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Doylestown’s Deibert ready to defend Amateur title

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Clint Deibert of Doylestown CC already had his spot in the match play portion of the Amateur Championship secured by virtue of his victory a year ago. As the defending Amateur Champion, he automatically is seeded No. 1 when match play begins tomorrow at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,250 yards).

DAN WALTERS
 
BILLY STEWART
  In Tuesday’s qualifier for the 106th Amateur Championship, Deibert provided ample warning to the field that his game is again in tip-top shape. The 24-year-old carded a two-round best 6-under-par 134 in qualifying held at both Torresdale-Frankford CC and Huntingdon Valley CC (Toomey/Flynn courses, par 70, 6,879 yards) to earn medalist honors.

  "I was going to play golf today anyway, so I might as well do it in a tournament and get a chance to see Torresdale-Frankford again," said Deibert, who is looking to be the first repeat Amateur Champion since Chris Lange did so in 1993-94. "I actually had mixed emotions about playing today. I didn’t want to shoot 78 or 80 and embarrass myself."

  Deibert then said with a smile, "I don’t know how good it was to use up all those birdies."

  Deibert, who graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in December, registered a total of nine birdies and three bogeys in carding a pair of 3-under-par 67s. In the morning at Huntingdon Valley CC, he posted four birdies and a bogey. He followed that up with five birdies and two bogeys in the second round and that could have even been better if not for an over-par number on No. 17 (par 3, 206 yards) and a three-foot birdie miss on the 18th hole (par 4, 372 yards).

  "Every year [I play in the Amateur] I get better with my course management," said Deibert of what tomorrow might hold. "You have to take advantage [of your good shots] and make birdies. You have to know when to get aggressive and when not to."

  Deibert likely will turn professional this winter and head to Arizona for the Gateway Desert Series.

  He got a little taste of professional golf last week when he competed in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Canoe Brook CC and was paired with PGA Tour professional J.J. Henry. Although Deibert failed to advance into the U.S. Open Championship proper, he carded a 147 total (74-73), he said he learned a lot talking and watching Henry, who did advance.

  "You have to hit every iron within 10 feet," said Deibert. "No matter if it’s a 4-iron or an 8-iron."

  A total of 32 players, including Deibert, advanced into the match play portion of the tournament. The first round matches begin at 8 a.m. with second-round tee times to follow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Thursday with the 36-hole final set for Saturday, June 17. All matches will be played at Torresdale-Frankford CC.

  In all, a field of 130 players began the day in search of being named the next Philadelphia Amateur Champion.

  A number of prominent figures in the Golf Association of Philadelphia qualified for match play, including Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC, the two-time reigning Junior Boys’ Champion; Brian Gillespie of St. Davids GC, the 2001 Amateur Champion; Billy Stewart of Llanerch CC, the 2003 Amateur Champion; Brian Rothaus of Philmont CC, the 1988 Amateur Champion, and Michael Tash of Tavistock CC, the 2003 Amateur Champion.

  The Amateur Championship Qualifier also serves as qualifying for the Open Championship and the initial two scores of the Silver Cross. Deibert was the low qualifier for the Open Championship as well and, obviously, currently leads the Silver Cross which dates back to 1902 and is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the two rounds of the Patterson Cup.

  A six player for five match play positions playoff determined seeds 28 through 32.

  Deibert opens with Brandon Detweiler of Lancaster CC.

  First-round leader Dan Walters of Meadia Heights GC and Stewart tied for second place in qualifying at 2-under-par 138 and are seeded second and third, respectively.

