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Cutrell heads U.S. Mid-Am Qualifier

  PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J.- Arnold Cutrell from Greensburg, Pa., fired a 5-under-par 67 to earn medallist honors at the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier Thursday at Mercer Oaks GC (East Course) (par 72, 7,048 yards). Adverse green conditions at Jericho National GC forced officials to move the event to the New Jersey venue.

Arnold Cutrell
of Greensburg, Pa.
  Cutrell, an Internet entrepreneur from the western side of the Keystone State, got off to an early start after birdieing No. 10 (par 4, 435 yards), his first hole of the day.

  Cutrell’s first shot of the round landed 290 yards down the fairway, leaving him a little less than 150 yards to the hole. From there he stuck a 9-iron to within three feet of the hole for an easy birdie putt.

  A great start in its own right, but especially given the fact he arrived at his hotel late last night fresh off the three-day Pennsylvania Open Championship at Nemacoln at Woodlands Resort's Mystic Rock Course in Farmington, Pa.

  "You know you have to make birdies to do well," said the 42-year-old, who had to play in this qualifier because of a scheduling conflict, "so it really helps when you get one under your belt right away."

  Apparently Cutrell would not be satisfied with just one birdie. The 2005-06 R. Jay Sigel Pennsylvania Amateur Match Play Champion reeled off back-to-back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 17 (par 4, 393 yards), 18 (par 5, 575 yards) and 1 (par 4, 415 yards) to finish the day with six birdies and only one bogey.

Buddy Marucci, Jr.
of Wayne, Pa.
  "Those three birdies in a row are what did it for me today," said the former professional (1988-92).

  George "Buddy" Marucci, Jr., who garnered national attention when he was defeated by none other than Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship final, 2-up, also qualified for the Mid-Am with a 3-under-par 69.

  The Captain of the 2007 USA Walker Cup squad and two-time GAP Amateur Champion (79, 85) said he hit the ball better than he has in a while.

  "I putted nicely today," said Marucci, a former Patterson Cup champion (73, 93). "It’s nice to make it."

  Playing in his 47th USGA event, the 53-year-old career amateur joins Cutrell and six other qualifiers heading to this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur championship is set for Sept. 9-14 at Forest Highlands GC in Flagstaff, Ariz.

  The U.S. Mid-Amateur originated in 1981 for the amateur golfer of at least 25 years of age, the purpose of which to provide a formal national championship for the post-college player. The event is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index of 3.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Qualifiers

Player

City

Total

Arnold Cutrell

Greensburg, PA

67

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr.

Churchville, PA

68

George Marucci, Jr.

Wayne, PA

69

Chip Lutz

Reading, PA

70

Jamie Slonis

Sewell, NJ

70

*Thomas Gramigna

Haddonfield, NJ

71

*David West

Downingtown, PA

71

*James Kieserman

Dresher, PA

71

  

Alternates (in order)

*Francis Mc Fadden

Newtown Square, PA

71

*John Brennan

Norristown, PA

71

  

Failed to qualify

*Paul Rogowicz

Yardley, PA

71

*P. Chet Walsh

Wayne, PA

71

Douglas Gregor

Phoenixville, PA

72

Marty Crounse

Lawrenceville, NJ

72

Michael Moffat

Warrington, PA

72

Motohiro Yogo

Philadelphia, PA

72

Phil Ries

Asbury, NJ

72

Steve Walczak

Greenville, DE

72

Wayne Bartolacci

Langhorne, PA

72

Brian Gillespie

Wayne, PA

73

Chris Lange

Bryn Mawr, PA

73

Jeff Hudson

Center Valley, PA

73

Michael Buckley

New York, NY

73

Thomas Dicinti

Voorhees, NJ

73

Ajai Sirohi

Princeton, NJ

74

Alexander Maguire

Philadelphia, PA

74

Chad Marrone

Staten Island, NY

74

Charles Whalen

Paoli, PA

74

D. Drew Siok

Audubon, NJ

74

Drew Panebianco

Dresher, PA

74

Glenn Smeraglio

Newtown, PA

74

Mark Dennish

Skillman, NJ

74

Michael Tash

Glassboro, NJ

74

Mike Danner

Chalfont, PA

74

Phil Auerbach

New York, NY

74

Chris Yard

Downingtown, PA

75

David Frantz

Easton, PA

75

Gary Stewart

York, PA

75

Robert Arthur

Marlton, NJ

75

Robin McCool

Bethlehem, PA

75

Ryan Gelrod

Warminster, PA

75

Steven Horky

Hoboken, NJ

75

Ted Harris

Yardley, PA

75

Thomas Timby, Jr.

