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Brown defeats Leonard in playoff for Middle-Amateur Championship title

  HADDONFIELD, N.J.–Michael Brown needed a four-hole playoff but eventually the 36-year-old Cheltenham, Pa., resident delivered a championship performance. The Philadelphia Publinks GA member defeated home-club hopeful Sean Leonard on Thursday at Tavistock CC (par 72, 6,797 yards) in an aggregate playoff (19-17 strokes on holes 10-11-17-18) for the 26th Middle-Amateur Championship. For Brown, who was reinstated as an amateur at the end of 2007, it was his first Golf Association of Philadelphia Major title.

  “It’s slightly unexpected,” said a surprisingly subdued Brown afterward. “I’m new to amateur golf in this area. I don’t even know a lot of these guys. I know of them because I read about them. I’m happy to be back. There are a lot of very strong players in the Philadelphia area and I’m looking forward to playing against them regularly.”

Michael Brown of Philadelphia Publinks GA (left)
with Mark Peterson, the GAP's Executive Director.
  Both players ended regulation at even-par 144 after two rounds. Leonard carded a final round 1-under-par 71 including a magnificent birdie on the treacherous No. 18 (par 4, 435 yards). Brown, who started the round a shot-back of the leader, was in control of the tournament most of the day and, in fact, had a three-stroke lead at one point mid-way through the back nine, finished with a 73. He bogeyed three of his final six holes.

  “It was cool. My grandfather who is 87 years old was out here,” said Leonard, who had about two dozen supporters following him in the playoff. “We’re proud to host this event. It’s nice. I wish I could have won but … I’m pleased. I haven’t been playing much golf. I ran for commissioner of Haddonfield, [N.J.] and for the last two months I’ve been doing nothing but going to people’s houses and campaigning. And my wife and I had a baby girl a week ago today.”

  In the playoff, both players carded routine pars on Nos. 10 (par 4, 328 yards) and 11 (par 4, 426 yards) before Brown took control on the par 5, 17th (490 yards), the third extra hole. Brown found the middle of the fairway with his drive while Leonard went left and short of the fairway bunker, some 232 yards away. Leonard then knocked a hybrid about 40 yards short of the green and Brown, with a 4-iron and 180 yards left, sent his second shot long and over the putting surface. Leonard’s chip stopped short of the green and his ensuing putt from the front fringe left him with five feet. He missed for a bogey six. Brown showed some nice touch on a delicate downhill chip from about 40 feet and just off the green that ended 10 above the hole. He made a three-foot comebacker for a par and a one-shot lead with one hole to go.

Sean Leonard of Tavistock CC
holds the second-place crystal.
  On No. 18, both players found the fairway. Leonard played first and had 181 yards left. His 6-iron landed some 45 feet right of the hole. Brown had 147 yards and with an 8-iron in-hand knocked his approach to 25 feet. Leonard would go on to three putt, he left his first try eight feet short, and Brown would two putt for the victory.

  “I don’t know Sean but I did know he was from Tavistock CC,” said Brown, who served as assistant professional at North Hills CC for seven years before heading back to the amateur ranks. He also competed on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, played in South America and attempted PGA Q-School three times. “I knew there would be a lot of support in his direction [in the playoff]. I was fine with that. I was focused and fairly confident because I controlled [my emotions] for the first 18 holes so that wasn’t really an issue. For me at this point it’s physical. [My swing] may look OK but I don’t feel OK physically. The positions on my golf swing feel out of whack.

  “[The playoff] was pretty uneventful the first couple of holes. Then I was given a good opportunity after 17. I didn’t expect to be one shot up after that hole. Eighteen is a difficult par 4 and I just tried to stay committed. I had that shot this morning, that tee shot, and I was able to pull it off.”

  Said Leonard, 35, of Haddonfield, N.J., “Like Chris Lange [a member of his group] said on the first tee, things are a little more inconsequential when you have a little baby [at home]. Of course, you want to win, and certainly I wanted to win because you don’t get too many chances.”

  This was Leonard’s top Golf Association of Philadelphia Major finish as well.

  Brown appeared to have the Championship won in regulation, but on No. 18 three putted from 45 feet to drop back into a tie with Leonard. It was Leonard, playing in the group in front of Brown, who made a dramatic 20-foot birdie to post even par as the low number. In fact, Leonard was 3 under on his final nine to get back into contention.

  The story lines were plentiful throughout a postcard weather day.

  * Michael McDermott, 34, of Merion GC, the reigning Middle-Amateur Champion and a three-time winner of the event, entered Round 2 as the favorite and with a one-shot lead. The Bryn Mawr, Pa., resident bogeyed the first hole after a poor drive and never recovered, shooting a shocking 77 and falling into a tie for seventh.

