White Manor CC’s Borowsky heads RVCC Open Qualifier - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 03, 2007

White Manor CC’s Borowsky heads RVCC Open Qualifier

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RVCC Open Qualifier

  VILLANOVA, Pa.–Alan Borowsky, a 22-year-old amateur from White Manor CC, heads to the historic East Course of Merion GC for the first time in the summer’s marquee event, the 103rd Open Championship. Borowsky, a recent Lehigh University graduate, earned a trip to the fabled Main Line venue with a 4-under-par 66 on Monday at Radnor Valley CC (par 70, 6,531 yards), the first of three Open Championship qualifiers administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia. Borowsky and 15 others advanced from the RVCC site into the championship field of 72.

  In all, 137 players (108 amateurs and 29 professionals) attempted to qualify at Radnor Valley CC.

Borowsky, who started his round on the back nine, opened with a birdie on No. 10 (par 5, 524 yards), getting up-and-down from 10 yards short of the green for a four. A bogey on No. 12 (par 4, 425 yards) after a wayward drive preceded a pair of birdies on Nos. 13 (par 4, 322 yards) and 15 (par 4, 420 yards). Borowsky knocked a gap wedge from 109 yards to 15 feet on No. 13 before recording the shot of the day, a hole-out on No. 15 from 119 yards. He had to chip out from the left trees on his second shot.

  A poor tee ball on No. 18 (par 4, 400 yards) and a failed up-and-down on No. 2 (par 3, 172 yards) dropped the Bala Cynwyd resident to even par before he finished with a flourish birdieing four of his final seven holes.

  On No. 3 (par 4, 455 yards) he knocked a 9-iron from 142 yards to 10 feet; on No. 4 (par 4, 380 yards) he hit a pitching wedge from 120 yards out and sitting in the rough to four feet; on No. 6 (par 4, 379 yards) he rolled in a 25-footer; and on No. 7 (par 5, 539 yards) he hit a driver and hybrid club to 15 feet before just missing the eagle try on the low side and tapping in for birdie.

  “Anytime you can shoot a number like that you have to be happy,” said Borowsky. “I learned that even when you are not hitting it well, you have to keep your head on straight because you never know when you are going to turn it around.”

  Carding the other lone under-par score of the qualifier was Chris Gallagher, an amateur from Penn Oaks GC.

  Gallagher, 25, has kept his name near the top of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Major leaderboards all year. He finished second in the Middle-Amateur Championship in May and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Amateur Championship just a few weeks ago.

  “I’ve been in the hunt every event and that’s all you can ask,” said Gallagher, the current William Hyndman, III Player of the Year point leader. “If I keep putting myself there enough times, eventually, I’ll close one out.”

  Gallagher, who also started on the back nine, made the turn at 1-over-par 36 after an erratic front side that included three bogeys and two birdies. A three-putt bogey on No. 1 (par 4, 335 yards) pushed the 25-year-old to 2 over and placed his Open aspirations in doubt, but Gallagher responded with three consecutive birdies on holes 6-8 to finish in red digits.

  On No. 6 (par 4, 379 yards), the West Chester, Pa., resident pitched a wedge from 128 yards out to 18 feet for a three. On the ensuing par 5, 7th hole (539 yards), Gallagher knocked a 3-iron just short of the green in two and got up-and-down for birdie. The eighth hole, a long par 3 (210 yards) playing slightly uphill, Gallagher smacked a 4-iron to four feet.

  “That was a bonus,” said Gallagher of the eighth hole birdie. “I was just trying to hit it to the middle of the green.”

  And what about making the Open?

  “It’s a great tournament with a strong field and it’s Merion. I’ve never played there but I usually play well on a difficult course where par is a good score.”

  Gallagher is no stranger to success. He is a former Patterson Cup winner (2003) and is the reigning Delaware Open champion (2006).

