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July 20, 2016

Michael Davis, an Aronimink Golf Club member, was one of five players who qualified.

Huntingdon Valley’s Sterbinsky tops U.S. Amateur Qualifier

  NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Swing mechanics, hip movement, speed and stroke with a putter — all topics on Kyle Sterbinsky’s improvement list this summer. He’s working with John Dunigan, director of instruction at White Manor Country Club, to refresh his golf game.

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  The project is a success, judging by Wednesday’s result.

  Sterbinsky, a rising junior at Wake Forest University, carded a 3-under-par 138 to earn medalist honors in a U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Aronimink Golf Club (par 70, 7,074 yards) and White Manor Country Club (par 71, 7,015 yards). Fellow collegiates Michael Boss (recent Flagler College graduate), Michael Davis (junior at Princeton University), Matt Oshrine (senior at Duke University) and Henry Shimp (freshman at Stanford University), also advanced to the Championship proper.

  The U.S. Amateur Championship will take place Aug. 15-21 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

  “I saw a lot of progression today, which was nice. It was a long day, but I played solid the whole day,” Sterbinbsky, 19, of Yardley, Pa., said. “I struck the ball really well all day and fortunately got the putter rolling. I’ve been working pretty hard on the greens, so it’s good to see some work pay off. I hit some really good putts today.”

  Sterbinsky, a Huntingdon Valley Country Club member, began his U.S. Amateur bid at White Manor. There he carded a 3-under-par 68 — a shot off the 18-hole lead, held by Lu Lu Country Club’s P.J. Acierno. Sterbinsky birdied two his first three holes to settle in. He buried an uphill, right-to-left dyer on No. 1 (par 4, 424 yards) from 35 feet for birdie. A punch 9-iron from 160 yards served as the set-up. On the monstrous par 3, 249-yard No. 3, Sterbinsky powered a hybrid to 22 feet and trickled a putt over the front edge. He secured a 3 under on the scorecard by sending a soft 8-iron 160 yards to 10 feet above the No. 18 (par 4, 418 yards) flagstick for birdie.

  “I had a lot of confidence on the greens there. It’s nice knowing that if I hit some solid shots, the birdies would come,” Sterbinsky said.

  Only three birdies came at Aronimink, including Sterbinsky’s “best putt of the day.” He breathed on a seven-footer on No. 17 (par 3, 188 yards) following a stupendous 7-iron off the tee. Aronimink and Sterbinsky seem to mesh. At age 16, he became the youngest medalist in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur history at the venue. The memory never crossed his mind Wednesday.

  “I wasn’t really thinking [about what happened] a couple of years ago,” Sterbinsky said. “I knew that if I played well, I could score well out here. It’s a difficult golf course, so you still have to stick with what you’ve been doing.”

  Sterbinsky qualified for the U.S. Amateur in 2012. He was a 10th grader then, nerves abound on the first tee as 50 spectators surrounded.

  “I missed match play by one shot. I feel like I’ve definitely improved since then,” Sterbinsky said. “My game is capable. If I play solid, I can compete with these guys.”

  Davis joins Sterbinsky as a fellow local in the qualifying circle. A two-time club champion at Aronimink, he grew up at the club and kept that course knowledge in his playbook.

  “It definitely helped,” Davis, 20, of Newtown Square, Pa., said. “This place is pretty straightforward off the tee. Being comfortable on the greens and knowing where putts are going to go helped.”

  A pair of four-putts on Nos. 2 (par 4, 420 yards) and 11 (par 4, 408 yards) nearly removed Davis from the qualifying status. He countered the interference with five birdies.

  Davis, recent semifinalist and 2015 BMW Philadelphia Amateur runner-up, qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2011 and 2013. He will make his U.S. Amateur debut.

  Reputation lured Boss, 23, of Lewistown, N.Y., to Aronimink and White Manor. He carded respective 71s at each site to advance.

