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May 22, 2014

Pete Barron, III of Stone Harbor Golf Club willed in this 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 (par 5, 452 yards) to win the 31st Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf.

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Stone Harbor’s Pete Barron, III finds redemption in Mid.-Am. victory

  KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.–Mother Nature delayed, but didn’t damper one of the most exhilarating Middle-Amateur Championship finishes in history. Pete Barron, III, of Stone Harbor Golf Club emerged from a frantic race and in the process atoned for a playoff loss in last year’s event with a final-hole birdie to seal his first Major victory. Barron rolled in a 10-foot putt on No. 18 (par 5, 452 yards) to post a 5-under 137 and edge Chris Ault of Yardley Country Club by a stroke on Thursday at Gulph Mills Golf Club (par 71, 6,536 yards) for the 31st Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf. Barron finished the final two holes after a 3:05 weather delay.

  “Absolutely,” said Barron when asked if the triumph was a point of redemption. “Last year, I lost in a playoff to a great player in Michael McDermott. It feels great to finally win something big. I’ve been knocking on the door for awhile.”

  Barron didn’t politely knock for his Mid.-Am trophy. He confidently walked through the championship entrance with clutch shot making.

  Knowing he needed birdie on No. 18 to win, Barron lifted a 9-iron from 142 yards. It landed 30 feet behind the hole and spun back.

  A superb answer considering he was forced to chip out after a wayward drive landed behind a tree. That came on the heels of a bogey, the number of choice on the testy No. 17 (par 3, 211 yards).

  “I told myself to make an aggressive swing that will get to the back of the green and spin back,” said Barron, 38, of Mays Landing, N.J. “I wanted to hit something hard. I read [the putt] to have about two feet of break. It broke a hair more than that and snuck in the right side.

  “[I was] relieved. I could breathe. I was just thinking get it to the hole and give it a chance.”

  Ault, Barron, Andy Latowski of Philadelphia Cricket Club and Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club, the first-round leader, sparred for supremacy throughout a rollercoaster back nine.

  Lutz turned inward at 6 under and four shots in front of that trio before his putter went cold … and the field warmed up.

  Latowski, 35, of Plainsboro, N.J., finished first, leaving a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 18 just short to post a clubhouse best 3 under.

  Ault, two groups ahead of Lutz and Barron, and a bit behind Latowksi, was next. The reigning Pennsylvania State Amateur Champion quietly grabbed a share of first at 4 under with a birdie on No. 16 (par 4, 397 yards). Ault lifted a wedge from 70 yards to six feet for his third back-nine red number.

  However, a turbulent 17th (par 3, 211 yards) – Ault pulled a 5-iron into the left greenside bunker on a downhill slope and made double bogey – dropped him to 2 under. Ault’s answer to that turmoil was resounding. He knocked a pitching wedge from 147 yards to five feet for eagle. The putt for 3 was never in doubt.

  “I was proud of the way I played. I got off to a rough start and battled back into contention. I would have liked to finish at 5 or 6 under but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Pete made an awesome putt to win the tournament. Heck, that’s a tough putt to make on a Thursday afternoon with your buddies,” said Ault, 28, of Yardley, Pa. “I knew I was hoping for something else behind me [after that double bogey]. I didn’t want to be in that position.”

  Lutz, 59, of Reading, Pa., appeared in control after a front nine that included four birdies and a bogey. However, Lutz’s putter, which was strong over the first 27 holes, went dry. He missed two short par saves on Nos. 13 (par 4, 432 yards) and 14 (par 3, 187 yards) to fall back to 4 under. Like Barron, he, too, waited through the lengthy delay before completing the last two holes.

  Lutz made bogey on No. 17 after hitting his tee ball right. He just missed a 10-foot par saver. Putting before Barron on No. 18, the four-time reigning Senior Player of the Year stood stunned as his birdie try to tie Ault rolled right of the cup.

  Barron appeared to eliminate himself early in the day after a double bogey-bogey stretch on Nos. 6 (par 3, 173 yards) and 7 (par 5, 495 yards). He instead responded with five birdies over his last 10 holes.

