Trio tops Patterson Cup Qualifier at Green Valley - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 25, 2012

Trio tops Patterson Cup Qualifier at Green Valley

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. — Three players carded respective 1-over-par 72s to share medalist honors in Wednesday’s Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at Green Valley Country Club (par 71, 6,620 yards). Aaron Burton of Applecross Country Club, Michael Carr of Plymouth Country Club and Robert Savarese, Jr. of Philadelphia Cricket Club topped a field of 135 players attempting to earn one of 29 qualifying spots and ties available for the Championship proper, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance Aug. 9-10 at Philadelphia Country Club.

  Burton is accustomed to the medalist platform. He topped a Delaware State Golf Association Open Championship Qualifier at Back Creek Golf Club last week.

   “I hit a lot of 3-irons off the tee to keep the ball in the fairway today,” Burton, 19, of Wilmington, Del., said. “I attacked the greens from there.”

  Burton opened with a bogey on No. 1 (par 4, 365 yards) after missing the green right with a 52-degree wedge from 126 yards. He bounced back with a birdie on the par 3, 192-yard No. 4, stopping a 7-iron at 12 feet. Burton couldn’t capitalize on the red figure, however. A wayward drive on the following hole (par 4, 436 yards) led to a bogey. Burton, an incoming sophomore at Adelphi University, reached the No. 8 (par 3, 153 yards) green with a pitching wedge, but three-putted from 25 feet for an unfortunate 4.

  Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 (par 4, 320 yards) and 13 (par 4,365 yards) balanced Burton’s scorecard. He knocked a 56-degree wedge 112 yards to nine feet on the first, a 52-degree wedge 131 yards to eight feet on the latter. Burton quickly relinquished both strokes. Bogeys on Nos. 14 (par 4, 371 yards) and 15 (par 3, 219 yards) blossomed from poor tee shots. Burton hit a 56-degree wedge 100 yards to five feet for a solid 3 on the par 4, 416-yard 17th hole.

  After carding an 85 in a GAP Open Championship Qualifier at Whitford Country Club three weeks ago, Burton consulted short-game specialist Bob Kramer and made adjustments to his posture and chipping technique. His game’s transformed as a result.

  “Ever since then, I’ve been playing well,” he said.

  Fairways also proved pivotal to Carr’s game. He hit 16 on the day.

  Although he found the No. 3 (par 5, 525 yards) fairway and green in regulation, Carr brushed a 5-footer for birdie by the jar and left the comebacker for par short. He fired a birdie on No. 6 (par 4, 403 yards) following a 140-yard wedge to 10 feet. Carr executed a prudent par save on No. 10 (par 3, 197 yards). He missed the green right with a 5-iron and lofted a wedge to five feet.

   “After shooting even on the front, it felt good to make that when you think you’re going to make bogey,” Carr, 26, of East Norriton, Pa., said.

  Carr entered red figures with a birdie on No. 11 (par 5, 500 yards), thumping a 4-iron 222 yards, easing a wedge to four feet and draining the delicate downhill putt. Carr stumbled on Nos. 14 (par 4, 371 yards) and 15 (par 3, 219 yards). On the first, he nuked an uphill 7-iron 162 yards over the green and went on to card a double bogey. Carr also failed to reach the 15th green in regulation, which resulted in a bogey. A dazzling chip-in birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 400 yards) allowed Carr to tie for medalist status.

   “I just wanted to make par, and sure enough, it went in,” he said.

  Carr geared his summer toward gaining a spot in the GAP Open Championship at Pine Valley, but missed the cut in a qualifying event at Whitford Country Club by two strokes. His performance eased that heartache “a little bit.”

   “I expected to make the cut. I’m glad I did it the way I did,” Carr said.

  Savarese registered 15 greens in regulation and carded three birdies on the day. On No. 3, he powered a hybrid 245 yards, nestled a wedge to eight feet and converted the red figure opportunity. Savarese, 46, of Lafayette Hill, Pa., whacked a wedge 40 yards to five feet on the par 4, 320-yard 11th hole. He capped his qualifying bid with a birdie on No. 18. Savarese hit a 9-iron 145 yards to 18 feet.

