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Moorestown Field Clubís Schmehl eagles
final hole for Christman Cup victory

  GULPH MILLS, Pa.ĖEric Schmehl of Moorestown Field Club didnít need or want the extra time on Friday afternoon, but a drenching thunderstorm forced an 1:30 delay to his possible tournament clinching eagle chance. An opportunity he knew would result in the biggest victory of his career in the 6th Christman Cup at Gulph Mills GC.

  "I was thinking about how it was going to break and how the water was going to affect the speed," said Schmehl, 17, of Shamong, N.J. "Sitting for an hour messes with youíre head a little bit.

  "[Then] before play restarted, I stood over the putt and visualized what it was going to do."

  What it did was go in.

  Schmehl canned the 30-foot uphill, 1Ĺ cup right to left breaker on No. 18 (par 5, 431 yards) and walked away in disbelief.

  "It was a little skill and a little luck," said the stunned Schmehl of the putt. "I realized the situation. I needed to two putt for the playoff so I didnít try anything crazy. I knew if I could two putt I could have another chance to win later on."

  The Seneca High School senior raised an arm and smiled when the putt dropped. The eagle also clinched the Harry Hammond Award (see below).

  Schmehl carded a morning round even-par 71 and was a shot behind first-round leader Tony Perla of Radnor Valley CC after 18 holes. Jason Cohan of The ACE Club was in second place with a 1-under 70.

  However, the heat and pressure started to take its toll. Perla fell back to the pack, and Cohan, who made the afternoon turn at 1-under-par 34, went double-bogey, bogey on Nos. 10 (par 4, 411 yards) and 11 (par 4, 318 yards). He eventually finished with an even-par 71 and held the lead until Schmehlís heroics.

  Schmehl, too, made the second-round turn in 1-under-par 34. He moved to 2-under through 15 holes with birdies on Nos. 14 (par 3, 183 yards) and 15 (par 4, 394 yards) before the thoughts of a potential victory creeped into his mind.

  "I started getting nervous," said Schmehl, whose father Butch has been the head professional at Moorestown Field Club for the last 20 years. "I got a little too tentative on 16 (par 4, 400 yards) and blocked my drive into the trees and on 17 (par 3, 211 yards) I landed my 5-iron on the down slope and it rolled to the back of the green. Then I three putted."

  Schmehl made bogeys on both those holes before heading to 18.

  He hit his 19-degree rescue club into the right rough off the tee. He used the same club for his second shot and landed it about 15 yards short of the putting green. It rolled up, about three feet on and left him that eagle chance.

  Cohan finished in second-place at 1-under par (70-71) and Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC placed third (73-72).

  "This is a good event with a lot of solid local players," said Cohan, 16, of Wayne, Pa. "I didnít look at the scoreboard. I went out and wanted to have fun and play a round like I do with my friends."

Harry Hammond Award
  The Christman Cup also serves as the final two rounds for the Harry Hammond Award. The Harry Hammond is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys' Championship and the two rounds of the Christman Cup.

  Schmehl defeated Perla by four strokes for the Award.

Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

Eric Schmehl

Moorestown Field Club

71

69

140

Jason Cohan

The ACE Club

70

71

141

Cole Willcox

Philadelphia Country Club

73

72

145

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

70

146

Tony R. Perla

Radnor Valley Country Club

69

77

146

Michael J. Gross

Glenmaura National Golf Club

74

74

148

James Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

75

75

150

Jordan Wycoff

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

79

75

154

Reed M. Valutas

Overbrook Golf Club

80

74

154

Brian C. Creghan

Plymouth Country Club

77

77

154

Richard J. Marabella

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

76

154

Philip J. Bartholomew

Yardley Country Club

79

76

155

Samuel Ryder

Aronimink Golf Club

74

81

155

Chip Culp

Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

76

155

Duncan Zeiders

Old York Road Country Club

80

75

155

Nicholas DeLuca

Lookaway Golf Club

77

79

156

Stephen Dressel

Spring Ford Country Club

75

81

156

Jason Bernstein

White Manor Country Club

83

75

158

Daniel Rexon

Tavistock Country Club

79

80

159

Erik Fischer

Merion Golf Club

83

76

159

Michael Kania

Overbrook Golf Club

84

76

160

Grant L. Gaugler, III

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

79

81

160

Colin P. Smith

Radley Run Country Club

85

76

161

Zach Smith

Doylestown Country Club

85

79

164

Cory Siegfried

Philadelphia Country Club

77

87

164

Christopher A. Gunsel

Spring Mill Country Club

88

87

175

Dan Gallagher

Riverton Country Club

88

WD

WD

Adam Pifer

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

80

WD

WD

 

WD-withdrawal

Harry Hammond Award standings

 
 

Junior

Christman Cup

 
 

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

Eric Schmehl, Moorestown Field Club

77

71

69

217

Tony Perla, Radnor Valley Country Club

75

69

77

221

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

76

70

223

Cole Willcox, Philadelphia Country Club

82

73

72

227

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

77

75

75

227

Samuel Ryder, Aronimink Golf Club

73

74

81

228

Brian Creghan, Plymouth Country Club

74

77

77

228

Stephen Dressel, Spring Ford Country Club

73

75

81

229

Jason Bernstein, White Manor Country Club

71

83

75

229

Duncan Zeiders, Old York Road Country Club

76

80

75

231

Michael Gross, Glenmaura National Golf Club

84

74

74

232

Philip Bartholomew, Yardley Country Club

77

79

76

232

Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

78

76

232

Reed Valutas, Overbrook Golf Club

78

80

74

232

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

75

84

76

235

Grant Gaugler, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76

79

81

236

Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

79

75

237

Chip Culp, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

79

76

237

Erik Fischer, Merion Golf Club

80

83

76

239

Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

86

79

80

245

Cory Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club

85

77

87

249

Christopher Gunsel, Spring Mill Country Club

92

88

87

267

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