Wall wins 118th BMW Philade
eremy Wall conquered all.
The Manasquan River Golf Club member outlasted former William Hyndman,
III Player of the Year Andrew Mason (2011) in 37 holes to capture the 118th BMW
Philadelphia Amateur Championship June 16 at a sun-soaked Whitemarsh Valley
Country Club. Wall prevailed with a conceded par on No. 1 (par 4, 349 yards), the
first extra hole, after Mason missed a four-footer for bogey.
“It’s awesome,” Wall, 22, of Brielle, N.J., said. “I’m not too familiar with the Philadelphia
Section yet but it has great champions. To be able to come out on top with a field like this, it
means a lot.”
On the match’s 37th hole, Mason ripped a driver that landed in the right fairway bunker.
Wall drew 4-iron and pulled it a smidge into the first cut of the left rough. He then lobbed a
50-degree wedge from 138 yards to 20 feet. Mason knocked his sand shot into the greenside
bunker. He pushed his four-footer right following a solid splash-out.
“I was hoping to win today,” Mason, 29, of Conshohocken, Pa., said. “Especially after being in good position
on [No.] 18. I’m just happy to be back. I had a lot of buddies come and watch today that I haven’t seen in a
while. I got a lot of texts from people in the golf community wishing me luck and that meant a lot.”
Wall, a recent Loyola University Maryland graduate, is the first Manasquan River member to hoist the J.
Wood Platt trophy.
Before winning in extra time, Wall held a 4-up lead after 18 holes and a 3-up advantage after 28 holes.
“To win five matches is quite an accomplishment because all of these players are so good,” Wall said. “A 36-
hole match is a marathon, and you have to grind it out. It is so easy to let your mind get in front of you and
start thinking about what you are going to say in a speech. It is a big win and I am looking forward to taking it
into the rest of the summer. I am happy that my game is rounding into form.” m
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club
This bald eagle, a
resident, eyes the
action on No. 5.