  It’s been a solid season for Savarese so far. He captained Philadelphia Cricket Club into the GAP Team Matches Playoff. Savarese also led Cricket into the Team Championship, carding a 3 under in the qualifier at The ACE Club.

   “I’m hitting the ball pretty well,” he said. “My irons, short game and putting are sharp. I’m looking forward to playing [at Philadelphia Country Club]. I’ve had success there.”

  At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 79.

  The Joseph H. Patterson Cup presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance is the second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, having been contested for 109 years. The Patterson Cup started in 1900 and has been held in every year other than the World War II era (1943-45). Many of the Association’s great champions — J. Wood Platt, William Hyndman, III and R. Jay Sigel, to name a few — have had their name engraved on the trophy.

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  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
Aaron Burton, Applecross Country Club 72
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club 72
Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club 73
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club 75
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Liam Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Vincent Anagnos, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 77
James White, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club 77
Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 78
Paul Carbone, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 78
Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club 78
Erik Thorn, Little Mill Country Club 78
Kevin Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Robert Good, Merion Golf Club 78
Tim Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia Country Club 78
Bill Murray, Wedgwood Country Club 78
Michael Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club 78
Chuck Lynch, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club 79
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club 79
Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Dan Clark, Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club 79
Vincent Sirianni, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Mike Good, Merion Golf Club 79
Brad George, Golf Course at Glen Mills 79
Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club 79
Tony J. DePaul, Jr., North Hills Country Club 79
Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield 79
Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club 79
Failed to qualify
Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 80
John Boyce, North Hills Country Club 80
Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club 80
Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club 80
Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
John Leighton, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Ben Hinge, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club 81
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 81
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 81
Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown 81
Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth Country Club 81
Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club 81
Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club 81
John Simone, Philmont Country Club 81
Tommy Horgan, Plymouth Country Club 81
William Breskman, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Scott Kalan, White Manor Country Club 82
Robert Hoeppner, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club 82
Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 82
Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 82
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club 82
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club 82
Alec Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Stephen Viola, Golf Course at Glen Mills 83
Frank Marckioni, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 83
Antony Joffe, Green Valley Country Club 83
Jack Anderson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club 83
L.J. Georgetti, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 83
Paul Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club 83
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 83
Lance Oberparleiter, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Benjamin Kotler, Bala Golf Club 84
Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club 84
Arthur Herling, III, Cedarbrook Country Club 84
Gregory Marks, Green Valley Country Club 84
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 84
Luke Liddell, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 84
Edward Albrecht, The Bucks Club 84
Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Michael Axelrod, Green Valley Country Club 84
Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club 84
Kenneth Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 85
Bill Shotzbarger, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 85
Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 85
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club 85
Lane Udis, Meadowlands Country Club 85
Casey Murray, Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 85
Griffin Drury, Bellewood Golf Club 85
John Cooper, Brookside Country Club 85
Lynn Kilduff, Huntsville Golf Club 86
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club 86
Nick Pocceschi, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 86
Louis Kelly, Philmont Country Club 86
Adam Gelwarg, Green Valley Country Club 87
George Petrellis, Blue Bell Country Club 87
Jim Lelii, Doylestown Country Club 87
Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club 87
Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 88
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 88
Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club 88
James McGlynn, Aronimink Golf Club 88
Craig Lozak, Jr., Makefield Highlands Golf Club 88
Charles Scalzott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 89
Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club 90
James Loftus, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 91
Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 91
William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA 92
Matthew Meves, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 92
Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club 92
Derek Partin, White Oaks Country Club 95
Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 101
Andres Forese, Sea Oaks Golf Club NS
Gene Martin, Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Andrew Sterge, Stonewall WD
Michael Fagan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club WD
Richard Blumberg, Philmont Country Club NS
Reid Carnes, Sea Oaks Golf Club WD

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