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June 13, 2017

Nathan Sutherland of LedgeRock Golf Club was only one of two players
to break par in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier
on Tuesday at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon/Militia Hill (qualifying)).

Philadelphia Crickets Brennan earns top seed in #BMWPhillyAm

  FLOURTOWN, Pa.Timing is everything for John Brennan and the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. A Spring Ford High School social studies teacher, sometimes the educational calendar precludes Brennan from competing in anything more than the events stroke play qualifier.

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  This year, with Brennans home of Philadelphia Cricket Club hosting the Associations most prestigious tournament, the 38-year-old made sure he was available to play all week, if necessary.

  And it may just be.

  Brennan, on a brutally hot day, scorched the Wissahickon Course (par 70, 6,868 yards) in a career best 4-under in the morning before finishing the 36-hole BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier with an even-par 72 at the Militia Hill Course (par 72, 7,158 yards). His total was three clear of the field. He will be the No. 1 seed heading into match play, which begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Wissahickon will be the match play site.

  There was a 6-for-3 playoff at 8-over 150. Jack Melville of Lu Lu Country Club earned the No. 32 and final seed with a par on the second playoff hole. Melville outlasted Matt Mattare of Saucon Valley Country Club for the final match play spot.

  The #BMWPhillyAm is the oldest Amateur Championship conducted by a state or regional golf association. It started in 1897.

  I think [playing on your home course] was a huge aspect, said Brennan, a two-time Cricket club champion. Just the conditions of the golf course. Its a championship golf course out here at Wissahickon. Is everybody in the field prepared for something like this, I dont know. I knew I was prepared coming in for the day. This is a golf course where you just have to plod along and make a lot of pars and when you get an opportunity to make a birdie you have to capitalize on it.

  Brennan, of Collegeville, Pa., did that with a career-best showing on Wissahickon. He birdied No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards) with a pitching wedge from 125 yards to two feet. He added another on the difficult No. 4 (par 4, 472 yards) after dropping an 8-iron from 155 yards to five feet. He backed that up with a 20-footer on No. 5 (par 3, 193 yards) after landing a 6-iron to the right of the hole. Brennan missed a short par putt on No. 6 (par 4, 472 yards) to give one back but went on a tear, birdieing Nos. 7 thru 9. On No. 7 (par 5, 550 yards), he dropped a lob wedge from 80 yards to 15 feet; drained a 35-footer on No. 8 (par 4, 367 yards) and stopped a GAP wedge at 10 feet on No. 9 (par 4, 376 yards). He made the turn in 5-under 30.

  He reached No. 12 (par 5, 538 yards) in two for an easy birdie, then carded five straight pars before getting in some trouble on 18 (par 4, 469 yards), both off the tee and around the green, before carding a double bogey.

  Thats my best round by far at Wissahickon. Maybe I shot 1-under par before. To do it on a day like today Im proud of myself, said Brennan, who won the Associations Middle-Amateur Championship in 2012. In fact, I had only four scores above par, two bogeys and two double bogeys.

  Brennan carded his other double bogey, ironically, on the first hole of the second round to make it back-to-back doubles.

  After opening with that double at Militia Hill, Brennan then birdied No. 11 (par 3, 157 yards) with a three-quarter 7-iron to 10 feet and No. 14 (par 5, 531 yards) after reaching it in two.

  I settled in after that and just made a lot of pars, said Brennan.

  For some reason, this is Nathan Sutherland of LedgeRock Golf Clubs first Amateur appearance. His 1-under-par total was the only other red figure in the field of 139. The timing just never worked out before for the long-hitting 27-year-old.

  It did today, however, for Sutherland who was playing Cricket for the first time.

  The course sets up well for me. You can spray the ball a little off the tee, you have to hit high shots into the green and I love putting on fast surfaces, said Sutherland, 27, of Reading, Pa. This was the first time all year I kind of put everything together.

  Sutherland isnt without Championship credentials.

  He finished second in the 2007 Patterson Cup at Berkleigh Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club to Michael McDermott. That was the same year Sutherland tied for third in the Pennsylvania State Amateur, where he opened with a 63 at Longue Vue Club.

  Sutherland faces No. 31 seed Brian Fischer, 21, of Commonwealth National Golf Club.

  Defending champion McDermott, 42, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., qualified for match play as well. The three-time Amateur Champion finished qualifying at 4 over and is seeded No. 17. He faces 20-year-old clubmate and No. 16 seed Peter Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa. at 7:37 a.m. on No. 1.

