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Tash turns double, takes Patterson Cup, Silver Cross

  HADDONFIELD, N.J.ĖThe Patterson Cup brings out the best in Michael Tash of Tavistock CC. The 42-year-old Glassboro, N.J., resident registered his third Joseph H. Patterson Memorial Cup victory in the last eight years on Thursday with an even-par total of 143.

  Tash recorded a 1-over-par 73 at his home course (par 72, 6,646 yards) in the morning before finishing with a 1-under-par 70 at Laurel Creek CC (par 71, 6,858 yards) in the afternoon. The victory makes Tash the 10th person in the 102-year history of the event to capture three or more titles.

  "To be mentioned in that group [with three or more Patterson Cup victories] is a privilege," said Tash. "Itís an awesome feeling."

  Players with three or more Patterson Cup victories include legendary figures: William Hyndman, III of Huntingdon Valley CC, a 10-time winner, R. Jay Sigel of Aronimink GC, a five-time winner, four-time champions W.B. McCullough, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC and J. Wood Platt of Whitemarsh Valley CC, and three-time victors Howard Everitt of Atlantic City CC, Chris Lange of Overbrook GC, Maxwell Marston of Merion Cricket Club, Harold B. McFarland of Huntingdon Valley CC and William P. Smith of Huntingdon Valley CC.

  Coping with the breezy and treacherous environments at both courses, Tash did what he always does when the conditions are tough. He missed just one fairway and six greens in the 36 holes.

  "Iím good when par is good," said Tash, who captured the Patterson Cup in 1997 and 2002. "I can still keep it around par in every event. I think because of my experience and because my golf ball doesnít curve a lot thatís why [Iím in every event]."

  At Tavistock CC in the morning, Tash just couldnít get comfortable to the unusually quick greens of his home course and finished at 1-over-par 73.

  "As much as it was a home course advantage, it was tough getting accustomed to the speed of the greens," said Tash. "I hit a lot of good putts I thought I made but they just stayed to the high side with the speed."

  In the second round at Laurel Creek CC, Tash posted a 2-under-par 34 on the front side with birdies on No. 7 (par 3, 206 yards) and No. 9 (par 5, 550 yards). He knocked a 3-iron to 12 feet on the seventh and lipped out a 20-foot eagle putt on the ninth.

  He registered eight straight pars on his inward nine before bogeying the par 4, 444-yard 18th.

  "I thought that might hurt me," said Tash.

  It didnít.

  Four players tied for second at 3-over-par 146. William McGuinness of Tavistock CC (72-74), Roc Irey of Cedarbrook CC (75-71), Santo Lafoca of Huntsville GC (73-73), Michael Vannelli of Medford Village CC (72-74) all finished three shots in back of Tash.

  "It was awesome. This is the best finish of my playing tenure in the Golf Association of Philadelphia," said Lafoca, 40, of Pittston, Pa., who said heís been playing in GAPís events for the past 20 years. "Itís a grind. You learn you canít make a mistake. Thatís the biggest thing that sits with me."

  Lafoca made three bogeys at Laurel Creek and four bogeys, one double bogey and five birdies at Tavistock. The Patterson Cup is the Golf Association of Philadelphiaís stroke play championship and final Major of the year. A field of 132 players competed in the one-day, 36-hole event Ė 18 holes at each course.

Silver Cross
  Tash doubled his championship haul, also earning the Silver Cross.

  The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the two qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the two rounds of the Joseph H. Patterson Memorial Cup.

  Tash posted rounds of 72 and 74 in the Philadelphia Amateur Championship held at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

  This is Tashís second Silver Cross.

  He earned the Silver Cross in 1997, a year he also captured the Patterson Cup.

  Tash finished with a four-round total of 289.

