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Geoffrey Cooper heads Mid-Am Qualifier at Wedgwood CC

  TURNERSVILLE, N.J. – Geoffrey Cooper of Laurel Creek CC earned medallist honors with an even-par 72 at Wedgwood Country Club (par 72, 6,974 yards) to be the forerunner in a field of 93 attempting to earn one of 34 qualifying spots for the Middle-Amateur Championship. This qualifier is the second of two Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur Championship qualifiers used to help determine who will play in the contest. The first qualifier was held last Thursday at Honeybrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,317 yards) with 46 players qualifying.

Geoffrey Cooper
of Laurel Creek CC
  Cooper, 29, of Philadelphia, is now part of the 132-player field set to compete for the Middle-Amateur Championship on May 23-24 at Commonwealth National GC.

  Cooper parred 10 holes, registered four birdies and as many bogeys to qualify in the top spot Wednesday under ideal weather conditions.

  When asked what particular hole stood out during his even-par round, Cooper immediately pointed to No. 13 (par 4, 435 yards), where he found himself in the water hazard.

  Up until that point, he was 1-under through 12 holes.

  "I went in the water and ended up making a five for bogey," Cooper said. "I hit a 4-iron to just get it over the water, chipped it to within five feet and made a putt for bogey. That kept my round going."

  Cooper quickly got back under par two holes later on No.15 (par 4, 449 yards) where he drilled his driver, hit a 9-iron from 160 yards out and sunk 15-foot birdie.

  "That got me back to 1-under," Cooper said. "After that, all I wanted to do was keep it in the fairway and I thought I would be OK."

  The other top five qualifiers were Ryan Gelrod (Commonwealth National GC) with a 74 and Dave Smith (Doylestown CC), Bill Murray (Merchantville CC) and Rand Mendez (Fieldstone GC) all carding 75s.

  As the day came to an end, the cut-line landed on 81, with a three-man playoff competing for the final qualifying position.

  Chris Lange of Overbrook GC won the 2005 Middle-Amateur Championship at Spring Mill CC last year with 145.

Qualifiers
Name Club Name

Front 9

Back 9

Total

Geoffrey Cooper Laurel Creek Country Club

37

35

72

Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club

34

40

74

Bill Murray Merchantville Country Club

39

36

75

Dave Smith Doylestown Country Club

38

37

75

Rand Mendez Fieldstone Golf Club

39

36

75

Gerard Ascolese North Hills Country Club

40

36

76

Mark Inman Cherry Valley Country Club

38

38

76

Michael Anderson Commonwealth National Golf Club

38

38

76

Bill Boyle Metedeconk National Golf Club

37

40

77

James Donnelly Philadelphia Cricket Club

38

39

77

G. Patrick Dougherty Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

38

40

78

Leonard Pearson Philmont Country Club

38

40

78

Robert Billings Medford Village Country Club

39

39

78

Scott Kalan Radnor Valley Country Club

40

38

78

Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club

38

40

78

Bryan McClaskey Merchantville Country Club

41

38

79

James Rocks, III Wedgwood Country Club

37

42

79

Jeffrey Huntzinger North Hills Country Club

41

38

79

Leonard Staskiel Running Deer Golf Club

41

38

79

Robert Arthur Tavistock Country Club

39

40

79

Shawn Knechtel Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

36

43

79

Steven Passalacqua Wedgwood Country Club

39

40

79

Ted Harris Makefield Highlands Golf Club

39

40

79

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club

38

41

79

Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club

39

41

80

Glenn McClaskey Wedgwood Country Club

39

41

80

Joseph Costanzo Blue Bell Country Club

42

38

80

Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club

40

40

80

Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club

39

41

80

Len Fox, Jr. Tavistock Country Club

38

42

80

Pat Nein Medford Village Country Club

40

40

80

Ronald Jamarowicz Cavaliers Country Club

38

42

80

Steve Owens Commonwealth National Golf Club

40

40

80

*Stephen Conway Burlington Country Club

41

40

81

 
Alternates (in order)
*Robert Bechtold Inniscrone Golf Club

38

43

81

*Rick Wright Running Deer Golf Club

41

40

81

*Edward Erickson Yardley Country Club

39

43

82

*Robert Frankil Spring Ford Country Club

41

41

82

*Bill Milner Running Deer Golf Club

41

41

82

*Joe Cunningham Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

38

44

82

*Tony Lepre Linwood Country Club

40

42

82

*Michael Evangelista Concord Country Club

39

43

82

 
Failed to qualify
David Hoegel Little Mill Country Club

43

39

82

David Shields Philadelphia Publinks GA

42

40

82

Grant Liu Commonwealth National Golf Club

44

38

82

Richard Atcavage Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

39

43

82

Sam Flaherty Philadelphia Publinks GA

38

44

82

William Voris Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

42

40

82

Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

41

42

83

Joe Colbert Spring Mill Country Club

39

44

83

Patrick O'Brien North Hills Country Club

44

39

83

Joel McFadden Philadelphia Publinks GA

44

40

84

John Aloisio Ballamor Golf Club

43

41

84

Mark Dennish The Ridge at Back Brook

43

41

84

Mark Kosko Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

41

43

84

Matthew Cramer Philadelphia Publinks GA

43

41

84

Scott Klee RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

42

42

84

Brian Dobisch Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

38

47

85

Christopher Scott Bucks County Country Club

40

45

85

Jeff Rogatz Fieldstone Golf Club

42

43

85

William Erskine Philadelphia Publinks GA

44

41

85

Brian Powell Burlington Country Club

42

44

86

David Levine Greenacres Country Club

43

43

86

James Della Guardia Spring Ford Country Club

42

44

86

Ken Sheppard Running Deer Golf Club

40

46

86

Mark Hodgson Medford Village Country Club

42

44

86

Peter Mimmo North Hills Country Club

43

43

86

Del Markward North Hills Country Club

39

48

87

Mark Wachter Penn Oaks Golf Club

43

44

87

Robert Mairone Ballamor Golf Club

41

46

87

Steve Levine Ballamor Golf Club

42

45

87

Antonio Leta Doylestown Country Club

45

43

88

Burton McHugh Sunnybrook Golf Club

44

44

88

Joseph Elliott Philadelphia Cricket Club

41

47

88

Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club

42

47

89

Joe Dellicarpini Philadelphia Cricket Club

46

43

89

Marty Dansbury Yardley Country Club

47

42

89

Matthew Vandevere Concord Country Club

42

47

89

Bill Dwyer Concord Country Club

41

49

90

James Patton Stonewall

41

49

90

Kenneth Murray Philadelphia Cricket Club

42

48

90

Tim Sindorf Burlington Country Club

47

43

90

Jon Helhowski Philmont Country Club

46

46

92

Kevin Melnick Plymouth Country Club

47

47

94

Paul Dansbury Yardley Country Club

46

48

94

Peter Sweyer Makefield Highlands Golf Club

49

46

95

Eugene Gordon Lookaway Golf Club

46

52

98

Gary Daniels Saucon Valley Country Club

WD

WD

WD

James Taormina Wyncote Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

Larry Silk Greate Bay Country Club

NC

NC

NC

Peter Susanin Overbrook Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

Steve Pacello Indian Valley Country Club

NC

NC

NC

Thomas Holt, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

WD

WD

WD

 
WD-withdrawal; DQ-disqualification; NC-no card
*advanced in playoff
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