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Sept. 7, 2016

Wilmington's Randy Mitchell (left) is congratulated by clubmate Steve Walczak after his win.

Wilmington’s Mitchell hangs on for 46th Senior Amateur title

  MALVERN, Pa.– The Senior Amateur Championship trophy will call Wilmington Country Club home for another season. Randy Mitchell stepped into the GAP Senior winner’s circle on Wednesday, joining his clubmate and 2015 titleholder Steve Walczak, for the first time.

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 It was a wire-to-wire win for the newly-crowned Mitchell. Despite a late surge from Lu Lu Country Club’s Glenn Smeraglio, he achieved something he didn’t think was possible Wednesday at White Manor Country Club (par 71, 6,577 yards). Today’s 1-over-par 72, combined with yesterday’s 1-under 70 (142 total), earned Mitchell the hardware.

 “I thought I would do well this week, but I didn’t think I was going to win. It really means a lot. It’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won, by far,” said Mitchell. “I was a little nervous today, and this is a big win for me.”

 It was a statement win for Mitchell, who just turned 55 this season. It was also a statement win for Wilmington as a club.

 “The best thing about Randy, it’s not that he’s just a great player, he’s a great person. That’s why I love being a member with him at Wilmington, and we’re very happy to keep this title at our club,” said Walczak, 59, of Greenville, Del. “I’m really excited for him. He’s been a really good player for some time, but before you turn 55, it’s really tough to win golf tournaments. It’s great that he now has that opportunity to show how good he is.”

 Mitchell seized what he considered the biggest opportunity of his golfing career, starting with eight straight pars. None were flashy, yet none damaged the one-shot lead he held over Honeybrook Golf Club’s Craig Kliewer heading into Day 2.

 “I was getting the ball in the hole. That was an important start for me. I knew if I could keep it around par on the day, that would be enough because everyone had to come from behind to beat me,” he said.

 The first bogey blemish of the day came eventually on No. 9 (par 4, 390 yards). A sprayed-tee shot resulted in a Mitchell punch out, chip shot and a missed par attempt from 10 feet. He fell back to even overall.

 The leaking would be stopped rather quickly thanks to a 15-foot uphill birdie that Mitchell jarred on No. 11 (par 5, 519 yards). He then traded another birdie, after another 15-foot look, on No. 14 (par 3, 190 yards) with two bogeys on Nos. 13 (par 4, 454 yards) and 15 (par 4, 323 yards). Mitchell headed into the last three holes without much knowledge of Smeraglio’s sudden surge, which included four impressive birdies on the incoming nine.

 “I thought I had a two or three shot lead (which was actually just one), so I wasn’t really making birdies,” said Mitchell, of Wilmington, Del. “I was only really aware on the second shot of the last hole when I asked an official. I was nervous and just really wanted to get to the clubhouse.”

 He preceded to safely place his 6-iron approach to 20 feet on No. 18 (par 4, 400 yards). A steady two-putt led to the title-clinching par.

 Mitchell never sunk below the even-par line for the championship. Equipped with his newest crown and medalist honors, which he earned in last week’s U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier at Cedarbrook Country Club, he’ll head to the national championship with all the momentum the GAP world has to offer.

 “I felt more pressure today more than ever. This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever played in, so I think it’s going to help me [in the U.S. Senior Amateur],” said Mitchell. “Now, I really want to make match play. I think the way I’ve been playing, I should be able to do that.”

 All was not lost for Smeraglio despite coming up just a stroke short. He took home the Senior Silver Cross Award, which is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman (Gross) and Senior Amateur, with a total score of 290 in those events.

 “I would have liked to get the win today, but second place isn't bad. [The Silver Cross] is always important to me because it’s over the length of the year, not just one tournament,” said Smeraglio, of Newtown, Pa. “I’m happy about that. It turned out well.”

 It marks Smeraglio’s first Senior Silver Cross and fourth overall. The 56-year-old took home the Silver Cross Award in 2000-01 and 2008.

