Pa. 76N-73O–149
Cole Berman, Rosemont, Pa. 73N-76O–149
David Kim, Dresher, Pa. 77O-72N–149
Matt Kristick, Berlin, Md. 76O-73N–149
Bin Kwon, Marlton, N.J. 73N-76O–149
Joshua Madarang, Chester Springs, Pa. 75O-74N–149
Benjamin Smith, Philadelphia, Pa. 75N-74O–149
Sam Stilwell, Sterling, Va. 74O-75N–149
Quinn Dolan, Broomall, Pa. 79O-71N–150
Scott McLaughlin, Hatboro, Pa. 73N-77O–150
Christopher Reedman, Langhorne, Pa. 74N-76O–150
Erik Reisner, Philadelphia, Pa. 78O-72N–150
Caleb Ryan, Norristown, Pa. 74N-76O–150
Troy Vannucci, Marlton, N.J. 79O-71N–150
Reed Winkler, Wilmington, Del. 74O-76N–150
Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa. 75N-76O–151
Robert Maguire, Pottstown, Pa. 74O-77N–151
Stephen Barry, Mullica Hill, N.J. 77O-75N–152
Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, Del. 74O-78N–152
Sean Seese, Rydal, Pa. 76O-76N–152
Grant Skyllas, Wyomissing, Pa. 75O-77N–152
Andrew Wallace, Narberth, Pa. 74N-78O–152
Aaron Fricke, Denver, Pa. 80O-73N–153
Connor McNicholas, Ambler, Pa. 76O-77N–153
Rory Smith, Addison, Texas 78O-75N–153
Tyler Canfield, West Chester, Pa. 79N-75O–154
Brian Gillespie, Newtown Square, Pa. 79N-75O–154
Paul Mauer, Eagleville, Pa. 76N-78O–154
John Murphy, II, Cape May Court House, N.J. 79O-75N–154
Forrest Swisher, Titusville, N.J. 77N-77O–154
Nicholas Dimaio, Old Brookville, NY 77O-78N–155
Dylan Chessher, Dover, Del. 76N-80O–156
Christopher Lawler, Philadelphia, Pa. 77O-79N–156
Kevin Silvestri, Marlboro, N.J. 73O-83N–156
Andreas Aivazoglou, Glen Mill, Pa. 75N-82O–157
Alexander Kim, Blue Bell, Pa. 78O-79N–157
Paul Kovalcheck, Aston, Pa. 75O-83N–158
Tanner Robb, West Chester, Pa. 78N-80O–158
Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, Pa. 82O-77N–159
David Kimbley, Elverson, Pa. 76N-83O–159
Thomas Lewis, Doylestown, Pa. 79N-80O–159
Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, Pa. 82O-77N–159
Joseph Visalli, Dover, Del. 78N-81O–159
Shawn Lavin, Drexel Hill, Pa. 83O-77N–160
Ryan Orcutt, Bethlehem, Pa. 80O-80N–160
Pete Moran, Chester Springs, Pa. 77N-84O–161
Lodie Van Tonder, Pennsville, N.J. 78N-83O–161
Dawson Tate Anders, Telford, Pa. 87O-75N–162
Christian Haldeman, Center Valley, Pa. 84O-78N–162
Robert Olseski, Wayne, Pa. 82N-80O–162
Daniel Altieri, Skillman, N.J. 80N-83O–163
Andrew Curran, Media, Pa. 83O-80N–163
Thomas Freed, Royersford, Pa. 86N-77O–163
William Mitchell, Moorestown, N.J. 83O-80N–163
Parth Ahuja, Monmouth Junction, N.J. 82O-82N–164
Ross Pilliod, Sinking Spring, Pa. 79N-85O–164
Kyung Hwan Chung, Tifton, Ga. 81O-84N–165
Sean Ebert, Furlong, Pa. 85N-80O–165
Wills Montgomery, Exton, Pa. 91O-75N–166
Matthew Marino, Malvern, Pa. 88O-81N–169
Nicholas Lukow, Whitehall, Pa. 88N-86O–174
Andrew Cornish, Santee, Calif. 80N-NCO–NC
Ransom Hare, Honesdale, Pa. 75N-NCO–NC
Matthew Bierer, Phoenixville, Pa. NSO-NSN–NS
Gregory Shaw, Cornwall On Hudson, N.Y. WDO-NSN–NS
Matthew Anderson, West Lawn, Pa. 82N-WDO–WD
Matthew Balcer, Bensalem, Pa. 77N-WDO–WD
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Media, Pa. 73N-WDO–WD
Adam Bracy, Edgewater Park, N.J. WDO-WDN–WD
Ed Brown, Rehoboth Beach, Del. 82N-WDO–WD
John Burke, Wilmington, Del. WDN-WDO–WD
Stuart Carrihill, Lancaster, Pa. NSO-WDN–WD
Dwight Cauthen, Columbia, S.C. WDN-WDO–WD
Billy Civitella, North Palm Beach, Fla. WDO-WDN–WD
Edward Conway, Horsham, Pa. WDN-WDO–WD
Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa. 74N-WDO–WD
Joseph Dulka, West Chester, Pa. 82N-WDO–WD
Benjamin Feld, Gladwyne, Pa. 74N-WDO–WD
John Foley, Limerick, Pa. 82N-WDO–WD
Alex Golland, Wynnewood, Pa. WDO-WDN–WD
Blake Hinckley, Chadds Ford, Pa. 77N-WDO–WD
Michael Kania, Haverford, Pa. WDN-WDO–WD
Matthew Keim, Limerick, Pa. 79O-WDN–WD
Cole Kemmerer, Malvern, Pa. WDO-WDN–WD
Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa. WDO-WDN–WD
Isaiah Logue, Fairfield, Pa. WDN-WDO–WD
Adam Mistretta, Easton, Pa. 70O-WDN–WD
Mike Moffat, Warrington, Pa. 78N-WDO–WD
Robert Moratti, Cherry Hill, N.J. 80O-WDN–WD
Drew Petri, New Hope, Pa. 81N-WDO–WD
Saris Ratanavadi, Los Angeles, Calif. 81O-WDN–WD
Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, Del. 73O-WDN–WD
Stephen Seiden, Newtown Square, Pa. 72O-WDN–WD
Max Siegfried, Villanova, Pa. 72N-WDO–WD
Matthew Smith, Yorklyn, Del. 81O-WDN–WD
Tyler Smith, Bath, Pa. WDO-WDN–WD
Matthew Starobin, Davidsonville, Md. 82O-WDN–WD
Kelly Sun, Bradenton, Fla. WDN-WDO–WD
Connor Vanin, Coopersburg, Pa. 84O-WDN–WD
Blake Vogdes, Wildwood Crest, N.J. 83N-WDO–WD
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia, Pa. NSO-WDN–WD
Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach, Fla. 69N-WDO–WD
Russell Wren, Morgantown, Pa. WDN-WDO–WD
Reeves Zaytoun, Raleigh, N.C. WDN-WDO–WD
Tianlin Zhang, Plymouth, Minn. 77O-WDN–WD
*-determined in playoff
NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal
Stonewall courses: N-North; O-Old

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