Temple University’s Matthews wins second Open Championship - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 22, 2015

Temple University’s Matthews wins second Open Championship

FLOURTOWN, Pa. – For the second time in three years, Temple University’s Brandon Matthews soared above Philadelphia’s most challenging field in championship form. A rising senior, Matthews overcame 77 other top professionals and amateurs, the mettle testing Wissahickon Course (par 70, 6,975 yards) of Philadelphia Cricket Club and menacing winds to finish at 3-under-par 137 (66-71) for the 36 holes. Josh Rackley, a Gulph Mills Golf Club assistant professional, placed second at 1 under. He secured low professional honors and the $7,000 top prize that goes with it. 

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  Matthews, again, added to Temple’s recent remarkable string of Open successes. The last five Champions all called North Broad Street home. Andrew Mason won in 2011-12, Matthews in 2013 and Matt Teesdale in 2014.

  “I’m happy to get the win. [Philadelphia Cricket Club] is unbelievable,” said the 20-year-old Blue Bell Country Club member. “Coach [Brian Quinn] does such a great job with us. I’m just glad I can be part of all this, to be along for the ride. To have him on my side is something special.”

  Rackley and Matthews set the pace from the get go on Wednesday. Rackley opened with a new competitive course-record 65, 5 under, in his first round. A 20-foot chip-in birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 487 yards) from the right greenside side rough provided a spectacular finish.

  Matthews only trailed by a shot heading into Round 2 despite Rackley’s heroics. Matthews posted an equally impressive 66, 4 under, with three birdies in his last six holes. Strong play considering it was Matthews’ first trip of the Flourtown layout. 

  Rackley and Matthews started mid-wave in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and 1:40 p.m., respectively. 

  Almost immediately into the second round, the Championship became a Matthews’ coronation.

  Leaky ball-striking by Rackley led to a bogey and double bogey in his first four holes. By the time both players made the turn, Matthews, of Dupont, Pa., held a three-shot lead.

  Billy Stewart, an assistant professional at The ACE Club, registered a mid-round charge with six birdies in nine holes to squeak into second place, temporarily. Stewart, however, had two late bogeys and Rackley recovered with a birdie on No. 6 (par 4, 476 yards) to forge back ahead for low pro honors. He knocked a downwind 9-iron from 155 yards to eight feet. 

  Matthews, in the meantime, carded six straight pars on his back nine to erase any doubts about the ultimate outcome. He bogeyed No. 7 (par 5, 554 yards) with a nuclear wedge from 85 yards but finished with three more pars (players started on No. 11 for logistical purposes) to close out his second Open win. 

  In 2013, Matthews defeated Stewart in a four-hole playoff. This year, no extra time was needed.

  “I didn’t falter at the end,” said Matthews of the biggest difference between this victory and the one prior. “I know I made a bogey coming in but that was because the wind shut off. It wasn’t because of a bad swing. I hit some great shots coming in. The last two holes I hit the shots exactly where I was looking. I hit the putts exactly where I was looking. The way I performed down the stretch is really nice to see.”

  Rackley, 25, of King of Prussia, Pa., is in his third year at Gulph Mills. In late May, he won the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic and the $100,000 first-place prize. He also competed in the recent PGA Professional National Championship at Cricket Wissahickon where he tied for 31st, good for $3,700.

  Defending champion Matt Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club tied for 13th at 8-over par.

  This is Cricket’s eighth time as an Open site, the first since 1962. The first ever Open was staged in 1903 on Cricket’s St. Martins Course.

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Name, clubR1-R2-Total
(a) Brandon Matthews, Blue Bell Country Club66-71–137
Joshua Rackley, Gulph Mills Golf Club65-74–139
Billy Stewart, The ACE Club73-67–140
George Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club71-70–141
(a) Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74-68–142
Mark Sheftic, Merion Golf Club69-73–142
(a) Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club72-73–145
(a) Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course74-71–145
(a) Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club74-71–145
John Pillar, Sr., Country Club at Woodloch Springs73-72–145
(a) Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club74-73–147
Hugo Mazzalupi, Philadelphia Cricket Club71-76–147
(a) Christopher Ault, Burlington Country Club73-75–148
(a) Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club76-72–148
(a) Gregor A. Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club70-78–148
Stuart Ingraham, MGOLF Driving Range & Learning Facility72-76–148
(a) John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club75-74–149
(a) Michael R. Brown, Jr., Links Golf Club72-77–149
(a) Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club71-78–149
(a) Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club73-76–149
(a) Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club75-74–149
Stephen Frederick, Lehigh Country Club74-75–149
Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club73-76–149
David Quinn, Links Golf Club76-73–149
Russell Harbold, Lancaster Country Club72-77–149
(a) Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club77-73–150
(a) Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club76-74–150
(a) Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77-73–150
(a) Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76-74–150
(a) Blaine Lafferty, Burlington Country Club76-74–150
John Allen, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77-73–150
Michael Heidler, Bella Vista Golf Club77-73–150
(a) Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club79-72–151
(a) Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club76-76–152
(a) Roland Massimino, Jericho National Golf Club76-76–152
Jason Panter, Sand Barrens Golf Club75-77–152
Mark Miller, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club74-78–152
John Appleget, Wildwood Golf & Country Club74-78–152
Jordan Gibbs, Gulph Mills Golf Club76-76–152
Steve Swartz, Conestoga Country Club79-73–152
(a) Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club74-79–153
(a) Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club76-77–153
Bertus Wessels, Green Valley Country Club78-75–153
(a) Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club76-78–154
(a) Evan Thornton, LedgeRock Golf Club74-80–154
Colin Corrigan, Saucon Valley Country Club80-74–154
Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia74-80–154
(a) Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club76-79–155
(a) Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club75-80–155
Curtis Kirkpatrick, Indian Spring Country Club79-76–155
John Lynch, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club76-79–155
(a) Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club79-77–156
(a) Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club80-76–156
John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club79-77–156
Gregory Farrow, Deerwood Country Club79-77–156
David McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club73-83–156
Brian Kelly, Bucknell Golf Club78-78–156
John Bierkan, Aronimink Golf Club78-79–157
Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club76-81–157
Mike Meisenzahl, Shore Gate Golf Club76-81–157
(a) David West, Whitford Country Club78-80–158
(a) P.J. Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club71-87–158
Trevor Bensel, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78-80–158
(a) Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club83-76–159
Mike Furey, Mahoning Valley Country Club81-79–160
Tom Michaels, Waynesborough Country Club81-79–160
(a) Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club77-84–161
(a) Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club81-80–161
Robert Shuey, The Clubs at Colonial Ridge83-78–161
Mark Parson, Stone Harbor Golf Club80-82–162
(a) Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club83-80–163
(a) Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club78-85–163
(a) Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club90-75–165
Robert Hennefer, Indian Spring Country Club85-80–165
Jim Smith, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club82-83–165
(a) Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club81-86–167
(a) Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield86-81–167
Stephen Sieracki, Indian Spring Country Club85-85–170
(a)-denotes amateur

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