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Aug. 9, 2016

Gregor Orlando eyes his drive on No. 1 (par 4, 424 yards).

Cricket’s Orlando blooms in U.S. Mid-Amateur Qual. on home course

  FLOURTOWN, Pa. — Nothing like a walk-off ace to earn medalist honors and a trip to the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

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  Gregor Orlando experienced such a wild scenario on his home course Tuesday. The Philadelphia Cricket Club member notched a hole-in-one on No. 10 (par 3, 169 yards), his final hole in a U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at the Wissahickon Course (par 70, 6,938 yards). That conversion brought Orlando to the scorer’s table at 4-under-par 66, one clear of clubmate Andy Latowski.

  Fellow Cricketer John Brennan, a two-time club champion (2014-15), also advanced. Yardley Country Club’s Christopher Ault and DuPont Country Club’s Matthew Finger, along with out-of-towners Chris Cassetta of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Brian Payne of Flossmoor, Ill., rounded out the list of qualifiers.

  The U.S. Mid-Amateur will take place Sept. 10-15 at Stonewall.

  “The wind was a little into us, so I figured a low, cut 8-iron would be perfect there,” Orlando, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa., said of the ace. “The pin was all the way up front, so we actually couldn’t see it go in. It just cleared the bunker. Kirby [Martin, GAP Director of Competitions] comes flying around the bend and says, ‘I heard on the radio another hole-in-one was made. Was that you?’ I had no idea. It was pretty neat. I’m sure Andy’s not going to be happy when he lands to figure out that I clipped him by one with a walk-off ace.”

  Latowski, a Cricket member of five years who moved to San Francisco, Calif. in June 2015 for business purposes, posted a 3-under-par 67 in the morning.

  For Orlando, his sixth career hole-in-one came in a crucial setting. In invigorating fashion, he earned a spot in his first USGA championship on his home course.

  “I know where you can miss it and where you need to miss it big on a couple of holes,” Orlando, a Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine Player to Watch in 2016, said. “If you’re going to swing, you better make sure you’re getting it out there in the right spot. You miss these fairways and you’re in thick rough. It’s not fun.”

  Orlando, who started on No. 11 (par 4, 393 yards), birdied the par 5, 538-yard 12th hole to pop on the leaderboard. He “feather cut” a 5-wood from 258 yards and logged two putts from 15 feet. A steady stream of pars escorted Orlando to his next red figure. On No. 2 (par 4, 425 yards), he attacked a back left hole location with a pitching wedge from 153 yards. Orlando then dropped a downhill 15-footer on the low side.

  “That was a great feeling. I knew I had to keep it going because I saw a couple of scores out there that were pretty low,” he said.

  Hiccups on Nos. 5 (par 3, 214 yards) and 6 (par 4, 472 yards) halted Orlando’s momentum. He failed to get up-and-down for par from the right greenside bunker on No. 5 after catching the upslope with a 4-iron. Two left misses didn’t make a right number on No. 6, where Orlando carded another bogey. Feeling a sudden need for birdie, he unearthed one on the par 5, 550-yard No. 7. Orlando pummeled a 5-wood over the green, but flopped a wedge to 12 feet for a 4. Moments prior to the unprecedented finish, he fired a birdie on No. 9 (par 4, 372 yards), spinning a full 60-degree wedge 104 yards to two feet.

  “I felt like the pressure was a little off going into the last hole,” Orlando, who works in insurance, said. “When Kirby told me it went in on No. 10, that’s when I finally took a breath.”

  Orlando is in the midst of a stellar summer campaign. He posted a Top 5 finish in the Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf and reached the quarterfinals in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. Orlando attributes his success of late to Cricket’s talent base.

  “Every day on the weekends, we play and get matches going. It’s good to get the competitive juices flowing,” he said.

  Latowski flew into town on Friday and spent a good portion of the weekend at Philadelphia Cricket. He joined Orlando, Brennan and a handful of members in Tuesday’s field for a social/practice round on Sunday.

  “We have such a good group of guys who play out here. Just to see all of the guys from the GAP, it’s always a lot of fun to come back,” Latowski, 37, said. “I feel like I usually play pretty well out here. You don’t get a chance to play a golf tournament on your home course that often. It didn’t make a lot of sense to play in California. Now it feels good that I didn’t.”