  His final two birdies sandwiched the No. 17 bogey. Barron dropped a sand wedge from 107 yards to 10 feet on No. 16 to pull into solo first before his closing hole winning roll.

  “I knew I had to go 3 or 4 under on the back to have a chance,” said Barron. “When I went to 17 tee I thought I had a chance [to win]. My thought process was to make nothing worse than bogey on 17 and then there is a getable par 5.”

  Or in this case, a championship par 5.

NOTES–Latowski led a group of 11 players from Philadelphia Cricket Club to make the Day One cut … defending champion Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club carded a final-round, 3-under 68 to finish even for the tournament and in sixth place … Matthew Finger of DuPont Country Club turned in the day’s low round with a 5-under 66. Finger posted a 6-under 30 on the back nine, which included two eagles on the two par 5s, Nos. 12 and 18.

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Name, club

Score

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

69-68–137

Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

70-68–138

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

68-71–139

Andy Latowski, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71-68–139

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

75-66–141

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

74-68–142

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

72-70–142

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73-69–142

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

69-74–143

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

70-73–143

Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club

73-70–143

John Sawin, Merion Golf Club

72-71–143

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74-70–144

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

71-73–144

Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73-71–144

Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

71-73–144

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

72-73–145

Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

73-72–145

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72-74–146

Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

75-71–146

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

76-70–146

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

72-74–146

Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76-70–146

Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club

78-69–147

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

77-70–147

Mark Czerniakowski, Blue Bell Country Club

75-72–147

Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club

75-72–147

Tim Freeh, Back Creek Golf Club

77-70–147

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

70-77–147

Troy Miller, Back Creek Golf Club

75-72–147

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70-78–148

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

75-73–148

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

75-73–148

Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71-77–148

David West, Whitford Country Club

77-72–149

Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75-74–149

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

78-71–149

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

76-73–149

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71-78–149

Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

75-74–149

Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club

77-72–149

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

77-73–150

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73-77–150

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

75-75–150

Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76-74–150

Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74-76–150

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

76-75–151

Jason Barkley, Huntsville Golf Club

77-74–151

Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club

72-79–151

Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club

72-79–151

George Petrellis, Blue Bell Country Club

73-78–151

Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78-73–151

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

77-75–152

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77-75–152

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73-79–152

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

78-75–153

James Donnelly, Merion Golf Club

75-78–153

Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club

73-80–153

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

76-77–153

Chris Lawler, Cedarbrook Country Club

78-75–153

Conrad Von Borsig, White Manor Country Club

76-77–153

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

74-81–155

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78-77–155

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

76-80–156

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78-78–156

Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club

77-80–157

Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

78-79–157

Brian Shevland, Waynesborough Country Club

78-79–157

Bill Burke, Sea Oaks Golf Club

77-80–157

Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club

74-84–158

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

78-80–158

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

74-84–158

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

75-84–159

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

77-84–161

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

77-86–163

Dave Marshall, Trenton Country Club

78-86–164

Cole Willcox, Merion Golf Club

75-WD–WD

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

78-WD–WD

Sean Clifford, Yardley Country Club

72-WD–WD

 

Failed to qualify

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

79

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

79

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

80

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

80

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

80

Drew Garis, North Hills Country Club

80

Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club

80

Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club

80

Keith Olinick, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

81

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

81

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

81

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

81

William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club

81

Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club

81

Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfer's Club

81

Matthew Vassil, Honeybrook Golf Club

81

Colin Smith, Radley Run Country Club

82

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

82

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

82

Neil Gordon, Five Ponds Golf Club

82

Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club

82

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

82

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

82

J.J. Berenato, Llanerch Country Club

82

Keith Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

82

Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

Brian Sokolowski, Greate Bay Country Club

83

William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club

83

Robert Good, Merion Golf Club

83

Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth Country Club

83

Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf Club

83

Brendan Young, North Hills Country Club

83

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

84

Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook Golf Club

84

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Ronald Jamarowicz, Hartefeld National

84

Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

85

Patrick Murray, North Hills Country Club

85

Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National

86

Len Fox, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

86

Paul Kupcha, Fieldstone Golf Club

88

Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club

88

Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club

89

Phil Cillo, Little Mill Country Club

90

Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

NC

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

WD

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

WD

Chris Smedley, Loch Nairn Golf Club

WD

 

NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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