May 22, 2017

From left to right: Peter Bradbeer, Grant Skyllas, John Barone, John Buliga.

Four even-par 71s, four #BMWPhillyAm Qual. medalists
at French Creek

  ELVERSON, Pa. —   Early, challenging rainfall transitioned to subdued conditions in the afternoon at French Creek Golf Club (par 71, 6,476 yards), but the initial morning lead, shared by Merion Golf Club's Peter Bradbeer and LedgeRock Golf Club's Grant Skyllas, still would not be overcome. It would, however, be matched.

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 Bradbeer, a Bucknell University golfer, and Skyllas, the 2014 Joseph H. Patterson Cup runner-up, were the first to post even-par 71s in the final of three BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifiers. Glenmaura National Golf Club's John Barone, a Temple University sophomore, and Yardley Country Club's John Buliga, a Bucks County Community College freshman, equaled that score in the afternoon, resulting in a four-way tie for medalist honors.

 Equipped with a field of 123 #BMWPhillyAm hopefuls, the day’s cut line stopped at 77 on the day. The 117th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 & 17 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon).

 Playing partners Bradbeer and Skyllas found the top of the leaderboard early, setting the bar despite a muddy French Creek track.

 Bison freshman Bradbeer rode a two-birdie, two-bogey equation on each nine to his even number. No. 1 (par 4, 350 yards), his first of the day, started with a great tee shot that left him with only 60 yards in. Bradbeer pulled sand wedge, placed it to 12 feet and sunk his first putt for the red start.

 After also jotting birdies on the card on Nos. 9 (par 4, 383 yards) and 14 (par 4, 378 yards), it was his birdie bomb on No. 16 (par 5, 516 yards) that sealed the deal. A crushed tee shot and hybrid approach left him just off the front of the putting surface. Bradbeer thinned a wedge over the flag, but made the sidewinding, 35-foot comebacker.

 “I felt really solid after making that one. I wanted to birdie again to get my score into the 60s. At the end of the day, I’m just really looking forward to getting to Philly Cricket,” said Bradbeer, of Lewisburg, Pa.

 The 19-year-old is looking to piggy back off his successful, inaugural collegiate year. He’ll have the chance to do so this summer in his home region.

 “We had a good year overall as a team [at Bucknell]. My game is in a good spot,” said Bradbeer, who will appear in his third Philadelphia Amateur. “The ultimate goal is to make it all the way, but I’ve never made it to match play. I’m going to try to make that happen.”

 Skyllas, a captain for LedgeRock’s BMW GAP Team Matches squad, didn’t venture far from the leading position he ended in. The stretch of Nos. 4 (par 5, 496 yards), 5 (par 3, 115 yards) and 6 (par 5, 566 yards) were where he truly made his mark, even though it coincided with the hardest precipitation.

 No. 4 hosted a phenomenal Skyllas driver off the tee, followed by a 4-iron that just missed the front of the green. A two putt there was good enough for birdie. He went with wedge on the short 5th hole, putting it to six feet, giving his swing even more confidence, but ultimately missed the short look. That didn’t seem to faze the power hitter, as he went on to sink an eight-foot birdie on the 6th after driver-wood-wedge.

 “That was the defining stretch for me. The rain definitely made it tough, but that’s when I played some of my best golf today,” said Skyllas, 30, of Reading Pa. “It’s unfortunate my putter didn’t get hot on the back nine, but it was a safe number for me.”

 Earning a share of medalist honors was a step towards the potential of Skyllas’ game, who won back-to-back Berks County Amateur Championships in 2014-15.

 “I’ve been struggling with my game for the past two years. Trying to balance work and family life really,” said Skyllas, a McDonalds franchisee. “I play in a bunch of tournaments but I don’t get a ton of time anymore to practice. My game right now, though, feels pretty confident. I’ve been solid lately.”

 Temple’s Barone reawakened the scoring in the afternoon portion of the day. In addition to his two birdies on Nos. 5 and 16, the 21-year-old dropped an impressive eagle on the scoreable 4th hole.

 “I hit a pretty good drive there, but then hit a 5-iron which I thought I pulled. It winded up just about 10 feet from the cup and I holed it. I obviously was feeling pretty good about where I stood after that one,” said Barone, who went 4 under on French Creek’s par 5s.

 Barone is quickly becoming a GAP Major qualifying powerhouse. His performances last summer in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at Lu Lu Country Club and a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier at Fox Hill Country Club also earned him medalist honors. Now he wants to take the next step.