  This is the first year the Golf Association of Philadelphia will solely administer the Open Championship and its qualifiers. The field of 72 players will be comprised of 29 exempt entrants and 43 qualifiers. The remaining two qualifiers are scheduled for July 11 at Golden Oaks GC (15 qualifying positions) and July 16 at Little Mill CC (12 qualifying positions). The Open Championship will have a record purse of $40,000.

  Dave Quinn, the director of golf at Links GC, is the defending champion. Quinn defeated then Philadelphia CC assistant Michael Ladden in a four-hole playoff.

  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 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Name Club Total
(a) Alan Borowsky White Manor Country Club 66
(a) Chris Gallagher Penn Oaks Golf Club 69
(a) Adam Cohan The ACE Club 70
(a) Colin P. Smith Radley Run Country Club 70
(a) James Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 70
(a) Steve M. Cutler Hartefeld National 70
(a) Andrew Lawson Hersheys Mill Golf Club 71
(a) Andy Achenbach RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 71
(a) Kenneth Matt Commonwealth National Golf Club 71
(a) Robert de Rojas RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 71
Jeffrey Haas Lu Lu Country Club 71
*(a) Chris Anderson Wilmington Country Club 72
*(a) David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 72
*(a) Jeffrey Griest Waynesborough Country Club 72
*(a) Michael McDermott Merion Golf Club 72
*(a) Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 72
Alternates (in order)
*Jason Hrynkiw Philadelphia Country Club 72
*(a) Mark Czerniakowski Blue Bell Country Club 72
*(a) Gary Root French Creek Golf Club 72
Failed to qualify
*(a) G. Patrick Dougherty Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 72
(a) Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 73
(a) Jason Cohan The ACE Club 73
Gregg Meyer Riverview Country Club 73
Rob Scott Merion Golf Club 73
(a) James Macallister Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 74
(a) Mike McComb Greate Bay Country Club 74
(a) Philip Arouca Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
(a) Rich Pruchnik West Chester Golf & Country Club 74
(a) Steven Walczak Wilmington Country Club 74
(a) Todd Vonderheid Huntsville Golf Club 74
(a) Warren Smith Cavaliers Country Club 74
Jonathan Doctor Chester Valley Golf Club 74
(a) Jack Glacken Bala Golf Club 75
(a) Oscar Mestre, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 75
(a) Robert Dziak Spring Ford Country Club 75
(a) Stephen Seiden Concord Country Club 75
(a) Tony Perla Radnor Valley Country Club 75
Matt Nuechterlein Atlantic City Country Club 75
(a) Brian Rothaus Philmont Country Club 76
(a) Grant Liu Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
(a) John Brennan Spring Ford Country Club 76
(a) Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Anthony Napoletano Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Eddie Perrino Lost Creek Golf Club 76
Joey Pohle Merion Golf Club 76
(a) Chris Corr Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77
(a) Daniel Delaney Concord Country Club 77
(a) Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club 77
(a) Gary Daniels Applebrook Golf Club 77
(a) George Steinmetz Chester Valley Golf Club 77
(a) Gerard Ascolese North Hills Country Club 77
(a) Joe Cunningham Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 77
(a) Matthew Finger Running Deer Golf Club 77
(a) Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 77
(a) Robert J. Cunningham Overbrook Golf Club 77
(a) Ryan R. Morrissey Hartefeld National 77
Eric Figueroa Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
Rick Flesher Sunnybrook Golf Club 77
(a) John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
(a) Liam Friedman Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
(a) Michael Lewers St. Davids Golf Club 78
(a) Michael Piacentino Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
(a) Rick Custer Spring Ford Country Club 78
(a) Ryan Dimmick Huntsville Golf Club 78
(a) Shawn Lavin Sandy Run Country Club 78
(a) Stephen Frey Whitford Country Club 78
