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Magnificent Miller captures 103rd Open Championship

  ARDMORE, Pa.ĖNot even an errant step could keep Mark Miller of Yardley CC from the 103rd Open Championship title and the biggest victory of his young, amateur career. Miller, 21, of Levittown, Pa., incurred a penalty stroke after moving his golf ball while searching for it in the right fescue on the 14th hole (par 4, 418 yards) but somehow kept his senses for a career-defining triumph on Monday at the fabled East Course of Merion GC (par 70, 6,654 yards).

  Miller finished at even-par 140 for the 36 holes (69-71) to edge Mark Sheftic (rounds of 70-71), an assistant professional at Sunnybrook GC, and the remainder of the 72-player field, by a stroke.

Mark Sheftic, an assistant at Sunnybrook GC,
signs his second-round scorecard. Sheftic
placed second in the Open, but took
home the top professional prize of $8,000.
  Millerís victory marked only the 12th time an amateur has captured the Open Championship. Chris Lange of Overbrook GC was the last to do so in 2004.

   "I didnít sign up because I didnít think I could win. I knew I just had to play well," said a surprising subdued Miller. " When I got up-and-down [on No. 14] from 75 yards for a bogey that was big."

  Miller, who had a three-shot lead at the time of the infraction, followed that bogey with a four on No. 15 (par 4, 416 yards) before uncharacteristically missing a two-foot par save on the treacherous 16th (par 4, 435 yards). Millerís lead had dwindled to a shot as Sheftic, who completed his final round a few hours earlier, sat and waited. On the intimidating 17th (par 3, 220 yards), Miller appeared to be in more trouble when his 4-iron landed some 40-feet short of the hole. His first putt didnít travel as expected and he was left with a left-to-right 12-footer, up a swale for par. He made it. That seemed to be a common thread in Millerís game all day. He converted almost every par saving opportunity he had.

Mark Miller watches his first putt on No. 18.
  "That was unbelievable. To be inside two feet and miss and to overcome that was pretty cool," said Miller. "I just said get over it. Itís over and done with and make up for it on the next two holes."

  On the difficult and historic 18th (par 4, 463 yards), Millerís drive was solid and found the right side of the fairway, ironically, stopping parallel to the Ben Hogan 1-iron plaque. And as that legendary figure did in 1950, Miller, too, found the green.

  Hogan two-putted for par to force a U.S. Open Championship playoff that year, in which he eventually won. Millerís 4-iron from 216 yards stopped about 40 feet left of the hole. He rolled it up to about four feet. His final stroke immediately sealing the victory and capping a final-round 1-under-par 69.

Mark Miller doing his best Ben
Hogan impression on No. 18.
  "My game plan wasnít going to change regardless of where I was on the scoreboard," said Miller, who is the first member of Yardley CC to ever win the Open. "I tried to hit greens and make some putts. I tried to play smart."

  Sheftic, a lifelong Hogan admirer, almost scripted his own magical ending when he drained a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish at 1-over par. Sheftic was rock solid tee-to-green all day.

  "Iíve always idolized [Ben] Hogan. When I was growing up my dad would sit down and watch tapes of Hogan over and over," said Sheftic, 32, of Ambler, Pa. "You walk down [the 18th fairway] and look at the plaque. It almost gives you a little chill up your back. [You say] wow this is where Hogan did it and I just birdied the 18th."

  Sheftic might not have earned the trophy, but he did finish as the low professional to earn the $8,000 first prize.

  This Open was the first solely administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia. The field size increased to 72 players from the customary 60 and offered the most lucrative purse in the history of the tournament, $40,000.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

  NOTESĖThe second round started with a compact leaderboard as 14 guys stood within four shots. As round two progressed, however, Sheftic and Miller separated themselves Ö the Golf Association of Philadelphia would like to thank Tweeter Entertainment for providing the plasma screens used for its live scoring.