 “It’s great, but I need to start translating that into the rounds that ultimately matter. But as long as I qualify that’s all that matters,” said Barone, of Dunmore, Pa. “I’m confident and I’ve played in so many of these. Now the goal is to go all the way.”

 Buliga, playing the latest of the four medalists, utilized a strong performance on the front nine – his last of the pair – to finish at 71. It was on French Creek’s shorter holes where Buliga did most of his birdie damage. Leaving himself with many approach shots with wedge in hand, the Bucks County Centurion drained birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 7 (par 4, 357 yards), 11 (par 5, 513 yards) and 15 (par 4, 292 yards).

 “The rain really helped the greens, honestly. It helped me on a few of my birdie looks. None of them got away from me,” said Buliga, 20, of Langhorne, Pa. “I’ve never played Philadelphia Cricket before, but it sounds like a course that fits me. They held the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship there last year and I’ve only heard good things.”

 Now with the #BMWPhillyAm added to his slate, Buliga’s June is shaping up to be a monumental one. He is also headed to Chautauqua Golf Club (Chautauqua, N.Y.) to compete in the 2017 NJCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship June 6-9.

 “It’s going to be a big month for me. I’m excited for the challenge. I need to work on a couple things headed into these events, but I’m ready,” said Buliga.   The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s premier event. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke play qualifier to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven Amateur Championship titles.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

71

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

71

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

71

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

71

Billy Civitella, Radnor Valley Country Club

72

Kevin Scherr, GAP Junior eClub

73

Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

74

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

74

Tanner Robb, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

74

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

75

Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75

Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club

75

Robert Olseski, Sandy Run Country Club

75

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

75

Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club

75

Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club

76

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

76

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

76

Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club

76

Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

77

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

77

Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

Matthew Smith, French Creek Golf Club

77

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

77

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

77

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

77

Failed to qualify

Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club

78

Joseph Chambers, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Matthew Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

78

Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

78

William Howard, V, West Chester Golf & Country Club

78

Cole Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club

78

Steve LubinMakefield Highlands Golf Club

78

Michael Manci, Huntsville Golf Club

78

Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

78

Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club

78

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

78

Erik Reisner, The ACE Club

78

Andrew Simpson, Indian Valley Country Club

78

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

78

Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club

79

Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club

79

Michael Cummings, Glenmaura National Golf Club

79

Cory Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club

79

Nick Maff, Northampton Country Club

79

Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club

79

Joseph MarkmannTalamore Country Club

79

Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club

79

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Bryan BascianiHartefeld National

80

Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club

80

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

80

Max Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

Brian Keane, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

80

Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club

80

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

80

Wills Montgomery, Applecross Country Club

80

Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club

80

John Burke, III, Hartefeld National

81

Kevin Delaney, Applecross Country Club

81

Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton

81

Scott Forrester, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

81

Jack GlackenBala Golf Club

81

Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club

81

Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

81

Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club

81

Jeff NocellaBala Golf Club

81

Ryan Riviezzo, Applecross Country Club

81

Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club

81

Brendan BacskaiApplebrook Golf Club

82

Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club

82

Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club

82

Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club

82

Brendan McNamara, The ACE Club

82

Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

R.J. Vantash, Bent Creek Country Club

82

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

82

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

82

David West, Whitford Country Club

82

William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club

83

John Birk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Nicholas LukowWoodstone Country Club

83

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

83

Jaden Weisman, Applebrook Golf Club

83

Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

84

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

Robert Good, Merion Golf Club

84

Jeff KlagholzAronimink Golf Club

84

George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Blake Vogdes, Stone Harbor Golf Club

84

Bradley Bernosky, Broad Run Golfer s Club

85

Tim Erb, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Mike SydnesTalamore Country Club

85

Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club

86

Jonathan Kruse, Rolling Green Golf Club

86

Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

86

Gregory DaPronHartefeld National

87

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

87

Frederick Hammer, Merion Golf Club

87

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

87

Bill Monahan, The Bucks Club

87

Regan Papariello, St. Davids Golf Club

87

Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club

88

Jeffrey Angelucci, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

90

Reed Huntzinger, Bent Creek Country Club

91

Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club

91

Larry Martone, Stonewall

92

Ryan Wagner, Penn Oaks Golf Club

94

Jason Wilt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

95

John Mullins, Bellewood Country Club

97

Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf Club

98

Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club

WD

Wayne LeSage, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

WD

William Naylor, Applebrook Golf Club

WD

Justin Pineno, Radley Run Country Club

WD

Andrew Ploszay, Chester Valley Golf Club

WD

Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club

WD

 

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