Jakob Gerney Olde York Country Club 78
(a) Lucas V. Serbun Sandy Run Country Club 79
(a) Michael DiGiandomenico Honeybrook Golf Club 79
(a) Nicholas Fiorentino White Manor Country Club 79
(a) Stephen Dressel Spring Ford Country Club 79
Christopher Wilkinson Wilmington Country Club 79
Edward Gibson Applebrook Golf Club 79
Patrick Murray Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 79
Randy Blouin Cedarbrook Country Club 79
(a) Brett Falkoff The ACE Club 80
(a) Chris Hynoski Yardley Country Club 80
(a) Cory Siegfried Philadelphia Country Club 80
(a) Kevin Huntington Penn Oaks Golf Club 80
(a) Michael Anderson Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
(a) Michael Ignatuk Penn Oaks Golf Club 80
(a) Mike Owsik Plymouth Country Club 80
(a) Phillip Anzaldo Tavistock Country Club 80
Hugh Reilly Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Michael Paukovits Moselem Springs Golf Club 80
(a) Albert Hazzouri, Jr. Country Club of Scranton 81
(a) Andrew Phillips Lehigh Country Club 81
(a) Chris Lange, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 81
(a) Drew Panebianco Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 81
(a) Eric Palumbo Rolling Green Golf Club 81
(a) Robert Loftus Overbrook Golf Club 81
(a) Thomas M Lindberg St. Davids Golf Club 81
Brendan Sullivan Wilmington Country Club 81
Chandler Withington Merion Golf Club 81
James Arentz Wilmington Country Club 81
Michael Reilly North Hills Country Club 81
Mike Molino Huntsville Golf Club 81
(a) Alexander Penza Llanerch Country Club 82
(a) Brian Dionisio Jericho National Golf Club 82
(a) Chris Esbenshade Meadia Heights Golf Club 82
(a) Jason Kowalski Five Ponds Golf Club 82
(a) John Alterman Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
(a) Mark Rauch Radnor Valley Country Club 82
Bill Smith Eagle Rock Resort 82
Jeff Bygrave Paxon Hollow Country Club 82
Julian Collice Dicks Sporting Goods 82
Steve Kiefner Northampton Country Club 82
(a) Francis Hamm Country Club of Scranton 83
(a) James Della Guardia Spring Ford Country Club 83
(a) Jordan Wycoff Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 83
(a) Kenneth Croney, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 83
(a) Kevin Ignatuk Penn Oaks Golf Club 83
(a) Ronald Jamarowicz Hartefeld National 83
(a) Scott Kalan White Manor Country Club 83
(a) Alex Gelcius Doylestown Country Club 84
(a) Ryan Ade Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
(a) Steve R. Minnick Bala Golf Club 84
(a) Aaron Bracy Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
(a) Charles P. Scalzott Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 85
(a) Domencik V Trentalange Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 85
(a) Gregory Buliga Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
(a) Peter Witonsky Chester Valley Golf Club 85
(a) Ross Godick Rolling Green Golf Club 85
(a) Hank Oberly Waynesborough Country Club 86
(a) James Kieserman Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 86
(a) Patrick Devlin Five Ponds Golf Club 86
Brian Levengood Atlantic City Country Club 86
(a) Erik Fischer Merion Golf Club 87
(a) Jim Witt Commonwealth National Golf Club 87
(a) Steve Pacello Indian Valley Country Club 87
(a) Thomas Covello Penn Oaks Golf Club 87
(a) Tyler Yearley Jericho National Golf Club 87
(a) Zach C. Rothaus Philmont Country Club 87
Brent Kinney DuPont Country Club 87
(a) Nelson Hargrove Merion Golf Club 89
(a) Ari Flaisher Downingtown Golf Club 91
(a) Mark Paladino Burlington Country Club 91
(a) Kevin Wall Old York Road Country Club NS
(a) Bobby Kershner Spring Ford Country Club WD
(a) Brad Sokol Green Valley Country Club WD
(a) George Connell, Jr. Gulph Mills Golf Club WD
(a) John Donnelly Concord Country Club WD
(a) Matthew O’Mara Gulph Mills Golf Club WD
(a) Tom Bevevino Huntsville Golf Club WD
Justin Riegel Wilmington Country Club WD
Matthew McFarlane Applebrook Golf Club WD
Richard Wade Atlantic City Country Club WD
Tom Gilbert Gulph Mills Golf Club WD
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal
*-determined in playoff

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