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June 13, 2016

Matt Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club finished at 4-over-par 145 to place second
in the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifer.

Huntsville’s Ross tops former Temple teammate Teesdale
for 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur medal

  ARDMORE, Pa.–There are many layers to Patrick Ross’ medalist performance in the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier. The top of it all, he earned the No. 1 seed in match play.

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  Add in the enormity of that accomplishment, both personally and golf career wise and the layers stack up.

  Howling morning winds calmed a bit in the afternoon under sunny skies Monday, but both Qualifier venues – Merion Golf Club (East, par 70, 6,383 yards) and Philadelphia Country Club (par 71, 6,934 yards) – played in hard-and-fast championship conditions. The scoring average at Merion was 10 shots above par; PCC eight shots above.

  When the field of 134 players finished 18 holes at each site, Ross found himself atop the scoreboard at 2-over 143. He edged former Temple University teammate Matthew Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club by two shots. Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club and Chris Ault of Yardley Country Club tied for third at 146.

  The final two match play contestants for the bracket of 32 were determined in a 6-for-2 playoff. The playoff was for players at a score of 154, 13 over. Bill Jeremiah of Bidermann Golf Club and Glenn Smeraglio of Lu Lu Country Club advanced. The playoff went two holes (Nos. 13 (par 3, 109 yards) and 14 (par 4, 413 yards) at Merion).

  “It means a lot. Philadelphia golf is so historic, to have your name attached to GAP and to be medalist in something like this is definitely a big accomplishment for me,” said Ross, 24, of Huntsville Golf Club and Dunmore, Pa. “It does mean a lot and knowing that my teammates have done it before me kind of makes me feel a little bit better about myself that I can join them, too.” Former Ross teammates Teesdale and Brandon Matthews have each won multiple Association Majors.

  The Round of 32 matches begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Merion (East). Ross faces Jeremiah. The Round of 16 matches follow at 12 p.m. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Wednesday. The 36-hole final takes place on Saturday.

  This is the first time in 62 years Merion (East) has hosted the Amateur.

  Ross opened his final Amateur, he told reporters after his round he was turning professional next week in time for the Vermont Open (June 20-22), with a 1-under 70 at Philadelphia Country. He noted that a winding, 20-foot par save on No. 18 (par 4, 390 yards) breathed some life into his first round, one that saw him card two birdies and seven pars to close out with the morning round’s only under-par score. He held a three-shot lead.

  He recorded birdies on No. 4 (par 4, 467 yards) with an 8-iron to 10 feet before sinking the putt and then on No. 6 (par 5, 500 yards) dropped a 3-iron from 219 yards to 15-feet and two putted.

  “My goal coming in was to try and be medalist,” said Ross. “I didn’t change my game plan at all after the round of Philly Country. You still try to shoot the best possible score.”

  At Merion, a triple bogey-bogey on holes No. 6 (par 4, 425 yards) and No. 7 (par 4, 356 yards), respectively, put the medalist honor in doubt before three birdies in the last six holes allowed him to edge Teesdale. All coming on the strength of strong wedge work.

  “I really take this as two tournaments, a stroke play and a match play part,” said Ross. “It gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow but that’s a new ball game. Everyone has a clean slate.”

  Ross entered the Amateur only weeks removed from the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, where he and partner Brandon Matthews were medalists at Winged Foot Golf Club. The two fell in the quarterfinals.

  Ross hopes to build upon that success. He’s never advanced further than the second round of match play at the Amateur.

  Teesdale posted rounds of 74 (PCC) and 71 (Merion) to place second.

  He called his game rusty. Employment searching has led to less time on the range.

  “The most important part about a qualifier is qualifying,” said Teesdale, 25 of Maple Glen, Pa. “Getting into the Top 32 was the idea. I played some good golf on the second 18. I felt the game coming around.”

  Defending champion Cole Berman of Philadelphia Cricket Club tied for 18th at 151 (76 PCC, 75 Merion). He is the No. 19 seed.

