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Ault, Gaffney share medalist honors at Am. Qualifier at Links GC

   MARLTON, N.J. - Matthew Gaffney of Little Mill CC is getting used to sharing medalist honors at GAP qualifying events.    He, along with Chris Ault of Yardley CC, shot 3-under-par and finished as a co-medalist at Monday’s Amateur Championship Qualifier at Links GC (par 70, 6,532 yards). Gaffney, 28, also shared medalist honors with Jack Wallace of Burlington CC at last Thursday’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier at Burlington CC.

   “I’m really striking the ball well,” he said. “I hit the tee ball well and the irons really well today. It’s just a matter of putts falling in. I hit a couple of long ones.”

   On No. 3 (par 4, 377 yards), Gaffney, of Sewell, N.J., hit 7-iron off the tee and fired a 25-foot putt for birdie. On No. 8 (par 3, 172 yards), he used an 8-iron off the tee, cleared casual water and landed about 20-feet from the hole. Gaffney then fired a birdie.

   “I made putts today that I was surprised went in,” he said.

   Gaffney began the day with a bogey on No. 10 (par 4, 415 yards).

   “I got off to a slow start,” he said. “From there, I settled down. I just tried to hit in the fairways and lay back off the tees.”

   Throughout the day, Gaffney leaned heavily on his irons.

   “I needed to make birdies hitting 8-iron and 7-iron onto the greens,” he said. “It wasn’t necessarily important to use driver. It was just more of a scale back and let the irons do the work for you.”

   Like Gaffney, Ault, 22, relied on his iron play.

   “I played pretty conservatively. I hit a lot of irons off the tees,” he said.

   After bogeying on No. 1 (par 4, 355 yards), Ault, of Yardley, Pa., fired birdies on Nos. 2 (par 4, 334 yards), 3 (par 4, 377 yards), 6 (par 4, 440 yards), 9 (par 4, 405 yards) and 15 (par 4, 445 yards). On Nos. 2, 6 and 9, he used his irons off the tee.

   “I was just solid,” he said. “I hit a lot of fairways. I made a lot of putts. I only hit about three drivers all day, but you don’t really need to out here. It’s pretty tight.”

   Though he finished 3-under-par, Ault referred to the course as a “fear factory.”

   “It’s scary. Every hole is out-of-bounds right and left, hazard right and left,” he said.

   Nevertheless, Ault feels that his day prepared him for tomorrow’s USGA Open Qualifier at Laurel Creek CC.

   “I was using today as a warm-up to the USGA Open Qualifier tomorrow,” Ault said. “I’ve been working on my swing a lot. This was kind of confirmation that I’ve been working on the right things,” he said. “Things are coming around. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.”

   For Gaffney, it’s on to next week’s Middle-Amateur Championship, which will be held at Tavistock CC May 20-21.

   “I know those guys are going to be tough over there. I’m looking forward to that,” he said.

   At Monday’s qualifier, Justin Martinson of Hartefeld National shot an even-70 to finish second.

   “I was hitting the ball great,” Martinson, 20, said. “I only missed three greens, two of which I missed on the fringe, so it felt like I only missed one.”

   Martinson, of Avondale, Pa., missed the greens on Nos. 8 (par 3, 172 yards), 9 and 10. He used a 6-iron for his tee shot on No. 8 and underplayed the wind. On No. 10, he missed the greens with a wedge.

   “I think I spun it off,” Martinson said.

   Martinson fired birdies on Nos. 3 and 13 (par 5, 570 yards). On No. 3, he hit a 3-wood off the tee and landed in the rough. He then struck it 105-yards with a 7-iron land on the green.

   On No. 13, Martinson used his driver to get onto the fairway. He then approached the green from about 230-yards out.

   “I was on the cart path,” Martinson said. “I hit a chip from the cart path to about 10-12 feet and made the putt.”

   When the day came to an end, the cut line fell to 77.

   Monday’s qualifier was the first of two qualifiers used to help determine the field for the 109th Amateur Championship, which will be held on June 15-17 & 20 at Stonewall. The second qualifier will be held on May 14 at Coatesville CC.

