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June 12, 2018

Ryan Rucinski of Fieldstone Golf Club took medalist honors with a pair of 1-under-par rounds
at Green Valley Country Club/Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. Here's his chip-in birdie on No. 18 at Whitemarsh Valley.

Fieldstone’s Rucinski medals in 118th #BMWPhillyAm Qualifier

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa.–Ryan Rucinski and Golf Association of Philadelphia Championships haven’t mixed well in years past.

  When asked why, the Wilmington University standout shrugged his shoulders. He had no answers.

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  In Tuesday’s 118th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier, Rucinski took a giant step in erasing prior consternations.

  The long-hitting Wilmington University rising senior secured medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 141, 2 under. Rucinski carded matching 1-under pars at each site: Green Valley Country Club (par 71, 6,766 yards) and Whitemarsh Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,789 yards). He was the only player in the field of 133 to break par.

  Rucinski faces No. 32 seed Marc Mandel of Philadelphia Cricket Club at 7:30 a.m. Mandel outlasted clubmate John Brennan to be the final player to advance in an 11-for-8 playoff for the last qualifying positions. The cutline fell at 149, 6 over. Whitemarsh Valley is the Championship site for all matches. Rounds 1 & 2 take place Wednesday. The quarterfinals and semifinals begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The 36-hole Final starts at 7 a.m. Saturday.

  “It’s nice to come here where I feel I should play well and to finally do it,” said Rucinski, 21, of Wilmington, Del. “I have no idea why I haven’t played well in [GAP] stuff before because I know all the courses. It’s just random. That’s just how golf is. It comes sometimes and leaves sometimes. It finally came during this tournament. It stunk to continuously see my name down [near the bottom of the scoreboard] when I can obviously compete with them.”

  Last year, Rucinski missed the cut in the Open Championship and Patterson Cup. In his only other Amateur appearance, the 2016 #BMWPhillyAm at Merion Golf Club, Rucinski, you guessed it, missed the match play cut. He did medal in an Amateur pre-qualifier that year to get to the Championship Proper. Adding to Rucinski’s GAP dismay has been his Delaware State Golf Association Major success. He’s placed second in the 2016 DSGA Amateur and second in the 2015 DSGA Open. In 2013, he won the Junior Championship.

  Matthew Finger of DuPont Country Club posted a second-round 4-under 68 in the afternoon, the day’s best at Whitemarsh Valley, to leap into the No. 2 seed. Defending #BMWPhillyAm Champion Gregor Orlando of Philadelphia Cricket Club tied for third in qualifying. He is the No. 3 seed and will face No. 30 Michael R. Brown, Jr. of Lu Lu Country Club.

  “The last time the Amateur was at Whitemarsh [in 2008] I played well here. I really see the reads on the [greens] on this course well,” said Finger. “I like where my game is at. It is good right now. I expect to win [matches]. I expect to keep making birdies.”

  Rucinski’s matching 1-under scores were similar in result only.

  In the morning at Whitemarsh Valley, Rucinski struggled to find his mojo. He hit only seven greens in regulation but used a wonderful short game to save strokes. His crowning moment came on No. 18 (par 4, 462 yards) – his ninth hole – when he chipped in from the left rough for a birdie three. He lifted his 58-degree wedge from 20 feet out and watched the ball trickle into the cup on its last roll. Rucinski finished the round with four birdies and three bogeys.

  In the afternoon at Green Valley, Rucinski said he put himself in better position off the tee. He registered 11 greens in regulation but still didn’t see many birdie putts drop. He opened his afternoon 18 the same as his WVCC experience earlier, par-birdie-birdie-par-bogey. He, however, finished with 13 straight pars.

  “I really didn’t have my ‘A Game’ at all. My swing didn’t feel that great but I kind of found something and relied on my short game today,” said Rucinski. “I wanted to make it to match play this year. I worked with what I had and got the ball in the hole. That’s something I’ve worked on with my coach John Dunigan on the last couple of years – accepting the challenges of not playing well and getting it in the hole.”

  Rucinski comes to the Amateur fresh off an appearance as an individual in the NCAA Division II Men’s Championship, plus Ping All-Region Division II team honors.

  He tied for 63rd at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals.

  Four former BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champions advanced to match play. Orlando (2017), Jeff Osberg (2014) of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, Scott Ehrlich (2004) of White Manor Country Club and James Sullivan, Jr. (1999) of Lu Lu Country Club.

