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Pine Valley GC’s Raudenbush tops Amateur Championship Qualifier

  BETHLEHEM, Pa.–Matt Raudenbush of Pine Valley GC has never had trouble hitting a golf ball far. It’s accuracy that’s been the issue. In the 110th Amateur Championship Qualifier on Monday at Saucon Valley CC – and after a strong couple weeks of practice – Raudenbush’s ills are seemingly cured. Standing 6-foot-2 and a solid 200 pounds, the long-hitting Raudenbush registered 29 of 36 greens in regulation en route to a fantastic 2-under par 141 total (71 on Grace and 70 on Old) and medalist honors in the field of 127 players.

DOUG MARCINCIN
  Raudenbush will be the top seed of 36 as match play begins tomorrow and the quest for the J. Wood Platt Championship Trophy continues. First-round matches begin at 8 a.m. on the Old Course with second-round matches to immediately follow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday. The 36-hole final begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

  Reigning Amateur champion Conrad Von Borsig of Concord CC turned professional in the winter and is not competing, however, the 2009 Amateur runner-up, James Kania, Jr. of Overbrook GC, qualified as the 28th seed at 151.

  Doug Marcincin of Northampton CC, who survived a seven-for-one playoff to earn the 32nd and final match play qualifying position a year ago at Stonewall, fell a shot short of medalist honors today, but will be the No. 2 seed.

  The cut line fell at 152 with five players competing for the final two match-play spots. David West of Whitford CC and Jeff Osberg of Llanerch CC were the final two qualifiers.

  “The last couple of weeks I kind of figured it out,” said Raudenbush, 21, of Pine Valley, N.J. “I’m hitting the ball the right distance. When I get wrong, I hit it over greens and that’s bad. The numbers with my irons have been really good. I’m missing a little left or right but pin high most of the time.”

  Raudenbush didn’t miss much in his 36 holes of qualifying. He totaled 10 birdies in all. And don’t overlook the shortness of his approach shots.

  In the morning round at the Grace Course (par 72, 7,038 yards), Raudenbush carded five birdies and four bogeys. He three-putted No. 5 (par 3, 162 yards) from 20 feet after opening with four straight pars, but hit GAP wedges from 128 and 126 yards, respectively, on Nos. 7 (par 4, 445 yards) and 8 (par 4, 395 yards), to three and six feet for birdies. Another bogey on No. 9 (par 4, 428 yards), when he missed his first green saw Raudenbush turn even. Not rattled the least, the University of North Carolina redshirt junior birdied his next three holes. On No. 10 (par 5, 536 yards), he knocked a 70-yard lob wedge on his third shot to six feet; on No. 11 (par 3, 195 yards) he clubbed a 7-iron to four feet and on No. 12 (par 4, 340 yards) he hit another lob wedge from 60 yards to a foot. A three-putt bogey on No. 13 (par 4, 337 yards) and a missed green on No. 17 (4, 437 yards) saw Raudenbush finish his initial 18 at 1 under.

  Marcincin, who also played in the morning at the Grace Course, held the first-round lead at 4 under.

  In the afternoon, Raudenbush’s strong and solid play continued on the Old Course (par 71, 6,944 yards).

  Starting on the back nine, he birdied two of his first four holes, including one bogey, before adding two more red figures on Nos. 1 (par 5, 554 yards) and 3 (par 4, 378 yards). He came up about 30 yards short of the green on the first hole before chipping up to eight feet and then drained a 15 footer on No. 3 after knocking a GAP wedge on from 120 yards. He missed the fourth (par 3, 161 yards) and fifth (par 4, 472 yards) greens and made bogeys accordingly, but birdied No. 6 (par 5, 556 yards) when he chipped his third shot up to a foot. A bogey on No. 8 (par 4, 429 yards) when his drive landed in the fairway bunker and a par on 9 (par 3, 215 yards) completed his round.

  Raudenbush has played in only two other Amateurs and has missed the cut in both. He did, however, win the 2006 Junior Boys’ Championship, splitting the run of Robert Galbreath, Jr.’s four titles in five years.

