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West Chester’s Reyes heads U.S. Open Local Qualifier
at Hartefeld National

  AVONDALE, Pa.–Bryant Reyes of West Chester, Pa., posted a magnificent 3-under-par 69 at a windswept Hartefeld National (par 72, 6,863 yards) on Thursday to earn medallist honors in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open Championship. Reyes, 23, and six others advanced to U.S. Open sectional qualifying set for May 30 and June 6-7 at 14 nationwide sites.

Bryant Reyes grimaces after just
missing a birdie putt on No. 13
at Hartefeld National.
  Others advancing to sectionals were amateur David Bradshaw, 22, of Harpers Ferry, W.V., a student at Shepherd University in Sheperdstown, W.V.; Mike Moses, 42, of Boothwyn, Pa., the head professional at Concord CC; David Quinn, 39, of Marlton, N.J., the director of golf at Links GC; Scott Paris, 37, of Westfield, N.J., the head professional at Plainfield CC; amateur Patrick Rutter, 19, of Wyomissing, Pa.; and amateur James White, 34, of Horsham, Pa.

  This local qualifier (field of 115 players, 53 pros, 62 amateurs) was one of 107, 18-hole local qualifiers for the U.S. Open Championship that will be played June 16-19 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

  A total of 96 spots for the championship field will be divided amongst the various sectional qualifiers. A field of 156 players will compete in the U.S. Open.

  Reyes, who moved to the area just 2½ weeks ago from Pleasanton, Calif., carded four birdies and a bogey. The recent San Jose University graduate carded under-par scores on No. 5 (par 5, 534 yards) and No. 6 (par 3, 198 yards) to make the turn at 2-under-par 34. A stray tee ball on No. 14 (par 3, 174 yards) resulted in a bogey but Reyes bounced right back on the 15th hole by draining a 25-foot uphill birdie.

  "The biggest key today was switching to the 3-wood off the tee," said Reyes. "I hit only five drivers all day. Under pressure it is easier to hit that club than the driver."

  Reyes, a member of Hartefeld National, moved East to be with his family. His father is a vice-president for State Farm Insurance at its Concordville office.

  This is Reyes’ second time as an U.S. Open Local Qualifier medallist and fourth trip to Sectionals. However, he has never advanced past the next stage.

  Reyes was a two-time high school All-American in California and was ranked in the top 150 collegially his final two years. However, Reyes said his game has not been what he’s wanted it to be since his a left wrist injury start troubling him his sophomore season. After graduating in December, Reyes said he took a break to rehab his ailment. Now, he’s working 40 hours a week on the game.He plans on competing in a number of Golf Association of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Golf Association events before deciding whether he will travel to PGA Tour Qualifying School later in the year.

  Reyes chose Canoe Brook CC in Summit, N.J. as his sectional site.

  Rutter, a member of Berkleigh CC, will be making his first sectional appearance. The sophomore-to-be at High Point University in High Point, N.C., recorded the most memorable back nine (holes 1-9, he started on the front) of the qualifier with a 6-under-par 30. He registered birdies on his final five holes, and six of his final eight, including a 15-foot downhill chance on No. 9 (par 3, 223 yards, his 18th hole), to advance.

  "After a front side 42, I was just trying to make a respectable score," said Rutter. "Even then, I didn’t think a 72 was going to be good enough to make it."

  Rutter, who will travel to Canoe Brook, said that was the first time he’s ever recorded five straight birdies.

  Moses and White will also be making their first sectional appearances.

  Moses heads to Canoe Brook and White will travel to the Rockville, Md., site.

  Quinn, too, heads to Canoe Brook where he’ll look to qualify for the championship field proper. This will be his eighth attempt. Paris has made the sectional a dozen times and, too, will look for his initial U.S. Open bid at Canoe Brook.

  Bradshaw will be making his second Sectional appearance at Sections. He’ll attempt to make the U.S. Open field at Woodmont CC/Chevy Chase Club at the Rockville site.

Qualifiers

Rank

Player, hometown

Score

1

Bryant Reyes, West Chester, PA

69

T2

David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry, WV

72

T2

David Quinn, Marlton, NJ

72

T2

James White, Horsham, PA

72

T2

Michael Moses, Boothwyn, PA

72

T2

Patrick Rutter, Wyomissing, PA

72

T2

Scott Paris, Springfield, NJ

72

 

Alternates (in order)

T8

*Jason Westphal, Wilmington, DE

73

T8

*Chris Gallagher, West Chester, PA

73

T8

*Conrad Von Borsig, Swarthmore, PA

73

T8

*Billy Mullen, Norristown, Pa

73

 

