May 20, 2017

Jeremy Wall saves par on No. 9 (par 4, 432 yards).

Manasquan’s Wall stands tall in #BMWPhillyAm Qualifier at Greenbriar

  WARETOWN, N.J. — To cure green ailments of late, Jeremy Wall switched his putting grip from conventional to claw earlier this week. The decision is paying off based on Saturday’s performance.

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  Wall carded a 1-over-par 73 to earn medalist honors in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at a windy and cool Greenbriar Oceanaire Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6,588 yards). The Manasquan River Golf Club member led a field of 71 players hoping to attain one of 13 available spots and ties for the Championship proper.

  The cut line fell to 81 by day’s end. The 117th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 & 17 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon).

  “My brother (Ethan) does the exact same thing and he’s a pretty good putter. It’s been working out for me so far,” Wall said of the aforementioned grip switch. “I putted great today.”

  Firm greens, significant wind speeds and penalizing hazards created difficult scoring conditions Saturday. Wall, adopting a conservative strategy, adapted to those challenges accordingly. He only played two drivers, relying on hybrids and 4-irons to tackle Greenbriar’s tee demands.

  “It’s tough here, especially when you get holes with a crosswind or into the wind. It’s very easy for the ball to start wandering everywhere,” Wall, 21, of Brielle, N.J., said. “Especially on a course like this, where driving it straight is a premium, the wind can play a big factor in making a couple of bad scores. I think that’s why I did well. My ball was in front of me the whole day.”

  Wall carded eight pars and one bogey heading out. The lone blemish occurred on the par 3, 133-yard No. 3. Wall ran a 12-footer for birdie four feet past the cup and lipped out the comebacker. Greens in regulation, combined with favorable chip positions, allowed pars to populate the remainder of his front nine.

  Wall points to a key conversion on the 10th hole (par 4, 366 yards) as a round saver. He, with an unwanted assist from a wind gust, toed a hybrid left into a bed of brush. Facing a friendly lie, Wall deposited a 9-iron from 155 yards into a guarding front bunker. A smooth extrication, followed by a 15-footer for par, invoked a smattering of applause from a gallery of onlookers nearby. The Greenbriar community showed its support throughout the day as residents frequented nearly every hole to catch the competition.

  “I’ve never seen so many people out to watch. It was fun,” Wall, a soon-to-be senior at Loyola University Maryland, where he is a finance major, said. “I got to wave and acknowledge a clap, which was cool.”

  Only a bogey on the par 3, 161-yard 16th hole blocked a cool blue finish for Wall. He missed the green short with an 8-iron. A 360 for his par putt.

  Wall is a Golf Association of Philadelphia rookie yet a tournament golf veteran. For starters, he is a member of the men’s golf team at Loyola, which won the Patriot League in the spring. Wall finished as runner-up in the 2013 Metropolitan Golf Association Junior Championship. He lost to reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Stewart Hagestad in the Round of 16 of the 2015 MET Amateur. Wall also owns a pair of Top 10 finishes in the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship.

  Manasquan River joined the GAP in 2017, thus rendering Wall eligible for events such as the BMW Philadelphia Amateur. The opportunity to play historic, high-tier venues and to expand his competitive schedule peaked Wall’s interest.

  Coincidentally, his brother Ethan, who also plays on the Loyola golf team, placed second Saturday with a score of 76. The two, along with brothers Augie and Jack, make up a frequent foursome at Manasquan.

  “We generally try not to play for money because then it gets out of control with competitiveness,” Jeremy said. “We have a lot of fun. The team that loses has to clean the dishes that night.”

  Guessing the Wall brothers stopped for a celebratory meal on their way home Saturday.

  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

Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

73

Ethan Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

76

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

78

Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club

79

Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club

79

Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club

80

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

80

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

80

Jack Irons, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

80

Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

80

Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club

81

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

81

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

81

Failed to qualify

 James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club

82

 Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

 T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

 Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

83

 Jerry Newell, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club

83

 Beau Guarino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

83

 Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club

83

 Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

84

 Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

 Hunter Mickatavage, Schuylkill Country Club

84

 William Mitchell, Laurel Creek Country Club

84

 Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club

85

 Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

85

 Scott Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club

85

 Drew Guarino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

85

 Forrest Swisher, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

85

 Chris Lawler, Applebrook Golf Club

85

 Timothy Haberbusch, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

86

 Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield

86

 Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club

86

 Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

87

 Alex Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook

88

 Drew Garis, North Hills Country Club

88

 Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

88

 Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

88

 Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

88

 Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club

88

 Chris Wagner, Bluestone Country Club

88

 Nikita Romanov, GAP Junior Players Club

88

 Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

89

 Daniel Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

89

 Charles Canning, Philadelphia Publinks GA

89

 Jonathan Lumley, Spring Ford Country Club

89

 Robert Bangs, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

90

 Devin Guilliams, Loch Nairn Golf Club

90

 Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club

90

 Charles Scalzott, Hidden Creek Golf Club

91

 Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

92

 Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

92

 Michael Logue, Bluestone Country Club

92

 Sam Walker, St. Davids Golf Club

92

 Dylan Topaz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

93

 Alexander McPherson, Lu Lu Country Club

94

 Ryan McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

94

 Pat Rooney, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

98

 Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

99

 Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club

104

 Ellis Chandler, Honeybrook Golf Club

DQ

 Michael Stamberger, Manasquan River Golf Club

WD

 Brian Sokolowski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

 David Hirschhorn, Old York CC at Chesterfield

WD

 Charles Dennis, Glenmaura National Golf Club

WD

 Brendan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

WD

DQ - disqualification; WD - withdrawal

 

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