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Yardley CCís Glenn Smeraglio becomes oldest
Joseph H. Patterson Cup winner since Hyndman

  PAOLI, Pa.ĖGlenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC finished the 106th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at 5-under-par on Thursday at St. Davids GC (par 70, 6,534 yards) and Waynesborough CC (par 71, 6,990 yards) to become the oldest Joseph H. Patterson Cup champion in 39 years. Smeraglio, 48, carded a 2-under 69 at Waynesborough CC in the morning and a 3-under 67 at St. Davids GC in his second round to become the oldest winner since legendary figure William Hyndman, III, took the 1969 Patterson Cup at age 58.

MATTHEW MATTARE
  "I think we have some of the best players around in the Philadelphia area. Iím just trying to hang with them," said Smeraglio, who also captured the 1998 Patterson Cup. "We have a lot of young kids at Yardley so Iím used to playing with the young kids. They know how to go low. I think that helps me.

  "Five under for two rounds is good playing out here. Itís solid. So is it surprising? I donít know. I donít think of myself as an older guy until I play with the young guys and they hit it 30 yards by me. You know what, you still have to hit greens, you still have to putt and you still have to get the ball in the hole. I think I do that as well as anyone does."

  Matthew Mattare of Saucon Valley CC finished a shot behind in second place and Geoffrey Cooper of Laurel Creek CC was third at 2 under.

  The victory also secured Smeraglio his third Silver Cross (2000-01), awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup.

  Smeraglio opened the fourth and final Major of the Golf Association of Philadelphia season at Waynesborough CC and finished at 2 under despite being a bit sloppy at times. On the front side, he carded red numbers on No. 1 (par 4, 368 yards) with a 9-iron to 15 feet; No. 7 (par 5, 547 yards) with a 125-yard wedge to 15 feet and No. 8 (par 4, 373 yards) with a 52-degree wedge to five feet and recorded one bogey, on No. 6 (par 3, 217 yards), when he pushed his drive right. On the back nine, he was a little back-and-forth. He birdied No. 13 (par 4, 403 yards) with a pitching wedge from 125 yards to 10 feet; bogeyed No. 14 (par 3, 175 yards) when he pulled a 7-iron left; birdied No. 15 (par 5, 554 yards) after a short chip to six feet; and bogeyed the lengthy 17th (par 3, 254 yards) after coming up short of the green.

  Starting his second round on St. Davids GCís back nine, Smeraglio had a non-descript opening set with a birdie and a bogey. He hit a 5-iron on No. 10 (par 3, 175 yards) into the left bunker and failed to get up-and-down but birdied No. 16 (par 5, 498 yards) from 10 feet to draw even at the turn.

  He then missed short birdie putts on his next two holes before a bolt of lightning, figuratively, struck. "I said to my caddie, I just remembered something about my putting. A little key that I had. I told him Iím going to make putts for the rest of the round. I really did. I putted great the rest of the way in." Smeraglio would not reveal the key.

  He proceeded to birdie No. 5 (par 4, 426 yards) after knocking an 8-iron from 148 yards to 15 feet despite staring at one of the fastest putts on the golf course, a straight downhill challenge.

  "I gutted it," said Smeraglio. "It went straight in the hole."

  He followed that birdie with a 7-iron from 175 yards on the super difficult No. 7 (par 4, 464 yards), the distance was more like 190 considering the uphill, to five feet before making a fantastic pitch-and-putt on No. 8 (par 5, 488 yards) from eight feet to get to 5-under par for the day.

  "I gained at least a stroke with that birdie on No. 7. I know that is a disaster hole," said Smeraglio.

  Mattare, playing a few groups behind Smeraglio, was the first-round leader after carding a 4-under 67 at Waynesborough CC in the morning.

  In the afternoon, Mattare then stood at 3 under on St. Davids after 15 holes when he rocketed a 3-iron from 219 yards to 15 feet on No. 16 (par 5, 498 yards). His quick downhill eagle try and chance to equal Smeraglio ran eight feet past. His comebacker lipped around the hole.

  Still, Mattare had life.

