Sullivan, Winkler cap #BMWPhillyAm Qualifier at Wild Quail - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 02, 2018

Sullivan, Winkler cap #BMWPhillyAm Qualifier at Wild Quail

June 2, 2018

WYOMING, Del. — Jack Sullivan didn’t register a three-putt. Reed Winkler didn’t miss a fairway.

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Both players did, however, card respective 2-under-par 70s to share medalist honors in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at Wild Quail Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6,591 yards) Saturday. Sullivan and Winkler led a field of 42 players hoping to earn one of 12 available spots and ties for the Championship proper. The cut line stopped at 74 by day’s end.

  The 118th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 12-14 & 16 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.

  The co-medalists used a bit of back-nine sizzle to share the top spot. Winkler, playing three groups ahead of Sullivan, fired three birdies against a bogey. The Hartefeld National member hit a gap wedge 120 yards to seven feet on No. 12 (par 4, 316 yards). He tapped into course experience for red figures on a pair of par 5s. Knowing No. 15 (par 5, 520 yards) is gettable given a cut-drive over the trees, Winkler did just that. He then powered a 4-iron 225 yards to 25 feet and two putted. On No. 18 (par 5, 510 yards), Winkler elected to lay up, knocking a 60-degree wedge 50 yards to two feet.

  “I played a couple of high school tournaments here and a couple of other Junior events at the course, so I have a lot of knowledge of the course. It helped a lot,” Winkler, 20, of Wilmington, Del., said. “Knowing where to hit the ball is definitely an advantage. If you can keep it in the fairway, you can post a good number.”

  Sullivan, a member of The Shore Club, used an eagle on the 15th hole to join Winkler atop the leaderboard. Standing 215 yards from the flagstick, he walloped a 5-iron, uphill, upwind, to two feet for eagle. Sullivan, 17, of Petersburg, N.J., birdied No. 13 (par 3, 192 yards) after stopping a 6-iron at 10 feet. A pushed 9-iron on the next hole (par 4, 442 yards) translated into his lone inward bogey.

  Whereas Winkler used course knowledge to his advantage Saturday, Sullivan, a senior at Ocean City High School, leaned on dad and caddie Patrick. Self-faith played a role in his performance as well.

  “I played in a U.S. Open (Local) Qualifier at Hidden Creek (Golf Club) and shot 74 with a triple bogey to miss the cut by two, so I was pretty confident coming into this,” Sullivan said. “I feel like my game’s ready. Colleges haven’t gotten a hold of me, so I thought I’d give [the BMW Philadelphia Amateur] a shot.”

  Both Sullivan and Winkler, a sophomore at Saint Joseph’s University majoring in sports marketing, will make their BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship debuts in 10 days.

  “A lot of my teammates are playing in it. It’s good to keep the competitive golf mojo going,” Winkler said. “It’s great to play in competitive events and prepare myself for the next season.”

  “I’ll try to play well, try to make match play and just see how far I can go,” Sullivan added. “Hopefully I get a lot of birdies.”

  The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s premier event. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke play qualifier to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven Amateur Championship titles.

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Name, club Score
Jack Sullivan, The Shore Club 70
Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National 70
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 71
Bill Murray, Stone Harbor Golf Club 71
T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club 72
Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club 73
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 73
William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club 74
Tyler Canfield, Downingtown Country Club 74
Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club 74
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club 74
Failed to qualify
Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club 75
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club 75
Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club 75
Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club 75
Adam Mistretta, Steel Club 75
Mike Ellis, Loch Nairn Golf Club 76
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 76
Max Rubin, Little Mill Country Club 76
Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club 76
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club 76
Brian Bygott, Tavistock Country Club 77
Kyle Deisher, Hartefeld National 77
Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National 78
Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club 78
Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club 79
Eric Dekarski, Greate Bay Country Club 79
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club 80
John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club 81
Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 81
Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club 82
Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club 82
Nic Portonova, Coatesville Country Club 82
David Gall, Riverton Country Club 83
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 84
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 84
Gregory DaPron, Hartefeld National 85
Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Joseph Myers, McCall Golf & Country Club NS
Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club WD
Michael Manci, Huntsville Golf Club WD
NS — no show; WD — withdrawal

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