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June 9, 2014

Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club earned his second Amateur Championship medalist honor.

*Scorecards

Merions McDermott earns No. 1 seed; readies for another Am. run

  MALVERN, Pa.A balky left shoulder almost derailed Michael McDermotts Amateur Championship title defense before it started.

  A cortisone shot late last week alleviated the pain, however, and some swings on the range Monday at White Manor Country Club loosened the stiff joint.

  That meant it was business as usual on the course for the five-time William Hyndman, III Player of the Year.

  McDermott opened Amateur Championship qualifying at White Manor Country Club (par 71, 6,752 yards) with a 5-under 66 and added a 1-over-par 71 at Overbrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,566 yards) in Round 2 to earn medalist honors for the second time in his career. He finished 4-under 137. Five players finished at 3 under. The low 32 players advanced to match play. The cut line fell at 148 with five players competing for two spots. Jalen Griffin of Talamore Country Club birdied the first playoff hole with an 8-iron from 153 yards to eight inches to survive. Russell Hill of Old York Country Club at Chesterfield grabbed the final match play spot with a par on the third playoff hole. He will face McDermott at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at White Manor.

  I dont know what to say about the shoulder because it was fine today, said McDermott, who is gunning for a third Amateur title (2008, 2013). It was a scary couple of days because I didnt know. I told my wife this morning that Ive never felt more uncertain heading to a tournament because I didnt know if I was going to play. I can tell there is a little bit of a twitch there but I felt fine. Hopefully that will be the last time I think about that this week.

  Rounds 1 and 2 of the 114th Amateur are set for tomorrow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday. The 36-hole final begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

  McDermott stated his intentions early on White Manors back nine, his initial outward jaunt, with four birdies on the final four holes.

  On No. 15 (par 4, 321 yards), McDermott almost drove the green before chipping up to a foot for a 3; on No. 16 (par 4, 412 yards) he lifted a sand wedge from 115 yards to six feet; on No. 17 (par 5, 546 yards), he cozied a difficult putt from 35 feet away and the back fringe to inches before knocking a gap wedge from 130 yards on No. 18 (par 4, 399 yards) to four feet.

  By the first tee I knew I was OK to play. I played really solid the whole day at White Manor. It was a pretty low stress sort of round for a course that is tough, said McDermott, 39, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Overbrook has always had my number. Ive never really put together a good competitive or social round there. I had a sand wedge into 14. I landed on the fringe on the sprinkler head and bounced out-of-bounds. Then I had to hit the shot again with a pond short. There were a lot of thoughts in my head at that point. I hit it to about eight feet and made a five. It was a bad break but I kept it together and parred out from there.

  McDermotts other Amateur medalist honor came in 2003 when qualifying was at Manufacturers Golf & Country Club and Philmont Country Club (North). He carded an identical 4-under 137 that year.

  Last year, McDermott defeated Alexander Hicks of Wildwood Golf & Country Club, 5&4, at Aronimink Golf Club for the Amateur trophy.

  The quintet at 3 under includes John Brennan of Philadelphia Cricket Club; Chris Crawford of Spring Mill Country Club; Aaron Fricke of Honeybrook Golf Club; Anthony Sebastianelli of Glen Oak Country Club and Matthew Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club. Brennan, 35, of Audubon, Pa., the 2012 Middle-Amateur Champion, withdrew from match play. His scores will count in the Silver Cross Award standings. He carded a 67 at Overbrook before returning a 71 at White Manor.

  Crawford, 20, of Bensalem, Pa., also started at Overbrook. He posted a 68 there before carding a 70 at White Manor. Crawford just completed his sophomore year at Drexel University. He advanced to Round 2 of match play last year at Aronimink Golf Club.

  Aaron Fricke, 19, of Lancaster, Pa., recently captured the Pennsylvania Golf Associations 74th Dressler Public Links Championship. He posted a 67 at Overbrook in the morning and a 71 at White Manor in the afternoon. This is Frickes first time competing in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur. Fricke just completed his freshman year at Lackawanna Junior College.

  It is also Anthony Sebastianellis first Amateur experience. The Glen Oak Country Club member started at White Manor with a 67 before closing with a 71 at Overbrook. Sebastianelli, 19, of Clarks Summit, Pa., graduated from Abington Heights High this year. He is headed to Central Connecticut State University in the fall. Sebastianelli finished his high school career with a third-place showing in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship.

  Teesdale, 23, is a Temple University senior to-be. Teesdale went 71-67 at White Manor and Overbrook, respectively. He lost in the first round of last years Amateur.

