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FINAL RD. VIDEO

LedgeRock GCís Lutz birdies final hole for Middle-Amateur title

  ELVERSON, Pa. Ė The 24th Middle-Amateur Championship, in essence, sifted down to a 36-hole tussle between Chris Gallagher of Penn Oaks GC and Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC. The pair played each of the two days together at Stonewall (par 70, 6,675 yards, North Course), and like all memorable duels, the outcome remained in doubt to the very end.

  The final chapter, written on the closing 18th hole (par 5, 522 yards), witnessed Lutz getting up-and-down from a greenside bunker for birdie to seal his second Middle-Amateur Championship title. Lutz also took the 1998 Mid-Am. when the tournament was still a one-day, 18-hole event. Today, itís a two-day, 36-hole competition.

Chip Lutz drains his winning birdie putt on No. 18.
  When the dust settled, Lutz, 52, of Reading, Pa., earned the crystal trophy with a second straight 70 to finish at even par. Gallagher, the first-round leader after a 1-under 69 yesterday, posted a 2-over-par 72 to finish a shot back. Michael McDermott of Merion GC, Brian Rothaus of Philmont CC and James Sullivan, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC tied for third place at 4-over par.

  Conditions again were magnificent, sunny with a touch of a breeze on the links style layout.

  "This gave me a chance to avenge the loss from last year," said Lutz, who fell to Chris Lange by a stroke in the 2006 Mid-Am. "Last year I missed a putt on No. 18 to lose. This time I executed a sand shot. I was thrilled with the ability to close it out."

  Lutz made the winning sand save after he knocked his 18-degree rescue wood from 256 yards into the right bunker in two. Gallagher, who saw his attempt to reach the 18th green for an eagle try fall short into the front bunker, played first and made a smooth play to about eight feet. Lutz followed by knocking his wedge to four feet. Gallagher missed. Lutz did not.

  "I hit a really good shot, itís tough to get it back to the hole," said Gallagher, 25, of West Chester, Pa. "It was a tough right to left putt and I didnít hit it hard enough. I knew I had to make it because he wasnít going to miss."

  The two exchanged blows for most of the afternoon, although it didnít look like that from the start.

Chris Gallagher with Dan
Burton, the GAP President.
  Gallagher opened up a four-shot advantage with birdies on Nos. 2 (par 3, 210 yards) and 3 (par 5, 498 yards). In that same span, Lutz carded an almost fatal double-bogey on the second hole when his drive landed near the right cart path and a three-putt ensued.

  However, Lutz regained his composure with birdies on No. 5 (par 4, 414 yards) and No. 8 (par 5, 550 yards). On the eighth, he knocked a wedge from 60 yards to five feet. He made the turn at 1-under par (he also birdied the first hole). In that time frame, Gallagher struggled with his tee ball and with a Lob Wedge in hand from 80 yards on No. 8 overshot the green.

  Gallagher made an unconscious up-and-down from the left greenside bunker on No. 10 (par 4, 353 yards) to stay one stroke ahead, but blew his drive right on No. 11 (par 4, 414 yards) and was forced to pitch out from behind some imposing fescue. Lutz parred the 11th to tie for the lead.

Jamie Slonis of Tavistock CC watches his birdie
chance on No. just miss the hole. Slonis put
was in contention until a double-bogey on the
par 5, 8th hole stopped his momentum.
  Lutz finally moved in front on the treacherous par 3, 13th (222 yards) with a par and a Gallagher bogey but Gallagher came right back on No. 15 (par 4, 382 yards) with a nice 15-foot birdie to force a tie.

  The two were up and down again with Gallagher bogeying No. 16 (par 4, 478 yards) after going long and Lutz three-putting No. 17 (par 3, 211 yards).

  They started the 18th hole at 1-over par on the scoreboard, three shots clear of anyone else.

  "I knew he wasnít going to hand me anything," said Gallagher. "I knew I had to earn it. I thought I had to shoot 68 to be comfortable."

  Lange of Overbrook GC, the two-time defending champion coming into the event, finished in a tie for 23rd place at 11-over par.

  The Middle-Amateur is for players 25 years of age and older.

  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.

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Chip Lutz

LedgeRock Golf Club

70

70

140

Chris Gallagher

Penn Oaks Golf Club

69

72

141

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

71

73

144

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

71

73

144

James Sullivan, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

71

144

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

76

70

146

Dan Pinciotti Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

71

146

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

71

75

146

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

73

74

147

James Donnelly

Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

72

148

Daniel Delaney

Concord Country Club

75

73

148

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

72

76

148

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

71

78

149

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

72

77

149

Robert Bechtold

Fieldstone Golf Club

75

74

149

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

71

78

149

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

73

76

149

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

77

72

149

Matthew Finger

Running Deer Golf Club

75

75

150

G. Patrick Dougherty

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

72

78

150

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

77

73

150

Alexander Maguire, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

79

150

Mark Peterson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

75

151

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

76

75

151

Oscar L. Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

76

75

151

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

73

78

151

Gregg Angelillo

Moselem Springs Golf Club

73

78

151

Geoffrey M. Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

75

76

151

Jeffrey Huntzinger

North Hills Country Club

73

78

151

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

78

151

Thomas Finn

Cavaliers Country Club

74

77

151

Bill Murray

Merchantville Country Club

77

75

152

Tom Borsello

DuPont Country Club

73

79

152

Warren Smith

Cavaliers Country Club

76

76

152

James Macallister

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78

74

152

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

75

78

153

Kenneth R. Matt

Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

75

153

Mike Owsik

Plymouth Country Club

77

76

153

Robert de Rojas

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

73

80

153

Rich Thon

The Springhaven Club

78

76

154

David West

Whitford Country Club

77

77

154

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

77

77

154

Eric Buck

Lancaster Country Club

76

78

154

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

75

79

154

Kevin McDermott

Llanerch Country Club

76

79

155

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

79

155

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

73

82

155

Bill Boyle

Metedeconk National Golf Club

78

77

155

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

78

78

156

Rand Mendez

Fieldstone Golf Club

75

81

156

Robert G Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

76

80

156

Eric Fonner

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

78

156

Chris Esbenshade

Meadia Heights Golf Club

78

78

156

Richard Umani

Golf Course at Glen Mills

76

81

157

David Smith

Doylestown Country Club

75

82

157

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

77

81

158

Pat Curiale

Medford Village Country Club

78

80

158

Jeff DellaFranco

Concord Country Club

76

82

158

John E. Simone

Blue Bell Country Club

77

82

159

Matt Jasudowich

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

83

159

Jim Kelleher

Links Golf Club

75

84

159

Bobby Kershner

Spring Ford Country Club

75

84

159

Douglas Zelner

Coatesville Country Club

77

83

160

Michael LaGrasso

Burlington Country Club

78

82

160

David Shields

Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

83

160

Scott Harrington

Moselem Springs Golf Club

77

84

161

Robert Billings

Rolling Green Golf Club

78

84

162

Chris Anderson

Wilmington Country Club

78

85

163

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

74

90

164

Scott Chesna

Cavaliers Country Club

77

87

164

Matt Mangold

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

78

90

168

Rick Custer

Spring Ford Country Club

WD

WD

WD

John Mullins

Spring Ford Country Club

WD

NC

NC

Larry Silk

Greate Bay Country Club

78

NS

NS

Douglas D Schroer

St. Davids Golf Club

DQ

DQ

DQ

 

WD-withdrawal; NC-no card; NS-no show; DQ-disqualification

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