NOTES–This is the 15th time Whitemarsh Valley has hosted the Amateur Championship, the most of all-time … Whitemarsh Valley is the home of J. Wood Platt, for whom the Amateur Championship Trophy is named. Platt won a record seven Amateur titles from 1920-42.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

R1-R2-Total

Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club

71WV-70GV–141

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

75GV-68WV–143

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

73GV-71WV–144

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71GV-73WV–144

John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75WV-70GV–145

Danny Harcourt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

72WV-73GV–145

Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

71GV-74WV–145

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72GV-73WV–145

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

72WV-73GV–145

Campbell Wolf, Carlisle Country Club

72WV-73GV–145

Peter Barron, III, Greate Bay Country Club

71GV-75WV–146

Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

72GV-74WV–146

Scott Ehrlich, White Manor Country Club

75GV-71WV–146

Ben Feld, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75GV-71WV–146

David Herbst, West Shore Country Club

72WV-74GV–146

Dylan Stein, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

71GV-75WV–146

James Sullivan, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

75WV-71GV–146

Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

71GV-75WV–146

Austin Barbin, GAP Junior eClub

75WV-72GV–147

Marco Nieto, Glenmaura National Golf Club

80WV-67GV–147

Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

72WV-75GV–147

Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71GV-77WV–148

Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club

72WV-76GV–148

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

73GV-75WV–148

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

76GV-73WV–149

Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club

77GV-72WV–149

Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club

75GV-74WV–149

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75WV-74GV–149

Alex Pillar, CC at Woodloch Springs

78WV-71GV–149

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

73GV-76WV–149

Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club

74WV-75GV–149

T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74WV-75GV–149

 

Failed to qualify

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

75GV-74WV–149

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77WV-72GV–149

Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74GV-75WV–149

Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

75WV-75GV–150

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

78WV-72GV–150

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

76GV-74WV–150

Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club

80WV-70GV–150

Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club

74WV-76GV–150

Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

73GV-77WV–150

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77WV-73GV–150

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

72WV-78GV–150

Michael Stamberger, Manasquan River Golf Club

73GV-77WV–150

Thomas E. Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club

76GV-74WV–150

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78WV-72GV–150

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72GV-79WV–151

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

77GV-74WV–151

Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76WV-75GV–151

Evan Brown, Hartefeld National

76WV-75GV–151

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

76GV-75WV–151

David Hicks, The Shore Club

76WV-75GV–151

Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78WV-73GV–151

Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club

78GV-73WV–151

Ambrose Abbracciamento, Jericho National Golf Club

77GV-75WV–152

Zachary Falone, Sakima Country Club

81WV-71GV–152

John Foley, Raven's Claw Golf Club

78WV-74GV–152

Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club

75GV-77WV–152

Vincent Kwon, Little Mill Country Club

75WV-77GV–152

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

73WV-79GV–152

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74WV-78GV–152

Edward McCrossen, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78GV-74WV–152

Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club

72WV-80GV–152

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79WV-73GV–152

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

77GV-76WV–153

Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73WV-80GV–153

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77WV-76GV–153

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

73GV-80WV–153

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76GV-77WV–153

Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

72WV-81GV–153

P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club

74GV-80WV–154

Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78GV-76WV–154

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

81WV-73GV–154

James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club

73GV-81WV–154

Zachary Juhasz, Northampton Country Club

80WV-74GV–154

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

77WV-77GV–154

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

79WV-75GV–154

Matt Long, Glen Brook Golf Club

74GV-80WV–154

David Powers, CC at Woodloch Springs

77WV-77GV–154

Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club

80GV-74WV–154

Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club

78WV-77GV–155

Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club

82WV-73GV–155

Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club

77WV-78GV–155

Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club

79GV-76WV–155

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

76WV-79GV–155

Michael O'Brien, Bala Golf Club

77GV-78WV–155

Sam Soeth, The ACE Club

78GV-77WV–155

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

80WV-75GV–155

Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club

77GV-79WV–156

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79GV-77WV–156

William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

77WV-79GV–156

John Lalley, Llanerch Country Club

81WV-75GV–156

Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club

76GV-80WV–156

Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club

80WV-76GV–156

Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National

78WV-78GV–156

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

76GV-81WV–157

Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club

77WV-80GV–157

Tyler Canfield, Downingtown Country Club

85WV-72GV–157

Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club

78WV-79GV–157

Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club

76GV-81WV–157

Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club

80GV-77WV–157

Joshua Ryan, GAP Junior eClub

77WV-80GV–157

Sumeet Arora, Honeybrook Golf Club

80WV-78GV–158

Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

83WV-75GV–158

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

75GV-83WV–158

Robert Firth, Jr., North Hills Country Club

81GV-77WV–158

Nick Maff, Northampton Country Club

79WV-79GV–158

Warren Rozelle, Country Club of Scranton

78GV-80WV–158

Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club

80WV-78GV–158

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

81WV-78GV–159

Charlie Cowles, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78GV-81WV–159

Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club

82GV-77WV–159

Chris Killiany, Elkview Country Club

85WV-74GV–159

Robert Moratti, Merchantville Country Club

83GV-76WV–159

Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82WV-77GV–159

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

86WV-73GV–159

Jack Sullivan, The Shore Club

84WV-75GV–159

Patrick Welsh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

80GV-79WV–159

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

76GV-84WV–160

Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

77GV-83WV–160

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

84WV-76GV–160

Nikita Romanov, GAP Junior eClub

76GV-84WV–160

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

79WV-81GV–160

Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club

74GV-88WV–162

Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club

81GV-81WV–162

Jeffrey Romines, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76GV-86WV–162

Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club

79GV-84WV–163

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

84GV-80WV–164

Larry Martone, Stonewall

87WV-80GV–167

Bill Murray, Stone Harbor Golf Club

84WV-86GV–170

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

76GV-95WV–171

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86GV-86WV–172

Brock Kovach, LedgeRock Golf Club

WD

 

Denotes site: GV-Green Valley; WV-Whitemarsh Valley

WD-withdrawal

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