Third time’s a charm: Spring Mill CC's Bea bests Patterson Qualifier - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 21, 2011

Third time’s a charm: Spring Mill CC’s Bea bests Patterson Qualifier

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 IVYLAND, Pa. — Experience and history favored James Bea Thursday. In the last two years, the Spring Mill CC member has earned medalist honors in consecutive Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifiers at The Springhaven Club and Trenton CC, respectively. This time around, the event came to his home course, and as any sage may’ve foreseen, Bea again emerged as medalist.

“Good rounds don’t matter until you put them up at the tournament you qualified for,” the Churchville, Pa. resident said. “I’m lucky enough to get in the tournament. That was the number one goal of the day, but I’m sure ready to turn that corner and make a mark in a tournament. I hung in there today. It’s nice to hold my ground, play a good round of golf and finish in red figures.”

Bea carded a 2-under-par 70 at a sweltering Spring Mill CC (par 72, 6,906 yards) to lead a field of 140 players attempting to attain one of 36 available spots into the Championship proper, set for Aug. 11-12 at White Manor CC.

“I’m excited to put up a good number, but I need to re-adjust the goals and set myself up for playing better golf in the tournaments that I qualify for,” Bea, 21, said. “These numbers wash away as soon as you step onto the first tee at the Patterson Cup.”

  What hasn’t washed away is Bea’s penchant for the medalist platform. Starting on the back nine Thursday, he didn’t begin his qualifying bid in an optimal manner. He pulled a pitching wedge out of the fairway bunker to the left of the No. 10 (par 4, 395 yards) green. Bea’s chip chugged to five feet, but he couldn’t convert the par putt. He parred the next six holes, with a couple of scrambles sprinkled in. His second shot on the par 5, 573-yard 11th ran through the fairway and trickled onto the cart path. Bea took relief, knocked his third shot 50 yards short of the green and saved par with a wedge blast to four feet. Bea, a soon-to-be senior at Saint Joseph’s University, flew a 9-iron 145 yards to the back of the No. 13 (par 5, 535 yards) green. His chip stopped 12 feet from the jar, and he canned the par try.

  Bea, a looper at Lookaway GC, found his first red figure on No. 17 (par 4, 445 yards). He powered a pitching wedge 150 yards to 10 feet. Bea gave that stroke back on the par 4, 396-yard No. 1. He tugged his drive into a row of trees on the right and dumped a pitching wedge a 54-degree wedge 120 yards into the bunker. Bea exploded out to 10 feet and missed the par try. The sequence could’ve been worse, though.

  “Luckily, I had a backswing. I got a good enough club on it to put it in the greenside bunker,” Bea said of the approach. “I was pleased to see it didn’t clip any trees, and I got on the green where I gave myself a chance to make a par.”

  The five-time Spring Mill club champion knew that red figure opportunities lingered on the front. As the heat intensified, so did Bea’s putter. He birdied three of his final four holes to fashion a subpar score. On No. 6 (par 4, 395 yards), he flipped a wedge 50 yards to three feet below the flagstick. A sensible tee shot on No. 7 (par 4, 400 yards) led to a birdie.

  “It had been giving me problems from the back tees,” Bea said of No. 7. “I’d always step up and rip a driver there, and I’ve been pulling it left. I hit 3-iron and it came up short of the lake on the left.” He drilled a 9-iron 165 yards to five feet.

  Standing 180 yards from the No. 8 (par 5, 460 yards) flagstick, Bea pulverized a 7-iron to eight feet and watched his eagle effort stop inches from the jar. He salvaged a solid score by getting up-and-down for par on No. 9 (par 4, 446 yards) from the left rough. Bea has proven to be unstoppable in qualifiers, but still seeks success in the Championship proper.

  “I’m familiar with White Manor. I’m looking forward to putting up a couple of good rounds,” he said.

  Danny Costello, also of the host club, and Alexander Hicks of Wildwood G&CC both registered even-par 72s to finish second. At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 78.

  Thursday’s qualifier was the first of two events used to determine who will play in the Championship proper. The next will be held Thursday, July 28 at Coatesville CC.

