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Amateur Brandon Matthews of Glenmaura National Golf Club defeated
pro Billy Stewart of Golf Galaxy in a playoff for the 109th Open Championship.

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Matthews defeats Stewart in playoff for 109th Open Championship

  PAOLI, Pa.–Brandon Matthews’ summer to remember tour stopped at Waynesborough Country Club and the 109th Open Championship. It rolled out of town with a pair of crystal trophies and an exclusive position amongst Golf Association of Philadelphia icons.

  Matthews, an 18-year-old amateur from Glenmaura National Golf Club, defeated professional Billy Stewart of Golf Galaxy (Devon, Pa.), in a four-hole aggregate score playoff, 15-17. Matthews, a rising Temple University sophomore, and Stewart finished the 36 holes of regulation at 2-under-par 140 on the year’s hottest day.

  Matthews joined R. Jay Sigel, William Hyndman, III and two-time reigning tournament champion Andrew Mason as the only players to win an Open the year after capturing the Patterson Cup. He also became a record fourth straight amateur to win the Open. (His two trophies were for the overall champion and low amateur.)

  “It means a ton, especially with Andrew winning the last two years. [We are] keeping it in the Temple [University] family,” said Matthews of Dupont, Pa. “It means a lot to win this tournament. There are professionals and amateurs in it. It’s nice to know I can compete on this level. It’s really, really a fun thing to go out here, play well and know I can do it.”

  Matthews has now won Golf Association of Philadelphia titles in each of the last three seasons. Last year he won the aforementioned Patterson Cup at Philadelphia Country Club. In 2011, Matthews secured the Junior Boys’ Championship.

  Stewart received the $7,000 low professional prize.

  The field consisted of 46 amateurs and 32 professionals.

  Mason, an amateur when he won his two titles, did not compete this year. He turned professional in April and relocated to Florida.

  Matthews drew national attention a month ago at the U.S. Open. He chipped in on the final hole of the Sectional Qualifier in Purchase, N.Y. to, at the time, secure an apparent spot at Merion Golf Club. He wound up an alternate. That alternate status secured him time on the U.S. Open practice range and his improbable chip-in regular replays on Golf Channel.

  Matthews’ dramatics continued Wednesday.

  Knowing he needed a birdie on his final hole of regulation, (No. 9, par 4, 446 yards), to tie Stewart, Matthews knocked a 58-degree wedge from 124 yards to 10 feet. He drained the tying birdie putt and added a fist pump. A clutch effort considering Matthews had lingering memories of back-to-back missed 5-foot birdie tries on Nos. 7 (par 5, 547 yards) and 8 (par 4, 373 yards).

  In the playoff, holes 6-9, Matthews gained the advantage from the start. A shaky putter suddenly turned into Mr. Reliable. Matthews one-putted each of the four-playoff greens, including three up-and-down par saves.

  Matthews opened on No. 6 (par 3, 236 yards) with such after missing the green left. Stewart’s 4-iron came up short right but his six-foot par try stayed outside the hole. Matthews led 3-4.

  The pair registered pars on No. 7 before Matthews, in essence, secured his second Major title in two years on the next hole. He lofted a pitching wedge from 134 yards to 15 feet. Stewart missed a six-footer for birdie. Matthews played his putt three cups outside left and watched it drop to the bottom of the jar.

  Matthews, 11-13.

  Both players parred the final hole. Matthews took a conservative approach off the tee, and once his second shot cleared the trees and landed 10 yards from the green, the title was all but his.

  “I just told myself to get putts to the hole,” said Matthews of his late-game putting heroics. “I hit so many good putts today that were right on line and came up a bit short. I just told myself to get a couple putts there and you can win this thing.”

  Stewart, the 2002 GAP Amateur Champion, turned professional six years ago and spent time on a pair of Florida mini-tours. He returned to the area full-time last year and said he finally found a home in the Philadelphia Section of the PGA.

  “I had lots of fun today. I love playing golf in Philadelphia,” said Stewart, 29, of Devon, Pa. “I feel like I have my best golf ahead of me. I’m excited to be in the Philadelphia Section and share my knowledge with the younger generation.”

  Pro Stu Ingraham of MGolf Driving Range led after the first round at 3 under. The 1994 Open Champion topped a crowded leaderboard that had 11 players at even-par or better after the first 18 holes.