  A total of 13 Philadelphia Cricket Club members qualified for the Championship proper. Three others, in addition to Brennan advanced: Cole Berman, the 2015 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion; Conrad Von Borsig, the 2009 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion; and Gregor Orlando, a quarterfinalist in 2016.

  This is the first time the BMW Philadelphia Amateur returns to the Wissahickon Course as the primary site since 1976. That year O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley Country Club defeated Duke Delcher of Sandy Run Country Club.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

R1-R2Total

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

66W-72MH138

Nathan Sutherland, LedgeRock Golf Club

70MH-71W141

Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club

68MH-74W142

Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75W-68MH143

Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club

72W-71MH143

Michael Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

73MH-71W144

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73W-71MH144

John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75MH-70W145

Cole A. Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72W-73MH145

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club

69MH-76W145

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71W-74MH145

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

73W-72MH145

Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club

71MH-74W145

Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

72W-73MH145

Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

73W-72MH145

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

70MH-76W146

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

72W-74MH146

P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club

75W-72MH147

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

74W-73MH147

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

79MH-68W147

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

69W-78MH147

Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

72MH-76W148

David Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

72MH-76W148

#Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73W-75MH148

Ethan Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

78MH-70W148

Jay Whitby, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

73W-75MH148

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

76MH-73W149

Roland Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook

76W-73MH149

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72W-77MH149

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73W-76MH149

*Matthew Smith, French Creek Golf Club

70MH-80W150

*Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73MH-77W150

*Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

76W-74MH150

 

Failed to qualify

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

76MH-74W150

Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75MH-75W150

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

74W-76MH150

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

70W-80MH150

Austin Barbin, GAP Junior eClub

75MH-76W151

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

75MH-76W151

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

75MH-76W151

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

75W-76MH151

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77W-74MH151

Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club

78W-73MH151

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

71W-80MH151

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71MH-80W151

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

75W-77MH152

Evan Brown, Hartefeld National

79W-73MH152

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

75MH-77W152

Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club

76W-76MH152

Andy Latowski, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75MH-77W152

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

78W-74MH152

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

78W-74MH152

Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club

74W-78MH152

Kevin Scherr, GAP Junior eClub

79W-73MH152

Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

77MH-75W152

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

75MH-77W152

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

76W-77MH153

Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club

79W-74MH153

Kyle Deisher, Hartefeld National

76W-77MH153

Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

78W-75MH153

Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79W-74MH153

Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club

78W-75MH153

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

74W-80MH154

Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

78W-76MH154

Zachary Falone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81W-73MH154

Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club

80MH-74W154

Jack Irons, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

80MH-74W154

Scott McKean, Chester Valley Golf Club

79W-75MH154

Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

77MH-78W155

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

77W-78MH155

Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79W-76MH155

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

80MH-75W155

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

78W-77MH155

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

79W-76MH155

Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

76W-79MH155

Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82W-74MH156

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

77MH-79W156

Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73MH-83W156

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

75MH-81W156

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

74MH-82W156

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

78W-78MH156

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78W-78MH156

Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior eClub

77W-80MH157

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

79MH-78W157

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81MH-76W157

Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

80W-77MH157

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

82W-75MH157

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

80MH-77W157

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81W-77MH158

Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club

80MH-78W158

Tanner Robb, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

82MH-76W158

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

79W-80MH159

Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

83MH-76W159

Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

81MH-78W159

Robert Olseski, III, Sandy Run Country Club

77MH-82W159

Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78W-81MH159

Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78MH-81W159

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

80MH-79W159

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

77MH-83W160

Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85MH-75W160

Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

84W-76MH160

David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

79W-82MH161

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

83W-78MH161

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

82W-79MH161

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

80MH-81W161

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

78MH-83W161

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

77MH-84W161

Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

82MH-80W162

Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club

83W-79MH162

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

84MH-79W163

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

81W-82MH163

Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84MH-80W164

Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78MH-86W164

Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club

83MH-81W164

Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club

81MH-83W164

Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

83MH-82W165

Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77W-88MH165

Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club

78W-88MH166

Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown

81MH-85W166

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

81MH-86W167

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

84MH-83W167

Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club

80MH-88W168

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82MH-86W168

Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club

82MH-86W168

Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

83MH-86W169

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

82W-90MH172

Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club

86MH-89W175

Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club

WD

Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club

WD

Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club

WD

Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club

WD

Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club

WD

J.D. Hughes, LedgeRock Golf Club

WD

William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

WD

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

WD

Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club

WD

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

WD

 

MH-Militia Hill; W-Wissahickon

#-not participating in match play

*-determined in playoff

WD-withdrawal

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