Three players head Open Qualifier at Whitford Country Club - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 27, 2012

Three players head Open Qualifier at Whitford Country Club

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GAP Open Qualifier

 EXTON, Pa.–A trio of amateurs with diverse Pine Valley Golf Club experiences shared medalist honors in a 108th Open Championship Qualifier on Wednesday at Whitford Country Club under bright blue skies and windswept conditions.

  William Jeremiah of Bidermann Golf Club; Brian Gillespie of St. Davids Golf Club and home-club talent David West, all carded even-par 72s (par 72, 6,688 yards) to earn three of the 11 available qualifying positions in the 156-player field. The Open is set for July 23 at revered PVGC. A field of 72 players, amateur and professionals, will compete.

  Jeremiah, 43, of West Grove, Pa., is a former Pine Valley assistant professional who’s carded a 67 at the South Jersey sanctuary. He regained his Amateur status in 2002 and competes in the Crump Cup, PVGC’s prestigious invitational, yearly. Gillespie, 37, of Wayne, Pa., too, is a Crump Cup regular who visits golf’s Holy Grail annually. On the other hand, West, 52, Downingtown, Pa., has teed it up at Pine Valley just once, a decade ago.

  “I played Pine Valley once in my life. To go back and play it in tournament conditions that’s terrific,” said an elated West.

  Added Jeremiah, “To play Pine Valley under tournament conditions it doesn’t get any better than that.”

  Jeremiah and West completed their rounds in the morning.

  “It’s certainly a lot of fun to test your skills on the greatest course on the planet against the top players, amateur or professional, in the area,” said Gillespie.

  The wind blew steady most of the day, making conditions tough and the already challenging greens harder and faster.

  Jeremiah was first to post a score. He made the turn at 2-over par after a couple of tough breaks – an unfilled fairway divot and an unraked bunker issue resulted in bogeys – but rallied with four birdies in his last six holes to finish even.

  “I was hitting it well on the front,” said Jeremiah, who has never competed in an Open. “I had a few bad breaks.”

  Jeremiah knocked a 7-iron on No. 13 (par 3, 150 yards) to six feet for birdie; lofted a 110-yard gap wedge on No. 14 (par 4, 363 yards) to five feet for a three; made a smooth up-and-down on the par 5, 16th (561 yards) for four and on No. 18 (par 4, 393 yards) chipped a 9-iron from 106 yards out under a tree branch to eight feet for birdie.

  “Even par has made it at [the other two Open qualifiers], so I thought that was the number,” said Jeremiah.

  West, a member at Whitford the last 12 years, recorded a very methodical round. Eight pars and one bogey on the front had West make the turn at 1 over. On the back, West had two birdies and a bogey. He pulled even on No. 11 (par 4, 340 yards) with a lob wedge from 82 yards that stopped 10 feet from the hole. On No. 12 (par 5, 500 yards), West made bogey when his greenside bunker splash stopped 40-feet above the hole but responded nicely to that hiccup on No. 14 (par 4, 363 yards) with another lob wedge shot from 75 yards to 15 feet for a circle three.

  West, a seven-time Whitford club champion, will be competing in his third Open Championship.

  “I had my entry in the day [the qualifier] opened,” said West. “I wasn’t going to miss it.”

  Gillespie, too, used a back-nine surge to punch his ticket.

  One-over at the turn, Gillespie netted three-straight birdies on holes Nos. 11-13 to push into red figures. He knocked a 3-iron, 133-yard wedge to two feet on No. 11; chipped out of the trees on No. 12 for his second shot and laced a 7-iron from 165 yards to 15 feet; and drained an unexpected 40 footer on No. 13, from below and right of the hole. Gillespie bogeyed two of his remaining five holes, taking a conservative route to the house.

  “I figured I had a little cushion after that so I maybe played a little too conservative,” said Gillespie, who finished as the second low amateur the last time Pine Valley hosted the Open in 2002.