Qualifiers

Name

Club

1rd

 

2rd

 

Total

Clint Deibert

Doylestown Country Club

67

HV

67

TF

134

Billy Stewart

Llanerch Country Club

68

TF

70

HV

138

Dan Walters

Meadia Heights Golf Club

66

TF

72

HV

138

Conrad Von Borsig

Concord Country Club

68

TF

71

HV

139

Stephen Arnold

Yardley Country Club

70

TF

70

HV

140

James Sullivan, Jr. (no match play)

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

68

HV

72

TF

140

Gregory Pieczynski

Glenmaura National Golf Club

71

HV

69

TF

140

Christopher Ault

Yardley Country Club

71

HV

71

TF

142

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Philmont Country Club

69

TF

74

HV

143

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

71

TF

72

HV

143

Robert Bechtold

Inniscrone Golf Club

71

TF

73

HV

144

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

73

TF

71

HV

144

Kyle Davis

Fieldstone Golf Club

74

TF

70

HV

144

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

71

HV

73

TF

144

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

HV

69

TF

144

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

75

TF

70

HV

145

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

75

TF

70

HV

145

Michael Tash

Tavistock Country Club

72

TF

73

HV

145

Steve Owens

Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

TF

74

HV

145

Douglas Zelner (no match play)

Coatesville Country Club

74

HV

71

TF

145

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

73

HV

72

TF

145

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

75

HV

71

TF

146

James Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

77

HV

69

TF

146

Thomas Finn

Cavaliers Country Club

74

HV

72

TF

146

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

79

TF

68

HV

147

Chris Gallagher

Penn Oaks Golf Club

72

TF

75

HV

147

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

72

TF

76

HV

148

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

73

HV

75

TF

148

Joshua Krumholz

Berkleigh Country Club

75

HV

73

TF

148

*Douglas Gregor

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

TF

74

HV

149

*Ted Harris

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77

HV

72

TF

149

*John Michael Pelet

Wyncote Golf Club

73

HV

76

TF

149

*Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

HV

78

TF

149

 