   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

Scores

Christopher Ault

Yardley Country Club

67

Matthew Gaffney

Little Mill Country Club

67

Justin Martinson

Hartefeld National

70

Benjamin Smith

Woodcrest Country Club

73

James Austin

Five Ponds Golf Club

74

Joseph Roeder

Links Golf Club

74

Keith Snyder

Sakima Country Club

74

Tom Borsello

Fieldstone Golf Club

74

Alexander Maguire, Jr.

Brookside Country Club

75

Bobby Arthur, Jr.

Tavistock Country Club

75

Greg Matthias

Hartefeld National

75

Matt Raudenbush

Pine Valley Golf Club

75

Pierce Dever

Jericho National Golf Club

75

Ryan McCarty

Little Mill Country Club

75

Thomas DiCinti

Links Golf Club

75

Charles Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

76

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

76

Andrew Speaker

Jericho National Golf Club

77

Bradley Roberts

Wedgwood Country Club

77

Ed Kahn

Little Mill Country Club

77

Erik Thorn

Links Golf Club

77

Rich Thon

The Springhaven Club

77

Stephen Sieracki

Merchantville Country Club

77

William Voris

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

77

 

Failed to qualify

Eric Fonner

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Joe Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

Matthew O'Brien

Five Ponds Golf Club

78

Michael Rowland

Lehigh Country Club

78

Ryan Jordan

Tavistock Country Club

78

Shawn Lavin

Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Ajai Sirohi

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79

Jim Rattigan

Schuylkill Country Club

79

Jonathan Ross

Gulph Mills Golf Club

79

Scott Bergson

Little Mill Country Club

79

Brad McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

80

Buddy Reed

DuPont Country Club

80

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Joseph Gunerman

Yardley Country Club

80

David Fazzini

Stonewall

81

J Cattoni

Huntsville Golf Club

81

Ken Matt

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Michael O'Keefe

Little Mill Country Club

81

Andrew Dietz

Laurel Creek Country Club

82

John Aloisio

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

82

Mark Wachter

Penn Oaks Golf Club

82

Stephen Walton

Downingtown Golf Club

82

William Moule

Links Golf Club

82

Andrew Carnevale

North Hills Country Club

83

Jimmy Johnston

Merion Golf Club

83

Nelson Hargrove

Merion Golf Club

83

Zachary Falone

Rolling Green Golf Club

83

Alex McPherson

Sandy Run Country Club

84

Benjamin Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

84

Brian Sexton

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

84

James Levy

Downingtown Golf Club

84

James Lewis

Little Mill Country Club

84

Tim Westfall

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

84

Vaughn Schill

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

84

Greg Verde

Spring Ford Country Club

85

Matt Dudas

Indian Valley Country Club

85

Scott MacGregor

Merion Golf Club

85

Dan Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

Ivan Mcbride

The Bucks Club

86

James Ridgway

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

86

Nick Verrecchio

Rolling Green Golf Club

86

Burton McHugh

Sunnybrook Golf Club

87

Steve Lubin

Five Ponds Golf Club

87

David Barnett

White Clay Creek Country Club

88

Rich Thorpe

Lu Lu Country Club

88

John Lupica

The ACE Club

89

Patrick McCusker

Plymouth Country Club

89

Tom Piersanti

Saucon Valley Country Club

89

Dan Devine

DuPont Country Club

92

Neil Gordon

Five Ponds Golf Club

95

A.J. Tomasello

Plymouth Country Club

DQ

Chris Strasinski

Concord Country Club

WD

Evan Galbreath

Philmont Country Club

WD

Gui Costin

Merion Golf Club

WD

J. Kirk Luntey

Merion Golf Club

WD

Jeff DellaFranco

Concord Country Club

WD

Jose-Luis Centurion

Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Lynn Kilduff

Huntsville Golf Club

WD

Rick Wright

Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Tommy Shin

Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

Vincent Coll, Jr.

Sandy Run Country Club

WD

DQ - disqualification; WD - withdrawal

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