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Hidden Creek GC's Meisenzahl tops Open Qualifier

  Hidden Creek, N.J.–Hidden Creek GC’s own Mike Meisenzahl sunk an eagle on No. 2, a par 4, to start his morning off right in the Open Championship Qualifier on Tuesday at Hidden Creek Golf Club (par 71, 6,562 yards). And that’s where he would finish. Meisenzahl carded a 2-under-par 69 for medalist honors. And he did it right before the wind started to pick up.

  “I came to win. I wanted to represent my club right and in a good light,” Meisenzahl, 22, said. “I’ve been on the leaderboard, but unfortunately never saw my name at the top.

  “It was a definite advantage for me today playing at my home club. The course was in immaculate shape as well.”

  Meisenzahl, a senior at James Madison University led a field of 90 players; all attempting to earn one of the 20 qualifying spots. The cutline fell at 77.

  Starting on the front nine, on No. 2 (par4, 374 yards), Meisenzahl smashed his tee ball and set it sailing to come up 126 yards short of the green. He clinched his gap wedge, hit it 10 feet short and watched it roll in for an eagle.

  “It just dropped in,” Meisenzahl said.

  He did hit a small bump on No. 4 (par 3, 202 yards), carding a double bogey, but he quickly recovered making pars on the rest of the front nine before sinking a birdie putt on No. 9 (par 5, 551 yards).

  “I drove the ball, then used my 3-wood, had a simple chip and ended up three-and-a-half feet from the hole (No.9).”

  Finishing with the breezy back nine, he carded a bogey, six pars and two birdies. On No. 15 (par 4, 391 yards), Meisenzahl, who placed third in the 2009 Patterson Cup, tore his drive, and ended with 142 yards to the green. He had faith in his 9-iron and landed on the green, again only about four feet from hole, ensuring another birdie putt.

  “I got lucky and didn’t have to work too hard, pretty simple putts day for me today,” Meisenzahl stated.

  Meisenzahl along with 71 other players will be playing at the Open Championship set for July 21 at Philmont Country Club (North).

  “I’m just excited to play with the best [players] in the area. Winning means hanging with the best of the best, and competing with the best, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Meisenzahl said.

Qualifiers

Name

Club

Out

In

Total

(a) Mike Meisenzahl

Hidden Creek Golf Club

35

34

69

Mark Parson

Hidden Creek Golf Club

36

35

71

Rick Hughart

Tavistock Country Club

37

34

71

(a) James Gillespie

Wedgwood Country Club

38

35

73

(a) Rick Hendrickson

Hidden Creek Golf Club

36

37

73

(a) Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

37

37

74

(a) Ryan McCarty

Little Mill Country Club

38

36

74

(a) Rich Thon

The Springhaven Club

38

37

75

Joey Pohle

Philadelphia Cricket Club

35

40

75

(a) Matt Raudenbush

Pine Valley Golf Club

37

38

75

Sean Driscoll

Hidden Creek Golf Club

39

36

75

Barry Dear

Garrisons Lake Golf Club

37

38

75

(a) Brian Herman

Merchantville Country Club

36

39

75

(a) John Langlas

Hidden Creek Golf Club

39

37

76

George Frake, II

Little Mill Country Club

41

35

76

Andy Watters

Lu Lu Country Club

38

38

76

(a) William Bello

Metedeconk National Golf Club

36

40

76

(a) Peter Barron, III

Stone Harbor Golf Club

37

39

76

(a) Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

40

36

76

*(a) Todd Vonderheid

Huntsville Golf Club

37

40

77

 

Alternates (in order)

*Ben Debski

Hidden Creek Golf Club

39

38

77

*Tom Gilbert

Gulph Mills Golf Club

36

41

77

*(a) Tom DiCinti

Links Golf Club

37

40

77

*(a) Travis Gahman

Philadelphia Publinks GA

39

38

77

 

