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Five Ponds GC's McIntyre tops Mid-Am Qualifier at Honeybrook GC

  HONEY BROOK, Pa. – Stephen McIntyre of Five Ponds GC carded a 1-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors in Wednesday’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier at a cold and damp Honeybrook GC (par 69, 6,022 yards).

  McIntyre led a field of 95 players attempting to earn one of 30 qualifying spots and ties available for the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 28th Middle-Amateur Championship set for May 25-26 at Laurel Creek CC.

Stephen McIntyre
  “I chipped well and was able to make some key putts,” the Glenmore, Pa. resident said. “I didn’t drive the ball that great, but I was able to grind it out on a bunch of putts that were for par saves.”

  McIntyre, 50, showcased finesse wedge-play on No. 8 (par 3, 205 yards). His 6-iron landed short and left of the green. McIntyre then grabbed his 58-degree wedge.

  “It was actually hole-high, but you had to come over that mound,” McIntyre said. “I lofted it up there. It hit soft next to the fringe and trickled down straight into the hole. I was like, ‘OK, that’s a plus.’”

  Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 (par 4, 280 yards) and 17 (par 3, 182 yards) cemented McIntyre’s status as medalist. He struck his 58-degree wedge 90 yards to eight-feet on the first. Course familiarity lent an assist on No. 17. McIntyre is a former Honeybrook member and two-time club champion.

  “I didn’t want to go long there because I know long is trouble,” he said. “So I hit 6-iron, and on the front of that green is a little downhill slope. If you hit that, the ball will run, and that’s exactly what I did. I had a little right-to-left putt. I played it right edge and it went in.”

  McIntyre has played in GAP tournaments since 1988. (“I’m a lifetime qualifier,” he said.) His best finish in the Middle-Amateur Championship came in 2009 at Tavistock CC, when he placed in the Top 35. McIntyre hopes to ride a wave of momentum into Laurel Creek.

  “I’m not driving the ball exceptionally well, and today, the course was set up shorter than it normally is,” he said. “The tees were up, so that really helped. I had really been struggling with that. My putting is getting better. That helped today.”

  At the end of the day, the cut line stopped at 76.

  Wednesday’s qualifier was the second of two Middle-Amateur Championship qualifiers used to determine who will play in the Championship later this month. Thirty-nine players qualified at an event held yesterday at Yardley CC.

  The GAP Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Am as a formal championship for post-college amateurs. The Association followed suit with the USGA in creating a Mid-Am, but initially differed in its administration of the tournament in a couple of respects.

  The most obvious difference was the age requirement. Prior to 2001, the GAP Mid-Am was for players 30 years of age and older.

  The Association’s Executive Committee reviewed and revised that age requirement in 2001 to match the USGA's guidelines of 25 years of age or older for eligible players. Also at that point, the Committee changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament (instead of a one-day medal play event) with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round. The field begins with 132 players. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Scores

Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club

68

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

69

Tom Carter, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club

71

Brian Foxx, Cherry Valley Country Club

71

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

72

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

72

Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club

72

Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

72

Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club

73

Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club

73

Robert Good, Merion Golf Club

73

Frank Savarese, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Matt Jasudowich, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

74

Scott Orr, Brookside Country Club

74

Alan Lazzarino, Loch Nairn Golf Club

75

George Griffaton, Brookside Country Club

75

Christopher Lucci, Brookside Country Club

75

John Murphy, II, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

75

Tim Freeh, Back Creek Golf Club

75

Gil Moniz, Jr., Running Deer Golf Club

76

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

76

Michael Evangelista, Concord Country Club

76

Kevin Hinkle, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Mike Amtsberg, Brookside Country Club

76

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Luis Diaz, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Jon Thomas, Back Creek Golf Club

76

Joe Frey, Edgmont Country Club

76

 

Failed to qualify

Tom Piersanti, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

77

Matt Brady, Penn Oaks Golf Club

77

Sean Sexton, Five Ponds Golf Club

77

Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club

77

Luke Zelten, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

77

Adam Mastone, Talamore Country Club

77

John Cobb, Tavistock Country Club

77

Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club

78

Dewey Burke, Gulph Mills Golf Club

78

Michael DiGiandomenico, French Creek Golf Club

78

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

79

Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club

79

Jordan Claffey, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

79

Todd Cappelli, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Kevin Dougher, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

79

Kevin Bair, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Kevin Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

79

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

79

Pete Zollers, Spring Ford Country Club

79

William Keane, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club

79

Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club

79

Michael Book, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Kevin Seese, Talamore Country Club

80

Philip Petroll, Penn Oaks Golf Club

80

Paul Kupcha, Fieldstone Golf Club

80

Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

80

Jack Clough, Wilmington Country Club

81

Brett Coddington, Brookside Country Club

81

Michael Rosci, Llanerch Country Club

82

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

82

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

82

Vincent Sardi, Cherry Valley Country Club

82

Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club

83

Jim Simmons, Stonewall

83

Zac Robertson, Edgmont Country Club

83

David O'Malley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83

J.T. Taylor, Blue Bell Country Club

84

Mike Breen, Honeybrook Golf Club

85

Dan Smith, Loch Nairn Golf Club

85

Matt Forgie, Penn Oaks Golf Club

85

James Della Guardia, Spring Ford Country Club

86

Dan Kilpatrick, Running Deer Golf Club

86

Ryan Luke, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

86

Richard Bass, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

Michael Schoedler, Five Ponds Golf Club

87

Bob Chupein, Penn Oaks Golf Club

88

Kevin Christine, Philadelphia Country Club

89

Lawrence Kelly, Whitford Country Club

89

Fred Luck, Spring Ford Country Club

90

Brian Sexton, Seaview Resort & Spa

90

Theodore Nunez, Philadelphia Publinks GA

94

Drew O'Neill, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

WD

Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club

NS

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

WD

Timothy Burns, Saucon Valley Country Club

NS

Buddy Reed, Back Creek Golf Club

WD

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

WD

 

NS - no show; WD - withdrawal

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