Patterson Cup results

Pos

Name, club

1

2

Score

1

Michael A. Tash, Tavistock CC

73

70

143

T2

William J. McGuinness, Tavistock CC

74

72

146

T2

Roc Irey, Cedarbrook CC

75

71

146

T2

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville GC

73

73

146

T2

Michael J. Vannelli, Medford Village CC

72

74

146

T6

Paul M. Polinsky, Manufacturers G&CC

74

73

147

T6

Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook GC

76

71

147

T8

John M. Pelet, Wyncote GC

73

75

148

T8

Billy Stewart, Llanerch CC

70

78

148

T10

George W. Connell, Gulph Mills GC

78

71

149

T10

Chris Lange, Overbrook GC

72

77

149

T10

Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley CC

75

74

149

T13

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids GC

78

72

150

T13

Ronald Cusick, Sr., Tavistock CC

72

78

150

T13

Brian Corbett, Huntsville GC

75

75

150

T13

Frank S. Corrado Jr, Jericho National GC

76

74

150

T13

James K. Kieserman, Blue Bell CC

76

74

150

T13

Lynn T. Kilduff, Huntsville GC

75

75

150

T13

Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National GC

73

77

150

T13

Drew Panebianco, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

77

73

150

T13

Robert G. Dziak, Spring Ford CC

71

79

150

T22

Thomas J. Gramigna, Tavistock CC

70

81

151

T22

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster CC

72

79

151

T22

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC

76

75

151

T22

Robert Ockenfuss, Jr., Indian Valley CC

72

79

151

T22

Andrew Achenbach, Rivercrest GC

76

75

151

T22

Bill Mullen, Plymouth CC

77

74

151

T22

Sean D. Leonard, Tavistock CC

71

80

151

T29

Kyle T. Davis, Kennett Square G&CC

80

72

152

T29

Rich Pruchnik, West Chester G&CC

77

75

152

T29

Arthur J. Kania, Jr., Overbrook GC

75

77

152

T29

Geoffrey M. Cooper, Ballamor GC

75

77

152

T29

John W. Robinson, Commonwealth National GC

77

75

152

T34

Michael P. McDermott, Llanerch CC

72

81

153

T34

John K. Sweeney, Lancaster CC

76

77

153

T34

James K. Arsenault, Little Mill CC

74

79

153

T34

Michael C. Evangelista, Concord CC

74

79

153

T34

Francis J. McFadden, Overbrook GC

77

76

153

T34

Gordon W Jamieson, Merion GC

76

77

153

T40

Steve J. Owens, Wildwood Golf & CC

77

77

154

T40

James M. Winner, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

76

78

154

T40

Joe April, Wedgwood CC

76

78

154

T40

Ryan McCarty, Little Mill CC

77

77

154

T44

Gerard F. Ascolese, North Hills CC

76

79

155

T44

Douglas G. Zelner, Coatesville CC

79

76

155

T44

John Brennan, Spring Ford CC

80

75

155

T44

Drew Garis, North Hills CC

74

81

155

T44

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley CC

74

81

155

T44

John G. Sawin, Philadelphia CC

80

75

155

T44

Michael Rose, Ashbourne CC

77

78

155

T44

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley CC

73

82

155

T44

Richard E. Umani, Philadelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc

76

79

155

T44

Scott Ehrlich, Meadowlands CC

77

78

155

T44

Brad McFadden, Overbrook GC

78

77

155

T44

Christopher W. Ault, Spring Mill CC

76

79

155

T44

Garrett Basalyga, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

77

78

155

T44

Joseph Costanzo, Lookaway GC

77

78

155

T58

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

80

76

156

T58

Ryan Beck, Old York Road CC

78

78

156

T58

Robin S. McCool, Saucon Valley CC

75

81

156

T58

Kenneth Matt, Lu Lu CC

73

83

156

T58

Mike Lebow, Spring Ford CC

73

83

156

T58

Cole Willcox, Philadelphia CC

75

81

156

T64

Drew Guaraldo, Waynesborough CC

85

72

157

T64

Steven P. Walczak, Wilmington CC

79

78

157

T64

Nick Ryder, Aronimink GC

83

74

157