Failed to qualify

*Ryan Owens

Greate Bay Country Club

37

40

77

*Jakob Gerney

DuPont Country Club

38

39

77

(a) Geoffrey Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

39

39

78

J.R. Delich

Applebrook Golf Club

38

40

78

Christopher Fintus

Little Mill Country Club

38

40

78

(a) Andrew Harmer

The Springhaven Club

41

37

78

(a) Jeff Klagholz

Rolling Green Golf Club

40

38

78

Michael Little

Rolling Green Golf Club

39

39

78

(a) Shawn Lavin

Philadelphia Publinks GA

40

38

78

(a) P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

41

37

78

(a) Edward Woehlcke

Cedarbrook Country Club

37

41

78

Matthew Moroz

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

36

42

78

(a) Fran Begley

Wedgwood Country Club

40

39

79

Eric Figueroa

McCall Golf & Country Club

39

40

79

Dennis Strigh

Frog Rock Country Club

42

37

79

(a) Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

40

39

79

(a) Brad McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

41

38

79

(a) Tom Shin

Laurel Creek Country Club

39

40

79

Scott Kirkwood

Metedeconk National Golf Club

39

40

79

(a) Tom Borsello

White Clay Creek Country Club

39

41

80

Tyler Johnson

Talamore Country Club

42

38

80

(a) Gerry Baldachino

Old York CC at Chesterfield

39

41

80

(a) Chris Hunger

Wedgwood Country Club

40

41

81

(a) Jeffrey Angelucci

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

42

39

81

(a) Brian Dobisch

Talamore Country Club

40

41

81

(a) Chris Strasinski

Concord Country Club

39

42

81

(a) Phillip Villari, Jr.

Riverton Country Club

38

43

81

(a) Tim McNerney

Philadelphia Publinks GA

42

39

81

(a) Beau Guarino

Little Mill Country Club

40

41

81

Daniel Malley

Paxon Hollow Country Club

38

43

81

(a) Kevin Genuardi

Cedarbrook Country Club

41

41

82

John Shapcott

Meadowlands Country Club

39

43

82

(a) Zachary Davis

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

40

42

82

(a) Jeffrey Romines

Philadelphia Publinks GA

38

44

82

(a) Matthew Gaffney

Little Mill Country Club

40

42

82

(a) Bill Turner

Philadelphia Publinks GA

43

40

83

Casey O'Reilly

West Chester Golf & Country Club

41

42

83

(a) John McNiff

Sunnybrook Golf Club

42

41

83

(a) Dino Stathis

Metedeconk National Golf Club

41

42

83

(a) Jonathan Hoffman

Philmont Country Club

39

44

83

Jim Baer

Bidermann Golf Club

42

41

83

(a) Dan Drazen

Little Mill Country Club

41

42

83

(a) Harry Lore

Little Mill Country Club

41

43

84

(a) Brian Kreamer

Bala Golf Club

40

44

84

Jim Smith, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

43

41

84

(a) John Simone

Philmont Country Club

44

40

84

(a) Mike Emory

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

43

41

84

(a) Michael Shenkman

The ACE Club

44

41

85

(a) Fred Hartwell, Jr.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

44

41

85

(a) Michael O'Keefe

Little Mill Country Club

44

42

86

(a) Eric Chipin

Philmont Country Club

42

44

86

(a) Peter Eiler

Commonwealth National Golf Club

42

44

86

James Shukdinas

Riverton Country Club

46

40

86

(a) Andrew Lombard

The Springhaven Club

43

45

88

(a) Grant Thorell

Philadelphia Cricket Club

45

43

88

(a) Pat Pasquariello

Philadelphia Country Club

43

45

88

(a) Max Hirsh

Plymouth Country Club

45

43

88

(a) Edward Goldstein

The ACE Club

46

42

88

(a) Douglas Rodio

Laurel Creek Country Club

47

42

89

(a) Bradley Roberts

Wedgwood Country Club

47

42

89

(a) James Denon, Jr.

The Springhaven Club

43

47

90

(a) William Hoese

Links Golf Club

44

46

90

(a) Steve Levine

Greate Bay Country Club

46

45

91

(a) Jack Rosenberg

Waynesborough Country Club

49

43

92

(a) John Patton

Little Mill Country Club

46

48

94

(a) Phillip DiGiacinto

Sand Barrens Golf Club

50

47

97

(a) Andrew Dietz

Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

WD

WD

(a) James Arsenault

Little Mill Country Club

WD

WD

WD

(a) Patrick O'Brien

North Hills Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Ted Robinson

Hersheys Mill Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

(a) Arthur Kania, Jr.

Merion Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

 

*-determined in playoff

(a)-denotes amateur

WD-withdrawal

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