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Overbrook Golf Club’s Sean Fahey sinks his birdie putt on No. 13.

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Amateurs Fahey, Owens head Open Qualifier at Woodcrest

  CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Overbrook Golf Club’s Sean Fahey and Wildwood Golf & Country Club’s Steve Owens withstood 100-degree temperatures and carded respective 2-under-par 69s to share medalist honors in an Open Championship Qualifier at Woodcrest Country Club (par 71, 6,488 yards) Wednesday. Fahey and Owens, along with eight others, advanced to the Championship proper, set for July 23 at the pristine Pine Valley Golf Club. At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 72.

   “It feels great,” Fahey said. “I’ve had a couple of friends who’ve gotten the invitation to play there. I’ve been really jealous of them. Now I’ll be able to get on that course, which is obviously the best in the country.”

  “This is my second time playing in [the Open Championship],” Owens, 45, of Philadelphia, Pa., added. “It feels great.”

  Fahey is off to a scorching start in 2012. The Villanova, Pa. resident qualified for match play in the Association’s Amateur Championship last week at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

   “I worked a lot over the winter with Brian Quinn [Temple University’s golf coach], and he helped me a lot,” the soft-spoken 16 year-old said. “I’ve been hitting it really well over the last couple of months. Whenever my putter seems good, I seem to play really well.”

  Fahey, a semifinalist in the 2011 Junior Boys’ Championship, assembled a modest outward campaign Wednesday, mixing a bogey and a birdie with seven pars. On the par 5, 521-yard No. 2, Fahey steered his drive into the left tree-line. He pitched out to the fairway, flew a 9-iron 150 yards over the green and failed to get up-and-down for par. After flighting a drive over the trees on No. 8 (par 4, 420 yards), Fahey smacked a sand wedge 100 yards to four feet below the flagstick and cleaned up the birdie putt.

  Fahey kept his nerves in check and continued his red figure rhythm on No. 11 (par 5, 503 yards). He hammered a hybrid 220 yards and watched his golf ball “hit something hard,” which halted its momentum and allowed it to rest 15 feet from the jar. Fahey then two-putted for birdie. On the par 3, 180-yard 13th hole, he drew a 6-iron to seven feet above the flagstick and drained the downhill, right-to-left breaker for birdie.

   “I just started it on the line and it broke right in,” he said.

  Fahey drilled a 6-iron 185 yards and dropped a six-footer over the right edge for a 3 on No. 16 (par 4, 409 yards). He ended with an ultimately meaningless bogey on the par 5, 560-yard 18th hole. Fahey attempted to punch a 4-iron under a tree following a poor drive, but only advanced his golf ball into the first cut. Fahey elected to lay up short of the water hazard with a 9-iron, nuked a gap wedge over the green and nearly holed a downhill putt for par.

  Fahey will travel to Peddie Golf Club tomorrow to compete in a U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier.

   “It will be 72 holes in three days,” Fahey, who competed in a Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship Qualifier at Concord Country Club yesterday, said. “I’ll be a little tired, but we’ll see how it goes.”

  Owens’ round mirrored Fahey’s: four birdies and two bogeys. He registered consecutive red figures on Nos. 3 (par 3, 163 yards) and 4 (par 5, 512 yards). Owens left a 7-iron 15 feet right of the No. 3 hole location and converted the right-to-left-curler for birdie. He stopped a 60-degree wedge at eight feet on No. 4. Owens crushed a hybrid more than 200 yards to 15 feet and two-putted for a 4 on No. 11. A 5-iron to 25 feet above the No. 13 flagstick resulted in birdie No. 4 on the day.

  Owens, an inspector for a taxi cab and limousine enforcement, doesn’t play a lot of competitive golf annually, but the Open and its backdrop inspired an appearance Wednesday. He qualified for the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

  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 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

(a) Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

69

(a) Steve Owens, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

69

(a) Matthew Finger, Woodcrest Country Club

70

(a) Ryan O'Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club

70

(a) Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club

71

(a) Geoffrey Cooper, Links Golf Club

71

*(a) James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

72

*(a) Paul Tighe, Little Mill Country Club

72

*(a) Cory Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club

72

*Don Allan, Woodcrest Country Club

72

 

Alternates (in order)

*(a) James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

72

*(a) Anthony Ventura, Greate Bay Country Club

73

 

