July 25, 2018

Patrick Knott grabs a towel as he heads to No. 4 (par 5, 557 yards) green.

Merion’s Knott snarls Patterson Cup Qualifier medal at Honeybrook

  HONEY BROOK, Pa. — Fortunately for Patrick Knott, it wasn’t all for naught.

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  The Merion Golf Club member posted a 3-under-par 67 yesterday in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at a saturated Honeybrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,289 yards). Knott played in the morning under conditions as temperamental as a toddler on an airplane. Sunny, windy, rainy, sunny, rainy, windy and rainy.

  “It was wild. You’d take your jacket off, and then all of a sudden the rain would come back,” Knott, 32, of Ardmore, Pa., said. “Eventually I decided to take the jacket off and just keep on playing. The wind was gusting.”

  Gusty winds served as a precursor to a thunderstorm that postponed play at 1:27 p.m. Competitors returned to the course at 2:40 p.m., only to hear the horn again at 3:35 p.m. Officials deemed Honeybrook unplayable at that point. Players in the afternoon wave returned to the course this morning to finish.

  None matched or bested Knott’s 3 under. He led a field of 100 players (prior to weather withdrawals, that is) hoping to earn one of 29 qualifying positions and ties available for the Championship proper. The cut line stopped at 74.

  The 116th Joseph H. Patterson Cup will take place Aug. 8-9 at Gulph Mills Golf Club. Knott last competed in the event in 2013. A spiraling confidence triggered a five-year hiatus from the Golf Association of Philadelphia circuit.

  “It’s been awhile. I kind of lost my game over the last few years. I’m glad to see it coming back,” Knott, who works for a business evaluation firm, said. “Chipping and putting was definitely killing me. I switched to the claw [grip] in the middle of last year. It’s really saved me a few strokes per round. I was missing too many short putts. I saw it was working on the PGA TOUR, so I gave it a try.”

  Knott registered 15 greens in regulation, withstood fussy weather and rarely faced a red figure putt beyond 20 feet.

  “I’m absolutely happy with [my performance today]. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I kept the golf course in front of me, which is key,” Knott said. “I played Winged Foot (Golf Club) over the weekend in 25 mph crosswinds. I felt like I was playing pretty solid. I was happy that this kind of reinforced it.”

  Starting on the back nine, Knott carded his first birdie on the par 4, 316-yard 14th hole. After carrying the hazard with a mighty 3-wood, he hit an upwind gap wedge 95 yards to 20 feet. The next hole (par 5, 547 yards) marked Knott’s only misstep on the day.

  “[My drive] probably should have been out-of-bounds. It kicked down right next to the cart path, and I was able to save bogey,” Knott said. “It probably wasn’t a driver hole today. I thought I could cut the corner. I probably shouldn’t have tried that.”

  Knott recovered with a birdie on the par 3, 155-yard 17th hole, hitting a 6-iron to 12 feet right of the hole location — an ideal spot given the haunting crosswinds at the time. Knott buried a six-footer for 3 on No. 2 (par 4, 368 yards) following a half pitching wedge from 115 yards. The par 3, 204-yard further showcased his short game renaissance. He walked away with a birdie after missing the green right with a rescue.

  “I had a chip going down the hill that I knew I just needed to get on the green,” Knott said. “At the last minute, it broke a little right, caught the edge and dropped in.”

  Knott, who qualified for the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur, defeated Robert Good, II to win Merion’s men’s championship a few weeks ago. The victory broke another drought (2009) and reaffirmed an upward trend of confidence.

  “It definitely helped,” Knott said. “I’ve been playing well. I feel like I’m progressing, working my way back into competitive golf.”

  If his medalist achievement is any indication, Knott is back and primed for Gulph Mills.

  “I like the golf course. I played in the (A.J.) Drexel Paul last year,” he said. “There are a lot of birdies, but also a lot of slip-ups. Hopefully I’ll play well.”

  The remaining two Joseph H. Patterson Cup qualifying events are taking place today at Elkview Country Club and Yardley Country Club, respectively.

  The second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup memorializes a man who fostered the game in its infancy. Joseph Henry Patterson, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, competed in the first out-of-town match played by a team of Philadelphians. Friends of Patterson donated the Cup, designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co., to the Association in 1900.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club

67

Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club

69

Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club

69

Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club

70

Robert Good, II, Merion Golf Club

70

Marc Groenhuysen, Radley Run Country Club

70

Mike Sydnes, Talamore Country Club

70

Thomas Timby, Jr., Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70

Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National

70

R.J. Wren, LedgeRock Golf Club

70

Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

71

David Hurly, White Manor Country Club

71

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

71

Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club

71

Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club

71

Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club

71

Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

72

Matt Kocent, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club

72

Paul Mauer, Stonewall

72

Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club

72

Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

72

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

73

Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club

73

Nic Portonova, Coatesville Country Club

73

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

73

Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club

74

Michael Beran, Spring Ford Country Club

74

Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club

74

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

74

Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club

74

Jordan Cook, Waynesborough Country Club

74

Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club

74

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

74

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

74

Failed to qualify

Jim Allen, Concord Country Club

75

Peter Garno, Merion Golf Club

75

Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club

75

Jeffrey Romines, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75

Brendan Shay, Carlisle Country Club

75

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

Ellis Chandler, Honeybrook Golf Club

76

Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club

76

Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

76

Pat Kinch, Broad Run Golfer's Club

76

Cooper Kronenberger, Little Mill Country Club

76

Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

76

Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club

77

Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

77

Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club

77

Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

77

Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club

77

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

78

Russell Loue, McCall Golf & Country Club

78

Adam Shorey, Honeybrook Golf Club

78

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

78

Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National

79

Ryan Jones, Northampton Valley Country Club

79

Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club

79

Philip Mortell, III, Honeybrook Golf Club

79

Daniel Simonsen, Green Valley Country Club

79

Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club

80

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

80

Christopher Marky, Fieldstone Golf Club

80

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

80

Luke Fagley, Reading Country Club

81

Justin Gohn, Concord Country Club

81

Dominick Mancinelli, Glenmaura National Golf Club

81

Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club

82

Tyler Miller, Stonewall

82

Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club

83

Robert Olseski, III, Applebrook Golf Club

83

William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club

89

Hank Kovalcik, Trenton Country Club

DQ

Oscar Neubauer, Saucon Valley Country Club

NS

Zack Amole, Foxchase Golf Club

WD

Clay Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

WD

Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Joshua Brown, The Shore Club

WD

Charles Canning, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

WD

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

WD

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

WD

Jimmy Cunningham, Aronimink Golf Club

WD

Joseph Dulka, DuPont Country Club

WD

Mike Ellis, Loch Nairn Golf Club

WD

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club

WD

John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

WD

Timothy Haberbusch, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

Michael Haney, Llanerch Country Club

WD

Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club

WD

James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Dave Lees, Metedeconk National Golf Club

WD

Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Justin Spaeth, Cedarbrook Country Club

WD

Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club

WD

John Venne, Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club

WD

Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

WD

DQ — disqualification; NS — no show; WD — withdrawal

 

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