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Brian Colbert of White Manor CC.
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White Manors Colbert splashes to medalist honors at 112th Amateur

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa.Brian Colbert of White Manor Country Club made quite the splash in his first-ever Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championship. Battling all day intermittent, and at times steady, rains, the 2012 Villanova University graduate traversed a soggy 36 holes of the 112th Amateur Championship Qualifier at Huntingdon Valley Country Club (par 70, 6,807 yards)/Torresdale-Frankford Country Club (par 70, 6,359 yards) in 2-under-par 138. Brandon Dalinka of The Ridge at Back Brook and Nelson Hargrove of Merion Golf Club tied for second place at 2-over-par 142. Hargrove is the No. 2 seed. Dalinka is seeded third. Defending champion Michael Hyland of Little Mill Country Club finished with a 146 total. He is the No. 12 seed.

  The first two rounds of match play are set for tomorrow. The Round of 32 begins at 8 a.m. with the Round of 16 to follow.

  The cutline for the 112-player field fell at 152 with seven players competing for the final two spots.

  Colbert, a Chicago native, earned a spot in the Amateur Championship based on an exemption as a qualifier for the 2011 U.S. Publinks Championship.

  Not to sound cocky, Im a no name around here, but not back home, said Colbert, 22, a business major. He lives in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Ive been around Philadelphia golf for four years at Villanova. To do this in my first, and probably last Amateur, is cool. I played steady all day. I made no big mistakes. It was fairways and greens pretty much.

  The odds were stacked against Colbert adding his surname to the regal list of Amateur qualifying medalists on a few fronts. Start with the weather. Add a dash of hes never seen Torresdale-Frankford before and was playing Huntingdon Valley for the first time in I cant tell you when. And mix in the fact he carried his own bag for 36 holes in the rain.

  The weather was inconvenient, said Colbert. I had my rain pants, jacket, glove and umbrella and thats all I needed. I did wish I had a caddie.

  I just wanted to make match play. That was the goal. Obviously I wanted to shoot the lowest score I could and it just happened to be the best score of the day.

  Colbert, the No. 2 player at Villanova this year, opened the Amateur at Torresdale-Frankford in the morning. He carded four birdies against two bogeys.

  On No. 6 (par 4, 420 yards), Colbert smacked a sand wedge 115 yards to 15 feet and drained the birdie putt before exerting his power on a pair of back nine par 5s (Nos. 10, 484 yards and 13, 557 yards). On the first, he hammered a 3-iron into the front left bunker, splashed out to six feet and sunk the birdie try. Colbert's 3-wood on No. 13 caught the front bunker, but a superb sand shot stopped within 15 feet of the jar. Colbert also birdied the 18th hole (par 4, 394 yards), knocking a wedge 125 yards to eight feet below the flagstick.

  At Huntingdon Valley, Colbert kept the mojo flowing.

  He opened his second round, starting on the back nine, with a birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 399 yards) courtesy of a 7-iron from 155 yards to 10 feet. He added another circle to the scorecard on No. 15 (par 5, 573 yards) with a 60-degree wedge that stopped a foot away. A bogey on No.16 (par 4, 397 yards) curtailed his push slightly, but Colbert responded on No. 4 (par 4, 366 yards) by draining a 30-foot, big left-to-right breaker for a 3. He finished with bogeys on No. 6 (par 4, 435 yards) and No. 9 (par 4, 437 yards). He pulled his driver on No. 6 when the rains intensified and knocked a 6-iron into the greenside bunker on No. 9 and failed to get up-and-down.

  I got a text from my teammate from last year, Brendan Kelly. When I told him it was going to rain today, he said dont worry about it, youre a mudder, said Colbert.

  A thumbnail of Colberts rsum is as follows. He qualified for the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Publinks championships; the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay and finished in the Top 10 of the Illinois State Amateur in 2010.

  I think I probably turned some heads, said Colbert. Ill definitely look back and show kids. Thats cool.

  The Amateur Championship Qualifier also serves as the first two rounds of the Silver Cross Award. The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup.

