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Commonwealth tops Team Championship Qualifier

  NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.–Commonwealth National Golf Club opened the 2009 golfing season with a victory in the GAP Team Matches. Later this month, the Horsham, Pa., club will look to add the Philadelphia Team Championship to its hardware haul.

  The team of Brett Diakon, Peter Eiler, Ryan Gelrod, Michael Moffat, Glenn Smeraglio and Matt Teesdale, all who competed on the victorious GAP Team Matches squad, topped Tuesday’s Team Championship Qualifier at Aronimink GC (par 70, 6,876 yards) with a fantastic 4-over 284 total.

  Also advancing to the Championship proper, set for June 25 at LedgeRock GC, were Jericho National GC (300), RiverCrest GC (301) and Overbrook GC (302).

  Team scores were calculated using the low four of six individual scores from each team.

  â€śThat is the goal and the only way to do it is to qualify today,” said Smeraglio of CNGC’s bid to take both of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Team championships. “The club has great camaraderie. LedgeRock will be fun. The Team Championship is always a great day and it’s great to be there.”

  It will be Commonwealth’s second Team Championship appearance. It finished second in 2007.

  Two clubs, Jericho National GC and RiverCrest GC & Preserve, will be making their first Team Championship final appearance.

  Jericho used a splendid 3-under-par 67 by youngster Zachary Herr, the day’s low round, to advance.

  Herr, who is only 14 years old, was playing the venerable Aronimink for the first time. He registered five birdies and two bogeys.

  â€śIt’s great, but I can’t even play in the final,” said Herr, who recently was named a recipient of the 2009 Presidents’ Youth Leadership Award by the United States Golf Association and American Junior Golf Association. “It’s the same time as the [Golf Association of Philadelphia’s] Junior Boys’ Championship.”

  Herr birdied No. 6 (par 4, 392 yards) with a sand wedge he hit to three feet; No. 8 (par 3, 214 yards) with a 5-iron to 15 feet; No. 9 (par 5, 550 yard) on a chip-in after stopping 20 feet short of the green; No. 11 (par 4, 401 yards) on an 80-yard Lob Wedge he knocked to three feet and No. 18 (par 4, 420 yards) when he drained a 40 footer after being just short of the green.

  Herr, a Newtown, Pa., resident, will head to Council Rock North next year.

  Said Wayne Bartolacci, who has been a member at Jericho since the club’s inception, “This is great for the club. We have a good group of guys and some great young players. This will definitely give the club a greater sense of unity and pride.”

  RiverCrest appeared to be on the outside looking in until Tim Westfall, competing in one of the last group’s to finish, posted a 3-over-par 73 to bring his team’s total down from a 307 to a 301.

  Overbrook, a 14-time Team Championship winner, is in search of its first crown since 2005.

  The Team Championship final will consist of eight-man teams playing an alternate shot format in the morning, with singles matches in the afternoon.

  NOTES-Play was suspended for 1:13 minutes beginning at 2:45 p.m.

  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 134 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.

Four of six scores used in total.

The Overbrook GC and Philadelphia Cricket Club tiebreaker was eventually decided by using the sixth player’s score.

Qualifiers

Team Name              

Total

Team Name

Total

Commonwealth National GC

284

RiverCrest GC & Preserve

301

Glenn Smeraglio

74*

Andy Achenbach

73*

Michael Moffat

77

Charles Bernard

78*

Brett Diakon

69*

Dan Bernard

79

Ryan Gelrod

77

Joe Bernard

77*

Matthew Teesdale

72*

Craig Labarbera

85

Peter Eiler

69*

Tim Westfall

73*

Jericho National GC

300

#Overbrook GC

302

Zachary Herr

67*

Oscar Mestre

74*

Wayne Bartolacci

73*

Christopher Lange

82

Douglas Christian

84

Raymond Thompson

73*

Frank Corrado, Jr.

81*

Andy Thompson

77*

Eric Chipin

79*

Francis McFadden

78*

Richard Speranza

84

Brad McFadden

81

Failed to qualify

#Philadelphia Cricket Club

302

Merchantville CC

316

Robert Wurtz, Jr.

71*

Brian Herman

77*

Robert Savarese, Jr.

76*

Bryan McClaskey

86

Robert Robertson

81

Charlie Wahl

89

Kevin Kelly

78*

David Guertler

78*

Scott Storck

77*

Russell Loue

80*

Bob Ball

84

Alex Cameron

81*

Aronimink GC

307

Brookside CC

318

Douglas Schroer

80

Alexander Maguire, Jr.