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Mark Miller (a)

Yardley Country Club

71

69

140

Mark Sheftic

Sunnybrook Golf Club

70

71

141

Christopher Gray

Hartefeld National

73

70

143

Robert Robertson (a)

Sunnybrook Golf Club

72

73

145

Jeffrey L Griest (a)

Waynesborough Country Club

75

70

145

Christopher Lange (a)

Overbrook Golf Club

73

72

145

Stuart Ingraham

Overbrook Golf Club

69

76

145

David McNabb

Cavaliers Country Club

73

72

145

Kyle Davis (a)

Fieldstone Golf Club

73

73

146

Adam Corson

Toftrees Resort

73

73

146

Graham Dendler

Trenton Country Club

74

72

146

Rich Steinmetz

Spring Ford Country Club

71

76

147

Adam Cohan (a)

The ACE Club

71

76

147

John Michael Pelet (a)

Wyncote Golf Club

75

72

147

Jason Hrynkiw

Philadelphia Country Club

76

71

147

Andy Achenbach (a)

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

70

148

Brian Kelly

Bucknell Golf Club

76

72

148

George Forster

Radnor Valley Country Club

74

74

148

James Sullivan, Jr. (a)

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

74

148

Robert de Rojas (a)

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

71

149

Michael Ladden

Whitford Country Club

74

75

149

Rick Hughart

Tavistock Country Club

76

73

149

Brian Gillespie (a)

St. Davids Golf Club

76

73

149

Matt Raudenbush (a)

Pine Valley Golf Club

77

72

149

Jeffrey Haas

Lu Lu Country Club

77

72

149

Douglas Zelner (a)

Coatesville Country Club

78

72

150

John Pillar, Sr.

CC at Woodloch Springs

76

74

150

John DiMarco

Laurel Creek Country Club

78

72

150

Chip Lutz (a)

LedgeRock Golf Club

76

74

150

Barry Dear

South Jersey Golf Center

79

71

150

Michael Moses

Concord Country Club

73

77

150

Travis Deibert

Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

75

150

Gregory Farrow

Deerwood Country Club

80

71

151

John Appleget

Cape May National

76

75

151

Alan Borowsky (a)

White Manor Country Club

74

77

151

Paul Viola

Bethlehem Golf Club

76

75

151

Philip Bartholomew (a)

Yardley Country Club

73

78

151

Paul Oglesby

Merion Golf Club

73

78

151

Steve M. Cutler (a)

Hartefeld National

75

77

152

Terry Hatch

Hidden Valley Golf Course

78

74

152

Paul Rogowicz (a)

Yardley Country Club

78

75

153

Chris Anderson (a)

Wilmington Country Club

78

75

153

Sean Leonard (a)

Tavistock Country Club

78

75

153

David Quinn

Links Golf Club

77

76

153

Stephen Arnold (a)

Yardley Country Club

76

77

153

Cole Willcox (a)

Philadelphia Country Club

75

78

153

Billy McCrossan (a)

White Manor Country Club

78

75

153

James Kania, Jr. (a)

Overbrook Golf Club

78

76

154

David Olexson

Lehigh Country Club

80

74

154

Vince Ramagli

Burlington Country Club

75

79

154

Chris Gallagher (a)

Penn Oaks Golf Club

81

73

154

Michael McDermott (a)

Merion Golf Club

78

77

155

Robert Galbreath, Jr. (a)

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

79

156

Greg Wolfe (a)

Cavaliers Country Club

75

81

156

Logan Terry (a)

Plymouth Country Club

80

76

156

Terry Hertzog

Bent Creek Country Club

80

76

156

David Liotta (a)

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

77

157

Jeff LeFevre

Linwood Country Club

77

80

157

Anthony Bonargo

Bucks County Golf Club

78

79

157

Rob Shuey

Ben's Power Golf Learning Center

78

80

158

Scott Nye

Merion Golf Club

79

80

159

Donald DeAngelis

Woods Golf Center

80

80

160

Eric McNamee

Stonewall

78

83

161

Michael O'Keefe (a)

Little Mill Country Club

79

83

162

Jamie Slonis (a)

Tavistock Country Club

80

82

162

Andrew Lawson (a)

Hershey's Mill Golf Club

86

79

165

Ken Matt (a)

Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

82

165

Dan Haskell

Medford Lakes Country Club

84

82

166

Matthew Pesci (a)

Yardley Country Club

81

86

167

Mark Czerniakowski (a)

Blue Bell Country Club

80

89

169

Patrick Hardin (a)

Northampton Country Club

86

85

171

Lance T. Oberparleiter (a)

Wedgwood Country Club

90

82

172

 

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