  Next year’s Open is scheduled for Applebrook Golf Club.

Name, club

Total

 

*(a) Brandon Matthews, Glenmaura National Golf Club

70-70–140

 

Billy Stewart, Golf Galaxy

69-71–140

 

(a) Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

70-71–141

 

(a) Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

71-70–141

 

Mark Summerville, Philadelphia Country Club

73-69–142

 

Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

72-70–142

 

Robert Shuey, Unattached

70-73–143

 

(a) Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association

71-72–143

 

Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club

71-72–143

 

Alexander Knoll, Bethlehem Golf Club

75-69–144

 

Gregory Farrow, Deerwood Country Club

73-71–144

 

John Lynch, The Peninsula Golf and Country Club

73-71–144

 

George Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club

73-71–144

 

Stuart Ingraham, MGolf Driving Range

68-76–144

 

(a) Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

74-70–144

 

David Quinn, Links Golf Club

70-74–144

 

(a) Greg Jarmas, Overbrook Golf Club

75-70–145

 

John Pillar, Sr., Country Club at Woodloch Springs

75-70–145

 

(a) Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

72-73–145

 

(a) Conrad Von Borsig, White Manor Country Club

72-74–146

 

John Cooper, Jr., Green Valley Country Club

75-71–146

 

Barry Dear, Links Golf Club

76-70–146

 

Michael Little, Rolling Green Golf Club

77-70–147

 

Jeffrey Bonicky, Sea Oaks Golf Club

73-74–147

 

(a) Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

74-73–147

 

(a) Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72-75–147

 

David McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club

72-75–147

 

(a) Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73-75–148

 

Terry Hatch, Hidden Valley Golf Club

75-73–148

 

Mark Sheftic, Merion Golf Club

72-76–148

 

(a) Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72-76–148

 

(a) Blayze DiPasquale, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

73-75–148

 

(a) Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

74-74–148

 

(a) Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

71-77–148

 

(a) Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77-72–149

 

(a) John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79-70–149

 

Anthony Napoletano, Golftec King of Prussia

75-74–149

 

(a) Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75-74–149

 

Daniel Bolstein, Riverton Country Club

75-74–149

 

(a) David West, Whitford Country Club

74-75–149

 

(a) Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club

72-77–149

 

(a) Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

78-72–150

 

(a) Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76-74–150

 

(a) Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75-75–150

 

(a) James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

75-75–150

 

(a) Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club

72-79–151

 

Bill Walker, Riverton Country Club

79-72–151

 

(a) Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

74-77–151

 

(a) Zachary Falone, Rolling Green Golf Club

71-80–151

 

David Taraschi, Merchantville Country Club

74-77–151

 

(a) Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

80-72–152

 

Joseph Kogelman, Waynesborough Country Club

75-77–152

 

Shawn Hall, Radley Run Country Club

76-76–152

 

Michael Heidler, Berkshire Country Club

77-75–152

 

Jakob Gerney, Trump National GC - Phila.

77-75–152

 

(a) Tim Freeh, Back Creek Golf Club

75-77–152

 

(a) Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club

78-75–153

 

(a) Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

81-73–154

 

Eddie Perrino, Mountain Laurel Golf Club

84-70–154

 

(a) P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

83-71–154

 

Tony Perla, Radnor Valley Country Club

77-77–154

 

(a) Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

73-81–154

 

(a) Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79-76–155

 

(a) Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

80-76–156

 

(a) Zach Allinson, Lehigh Country Club

80-76–156

 

William Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80-77–157

 

(a) Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

78-80–158

 

(a) Austin Smith, Huntsville Golf Club

81-77–158

 

(a) Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

80-78–158

 

(a) James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

83-76–159

 

(a) Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

85-75–160

 

(a) Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

80-82–162

 

Ryan Carfara, Golf Galaxy - Oxford Valley

82-82–164

 

(a) Andrew Lawson, Waynesborough Country Club

82-83–165

 

(a) Johan van Schalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club

82-83–165

 

(a) Jake Goldenring, Sea Oaks Golf Club

84-83–167

 

Nick Wolfe, Waynesborough Country Club

86-85–171

 

(a) Kavian Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

81-WD–WD

 

 

*-determined in playoff

(a)-denotes amateur; WD-withdrawal

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