T64

Keith A. Matt, Lu Lu CC

81

76

157

T64

Joseph A. Russo, Running Deer GC

81

76

157

T64

Michael J. Nilon, Philadelphia CC

82

75

157

T70

Tom Piersanti, Radley Run CC

77

81

158

T70

Robert Arthur, Tavistock CC

78

80

158

T70

Michael H. Lewers, St. Davids GC

79

79

158

T70

Mario T. Verticelli, Spring Mill CC

80

78

158

T70

John Mullins, Spring Ford CC

82

76

158

T70

Manus Friel, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Assoc

78

80

158

T70

Kevin Kornuszko, Spring Mill CC

78

80

158

T77

Oscar L. Mestre, Jr., Overbrook GC

79

80

159

T77

Douglas Schroer, St. Davids GC

75

84

159

T77

Frank S. Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley CC

81

78

159

T77

Anthony M. Apostolico, Deerfield G&TC

76

83

159

T77

Pete Widdoes, Deerfield G&TC

83

76

159

T77

Charles McClaskey, Wyncote GC

80

79

159

83

Mark Inman, Cherry Valley CC

80

80

160

T84

John Campanelli, Woodbury CC

80

81

161

T84

Drew Anders, Laurel Creek CC

79

82

161

T86

William B. Weihenmayer, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC

80

82

162

T86

Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs GC

79

83

162

T86

Tyler Rae, Deerfield G&TC

81

81

162

T89

Tyler Glassman, Meadowlands CC

85

78

163

T89

D. Drew Siok, Tavistock CC

76

87

163

T89

Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers G&CC

81

82

163

T89

George Carr, Running Deer GC

79

84

163

T89

Terrence J. Sawyer, Yardley CC

85

78

163

T94

Matthew J Sullivan, The Springhaven Club

80

84

164

T94

Eugene Flanagan, The Springhaven Club

79

85

164

T96

Marc A. Mandel, White Manor CC

81

85

166

T96

Billy Macknis, Downingtown CC

84

82

166

T96

Paul J. Rogowicz, Yardley CC

81

85

166

T96

Norman L. Charlesworth, Running Deer GC

85

81

166

T100

Richard A. Smith, Philadelphia CC

82

85

167

T100

Tripp Bailey, Merion GC

82

85

167

T100

Matthew Vannelli, Whitemarsh Valley CC

83

84

167

T100

Scott Kalan, Radnor Valley CC

75

92

167

T100

Kevin P. OBrien, Cedarbrook CC

84

83

167

T100

Joshua Ross, Yardley CC

85

82

167

106

Chris P. Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

90

168

107

Shawn Lavin, Sandy Run CC

87

82

169

108

James Greenhalgh, Wildwood G&CC

86

84

170

T109

Johnny Murphy, Wildwood G&CC

86

86

172

T109

Daniel P. Delaney, Concord CC

83

89

172

T111

Brian Rothaus, Philmont CC

89

84

173

T111

David West, Whitford CC

88

85

173

T111

Patrick G. Dougherty, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

89

84

173

T111

Billy McCrossan, The Springhaven Club

92

81

173

T115

Michael J. Hodges, The Springhaven Club

92

83

175

T115

Philip G. Damico, Llanerch CC

87

88

175

117

Jason Bernstein, White Manor CC

86

90

176

118

William Smyrl, Blue Bell CC

89

89

178

119

Dan Brown, Llanerch CC

90

91

181

120

Keith Smeraglio, Yardley CC

95

87

182

T121

Gary E. Daniels, Aronimink GC

76

NC

NC

T121

Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook GC

89

DQ

DQ

T121

James White, Philadelphia Cricket Club

DQ

DQ

DQ

T121

Byron W. Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Assoc

83

WD

WD

T121

Tom Borsello, Fieldstone GC

73

WD

WD

T121

Lance T. Oberparleiter, Wedgwood CC

86

WD

WD

T121

Chad Bernstein, Greenacres CC

80

WD

WD

T121

Joseph Owsik, Philmont CC

86

WD

WD

T121

Greg M. O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley CC

NC

WD

WD

T121

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock CC

WD

WD

WD

T121

Kenji Ota, Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

WD

WD

T121

Logan Terry, Plymouth CC

WD

WD

WD

 

NC-no card; WD-withdrawal; DQ-disqualification

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