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Brandon Matthews of Glenmaura National Golf Club won his second straight Patterson Cup.

*Scorecards
*VIDEO: Matthew Teesdale interview
*VIDEO: Brandon Matthews interview
*Patterson Cup History
*Silver Cross History
*Silver Cross Award standings
*Player of the Year standings
*Day One results
*Day Two Photos

Glenmaura’s Brandon Matthews repeats, makes history

  BLUE BELL, Pa.–The magnificence of Brandon Matthews left the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Cup, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, field shaking its collective head. Matthews defended both his Patterson Cup and Silver Cross titles from a year ago with a Cedarbrook Country Club (par 72, 7,093 yards) competitive course record of 65 on Friday. His 134 total of 10 under, a tournament scoring record, was five shots clear of his nearest foe.

  Matthews, a Temple University sophomore, became the first player in Association history to win both the Patterson Cup and Silver Cross in successive seasons. Both have run concurrently since 1902. Matthews is also the only player to win the Open Championship (which started in 1903), Patterson and Silver Cross in the same year.

  Matthew Teesdale, his college teammate, finished second. He posted a final round 71. Peter Barron, III of Stone Harbor Golf Club was third. First-round leader, and another Temple teammate, Matthew Crescenzo of Philmont Country Club carded a closing 75 and tied for fourth at 3 under.

  “That’s pretty cool because there are a lot of very good players that have come through here, Jay Sigel, Bill Hyndman [to name a few],” said Matthews afterward. “To do something like that is very special. I appreciate the opportunity. I was lucky enough to do it.”

  Sigel, in fact, was the last player to win back-to-back Patterson Cups. Glenn Smeraglio, then of Yardley Country Club, was the last to win consecutive Silver Crosses.

  To repeat in the Silver Cross, the 19-year-old Matthews, of Glenmaura National Golf Club, overcame a final-round, six-shot deficit to Kyle Sterbinsky of Yardley.

  Believe it or not, the tournament’s result was unclear as all groups made the turn, before Matthews caught fire. He eagled No. 10 (par 5, 570 yards) after smashing a 6-iron from 185 yards to three feet before registering three straight birdies on Nos. 12-14 to put the tournament on ice. He two-putted from 30 feet on No. 12 (par 5, 556 yards) after cutting a 5-iron from 220 yards around the right trees – a crazy shot; chipped in from just off the left fringe on No. 13 (par 3, 194 yards) and knocked a sand wedge from 112 yards to 10 feet on No. 14 (par 4, 447 yards). A three-putt bogey on the treacherous 15th green (par 4, 430 yards) gave one back before he lofted a 141-yard pitching wedge on No. 17 (par 4, 427 yards) to six feet for his eighth and final birdie of the day.

  As Matthews’ red scores climbed, the field had no answers.

  “I’ve been hitting the ball very well this summer,” said Matthews, of Dupont, Pa., who made a name for himself in U.S. Open Sectional qualifying in May. “Mainly, I’ve gotten a lot better this year. It’s nice to see my game progressing. It felt like yesterday and today I was just going out there and playing golf. I made a couple more putts today. It’s a special thing [to win these tournaments].”

  Teesdale, a Temple junior from Commonwealth National Golf Club, turned as the leader at 6 under. He held a one-shot lead on teammates Matthews and Crescenzo.

  However, Teesdale opened with three straight pars to start his back side as Matthews sprinted clear.

  “It feels good. It’s a good thing he’ll be on my team in the fall,” quipped Teesdale, 22, of Maple Glen, Pa. “I’m just happy I don’t have to play against him in the fall.”

  This was Teesdale’s top Golf Association of Philadelphia Major finish, and a point of redemption. Teesdale led the 2011 Patterson Cup at White Manor Country Club before triple bogeying the 17th hole.

  Teesdale also placed second in the Silver Cross, a stroke behind Matthews.

  And thoughts on Temple’s upcoming season?

  “The sky’s the limit,” said Teesdale.

  The sky appears to be limitless for Matthews as well. He'll compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., starting Monday.

  "I can not tell you how excited I am [about the U.S. Amateur]," said Matthews. "I think I can do something big."

  NOTES –The prior tournament scoring record mark was 136. Jeff Osberg, then of Llanerch Country Club, in 2010 was the last to post that number at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve.

*****   Joseph H. Patterson was one of Philadelphia Cricket Club’s founding members. In his memory, friends and family donated a trophy honoring Patterson to the Golf Association of Philadelphia in 1900. Patterson is regarded as a pioneer of Philadelphia golf in the late 1890s. He helped foster the game in its infancy throughout the region. The Joseph H. Patterson Cup is the Association’s stroke-play championship. It is a two-day event and serves as the fourth and final Major of the amateur tournament season.

  The Joseph H. Patterson Cup also determines the Silver Cross Award recipient. The Silver Cross is emblematic of the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and both rounds in 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 143 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

Total

Brandon Matthews, Glenmaura National Golf Club

69-65–134

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

68-71–139

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

68-72–140

Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

70-71–141

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

66-75–141

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71-71–142

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

71-71–142

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

74-68–142

Charles Cai, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70-72–142

Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont Country Club

68-74–142

Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club

69-74–143

Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club

70-74–144

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

70-74–144

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73-72–145

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

73-72–145

Ryan Siegler, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

74-71–145

Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72-73–145

Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club

75-71–146

Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club

76-70–146

Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club

71-75–146

Craig Hornberger, Lancaster Country Club

76-70–146

Greg Jarmas, Overbrook Golf Club

75-72–147

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

70-77–147

Joseph Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club

74-73–147

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

72-76–148

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74-74–148

James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club

72-76–148

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

72-76–148

Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

70-78–148

Blayze DiPasquale, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

73-75–148

Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley Country Club

71-77–148

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

76-73–149

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

73-76–149

Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club

75-74–149

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

75-74–149

Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club

73-76–149

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

71-79–150

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Philmont Country Club

75-75–150

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

74-76–150

Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74-76–150

Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club

74-76–150

Stewart Rickenbach, Talamore Country Club

74-76–150

Paul Tighe, Little Mill Country Club

74-76–150

Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club

75-75–150

Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

73-78–151

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

73-78–151

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

73-78–151

Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75-76–151

Michael Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

72-79–151

Thomas Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club

73-78–151

Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76-75–151

Vinay Ramesh, Yardley Country Club

72-79–151

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

76-76–152

Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club

74-78–152

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

73-79–152

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73-80–153

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

75-78–153

Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club

74-79–153

Conrad Von Borsig, White Manor Country Club

76-77–153

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

76-78–154

James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

76-78–154

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

75-80–155

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76-79–155

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75-80–155

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

76-80–156

R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74-82–156

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

76-83–159

Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

73-88–161

Johan van Schalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club

75-WD–WD

 

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