NOTESThere was a one-hour weather delay at 6:40 p.m. Raymond Thompson of Overbrook, the 1972 Amateur Champion, advanced to match play at age 62 Four players from Commonwealth, led by Teesdale, advanced into the match play field. Matt Cocco, Michael Johnson, and Kyle Martin also moved forward Sam Soeth is the lone White Manor entrant remaining.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Total

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

66W-71O137

#John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

67O-71W138

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71W-67O138

Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club

68O-70W138

Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club

67W-71O138

Aaron Fricke, Honeybrook Golf Club

67O-71W138

Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

73W-66O139

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

74W-66O140

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74O-68W142

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72O-70W142

Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club

70W-73O143

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

74W-69O143

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

71O-72W143

Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73W-71O144

Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA

71W-73O144

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71O-74W145

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

73W-72O145

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73W-72O145

Bill Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

72W-73O145

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

78W-68O146

Michael Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75W-71O146

Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

77O-69W146

Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club

75W-71O146

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

72O-74W146

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

76O-70W146

Nelson Hargrove, Gulph Mills Golf Club

72W-75O147

Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club

72O-75W147

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

78W-69O147

Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76O-71W147

Zachary Falone, Rolling Green Golf Club

77O-70W147

Brendan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

74O-73W147

*Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club

75O-73W148

*Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield

74W-74O148

 

Failed to qualify

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

74W-74O148

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

76W-72O148

Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club

71O-77W148

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

78W-71O149

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

72O-77W149

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

72W-77O149

Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73O-76W149

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76W-73O149

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

71W-78O149

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

73O-76W149

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

76W-74O150

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

72O-78W150

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

74O-76W150

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

81W-69O150

David Guertler, Laurel Creek Country Club

75W-75O150

Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76W-74O150

Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75O-75W150

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

77W-73O150

Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74O-76W150

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

73O-78W151

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79O-72W151

Johan van Schalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club

72O-79W151

Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont Country Club

76W-75O151

Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73O-78W151

Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74O-77W151

Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

74O-78W152

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

80W-72O152

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

80W-72O152

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

75O-77W152

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

79O-73W152

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

74O-78W152

Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79W-73O152

J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club

79W-73O152

Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75O-78W153

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

77O-76W153

Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club

76O-77W153

Blaine Lafferty, Burlington Country Club

76O-77W153

Steve Cerbara, Yardley Country Club

78W-75O153

Michael Dimeglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

78W-75O153

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

80W-74O154

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

70W-84O154

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

77W-77O154

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77W-77O154

Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club

77W-77O154

Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

74W-80O154

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

80O-74W154

Edward Kelly Jr., Old York Road Country Club

76O-78W154

Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80W-74O154

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73O-82W155

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79O-76W155

James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

77O-78W155

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

78O-77W155

Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82W-73O155

Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81W-74O155

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

78O-78W156

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74O-82W156

Andrew Willner, Phoenixville Country Club

76W-80O156

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

78W-78O156

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

80O-77W157

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76W-81O157

Philip Rothermel, Golden Oaks Golf Club

77O-80W157

T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78O-80W158

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

77W-81O158

Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club

75W-83O158

Steven Minnick, Jr., Penn Oaks Golf Club

73O-86W159

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80O-79W159

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

77O-82W159

Rob Rowe, Bent Creek Country Club

80W-79O159

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

76O-84W160

Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfer's Club

80O-80W160

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75O-86W161

Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82O-79W161

Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club

83W-79O162

Zachary Dilcher, Inniscrone Golf Club

82W-81O163

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

78O-85W163

Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club

77O-86W163

James Austin, Five Ponds Golf Club

84W-80O164

Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club

81W-83O164

James Chojnacki, Valleybrook Country Club

80W-85O165

Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club

88W-78O166

Sawyer Wolfers, GAP Junior eClub

85O-81W166

David West, Whitford Country Club

84O-83W167

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

82O-85W167

Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club

83W-85O168

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84O-85W169

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

90O-80W170

Steven Passalacqua, Wedgwood Country Club

86O-86W172

Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club

88O-86W174

Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club

77O-NCWNC

Paul Tighe, Little Mill Country Club

78W-NSONS

J.T. Twomey, Jericho National Golf Club

94W-NSONS

Alex Willey, Burlington Country Club

87W-NSONS

Charles Cai, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

74O-WDWWD

Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

83W-WDOWD

 

*-advanced in playoff; #Silver Cross scoring only

NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

O-Overbrook; W-White Manor

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