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Michael McDermott takes third Mid-Am. title at windy Fieldstone GC

  GREENVILLE, Del.–Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club is making Middle-Amateur Championship victories a regular thing. The 33-year-old Bryn Mawr, Pa., resident became the first three-time winner in the 25-year history of the event, finishing the 36-hole tournament at 2-over par on Thursday at an extremely difficult and windy Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 6,687 yards).

  Conditions made the day one of survival with the low second-round score being a 2-over-par 73.

Michael Domenick of Phoenixville CC receives the runner-up
trophy from Dan Burton, the Association president.
  "It feels great. This is a tough tournament [to win]. There are a ton of good Mid-Amateurs in Philadelphia," said McDermott, who took titles in 2001 and 2004. "I’m at a good point in my life right now. We’ve just had a baby and everything [from a life and business stand point] seems to be settling down."

  The victory was also McDermott’s second straight Major Championship. He took the Patterson Cup (as well as the Silver Cross) at the end of last year.

  Michael Domenick of Phoenixville Country Club displayed a ton of grit and finished in second at 4-over par. Domenick, 53, of Phoenixville, Pa., carded the lowest round of the final four groups, a 74.

  "This was the best round of golf I played in competition in my life," said Domenick, who relies on his accuracy and short game. "Under the conditions and the way the wind was blowing, for me to be up there with all these great players. For me to be right around [the low score of the day] was unbelievable."

  Rand Mendez of Fieldstone Golf Club, the reigning club champion, carded the day’s low round, a 73, and Raymond Thompson of Overbrook Golf Club, the Senior Player of the Year, tied for third at 6-over par.

  McDermott’s comfortable victory, though, wasn’t always a given, especially after what transpired in the first four holes.

  McDermott, one of the longest hitters in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, opened his final round with a two-shot lead, but bogeyed three of his first four holes to fall back to the field. He failed to get up-and-down on No. 1 (par 4, 440 yards), knocked a ball into the left lateral hazard on No. 2 (par 5, 602 yards) and struggled to hit a solid shot on No. 4 (par 4, 374 yards). A tremendous par save from the left greenside bunker on No. 6 (par 3, 184 yards) started to right the ship and he finally took one back on No. 8 (par 3, 185 yards) when he hit an 8-iron to 15 feet and made the birdie.

  "If you are going to win a tournament you are going to have make a couple of those," said McDermott in reference to the bunker save on six. "[On No. 8] I hit a good putt and I made it. That was a key turnaround to get it back going in the right direction."

  McDermott finished the front nine at even for the tournament.

  At that time, Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club, the defending Champion, appeared to be McDermott’s main threat. However, Lutz, who moved to even-par after seven holes, called a penalty on himself when taking relief from an unplayable lie in which he stopped the ball he dropped while it was still rolling to its position on the course. Lutz, a stand-up individual, then incorrectly redropped and before all was said and done was assessed a total of five penalty strokes: one for the unplayable, two for exerting influence on his dropped ball before it came to rest or rolled more than two lengths from where it struck the course and two for playing from a wrong position of the course.

  "I want to commend Chip. What he did [by calling the penalty on himself] is what golf’s all about," said McDermott. "It’s amazing."

  McDermott’s closest pursuer after Lutz’s penalty was Domenick. Domenick trailed by four strokes and both matched 1-under scores for the opening three holes of the back nine. McDermott then increased his lead to five with a par on the 13th hole (par 3, 195 yards) but Domenick didn’t go away. He responded with a par on the long and treacherous 14th (par 4, 476 yards) as McDermott carded double bogey from the back left rough of the green.

  On the downhill 15th hole (par 4, 440 yards), Domenick hit a 6-iron to 15 feet and McDermott’s approached stopped three feet short of the putting surface in the rough. McDermott knocked his chip to five feet and made the par save and Domenick just didn’t hit his birdie putt hard enough to go in.

  "I was a little pumped up after 14," said Domenick. "I figured I was within a couple shots of the lead."

