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Spring Ford CC’s Lebow heads Amateur Championship qualifying

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  FLOURTOWN, Pa.-Mike Lebow of Spring Ford CC navigated the uncharted waters of the Amateur Championship leaderboard in grand fashion on Monday. The 20-year-old resident of Royersford, Pa., carded a career-tournament best 5-under-par 138 total for the 36 holes of the Amateur Championship Qualifier on Philadelphia Cricket Club’s two layouts – Wissahickon (par 71, 6,836 yards) and Militia Hill (par 72, 7,146 yards) – to earn medalist honors.

  He’ll be the second seed for match play, which begins tomorrow. As the defending champion, Michael Tash of Tavistock CC is seeded No. 1.

  A field of 132 players vied for the 31 match play spots.

  Match play will be conducted on the Militia Hill Course Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16, with the 36-hole final set for Saturday, June 19.

  The cut fell at 5-over-par 148.

  In essence, Lebow netted top qualifying honors with a 5-under-par 67 on the Militia Hill Course in the morning. The Emory University junior credited his "pure" driver for the outstanding performance.

  "The past month it’s come together," said Lebow. "This was a big surprise. There are a lot of good golfers out here. This was my best tournament round ever. And my first bogey free tournament round ever."

  Lebow, who started on the back nine of Militia Hill, made the turn in 2-under-par before recording a 3-under-par 33 on the front.

  He birdied No. 12 (par 4, 398 yards) and No. 17 (par 5, 463 yards) before going under par on No. 3 (par 5, 544 yards), No. 4, (par 4, 396 yards) and No. 6 (par 5, 576 yards).

  "My longest birdie putt was 20 feet," said Lebow. "And I made every putt inside six feet."

  Lebow entered the day a touch skeptical of his talents.

  He fell to John Brennan in the club championship on Sunday.

  "It was my worst two rounds in over a month," said Lebow. "After yesterday, I was just trying not to embarrass myself."

  In the afternoon, Lebow had it up to 7-under-par, but lost some steam on the way in and finished at even-par 71.

  Dan Walters of Meadia Heights GC carded a 2-under-par 141 to take the third seed.

  This year’s match play appears particularly strong. In the field is: Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC (the reigning Player of the Year); Chris Lange of Overbrook GC, a three-time Amateur champion; Kyle Davis, the recent winner of the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s R. Jay Sigel Match Play Championship and Mike Rose, the reigning Senior Player of the Year, to name a few.

  Davis, 18, of Kennett Square G&CC captured the Junior Boys’ Championship last summer. He finished in a four-way tie for third place at 142 and by virtue of tiebreakers, is the No. 5 seed.

  "With how good junior golf in the area is, it’s not that tough to transition from junior golf," said Davis, a Kennett Square resident. "It’s the same game with the same scores."

Qualifiers

Pos.

Name, club

Overall

1st rd.

2nd rd.

Total

1

Mike Lebow, Spring Ford Country Club

-5

67

71

138

2

Dan Walters, Conestoga CC

-2

70

71

141

3

Thomas J. Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

-1

72

70

142

4

Kyle T. Davis, Kennett Square G & CC

-1

71

71

142

5

Lynn T. Kilduff, Huntsville GC

-1

70

72

142

6

Chris Lange, Overbrook GC

-1

74

68

142

7

John M. Pelet, Wyncote Golf Club

Even

70

73

143

8

Roc Irey, Cedarbrook Country Club

+1

76

68

144

9

Geoff Forcino, Waynesborough Country Club

+1

71

73

144

10

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

+1

74

70

144

11

Oscar L. Mestre, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

+1

71

73

144

12

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

+2

68

77

145

13

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

+2

71

74

145

14

Douglas G. Zelner, Coatesville Country Club

+3

73

73

146

15

Scott P. Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

+3

67

79

146

16

Rich Pruchnik, West Chester Golf & Country Club

+3

72

74

146

17

Michael A. Tash, Tavistock Country Club

+3

72

74

146

18

Michael P. McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

+3

74

72

146

19

John G. Sawin, Philadelphia Country Club

+3

73

73

146

20

Ron A. Weaver, Meadia Heights Golf Club

+3

72

74

146

21

Steve J. Owens, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

+3

70

76

146

22

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC

+4

74

73

147

23

Anthony M. Apostolico, Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club

+4

73

74

147

24

Michael Rose, Ashbourne Country Club

+4

75

72

147

25

Scott Ehrlich, Meadowlands CountryClub

+4

70

77

147

26

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

+4

74

73

147

27

Billy McCrossan, The Springhaven Club

+4

76

71

147

28

Francis J. McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

+4

74

73

147

29

Dan Pickering, Indian Valley Country Club

+4

70

77

147

T30

*John W. Robinson, Commonwealth National GC

+5

71

77

148

T30

*James M. Winner, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

+5

77

71

148

T30

*Tom Borsello, Fieldstone Golf Club

+5

73

75

148

 

Failed to qualify

T30

Andrew Achenbach, Rivercrest GC (no match play)

