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*VIDEO: Open Championship

Links GC’s Quinn nabs Open title in playoff

  HAVERTOWN, Pa.–David Quinn, the golf director of Links GC, shocked even himself, defeating Mike Ladden, an assistant professional at Philadelphia CC, in a four-hole aggregate playoff for the 102nd Open Championship on Wednesday at a perfectly manicured Llanerch CC (par 71, 6,727 yards).

KYLE DAVIS
  In the playoff, Quinn finished the four holes in 1-under par (par, birdie, par, par) while Ladden totaled a 1-over-par score (birdie, bogey, bogey and conceded par).

  Both Quinn and Ladden finished the 36-hole stroke play championship tied at 3-under-par 139.

  This was the first Open Championship playoff since 2002 and the first for both players.

  “I don’t know what it is about a Golf Association of Philadelphia event, from the Amateur to the Junior to the Open, but every single person knows who wins these events,” said Quinn, 40, of Marlton, N.J. “For a club professional this is one of our Majors. We have the Philadelphia Open, New Jersey Open, Section Championship and Haverford Trust. This is what we prepare for. [To me] this is like a U.S. Open.

  “I’ve really been struggling this year. Golf has taken a back seat to family. I’ve only had a couple of [competitive] rounds in the 60s. Every spare hour, I’ve been trying stuff, trying to find something out. I’ve been looking at tapes of old swings and trying to pick up certain things. I haven’t really had time to practice If I don’t win [a Major] it’s been a bad year.”

  Ladden, 29, of East Norriton, Pa., was the tough luck loser.

  “It would’ve been great to win, but I hung in there for 36 holes and that’s a great accomplishment. Hopefully, there’ll be many more [chances].”

  Even in defeat, it’s been a spectacular week for the Ladden household. Wife Laura captured her fifth Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championship last Friday.

  Kyle Davis of Fieldstone GC, the reigning Amateur Champion, took low Amateur honors at 1-under-par 141. Barry Dear, a professional from the South Jersey Golf Center, finished at even par to place fourth.

  Quinn earned $5,000 for the win. Ladden took home $4,000.

  In the playoff, Ladden birdied the first hole, No. 1 (par 4, 397 yards), with a 10-foot uphill putt to take a one-stroke advantage, but watched his approach on No. 2 (par 4, 432 yards) hop a foot or so into the back rough. Quinn nailed a 7-iron from 153 yards to about 10 feet and sank his putt for three and when Ladden failed to get up-and-down, Quinn went from one back to one ahead. Both players struggled off the tee on No. 3 (par 4, 467 yards), finding the right tree line, but Quinn pitched it to the bottom of the hill about 35 yards from the hole and then knocked that chip to inches. Ladden pitched out and had 80 yards left but again couldn’t get up-and-down.

  On No. 18 (par 4, 298 yards), the final playoff hole, both players found the fairway and the green in regulation. Quinn had about 35 feet up the hill and rolled it up to inches.

  “I have a lot of experience in these things and [going into the playoff I had] the same feeling I get at a [PGA] Tour event or a Nationwide event,” said Quinn. “You just have to suck it up and deal with it.” Quinn has also played in the last four national Club Professional Championships (now called the PGA Professional National Championship).

  To even make the playoff, both players displayed a certain level of guile.

  Quinn carded a 1-under-par 70 in his first round despite starting his day with three bogeys in the first four holes. He battled back to make the turn at 1-over-par 37 and then registered birdies on Nos. 10 (par 4, 441 yards) and 13 (par 4, 346 yards).

  His second round was a stroke better with four birdies and two bogeys. He just missed a lengthy birdie chance by inches on his 17th hole, No. 8 (par 3, 221 yards), which would have given him the outright lead, and most likely win, and made a solid two putt on No. 9 (par 5, 490 yards) to force a playoff.

  Ladden, first to post a final score, opened his first round with a double bogey, but, too, made the turn at 1-over par 37. Six pars and a bogey opened his back nine before Ladden nailed a 20-foot right to left birdie chance on No. 17 (par 3, 150 yards). On the 18th hole, Ladden found gold when he jarred a sand wedge from 64 yards for eagle on the difficult closing hole. He went from 1-over par to 2 under in just two holes.

  “That got things really going,” said Ladden.

  He continued that momentum in round two with a birdie on his opening hole, the 10th, and made the turn at 2-under par after his first nine of the second 18 holes and 4-under par for the tournament. He got it to 5-under par with a three on the par 4, first hole, but dropped a shot with a bogey on No. 2 and another on No. 8, that as a result of a poor tee shot. He sank a testy five-foot par chance on his final hole, the ninth, to post a 3-under-par score.

