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Llanerch’s Osberg cruises to Patterson victory; takes Silver Cross

  PHOENIXVILLE, Pa.–Jeff Osberg of Llanerch CC emerged from a compact Patterson Cup leaderboard with four straight second-round opening birdies to turn the Association’s final Major into a runaway on Friday at RiverCrest GC & Preserve (par 71, 6,677 yards). Osberg, who along with half the field, completed yesterday’s postponed first round in the morning, finished at 6-under-par 136, four shots clear of the field. He carded consecutive 3-under-par 68s.

Jeff Osberg (left) receives the Patterson Cup
trophy from Terry Sawyer, Chairman of the
Golf Administration Committee.
  Golf Association of Philadelphia newcomer Michael Johnson of Talamore CC, 18, of Ambler, Pa., turned in a fabulous two rounds to place second at 2 under. It was his first Patterson Cup. Travis Gahman of Philadelphia Publinks GA and Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC, playing together in the group ahead of Osberg, tied for third at 1-under par.

  Osberg’s Patterson Cup victory also propelled the 26 year-old from West Chester, Pa., to the top of the Silver Cross Award standings, emblematic of the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup. He edged Mike Meisenzahl of Hidden Creek GC by a shot. Osberg finished at 288.

  “It’s pretty special,” said a humbled Osberg of winning two trophies. “Obviously it’s something they can’t take away from me. It will be there forever. You see all these good players who have won these tournaments and it’s finally good to be one of them.”

  The victories were his first in the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

  Osberg’s the first individual from Llanerch CC to win the Patterson Cup since James Robertson in 1977 and the first to top the Silver Cross standings since Michael McDermott in 2003.

Michael Johnson of Talamore CC escapes the right
greenside bunker on No. 8 (par 4, 419 yards).
  Heading into the second round of the 36-hole tournament, Osberg and Bill Jeremiah of Bidermann GC were tied atop the scoreboard at 3 under. Gahman and Galbreath stood a shot back.

  A mere four holes later, Osberg had already distanced himself by a substantial margin.

  He recorded four consecutive birdies to open up a four-shot lead at the time.

  Osberg knocked a sand wedge from 85 yards to six feet on No. 1 (par 4, 343 yards); rifled a piercing 4-iron from 227 yards on the lengthy No. 2 (par 5, 529 yards) to 25 feet and two putted; drained a smooth 35 footer on No. 3 (par 3, 175 yards) after pulling his 7-iron a touch left; and on No. 4 (par 5, 525 yards) hit a 6-iron from 205 yards to 25 feet and two putted again.

  He did bogey Nos. 7 (par 4, 426 yards) and 8 (par 4, 419 yards) courtesy of a three putt and bad swing, respectively, to give the field some hope, but drove it long on No. 9 (par 4, 320 yards), only four paces over, before chipping up to a foot for a fifth opening-nine birdie. He made the turn at 6 under, still four shots to the good.

  “Obviously it’s a pretty good start. I didn’t expect to start 4 under through four [holes]. My goal was to birdie the two par 5s and par the other two holes,” said Osberg of the red-hot beginning. “I knew I was ahead but at the same time if you miss any hole here it’s a double bogey waiting to happen.”

  Osberg carded a birdie, a bogey and four pars in the next six holes to hold steady, before salting the victory away on No. 16 (par 5, 592 yards) in atypical Osberg style. The long-hitter found trouble off the tee and was left with 195 yards for his third shot. For Osberg, usually all and any par 5s are reachable in two. Staring at a 50 footer from the hollow next to the green, Osberg, looking to just get it close, putted it up the hill, across the green and into the hole.

  A conservative 18th (par 4, 438 yards) resulted in a meaningless bogey. No matter, he had clinched a victory in the Association’s second oldest championship.

  Johnson, a recent Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate who is heading to La Salle University in a couple weeks, finished with a 2-under 69. A quiet Johnson, who only started taking golf seriously the last three years after previously focusing on baseball, carded three birdies and a bogey on his final nine to slide up the leaderboard.

  “This will give me great confidence,” said Johnson. “All the top Golf Association of Philadelphia players are here.”

  Defending champion James Kania, Jr. of Overbrook GC placed in a tie for 45th with a 151 total.

NOTES–G. Patrick Dougherty of Philadelphia Cricket Club aced No. 3 (par 3, 175 yards) with a 6-iron in the second round. His ball landed short of the hole and hopped forward before finding the bottom of the cup. It was his fourth career hole-in-one ... The cut line after the completion of Round 1 fell at 76. A total of 65 players advanced.