+5

78

70

148

T30

William J. McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club

+5

73

75

148

35

Alan Borowsky, White Manor Country Club

+6

76

73

149

36

David A. Richards, Bent Creek Country Club

+6

76

73

149

37

Byron W. Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Assoc

+6

73

76

149

38

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

+7

76

74

150

39

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids GC

+7

75

75

150

40

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

+7

76

74

150

41

Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National GC

+7

76

74

150

42

Steven P. Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

+7

74

76

150

43

Kevin P. Kelly, Old York Road Country Club

+8

77

74

151

44

Douglas Schroer, St. Davids Golf Club

+8

78

73

151

45

Chris Gallagher, Penn Oaks Golf Club

+8

76

75

151

46

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

+8

76

75

151

47

Sean D. Leonard, Tavistock Country Club

+9

79

73

152

48

Chris T. Anderson, Wilmington Country Club

+9

75

77

152

49

James F. Donnelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

+9

78

74

152

50

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

+9

75

77

152

51

Robert Bechtold, Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club

+9

77

75

152

52

Jason Barkley, Berkleigh Country Club

+9

73

79

152

53

Brian Rothaus, Philmont Country Club

+10

76

77

153

54

Drew Panebianco, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

+10

74

79

153

55

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

+10

77

76

153

56

Robin S. McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

+10

77

76

153

57

Robert Ockenfuss, Jr., Indian Valley Country Club

+10

73

80

153

58

James R. White, Philadelphia Cricket Club

+11

73

81

154

59

Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley Country Club

+11

77

77

154

60

Garrett Basalyga, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

+11

76

78

154

61

Raymond B. Slawecki, Spring Ford Country Club

+11

74

80

154

62

Joe April, Wedgwood Country Club

+11

77

77

154

63

James A. Forster, Old York Road Country Club

+11

79

75

154

64

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

+11

74

80

154

65

Douglas E. Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

+12

77

78

155

66

Chris P. Thude, Melrose Country Club

+12

79

76

155

67

Kevin McClellan, Doylestown Country Club

+12

79

76

155

68

James K. Kieserman, Blue Bell Country Club

+12

79

76

155

69

Michael J. Brown, Pine Valley Golf Club

+12

78

77

155

70

Chase A. Duncan, Meadia Heights Golf Club

+12

82

73

155

71

Frederick Taggart, Meadia Heights Golf Club

+12

77

78

155

72

Patrick Marshalek, Whitford Country Country Club

+13

79

77

156

73

Rand R. Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

+13

75

81

156

74

Steve Walton, Downingtown Country Club

+13

82

74

156

75

Alan Roatche, Doylestown Country Club

+13

75

81

156

76

Leonard Staskiel, Woodbury Country Club

+13

75

81

156

77

Justin G. VanHyning, Olde York Country Club

+14

75

82

157

78

Charles J. Dowds, III, Applebrook GC

+14

82

75

157

79

Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club

+14

76

81

157

80

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

+14

78

79

157

81

Terrence J. Sawyer, Yardley Country Club

+14

82

75

157

82

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

+14

78

79

157

83

David T. Smith, Doylestown Country Club

+14

82

75

157

84

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

+15

80

78

158

85

Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club

+15

79

79

158

86

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

+15

79

79

158

87

Greg M. OConnor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

+15

74

84

158

88

Tyler Rae, Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club

+15

77

81

158

89

Mark Wachter, Philadelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc

+16

81

78

159

90

Michael C. Evangelista, Concord Country Club

+16

79

80

159

91

Gerard F. Ascolese, North Hills Country Club

+16

78

81

159

92

Philip G. Damico, Llanerch Country Club

+16

82

77

159

93

Leonard Pearson, Philmont Country Club

+16

75

84

159

94

Craig Tallent, Merion GC

+16

78

81

159

95

Ernie VanMeter, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

+16

77

82

159

96

Brian Myers, Old York Road Country Club

+16

78

81

159

97

Robert G. Dziak, Spring Ford Country Club

+17

82

78

160

98

Michael J. Egan, Lookaway Golf Club

+17

81

79

160

99

William B. Weihenmayer, Jr., Huntingdon Country Club

+17

80

80

160

100

Michael J. Vannelli, Medford Village Country Club

+18

78

83

161

101

Marc A. Mandel, White Manor Country Club

+18

78

83

161

102

Alexander A. Maguire, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

+18

83

78

161

103

Mark Kosko, Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

+18

81

80

161

104

Matthew Shevlin, Llanerch Country Club

+18

78

83

161

105

Tony Perla, Olde York Country Club

+18

83

78

161

106

Tom Guillebeau, Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club

+19

82

80

162

107

James K. Wybar, Philadelphia Cricket Club

+19

82

80

162

108

Thomas E. Oxenfeld, Coatesville Country Club

+19

84

78

162

109

Arthur J. Kania, Jr., Overbrook GC

+19

82

80

162

110

Tom Spano, Philadelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc

+19

81

81

162

111

Kenji Ota, Philadelphia Cricket Club

+20

76

87

163

112

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

+20

80

83

163

113

Patrick G. Dougherty, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

+20

84

79

163

114

Grant T. Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

+21

84

80

164

115

David West, Whitford CC

+21

81

83

164

116

Logan Terry, Plymouth Country Club

+21

82

82

164

117

Michael H. Lewers, St. Davids Golf Club

+21

88

76

164

118

Edward Kelly, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

+23

84

82

166

119

Thomas C. Brennan, Jr., Melrose Country Club

+23

86

80

166

120

Damon C. Barbacci, Huntsville Golf Club

+23

87

79

166

121

Joseph P. Glynn, Llanerch Country Club

+23

83

83

166

122

Warren Smith, Fieldstone Golf Club

+24

81

86

167

123

Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club

+24

81

86

167

124

Anthony G. Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club

+25

88

80

168

125

Gregory S. Henkel, Melrose Country Club

+26

87

82

169

126

Brian Wiley, Sandy Run Country Club

+26

88

81

169

127

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

+26

85

84

169

128

David Pfotzer, Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club

+32

84

91

175

129

Geoffrey M. Cooper, Ballamor Golf Club

+32

84

91

175

130

George Forster, Jr., Radnor Valley Country Club

+33

85

91

176

131

Steve Dressel, Spring Ford CC

+37

89

91

180

132

Paul J. Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club

WD

83

WD

WD

 

*-advanced in playoff; WD-withdrawal

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