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July 24, 2014

Braden Shattuck tees off No. 2 (par 3, 143 yards).

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Trio shares medalist honors in Patterson Qual. at Hartefeld National

  AVONDALE, Pa. — Three players finished at 4-under-par 68 to share medalist honors in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at Hartefeld National (par 72, 6,562 yards) Thursday. Concord Country Club’s Braden Shattuck, a rising 19-year-old, and Golf Association of Philadelphia stalwarts Sean Coyle of Llanerch Country Club and James Gillespie of Wedgewood Country Club led a field of 112 players hoping to earn one of 32 qualifying spots and ties available for the Championship proper.

  The cut line dropped to 76 by day’s end.

  The Patterson Cup will take place Aug. 6-7 at Tavistock Country Club.

  Shattuck, of Aston, Pa., played in the morning and set the subpar bar.

  “I knew all I had to do was just keep it in play on the drives, and then second shots would mostly be short irons in,” Shattuck said. “I had to get the par 5s. I had to stay patient. I knew that on the back nine, I had to hit good drives. It’s a little tighter than the front nine. I actually just wanted to get through that back nine in even because there are a lot of birdie holes on the front, and I did the reverse.”

  He sure did.

  Starting on No. 10 (par 4, 397 yards), Shattuck opened with a 3, slamming a wedge 130 yards to five feet. He played Hartefeld National’s par 5s in 3 under. Hoping to use power to his advantage, Shattuck caught a 4-iron from 220 yards a bit heavy on the 546-yard 13th hole. He then nestled a wedge 60 yards to five feet. On the 517-yard 16th hole, Shattuck sent a drive into the native grass on the right side. He chopped onto the fairway and hit a wedge 115 yards to eight feet. Shattuck also birdied No. 5 (533 yards), hammering a 5-iron 207 yards to 75 above the hole location and lagging a lengthy putt into tap-in territory. Command of green speeds complemented a superb short game Thursday.

  “I paced my putts well,” Shattuck said. “I didn’t make any long ones, but I didn’t leave myself any long ones coming back, so it was good. Right now, anything from a wedge and around the greens and putting has been good.”

  Shattuck is a former student at the University of Delaware. As a freshman a year ago, he won the Wildcat Invitational. But flipping through textbooks and spending hours studying prevented time on the golf course. So Shattuck left the classroom for the bag room at Concord to wholly pursue his passion.

  “Really it was financial reasons,” Shattuck said of his decision to discontinue his college education. “Financial, and I just wanted to play golf. I couldn’t focus enough on golf being in school. So those two combined kind of pushed me out.”

Sean Coyle

  Coyle and Gillespie, playing in the same group, combined for 13 birdies to push into the medalist circle in the afternoon.

  “It was actually a pretty easy day,” Coyle, 38, of Wayne, Pa., said. “Jim and I were on the cart, just chilling pretty much all day. We hit a lot of greens. Jimmy and I will attest that we both left a couple of shots out there. It could have been really good.”

  Both players began their qualifying bids with birdies on No. 1 (par 5, 537 yards); Coyle hit a wedge 100 yards to nine feet, Gillespie a wedge to two feet after missing the green left with a 3-wood from 250 yards. The two also birdied No. 8. Coyle bumped a pitching wedge to two feet for birdie. Gillespie steered an 8-iron from 158 yards right of the green but executed a sound up-and-down. And both players inked red on a frontside par 3. Coyle, a managing partner of The Goat’s Beard, a restaurant in Manayunk, Pa., stopped a 7-iron at two feet on No. 6 (174 yards), Gillespie a 4-iron at 40 feet on No. 9 (195 yards).

  “I always see everyone make those putts. I never do. I was so shocked it went in,” Gillespie, 40, of Washington Township, N.J., said. “I usually hit the ball alright. I never make putts, and today I made putts.”

  The putts continued to fall coming in. On No. 10, Coyle sent a 7-iron onto the fringe and snaked in a 35-footer. He drilled an 8-iron 150 yards to three feet on No. 15 (par 4, 368 yards). Coyle deemed it a back-to-back affair by slapping a wedge 50 yards to 12 feet on No. 16. Gillespie followed suit. Both also birdied the previous par 5 (No. 13, 546 yards) after nearly arriving at the putting surface in two strokes. Coyle converted a 25-footer while Gillespie tapped in after a delicate chip. The latter rolled in a 20-footer for birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 378 yards) following a 7-iron from 162 yards. Coyle carded three bogeys, Gillespie two on the day.