82*

Gary Daniels

76*

Bo Maguire

82*

Paul Liebezeit

78*

Anthony DeNicco

74*

Kevin Gallagher

74*

Joe Major

86

Michael Walsh, III

79*

Michael Bieler

84

Joseph Fabrizio

86

Scott Orr

80*

Huntingdon Valley CC

308

Whitemarsh Valley CC

321

James Sullivan, Jr.

76*

John Frampton

80*

Douglas Gregor

78*

Miguel Biamon

79*

Kevin Bondi

79*

Lee Grout

82

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr.

79

Shawn Knechtel

88

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

75*

Matt Jasudowich

81*

Sean Seese

82

Justin Williams

81*

Cavaliers CC

309

Radley Run CC

321

Thomas Finn

78*

Sam Pancoast

82*

Paul Wolfe

79*

Bob Truskey, Jr.

75*

Jerry Temple

86

Jim Surber

83*

Robert Hall

81

Colin Smith

81*

Warren Smith, III

77*

Philip Potter

84

Greg Wolfe

75*

David Taylor

86

Spring Ford CC

309

Huntsville GC

324

Douglas Zelner

79*

Todd Vonderheid

82*

Robert Dziak

79*

Matthew Cuddy

82*

John Brennan

71*

Joe Bevevino

85

Bobby Kershner

87

Brian Corbett

78*

John Mullins

80*

Lynn Kilduff

86

R. Blake Slawecki

91

Jason Barkley

82*

Honeybrook GC

309

Kennett Square G&CC

325

Jim Yenser

78*

Jeffrey Denbigh

88

Mitch Stead

84

Jeffrey Donnelly

76*

Stephen McIntyre

73*

Martin Eichelberger

85

John Kennedy

90

John Gosselin

83*

Craig Howe

83*

Jeffrey Hollander

84*

Michael Domenick

75*

Michael Moser

82*

Philadelphia CC

311

Great Bear G&CC

326

P. Chet Walsh

81*

Justin Hilgert

81*

Frank McGill

97

Kevin Dixon

84

John LeBoeuf

79*

Shaun Urban

84

James Finegan, Jr.

81

John Reuter

82*

Scott Morris

76*

John Goffredo

80*

Cory Siegfried

75*

Rich Cook

83*

Lancaster CC

312

Manufacturers G&CC

327

Eric Buck

78*

Paul Polinsky

75*

Kenneth Phillips

81

Joe Cunningham

NC

John Sweeney

80*

Greg Root

77*

Kevin McBride

91

Christopher Kaspar

87*

Mike Sugden

76*

Jeffrey Prickitt

89

Marlin Detweiler

78*

Kevin Dougher

88*

Whitford CC

312

Five Ponds GC

327

David West

88

James Austin

84

Chris Yard

79*

Ari Flaisher

82*

Eric Meyer

80*

Randy Kruse

83*

Matt Dietrich

77*

Larry Wiacek

80*

Pat Henneghan

80

John DiValentino

91

Jim Simmons

76*

Neil Gordon

82*

Lookaway GC

312

Chester Valley GC

330

Michael Egan

79*

Christopher Terebesi

88

Frank Ferino

82*

Ed Chylinski

80*

Bob Majczan

85

Gavin Grimes

82*

Ronan Culligan

80*

Matt Hancock

84*

Daniel Stephano

87

Joshua Isler

84*

Timothy Hager

71*

Douglas Dick

NC

Wildwood G&CC

313

Torresdale Frankford CC

331

James Walls

84

Dennis Konczyk

81*

James Ridgway

82*

Christopher Thude

82*

Steve Ransome

77*

Jim Gavaghan

86*

Johnny Murphy

77*

Eric Holt

88

Bernie Bartley

84

Michael Grugan

82*

Keith Cope

77*

Michael Cole

NC

Concord CC

314

The Springhaven Club

337

Chris Strasinski

85*

Rich Thon

83*

Luke DeSimone

92

Andrew Caldwell

NC

Michael Evangelista

82*

Michael Hodges

88*

Bill Dwyer

86

Robert Maze

81*

Larry Benedetto

73*

John Turner

94

Conrad Von Borsig

74*

Andrew Harmer

85*

Mercer Oaks GC

314

French Creek GC

340

Brian Tripp

76*

David Reinhart

80*

Sonny Simpson

80*

Gary Root

90

Anthony Andruziewicz

89

Noah Kahn

85*

Scott McIntosh

80*

Richard Mennies

90

Mark Troxel

NC

Adam O'Doherty

87*

Ajai Sirohi

78*

Michael Boden

88*

DuPont CC

315

Michael Boyle

79*

Jeb Baker

89

Buddy Reed

74*

Jerry Donofrio

84

Mark Wachter

80*

Larry Lingle

82*

#-determined in playoff

*-one of four scores used in total

NC-no card

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