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Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club

70P-73M–143

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74P-71M–145

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

75M-71P–146

Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

79M-67P–146

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76M-71P–147

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

75M-72P–147

Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

73P-74M–147

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75M-73P–148

Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

75M-73P–148

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

76P-73M–149

Scott Ehrlich, Five Ponds Golf Club

74P-75M–149

Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

77P-73M–150

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

79M-71P–150

Philip Rothermel, Schuylkill Country Club

78P-72M–150

David Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

79P-71M–150

Roland Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook

75P-75M–150

Jay Whitby, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

77P-73M–150

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

79M-72P–151

Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club

79M-72P–151

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76P-75M–151

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76M-75P–151

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

79M-73P–152

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

77P-75M–152

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

74M-78P–152

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

79P-74M–153

Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80M-73P–153

Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club

79M-74P–153

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

83M-70P–153

Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club

77M-76P–153

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

77M-76P–153

*Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

76M-78P–154

*William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

82P-72M–154

 

Failed to qualify

*John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79M-75P–154

*Ben Bershad, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

78M-76P–154

*Ryan Siegler, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76P-78M–154

*Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club

76P-78M–154

Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

80P-75M–155

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

77M-78P–155

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79M-76P–155

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

77P-78M–155

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

77P-78M–155

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

76P-79M–155

P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club

80P-75M–155

Drew Guarino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

80P-75M–155

Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club

80M-75P–155

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

80M-75P–155

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

79P-77M–156

Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

76P-80M–156

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

77P-79M–156

Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club

82M-74P–156

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77P-79M–156

Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club

77P-79M–156

John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

81M-75P–156

Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77P-80M–157

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

80P-77M–157

Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81P-76M–157

Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

81M-76P–157

Vinay Ramesh, Lu Lu Country Club

81M-76P–157

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

79M-79P–158

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

78P-80M–158

Kyle Martin, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81P-77M–158

Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club

78P-80M–158

Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

80M-78P–158

Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80P-78M–158

Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

81M-77P–158

Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club

81P-77M–158

Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club

79M-79P–158

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

83M-77P–160

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

81M-79P–160

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

78M-82P–160

Max Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

80P-80M–160

Evan Brown, Hartefeld National

80M-80P–160

Ross Pilliod, Gilbertsville Golf Club

80P-80M–160

David West, Applecross Country Club

82M-79P–161

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84M-77P–161

Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84P-77M–161

Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Country Club

75M-86P–161

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

79P-82M–161

Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

76P-85M–161

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

84P-78M–162

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

79M-83P–162

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81M-81P–162

Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club

86M-76P–162

Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

76P-86M–162

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86P-77M–163

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

86M-77P–163

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

78M-85P–163

Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

86P-77M–163

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81P-82M–163

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

83M-80P–163

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

82P-81M–163

Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

82M-81P–163

Justin Hare, Five Ponds Golf Club

81P-82M–163

Tyler Smith, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80P-83M–163

Rodney James, Heidelberg Country Club

83P-81M–164

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

82M-82P–164

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

80M-84P–164

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

80M-84P–164

Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club

79P-85M–164

Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

84M-81P–165

Paul Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

84P-81M–165

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

86M-79P–165

Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club

85P-80M–165

Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

78P-88M–166

Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club

85M-81P–166

Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club

88M-78P–166

Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club

88M-78P–166

J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club

80P-86M–166

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

89M-78P–167

Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club

81P-86M–167

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

81P-87M–168

Mark Ellinger, Whitford Country Club

86M-82P–168

Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club

78P-90M–168

Shamus Gartley, Fox Hill Country Club

81P-87M–168

Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87M-81P–168

Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

84P-85M–169

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

90M-80P–170

David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club

86M-84P–170

Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club

89M-81P–170

Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club

87M-83P–170

Austin Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club

85P-85M–170

Ted Matthews, Lu Lu Country Club

88P-82M–170

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

86P-85M–171

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

86M-85P–171

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

93M-79P–172

David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

84P-88M–172

Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club

85M-87P–172

Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club

81P-92M–173

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

87M-88P–175

Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club

85M-92P–177

Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

95M-83P–178

Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club

94M-85P–179

Christian Davis, Glenmaura National Golf Club

84P-96M–180

Lenny Welch, Radley Run Country Club

91P-DQM–DQ

 

*-determined in playoff

DQ-disqualification

M-Merion Golf Club; P-Philadelphia Country Club

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