Weil continues hot Summer start; wins medal at Galloping Hill Amateur Qualifying
July 15, 2020 - Two weeks ago, Ridgewood’s Davis Weil fired a round of two-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors at a qualifier for the 100th NJSGA Open Championship at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.
Fast forward two weeks and Weil is again a medalist, this time carding a round of four-under par 67 at Wednesday’ qualifier for the 119th Amateur Championship presented by Provident Bank at the par-71, 6,513-yard Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.
Weil’s 67 led a group of five qualifiers who shot two-over-par 73 or better. It was the fifth and final qualifier for he Amateur Championship takes place August 3-5 at Arcola Country Club in Paramus.
“I guess I just like playing in NJSGA events. These are the first two events I’ve ever won,” said Weil, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania. “The only other time I played here was in high school, and I was three under through eight holes, but ended up with a 75.
“Today, I was seeing the lines and hitting the putts,” said Weil, who recorded 27 putts during a round that included five birdies against just one bogey.
“In the two weeks leading up to today, putting was the only thing holding me back. To me, 90 percent of confidence is in my head. I was confident today, feeling like everything I looked at was going in. The key for me was my approach shots. I was close all day,” he said.
The longest birdie putt he made was a 12-footer that came on the par-3, 11th hole.
Weil said he is looking forward to playing in the Amateur and the Open, both in Bergen County and just minutes from his family home in Ridgewood.
“Those are two courses I’m definitely familiar with. I’ve played in the Arcola Cup three times and played in a Met Am qualifier there. I haven’t posted phenomenal scores there, but I’m a different player now. With my dad (Parker Weil) on the bag, things have been good for me lately.”
Weil, who played in the 2019 NJSGA Amateur at Neshanic Valley, will be playing in his first Open Championship next week at Knickerbocker.
“I’ve played there many times, going back to my high school days. That’s a gettable course,” said Weil, who does not participate on the Penn golf team. The Ivy League has canceled fall sports.
“I’ll consider going out for the team next spring,” he noted.