  Early on Davis appeared to have the championship in control with a two-shot advantage over Ladden and the rest of the field heading to his ninth hole of the second round, No. 18. However, a poor drive into the left tree line by Davis resulted in a chip out and a three putt resulted in a double bogey. Another bogey on No. 1 kept Davis’ mojo heading in the wrong direction and he never recovered.

  The Open Championship field is comprised of 15 amateurs from the Golf Association of Philadelphia and 45 professionals from the Philadelphia Section of the PGA.

  NOTES: Five amateurs finished in the top 10, included the past two Amateur Championship titleholders, Davis (2006) and Clint Deibert of Doylestown CC (2005) … Chris Lange of Overbrook GC, the last amateur to win the Open in 2004, tied for seventh place … The top 15 professionals receive prize money. The total purse for the Open was $25,380.

Name

Club

1st

2nd

Total

*David Quinn

Links Golf Club

70

69

139

Michael Ladden

Philadelphia Country Club

69

70

139

(a) Kyle Davis

Fieldstone Golf Club

68

73

141

Barry Dear

South Jersey Golf Center

71

71

142

(a) Clint Deibert

Doylestown Country Club

72

71

143

Rich Steinmetz

Spring Ford Country Club

70

73

143

(a) Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

73

71

144

David McNabb

Cavaliers Country Club

71

73

144

(a) Billy Stewart

Llanerch Country Club

71

74

145

(a) James Sullivan, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

70

146

John Allen

Sunnybrook Golf Club

75

71

146

George Forster

Radnor Valley Country Club

73

73

146

Vince Ramagli

Burlington Country Club

75

71

146

Robert Shuey

Bens Power Golf Learning Ctr.

72

74

146

Terry Hertzog

Bent Creek Country Club

72

75

147

Stuart Ingraham

Overbrook Golf Club

74

73

147

Steve Madsen

Wilmington Country Club

72

75

147

Mark Sheftic

Sunnybrook Golf Club

74

73

147

(a) Stephen Arnold

Yardley Country Club

68

80

148

(a) John Sawin

Merion Golf Club

75

73

148

Donald DeAngelis

Woods Golf Center, Inc.

75

73

148

J.R. Delich

Unattached

75

73

148

Thomas Ryan

The Springhaven Club

75

73

148

William Sautter

Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

75

148

John Pillar, Sr.

Country Club at Woodloch Springs

74

75

149

Orist Wells, Jr.

Pitman Golf Club

76

73

149

(a) Douglas Zelner

Coatesville Country Club

75

75

150

(a) Steve Owens

Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

77

150

John DiMarco

Laurel Creek Country Club

76

74

150

Gregory Farrow

Deerwood Country Club

75

75

150

Brian Kelly

Bucknell Golf Club

79

71

150

Gregg Meyer

Riverview Country Club

78

72

150

(a) Christopher Ault

Yardley Country Club

75

76

151

Peter Carmain

French Creek Golf Club

76

75

151

(a) Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

74

78

152

Adam Corson

Penn State University

81

71

152

Brian Meyer

The Club at Patriots Glen

78

74

152

Michael Moses

Concord Country Club

76

76

152

Justin Thompson

Pine Valley Golf Club

77

75

152

(a) Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

78

75

153

Graham Dendler

Merion Golf Club

77

76

153

Dave Roberts

Cedarbrook Country Club

76

77

153

(a) Sean Leonard

Tavistock Country Club

77

77

154

Paul Oglesby

Merion Golf Club

81

73

154

David Olexson

Lehigh Country Club

74

80

154

Robert Lennon

Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

78

77

155

George Frake, II

Little Mill Country Club

77

79

156

John Appleget

Harbor Pines Golf Club

76

82

158

Hugh Reilly

Twining Valley Golf Club

82

76

158

Sean Smyth

Lebanon Country Club

77

81

158

(a) Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

81

78

159

(a) Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

78

161

Gary Hardin

Northampton Country Club

81

80

161

Eric McNamee

Chester Valley Golf Club

87

77

164

John Diamond

JC Melrose Country Club

84

81

165

Paul Galczyk

Westover Inn & Golf Club

84

81

165

John Tyrell

Running Deer Golf Club

83

82

165

Butch Johnson

Concord Country Club

81

85

166

Benjamin Lesniak

Llanerch Country Club

82

85

167

Michael Mack

Burlington Country Club

81

WD

WD

 

WD-withdrawal

(a)-amateur

*-won in playoff

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