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June 13, 2017

Nathan Sutherland of LedgeRock Golf Club was only one of two players
to break par in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier
on Tuesday at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon/Militia Hill (qualifying)).

Philadelphia Cricket’s Brennan earns top seed in #BMWPhillyAm

  FLOURTOWN, Pa.–Timing is everything for John Brennan and the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. A Spring Ford High School social studies teacher, sometimes the educational calendar precludes Brennan from competing in anything more than the event’s stroke play qualifier.

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  This year, with Brennan’s home of Philadelphia Cricket Club hosting the Association’s most prestigious tournament, the 38-year-old made sure he was available to play all week, if necessary.

  And it may just be.

  Brennan, on a brutally hot day, scorched the Wissahickon Course (par 70, 6,868 yards) in a career best 4-under in the morning before finishing the 36-hole BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier with an even-par 72 at the Militia Hill Course (par 72, 7,158 yards). His total was three clear of the field. He will be the No. 1 seed heading into match play, which begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Wissahickon will be the match play site.

  There was a 6-for-3 playoff at 8-over 150. Jack Melville of Lu Lu Country Club earned the No. 32 and final seed with a par on the second playoff hole. Melville outlasted Matt Mattare of Saucon Valley Country Club for the final match play spot.

  The #BMWPhillyAm is the oldest Amateur Championship conducted by a state or regional golf association. It started in 1897.

  “I think [playing on your home course] was a huge aspect,” said Brennan, a two-time Cricket club champion. “Just the conditions of the golf course. It’s a championship golf course out here at Wissahickon. Is everybody in the field prepared for something like this, ‘I don’t know.’ I knew I was prepared coming in for the day. This is a golf course where you just have to plod along and make a lot of pars and when you get an opportunity to make a birdie you have to capitalize on it.”

  Brennan, of Collegeville, Pa., did that with a career-best showing on Wissahickon. He birdied No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards) with a pitching wedge from 125 yards to two feet. He added another on the difficult No. 4 (par 4, 472 yards) after dropping an 8-iron from 155 yards to five feet. He backed that up with a 20-footer on No. 5 (par 3, 193 yards) after landing a 6-iron to the right of the hole. Brennan missed a short par putt on No. 6 (par 4, 472 yards) to give one back but went on a tear, birdieing Nos. 7 thru 9. On No. 7 (par 5, 550 yards), he dropped a lob wedge from 80 yards to 15 feet; drained a 35-footer on No. 8 (par 4, 367 yards) and stopped a GAP wedge at 10 feet on No. 9 (par 4, 376 yards). He made the turn in 5-under 30.

  He reached No. 12 (par 5, 538 yards) in two for an easy birdie, then carded five straight pars before getting in some trouble on 18 (par 4, 469 yards), both off the tee and around the green, before carding a double bogey.

  “That’s my best round by far at Wissahickon. Maybe I shot 1-under par before. To do it on a day like today I’m proud of myself,” said Brennan, who won the Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship in 2012. “In fact, I had only four scores above par, two bogeys and two double bogeys.”

  Brennan carded his other double bogey, ironically, on the first hole of the second round to make it back-to-back doubles.

  After opening with that double at Militia Hill, Brennan then birdied No. 11 (par 3, 157 yards) with a three-quarter 7-iron to 10 feet and No. 14 (par 5, 531 yards) after reaching it in two.

  “I settled in after that and just made a lot of pars,” said Brennan.

  For some reason, this is Nathan Sutherland of LedgeRock Golf Club’s first Amateur appearance. His 1-under-par total was the only other red figure in the field of 139. The timing just never worked out before for the long-hitting 27-year-old.

  It did today, however, for Sutherland who was playing Cricket for the first time.

  “The course sets up well for me. You can spray the ball a little off the tee, you have to hit high shots into the green and I love putting on fast surfaces,” said Sutherland, 27, of Reading, Pa. “This was the first time all year I kind of put everything together.”

  Sutherland isn’t without Championship credentials.

  He finished second in the 2007 Patterson Cup at Berkleigh Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club to Michael McDermott. That was the same year Sutherland tied for third in the Pennsylvania State Amateur, where he opened with a 63 at Longue Vue Club.

  Sutherland faces No. 31 seed Brian Fischer, 21, of Commonwealth National Golf Club.

  Defending champion McDermott, 42, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., qualified for match play as well. The three-time Amateur Champion finished qualifying at 4 over and is seeded No. 17. He faces 20-year-old clubmate and No. 16 seed Peter Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa. at 7:37 a.m. on No. 1.