Failed to qualify

*Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

72

HV

77

TF

149

Brandon Detweiler

Lancaster Country Club

72

HV

77

TF

149

Bo Maguire

Brookside Country Club

77

TF

73

HV

150

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

75

TF

75

HV

150

Matthew Finger

Running Deer Golf Club

73

HV

77

TF

150

Timothy Hager

Lookaway Golf Club

75

HV

75

TF

150

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

78

HV

72

TF

150

Douglas Schroer

St. Davids Golf Club

71

TF

80

HV

151

Kevin Huntington

Penn Oaks Golf Club

74

TF

77

HV

151

Patrick Rutter

Berkleigh Country Club

76

TF

75

HV

151

Alan Borowsky

White Manor Country Club

74

HV

77

TF

151

Thomas DiCinti

Little Mill Country Club

74

TF

77

HV

151

Francis McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

76

HV

75

TF

151

James Kieserman

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

73

TF

79

HV

152

Christopher Gold

Little Mill Country Club

72

TF

80

HV

152

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

75

TF

77

HV

152

Oscar Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

77

HV

75

TF

152

Scott Storck

Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

HV

76

TF

152

James White

Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

HV

77

TF

152

Steven Walczak

Wilmington Country Club

77

TF

76

HV

153

Michael Rose

Philmont Country Club

79

HV

74

TF

153

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

75

TF

78

HV

153

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster Country Club

78

HV

75

TF

153

Daniel Delaney

Concord Country Club

75

HV

78

TF

153

Tom Borsello

Delaware National Country Club

81

HV

72

TF

153

Michael O'Keefe

Little Mill Country Club

81

HV

72

TF

153

Christopher Reedman

Trenton CC

80

TF

74

HV

154

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

77

TF

77

HV

154

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

77

TF

77

HV

154

Kevin Kelly

Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

HV

75

TF

154

Cole Willcox

Philadelphia Country Club

76

HV

79

TF

155

Jordan Wycoff

Hidden Creek Golf Club

78

HV

77

TF

155

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

80

HV

75

TF

155

Sean Davy

Medford Village Country Club

78

HV

77

TF

155

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

75

HV

80

TF

155

Sean Seese

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

HV

80

TF

155

Rand Mendez

Fieldstone Golf Club

79

HV

76

TF

155

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

75

TF

81

HV

156

Doug Domeshek

Heidelberg Country Club

75

TF

81

HV

156

David Taraschi

Laurel Creek Country Club

79

HV

77

TF

156

Jack Wallace

Burlington Country Club

78

HV

78

TF

156

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

82

HV

74

TF

156

Jason Barkley

Berkleigh Country Club

80

HV

76

TF

156

Dennis Konczyk

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

81

HV

75

TF

156

Stephen Sieracki

Merchantville Country Club

80

HV

76

TF

156

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

76

TF

81

HV

157

Rich Thon

The Springhaven Club

77

TF

80

HV

157

Brian Creghan

Plymouth Country Club

80

TF

77

HV

157

Patrick Hardin

Northampton Country Club

81

HV

76

TF

157

Stephen Hudacek

Glenmaura National Golf Club

76

HV

81

TF

157

Robert Loftus

Overbrook Golf Club

79

HV

78

TF

157

Scott Morris

Doylestown Country Club

80

TF

77

HV

157

Maximillian Muller

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78

TF

80

HV

158

Shawn Lavin

Sandy Run Country Club

79

TF

79

HV

158

Gary Daniels

Aronimink Golf Club

79

TF

79

HV

158

Bob Cunningham

Downingtown Golf Club

79

TF

79

HV

158

Kenneth Matt

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

HV

76

TF

158

Patrick Rugg

Rolling Green Golf Club

80

HV

78

TF

158

Tyler Glassman

Meadowlands Country Club

76

HV

82

TF

158

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77

HV

81

TF

158

Jim Gavaghan

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

76

TF

83

HV

159

Lance Oberparleiter

Wedgwood Country Club

82

HV

77

TF

159

Mark Inman

Cherry Valley Country Club

83

HV

76

TF

159

Lucas Serbun

Sandy Run Country Club

79

TF

81

HV

160

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

83

TF

77

HV

160

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

79

TF

81

HV

160

Glenn McClaskey

Wedgwood Country Club

85

TF

75

HV

160

Edmund Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

78

TF

82

HV

160

Jon Lavin

Philmont Country Club

78

TF

82

HV

160

Jim Simmons

Whitford Country Club

85

TF

76

HV

161

Craig Burton

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

TF

79

HV

161

Joseph Costanzo

Blue Bell Country Club

77

TF

84

HV

161

Phillip Anzaldo

Tavistock Country Club

78

TF

84

HV

162

Dave Smith

Doylestown Country Club

80

HV

82

TF

162

Mark Kosko

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

82

HV

80

TF

162

David O'Malley

Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

HV

79

TF

162

Jeff Rogatz

Fieldstone Golf Club

78

HV

84

TF

162

Christopher Kaspar

Lu Lu Country Club

79

TF

83

HV

162

John Aloisio

Ballamor Golf Club

80

HV

82

TF

162

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

TF

85

HV

163

Chris Anderson

Wilmington Country Club

79

TF

84

HV

163

David Reinhart

French Creek Golf Club

82

HV

81

TF

163

Sean Clifford

Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

HV

79

TF

163

Michael Vassil

Country Club of Scranton

80

HV

84

TF

164

Douglas Cusick

Tavistock Country Club

88

TF

77

HV

165

Nick Verrecchio

Rolling Green Golf Club

82

TF

84

HV

166

Brian Sexton

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

76

TF

91

HV

167

Jon Thomas

Hartefeld National

87

TF

80

HV

167

Bryan McClaskey

Merchantville Country Club

85

TF

83

HV

168

Joe Cunningham

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

82

TF

86

HV

168

Pat Nein

Medford Village Country Club

80

TF

88

HV

168

Gil Moniz Jr.

Woodbury Country Club

80

TF

89

HV

169

Billy March

Spring Ford Country Club

85

TF

86

HV

171

Stephen McIntyre

Honeybrook Golf Club

78

TF

94

HV

172

Anthony White, Jr.

Blue Bell Country Club

85

TF

WD

HV

WD

Nick Ryder

Aronimink Golf Club

78

HV

WD

TF

WD

Alexander Maguire, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

HV

NC

TF

NC

 

*-determined in playoff

WD-withdrawal; NC-no card

HV-Huntingdon Valley CC; TF-Torresdale-Frankford CC

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