WILMINGTON, Del. -- Bucknell rising sophomore Peter Bradbeer earned a significant amateur tournament victory on Thursday when he captured the 115th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Wilmington Country Club. A 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole helped propel him to a one-stroke victory over Benjamin Smith of Huntingdon Valley Country Club.
Bradbeer, who plays out of the famed Merion Golf Club, finished with a 2-under-par total of 140 (68-72) over 36 holes at the par-71 South Course. He held the overnight lead after posting one of three rounds in the 60s in the field, then in round two he battled back from a double-bogey at No. 13 to pull out the victory thanks to the long birdie putt at the 205-yard, par-3 17th.
Bradbeer was also the winner of the Silver Cross, which is awarded to the player with the low aggregate score at the Patterson Cup and the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship qualifying rounds. He posted 146 at the Philadelphia Amateur.
Bradbeer had a successful rookie season for the Bison in 2016-17. He posted a 74.6 scoring average with a low round of 68 at the Mathews Auto Collegiate Invitational. Bradbeer had three top-10 finishes, including a 4th in Bucknell's team victory at the Lehigh Invitational at Saucon Valley CC.