   “It was tough coming down the stretch. I saw my name on the leaderboards,” Boss, who works on the grounds crew at Niagara Falls Country Club, said. “This is my first U.S. Amateur so I’m pretty excited.”

  Word of mouth, and past experience, prompted Oshrine, 20, of Baltimore, Md., to make the trek north.

  “I played White Manor in Junior golf, and I’ve only heard great things about Aronimink. I like to pick sites that are good, long golf courses,” he said. “I made a lot of putts from the eight-to-12-foot range, especially late in the round at Aronimink. It gave me confidence for the afternoon.”

  A three-hole stretch at White Manor showcased Oshrine’s distance putting proficiency. He converted a 20-footer for par on No. 13 (par 4, 460 yards), a 15-footer for bogey on No. 14 (par 3, 214 yards) and a 15-footer for par on No. 15 (par 4, 494 yards). Oshrine will compete in his third U.S. Amateur (2013, 2015).

  Shimp, 18, of Charlotte, N.C., qualified for his first U.S. Amateur two years ago at Stonewall. He returned to the area hoping to rekindle the magic.

  “Aronimink and White Manor are just awesome courses, so I wanted to come up and play them,” Shimp, 18, of Charlotte, N.C., said. “I’m excited that it worked out.”

  In the afternoon at White Manor, Shimp, a two-time Carolinas Junior Champion, fired five birdies and an eagle. On the par 5, 554-yard No. 6, he pummeled a 3-iron 250 yards to nine feet for a 3.

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Qualifiers

Name, city, state

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley, Pa.

68

WM

70

AGC

138

Henry Shimp, Charlotte, N.C.

71

AGC

69

WM

140

Matt Oshrine, Baltimore, Md.

71

AGC

70

WM

141

Michael Boss, Lewiston, N.Y.

71

AGC

71

WM

142

Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa.

71

WM

71

AGC

142

Alternates (in order)

*Samuel Soeth, Newtown Square, Pa.

73

WM

70

AGC

143

*Robert Maguire, Pottstown, Pa.

73

WM

70

AGC

143

Failed to qualify

P.J. Acierno, Flourtown, Pa.

66

AGC

78

WM

144

Scott McLaughlin, Hatboro, Pa.

77

WM

67

AGC

144

Vinay Ramesh, Hartsdale, N.Y.

73

AGC

72

WM

145

Craig Hornberger, Lancaster, Pa.

72

WM

73

AGC

145

Bryce Howell, Blythewood, SC

70

WM

75

AGC

145

Ryan Siegler, West Windsor, N.J.

73

WM

72

AGC

145

Matthew Smith, Yorklyn, Del.

76

AGC

70

WM

146

Michael Graboyes, Watchung, N.J.

72

AGC

74

WM

146

J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, Pa.

70

AGC

76

WM

146

Benjamin Smith, Philadelphia, Pa.

75

WM

71

AGC

146

Carey Bina, Villanova, Pa.

71

AGC

76

WM

147

James Wolfe, Columbus, OH

72

WM

75

AGC

147

Brandon Dalinka, Margate, N.J.

72

AGC

76

WM

148

Ross Pilliod, Sinking Spring, Pa.

77

AGC

71

WM

148

Paul Liebezeit, Berwyn, Pa.

76

AGC

72

WM

148

Bin Kwon, Marlton, N.J.

72

WM

76

AGC

148

Joseph Markmann, Doylestown, Pa.

73

WM

75

AGC

148

Daniel Rudershausen, Kennett Square, Pa.

72

AGC

77

WM

149

Brandon Vance, Audubon, Pa.

74

AGC

75

WM

149

Gary McCabe, Collegeville, Pa.

72

AGC

77

WM

149

Thomas Lewis, Doylestown, Pa.

74

WM

75

AGC

149

Erik Reisner, Philadelphia, Pa.

76

WM

73

AGC

149

Paul Mauer, Eagleville, Pa.