  * Brian Gillespie, 34, of St. Davids GC and Wayne, Pa., a top player who has been surprisingly quiet in championships the past couple of seasons, reemerged on the scene in a big way and came to No. 18 at even par for the event. However, he pulled a wedge from 138 yards into the front, left greenside bunker and would then three putt to finish at 2-over par in a tie for fourth.

  * Chip Lutz, 54, of LedgeRock GC and Reading, Pa., carded three birdies and no bogeys in his first 17 holes to get to 1 over for the Middle-Amateur but ran his 25-foot birdie try on No. 18 by four feet, lost his focus a bit and registered a bogey to finish at 2 over as well.

  * Tom Borsello of Fieldstone GC and Wilmington, Del., who turned 55 in January and recently returned to competitive golf after taking about three years off from the game citing burn out, birdied his final two holes, including a chip in on No. 18 from about 70 feet to finish at 2-over par.

  * Gregg Angelillo, 38, of Moselem Springs GC and Hoboken, N.J., started the day in second and despite a 3-over-par 39 on the front nine, gutted out a 1-under effort on the back to place third, his top Golf Association of Philadelphia Major finish.

  The Middle-Amateur is for players 25 years of age and older. It is a two-day, 36-hole tournament.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 134 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

*Michael Brown

Philadelphia Publinks GA

71

73

144

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

73

71

144

Gregg Angelillo

Moselem Springs Golf Club

71

74

145

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

75

71

146

Tom Borsello

Fieldstone Golf Club

74

72

146

Chip Lutz

LedgeRock Golf Club

76

70

146

Rand Mendez

Fieldstone Golf Club

74

73

147

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

72

75

147

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

70

77

147

Glenn Smeraglio

Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

72

148

Matthew Finger

Running Deer Golf Club

75

75

150

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

75

75

150

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

74

76

150

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

74

77

151

Oscar Mestre

Overbrook Golf Club

76

75

151

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

77

151

Gerry Baldachino

Olde York Country Club

75

77

152

G. Patrick Dougherty

Talamore Country Club

77

75

152

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

75

77

152

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

77

75

152

James Donnelly

Merion Golf Club

75

78

153

David Shields

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

72

153

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77

76

153

Robert Harrington

Merion Golf Club

76

78

154

Chris Esbenshade

Bent Creek Country Club

77

77

154

Steven Budenz

Yardley Country Club

78

76

154

Alexander Maguire, Jr.

Brookside Country Club

80

74

154

Jim Rattigan

Schuylkill Country Club

78

76

154

Matthew Gaffney

Little Mill Country Club

74

80

154

Scott Bergson

Little Mill Country Club

77

77

154

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

75

80

155

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

79

76

155

Brian Rothaus

Talamore Country Club

78

77

155

Thomas DiCinti

Links Golf Club

80

75

155

Mike Owsik

McCall Golf & Country Club

81

75

156

Justin Van Hyning

Olde York Country Club

73

83

156

Michael Tash

Tavistock Country Club

78

78

156

William McGuinness

Tavistock Country Club

79

77

156

Mark Kosko

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

77

80

157

Scott Orr

Brookside Country Club

77

80

157

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster Country Club

79

78

157

Byron Whitman

Golden Oaks Golf Club

78

79

157

Jeff DellaFranco

Concord Country Club

79

78

157

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

74

83

157

Charles Scalzott

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

78

157

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

79

78

157

Douglas Zelner

Spring Ford Country Club

81

76

157

Stephen McIntyre

Honeybrook Golf Club

76

81

157

David West

Whitford Country Club

77

80

157

Johan van Schalkwyk

Burlington Country Club

81

77

158

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

78

158

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

77

82

159

Buddy Reed

DuPont Country Club

79

80

159

James Kieserman

The Bucks Club

80

80

160

Ken Matt

Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

82

160

John Simone

Philmont Country Club

76

84

160

Lance Oberparleiter

Wedgwood Country Club

80

80

160

Todd Vonderheid

Huntsville Golf Club

81

79

160

Jack Wallace

Burlington Country Club

78

83

161

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

73

88

161

David Livermore

Greate Bay Country Club

80

81

161

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

77

84

161

Ed Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

78

83

161

Tom Piersanti

Saucon Valley Country Club

80

83

163

Matthew Shevlin

Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

85

163

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

79

84

163

Bill Turner

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

82

163

Chris Parmer

Olde York Country Club

80

84

164

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

81

83

164

John Aloisio

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

81

83

164

Ajai Sirohi

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

81

83

164

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

87

166

Sean Sexton

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

87

168

Lee Grout

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

88

169

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76

WD

WD

 
*-won in playoff

WD-withdrawal

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