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Third time’s a charm: Spring Mill CC's Bea bests Patterson Qualifier

  IVYLAND, Pa. — Experience and history favored James Bea Thursday. In the last two years, the Spring Mill CC member has earned medalist honors in consecutive Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifiers at The Springhaven Club and Trenton CC, respectively. This time around, the event came to his home course, and as any sage may’ve foreseen, Bea again emerged as medalist.

James Bea
  “Good rounds don’t matter until you put them up at the tournament you qualified for,” the Churchville, Pa. resident said. “I’m lucky enough to get in the tournament. That was the number one goal of the day, but I’m sure ready to turn that corner and make a mark in a tournament. I hung in there today. It’s nice to hold my ground, play a good round of golf and finish in red figures.”

  Bea carded a 2-under-par 70 at a sweltering Spring Mill CC (par 72, 6,906 yards) to lead a field of 140 players attempting to attain one of 36 available spots into the Championship proper, set for Aug. 11-12 at White Manor CC.

  “I’m excited to put up a good number, but I need to re-adjust the goals and set myself up for playing better golf in the tournaments that I qualify for,” Bea, 21, said. “These numbers wash away as soon as you step onto the first tee at the Patterson Cup.”

  What hasn’t washed away is Bea’s penchant for the medalist platform. Starting on the back nine Thursday, he didn’t begin his qualifying bid in an optimal manner. He pulled a pitching wedge out of the fairway bunker to the left of the No. 10 (par 4, 395 yards) green. Bea’s chip chugged to five feet, but he couldn’t convert the par putt. He parred the next six holes, with a couple of scrambles sprinkled in. His second shot on the par 5, 573-yard 11th ran through the fairway and trickled onto the cart path. Bea took relief, knocked his third shot 50 yards short of the green and saved par with a wedge blast to four feet. Bea, a soon-to-be senior at Saint Joseph’s University, flew a 9-iron 145 yards to the back of the No. 13 (par 5, 535 yards) green. His chip stopped 12 feet from the jar, and he canned the par try.

  Bea, a looper at Lookaway GC, found his first red figure on No. 17 (par 4, 445 yards). He powered a pitching wedge 150 yards to 10 feet. Bea gave that stroke back on the par 4, 396-yard No. 1. He tugged his drive into a row of trees on the right and dumped a pitching wedge a 54-degree wedge 120 yards into the bunker. Bea exploded out to 10 feet and missed the par try. The sequence could’ve been worse, though.

  “Luckily, I had a backswing. I got a good enough club on it to put it in the greenside bunker,” Bea said of the approach. “I was pleased to see it didn’t clip any trees, and I got on the green where I gave myself a chance to make a par.”

  The five-time Spring Mill club champion knew that red figure opportunities lingered on the front. As the heat intensified, so did Bea's putter. He birdied three of his final four holes to fashion a subpar score. On No. 6 (par 4, 395 yards), he flipped a wedge 50 yards to three feet below the flagstick. A sensible tee shot on No. 7 (par 4, 400 yards) led to a birdie.

  “It had been giving me problems from the back tees,” Bea said of No. 7. “I’d always step up and rip a driver there, and I’ve been pulling it left. I hit 3-iron and it came up short of the lake on the left.” He drilled a 9-iron 165 yards to five feet.

  Standing 180 yards from the No. 8 (par 5, 460 yards) flagstick, Bea pulverized a 7-iron to eight feet and watched his eagle effort stop inches from the jar. He salvaged a solid score by getting up-and-down for par on No. 9 (par 4, 446 yards) from the left rough. Bea has proven to be unstoppable in qualifiers, but still seeks success in the Championship proper.

  “I’m familiar with White Manor. I’m looking forward to putting up a couple of good rounds,” he said.

  Danny Costello, also of the host club, and Alexander Hicks of Wildwood G&CC both registered even-par 72s to finish second. At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 78.

