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Lu Luís Danner, Sand Barrensí Savarese top Amateur Qualifier

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa.ĖMike Danner of Lu Lu Country Club called his medallist-earning total of 5-under-par 138 in the Amateur Championship Qualifier, a progression. Rob Savarese, Jr., of Sand Barrens Golf Club, who finished a shot back, viewed his effort as a means to complete some "unfinished business."

  Whatever the plot line or self-motivation, those two, and 30 others, begin the quest for the 108th Amateur Championship tomorrow at 8 a.m. at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club with the first and second rounds.

Rob Savarese, Jr., of Sand Barrens GC.
  On Tuesday, the 121-player Amateur field faced blazing heat and humidity as they began the quest for the J. Wood Platt Amateur Championship Trophy with Whitemarsh Valley CC and Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon) playing hosts.

  The low 31 players (defending Champion Phil Bartholomew automatically is seeded No. 1) advanced to match play. Danner is the No. 2 seed and Savarese the three seed.

  A four-man playoff for the final three qualifying spots fell at 151. That playoff will be completed tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. In the playoff so far, James Kania, Jr. of Overbrook Golf Club and Eric Schmehl of Moorestown Field Club parred the first hole to advance. David Liotta of Whitemarsh Valley CC and Kevin Genuardi of Cedarbrook Country Club, the other two participants, will continue the playoff, which was called due to inclement weather.

  Both Danner and Savarese entered Tuesdayís qualifier with tempered expectations.

  Danner was carding only his seventh and eighth rounds of the year.

  He finished the day with a 4-under-par 68 in the morning at Whitemarsh and a 1-under 71 at Cricket.

  "Itís been a progressions since I was a kid," said Danner, 34, of Chalfont, Pa. "I keep trying to get better but it keeps getting harder. I have a 2 Ĺ-year-old and a 1-year-old. Iíve been working a lot. I just havenít had the chance to play. This was totally unexpected coming out and playing this well."

  Danner opened his day with a 5-under 31 on his initial front nine at Whitemarsh. He posted four birdies, an eagle and a bogey. His eagle came on No. 5 (par 5, 494 yards) when he rocketed an 8-iron from 171 yards to a couple feet. He finished his initial 18 holes with a birdie, seven pars and a double bogey on No. 18 (par 4, 462 yards). At Cricket, Danner was up-and-down as the heat intensified, carding six birdies and five bogeys.

  "It was a battle out there," said Danner of playing in the hot weather on two difficult golf courses. "With each swing I just tried to stay in the moment. And with putts, too. It was so hot on the greens. I would just say to myself strike it solid and hit it on-line."

  Dannerís top finish in the Amateur came two years ago at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club. That year he fell in the semifinals to Paul Rogowicz of Yardley Country Club.

  Savarese has only played a handful of rounds this year himself. The two-time Amateur finalist (1991, 1997) is 42 years old with three young children, a situation similar to Danner.

  ""The smartest thing I did a few years ago was I started taking lessons with John Spina [at Philadelphia Cricket Club]," said Savarese. "Itís taken a few years to work but itís starting to click. I donít really need to practice or play much. The nice part is when I miss a shot I know why and I can make adjustments on the fly."

  Savarese opened with a 3-under-par 69 at Whitemarsh Valley and finished with a 1-under 70 at Cricket. Heís a former member of both.

  At Whitemarsh he was 1-under after nine holes but used an eagle on No. 11 (par 5, 516 yards) to springboard to 3 under when he launched a 2-iron from 224 yards to three feet. A later birdie and bogey put Savarese at 69. At Cricket, four birdies and three bogeys put the Lafayette Hill, Pa., resident in good shape.

  Cole Willcox of Philadelphia Country Club was the only other player in red figures. He posted a two-round total of 2-under-ar 141 (70 at Whitemarsh, 71 at Cricket).

  Bartholomew, the reigning Amateur Champion, finished at 6-over par.