Doylestown, PA

75

Andrew Falcone

Duxbury, MA

76

Geoffrey Cooper

Philadelphia, PA

76

John Lovett

Marlboro, NJ

76

John Mullins

Royersford, PA

76

Keith Matt

Lansdale, PA

76

Louis Giovi

Ewing, NJ

76

Oscar Mestre

Berwyn, PA

76

Peter Betzold

Bel Air, MD

76

Alan Specht

New York, NY

77

Douglas Goepfert

Hershey, PA

77

Frank Corrado

Washington Crossing, PA

77

James White

Horsham, PA

77

Jeff Dellafranco

Malvern, PA

77

Rich Thon

Swarthmore, PA

77

Rob Kusek

West Trenton, NJ

77

Brian Dobisch

Warrington, PA

78

Charles Dowds

Glenside, PA

78

Douglas Pearce

Cranbury, NJ

78

Gerard Ascolese

Red Bank, NJ

78

Glenn Courtney

West Long Branch, NJ

78

Jim Gavaghan

Newtown, PA

78

Michael Digiandomenico

Elverson, PA

78

Michael Price

Basking Ridge, NJ

78

Sean Leonard

Haddonfield, NJ

78

Tom Piersanti

Malvern, PA

78

Glen M. Schreiner

Elkton, MD

79

Johan Van Schalkwyk

Haddon Heights, NJ

79

John Quirk

Glenside, PA

79

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville, PA

79

Ansley Jessup

Willingboro, NJ

81

Brian Piotrowski

Woodbury, NJ

81

Eric Galm

Bensalem, PA

81

Jack Helms

Wallingford, PA

81

John Robinson

North Wales, PA

81

Mark Hutchinson

Yardley, PA

81

Stuart Francis

Burlingame, CA

81

Anthony List

Havertown, PA

82

Brad Sokol

Wayne, PA

82

Frank Filippo

Newtown, PA

82

Kenneth Sheppard

Pitman, NJ

82

Michael Decapua

Easton, PA

82

Ryan Morrissey

Newark, DE

82

Bryan Marvin

Horsham, PA

83

Ronan Culligan

Washington Crossing, PA

83

Stephen Valahovic

Englewood, NJ

84

Andrew Speaker

Newtown, PA

86

Al Flora

Wilkes-Barre, PA

87

Burton McHugh

Philadelphia, PA

87

Sean Braddish

New Hope, PA

87

Gerald Ryan

West Chester, PA

88

Jeffrey Kutner

Princeton, NJ

89

Robert Falls

West Chester, PA

89

Andrew Abrams

Bryn Mawr, PA

WD

Andy Achenbach

Royersford, PA

WD

Bruce Clifford

Bensalem, PA

WD

Damon Taylor

Wilmington, DE

WD

Dan Levinson

New York, NY

NS

Daniel Afghani

Orlando, FL

NS

David Caldwell

Pottstown, PA

NC

David Derminio

Coopersburg, PA

WD

Donald Meyer

Washington, DC

WD

Duke Delcher

Bluffton, SC

NS

Glenn Morris

Old Greenwich, CT

WD

Jhoon Chang

Ardmore, PA

WD

Joseph Cunningham

Blue Bell, PA

NC

Richard Siderowf

Westport, CT

WD

Robert Hanington

Califon, NJ

DQ

Robert Morris

Great Falls, VA

WD

Tom Brower

Freehold, NJ

WD

William Kelly

King of Prussia, PA

WD

  

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

*-determined in playoff

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