  Latowski felt a calming weekend vibe with friend and member Cole Berman, a two-time GAP Major champion, on the bag Tuesday.

  “The course was a little soft, but the greens were pretty quick. It’s always in good shape here so it’s always fun to play out here,” he said. “I tried to play it like it was a normal Saturday round. [Caddie] Cole [Berman] was great. He read some greens for me too, which was fun. Out of the blue, he texted me the other day and asked if I wanted a caddie for today. I was like, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ It’s always good to have someone as good as him on the bag. We had a great time.”

  After looping for Latowski in the morning, Berman grabbed Brennan’s bag in the afternoon.

  “I played with Cole at Huntingdon Valley (Country Club) in the Patterson [Cup], and I was like, ‘Do you want to come out? Nobody knows the place better than you do,’” Brennan, 37, of Collegeville, Pa., said. “He was really motivating. It was awesome.”

  Brennan heads to his third U.S. Mid- Amateur (2012, 2014). Latowski will appear in his third (2006, 2014). He gained match play at Saucon Valley Country Club, where he fell in the quarterfinals to Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev., 7&6.

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia will administer a second U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier on Aug. 15 at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa.

NOTES
  Fog caused an hour and 45 minute delay in the morning … Orlando wasn’t the only Cricket member to register a hole-in-one Tuesday. G. Patrick Dougherty aced No. 10 with a 7-iron.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
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Qualifiers

Name, city, state

Score

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia, Pa.

66

Andy Latowski, San Francisco, Calif.

67

Chris Cassetta, Roanoke, Va.

69

Matthew Finger, Woolwich Township, N.J.

69

Brian Payne, Flossmoor, Ill.

70

Christopher Ault, Yardley, Pa.

71

John Brennan, Audubon, Pa.

71

 

Alternates (in order)

*Jack Wallace, Norristown, Pa.

72

*Tom Timby, Doylestown, Pa.

72

 

Failed to qualify

Joshua Isler, West Chester, Pa.

73

Mike Moffat, Warrington, Pa.

73

Robert Menefee, Potomac, Md.

73

Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia, Pa.

73

Michael Auerbach, Brooklyn, N.Y.

74

Zachary Falone, Mickleton, N.J.

74

Benjamin Feld, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

75

Brady Eckard, Hickory, N.C.

75

Chris Lawler, Philadelphia, Pa.

75

Eric Murphy, Solebury, Pa.

75

John Burke, III, Wilmington, Del.

75

Matthew Teesdale, Maple Glen, Pa.

75

Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia, Pa.

75

Steve Dressel, Wayne, Pa.

75

Brad Clark, Chapel Hill, N.C.

76

Dan Arison, Norristown, Pa.

76

Philip Rothermel, Lyons, Pa.

76

Steve Lubin, Doylestown, Pa.

76

Daniel Cappucci, Boston, Mass.

77

Ellis Chandler, New Holland, Pa.

77

Francisco Sojo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

77

Gary Schoeman, Philadelphia, Pa.

77

Greg O'Connor, Collegeville, Pa.

77

Jay Whitby, Wyoming, Del.

77

Joseph Dulka, West Chester, Pa.

77

Kevin Frost, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

77

Peter Pendergast, Wyomissing, Pa.

77

Rob Kilbride, Neptune, N.J.

77

Scott Cahayla, Wilmington, Del.

77

Scott Storck, Philadelphia

77

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Ivyland, Pa.

78

James White, San Angelo, Texas

78

Kurt Flionis, Boston, Mass.

78

Michael Carr, East Norriton, Pa.

78

Ryan Gelrod, Ambler, Pa.

78

Scott McLaughlin, Hatboro, Pa.

78

Tyler Glassman, New York, N.Y.

78

Cory Siegfried, Wayne, Pa.

79

Dean Park, Boise, Idaho

79

Dennis Bull, Norwalk, Iowa

79

Derek Rogers, New York, N.Y.

79

Mark Coassolo, Macungie, Pa.

79

Matt Anderson, West Lawn, Pa.