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Overall

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

70-72–142

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

72-71–143

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-70–145

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club

71-76–147

Greg Guyer, Ph.D., Philadelphia Cricket Club

74-74–148

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

72-76–148

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

72-76–148

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

77-72–149

David West, Whitford Country Club

73-77–150

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

77-73–150

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

74-78–152

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

73-79–152

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

76-76–152

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77-76–153

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

75-78–153

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-78–153

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

76-77–153

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

75-79–154

Jeff Poet, Country Club of York

76-78–154

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

78-77–155

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

80-76–156

Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78-78–156

Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club

79-77–156

Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club

77-79–156

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

83-73–156

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77-79–156

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-78–157

Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club

86-71–157

John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia Country Club

83-74–157

Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78-79–157

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

82-76–158

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

80-78–158

Hee Yoo, Skippack GC at Evansburg State Park

78-80–158

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club

78-80–158

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

81-77–158

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

83-75–158

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75-84–159

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

81-78–159

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78-81–159

Bruce Clifford, Bensalem Township Country Club

81-79–160

David Folkes, Metedeconk National Golf Club

80-81–161

Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

79-82–161

Thomas Soares, Lehigh Country Club

81-80–161

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

81-80–161

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

80-82–162

Michael Fagan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80-82–162

Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club

80-82–162

Stephen Viola, Sr., Golf Course at Glen Mills

83-79–162

James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

80-82–162

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

81-81–162

Tom Krug, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80-83–163

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

77-86–163

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

77-86–163

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

78-86–164

Steven Lucas, White Manor Country Club

83-81–164

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

86-78–164

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

84-80–164

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

80-84–164

Larry Martone, Stonewall

79-86–165

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82-83–165

Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

83-82–165

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

80-86–166

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

81-85–166

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

81-85–166

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86-80–166

Scott Orr, Bellewood Country Club

81-85–166

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

82-84–166

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

83-83–166

Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club

83-83–166

Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club

86-81–167

Johan Scholdstrom, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

85-82–167

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

88-79–167

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

82-85–167

Gary E. Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

81-86–167

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

81-87–168

Graham Desmond, Golf Course at Glen Mills

81-87–168

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82-86–168

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

90-79–169

Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club

84-85–169

Brian Fiala, Concord Country Club

87-84–171

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

88-83–171

Tom Coffey, Chester Valley Golf Club

85-86–171

Joe Duhack, Lu Lu Country Club

83-89–172

Ted Matthews, Lu Lu Country Club

87-86–173

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

88-87–175

Damian Anzaldo, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

92-84–176

William Hogan, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

86-91–177

Robert Cannon, Blue Bell Country Club

91-87–178

Steve Wells, Moorestown Field Club

92-90–182

Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club

87-96–183

Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

92-93–185

Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

94-92–186

Jeffrey Pelesh, Rolling Green Golf Club

91-100–191

David Miller, Running Deer Golf Club

102-94–196

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

87-NS–NS

Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

82-WD–WD

Mark Martin, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

97-WD–WD

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

86-WD–WD

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76-WD–WD

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

88-WD–WD

 

Ages 55-59

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

70-72–142

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

72-71–143

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club

71-76–147

Greg Guyer, Ph.D., Philadelphia Cricket Club

74-74–148

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

72-76–148

David West, Whitford Country Club

73-77–150

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

77-73–150

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

74-78–152

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

73-79–152

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77-76–153

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

75-78–153

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

78-77–155

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

80-76–156

Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78-78–156

Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club

79-77–156

Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club

77-79–156

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

83-73–156

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-78–157

Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club

86-71–157

John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia Country Club

83-74–157

Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78-79–157

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

82-76–158

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

80-78–158

Hee Yoo, Skippack GC at Evansburg State Park

78-80–158

Bruce Clifford, Bensalem Township Country Club

81-79–160

David Folkes, Metedeconk National Golf Club

80-81–161

Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

79-82–161

Thomas Soares, Lehigh Country Club

81-80–161

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

80-82–162

Michael Fagan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80-82–162

Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club

80-82–162

Stephen Viola, Sr., Golf Course at Glen Mills

83-79–162

Tom Krug, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80-83–163

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

78-86–164

Steven Lucas, White Manor Country Club

83-81–164

Larry Martone, Stonewall

79-86–165

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82-83–165

Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

83-82–165

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

80-86–166

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

81-85–166

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

81-85–166

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86-80–166

Scott Orr, Bellewood Country Club

81-85–166

Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club

86-81–167

Johan Scholdstrom, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

85-82–167

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

88-79–167

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

82-85–167

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

81-87–168

Graham Desmond, Golf Course at Glen Mills

81-87–168

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82-86–168

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

90-79–169

Brian Fiala, Concord Country Club

87-84–171

Joe Duhack, Lu Lu Country Club

83-89–172

Ted Matthews, Lu Lu Country Club

87-86–173

Damian Anzaldo, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

92-84–176

William Hogan, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

86-91–177

Robert Cannon, Blue Bell Country Club

91-87–178

Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club

87-96–183

Jeffrey Pelesh, Rolling Green Golf Club

91-100–191

Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

82-WD–WD

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

87-NS–NS

Mark Martin, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

97-WD–WD

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

86-WD–WD

 

Ages 60 & over

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-70–145

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

72-76–148

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

77-72–149

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

76-76–152

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-78–153

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

76-77–153

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

75-79–154

Jeff Poet, Country Club of York

76-78–154

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77-79–156

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club

78-80–158

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

81-77–158

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

83-75–158

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75-84–159

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

81-78–159

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78-81–159

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

81-80–161

James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

80-82–162

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

81-81–162

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

77-86–163

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

77-86–163

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

86-78–164

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

84-80–164

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

80-84–164

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

82-84–166

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

83-83–166

Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club

83-83–166

Gary E. Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

81-86–167

Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club

84-85–169

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

88-83–171

Tom Coffey, Chester Valley Golf Club

85-86–171

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

88-87–175

Steve Wells, Moorestown Field Club

92-90–182

Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

92-93–185

Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

94-92–186

David Miller, Running Deer Golf Club

102-94–196

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76-WD–WD

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

88-WD–WD

 

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