  A smooth 5-iron on No. 17 (par 3, 182 yards) stopped eight feet short of the hole and he drained the birdie to head to No. 18 (par 4, 392 yards) a shot behind. On the final hole, Mattare ripped a 3-wood on the dog-leg right to 84 yards before playing a smart chip that landed short and rolled to 12 feet right of the hole. Needing the putt, his effort stayed right.

  "It was a double breaker. From where I was standing behind the ball it looked right to left, on the other side it looked left to right. I figured it was inside right or right edge and when I got over the putt I said it has to be more than that," said Mattare, 22, of Bethlehem, Pa. "I didnít trust the original line. I pushed it a little bit and ran it by the edge. I should have just gotten up and hit it."

  Smeraglioís Silver Cross victory came with a 279 total. He finished six shots clear of Michael McDermott of Merion GC, last yearís winner, and Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC.

  The Patterson Cup field consisted of 115 players.

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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.

Name

Club

Rd. 1

 

Rd. 2

 

Total

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

69

WC

67

St.

136

Matthew Mattare

Saucon Valley Country Club

67

WC

70

St.

137

Geoffrey Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

72

WC

67

St.

139

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

73

WC

68

St.

141

David West

Whitford Country Club

71

St.

70

WC

141

Christopher Reedman

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

70

WC

72

St.

142

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

70

WC

72

St.

142

Daniel Charen

Yardley Country Club

69

St.

73

WC

142

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

WC

70

St.

143

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

69

WC

74

St.

143

Rand Mendez

Fieldstone Golf Club

68

St.

75

WC

143

Brian Creghan

Plymouth Country Club

74

St.

70

WC

144

Cole Willcox

Philadelphia Country Club

71

St.

73

WC

144

James Donnelly

Merion Golf Club

75

WC

70

St.

145

James Kieserman

Talamore Country Club

73

WC

72

St.

145

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

WC

71

St.

145

Dan Pinciotti, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

WC

70

St.

145

Stephen Seiden

Concord Country Club

67

St.

78

WC

145

Stephen Dressel

St. Davids Golf Club

73

WC

73

St.

146

Jeff Osberg

Brandywine Country Club

76

WC

70

St.

146

Vince Boyle

JC Melrose Country Club

72

St.

74

WC

146

G. Patrick Dougherty

Talamore Country Club

75

WC

72

St.

147

Vinny Alessi

Penn Oaks Golf Club

71

WC

76

St.

147

Ben Bershad

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

74

WC

73

St.

147

Tucker Koch

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

73

WC

74

St.

147

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

72

St.

75

WC

147

Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

67

St.

80

WC

147

Robert Robertson

Sunnybrook Golf Club

72

St.

75

WC

147

Warren Taylor

Yardley Country Club

70

St.

77

WC

147

Douglas Zelner

Spring Ford Country Club

76

WC

72

St.

148

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

77

WC

71

St.

148

James Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

75

WC

73

St.

148

Nathan Sutherland

Golden Oaks Golf Club

77

WC

71

St.

148

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

68

St.

80

WC

148

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

73

St.

75

WC

148

Chris Esbenshade

Five Ponds Golf Club

77

WC

72

St.

149

Michael Brown

Philadelphia Publinks GA

75

WC

74

St.

149

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

71

St.

78

WC

149

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

73

St.

76

WC

149

Robert Savarese

Sand Barrens Golf Club

73

St.

76

WC

149

Travis Gahman

Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

St.

72

WC

149

Andrew Lawson

Hershey's Mill Golf Club

76

WC

74

St.

150

Kevin Melnick, Jr.

Plymouth Country Club

73

St.

77

WC

150

Michael O'Keefe

Little Mill Country Club

78

WC

73

St.

151

Jeffrey Griest

Waynesborough Country Club

77

WC

74

St.

151

Matthew Pesci

Yardley Country Club

75

WC

76

St.

151

Bill Murray

Merchantville Country Club

76

St.

75

WC

151

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

75

St.

76

WC

151

Peter Barron III

Stone Harbor Golf Club

75

St.

76

WC

151

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

74

St.

77

WC

151

Jack Wallace

Burlington Country Club

73

St.

78

WC

151

Mark Szilagyi

Brookside Country Club

80

WC

72

St.

152

Adam Cohan

Talamore Country Club

72

WC

80

St.