73

WM

76

AGC

149

Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, Pa.

73

WM

76

AGC

149

Ron Robinson, Hatfield, Pa.

74

WM

75

AGC

149

David Hicks, Cape May Court House, N.J.

76

AGC

74

WM

150

John Samaha, Hatboro, Pa.

75

AGC

75

WM

150

Kyle Martin, Lansdale, Pa.

74

AGC

76

WM

150

Kevin Silvestri, Marlboro, N.J.

75

WM

75

AGC

150

Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, Pa.

74

WM

76

AGC

150

Brock Kovach, Wyomissing, Pa.

75

AGC

76

WM

151

Aaron Fricke, Denver, Pa.

77

AGC

74

WM

151

Austin Nowak, Lancaster, N.Y.

77

AGC

74

WM

151

Marc Oliveri, Lancaster, Pa.

72

WM

79

AGC

151

Tevis Upton, Acworth, Ga.

77

AGC

75

WM

152

Billy Johns, Johns Creek, Ga.

80

WM

72

AGC

152

Joey Russo, Sewell, N.J.

71

WM

81

AGC

152

Jalen Griffin, Ambler, Pa.

74

WM

78

AGC

152

Liam Murphy, Hockessin, Del.

76

AGC

77

WM

153

Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa.

77

AGC

76

WM

153

Joseph Dulka, West Chester, Pa.

79

AGC

74

WM

153

Jack Melville, Maple Glen, Pa.

76

WM

77

AGC

153

Connor Boham, Collegeville, Pa.

77

AGC

77

WM

154

Matt Cocco, Churchville, Pa.

81

AGC

73

WM

154

Quinn Dolan, Broomall, Pa.

76

AGC

78

WM

154

Evan Notaro, Bath, Pa.

76

WM

78

AGC

154

Andrew Lombardo, Lansdale, Pa.

74

WM

80

AGC

154

Trey Swanson, West Chester, Pa.

80

WM

74

AGC

154

Luca Jezzeny, Furlong, Pa.

78

WM

76

AGC

154

Zachary Barbin, Elkton, Md.

74

AGC

81

WM

155

Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

76

AGC

79

WM

155

Kyle Wambold, Macungie, Pa.

77

WM

78

AGC

155

Ben Feld, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

79

AGC

77

WM

156

Pete Moran, Chester Springs, Pa.

77

AGC

79

WM

156

Spenser Slayden, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

84

WM

72

AGC

156

Stephen Skurla, West Chester, Pa.

76

WM

80

AGC

156

Adam Mistretta, Philadelphia, Pa.

80

WM

76

AGC

156

Zachary Falone, Mickleton, N.J.

78

WM

78

AGC

156

Dylan Chessher, Dover, Del.

76

WM

80

AGC

156

Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, Del.

75

WM

81

AGC

156

Scott Forrester, Cheltenham, Pa.

80

WM

76

AGC

156

Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, Pa.

74

WM

82

AGC

156

Blake Cleary, Greenville, Del.

78

AGC

79

WM

157

Daniel Altieri, Skillman, N.J.

84

WM

73

AGC

157

Caleb Ryan, Norristown, Pa.

82

WM

75

AGC

157

Justin Elwell, Sewell, N.J.

80

WM

77

AGC

157

Scott McKean, Chester Springs, Pa.

78

WM

79

AGC

157

Yoseph Dance, Richmond, Va.

78

WM

79

AGC

157

Jordan Lerner, Princeton, N.J.

78

WM

79

AGC

157

Gary Schoeman, Philadelphia, Pa.

84

WM

73

AGC

157

Brian Weaver, Sinking Spring, Pa.

76

WM

81

AGC

157

Michael Lam, Langhorne, Pa.

76

AGC

82

WM

158

Joe Kerrigan, Ardmore, Pa.

77

AGC

81

WM

158

Blake Hinckley, Chadds Ford, Pa.