79

Nicholas Lukow, Whitehall, Pa.

79

Nick Caldwell, Boston, Mass.

79

Richard Hunter, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.

79

Robert Maguire, Wayne, Pa.

79

Ryan Riviezzo, Downingtown, Pa.

79

Scott Harrington, Emmaus, Pa.

79

Ty Krieger, Lancaster, Pa.

79

William Jeremiah, West Grove, Pa.

79

Brendan Borst, Philadelphia, Pa.

80

Edwin Brown, Milton, Del.

80

Jose Rovelli, Media, Pa.

80

Mario Dominguez, Buenos Aires, Argentina

80

Robert Savarese, Jr., Lafayette Hill, Pa.

80

Rodney James, Lenhartsville, Pa.

80

Ryan Doherty, Hoboken, N.J.

80

Gregory Shaw, Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y.

81

Mark McCormick, Hanover, Mass.

81

Michael Locastro, Paramus, N.J.

81

Ryan Carroll, Malvern, Pa.

81

Brian Devlin, Warminster, Pa.

82

Butch Silknitter, Spring City, Pa.

82

Charles Meadows, Phoenixville, Pa.

82

G. Patrick Dougherty, North Wales, Pa.

82

Johan Van Schalkwyk, Haddon Heights, N.J.

82

Johnny Chung, Skillman, N.J.

82

Kevin O'Brien, Philadelphia, Pa.

82

Kevin Silvestri, Marlboro, N.J.

82

Matt Mancini, Douglassville, Pa.

82

Rockland Bare, Lancaster, Pa.

82

Bobby Kershner, Limerick, Pa.

83

Jerry Newell, Wilmington, Del.

83

Kevin Maguire, Philadelphia, Pa.

83

Mark Chylinski, Pittsfield, Mass.

83

Ryan Orcutt, Bethlehem, Pa.

83

Timothy Wood, Abingdon, Md.

83

Jacob Brnich, Meadowbrook, Pa.

84

Marc Mandel, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

84

Michael Santerian, Villanova, Pa.

84

Rich Thon, Swarthmore, Pa.

84

Timothy Westfall, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

84

David Atkinson, Merion Station, Pa.

85

Harry Proietto, Norristown, Pa.

85

Mark Lovell, Wilmington, Del.

85

Duane Pinnock, Eagleville, Pa.

86

Geoffrey Demarco, Wappingers Falls, NY

86

Thomas Croker, Alexandria, Va.

86

Andrew Carnevale, Philadelphia, Pa.

87

Derek Schwendinger, Lawrenceville, N.J.

87

Brian Gardner, Olney, Md.

88

Chip Culp, Washington, D.C.

88

Gregory Bender, Downingtown, Pa.

90

Ari Flaisher, Ardmore, Pa.

91

Brian Davis, Glen Mills, Pa.

92

Daniel Rojas, Downingtown, Pa.

92

Patrick Gannon, Ambler, Pa.

92

Adam Schlanger, Manalapan, N.J.

WD

Brandon Detweiler, Lancaster, Pa.

WD

Brian Hale, Weehawken, N.J.

WD

Christopher Stout, Vienna, Va.

WD

Daniel Feeney, Ardmore, Pa.

WD

David Benzon, Chicago, Ill.

WD

David Guertler, Merchantville, N.J.

WD

Edward Conway, Horsham, Pa.

WD

Hal Hayes, Savannah, Ga.

NS

James Schmidt, Ambler, Pa.

WD

Jay Vasil, King of Prussia, Pa.

WD

Lance Oberparleiter, Blackwood, N.J.

WD

Matthew Kreuter, Penllyn, Pa.

WD

Mel Hughes, Lakewood, Colo.

WD

Michael Bowers, Bernville, Pa.

NS

Michael Gregor, Ambler, Pa.

WD

Michael Kania, Haverford, Pa.

WD

Robert Dietrich, Oxford, Pa.

WD

Robert Falls, West Chester, Pa.

NS

Robert Robertson, Philadelphia, Pa.

WD

Robert Wojczak, Maplewood, N.J.

WD

Tim Melancon, Baton Rouge, La.

WD

 

*-determined in playoff

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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