  The 16th (par 3, 130 yards) provided the same scenario as the previous hole. Domenick had a good birdie look and McDermott had to get up-and-down to save par. The result was the same, two pars.

  McDermott did bogey No. 17 (par 4, 436 yards) with a three-putt to cut his lead to two, but after finding the fairway with a 300-yard plus drive on No. 18 (par 5, 522 yards) the result was all but official.

  This was Domenick’s second runner-up finish in the Mid-Am. In 1993, he fell to Carl Everett of Merion GC in a playoff for the crown.

  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. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

69

75

144

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

72

74

146

Rand Mendez

Fieldstone Golf Club

75

73

148

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

73

75

148

Chip Lutz

LedgeRock Golf Club

72

78

150

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

75

75

150

Douglas Schroer

Aronimink Golf Club

75

76

151

Stephen Seiden

Concord Country Club

77

74

151

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

76

75

151

Warren Smith

Cavaliers Country Club

76

76

152

Michael Brown

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

76

152

Peter Barron, III

Stone Harbor Golf Club

75

77

152

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

74

152

Oscar Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

75

78

153

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

79

153

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

75

78

153

G. Patrick Dougherty

Talamore Country Club

75

78

153

William Jeremiah

Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

79

153

Chris Anderson

Wilmington Country Club

77

76

153

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

71

83

154

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

76

78

154

Chris Esbenshade

Five Ponds Golf Club

73

81

154

Robert Loftus

Overbrook Golf Club

78

76

154

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

78

76

154

Mike Owsik

Plymouth Country Club

74

81

155

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

78

77

155

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

79

76

155

Robert Wurtz, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

82

155

Matthew Finger

Running Deer Golf Club

76

79

155

Robert Bechtold

Fieldstone Golf Club

74

81

155

Mark E. Peterson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

79

156

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

80

156

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

79

77

156

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77

79

156

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

81

156

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

75

81

156

Frank Corrado, Jr.

Jericho National Golf Club

78

78

156

Jim Simmons

Stonewall

76

80

156

Geoffrey Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

77

80

157

Ken Sim

Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

81

157

Jeffrey Huntzinger

North Hills Country Club

76

81

157

Matt Dolinsky

Honeybrook Golf Club

76

83

159

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

78

81

159

Robert Harrington

Merion Golf Club

78

81

159

Darrell Clayton

Cavaliers Country Club

78

81

159

Buddy Reed

Cavaliers Country Club

76

84

160

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

79

81

160

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

79

81

160

Ken Matt

Talamore Country Club

80

80

160

Michael Tash

Tavistock Country Club

76

84

160

Jim Yenser

Honeybrook Golf Club

76

84

160

Matt Kohn

Hartefeld National

77

84

161

John LeBoeuf

Philadelphia Country Club

79

82

161

Keitih Evans

Running Deer Golf Club

80

81

161

Drew Panebianco

Talamore Country Club

79

83

162

Byron Whitman

Golden Oaks Golf Club

79

83

162

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

80

82

162

Paul Liebezeit

Aronimink Golf Club

80

82

162

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

79

83

162

Robert Gill

Fox Hill Country Club

75

88

163

Gary Daniels

Applebrook Golf Club

74

89

163

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

78

85

163

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

80

83

163

Jeff DellaFranco

Concord Country Club

74

90

164

Sean McMonagle

Sand Barrens Golf Club

79

85

164

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

85

165

John Cobb

Tavistock Country Club

77

88

165

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

79

87

166

Thomas DiCinti

Links Golf Club

77

89

166

Richard Umani

Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

91

168

William Bello

Metedeconk National Golf Club

76

92

168

Jhoon Chang

Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

90

169

Bill Boyle

Metedeconk National Golf Club

79

93

172

Andrew Dietz

Laurel Creek Country Club

79

WD

WD

Brad Sokol

Green Valley Country Club

79

WD

WD

David Shields

Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

WD

WD

Tom Borsello

Fieldstone Golf Club

76

WD

WD

 

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