  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 Philadelphias Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphias mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

NOTESThere was a seven-for-two playoff at Huntingdon Valley for the final match play positions. Brian Gillespie, 37, from Wayne, Pa. and St. Davids Golf Club birdied the first hole, No. 10, with a 6-iron from 172 yards that stopped a foot from the cup to take the 31st seed. Dan Charen, 23 of Langhorne, Pa. and Makefield Highlands Golf Club, parred No. 10 to outlast the other five competitors. He is seeded No. 32.

Name, club

Scores

Brian Colbert, White Manor Country Club

68T-70H138

Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club

70H-72T142

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

72H-70T142

Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

71H-73T144

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

73H-71T144

Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club

70H-74T144

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

72H-72T144

Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

68H-76T144

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75H-71T146

Jeff Osberg, Llanerch Country Club

72H-74T146

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73H-73T146

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Philmont Country Club

76T-70H146

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

74H-73T147

Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76T-71H147

Brandon Matthews, Fox Hill Country Club

74T-73H147

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

76T-71H147

Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club

74H-74T148

Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club

71T-77H148

JD Dornes, Meadia Heights Golf Club

73H-76T149

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

75T-74H149

Travis Gahman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73T-76H149

Grant Skyllas, Moselem Springs Golf Club

76H-74T150

Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club

76H-74T150

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

71H-79T150

Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club

76T-74H150

Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club

75T-75H150

Zach Allinson, Lehigh Country Club

74T-77H151

Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

74T-77H151

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

72T-79H151

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

77T-74H151

*Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

78H-74T152

*Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77T-75H152

 

Failed to qualify

*Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club

76H-76T152

*Blayze DiPasquale, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74H-78T152

*Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

77T-75H152

*Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

73H-79T152

*Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

76T-76H152

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72H-81T153

Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Golf Club

76H-77T153

Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79H-74T153

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

75T-78H153

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

75T-78H153

James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club

77T-76H153

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77H-76T153

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77H-77T154

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74H-80T154

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

77T-77H154

Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club

74T-80H154

Dave Fardon, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76H-79T155

Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79H-76T155

Simon Hagger, Fieldstone Golf Club

81T-74H155

Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club

84T-71H155

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

79T-76H155

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72H-84T156

Troy Vannucci, Burlington Country Club

76H-80T156

Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79H-77T156

Robert Good, Merion Golf Club

76T-80H156

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

78T-78H156

Patrick Phillips, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79H-78T157

Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club

77H-80T157

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

80T-77H157

Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75T-82H157

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78T-79H157

Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club

80T-77H157

Michael Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82T-75H157

Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club

75H-83T158

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

79H-79T158

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81T-77H158

Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club

80T-78H158

Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

83T-75H158

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79H-80T159

Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80H-79T159

Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club

79T-80H159

Jeffrey Huntzinger, Five Ponds Golf Club

77T-82H159

Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club

82H-78T160

Billy McCrossan, White Manor Country Club

80T-80H160

Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76T-84H160

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

76T-84H160

Gary Schoeman, Stonewall

82T-78H160

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

79H-82T161

Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80H-81T161

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

77H-85T162

Matthew Finger, Woodcrest Country Club

82T-80H162

Paul Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79T-83H162

Ryan Felpel, Honeybrook Golf Club

82T-80H162

Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76T-86H162

Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club

82H-81T163

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

78H-85T163

Ryan Siegler, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

80T-83H163

Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club

82T-81H163

Tim Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81H-83T164

Stewart Rickenbach, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84H-80T164

Jake Murphy, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

83T-81H164

William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

79T-85H164

Robert Beck, Lehigh Country Club

81T-83H164

Kevin Davis, Talamore Country Club

86T-79H165

William Breskman, Rolling Green Golf Club

86H-80T166

James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

77H-89T166

Reilly Erhardt, Yardley Country Club

85H-82T167

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82H-85T167

John Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

78T-89H167

Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club

88H-80T168

Daniel Minger, Brookside Country Club

86T-82H168

Joseph Jasinski, Northampton Country Club

85T-84H169

Matt Maurer, Bent Creek Country Club

86H-84T170

Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

91H-88T179

Matthew Kreuter, Philadelphia Cricket Club

91H-WDTWD

Geoffrey Cooper, Links Golf Club

85H-WDTWD

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

81H-WDTWD

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

85H-WDTWD

Bryan Ott, Silver Creek Country Club

84H-WDTWD

Greg O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84H-WDTWD

 

Denotes: H-Huntingdon Valley Country Club; T-Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

WD-withdrawal

*-determined in playoff

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