June 21, 2017

Jarred Texter, a former pro, is looking to prove himself on the amateur level.

Gerney, Texter take low honors in #GAPOpen Qual. at Blue Bell

  BLUE BELL, Pa. — One familiar professional of Philadelphia and one former pro recently returning to amateur status topped the first of two Golf Association of Philadelphia Open Championship Qualifiers at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 6,674 yards).

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  Jakob Gerney, an assistant at Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia, and Jarred Texter, a former pro himself playing out of Conestoga Country Club, each fired rounds of 2-under 69 to grab medalist honors Wednesday.

  The day’s cut line stopped at 6-over 77. Starting at 4:19 p.m., there was an hour weather delay due to heavy winds and rain passing through the Blue Bell area.

  The championship proper, which will feature a new two-day playing format, will be played July 17-18 at Philadelphia Country Club.

  Five birdies sent Texter to the top of a leaderboard featuring 141 hopefuls. On No. 2 (par 4, 455 yards), his 3-wood tee shot surfaced in the right rough, leading to a hybrid approach over a water hazard that ran up to the front of the green. Left with a 25-footer, the putt would fall for the first red number.

  Then, a triple bogey arrived on the par-4, 427-yard 4th hole. It was a blemish on the card, but it didn’t rattle Texter’s game.

  “I pulled the tee shot, and the OB was right there. It hit the cart path, went out and then I bogeyed my provisional ball,” said Texter. “But at that point, I knew there was a ton of golf left. I really just wanted to qualify and I got that done.”

  The rest of the birdies came on par 5s (Nos. 7, 9, 14, 17) – a rarity, he says.

“That was kind of a surprise. I don’t usually play those incredibly well, traditionally, because you always feel the pressure to make birdies and take advantage on those,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s always been a mental thing or not, but today I was able to get up and down really well today for birdies.”

  It may bode well for Texter, who regained his amateur-playing status back this season after competing professionally on mini-tours for seven years, that he’ll be appear in the #GAPOpen as an amateur. The last seven titles have gone their way.

  “Coming back as an amateur, I feel like I need to prove myself all over again,” said Texter, said Texter, a four-year member of UNLV’s golf team, including All-America honors in 2006 and 2007. “I’ve played in some pretty big stuff as a pro, but now that I’ve got my status back, I’m really looking forward to my future here playing in GAP [events].”

  Did we mention he’s fresh off his GAP Major debut just last week?

  Texter qualified for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship match play as the No. 11 seed after a 36-hole total of 3-over par 145 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon), but ultimately fell to No. 22 seed David Hicks of Wildwood Golf and Country Club’s, 3&1, in the Round of 32.

  “These events have such a big feel to them. Whether it’s all the stuff the staff does at a tournament, or whether it’s the videos or social media, it just feels big time,” said Texter, of Millersville, Pa.

  Gerney, starting on Blue Bell’s back nine, bogeyed Nos. 12 (par 3, 173 yards) and 13 (par 4, 374 yards) to dig himself in a shallow hole early. That hole was kicked in quickly.

  A birdie dropped on No. 14 (par 5, 491 yards) after Gerney blasted his ball out of a greenside bunker, jarring the 10-foot attempt that followed. On No. 17 (par 5, 493 yards), he blasted a drive down the center followed by a 6-iron that left him in front of the dance floor. A two-putt birdie from 35 feet got him back to even. Another one fell on No. 18 (par 4, 422 yards), after a punch 7-iron led to a six-foot downhiller that was converted.

  A solid second nine, including a tap-in birdie from eight inches on No. 4 (par 4, 427 yards), was the cherry on top for the day’s low score.

Gerney, entering his seventh season at Trump National, is now set to make his eighth #GAPOpen appearance.

  “I love the new two-day format. It’ll give some other guys a chance, it’s a little more manageable. I’d play decent in the morning, but once I would get to the second back nine, it would be over for me,” said Gerney, 38, of Sewell, N.J.

  He’ll look to end the trend of amateurs winning when he steps up to the tee at Philly Country.

  “The [amateur] talent level is awesome. It’s very strong. You’ve got guys like Chris Crawford making back-to-back U.S. Open appearances,” said Gerney. “It’s good moving on in golf tournaments no matter where and what they are.”

  The second and final Qualifier will be administered June 27 at Radnor Valley Country Club.

