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Hyland takes medallist honors in return to Philly Amateur;
defending champion McDermott seeded No. 8

  ELVERSON, Pa.–Michael Hyland of Little Mill CC didn’t miss a beat in his return to the Philadelphia golf scene and spectacular Stonewall. Hyland, winner of the 2000 Amateur Championship at the Elverson, Pa., venue, carded a 1-under-par 139 on Stonewall’s two courses (Old, par 70, 6,579 yards/North, par 70, 6,690 yards) to take the 109th Amateur Championship medallist honors. Hyland, who turned professional shortly after winning the 2000 title and returned to the Amateur ranks in 2005, posted Monday’s lone sub-par total.

  This was his first Philadelphia Amateur since regaining his Amateur status.

MICHAEL KANIA
  Hyland will be seeded No. 1 for the first round of match play which begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. First- and second-round matches will be competed on Tuesday at Stonewall's Old Course. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Wednesday. The 36-hole final begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

  Reigning Amateur Champion Michael McDermott of Merion GC, who finished runner-up to Hyland for the 2000 title, qualified as the eighth seed. Last year’s runner-up, Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC, is the No. 3 seed.

  Doug Marcincin of Northampton CC took the final match play position in a seven-man-for-one-spot playoff at 150 with a birdie on No. 9 (par 3, 183 yards).

  “I had great vibes coming in,” said Hyland of his return to Stonewall. “[Groupmate Michael McDermott and I] reminisced all day long about [the 2000 final]. The pairing today really helped me out.”

  Hyland opened his return foray at the Old Course with a level-par 70. He even birdied his first hole, No. 1 (par 5, 528 yards), when he chipped his approach to five feet. Another birdie on No. 5 (par 3, 179 yards), a 9-iron to 20 feet, continued his storybook beginning, before bogeys on No. 6 (par 4, 430 yards) and No. 8 (par 4, 425 yards) watched Hyland make the turn in a level 35. A bogey on No. 14 (par 4, 392 yards) from a blocked wedge and a birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 440 yards) with a sand wedge from 120 yards put Hyland in a tied for fifth at even par after 18 holes.

  On the North Course, Hyland’s second 18, he again opened with a birdie. Starting on No. 10 (par 4, 355 yards), he lofted a sand wedge from 120 yards to three feet. This was Hyland’s second time seeing the North Course. Yesterday was his first. The North Course was built in 2003.

  Hyland drained a 10 footer on No. 12 (par 4, 360 yards) after finding fairway and green before encountering his first hiccup, a bogey, on the treacherous 13th (par 3, 215 yards).

  “I’m trying not to make any double bogeys at that point,” said Hyland, who has qualified for the last two U.S. Middle-Amateurs. “I was taking the water out of play.”

  Four consecutive pars followed before Hyland found some more red figures when he hit a second shot, 4-iron on No. 18 (par 5, 522 yards) to 25 feet for an eagle try. He tapped in for birdie a shot later.

  Starting his final nine, No. 1 (par 4, 415 yards), Hyland’s driver sent two balls into the right fescue. He failed to find the first and carded a triple bogey seven before it was over.

  “I’m thinking it could be a train wreck at that point,” said Hyland.

  It wasn’t. He reached the up-and-then-downhill No. 3 (par 5, 472 yards) in two and tapped in for birdie. Three shots later on No. 4 (par 45, 429 yards) Hyland added another red figure. He hit a gap wedge from 120 yards to two feet for the tap-in birdie.

  Hyland would finish it out with five pars.

  “I’m totally excited about tomorrow,” said the 30-year-old Hyland, whose primary residence is Toledo, Ohio. “The key out here is to hit fairways. I think I hit two poor drives today.”

  Hyland cited the venue as the reason for his return to the Amateur Championship.

  Michael Kania of Overbrook GC and Haverford, Pa., 18, grabbed the No. 2 seed with an even-par 140. Kania carded a 1-under-par 69 at the Old Course in the morning before following that up with a 1-over-par 71 at the North Course.

  “I just wanted to play good solid golf and get into match play,” said Kania.

  This is only Kania’s second Amateur Championship. He failed to make match play in 2007.

  Michael’s older brother James, Jr., also advanced into match play. He qualified as the 11th seed after finishing at 3-over-par 143.

