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June 16, 2015

Jeff Osberg of Huntingdon Valley Country Club equaled the medalist scoring record in relation to par at Tuesday's 115th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. (Above) He drains a birdie putt on No. 5 (par 5, 550 yards) at Llanerch Country Club.

HVCC's Osberg medals at 115th BMW Philadelphia Amateur

  HAVERTOWN, Pa.Jeff Osberg opened his title defense with a record-tying score in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier on Tuesday. Osberg carded a pair of 68s, first at Llanerch Country Club (par 71, 6,574 yards) and then Rolling Green Golf Club (par 71, 6,922 yards), to finish 6 under, equaling the lowest Amateur qualifying score in relation to par.

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  By virtue of his medalist performance, Osberg, of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, is seeded No. 1 for the 115th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. Match play begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. at Llanerch. Osberg faces clubmate Ben Cooley, who survived a playoff, in the opening round. Spectators are welcome.

  The cut line fell at 150. The playoff was 13 players for nine qualifying spots.

  Cole Berman, 19, of Philadelphia Cricket Club, who was the only other player to finish in red figures at 3 under, is seeded second. Hell face Evan Galbreath of Philmont Country Club.

  Osberg, 30, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., is the first medalist from Huntingdon Valley since David Brookreson earned the distinction in 1995.

  He began his day at Llanerch in the morning on No. 10 and carded nine straight pars before finally finding his putting touch after the turn. He bogeyed No. 1 (par 4, 400 yards) after finding the right greenside bunker to fall to 1 over before birdying his next four holes. On No. 2 (par 4, 410 yards), he knocked a sand wedge from 98 yards to the back edge and drained a 15 footer; on No. 3 (par 4, 437 yards) knocked a 9-iron to eight feet; almost holed a 9-iron on No. 4 (par 3, 178 yards) when his tee shot stopped four inches shy of the hole and on the par 5, 5th (550 yards) made a nice sand save from the back bunker with a 10 footer for par. He bogeyed No. 8 (par 3, 204 yards) after missing the green with his drive but reached No. 9 (par 5, 487 yards) in two shots, actually just over in the rough, and chipped up to a foot.

  After the morning wave at both clubs, Osberg and Rodney James of Golden Oaks Golf Club shared the top spot on the leaderboard.

  I was really looking to go and play two solid rounds of golf and get a spot for tomorrow and kind of take it the way I did last year which is get into match play and see how far I can take it, said Osberg. Its exciting. I have never been medalist before [in this event]. Obviously its quite an honor. There are a lot of great names [who have been medalist].

  At Rolling Green in the afternoon, Osberg made eight pars and a birdie on his front nine. He sandwiched a birdie on No. 12 (par 4, 360 yards) between two early bogeys early on the back side before finishing with red numbers on three of his final four holes. He birdied No. 15 (par 4, 380 yards) when he hit an 8-iron from 147 yards to 15 feet and made two short up-and-down birdie putts on the closing par 5s (No. 17, 500 yards and No. 18, 526 yards) after just about reaching both in two shots.

  The last player to successfully defend the Amateur title was Chris Lange of Overbrook Golf Club in 1993-94.

  Thats the history Ill be looking for, to join Chris Lange as a repeat champion, said Osberg. Its off to a good start. Its an honor to be medalist but Im one of 32 players tomorrow. Hopefully, the week is far from over for me.

  Michael McDermott was the last defending champion to earn medalist honors the following year. He won the Amateur in 2013 and was medalist last year at White Manor.

  Osberg equaled the qualifying scoring record of Christian Bartolacci of Jericho National Golf Club and Clint Deibert of Doylestown Country Club. In 2002, Bartolacci posted a 135 at Riverton Country Club (par 71) and Torresdale-Frankford Country Club (par 70). In 2006, Deibert posted a 6 under at Huntingdon Valley Country Club (par 70) and, again, Torresdale-Frankford (par 70).

NOTESPast Amateur Champions Brian Gillespie (2001) of St. Davids Golf Club and Conrad Von Borsig (2009) of Philadelphia Cricket Club advanced from the playoff into the match play field. Past champions Michael Hyland (2000, 2011) of Little Mill Country Club and Michael McDermott (2008, 2013) of Merion Golf Club also made it to Day 2 a total of 133 players started the day this is the fourth time Llanerch Country Club will serve as the main site for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur. The last time the Alexander Findlay design hosted the Associations oldest event was 1998, when Andy Thompson of Overbrook Golf Club earned the J. Wood Platt Trophy. Prior, the Amateur visited Llanerch twice in the 1930s, in 1931 (Robert H. Albertus, CC of Lansdowne) and in 1934 (William H. Goeckler, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club).