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  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Qualifiers

Name

Club

Rd. 1

 

Rd. 2

 

Total

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

68

WV

70

PC

138

Robert Savarese

Sand Barrens Golf Club

69

WV

70

PC

139

Cole Willcox

Philadelphia Country Club

70

WV

71

PC

141

James Donnelly

Merion Golf Club

74

PC

69

WV

143

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

71

PC

72

WV

143

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

71

PC

72

WV

143

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

71

PC

73

WV

144

Zach Smith

Doylestown Country Club

75

WV

69

PC

144

Oscar Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

72

WV

73

PC

145

#Todd Vonderheid

Huntsville Golf Club

73

WV

72

PC

145

Brian Creghan

Plymouth Country Club

73

WV

73

PC

146

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

72

WV

74

PC

146

Douglas Zelner

Spring Ford Country Club

74

WV

73

PC

147

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

76

PC

71

WV

147

Alan Borowsky

White Manor Country Club

73

WV

74

PC

147

#John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

72

PC

76

WV

148

David West

Whitford Country Club

73

PC

75

WV

148

Anthony Martire

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

74

PC

74

WV

148

Richard Marabella

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

PC

70

WV

148

Stephen Seiden

Concord Country Club

73

WV

75

PC

148

Michael Brown

Philadelphia Publinks GA

71

WV

77

PC

148

Travis Gahman

Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

PC

71

WV

149

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

72

PC

77

WV

149

Jeffrey Griest

Waynesborough Country Club

76

PC

73

WV

149

Russell Hartung

Doylestown Country Club

77

WV

72

PC

149

Philip Bartholomew

Yardley Country Club

74

WV

75

PC

149

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

76

PC

74

WV

150

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

PC

74

WV

150

Matthew Finger

Running Deer Golf Club

77

PC

73

WV

150

#Gary Daniels

Saucon Valley Country Club

74

WV

76

PC

150

Christopher Kaspar

Lu Lu Country Club

77

WV

73

PC

150

Christopher Reedman

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

WV

76

PC

150

*James Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

77

PC

74

WV

151

*Eric Schmehl

Moorestown Field Club

71

WV

80

PC

151

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

72

WV

79

PC

151

Kevin Genuardi

Cedarbrook Country Club

75

PC

76

WV

151

 

Failed to qualify

Steve Lubin

Five Ponds Golf Club

77

PC

75

WV

152

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

PC

77

WV

152

David Shields

Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

PC

74

WV

152

James Bea

Spring Mill Country Club

71

PC

81

WV

152

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

73

WV

79

PC

152

Stephen Hudacek III

Glenmaura National Golf Club

82

WV

70

PC

152

Dan Pinciotti Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

WV

76

PC

152

Kevin Huntington

Penn Oaks Golf Club

73

WV

79

PC

152

Michael Korcuba

Running Deer Golf Club

76

WV

76

PC

152

Tyler Brewington

Huntsville Golf Club

75

WV

77

PC

152

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

73

PC

80

WV

153

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

72

WV

81

PC

153

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

75

WV

78

PC

153

Mark Quigley

Lu Lu Country Club

74

PC

80

WV

154

Doug Marcincin

Northampton Country Club

79

PC

75

WV

154

Mike Owsik

Plymouth Country Club

82

WV

72

PC

154

Kevin Melnick, Jr.