  Both will play for the University of Kentucky next year where Michael will be a freshman and James a junior.

  NOTES–This is only the second time Stonewall has hosted the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s most prestigious Amateur event. In 2000, Chester Valley GC served as the second qualifying site.

Qualifiers

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Michael Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

70

Old

69

Nor

139

Michael Kania

Overbrook Golf Club

69

Old

71

Nor

140

Cole Willcox

Philadelphia Country Club

71

Old

70

Nor

141

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

70

Nor

71

Old

141

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

73

Nor

69

Old

142

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

69

Old

73

Nor

142

Justin Martinson

Hartefeld National

71

Old

71

Nor

142

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

72

Nor

70

Old

142

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

72

Old

70

Nor

142

James Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

70

Nor

73

Old

143

Anthony Martire

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

75

Old

68

Nor

143

William McGuinness

Tavistock Country Club

69

Nor

74

Old

143

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

70

Nor

74

Old

144

Matthew Mattare

Saucon Valley Country Club

68

Old

76

Nor

144

Edward McCrossen, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

73

Nor

72

Old

145

Christopher Ault

Yardley Country Club

73

Old

72

Nor

145

Pierce Dever

Jericho National Golf Club

72

Nor

73

Old

145

Robert Robertson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Old

70

Nor

146

Mark Miller

Yardley Country Club

74

Old

72

Nor

146

Matt Dolinsky

Honeybrook Golf Club

72

Nor

75

Old

147

Rodney James

Five Ponds Golf Club

72

Old

75

Nor

147

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

74

Old

73

Nor

147

Matthew Teesdale

Commonwealth National Golf Club

72

Nor

75

Old

147

Gary Daniels

Saucon Valley Country Club

78

Nor

70

Old

148

Glenn Smeraglio

Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Nor

73

Old

148

Scott Storck

Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Old

74

Nor

148

Conrad Von Borsig

Concord Country Club

78

Old

70

Nor

148

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

76

Old

72

Nor

148

Brian Creghan

Blue Bell Country Club

74

Old

74

Nor

148

Ryan McCarty

Little Mill Country Club

78

Old

71

Nor

149

Jeffrey Griest

Waynesborough Country Club

75

Old

74

Nor

149

#Douglas Zelner

Spring Ford Country Club

74

Nor

75

Old

149

*Doug Marcincin

Northampton Country Club

74

Nor

76

Old

150

 

Failed to qualify

*Michael Brown

Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

Nor

76

Old

150

*David West

Whitford Country Club

74

Nor

76

Old

150

*Keith Snyder

Sakima Country Club

80

Nor

70

Old

150

*Matthew Burkhart

Meadia Heights Golf Club

71

Nor

79

Old

150

*James Braunsberg

Blue Bell Country Club

78

Old

72

Nor

150

*Daniel Charen

Yardley Country Club

77

Old

73

Nor

150

#Robert Savarese, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Old

72

Nor

150

Michael Tash

Tavistock Country Club

77

Nor

74

Old

151

Matthew Finger

Running Deer Golf Club

73

Nor

78

Old

151

Matthew Gaffney

Little Mill Country Club

75

Old

76

Nor

151

Stephen Seiden

Concord Country Club

75

Nor

76

Old

151

Chris Esbenshade

Bent Creek Country Club

74

Nor

77

Old

151

Alexander Maguire, Jr.