  “My mindset going into tomorrow is to put the ball in play and put the ball on the green,” said Raudenbush, whose father Charley caddied for him. Charley Raudenbush is the Pine Valley GC general manager. “In match play it’s tough to beat someone if they are putting the ball on the green. Mentally it kind of wears you down. I want to make guys have to make birdies to beat me.”

  Marcincin, a junior at Lehigh University, recorded six birdies and two bogeys in his a.m. round, for a Grace Course best 4-under 68.

  “I wanted to get off to a good start and just be able to enjoy the Old Course [in the afternoon]. It’s such a classy golf course,” said Marcincin, 20, of Bethlehem, Pa. “My game plan was to come out very strong. The first couple of holes on the Grace Course are tough and tight. I got off to a great start, I was 2 under after the first four holes and that kind of kick started my day.”

  The tough Old Course reared its difficult ways in Marcincin’s afternoon round. He carded three birdies and six bogeys, but still finished at 1-under par.

  “I wanted to finish under par in this qualifying, I’ve never done that before,” said Marcincin.

  Tying Marcincin in second was Justin Martinson of Hartefeld National. Martinson carded rounds of 69 (Old) and 73 (Grace) for a 142 total.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Matt Raudenbush, Pine Valley Golf Club

71

GC

70

OC

141

Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country Club

68

GC

74

OC

142

Justin Martinson, Hartefeld National

69

OC

73

GC

142

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

GC

68

OC

145

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75

OC

70

GC

145

Mike Meisenzahl, Hidden Creek Golf Club

75

OC

70

GC

145

Stephen Seiden, Concord Country Club

73

GC

73

OC

146

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

75

OC

71

GC

146

Benjamin Smith, Woodcrest Country Club

75

GC

72

OC

147

Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club

70

GC

77

OC

147

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

73

OC

74

GC

147

Jimmy Johnston, Merion Golf Club

73

OC

74

GC

147

Anthony Martire, Seaview Resort & Spa

71

OC

77

GC

148

John Brennan, Spring Ford Country Club

74

GC

75

OC

149

Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club

76

OC

73

GC

149

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

76

OC

74

GC

150

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

73

OC

77

GC

150

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

73

OC

77

GC

150

Christopher Storck, Moselem Springs Golf Club

74

OC

76

GC

150

Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

GC

75

OC

151

Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club

76

GC

75

OC

151

Scott Klee, Indian Valley Country Club

70

GC

81

OC

151

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

74

GC

77

OC

151

Cole Willcox, Philadelphia Country Club

75

OC

76

GC

151

Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club

71

OC

80

GC

151

Matthew Burkhart, Meadia Heights Golf Club

74

OC

77

GC

151

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

73

OC

78

GC

151

Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club

74

OC

77

GC

151

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

79

OC

72

GC

151

Daniel Charen, Yardley Country Club

70

OC

81

GC

151

*Jeff Osberg, Llanerch Country Club

75

GC

77

OC

152

*David West, Whitford Country Club

75

OC

77

GC

152

 