152

Jeff DellaFranco

Concord Country Club

75

WC

77

St.

152

Andrew Zoeller

Waynesborough Country Club

79

WC

73

St.

152

Drew Panebianco

Talamore Country Club

73

St.

79

WC

152

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

77

St.

75

WC

152

Keith Matt

Talamore Country Club

78

WC

75

St.

153

Stephen McIntyre

Honeybrook Golf Club

81

WC

72

St.

153

Jason Cohan

Talamore Country Club

80

WC

73

St.

153

Zach Smith

Doylestown Country Club

76

WC

77

St.

153

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

70

St.

83

WC

153

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

St.

76

WC

153

Robert de Rojas

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

WC

75

St.

154

Oscar Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

79

WC

75

St.

154

Todd Vonderheid

Huntsville Golf Club

74

WC

80

St.

154

Michael Vassil

Country Club of Scranton

82

WC

72

St.

154

Matt Dietrich

Whitford Country Club

78

WC

76

St.

154

Warren Smith

Cavaliers Country Club

76

St.

78

WC

154

Joe Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

WC

76

St.

155

Douglas Gregor

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

St.

76

WC

155

Mark Peterson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

St.

83

WC

155

Oscar Neubauer

Saucon Valley Country Club

78

St.

77

WC

155

Mike McComb

Greate Bay Country Club

80

WC

76

St.

156

Burton McHugh

Sunnybrook Golf Club

77

WC

79

St.

156

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

84

WC

72

St.

156

Eric Schmehl

Moorestown Field Club

76

St.

80

WC

156

Beau Guarino

Burlington Country Club

78

St.

78

WC

156

Mark Coassolo

Brookside C.C. of Allentown

75

St.

81

WC

156

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

79

St.

77

WC

156

Brad McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

78

St.

78

WC

156

Scott Morris

Doylestown Country Club

76

St.

80

WC

156

Joe DeVito, Jr.

Sand Barrens Golf Club

77

St.

79

WC

156

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

80

WC

77

St.

157

Mark Wachter

Penn Oaks Golf Club

76

WC

81

St.

157

William Bello

Metedeconk National Golf Club

83

WC

74

St.

157

Cory Siegfried

Philadelphia Country Club

80

WC

77

St.

157

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

81

WC

76

St.

157

Keith Evans

Running Deer Golf Club

78

St.

79

WC

157

Brian Rashley

Marriott Seaview Resort

80

St.

77

WC

157

Louis Giovi

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77

St.

81

WC

158

Steve Ransom, Jr.

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

78

St.

80

WC

158

Bo Maguire

Brookside Country Club

76

St.

82

WC

158

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

75

St.

83

WC

158

Martin Hayden

Overbrook Golf Club

82

WC

77

St.

159

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

85

WC

74

St.

159

Greg O'Connor

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

St.

77

WC

159

Drew Garis

North Hills Country Club

81

WC

79

St.

160

Mark Kosko

Marriott Seaview Resort

77

WC

83

St.

160

Scott Storck

Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

St.

84

WC

160

Jon Thomas

Inniscrone Golf Club

75

St.

85

WC

160

Richard Marabella

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86

St.

76

WC

162

Chip Culp

Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

WC

82

St.

163

Christopher Terebesi

Chester Valley Golf Club

82

WC

81

St.

163

Kevin Ignatuk

Penn Oaks Golf Club

82

WC

82

St.

164

Christopher Kaspar

Lu Lu Country Club

82

St.

82

WC

164

Mark Walkush

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

86

St.

78

WC

164

Matt Kaelin

Little Mill Country Club

83

WC

82

St.

165

William Hoese

Links Golf Club

78

St.

88

WC

166

Ted Kerschner

Overbrook Golf Club

89

WC

78

St.

167

Garrett Conway

Burlington Country Club

79

St.

89

WC

168

Greg Verde

Spring Ford Country Club

88

WC

81

St.

169

Michael Boden

French Creek Golf Club

80

St.

89

WC

169

John Inman

Cherry Valley Country Club

85

St.

86

WC

171

Tom Borsello

Fieldstone Golf Club

81

WC

WD

St.

WD

 

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