Brookside Country Club

74

Nor

78

Old

152

Stephen Dressel

St. Davids Golf Club

75

Nor

78

Old

153

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

82

Old

71

Nor

153

Johnny Murphy

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

77

Old

76

Nor

153

Robert Bechtold

Wyncote Golf Club

73

Old

80

Nor

153

Mark Kosko

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

77

Nor

77

Old

154

Steven Kim

Blue Bell Country Club

82

Nor

72

Old

154

Joseph Roeder

Links Golf Club

75

Old

79

Nor

154

Benjamin Smith

Woodcrest Country Club

77

Nor

77

Old

154

Zach Smith

Doylestown Country Club

79

Old

75

Nor

154

Tom Borsello

Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Old

75

Nor

154

Greg Matthias

Hartefeld National

75

Old

80

Nor

155

James Bea

Spring Mill Country Club

74

Old

81

Nor

155

Ken Sim

Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Nor

79

Old

155

Rand Mendez

Fieldstone Golf Club

77

Nor

78

Old

155

Tucker Koch

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

Nor

81

Old

156

Oscar Mestre

Overbrook Golf Club

77

Nor

79

Old

156

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

Old

81

Nor

156

Warren Smith, III

Cavaliers Country Club

80

Old

76

Nor

156

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

79

Old

77

Nor

156

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

73

Nor

83

Old

156

Jim Simmons

Stonewall

81

Nor

75

Old

156

Mike Meisenzahl

Little Mill Country Club

73

Nor

84

Old

157

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

76

Nor

81

Old

157

Matt Raudenbush

Pine Valley Golf Club

80

Nor

77

Old

157

Justin Van Hyning

Olde York Country Club

79

Nor

78

Old

157

Ed Kahn

Little Mill Country Club

84

Old

73

Nor

157

Nicholas Reach

Glenmaura National Golf Club

80

Old

77

Nor

157

Brian Rothaus

Talamore Country Club

81

Nor

76

Old

157

Kevin Melnick, Jr.

Plymouth Country Club

78

Old

79

Nor

157

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Nor

76

Old

157

Roc Irey

Lookaway Golf Club

73

Nor

84

Old

157

Brad Sokol

Green Valley Country Club

79

Nor

79

Old

158

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

79

Old

79

Nor

158

James Kieserman

The Bucks Club

81

Old

77

Nor

158

David Atkinson

Llanerch Country Club

84

Nor

74

Old

158

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

81

Old

78

Nor

159

Vinny Alessi

Penn Oaks Golf Club

75

Nor

85

Old

160

Marc Mandel

White Manor Country Club

75

Nor

85

Old

160

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

76

Nor

84

Old

160

Douglas Schroer

Aronimink Golf Club

78

Old

82

Nor

160

Richard Marabella

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Old

79

Nor

160

Patrick Devlin

Five Ponds Golf Club

80

Old

80

Nor

160

Bradley Roberts

Wedgwood Country Club

80

Nor

80

Old

160

Charles Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

Nor

81

Old

160

Russell Hartung

Doylestown Country Club

75

Nor

86

Old

161

Robert Wurtz, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Nor

82

Old

161

David Smith

Doylestown Country Club

77

Old

84

Nor

161

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

Nor

82

Old

161

Stephen McIntyre

Honeybrook Golf Club

76

Nor

85

Old

161

Matt Dietrich

Whitford Country Club

75

Nor

86

Old

161

Geoffrey Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

77

Nor

84

Old

161

Mark Quigley

Lu Lu Country Club

82

Nor

80

Old

162

Stephen Sieracki

Merchantville Country Club

84

Nor

78

Old

162

Thomas DiCinti

Links Golf Club

85

Old

77

Nor

162

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

83

Nor

80

Old

163

Vince Boyle

JC Melrose Country Club

89

Old

74

Nor

163

Mark Czerniakowski

Blue Bell Country Club

85

Old

78

Nor

163

Eric Schmehl

Moorestown Field Club

84

Old

80

Nor

164

Bryan Winsko

Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Old

83

Nor

164

Connor McNicholas

Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Nor

84

Old

165

Greg Forster

Radnor Valley Country Club

84

Old

81

Nor

165

Kevin Genuardi

Cedarbrook Country Club

87

Old

79

Nor

166

Todd Vonderheid

Huntsville Golf Club

92

Nor

75

Old

167

James Austin

Five Ponds Golf Club

83

Old

84

Nor

167

William Gallagher, III

Honeybrook Golf Club

86

Old

84

Nor

170

Erik Thorn

Links Golf Club

86

Old

85

Nor

171

Andrew Speaker

Jericho National Golf Club

81

Nor

91

Old

172

Steve Minnick

Bala Golf Club

84

Old

89

Nor

173

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

87

Old

WD

Nor

WD

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

87

Old

WD

Nor

WD

Christopher Reedman

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

82

Old

NS

Nor

NS

David Shields

Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Nor

NC

Old

NC

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

82

Old

DQ

Nor

DQ

 

*-determined in playoff

Old-Old Course; Nor-North Course

#-no match play; NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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