May 9, 2017

Kyle Henofer birdies No. 15 (par 5, 549 yards).

Indian Valley’s Henofer heads #BMWPhillyAm Qual. on home course

  TELFORD, Pa. — Twenty four hours ago, Kyle Henofer’s status for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship lingered in limbo. Any trace of uncertainty evaporated following his performance Tuesday at Indian Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,852 yards).

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  In a qualifier administered on his home course, Henofer carded an even-par 72 to earn medalist honors. The Arcadia University senior led a field of 144 players hoping to attain one of 26 available spots and ties for the Championship proper.

  The cut line fell to 79 by day’s end. The 117th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 & 17 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon).

  “It was kind of crazy,” Henofer, 22, of Glenside, Pa., said. “I had a final exam scheduled for yesterday, but my teacher had a family emergency, so she pushed it back to today. I had to e-mail Kirby (Martin, GAP Director of Competitions) and ask if I could get my tee time pushed back. If I couldn’t do that, I would have to see if I could play in another qualifier. If not, I was going to have to withdraw. That would have been unfortunate.”

  No kidding.

  Henofer completed a final on psychological research methods in the morning, which, coincidentally, helped psychologically. As did a 30-minute nap prior to his new 2:10 p.m. tee time.

  “It put me in a good frame of mind today,” Henofer said.

  Course familiarity added to the psychological comfort.

  “It was definitely a factor — knowing where to miss the greens, where the pins where and which holes I could get aggressive on, which holes I can aim for the middle of the green and take my two-putt,” Henofer said.

  Henofer played his last 11 holes in 3 under to seize the top spot Tuesday. He fired back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 (par 5, 511 yards) and 9 (par 4, 371 yards). On the first, Henofer pummeled a 4-iron 226 yards and nudged a wedge into kick-in range. He knocked a wedge 65 yards to five feet on the latter. On the par 3, 207-yard 11th hole, Henofer left a 5-iron 30 feet short of the hole location. He then buried a right-to-left bender worth two cups of break for birdie.

  Consider a bogey on No. 13 (par 4, 421 yards) a piece of fuzz on Henofer’s medalist coat. He brushed it off with a spectacular birdie on the par 5, 549 yard 15th hole. Playing down the right side on the downhill, uphill dogleg right, Henofer needed to negotiate an obstructing tree on his third shot. He floated a wedge 45 yards, using the natural slope generated by the backside of the green to his advantage. Henofer drained a right-to-left breaker that died into the cup.

  Despite the good vibes upon arrival, Henofer opened his qualifying bid with a bogey on No. 1 (par 4, 396 yards), where a false front suckered his second shot. A three-putt from 10 feet on No. 3 (par 5, 319 yards) and a hooked drive on No. 7 (par 4, 439 yards) also spearheaded bogeys on the front.

  “From that point on, I wanted to play smarter golf and make a few birdies coming in,” Henofer said.

  Henofer heads into his first BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship in a good state, both psychologically and physically.

  “I was a caddie for [good friend] Eric (Murphy) at Philadelphia Cricket last year. It blew me away,” Henofer said. “It’s a grind of a course but I’m really excited. Hopefully I can make somewhat of an impact.”

NOTES — Edward Benatti, 52, of Lincoln University, Pa., aced the par 3, 157-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron. It marked the Hartefeld National member’s first career hole-in-one.   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

Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club

72

Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

75

Kyle Deisher, Hartefeld National

75

Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country Club

75

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

76

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

76

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club

76

Michael Winter, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

76

Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown

77

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

78

Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club

78

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

78

Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club

78

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Brandon Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

78

Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club

78

Evan Brown, Hartefeld National

78

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

78

Zachary Falone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club

79

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

79

Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

79

 

Failed to qualify

Name, club

Score

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Kyle Martin, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club

80

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

80

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

80

Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Joseph Myers, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

80

Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club

80

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

80

Richard Hunter, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

J. Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

81

Joe Rochelle, Indian Valley Country Club

81

Greg O'Connor, Bellewood Country Club

81

Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club

81

David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Thomas Fisher, Talamore Country Club

81

Luke Liddell, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

81

Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

81

Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

David Shields, Flourtown Country Club

81

Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club

82

Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club

82

Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

82

Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club

82

Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

82

Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

82

John Chung, Cherry Valley Country Club

82

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Nino Rosal, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

83

Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club

83

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

83

Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club

83

Mark Agnew, Hartefeld National

83

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

83

William Mirams, Shawnee Country Club

83

Kody Long, Lehigh Country Club

83

Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club

83

Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

83

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

84

Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Clay Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

84

Kevin O'Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club

84

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

84

Chris Button, Golden Oaks Golf Club

84

Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Joseph Waterman, Yardley Country Club

84

Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club

84

Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

84

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

84

Matthew Ciarmella, Hartefeld National

84

Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

85

Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club

85

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

85

Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club

85

Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

85

Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

85

Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club

85

Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

85

Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

85

Tom Coyne, Waynesborough Country Club

86

Justin Smith, Philadelphia Cricket Club

86

Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club

86

Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club

86

Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club

86

David Gall, Riverton Country Club

86

Hee Yoo, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

86

Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club

87

Mike May, Spring Mill Country Club

87

Kevin Tscholl, The Springhaven Club

87

David Sim, Penn Oaks Golf Club

88

Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

88

Timmy Lorenzo, Philadelphia Cricket Club

88

Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

88

Nick Kuhn, Blue Bell Country Club

88

David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club

88

Ari Flaisher, McCall Golf & Country Club

88

Butch Silknitter, Bellewood Country Club

88

Phil Cillo, Little Mill Country Club

88

Luke Sliwowski, Greate Bay Country Club

88

Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club

89

Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

90

Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

90

Steven Owens, III, Philadelphia Publinks GA

90

Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club

90

Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club

91

Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club

91

Edward Benatti, Hartefeld National

91

Matt Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

91

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

92

Ryan O'Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

92

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

96

Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club

DQ

Joe Rossi, Squires Golf Club

NC

Matthew Kreuter, Plymouth Country Club

NS

Timothy Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club

WD

Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

Jacob Macinanti, Bent Creek Country Club

WD

Daniel Katona, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

WD

Nate Pillion, Bala Golf Club

WD

Bobby Kershner, Bellewood Country Club

WD

Doug Ergood, Tavistock Country Club

WD

DQ - disqualification; NC - no card; NS - no show; WD - withdrawal

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