BMW Philadelphia Amateur
The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphias premier event. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke play qualifier to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Fathers Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven Amateur Championship titles.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

R1-R2-Total

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

68L-68R136

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

70R-69L139

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73L-69R142

Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club

70R-72L142

Christopher Fuga, Overbrook Golf Club

73R-69L142

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

73L-70R143

Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

71R-73L144

Aaron Fricke, Honeybrook Golf Club

75L-69R144

Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club

68R-77L145

Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

70R-75L145

Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club

73R-72L145

Ryan Siegler, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

71R-74L145

#John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76L-70R146

Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76R-70L146

Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club

74L-72R146

David West, Whitford Country Club

72L-75R147

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

76L-71R147

Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71R-76L147

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78L-70R148

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

72R-76L148

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

73L-75R148

P.J. Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club

69R-79L148

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75R-74L149

Justin Hare, Five Ponds Golf Club

74L-75R149

*Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club

74L-76R150

*Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

77L-73R150

*Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72R-78L150

*Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

75R-75L150

*Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club

78R-72L150

*Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club

76L-74R150

*Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77R-73L150

*John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

73L-77R150

*Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78L-72R150

 

Failed to qualify

*Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

76L-74R150

*David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

71R-79L150

*Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club

75R-75L150

*James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

75R-75L150

Michael R. Brown, Links Golf Club

78L-73R151

Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club

78L-73R151

Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

75R-76L151

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

78L-73R151

Vincent Kwon, Little Mill Country Club

75L-76R151

Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club

78L-73R151

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

75L-77R152

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

75R-77L152

Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club

74R-78L152

Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

75L-77R152

Cody Dazen, Tavistock Country Club

76R-76L152

David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club

75R-77L152

Brendan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

74R-78L152

Brandon Murdock, Llanerch Country Club

71R-81L152

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77L-76R153

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78L-75R153

Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80L-73R153

Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73L-80R153

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

74L-79R153

Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club

77L-76R153

Blaine Lafferty, Burlington Country Club

80L-73R153

Serge Hogg, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club

78R-75L153

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73L-81R154

Bill Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

75R-79L154

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

80R-74L154

Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74R-80L154

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

75L-79R154

Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield

76R-78L154

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

81L-73R154

Robert Good, Merion Golf Club

75R-79L154

Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

75L-79R154

Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club

84L-70R154

Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club

75R-79L154

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

80L-75R155

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

78R-77L155

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81L-74R155

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

75L-80R155

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

78R-77L155

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

81L-74R155

Evan Thornton, LedgeRock Golf Club

78R-77L155

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

76R-79L155

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75L-80R155

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

78R-77L155

Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78L-77R155

Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club

74R-81L155

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

76R-80L156

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

76R-80L156

Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Country Club

79L-77R156

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

74R-82L156

Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

77L-79R156

Sean McCauley, Jr., Galloway National Golf Club

76L-80R156

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

78L-79R157

Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

73R-84L157

#Michael Rogers, Llanerch Country Club

76R-81L157

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

79R-78L157

Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club

76L-81R157

Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78R-79L157

Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club

80L-77R157

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

79L-79R158

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

79L-79R158

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

81R-77L158

Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club

78R-80L158

Joe Visalli, White Clay Creek Country Club

77R-81L158

Michael Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77R-82L159

Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club

82L-77R159

Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

78L-81R159

Brian Malley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79R-80L159

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

82L-78R160

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

85L-75R160

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

79L-81R160

Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86L-74R160

Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club

80R-80L160

Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club

81L-80R161

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

79L-82R161

Eamon Marone, Northampton Country Club

82R-79L161

Connor Sharp, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

81L-81R162

Cole McCook, Applecross Country Club

85L-78R163

Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

83R-81L164

Michael Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79R-85L164

Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

81L-83R164

Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

87L-77R164

Fraser Graham, Rolling Green Golf Club

82R-83L165

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

78R-88L166

Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfers Club

83L-84R167

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

85L-83R168

Nick Calabrese, Edgmont Country Club

86L-82R168

Joseph Hughes, Little Mill Country Club

88R-80L168

Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club

83R-86L169

Chris McCann, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

81R-88L169

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

89L-81R170

Brian Winters, Spring Ford Country Club

86R-87L173

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

78R-DQLDQ

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

74R-WDLWD

Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club

78R-WDLWD

Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club

83L-WDRWD

 

*-determined in playoff

#Silver Cross score only

L-Llanerch Country Club;R-Rolling Green Golf Club

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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