  Improvement breeds optimism for Coyle as Tavistock approaches.

  “My game’s getting consistently better,” he said. “I’m seeing this instructor, Sean Palmer from Merion, and he’s got me hitting it the right way. Overall, I’m happy with how I’m swinging. I’m going to go out there, play hard and see if I can make a couple of more birdies.”

  Gillespie, too, sees “more good than bad” when he swings a golf club these days. His expectations seem more tempered, though, given the region’s amateur talent pool.

  “I’m going to play Oakmont [Country Club for the Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship], so I will be humbled really quickly when I get out there,” Gillespie, who operates a drilling business, said. “I will enjoy the nice score today and be put in my place come Monday. I’ll just show up and see what happens. These guys are so good.”

  On Thursday, Coyle, Gillespie and Shattuck showed just how good they can be, too.

  NOTES — Aronimink Golf Club’s Max Siegfried aced the par 3, 158-yard 11th hole with a 7-iron. It was his first career hole-in-one. Siegfried, 16, of Villanova, Pa., is a junior at The Haverford School … The second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup memorializes a man who fostered the game in its infancy. Joseph Henry Patterson, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, competed in the first out-of-town match played by a team of Philadelphians. Friends of Patterson donated the Cup, designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co., to the GAP in 1900.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

Scores

Braden Shattuck, Concord Country Club

68

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

68

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

68

Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

69

J.B. Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

71

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

72

Trey Swanson, Penn Oaks Golf Club

72

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

72

Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club

73

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Mark Benevento, Jr, Greate Bay Country Club

73

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

73

Joe Chambers, Chester Valley Golf Club

73

Ty Krieger, Lancaster Country Club

73

Michael Rogers, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

73

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Philmont Country Club

73

Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club

73

Joseph Hughes, Little Mill Country Club

74

Brandan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club

74

Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

74

Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club

74

John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

74

Daniel Myers, French Creek Golf Club

75

Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club

75

Evan Notaro, Woodstone Country Club

75

John Murphy, II, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

75

Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club

75

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

Brett Murphy, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

75

Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club

75

Philip Formica, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

76

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

76

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

76

Chuck Lynch, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76

Failed to qualify

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

77

John Campanelli, Running Deer Golf Club

77

Jacob Klaus, Tavistock Country Club

77

Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club

77

Christopher Cochran, Riverton Country Club

77

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

77

Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club

77

Matt Kocent, White Manor Country Club

77

Liam Murphy, Hartefeld National

77

Jack Henderson, Gulph Mills Golf Club

77

Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club

78

Liam Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

78

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

78

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

78

Tim Pici, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

Ryan Richardson, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club

78

Gary Quinn, Jr., White Manor Country Club

78

Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

78

Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

79

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

79

Ryan Zinsky, Burlington Country Club

79

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

79

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

79

Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Robert Olseski, Sandy Run Country Club

79

Matt Baer, Broad Run Golfers Club

79

Alec Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Benjamin Kotler, Squires Golf Club

80

Jack Glacken, Bala Golf Club

80

Zachary Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

80

L.J. Georgetti, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

80

Liam Lafferty, Burlington Country Club

80

Gerald Newell, Jr., DuPont Country Club

80

Charles Filling, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

81

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

John Donnelly, White Manor Country Club

81

Max Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club

81

Sean Braddish, Medford Lakes Country Club

82

Andrew Lombard, The Springhaven Club

82

John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club

82

George Hagstoz, Riverton Country Club

82

Tommy Horgan, Plymouth Country Club

82

Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club

82

Gerald Bowes, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Michael Flatley, Merion Golf Club

83

Adam Gelwarg, Green Valley Country Club

83

Robert Cummings, Riverton Country Club

83

Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

83

John Manos, Llanerch Country Club

85

Vincent Budny, Metedeconk National Golf Club

85

William Curran, Gulph Mills Golf Club

85

Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club

85

Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club

86

John Manfredi, Woodcrest Country Club

87

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

87

Kenneth Antos, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Tom Gravina, Aronimink Golf Club

89

Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club

95

Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Eric Spiller, Woodcrest Country Club

WD

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

DQ

Robby Rowe, Bent Creek Country Club

WD

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

WD

Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club

WD

Robert Filipe, Laurel Creek Country Club

NC

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

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

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