Failed to qualify

T8

Billy Stewart, Devon, PA

73

T8

Robby Walizer, State College, PA

73

T14

George Frake II, Medford, NJ

74

T14

Paul Polinsky, Abington, PA

74

T14

Peter Barron III, Mays Landing, NJ

74

T14

Rich Thon, Swarthmore, PA

74

T14

Robert McNamara, Charlottesville, VA

74

T14

Scott Ehrlich, Blue Bell, PA

74

T14

Tug Maude, Rosemont, PA

74

T21

Alex Knoll, Bethlehem, PA

75

T21

Dave McNabb, Newark, DE

75

T21

John Appleget, Dorothy, NJ

75

T21

John Michael Pelet, Atglen, PA

75

T21

John Spina, Schwenksville, PA

75

T21

Keith Unikel, Great Falls, VA

75

T21

Rich Steinmetz, Perkiomenville, PA

75

T21

Tyler Randol, Lawrence, NY

75

T21

Vance Welch, Cross Creek, MD

75

T30

Bill Jeremiah, West Grove, PA

76

T30

Christopher Gray, Newark, DE

76

T30

Daren Johnson, Tampa, FL

76

T30

Paul Liebezeit, Paoli, PA

76

T30

Rich Pruchnik, West Chester, PA

76

T30

William Reilly, Dresher, PA

76

T36

Adam Cohan, Wayne, PA

77

T36

Christopher Gold, Haddonfield, NJ

77

T36

Eric Murphy, Cywynedd, PA

77

T36

Johnny Murphy, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

77

T36

Mike Moffat, Warrington, PA

77

T36

Ryan Felpel, Lancaster, PA

77

T42

Anthony Napoletano, Springfield, PA

78

T42

Chris Wilkinson, Wilmington, DE

78

T42

Garry Marker, Northfield, NJ

78

T42

Jason Cohan, Wayne, PA

78

T42

Joe Makowski, Philadelphia, PA

78

T42

Matthew Gaffney, Sewell, NJ

78

T42

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley, PA

78

T49

Christopher Boos, King of Prussia, PA

79

T49

Hugh Reilly, Willow Grove, PA

79

T49

Mark Sheftic, New Oxford, PA

79

T49

Robert Bishop, Coatesville, PA

79

T49

Sean Leonard, Voorhees, NJ

79

T49

Steve Walczak, Greenville, DE

79

T55

Brian Garnsey, Dover, DE

80

T55

Britton Murdoch, Bryn Mawr, PA

80

T55

Jeff Crittenden, Oxford, PA

80

T55

John Samaha, Ambler, PA

80

T55

Sean Szerencsits, Coplay, PA

80

T55

Tony Bostic, Vienna, VA

80

T61

Barry Dear, Sewell, NJ

81

T61

Carl Wagner, Dallas, TX

81

T61

David Seeman, Hockessin, DE

81

T61

Geoff Kelowitz, Jim Thorpe, PA

81

T61

Jeffrey Wambold, Macungie, PA

81

T61

Jim Smith Jr, Jenkintown, PA

81

T61

Joshua Williamowsky, Newark, DE

81

T61

William Jaworski, Voorhees, NJ

81

T69

Brian Gillespie, Wayne, PA

82

T69

Chris Ault, Levittown, PA

82

T69

Jack Helms, Wallingford, PA

82

T69

John Robinson, North Wales, PA

82

T69

Logan Terry, Plymouth Meeting, PA

82

T69

Robert Strano, Chesapeake Beach, MD

82

T69

Sean Smyth, Harrisburg, PA

82

T76

Blake Tyson, Chesapeake, VA

83

T76

Ed Brown, Rehoboth Beach, DE

83

T76

Eric Figueroa, Kennett Square, PA

83

T76

Ken Sands, Narvon, PA

83

T76

Maxwell Wyndorf, Chadds Ford, PA

83

T76

Patrick Garrison, Folsom, Pa

83

T76

Pete Widdoes, Landenberg, PA

83

T76

Robert Passarelli, Kennett Square, PA

83

T76

Stephen Intrieri, Mount Laurel, NJ

83

T76

Stephen Walton, West Chester, PA

83

T86

Dale Lafferty, Coatesville, PA

84

T86

Patrick Simmons, Hockessin, DE

84

T86

Steven Garcia, Willingboro, NJ

84

T89

Bill Gropp, Media, PA

85

T89

Brian Corcoran, Vienna, VA

85

T89

Brian Rothaus, Huntingdon Valley, PA

85

T89

Christopher Kaspar, North Wales, Pa

85

T89

Zach Smith, New Britain, PA

85

T94

Bill Murray, Haddon Twp., NJ

86

T94

Robert Lennon, Egg Harbor Twsp, NJ

86

T96

Christopher Edge, Galloway, NJ

87

T96

Daniel Terlescki, Phoenixville, PA

87

T96

James Kieserman, Blue Bell, PA

87

T96

Michael Bieler, Pottstown, PA

87

T100

Alex Straub, West Grove, PA

88

T100

Dustin Starer, Wallingford, PA

88

102

David Atkinson, Ellicott City, MD

89

103

Joseph Schulte, Landenberg, PA

90

104

Michael Schaffer, Vineland, NJ

92

105

Stephen Arnold, Langhorne, PA

93

T106

Brian Rashley, North Wales, PA

94

T106

Erick Wyatt, Lansdowne, VA

94

108

Charles Haines, Mechanicsburg, PA

98

T109

Frank Hesson, Merchantville, NJ

DQ

T109

Freddy Henriquez, Kennett Square, PA

WD

T109

John Fizer, Trenton, NJ

WD

T109

Larry Silk, Atlantic City, NJ

WD

T109

Patrick Shine, Wilmington, DE

WD

T109

Steve Bourbon, Southampton, NY

WD

T109

Stephen Sigmon, Camden, DE

NC

 

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawl; NC-no card

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