  This is the third of four Open Championship Qualifiers. The final one is set for Bellewood Golf Club on July 2.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, club Score
(a) David West, Whitford Country Club 72
(a) William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club 72
(a) Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 72
(a) Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 73
(a) Eric Williams, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 73
(a) Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
(a) Greg Wolfe, Cavaliers Country Club 73
John Allen, GolfTec-Mainline 74
(a) Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 74
Michael Ladden, Whitford Country Club 74
(a) Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Alternates (in order)
*(a) Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club 75
*(a) Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 75
Failed to qualify
*(a) William Naylor, Applebrook Golf Club 75
(a) Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club 76
(a) John Moheyer, Back Creek Golf Club 76
(a) Rob Rowe, Bent Creek Country Club 76
(a) Anthony Apostolico, Back Creek Golf Club 76
(a) Patrick Phillips, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
(a) Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club 76
(a) Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club 77
(a) Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Frank Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
(a) Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club 77
(a) Jeff Osberg, Llanerch Country Club 77
(a) Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
(a) Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club 78
(a) Chas Hudacek, Glenmaura National Golf Club 78
(a) James Clearkin, IV, Old York Road Country Club 78
(a) Thomas Greenwood, Old York CC at Chesterfield 78
Steve Cutler, Radley Run Country Club 78
(a) Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club 78
(a) Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 78
(a) Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 78
(a) Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
(a) Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79
(a) Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 79
(a) Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 79
(a) Jon Brestle, Seaview Resort & Spa 79
(a) Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 79
(a) Ryan Ade, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
(a) Kyle Davis, Bidermann Golf Club 79
(a) Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
(a) Steve V. Scarpetta, Glenmaura National Golf Club 80
Eric Schultz, Sunnybrook Golf Club 80
(a) Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
(a) Lucas Serbun, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
(a) Matthew Burkhart, Meadia Heights Golf Club 80
(a) Jim Allen, Edgmont Country Club 80
(a) Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 80
Matt Foust, Bensalem Township Country Club 80
(a) Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club 81
Garrett Korte, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
(a) Tom Carter, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
(a) Robert Dziak, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 81
(a) James Donnelly, Merion Golf Club 81
(a) Steve Oh, Llanerch Country Club 81
(a) Michael Korcuba, Running Deer Golf Club 81
(a) John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club 81
(a) James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club 81
Daniel Donohue, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
(a) Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 81
 William Hoerr, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
(a) Tim Barbacane, Fieldstone Golf Club 82
(a) Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club 82
 Neil Maurer, Bayside Resort 82
(a) Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 82
(a) Michael Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club 82
Andy Watters, Inniscrone Golf Club 82
Thomas Carpus, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
(a) Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 82
(a) Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club 83
(a) Ellis Chandler, Honeybrook Golf Club 83
(a) Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 83
(a) James O’Connor, Penn Oaks Golf Club 83
Ben Debski, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
(a) Jose Rovelli, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
(a) Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 83
(a) Billy McCrossan, White Manor Country Club 83
(a) Tim Freeh, Back Creek Golf Club 83
(a) Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
(a) Ryan Riviezzo, Applecross Country Club 84
(a) Andrew Battaglini, Chester Valley Golf Club 84
(a) Tim Godshalk, Whitford Country Club 84
(a) Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club 84
(a) Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club 84
(a) Daniel Mahoney, Yardley Country Club 84
(a) Mike Hartsough, Edgmont Country Club 84
(a) Francis Worthington, Jr., Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
(a) Pete Zollers, Spring Ford Country Club 84
(a) Jack Clough, Wilmington Country Club 84
(a) John Fasy, Wilmington Country Club 84
(a) Andrew Kennedy, Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
(a) Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club 85
(a) Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 85
(a) Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Stephen Frederick, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 85
(a) Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club 85
(a) Aaron Burton, Applecross Country Club 85
(a) Danny Myers, French Creek Golf Club 85
(a) Bill Turner, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
(a) Andrew LaRosa, Whitford Country Club 86
(a) Taylor Stansberry, Jericho National Golf Club 86
(a) Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club 86
(a) Brandon Hartranft, Bent Creek Country Club 86
(a) Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club 86
(a) Matt Gehrt, Hartefeld National 86
(a) William Breskman, Rolling Green Golf Club 86
Eric Figueroa, McCall Golf & Country Club 86
Jason Przystup, Four Seasons Golf Club 86
Dean Kandle, St. Davids Golf Club 87
(a) Chris Corr, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 87
(a) Brian Dobisch, Talamore Country Club 87
(a) Bill Lippman, The Bucks Club 87
(a) Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club 87
(a) Andrew Sterge, Stonewall 87
(a) Brian Myers, Five Ponds Golf Club 87
(a) Tom Quinn, Cedarbrook Country Club 88
(a) Bobby Moratti, Yardley Country Club 88
(a) Gerald Bowes, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 88
(a) Jonathan Heydt, Moselem Springs Golf Club 88
(a) Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf Club 89
(a) Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 89
(a) Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 89
(a) Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club 89
(a) Lawrence Kelly, Whitford Country Club 89
(a) Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club 90
(a) Evan Markowitz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 90
(a) Jason Jolliffe, Cherry Valley Country Club 90
(a) Damon Zappariello, North Hills Country Club 91
(a) Nicholas Angiulo, Deerwood Country Club 91
(a) Joe Rushton, The ACE Club 91
(a) Liam Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club 92
(a) Kyle Donovan, Honeybrook Golf Club 93
(a) John Inman, Cherry Valley Country Club 93
(a) Rob Beaver, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 94
Billy Hallman, Olde Homestead Golf Club 94
(a) Kevin Dougher, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 95
(a) Jon Harrison, Saucon Valley Country Club 95
(a) Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club NS
(a) Michael Rogers, Llanerch Country Club NS
(a) James Kelly, Wildwood Golf & Country Club NC
(a) Andrew Winn, Radnor Valley Country Club WD
(a) Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club WD
(a) Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club WD
(a) John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club WD
Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club WD
(a) Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club WD
Jeff Orleski, Yardley Country Club WD
(a) Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club WD

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