Plymouth Country Club

77

WV

77

PC

154

Louis Giovi

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

76

WV

78

PC

154

James Kieserman

Talamore Country Club

79

PC

76

WV

155

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

80

PC

75

WV

155

Jim Simmons

Stonewall

73

WV

82

PC

155

Mark Miller

Yardley Country Club

77

WV

78

PC

155

Eugene Flanagan

The Springhaven Club

73

WV

82

PC

155

Michael Tash

Tavistock Country Club

75

PC

81

WV

156

Andrew Mason

Five Ponds Golf Club

76

WV

80

PC

156

Cory Siegfried

Philadelphia Country Club

78

WV

78

PC

156

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

79

PC

78

WV

157

Steven Walczak

Wilmington Country Club

78

PC

79

WV

157

Geoffrey Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

78

PC

79

WV

157

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

WV

78

PC

157

Miguel Biamon

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

79

PC

79

WV

158

Matt Dolinsky

Honeybrook Golf Club

78

PC

80

WV

158

Michael Evangelista

Concord Country Club

77

PC

81

WV

158

Justin Van Hyning

Olde York Country Club

78

WV

80

PC

158

John Mullins

Spring Ford Country Club

75

WV

83

PC

158

Andrew Zoeller

Waynesborough Country Club

81

WV

77

PC

158

James Macallister

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78

WV

80

PC

158

Patrick Devlin

Five Ponds Golf Club

79

WV

79

PC

158

Chris Esbenshade

Five Ponds Golf Club

80

PC

79

WV

159

Zachary Herr

Jericho National Golf Club

84

PC

75

WV

159

Ari Flaisher

Five Ponds Golf Club

81

PC

78

WV

159

John Lupica

The ACE Club

77

PC

82

WV

159

Douglas Cusick

Tavistock Country Club

77

PC

82

WV

159

David Smith

Doylestown Country Club

76

WV

83

PC

159

Ryan Ade

Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

WV

80

PC

159

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

80

PC

80

WV

160

Drew Panebianco

Talamore Country Club

77

PC

83

WV

160

Greg Verde

Spring Ford Country Club

77

WV

83

PC

160

Charles Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

80

PC

81

WV

161

Stephen McIntyre

Honeybrook Golf Club

78

WV

83

PC

161

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

82

PC

80

WV

162

Robert Loftus

Overbrook Golf Club

82

PC

80

WV

162

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

78

PC

84

WV

162

Robert de Rojas

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

87

PC

75

WV

162

Brad Sokol

Green Valley Country Club

84

PC

79

WV

163

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

82

WV

81

PC

163

Tom Piersanti

Applebrook Golf Club

79

PC

85

WV

164

Mark Kosko

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

78

PC

86

WV

164

David Taraschi

Merchantville Country Club

79

WV

85

PC

164

Duncan Zeiders

Old York Road Country Club

83

WV

81

PC

164

Alexander Penza

Llanerch Country Club

84

PC

81

WV

165

Frank Corrado, Jr.

Jericho National Golf Club

84

PC

81

WV

165

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

81

WV

84

PC

165

Lance Oberparleiter

Wedgwood Country Club

85

PC

81

WV

166

Greg Forster

Radnor Valley Country Club

84

PC

82

WV

166

Bill Murray

Merchantville Country Club

81

WV

86

PC

167

Mark O'Neill

Sandy Run Country Club

86

PC

82

WV

168

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

81

WV

87

PC

168

Alex McPherson

Sandy Run Country Club

86

PC

83

WV

169

Bo Maguire

Brookside Country Club

86

WV

83

PC

169

Andrew Dietz

Laurel Creek Country Club

86

PC

85

WV

171

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

85

PC

86

WV

171

Matt Dudas

Indian Valley Country Club

81

WV

91

PC

172

John Inman

Cherry Valley Country Club

90

WV

86

PC

176

Douglas Schroer

Aronimink Golf Club

73

PC

DQ

WV

DQ

Brett Falkoff

The ACE Club

72

PC

NS

WV

NS

Colin Smith

Radley Run Country Club

78

PC

WD

WV

WD

Kevin Bair

Wyncote Golf Club

83

PC

WD

WV

WD

Luke Peters

Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

WV

WD

PC

WD

Johnny Murphy

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

79

WV

WD

PC

WD

Jake Lebowitz

Philmont Country Club

80

WV

WD

PC

WD

 

#-no match play

*-advanced in playoff

WV-Whitemarsh Valley Country Club; PC-Philadelphia Cricket Club

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

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