Failed to qualify

*Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

75

GC

77

OC

152

*Brian Creghan, Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

OC

78

GC

152

*Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

72

OC

80

GC

152

Dan Bernard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

73

GC

80

OC

153

Matthew Finger, Wedgwood Country Club

75

OC

78

GC

153

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

75

GC

79

OC

154

Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

GC

78

OC

154

Marc Mandel, White Manor Country Club

78

GC

76

OC

154

Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

82

GC

72

OC

154

Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club

72

OC

82

GC

154

Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

76

OC

78

GC

154

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77

OC

77

GC

154

Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

GC

69

OC

155

James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

79

GC

76

OC

155

Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

GC

77

OC

155

Tom Borsello, White Clay Creek Country Club

76

GC

79

OC

155

Kyle Davis, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

GC

72

OC

155

Buddy Reed, Back Creek Golf Club

76

OC

79

GC

155

Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

OC

72

GC

155

Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

OC

78

GC

155

Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club

80

OC

75

GC

155

Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

77

OC

78

GC

155

Kenneth Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

GC

77

OC

156

Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club

81

GC

75

OC

156

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

79

GC

77

OC

156

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

80

GC

76

OC

156

Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club

77

OC

79

GC

156

Michael Rogers, Llanerch Country Club

78

OC

78

GC

156

Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

OC

77

GC

157

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

79

GC

79

OC

158

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

77

GC

81

OC

158

Michael Brown, Lookaway Golf Club

76

OC

82

GC

158

Rich Pruchnik, West Chester Golf & Country Club

77

OC

81

GC

158

Michael Korcuba, Running Deer Golf Club

77

OC

81

GC

158

Andrew Jaskel, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

GC

78

OC

159

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

GC

82

OC

159

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

GC

79

OC

159

Eric Spiller, Woodcrest Country Club

79

GC

80

OC

159

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

OC

80

GC

159

Michael Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club

81

OC

78

GC

159

Michael O'Keefe, Little Mill Country Club

80

OC

79

GC

159

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

82

GC

78

OC

160

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

GC

82

OC

160

Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

GC

80

OC

160

Pierce Dever, Yardley Country Club

77

OC

83

GC

160

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77

OC

83

GC

160

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

OC

80

GC

160

Marty Crounse, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

83

OC

77

GC

160

Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club

80

GC

81

OC

161

Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77

GC

84

OC

161

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

79

GC

82

OC

161

Zachary Falone, Rolling Green Golf Club

76

GC

85

OC

161

Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

80

OC

81

GC

161

Greg O'Connor, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

OC

83

GC

161

Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

81

GC

81

OC

162

Greg Matthias, Hartefeld National

80

GC

82

OC

162

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

82

GC

81

OC

163

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

84

GC

79

OC

163

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

79

GC

84

OC

163

Christopher Wallin, French Creek Golf Club

82

OC

81

GC

163

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

82

GC

82

OC

164

Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club

79

GC

85

OC

164

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

79

GC

85

OC

164

Douglas Zelner, Coatesville Country Club

81

GC

83

OC

164

Mark Kosko, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

83

GC

81

OC

164

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

84

GC

80

OC

164

Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club

82

GC

82

OC

164

Grant Skyllas, Moselem Springs Golf Club

82

GC

82

OC

164

Jared Palubinski, Golden Oaks Golf Club

76

OC

88

GC

164

Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club

82

GC

83

OC

165

Tom Piersanti, Saucon Valley Country Club

84

GC

81

OC

165

Blake Slawecki, Spring Ford Country Club

81

GC

84

OC

165

Edward McCrossen, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

OC

83

GC

165

Brian Rothaus, Talamore Country Club

82

OC

83

GC

165

Quin Trigg, Hartefeld National

82

GC

84

OC

166

Chris Binder, Greate Bay Country Club

80

OC

86

GC

166

Bobby Arthur, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

80

OC

86

GC

166

Tom Carter, Greate Bay Country Club

86

GC

81

OC

167

Lucas Serbun, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

GC

82

OC

167

Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club

85

OC

82

GC

167

John Aloisio, Greate Bay Country Club

78

OC

90

GC

168

Edward Woehlcke, Cedarbrook Country Club

83

OC

85

GC

168

Steven Minnick, Jr., Bala Golf Club

84

OC

84

GC

168

James Rocks, III, Wedgwood Country Club

84

OC

85

GC

169

Jim Simmons, Whitford Country Club

86

GC

84

OC

170

Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club

87

GC

83

OC

170

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

85

OC

85

GC

170

Brian Mahlstedt, Glen Oak Country Club

83

GC

88

OC

171

Robert Cummings, Riverton Country Club

81

OC

90

GC

171

Joseph Marucci, Saucon Valley Country Club

86

GC

91

OC

177

Timothy Chow, Indian Valley Country Club

93

GC

88

OC

181

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

83

OC

WD

GC

WD

Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club

73

OC

WD

GC

WD

John Giori, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

82

OC

WD

GC

WD

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

88

OC

WD

GC

WD

 

*-determined in playoff

WD-withdrawal

GC-Grace Course; OC-Old Course

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