Failed to qualify

*George Frake, II, Little Mill Country Club

73

*(a) Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

73

(a) Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club

74

(a) Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club

74

Robert Hennefer, Links Golf Club

75

Michael Little, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

(a) Jay Rubenstein, Saucon Valley Country Club

75

(a) Elias Chua, Fieldstone Golf Club

75

(a) Matt Raudenbush, Tavistock Country Club

75

John DiMarco, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

(a) Karl Nutt, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

Rick Hughart, Tavistock Country Club

76

Mark Bixler, Pine Valley Golf Club

76

David Taraschi, Merchantville Country Club

76

(a) Amory Davis, Bidermann Golf Club

76

(a) Matt Brainard, Loch Nairn Golf Club

76

(a) Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

(a) Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

77

James Austin, Five Ponds Golf Club

77

(a) Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club

77

(a) Marty Crounse, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77

Jason Panter, White Oaks Country Club

77

Jeff Breiner, Carlisle Country Club

77

Corey Katzen, Tavistock Country Club

77

(a) Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

77

Terry Hertzog, Bent Creek Country Club

77

Mark Parson, Greate Bay Country Club

77

(a) Frank Savarese, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

(a) Eric Spiller, Woodcrest Country Club

78

(a) Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

78

(a) Troy Vannucci, Burlington Country Club

78

(a) Robert Kownacky, Laurel Creek Country Club

78

(a) Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

78

(a) Rob Singer, Little Mill Country Club

78

(a) Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

(a) Denis Dotson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78

Graham Dendler, Trenton Country Club

78

(a) Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

79

(a) Troy Miller, Back Creek Golf Club

79

Jeffrey Bonicky, Sea Oaks Golf Club

79

(a) Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club

79

(a) David Atkinson, Llanerch Country Club

79

(a) Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club

79

Brad Hare, Medford Lakes Country Club

79

(a) Zachary Pogust, The ACE Club

79

Tom Gilbert, Gulph Mills Golf Club

79

Kevin Melrath, Linfield National Golf Club

79

(a) Garrett Conway, Burlington Country Club

80

(a) Scott Bergson, Little Mill Country Club

80

(a) Adam Warner, Rancocas Golf Club

80

(a) Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

(a) Charles Scalzott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

(a) Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

(a) William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club

80

(a) Mark Agnew, Hartefeld National

80

(a) Vincent A. Scarpetta, Jr., Glenmaura National Golf Club

81

(a) Vince Scarpetta, Glenmaura National Golf Club

81

(a) Brian Herman, Merchantville Country Club

81

(a) Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club

81

(a) Gene Martin, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

(a) Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club

81

(a) Tom Shin, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

(a) Bill Moule, Links Golf Club

81

(a) David Dorey, Tavistock Country Club

81

(a) Steven Passalacqua, Wedgwood Country Club

81

(a) Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club

81

(a) Christopher Lucarelli, Country Club of Scranton

81

(a) Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

(a) Kyle Raudenbush, Tavistock Country Club

81

(a) Zachary Falone, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

(a) Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club

82

(a) Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club

82

(a) Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club

82

(a) L.J. Georgetti, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

82

(a) Vincent Sirianni, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

Doug Delaney, Sand Barrens Golf Club

82

(a) Reid Carnes, Sea Oaks Golf Club

82

(a) Mark Battista, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

(a) Rick Lynd, Running Deer Golf Club

83

(a) Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club

83

(a) Jordan Claffey, Philmont Country Club

83

(a) Mario Canal, Laurel Creek Country Club

84

(a) Rick Hendrickson, Hidden Creek Golf Club

84

(a) Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club

84

(a) Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club

84

(a) Matthew Scheeper, Running Deer Golf Club

84

(a) Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

(a) Robert Galbreath, Jr., Philmont Country Club

84

(a) Joseph Chiusano, Golden Pheasant Golf Club

84

(a) Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

84

(a) David Ripa, Running Deer Golf Club

85

(a) Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

85

(a) Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club

85

(a) Bruce Apple, Woodcrest Country Club

85

(a) Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

(a) Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

85

(a) Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club

85

Ronald Pine, Trenton Country Club

85

(a) Dominic Digiacomo, Greate Bay Country Club

85

(a) Jeff Newman, Little Mill Country Club

86

(a) Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club

86

(a) Greg Girone, Wedgwood Country Club

86

(a) Tanner Swanson, Penn Oaks Golf Club

86

(a) Matt Dieleuterio, Cavaliers Country Club

86

(a) Glenn Zuck, Galloway National Golf Club

86

(a) John Aloisio, Running Deer Golf Club

87

Eric Grossman, Laurel Creek Country Club

87

(a) Ivan McBride, Five Ponds Golf Club

87

Brian Levengood, Pine Valley Golf Club

87

(a) Douglas Rodio, Little Mill Country Club

88

(a) Chris Bevelheimer, Sakima Country Club

88

James Shukdinas, Dick's Sporting Goods

88

(a) Timothy Marshall, Inniscrone Golf Club

88

(a) John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

88

(a) John Volpe, Inniscrone Golf Club

88

(a) Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

88

Daniel Hoban, Middletown Country Club

89

(a) James Denon, Jr., The Springhaven Club

89

(a) Edward Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

89

(a) Scott Kalan, White Manor Country Club

89

(a) Robert Filipe, Jr., Laurel Creek Country Club

89

(a) Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

89

(a) Andrew Pierson, Merchantville Country Club

92

(a) Eric Miller, Penn Oaks Golf Club

92

(a) Jack Grasso, Sunnybrook Golf Club

92

(a) Derek Partin, White Oaks Country Club

102

(a) John Kappes, Wedgwood Country Club

NC

(a) John Moran, Middletown Country Club

WD

(a) Gerry Baldachino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

WD

(a) Gil Moniz, Jr., Running Deer Golf Club

NC

Pete Grundtisch, Sea Oaks Golf Club

NC

(a) Bradley Roberts, Wedgwood Country Club

WD

Michael Shenkman, The ACE Club

WD

Frank Hesson, Indian Spring CC

WD

(a) David Maslanka, Seaview Resort & Spa

WD

(a) William Voris, Galloway National Golf Club

WD

Marty Vybihal, The Club at Morgan Hill

WD

Steven Cuzzort, Back Creek Golf Club

WD

(a) Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

WD

Greg Keil, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

WD

 

NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

*-determined in playoff

(a)-denotes amateur

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