close_icon

Appleget, DiMarco in Open playoff

  PINE VALLEY, N.J.-John Appleget, a teaching pro at Blue Heron Pines GC, and John DiMarco, an assistant professional at Laurel Creek CC, will need one more day to determine the 2002 Philadelphia Open champion.

  In front of 1,900 spectators, each player carded 4-over-par 144s at Pine Valley Golf Club (par 70, 6,656 yards) on Monday and will return to decide the Open Championship on Tuesday in an 18-hole playoff beginning at 7:30 a.m. The format remains stroke play. If the duo remains tied after 18 holes, a sudden-death playoff will immediately follow.

  Though Pine Valley opened its gates to Open spectators for the first time since 1941, patrons will not be allowed on the course on Tuesday.

  "If I had to play against anybody it would be John DiMarco. He's a great player and a fine gentleman," said the soft-spoken Appleget, 37 of Dorothy, N.J. "To win this tournament, at a place like Pine Valley, would be the biggest victory of my career."

  "Winning this would be right there with my New Jersey Open championship and qualifying for the U.S. Open," said DiMarco, 40, of Moorestown, N.J. "It's great to just be in contention."

  Amateur Christopher Lange, a member of both Overbrook GC and Pine Valley GC, and Terry Hatch, a pro from Mountain Valley GC, finished in a tie for third at 5-over-par 145. Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford CC finished at 6 over to round out the top five.

  DiMarco started the earliest of the leaders, posting his afternoon 73 first. He carded a 71 in the morning, totaling four birdies and eight bogeys on the day.

  Safely in, and with the wind picking up ever so slightly, DiMarco found himself the clubhouse leader, though, at the time, tied with Appleget, Lange and Steinmetz at 4 over.

  Steinmetz, who started on No. 9, suffered bogeys on No. 5 (par 3, 232 yards) and a three putt from 10 feet on No. 6 (par 4, 388 yards), however, to dampen his chances.

  Lange, who fell in a playoff in 1992 to Frank Dobbs, found trouble with drives on No. 16 (par 4, 447 yards) and No. 18 (par 4, 434 yards). Both resulted in bogeys and eliminated any chance for the title.

  That left Appleget. With a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for the win, he left it a foot or so short.

  "I drove the ball real well," said Appleget. "I missed one fairway all day. Pine Valley is a course that has really withstood time and equipment. You have to hit a lot

of delicate shots into certain sections of the greens to give yourself a chance. I think our games fit this course well."

  Appleget almost eliminated himself from contention in his morning round with a shaky putter. Starting on No. 9 (par 4, 427 yards), he bogeyed four of his first eight holes. A birdie on No. 3 (par 3, 181 yards) righted the ship and Appleget finished with a 73 after another birdie and bogey. In the afternoon, he carded three birdies and four bogeys for a 71.

  This marked the return of the Open to Pine Valley GC for the first time since 1941. It was also played at what many publications rank as the top course in the world.

  The winner tomorrow will collect the largest payout in Philadelphia Open history, $7,035. The second-place finisher will take home, $5,925.

  Complete results follow:

Name

Club

Total

Rd1

Rd2

John Appleget

Blue Herron Pines GC

144

73

71

John DiMarco

Laurel Creek CC

144

71

73

Terry Hatch

Mountain Valley GC

145

72

73

a - Christopher Lange

Overbrook GC

145

72

73

Rich Steinmetz

Spring-Ford CC

146

73

73

Greg Farrow

Deerwood CC

148

77

71

Rob Shuey

GC At Felicita

148

79

69

a - Brian Gillespie

St. Davids GC

149

77

72

Pete Oakley

The Rookery

149

74

75

Dave Quinn

Centerton GC

149

75

74

Terry Hertzog

Gulph Mills GC

150

73

77

Frank Palumbo

Rolling Green GC

150

78

72

Donald DeAngelis

Island Green

151

77

74

Brian Kelly

Bucknell GC

151

78

73

Dave McNabb

Christiana CC

151

75

76

a - Michael Tash

Tavistock CC

151

76

75

Paul A. Oglesby

Merion GC

152

78

74

Andrew Uthoff

Marriotts Seaview

152

78

74

a - P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia CC

152

78

74

George Forster

Radnor Valley CC

153

73

80

a - William McGuinness

Tavistock CC

153

75

78

Ken Peyre-Ferry

Links GC

153

78

75

John Spina

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

153

74

79

a - Christian Bartolacci

Jericho National GC

154

80

74

John Francisco

Hershey Golf Club

154

73

81

Heath Davidson

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

155

75

80

a - Jamie Slonis

Tavistock CC

155

78

77

Chris Barletta

Indian Valley CC

156

84

72

Neil Maurer

Bear Trap Dunes

156

75

81

a - Tom Borsello

Fieldstone Golf Club

157

78

79

John Allen

Sunnybrook GC

158

77

81

Jeff Bonicky

Sea Oaks GC

158

76

82

Jack Brennan

Clinton CC

158

74

84

a - Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley CC

158

75

83

a - Christopher Binder

Laurel Creek CC

160

81

79

a - Mark Hunsicker

Philadelphia Publinks

160

78

82

a - Michael McDermott

Llanerch CC

160

77

83

Frank Nattle

Bellewood Golf Club

160

77

83

Jim Booros

Green Pond GC

161

80

81

Gary Hardin

Northampton CC

161

82

79

Stuart Ingraham

Overbrook GC

161

78

83

Mark Parisi

Christiana CC

161

81

80

a - James Macallister

Manufacturers G & CC

162

77

85

Joe Makowski

Little Mill CC

162

80

82

Mickey Sokalski

Philmont CC

162

78

84

Orist Wells

Pitman GC

162

82

80

Rick Osberg

Hartefeld National GC

163

83

80

David Smith, Jr.

Yardley CC

163

81

82

Steve Wager

Conestoga CC

163

79

84

Dale Loeslein

Deerfield G&TC

164

81

83

a - Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National GC

164

83

81

Vince Ramagli

Burlington CC

164

83

81

Joshua Lewis

Philadelphia Cricket Club

165

77

88

John Borrell

Cross Keys Golf

166

79

87

Mike Molino

Huntsville GC

171

86

85

Ryan Breidegam

Brookside CC

172

86

86

Jeff Haas

Lu Lu CC

172

82

90

a - Sean Seese

Huntingdon Valley CC

173

86

87

Mike Muldoon

Christiana CC

176

86

90

Mark Anderson

Heidelberg CC

177

88

89

[ Back ]