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Meisenzahl takes Amateur Championship Qualifier medalist honors

  FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.Mike Meisenzahls opening qualifying round in the 111th Amateur Championship was moving comfortably along at Manufacturers G&CC he was even par thru six holes on Tuesday when it became that day. In a flash, the round went from mundane to extraordinary as Meisenzahl carded a spectacular 5-under 66. Pretty sensational considering it was his first-ever trip to Manufacturers G&CC. Difficult afternoon conditions, occasional rain, wind and the grind of a 36-hole qualifier, slowed the 23-year-old down at North Hills CC (1-over 72), but it didnt stop Meisenzahl from earning medalist honors and the No. 1 match play seed. He finished the two rounds of the Amateur Championship Qualifier at 4-under-par 138, two shots clear of second-place finishers Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC and Matt Mattare of Saucon Valley CC.

Mike Meisenzahl of Little Mill CC (purple)
walks off the 18th green at Manufacturers G&CC
after carding a 5-under 66.
  I have nothing other to say than it feels great, said Meisenzahl, a Medford, N.J. resident. I talked a lot with my dad that I just wanted to get a good number in the house. My goal was even par. I made a couple good up-and-downs early and then the putter got hot. All of a sudden I started hitting it real close and giving myself opportunities for birdie. I left myself almost the easiest birdie putt on every green.

  The match play portion of the Amateur Championship begins Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Meisenzahl will face the last survivor of an eight-player-for-seven-qualifying-positions playoff which begins at 7 a.m.

  A recent James Madison University graduate, Meisenzahl opened his round at Manufacturers G&CC (par 71, 6,587 yards) with six successive pars before that happened and he registered four birdies and an eagle in the next six-hole stretch.

ROBERT GALBREATH, JR.
  On No. 7 (par 5, 503 yards), he knocked his hydrid from 240 yards out on the green about 30 feet away and two putted for birdie; on No. 8 (par 3, 105 yards), the iconic drop hole, he stuffed a gap wedge to a foot; on No. 9 (par 5, 472 yards), he hit a 200-yard, 4-iron to 10 feet and drained the eagle try; on No. 11 (par 3, 175 yards), he ripped a 6-iron to 20 feet and holed the ensuing putt; and on No. 12 (par 5, 519 yards), he knocked a hybrid on from 225 yards to 20 feet and two putted.

  Meisenzahl moved to 7 under after draining a smooth 18-foot left-to-right slider on No. 15 (par 5, 540 yards), but got in trouble on the final hole with a poor tee shot and ensuing three putt, his final two-foot bogey effort spinning around the entire hole.

  At North Hills CC (par 71, 6,505 yards), Meisenzahls round wasnt nearly as exciting.

  Starting on the back nine, he registered one birdie and one bogey. One more bogey coming in, on No. 4 (par 5, 620 yards), resulted in a 1-over 72.

  The Amateur Championship Qualifier also serves as the first two rounds of the Silver Cross Award. The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup.

  Last year, Meisenzahl lost the Silver Cross to Jeff Osberg of Llanerch CC by a stroke.

  The Silver Cross means everything, said Meisenzahl. I think the Silver Cross means more to me than any single tournament. Winning the Silver Cross probably makes you the best golfer in the area. It proves you are the most consistent golfer over the course of the tournament schedule.

MATT MATTARE
  Galbreath, 20, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and Mattare, 25, of Bethlehem, Pa., both finished at 2 under. Galbreath opened with a 68 at Manufacturers and finished with a 72 at North Hills. Mattare started with a 69 at Manufacturers and ended with a 71 at North Hills.

  Coming out I figured if I could make a few birdies early, that makes your day that much easier, said Galbreath. I was lucky I was in that position.

NOTESJames Kania, Jr. of Overbrook GC pulled a Fred Couples of yesteryear on Manufacturers G&CCs fourth hole (par 3, 184 yards). Kania, the 2009 Amateur runner-up, shanked his 8-iron drive out of bounds but re-teed and jarred his next shot for an improbable 3. Right after I hit it I said just go in, said Kania, 22, of Haverford, Pa. It jumped up right and past the hole and spun back in. Kania is still in search of his first regulation ace. Kania finished his two rounds with a 148 total Kyle Sterbinsky of Yardley CC, the youngest competitor in the field at age 14 advanced into match play. Sterbinsky posted a 74 at North Hills CC in the morning and a 1-over 72 at Manufacturers G&CC in the afternoon for a 146 total. A recent graduate of Greynun Academy in Yardley, Pa., this was Sterbinskys first Amateur experience. I just wanted to make the cut, said Sterbinsky, who noted he putted well all day. Sterbinsky will either attend Holy Ghost Prep or the Peddie School next fall ... Last years champion, Justin Martinson of Hartefeld National turned professional in late May and, therefore, is ineligible to defend his title.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Scores

Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club

66M-72N138

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

69M-71N140

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

68M-72N140

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70M-71N141

Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

70N-71M141

Matthew Burkhart, Meadia Heights Golf Club

72N-70M142

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

71M-72N143

Douglas Zelner, Coatesville Country Club

72N-71M143

Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club

74M-70N144

Connor McNicholas, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74M-70N144

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

72M-72N144

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

70M-75N145

Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club

69M-76N145

Kyle Davis, Fieldstone Golf Club

73N-72M145

*Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

71M-74N145

Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club

71N-74M145

David Sanders, Laurel Creek Country Club

73N-72M145

Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club

76N-69M145

Stephen Hudacek III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

72M-74N146

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76M-70N146

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

74M-72N146

Paul Kovalcheck, Lu Lu Country Club

73N-73M146

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

75N-71M146

Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley Country Club

74N-72M146

Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74M-73N147

Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78N-69M147

 

Playoff (8 players, 7 positions)

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

72M-76N148

Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74M-74N148

Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76M-72N148

Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club

73M-75N148

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

74N-74M148

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

78N-70M148

Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club

72N-76M148

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

76N-72M148

 

Failed to qualify

John Simone, Philmont Country Club

75M-74N149

Scott Klee, Indian Valley Country Club

75M-74N149

Matthew Finger, Wedgwood Country Club

74M-75N149

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

71M-78N149

Ryan MMarty, Little Mill Country Club

77N-72M149

Jake Murphy, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73N-76M149

Anthony Martire, Seaview Resort & Spa

77N-72M149

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75M-75N150

Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country Club

75M-75N150

Blayze DiPasquale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74M-76N150

*John Brennan, Spring Ford Country Club

73M-77N150

Ross Brown, Huntsville Golf Club

76M-74N150

David West, Whitford Country Club

76N-74M150

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78N-72M150

Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

77N-73M150

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

76N-74M150

Greg Wolfe, Cavaliers Country Club

76N-74M150

Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76M-75N151

Christopher Storck, Moselem Springs Golf Club

74N-77M151

James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club

74N-77M151

Greg O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76N-75M151

Edward Kelly, Jr., Applecross Country Club

75N-76M151

Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club

72N-79M151

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

74N-77M151

Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74M-78N152

Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

75M-77N152

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

73M-79N152

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

72M-80N152

Benjamin Cooley, Lu Lu Country Club

76M-76N152

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

70N-82M152

William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

76N-76M152

Tom Shin, Laurel Creek Country Club

79N-73M152

James Sullivan, Jr., Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77N-75M152

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

74M-79N153

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78M-75N153

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

73M-80N153

Aaron Burton, Hartefeld National

77M-76N153

Russell Hartung, Doylestown Country Club

77N-76M153

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

77N-76M153

Michael Moffat, Five Ponds Golf Club

75N-78M153

Bobby Arthur, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

78N-75M153

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

76N-77M153

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

73M-81N154

Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club

81M-73N154

Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club

76M-78N154

Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75M-79N154

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

76M-79N155

Michael Rose, Meadowlands Country Club

78M-77N155

Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club

77M-78N155

Michael Burkhart, Meadia Heights Golf Club

79N-76M155

Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club

79M-77N156

Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club

80M-76N156

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

76N-80M156

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

77N-79M156

Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

79M-77N156

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

80N-76M156

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

78M-79N157

Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club

81M-76N157

Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78N-79M157

Thomas BartolaMi, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

77N-80M157

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

79M-79N158

Tom Borsello, White Clay Creek Country Club

76N-82M158

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

78M-81N159

Bradley Roberts, Wedgwood Country Club

77N-82M159

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

85N-74M159

Chris Hynoski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

82N-77M159

Jared Palubinski, Golden Oaks Golf Club

80N-79M159

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

72N-87M159

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78M-82N160

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

75M-85N160

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

80N-80M160

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80M-81N161

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

85M-76N161

Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club

80M-81N161

Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club

80M-81N161

Jimmy Johnston, Merion Golf Club

81M-81N162

Jason Barkley, Huntsville Golf Club

84N-78M162

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

80N-82M162

Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club

81N-82M163

Matthew O'Brien, Five Ponds Golf Club

82N-81M163

Brandon Matthews, Fox Hill Country Club

81N-82M163

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

84N-80M164

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

83M-82N165

Sean Sexton, Five Ponds Golf Club

77N-88M165

Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club

76M-90N166

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

89M-79N168

Philip Bartholomew, Yardley Country Club

84N-85M169

Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

87M-83N170

Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club

73M-WDNWD

Greg Matthias, Hartefeld National

79M-WDNWD

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

76M-WDNWD

 

*Silver Cross scores only

WD-withdrawal

M-Manufacturers G&CC; N-North Hills CC

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