  The 2017 #GAPOpen field has expanded to 132 players. The format remains 36 holes of stroke play, however, the Championship will be contested over two days this year, rather than one day. A cut to the low 60 and ties takes place after Round 1.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

(a) Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club

69

Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

69

Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club

70

(a) Yoseph Dance, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

71

(a) Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

71

(a) Ambrose Abbracciamento, Old York CC at Chesterfield

71

(a) John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

71

Joey Pohle, Blue Bell Country Club

72

(a) Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

72

(a) Dylan Stein, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

72

(a) Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club

72

(a) Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

73

David Fields, Brookside CC of Allentown

74

(a) Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

(a) Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

74

(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

74

(a) Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

(a) Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club

75

(a) Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

(a) Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club

75

(a) Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

75

Nick Gorman, Burlington Country Club

75

(a) Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club

75

(a) Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

75

(a) Jon Rudisill, Reading Country Club

75

(a) Joe Visalli, Hartefeld National

75

(a) Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

76

(a) Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

76

(a) Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club

76

(a) Ross Pilliod, Gilbertsville Golf Club

76

(a) Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club

76

(a) Kevin Sarlo, Burlington Country Club

76

Ryan Jones, Lehigh Country Club

76

(a) Jim Maru, Northampton Country Club

77

(a) Erik Reisner, The ACE Club

77

(a) Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club

77

(a) Donald Burgess, Lancaster Country Club

77

(a) Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

(a) Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National

77

(a) Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club

77

(a) Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

77

(a) Connor Sheehan, Conestoga Country Club

77

(a) Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

77

(a) Keith Olinick, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

77

(a) Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club

77

 

Failed to qualify

(a) Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

78

(a) Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club

78

(a) Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club

78

Andy Watters, Talamore Country Club

78

(a) Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

78

Mark Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Kevin Kraft, Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center

78

(a) Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

78

(a) Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

78

(a) Drew Guarino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

(a) Mitch Burns, Golden Oaks Golf Club

78

(a) Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club

78

(a) Rick Hendrickson, Aronimink Golf Club

78

(a) Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

78

John Cooper, Jr., Green Valley Country Club

79

(a) Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

79

(a) Noam Roizman, Bluestone Country Club

79

(a) Doug Gordon, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

(a) Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

(a) Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

79

(a) Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

79

(a) Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Jon Rusk, Lu Lu Country Club

79

(a) Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

79

(a) Rocco Sgrillo, Philmont Country Club

79

(a) Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

(a) Jay Nistad, Medford Village Country Club

79

(a) Trey Kuntz, Lancaster Country Club

79

(a) Anthony Hoffman, Middletown Country Club

79

(a) Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

79

(a) Cory Meyer, Burlington Country Club

79

(a) Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club

79

(a) Clay Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

80

(a) Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

(a) Richard Hunter, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

(a) Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

80

(a) Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club

80

(a) Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club

80

(a) Alec Cwienkala, Saucon Valley Country Club

80

(a) Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

80

Andrew Pierson, Camden County Golf Academy

81

(a) David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

(a) Andrew Simpson, Indian Valley Country Club

81

(a) Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

81

(a) Mike Keenan, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

(a) Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club

81

(a) Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

81

(a) Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

81

(a) Bret Howey, Woodstone Country Club

81

(a) Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

(a) Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club

82

(a) Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club

82

(a) Rob Wilson, Bala Golf Club

82

(a) Bradley Bernosky, Broad Run Golfer's Club

82

(a) Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

(a) Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club

83

(a) Bob Ball, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

(a) Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

(a) Timothy Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club

84

(a) Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club

84

(a) Stephen Barry, Sakima Country Club

84

(a) Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

85

(a) John O'Donnell, White Manor Country Club

85

(a) Matt Dreyfuss, Hartefeld National

85

(a) Rajat Gogia, Applecross Country Club

85

(a) Paul Bickford, Wedgwood Country Club

85

(a) Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

(a) Jonathan Green, Green Valley Country Club

86

(a) Jh Park, Blue Bell Country Club

86

(a) Brian Leftwich, Pine Valley Golf Club

86

Joseph Ambrose, Paupak Hills Golf & Country Club

86

(a) Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club

86

(a) Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club

86

(a) Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club

87

(a) Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

87

(a) James Peruggia, Blue Bell Country Club

88

(a) Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club

90

(a) Terry Tompkins, Talamore Country Club

90

(a) Kenny Engel, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

90

(a) Richard Reed, Hartefeld National

90

(a) Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

91

(a) Dave DiValentino, Five Ponds Golf Club

91

(a) Reed Huntzinger, Bent Creek Country Club

91

Anthony Shields, The ACE Club

94

(a) Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club

94

(a) Edward Conway, Blue Bell Country Club

101

(a) Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

WD

(a) Matthew Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

WD

(a) Luke Liddell, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

WD

(a) Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club

WD

(a) Matt Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

WD

(a) Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

(a) Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

(a) Owen Samuda, Valleybrook Country Club

WD

(a) Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

(a) Robert Wojczak, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

(a) Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

WD

(a) Forrest Swisher, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

NC

Greyson Rossi, Bayside Resort Golf Club

NC

 

(a)-denotes amateur

NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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