Hartefeld members headline Mid.-Am. Qualifier at White Clay Creek
WILMINGTON, Del. â€” A pair of Hartefeld National members shared the spotlight in a Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier, presented by Callaway Golf, at White Clay Creek Country Club (par 72, 6,527 yards). Tom Borsello and Ronald Jamarowicz carded respective 2-over-par 74s to top the 55-player field Saturday.
They grabbed two of 15 qualifying spots and ties available for the Championship proper, presented by Callaway Golf. It will take place May 21-22 at Gulph Mills Golf Club.
At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 78.
Experience benefited the medalists from Delaware. Borsello, of Wilmington, Del., belonged to White Clay Creek for two years. Jamarowicz, of Newark, Del., previously played the course on five occasions.
â€śYou just have to know where to miss it to give yourself an up-and-down,â€ť Borsello, the 2010 Warner Cup (Gross) Champion, said. â€śItâ€™s a course that requires knowledge to play it well.â€ť
â€śThe course was in great shape,â€ť Jamarowicz, 47, added. â€śThe greens were beautiful. I hit the ball well today.â€ť
Both Borsello and Jamarowicz fired two birdies apiece on the day. The former drilled an 8-iron 142 yards to 12 feet on No. 2 (356 yards) and converted a right-to-left breaker. On No. 18 (322 yards), Borsello, 60, lofted a wedge 67 yards to five feet.
â€śI hit it just perfect, right on that hump where it had to kick right,â€ť he said of the approach. â€śIf I hit over that hump itâ€™s gone. I knew that.â€ť
Three-putts on Nos. 3 (par 5, 554 yards), 14 (par 4, 370 yards) and 17 (par 3, 150 yards) resulted in bogeys for Borsello. On No. 6 (par 4, 425 yards), he pulled an upwind 2-hybrid from 204 yards into the left bunker, splashed out and missed a 12-footer for par.
In November 2012, Borsello fractured his vertebrae during a dirt bike race. The injury shelved competitive golf for the majority of the 2013 tournament season. Borsello returned to championship form by capturing the Delaware State Golf Associationâ€™s Senior Amateur in late August.
â€śMy outlook now is Iâ€™m thankful to be walking,â€ť he said. â€śThis is all bonus golf for me. Iâ€™m blessed. Iâ€™m looking forward to competing again. Iâ€™m playing better now than I have in the last five or six years. I feel like I want to play again. Iâ€™ve got some desire.â€ť
A desire for competitive golf is apparent with Jamarowicz. He spent 45 minutes on the practice green before teeing off at White Clay Creek.
â€śI didnâ€™t know what to expect. I wanted to get a feel for how they were rolling here,â€ť he said.
The preparation paid off. Back-to-back birdies moved Jamarowicz into red figures early. He hit a 5-iron to 20 feet on the par 3, 183-yard No. 7. On No. 8 (par 5, 490 yards), Jamarowicz just missed the green with a 3-iron from 207 yards. A delicate flop shot led to a manageable six-footer. The next par 5 spoiled Jamarowiczâ€™s subpar score, though. His 3-iron from 205 yards on No. 10 (par 5, 549 yards) caught a hillside and bounced into the hazard, which ultimately resulted in a double bogey.
Jamarowicz is excited to experience Gulph Mills.
â€śI never played the course before. I hear itâ€™s a beautiful track,â€ť he said.
The Golf Association of Philadelphiaâ€™s Middle-Amateur Championship 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 Associationâ€™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.
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