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Overbrook GC’s Lange completes career Grand Slam

  IVYLAND, Pa.–Chris Lange of Overbrook GC completed the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s career Grand Slam. Lange, 50, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., carded a 1-over-par 145 to claim the 22nd Middle-Amateur Championship at a demanding and difficult Spring Mill CC (par 72, 7,295 yards) on Thursday.

  Lange, who last summer became only the 11th amateur to capture the Philadelphia Open, is a three-time Amateur Champion (1984, 1993-94) and three-time Patterson Cup (1989, 1994, 1999) Champion. Those three tournaments, along with the Mid-Am, comprise the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Majors schedule – the Grand Slam.

  "I never really thought about it until it was mentioned to me yesterday," said Lange, who carded a 2-over-par 74 in the final round. "I’m sure it’s something I will relish over the years. Obviously, back 20 years or so ago, there wasn’t a Mid-Am or Jay Sigel or Bill Hyndman would’ve have been the first. I’m not even in the same league as those two. I just had great timing on my side."

  Andy Achenbach of RiverCrest GC & Preserve and Rich Pruchnik of West Chester G&CC tied for second at 5-over-par 149. Five other players finished at 7-over 151, including defending champion Michael McDermott of Merion GC.

  Lange, who opened the tournament with a 1-under-par 71 on Wednesday, was out of sync for the first 11½ holes of the second round. He made the turn at 2-over-par and bogeyed the challenging 11th (par 5, 573 yards) after a poor second shot landed in the rough short of the green. His 5-wood on the par-3, 230-yard 12th found the left greenside bunker and Lange faced a difficult, long bunker shot with water on the other side. Lange dropped the chip to two feet.

  He then sealed the tournament with successive birdies, a five-footer on the par-5, 13th (567 yards) and a testy left-to-right curler on No. 14 (par 4, 459 yards).

  "I didn’t hit it as solid as I would’ve like," said Lange, "but I made a lot of up and downs and didn’t miss too many putts."

  Achenbach and Pruchnik finished four shots behind Lange.

  Achenbach, 33, of Royersford, Pa., carded a 2-over-par 74 in the group ahead of the leaders. Pruchnik playing in the final pairing with Lange, posted a 5-over-par 77. This was the top finish for both in the Mid-Am. Last year, Pruchnik placed third at Gulph Mills GC.

  "Today, I didn’t really put any pressure on Chris," said Pruchnik, 39, of West Chester, Pa. "He’s just real steady. I expect him to shoot par. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and that makes him difficult to catch."

  McDermott, the defending and two-time champion, failed to get anything going.

  He carded three pars, two double bogeys, two birdies, a bogey and an eagle on his front side. His round took a fatal turn at No. 11 (par 5, 573 yards) when his drive landed out of bounds. He made bogey, the start of four straight over-par scores.

   "I got down on myself a little more than I normally do," said McDermott, 30, of Havertown, Pa. "I wasn’t as ready as I have been in prior years for this tournament. At least I know now what I have to work on to get ready for the Amateur."

Name

Club

1

2

Total

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

71

74

145

Andrew Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

74

149

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

72

77

149

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

76

75

151

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

77

74

151

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

79

72

151

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

74

77

151

Chris Anderson

Wilmington Country Club

80

71

151

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

74

78

152

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

78

75

153

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

77

77

154

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

76

78

154

Douglas Schroer

St. Davids Golf Club

79

76

155

Douglas Zelner

Coatesville Country Club

79

77

156

Keith Matt

Lu Lu Country Club

79

77

156

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

78

78

156

Lee Cook

Laurel Creek Country Club

75

81

156

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

80

76

156

James Arsenault

Little Mill Country Club

80

76

156

Francis Downey

North Hills Country Club

79

78

157

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

76

81

157

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

77

157

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

78

79

157

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

81

77

158

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

78

80

158

Ronald Cusick, Sr.

Tavistock Country Club

76

82

158

Kenneth Matt

Lu Lu Country Club

79

80

159

Frank Filippo

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

82

77

159

James Kieserman

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

80

79

159

Wayne Bartolacci

Jericho National Golf Club

83

76

159

Kevin Kelly

Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

78

159

Michael Tash

Tavistock Country Club

77

82

159

John Quirk

Overbrook Golf Club

77

83

160

Rich Thon

The Springhaven Club

81

79

160

David West

Whitford Country Club

82

78

160

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

81

79

160

Edward Erickson

Yardley Country Club

76

84

160

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

81

160

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

79

81

160

Dan Pinciotti Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

81

160

David O' Malley

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

78

160

Manus Friel

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

79

160

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

78

160

Brian Owens

Gulph Mills Golf Club

79

82

161

Chris Kallmeyer

Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

79

161

Gui Costin

Merion Golf Club

81

80

161

Edmund Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

78

84

162

Mark Czerniakowski

Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

82

162

Pete Widdoes

Chesapeake Bay Golf Club

81

81

162

Charles Dowds, III

North Hills Country Club

80

83

163

Tony Lepre

Galloway National Golf Club

82

81

163

Warren Smith

Cavaliers Country Club

81

82

163

Fredrick Taggart

Meadia Heights Golf Club

83

80

163

Mark Kosko

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

81

83

164

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

81

164

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

82

164

James Prendergast

Spring Ford Country Club

83

81

164

Michael Sanger

Merion Golf Club

80

85

165

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

77

88

165

Brad McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

80

85

165

Leonard Pearson

Philmont Country Club

80

85

165

Robert Billings

Rolling Green Golf Club

81

84

165

Eric Meyer

Whitford Country Club

78

88

166

Carlos Ochoa

Little Mill Country Club

82

84

166

Michael Nilon

Philadelphia Country Club

83

83

166

Scott Elwell

Running Deer Golf Club

81

86

167

Grant Liu

Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

87

168

Gary Daniels

Applebrook Golf Club

83

86

169

Ted Harris

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

80

89

169

Bill Milner

Running Deer Golf Club

82

88

170

Mark Shuman

Philadelphia Country Club

83

87

170

Michael Evangelista

Concord Country Club

83

87

170

Rick Custer

Spring Ford Country Club

83

91

174

Dino Volpi, III

Plymouth Country Club

83

91

174

Mark Walker

Laurel Creek Country Club

80

WD

WD

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

83

WD

WD

Mark Douglas

Spring Ford Country Club

79

WD

WD

Arthur Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

82

WD

WD

Joseph Costanzo

Blue Bell Country Club

83

WD

WD

 

WD-withdrawal

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