  Thursday’s qualifier was the first of two events used to determine who will play in the Championship proper. The next will be held Thursday, July 28 at Coatesville CC.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club

70

Danny Costello, Spring Mill Country Club

72

Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

72

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

73

Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club

74

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Peter Eiler, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

75

James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

75

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75

Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75

Andrew Lawson, Hersheys Mill Golf Club

76

Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76

Joseph Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club

76

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Aaron Burton, Hartefeld National

76

Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Mike Hartsough, Edgmont Country Club

77

Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Golf Club

77

Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club

77

Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

77

Louis Giovi, Old York CC at Chesterfield

77

Robert Acciardo, Whitford Country Club

77

William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

77

Sean Torpey, Doylestown Country Club

77

Steve Ransom, Jr., Wildwood Golf & Country Club

77

James Ridgway, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

77

Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club

77

Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club

77

Max Matejik, Yardley Country Club

77

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

78

Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club

78

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

78

Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Samuel Hockfield, White Manor Country Club

78

Erik Settelen, Bensalem Township Country Club

78

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

78

Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club

78

 

Failed to qualify

Scott Kalan, White Manor Country Club

79

Frank Nattle, The ACE Club

79

Eric Spiller, Woodcrest Country Club

79

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

79

Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

79

Bobby Arthur, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

79

Kevin Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

79

Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club

80

Blayze DiPasquale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Tom Piersanti, Saucon Valley Country Club

80

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

80

Brian Degnan, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Bradley Roberts, Wedgwood Country Club

80

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

80

Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club

80

Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club

80

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

80

Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club

80

Ari Flaisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Todd Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club

81

R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Rick Wright, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club

81

C.J. Van Ostenbridge, Spring Ford Country Club

81

Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

Michael O'Keefe, Hidden Creek Golf Club

81

Chris Hynoski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

81

Edward McCrossen, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Regan Papariello, White Manor Country Club

81

Jeff LeFevre, Linwood Country Club

81

Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club

81

Logan Cloak, Spring Mill Country Club

81

Jeffrey Stokes, Lu Lu Country Club

82

Mark Endres, Overbrook Golf Club

82

Jonathan Burns, Talamore Country Club

82

Joseph Budash, Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

Dave DiValentino, Five Ponds Golf Club

83

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Denis Dotson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

83

John Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

83

Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club

83

Alec Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club

83

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

83

Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club

83

Adam Gelwarg, Green Valley Country Club

84

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

84

James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

84

L.J. Georgetti, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

84

John Inman, Cherry Valley Country Club

84

Andrew Bauer, Laurel Creek Country Club

84

Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

85

Kyle Williams, Glen Oak Country Club

85

Beau Guarino, Burlington Country Club

85

Russell Hartung, Doylestown Country Club

85

Ryan Ade, Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

Mike Dunn, Little Mill Country Club

85

Dave Locher, McCall Golf & Country Club

85

Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club

86

Justin Cifra, Sunnybrook Golf Club

86

Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86

Thomas Corr, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

86

Tom Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

86

Kevin Bair, Loch Nairn Golf Club

86

Michael Lamond, White Manor Country Club

86

Nathan Herring, Limekiln Golf Club

87

Danny Myers, French Creek Golf Club

87

Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Kevin Melnick, Jr., Plymouth Country Club

87

James Lewis, Little Mill Country Club

87

Jack Anderson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

87

Jason Staso, Spring Mill Country Club

88

Christopher Rotelli, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Griffin Drury, Bellewood Golf Club

89

Stephen Rodgers, Doylestown Country Club

89

Lynn Kilduff, Huntsville Golf Club

89

Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

90

Pete D'Angelo, Burlington Country Club

90

Ryan Kidd, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

91

Sean Braddish, Medford Lakes Country Club

92

Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

92

Jeffrey Hilton, Northampton Valley Country Club

92

Dino Dicamillo, Indian Valley Country Club

93

Philip Formica, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

93

Tim Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club

94

Mike Krantz, Philadelphia Publinks GA

94

Mac Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club

97

Ryan Aceto, Waynesborough Country Club

98

John Mastronardo, Cedarbrook Country Club

102

Adam Mastone, Talamore Country Club

WD

Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club

WD

Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

WD

Tommy Horgan, Plymouth Country Club

WD

Andrew Lombard, The Springhaven Club

WD

Patrick Welsh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Richard Bass, Commonwealth National Golf Club

DQ

 

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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