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McDermott survives a scare from Lange for Mid-Am title

Day One results

  KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.-Chris Lange of Overbrook GC has already secured his status as one of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s greats. Over the past five years, Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC has clearly been the dominant force in Delaware Valley golf.

  On Thursday at Gulph Mills GC, old and new went head-to-head in the final round of the Middle-Amateur Championship, the Association’s first Major of the season, for the title.

  Taking advantage of his scary length, McDermott registered a birdie on the uphill par 5, 18th hole (430 yards) for a closing round 70 and the 21st Middle-Amateur Championship crown. McDermott finished at 3-under-par for the 36 holes. Lange, who carded a magnificent 5-under-par 66 in the second round, ended up a stroke back.

  William McGuinness of Tavistock CC, Rich Pruchnik of West Chester G&CC and Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC tied for third at even par.

  It was McDermott’s second Middle-Amateur Championship. Lange, a three-time Amateur Champion and Patterson Cup Champion, was searching for his first.

  "With no disrespect to anyone, Chris [Lange’s] tournament record speaks for itself. You would be hard pressed to find someone who’s done better that last [three decades]," said McDermott of dueling with Lange. "Guys like him and Jay Sigel are and were great players for a long time. Hopefully I can keep going as long as they have [and did]."

  Over the last five years, McDermott has earned three William Hyndman, III Player of the Year trophies, a Silver Cross, and, now, two Middle-Amateur titles.

  On Thursday, McDermott just kept his round going. He carded a 1-under-par 34 on the front side with two birdies - on No. 3 (par 4, 422 yards) and No. 5 (par 4, 397 yards) – and a bogey (on No. 9, par 4, 351 yards). His birdie on the third hole calmed his nerves. McDermott’s car failed to start this morning and he arrived at the golf course only 15 minutes prior to his tee time.

  Solid play tee to green, and a consistent putter, something that eluded him at last year’s Middle-Amateur, helped McDermott stride along.

  One bogey (No. 14, par 3, 188 yards) and a final birdie on No. 18 sealed the victory.

  McDermott’s two bogeys came on the only two holes in which he missed the green in regulation.

  Lange, who started 1˝ hours ahead of McDermott, applied the pressure, via the scoreboard, from the get go.

  The 50-year-old resident of Bryn Mawr, Pa., carded front-side birdies on No. 4 (par 3, 116 yards), No. 6 (par 3, 176 yards) and No. 7 (par par 5, 470 yards). More red figures on No. 12 (par 5, 519 yards), No 13 (par 4, 403 yards) and No. 18 (par 5, 430 yards) - following his lone bogey on the par 3, 17th (211 yards) - resulted in a sterling 66. Lange said it was all about the putter. Three of his six birdies were from 15 feet and out. He recorded just 31 putts on the day.

  "In a two-day tournament the better player has a better chance to win," said Lange. "I’m happy with the way I played. It was all about my putter."

  The Middle-Amateur Championship is open to players 25 or older who have a handicap index of 7.0 or less.

  This is the third year the event is 36 holes. From its inception in 1984 through 2000, it had been just a one-day, 18-hole test.

  A total of 71 players made the cut from the initial field of 132.

Pos

Name, club

1

2

Score

1

Michael P. McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

69

70

139

-3

2

Christopher J. Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

74

66

140

-2

T3

Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley Country Club

72

70

142

Even

T3

Rich Pruchnik, West Chester Golf & Country Club

74

68

142

Even

T3

William J. McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club

71

71

142

Even

T6

Douglas G. Zelner, Coatesville Country Club

71

72

143

+1

T6

Gui Costin, Merion Golf Club

70

73

143

+1

T8

Kevin P. Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

72

144

+2

T8

Roc Irey, Cedarbrook Country Club

74

70

144

+2

T10

Gerard F. Ascolese, North Hills Country Club

74

71

145

+3

T10

Paul J. Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club

73

72

145

+3

T10

Oscar L. Mestre, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

72

73

145

+3

T13

David West, Whitford Country Club

72

74

146

+4

T13

John W. Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

75

146

+4

T13

Chip Lutz, Berkshire Country Club

74

72

146

+4

T16

Thomas J. Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

73

74

147

+5

T16

Michael Rose, Ashbourne Country Club

73

74

147

+5

T16

Robert P. Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

73

74

147

+5

T16

David T. Smith, Doylestown Country Club

75

72

147

+5

T20

Douglas Schroer, St. Davids Golf Club

77

71

148

+6

T20

Steven P. Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

72

76

148

+6

T20

Keith A. Matt, Lu Lu Country Club

76

72

148

+6

T20

Brian R. Owens, Gulph Mills Golf Club

74

74

148

+6

T24

Dan J. Pinciotti Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

75

149

+7

T24

Gary E. Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club

75

74

149

+7

T24

Tom Borsello, Fieldstone Golf Club

71

78

149

+7

T24

Drew Panebianco, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

76

73

149

+7

T24

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

70

79

149

+7

T24

Thomas Finn, Christiana Country Club

75

74

149

+7

T30

Frank S. Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77

73

150

+8

T30

Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club

75

75

150

+8

T30

Steve J. Owens, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

75

75

150

+8

T30

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

75

75

150

+8

T30

James M. Winner, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

76

74

150

+8

T35

Brian P. Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

74

77

151

+9

T35

Raymond B. Slawecki, Spring Ford Country Club

76

75

151

+9

T35

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

74

77

151

+9

T35

Lynn T. Kilduff, Huntsville Golf Club

75

76

151

+9

T35

Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

76

151

+9

T35

Robert G. Dziak, Spring Ford Country Club

75

76

151

+9

T41

James R. White, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

77

152

+10

T41

Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

76

76

152

+10

T41

Greg M. O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

79

152

+10

T44

D. Drew Siok, Tavistock Country Club

74

79

153

+11

T44

Frank S. Corrado Jr, Jericho National Golf Club

76

77

153

+11

T44

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

73

80

153

+11

T44

Warren Smith, Fieldstone Golf Club

76

77

153

+11

T44

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

72

81

153

+11

T44

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

72

81

153

+11

T50

Miguel Biamon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

78

154

+12

T50

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

76

78

154

+12

T52

Mark Kosko, Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

77

78

155

+13

T52

Christopher M. Missett, Philadelphia Country Club

77

78

155

+13

T52

Patrick G. Dougherty, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

73

82

155

+13

T52

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

76

79

155

+13

T52

Richard E. Umani, Philadelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc

74

81

155

+13

T57

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc

74

82

156

+14

T57

Douglas E. Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

79

156

+14

T57

Mark Douglas, Spring Ford Country Club

77

79

156

+14

T57

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

75

81

156

+14

T61

Andrew Achenbach, Lu Lu Country Club

76

81

157

+15

T61

Chris Esbenshade, Stone Harbor Golf Club

75

82

157

+15

T61

John Y. Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

77

80

157

+15

T61

Kevin M. Scanlon, Stonewall

77

80

157

+15

65

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

82

158

+16

T66

Edmund C. Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

83

159

+17

T66

Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

82

159

+17

T68

Tom Piersanti, Radley Run Country Club

77

83

160

+18

T68

Robert E. Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

77

83

160

+18

T68

Kevin DeHaven, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

75

85

160

+18

71

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

70

DQ

DQ

 

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