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*Day One results

Overbrook GCís Lange repeats as Mid-Am Champion

  HORSHAM, Pa.-Chris Lange of Overbrook GC seized another piece of the Golf Association of Philadelphiaís history today, becoming the first individual to capture consecutive Middle-Amateur Championship titles in the tournamentís 23 years. Lange finished at 6-over-par 148 for the 36 holes after posting a final round 77 at a very difficult Commonwealth National GC (par 71, 6,977 yards).

Chris Lange lines up
his putt on No. 18
  Lange dueled with Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club throughout and Mike Danner of Lu Lu CC early before finishing a shot better than the field. The victory adds a second Middle-Amateur Championship trophy to Langeís GAP title collection, a compilation that already includes three Amateur Championship crowns, three Patterson Cup wins and a 2004 Philadelphia Open Championship.

  "Jay Sigelís the greatest Amateur to ever play, Iím not in his boat, or William Hyndman, IIIís or a number of other great Philadelphia amateurs," said Lange, 51, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., of his place in GAP history. "Iím just happy Iíve been able to play as long as I have."

  Lutz, the 1998 Mid-Am winner, pulled even with the defending champion after a sensational birdie on No. 12 (par 3, 175 yards), but Lange answered with his own two on the lengthy, over the water three par, to retake the lead for good.

  Lange and Lutz both finished the demanding final six holes in 4-over par.

  "I knew I would have to have a pretty special round today [to defeat Chris]. At least I figured I did," said Lutz, 51, of Reading, Pa., who played Junior golf with Lange. "I saw him back up a little bit at the turn and then I started missing some putts. I missed three putts down the stretch which was unsettling because Iíd been very steady with my putter the last two days."

  Lutz missed short par putts on No. 13 (par 4, 463 yards), a four-foot downhill slider; No. 16 (par 3, 193 yards), a three-footer he pulled left; and No. 18 (par 4, 456 yards), a three-footer he pushed right.

  "I wasnít right in my gut," said Lutz. "It was a little more unsettling than I had been in the rest of the round. I knew I had to play well and I was trying but it just wasnít happening."

Runner-up
Chip Lutz
  Lange had his own troubles in various ways.

  He three putted No. 13 after running his lengthy downhill birdie attempt past the hole. On No. 14 (par 4, 433 yards) he blocked his drive into the right tree line that resulted in another bogey and on No. 15 (par 4, 420 yards) his approach just trickled off into the left greenside rough. However, staring at a straight downhill chip on a speedy green, Lange ran it 20 feet past. He then two putted for bogey. Thinking he needed a par for the title on the difficult No. 18 (par 4, 456 yards), Lange made a poor swing on his second shot and bogeyed that hole as well. Not knowing, a round of applause proved that final putt didnít matter.

  The GAP Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Am as a formal championship for post-college amateurs. The Association followed suit with the USGA in creating a Mid-Am, but initially differed in its administration of the tournament in a couple of respects.

  The most obvious difference was the age requirement. Prior to 2001, the GAP Mid-Am was for players 30 years of age and older. That Committee reviewed and revised that age requirement in 2001 to match the USGA's guidelines of 25 years of age or older for eligible players. Also at that point, the Committee changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament (instead of a one-day medal play event) with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round. The field begins with 132 players. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

  This is the first full scoring event toward the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

71

77

148

Chip Lutz

LedgeRock Golf Club

76

73

149

Bill Murray

Merchantville Country Club

75

77

152

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

72

80

152

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

75

154

Mark Peterson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

78

155

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

75

80

155

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

77

78

155

James Donnelly

Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

75

155

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

76

79

155

Tom Borsello

Delaware National Country Club

77

78

155

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

79

76

155

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

76

80

156

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

76

156

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

75

156

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

81

75

156

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

81

75

156

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

80

76

156

Daniel Delaney

Concord Country Club

79

77

156

Ken Sim

Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

76

156

David West

Whitford Country Club

78

79

157

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

81

76

157

Mark Coassolo

Berkleigh Country Club

75

82

157

Robert Bechtold

Fieldstone Golf Club

81

76

157

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

80

78

158

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

75

83

158

Scott Carney

Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

76

159

Gregg Angelillo

Moselem Springs Golf Club

82

77

159

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

77

82

159

Michael Anderson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

80

159

Scott McIntosh

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78

82

160

Steve Owens

Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

76

160

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

77

83

160

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

80

160

Jamie Harrell

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

81

160

Edward Erickson

Yardley Country Club

81

79

160

James White

Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

79

161

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

79

82

161

Robert Gill

Fox Hill Country Club

81

80

161

Wayne Bartolacci

Jericho National Golf Club

82

79

161

Daniel Doyle

Edgmont Country Club

83

78

161

Douglas Schroer

St. Davids Golf Club

82

80

162

Douglas Zelner

Coatesville Country Club

78

84

162

Kenneth Matt

Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

82

162

Arthur Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

82

80

162

James Kieserman

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

82

81

163

Francis Downey

North Hills Country Club

82

81

163

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

82

81

163

Edward Gregorczyk

Glenmaura National Golf Club

82

81

163

Ted Harris

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

82

163

Keith Matt

Lu Lu Country Club

83

80

163

Thomas DiCinti

Little Mill Country Club

82

81

163

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

80

83

163

Sean Clifford

Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

85

164

Joseph Roeder

Links Golf Club

79

86

165

G. Patrick Dougherty

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

81

84

165

Darrell Clayton

Cavaliers Country Club

82

83

165

Robert Arthur

Tavistock Country Club

79

86

165

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

80

86

166

Lance Oberparleiter

Wedgwood Country Club

83

83

166

Chris Anderson

Wilmington Country Club

84

82

166

Scott Shore

Aronimink Golf Club

79

87

166

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

83

84

167

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

81

86

167

Dan Pinciotti, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

84

168

Andrew Caldwell

The Springhaven Club

84

86

170

Michael Lewers

St. Davids Golf Club

84

86

170

John Alterman

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

88

170

Jason Barkley

Berkleigh Country Club

78

92

170

Ronald Cusick, Sr.

Tavistock Country Club

84

87

171

Dave O'Brien

Cedarbrook Country Club

83

88

171

Chris Terebesi

Chester Valley Golf Club

84

87

171

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

83

89

172

Ronald Jamarowicz

Cavaliers Country Club

84

88

172

David Strohl

Moselem Springs Golf Club

83

91

174

Chris Esbenshade

Meadia Heights Golf Club

83

93

176

Charles Dowds, III

North Hills Country Club

79

WD

WD

Pat Nein

Medford Village Country Club

84

WD

WD

 

WD-withdrawal

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