78

AGC

80

WM

158

Shawn Lavin, Drexel Hill, Pa.

80

AGC

78

WM

158

Bret Howey, Nazareth, Pa.

80

WM

78

AGC

158

Zachary Herr, New Hope, Pa.

70

AGC

89

WM

159

Kevin Haag, Hummelstown, Pa.

78

AGC

81

WM

159

Andrew Kotler, Skillman, N.J.

80

AGC

79

WM

159

Benjamin Cooley, Rydal, Pa.

80

AGC

79

WM

159

Ellis Chandler, New Holland, Pa.

79

AGC

80

WM

159

Joseph Hughes, Tabernacle, N.J.

83

WM

76

AGC

159

Matthew Bastian, Media, Pa.

85

WM

74

AGC

159

David Shields, Erdenheim, Pa.

83

WM

76

AGC

159

Robert Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

74

WM

85

AGC

159

Joshua Madarang, Chester Springs, Pa.

75

WM

84

AGC

159

Joseph Visalli, Dover, Del.

82

AGC

78

WM

160

Stephen Barry, Mullica Hill, N.J.

80

AGC

80

WM

160

John Burke, III, Wilmington, Del.

85

AGC

75

WM

160

Tyler Smith, Bath, Pa.

77

WM

83

AGC

160

Christopher Lawler, Philadelphia, Pa.

81

WM

79

AGC

160

Billy Civitella, North Palm Beach, Fla.

82

WM

78

AGC

160

Nino Rosal, Camden, Del.

81

WM

79

AGC

160

Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, Del.

81

WM

79

AGC

160

Eric Carlidge, Ambler, Pa.

83

WM

77

AGC

160

Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, Pa.

81

AGC

80

WM

161

Steve Oh, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

78

AGC

83

WM

161

Rockland Bare, Lancaster, Pa.

81

AGC

80

WM

161

Alexander Butler, East Norriton, Pa.

82

AGC

79

WM

161

David Kim, Dresher, Pa.

82

WM

79

AGC

161

Andrew Romano, Depew, N.Y.

83

WM

78

AGC

161

Steven Altieri, Skillman, N.J.

79

WM

82

AGC

161

David Gall, Cinnaminson, N.J.

79

AGC

83

WM

162

Carlos Fullerton, Emmaus, Pa.

79

WM

83

AGC

162

Nicholas Graziano, Doylestown, Pa.

79

WM

83

AGC

162

Matthew Glowacki, Leesville, S.C.

78

AGC

85

WM

163

Kavian Bina, Villanova, Pa.

78

AGC

85

WM

163

Johan Van Schalkwyk, Haddon Heights, N.J.

81

WM

82

AGC

163

Matthew Sander, Florence, KY

79

WM

84

AGC

163

Wes Samons, Bloomfield, N.J.

82

WM

81

AGC

163

Brandon Capone, Columbus, N.J.

81

AGC

83

WM

164

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

76

AGC

88

WM

164

Alexander Kim, Blue Bell, Pa.

79

AGC

85

WM

164

Mark Coassolo, Macungie, Pa.

80

AGC

84

WM

164

Alexander Kane, Unionville, Pa.

79

AGC

86

WM

165

Jubal Early, Charlotte, N.C.

85

AGC

80

WM

165

Brian Winters, Schwenksville, Pa.

82

AGC

83

WM

165

Jack Quirk, Glenside, Pa.

82

AGC

85

WM

167

Andrew Barbin, Elkton, Md.

85

WM

82

AGC

167

George Duangmanee, Fairfax, Va.

89

WM

78

AGC

167

Bill Long, Ahoskie, N.C.

89

AGC

79

WM

168

Anthony Barr, Harleysville, Pa.

87

WM

82

AGC

169

Jeff Whiteside, Bear, Del.

79

AGC

92

WM

171

Riley Trone, Fairfax, Va.

88

WM

87

AGC

175

* — determined in playoff

 

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