Name, clubScore
James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club70
Danny Costello, Spring Mill Country Club72
Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club72
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club73
Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club74
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Peter Eiler, Commonwealth National Golf Club75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club75
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club75
Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club75
Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA75
Andrew Lawson, Hersheys Mill Golf Club76
Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club76
Joseph Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club76
Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
Aaron Burton, Hartefeld National76
Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
Mike Hartsough, Edgmont Country Club77
Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Golf Club77
Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club77
Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club77
Louis Giovi, Old York CC at Chesterfield77
Robert Acciardo, Whitford Country Club77
William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown77
Sean Torpey, Doylestown Country Club77
Steve Ransom, Jr., Wildwood Golf & Country Club77
James Ridgway, Wildwood Golf & Country Club77
Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club77
Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club77
Max Matejik, Yardley Country Club77
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club78
Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club78
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club78
Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Samuel Hockfield, White Manor Country Club78
Erik Settelen, Bensalem Township Country Club78
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club78
Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club78
Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club78
Failed to qualify
Scott Kalan, White Manor Country Club79
Frank Nattle, The ACE Club79
Eric Spiller, Woodcrest Country Club79
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club79
Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club79
Bobby Arthur, Jr., Tavistock Country Club79
Kevin Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club79
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club80
Blayze DiPasquale, Commonwealth National Golf Club80
Tom Piersanti, Saucon Valley Country Club80
Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club80
Brian Degnan, Philadelphia Publinks GA80
Bradley Roberts, Wedgwood Country Club80
John Donnelly, Concord Country Club80
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club80
Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club80
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club80
Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club80
Ari Flaisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA81
Todd Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club81
R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81
Rick Wright, Philadelphia Publinks GA81
Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club81
C.J. Van Ostenbridge, Spring Ford Country Club81
Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club81
Michael O’Keefe, Hidden Creek Golf Club81
Chris Hynoski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course81
Edward McCrossen, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club81
Regan Papariello, White Manor Country Club81
Jeff LeFevre, Linwood Country Club81
Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club81
Logan Cloak, Spring Mill Country Club81
Jeffrey Stokes, Lu Lu Country Club82
Mark Endres, Overbrook Golf Club82
Jonathan Burns, Talamore Country Club82
Joseph Budash, Philadelphia Cricket Club83
Dave DiValentino, Five Ponds Golf Club83
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
Denis Dotson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club83
John Fasy, Wilmington Country Club83
Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club83
Alec Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club83
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club83
Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club83
Adam Gelwarg, Green Valley Country Club84
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club84
James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club84
L.J. Georgetti, Wildwood Golf & Country Club84
John Inman, Cherry Valley Country Club84
Andrew Bauer, Laurel Creek Country Club84
Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club85
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club85
Kyle Williams, Glen Oak Country Club85
Beau Guarino, Burlington Country Club85
Russell Hartung, Doylestown Country Club85
Ryan Ade, Philadelphia Cricket Club85
Mike Dunn, Little Mill Country Club85
Dave Locher, McCall Golf & Country Club85
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club86
Justin Cifra, Sunnybrook Golf Club86
Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club86
Thomas Corr, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve86
Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club86
Tom Moran, Overbrook Golf Club86
Kevin Bair, Loch Nairn Golf Club86
Michael Lamond, White Manor Country Club86
Nathan Herring, Limekiln Golf Club87
Danny Myers, French Creek Golf Club87
Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club87
Kevin Melnick, Jr., Plymouth Country Club87
James Lewis, Little Mill Country Club87
Jack Anderson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club87
Jason Staso, Spring Mill Country Club88
Christopher Rotelli, Huntingdon Valley Country Club88
Griffin Drury, Bellewood Golf Club89
Stephen Rodgers, Doylestown Country Club89
Lynn Kilduff, Huntsville Golf Club89
Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club90
Pete D’Angelo, Burlington Country Club90
Ryan Kidd, Huntingdon Valley Country Club91
Sean Braddish, Medford Lakes Country Club92
Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve92
Jeffrey Hilton, Northampton Valley Country Club92
Dino Dicamillo, Indian Valley Country Club93
Philip Formica, Makefield Highlands Golf Club93
Tim Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club94
Mike Krantz, Philadelphia Publinks GA94
Mac Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club97
Ryan Aceto, Waynesborough Country Club98
John Mastronardo, Cedarbrook Country Club102
Adam Mastone, Talamore Country ClubWD
Joseph Major, Brookside Country ClubWD
Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & PreserveWD
Tommy Horgan, Plymouth Country ClubWD
Andrew Lombard, The Springhaven ClubWD
Patrick Welsh, Makefield Highlands Golf ClubWD
Richard Bass, Commonwealth National Golf ClubDQ
DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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