  A total of 13 Philadelphia Cricket Club members qualified for the Championship proper. Three others, in addition to Brennan advanced: Cole Berman, the 2015 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion; Conrad Von Borsig, the 2009 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion; and Gregor Orlando, a quarterfinalist in 2016.

  This is the first time the BMW Philadelphia Amateur returns to the Wissahickon Course as the primary site since 1976. That year O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley Country Club defeated Duke Delcher of Sandy Run Country Club.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

66W-72MH–138

Nathan Sutherland, LedgeRock Golf Club

70MH-71W–141

Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club

68MH-74W–142

Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75W-68MH–143

Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club

72W-71MH–143

Michael Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

73MH-71W–144

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73W-71MH–144

John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75MH-70W–145

Cole A. Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72W-73MH–145

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club

69MH-76W–145

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71W-74MH–145

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

73W-72MH–145

Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club

71MH-74W–145

Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

72W-73MH–145

Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

73W-72MH–145

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

70MH-76W–146

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

72W-74MH–146

P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club

75W-72MH–147

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

74W-73MH–147

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

79MH-68W–147

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

69W-78MH–147

Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

72MH-76W–148

David Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

72MH-76W–148

#Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73W-75MH–148

Ethan Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

78MH-70W–148

Jay Whitby, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

73W-75MH–148

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

76MH-73W–149

Roland Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook

76W-73MH–149

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72W-77MH–149

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73W-76MH–149

*Matthew Smith, French Creek Golf Club

70MH-80W–150

*Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73MH-77W–150

*Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

76W-74MH–150

 

Failed to qualify

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

76MH-74W–150

Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75MH-75W–150

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

74W-76MH–150

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

70W-80MH–150

Austin Barbin, GAP Junior eClub

75MH-76W–151

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

75MH-76W–151

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

75MH-76W–151

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

75W-76MH–151

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77W-74MH–151

Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club

78W-73MH–151

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

71W-80MH–151

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71MH-80W–151

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

75W-77MH–152

Evan Brown, Hartefeld National

79W-73MH–152

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

75MH-77W–152

Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club

76W-76MH–152

Andy Latowski, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75MH-77W–152

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

78W-74MH–152

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

78W-74MH–152

Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club

74W-78MH–152

Kevin Scherr, GAP Junior eClub

79W-73MH–152

Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

77MH-75W–152

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

75MH-77W–152

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

76W-77MH–153

Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club

79W-74MH–153

Kyle Deisher, Hartefeld National

76W-77MH–153

Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

78W-75MH–153

Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79W-74MH–153

Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club

78W-75MH–153

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

74W-80MH–154

Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

78W-76MH–154

Zachary Falone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81W-73MH–154

Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club

80MH-74W–154

Jack Irons, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

80MH-74W–154

Scott McKean, Chester Valley Golf Club

79W-75MH–154

Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

77MH-78W–155

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

77W-78MH–155

Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79W-76MH–155

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

80MH-75W–155

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

78W-77MH–155

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

79W-76MH–155

Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

76W-79MH–155

Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82W-74MH–156

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

77MH-79W–156

Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73MH-83W–156

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

75MH-81W–156

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

74MH-82W–156

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

78W-78MH–156

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78W-78MH–156

Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior eClub

77W-80MH–157

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

79MH-78W–157

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81MH-76W–157

Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

80W-77MH–157

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

82W-75MH–157

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

80MH-77W–157

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81W-77MH–158

Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club

80MH-78W–158

Tanner Robb, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

82MH-76W–158

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

79W-80MH–159

Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

83MH-76W–159

Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

81MH-78W–159

Robert Olseski, III, Sandy Run Country Club

77MH-82W–159

Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78W-81MH–159

Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78MH-81W–159

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

80MH-79W–159

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

77MH-83W–160

Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85MH-75W–160

Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

84W-76MH–160

David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

79W-82MH–161

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

83W-78MH–161

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

82W-79MH–161

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

80MH-81W–161

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

78MH-83W–161

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

77MH-84W–161

Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

82MH-80W–162

Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club

83W-79MH–162

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

84MH-79W–163

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

81W-82MH–163

Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84MH-80W–164

Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78MH-86W–164

Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club

83MH-81W–164

Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club

81MH-83W–164

Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

83MH-82W–165

Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77W-88MH–165

Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club

78W-88MH–166

Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown

81MH-85W–166

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

81MH-86W–167

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

84MH-83W–167

Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club

80MH-88W–168

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82MH-86W–168

Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club

82MH-86W–168

Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

83MH-86W–169

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

82W-90MH–172

Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club

86MH-89W–175

Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club

WD

Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club

WD

Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club

WD

Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club

WD

Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club

WD

J.D. Hughes, LedgeRock Golf Club

WD

William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

WD

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

WD

Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club

WD

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

WD

 

MH-Militia Hill; W-Wissahickon

#-not participating in match play

*-determined in playoff

WD-withdrawal

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