PINE VALLEY GOLF CLUB ________________________
EFF OSBERG refused to
allow a massive Mid.-Am.
disappointment early in
the season ruin his 2019.
Instead, that late-tourna-
ment collapse became the
foundation for a third William Hyndman,
III Player of the Year campaign. A historic
matching one at that.
Osberg finished the year-end race with
1,002.5 points, 482.5 points clear of Danny
Harcourt of Mercer Oaks Golf Course.
Osberg collected large sums of points in
all five of the Association’s high-profile tournaments. He recorded victories in the Open
Championship and Joseph H. Patterson Cup
as well as earning the Silver Cross Award. The
35-year-old resident of Bryn Mawr, Pa. was
runner-up in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur
Championship and placed Top 10 in the
Mid.-Am. His 2019 performance matching
his 2016 feat. Osberg remains the only player
in GAP Major history to win the three aforementioned events and to place second in the
Amateur (all four competitions are more than
110 years old) in the same season. He’s also
the only one to add in a Top 10 Middle-Amateur Championship finish, a fledgling Major
by comparison at 36 years old.
“In the Mid.-Am. I played 27 holes of the
best golf I’ve played in years,” said Osberg,
who also won the 2015 POY. “It didn’t
deter my thinking for the rest of the year.
I’ve always said I don’t think my golf ability
is what separates me from everyone else.
It’s the attitude and mindset. That was very
evident this year. I let one of the most im-
portant tournaments, to me, to win because
I want to complete the career Grand Slam,
slip away. Without a great mindset, a lot of
people would have walked away from that
day maybe trying to find answers.”
Osberg finished the final nine holes of the
Mid.-Am. with five three putts in his last sev-
en holes. He is that elusive Middle-Amateur
Championship victory shy of joining Chris
Lange of Overbrook Golf Club as the only
players to win each of GAP’s Majors (Silver
Cross not included).
Bullish about his game, a few weeks later, in
the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
at Stonewall, the Pine Valley Golf Club member
and 2014 Amateur victor qualified as medalist
and advanced to the Final before falling to defending champion Jeremy Wall of Manasquan
River Golf Club, 3&2, in a taunt match.
Staying positive, strong performances
produced trophy moments a short time later.
In the Open Championship at a place
he once called home, Huntingdon Valley
Country Club, Osberg was the lone player to
record two under-par rounds. He completed
the 36-holes in 5 under to win by two strokes
and to earn a second Open title in four years.
“Obviously, it is a place I’m very comfort-
able with. I knew I was playing well. I just
tried to stay focused and play my game,” said
Osberg, a HVCC member for six years and
the 2018 Club Champion. “A lot of great
golfers in our section haven’t won the Open,
so to win two of them and really put my
mark on that event means a lot.”
The victory was a little extra special with
longtime caddie confidant John Leighton
toting the bag. Leighton, himself, a former
“He’s a longtime friend of mine. He’s very
close to my family. Having him be a part of that
was extra special,” said Osberg. “Being on the
golf course for a long period of time, having to
grind out a tournament, it’s nice to have some-
one you trust and it’s nice to have someone
you are friends with go through that with you.”
Another Osberg course favorite, Apple-
brook Golf Club, hosted the year’s final
Major, the 117th Joseph H. Patterson Cup
presented by Callaway Golf. Osberg opened
the first round with a 4-under 67. When
weather cancelled Round 2, the tournament
defaulted to first-round scores and Osberg
was declared the winner. It is his third
Patterson Cup victory. His Patterson Cup
score, combined with the BMW Philly Am.
Qualifier, gave Osberg a fourth Silver Cross
“It’s a unique tournament that does a
good job at piecing together different parts
of the year and seeing who can be consistent
throughout the whole summer,” said Osberg.
Osberg’s other Patterson Cup victories
came in 2010 and 2016.
The long-hitter dealt with back issues in
2012 and 2013 that required a pair of surger-ies. It also changed his approach to the game
… for the better. Just look at the results.
“When I came back, I definitely had some
limited mobility. I don’t hit it as far as I used
to, and I know that sounds funny. What I really learned during that time is how to control
the ball,” said Osberg. “I started hitting a cut.
I started driving it much, much straighter. I
pride myself on being a good iron player and
hitting a lot of greens. I no longer tried hitting
shots like I used to when I was younger, which
would always get me in a lot of trouble. That’s
really been extremely impactful on my game.”
– Martin D. Emeno, Jr.
WILLIAM HYNDMAN, III PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Osberg won the Joseph H. Patterson Cup en route
to a third William Hyndman, III Player of the Year.