Name, club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Score

Jeff Osberg, Llanerch Country Club

68

68

136

Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club

71

69

140

Travis Gahman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

69

72

141

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

69

72

141

Cory Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club

73

70

143

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

71

72

143

Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

72

72

144

Mike Meisenzahl, Hidden Creek Golf Club

71

73

144

Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

71

145

John La Dow, Spring Ford Country Club

72

73

145

Scott Klee, Bellewood Golf Club

72

73

145

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

73

72

145

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

73

72

145

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

71

74

145

William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

68

77

145

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

74

71

145

Paul Kovalcheck, Lu Lu Country Club

73

72

145

Greg Matthias, Hartefeld National

76

70

146

Nicholas Reach, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75

71

146

Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club

72

74

146

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

72

74

146

James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

72

75

147

Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club

75

72

147

Stephen Seiden, Concord Country Club

73

74

147

Michael Brown, Lookaway Golf Club

73

74

147

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

73

74

147

Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

71

147

John Brennan, Spring Ford Country Club

72

76

148

Mark Endres, Overbrook Golf Club

75

73

148

Connor McNicholas, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

73

148

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

76

148

Justin Martinson, Hartefeld National

71

77

148

Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

74

148

John Nottage, Lu Lu Country Club

73

76

149

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75

74

149

Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club

75

74

149

Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club

73

76

149

Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

73

149

Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club

75

74

149

Vinny Alessi, Five Ponds Golf Club

71

79

150

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

75

75

150

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

76

74

150

Brett Diakon, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

79

150

Edward McCrossen, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74

76

150

John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia Country Club

73

78

151

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

73

78

151

Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club

73

78

151

Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club

75

76

151

Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club

75

77

152

Greg Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club

76

76

152

Jim Schulz, Jr., Mercer Oaks Golf Course

76

77

153

Chip Culp, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

77

153

Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club

76

78

154

Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club

70

84

154

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

73

81

154

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

76

79

155

James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club

76

80

156

Matt Raudenbush, Pine Valley Golf Club

75

81

156

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

81

157

Max Matejik, Yardley Country Club

76

82

158

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

76

82

158

Ryan O'Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

84

159

Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Golf Club

74

88

162

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

73

WD

WD

Tom Borsello, White Clay Creek Country Club

75

WD

WD

 

Failed to qualify

Ari Flaisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

 

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

 

Charles Bernard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

77

 

Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club

77

 

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

 

Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club

77

 

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

77

 

Brian Creghan, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

 

Marc Mandel, White Manor Country Club

78

 

Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club

78

 

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

 

John Inman, Cherry Valley Country Club

78

 

John Murphy, II, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

78

 

Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club

78

 

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

78

 

Michael Ashcraft, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

79

 

Pierce Dever, Yardley Country Club

79

 

Erik Thorn, Links Golf Club

79

 

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

 

Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

 

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

80

 

Dan Bernard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

80

 

Brian Herman, Merchantville Country Club

80

 

Hunter Hanson, Waynesborough Country Club

80

 

Brad Flickinger, Country Club of Scranton

80

 

Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

 

Matthew Pesci, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

 

Nick Iacono, Fieldstone Golf Club

81

 

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

 

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

81

 

Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

 

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

81

 

Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club

81

 

Justin Cifra, Sunnybrook Golf Club

81

 

Michael O'Keefe, Little Mill Country Club

82

 

Jeffrey Romines, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

 

Zac Robertson, Edgmont Country Club

82

 

Craig LaBarbera, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

82

 

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

82

 

Ryan Fraser, Linwood Country Club

83

 

Jimmy Johnston, Merion Golf Club

83

 

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

 

Thomas Greenwood, Old York CC at Chesterfield

84

 

Todd Cappelli, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

 

Paul Carbone, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

84

 

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

85

 

James Ridgway, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

85

 

Andrew Mason, Five Ponds Golf Club

85

 

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

85

 

Greg O'Connor, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

 

Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

 

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

87

 

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

87

 

Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club

91

 

Bob Whartenby, Trenton Country Club

WD

 

Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country Club

WD

 

Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club

WD

 

Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club

WD

 

Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club

WD

 

John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club

WD

 

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

WD

 

Brendan Mohler, Northampton Country Club

WD

 

Louis Giovi, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

 

Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club

WD

 

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

WD

 

 

WD-withdrawal

 

 

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