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Commonwealth National's Smeraglio seizes Marston Cup at Cedarbrook

  BLUE BELL, Pa. - His putter may’ve been ugly in appearance, but Glenn Smeraglio’s round Wednesday wasn’t as the Commonwealth National GC member carded a 6-under-par 66 to win the fifth edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Marston Cup at Cedarbrook CC (par 72, 6,833 yards).

  Smeraglio, of Newtown, Pa., also won the Marston Cup in 2006.

  “The more I read about Max Marston, the more impressed I am,” he said. “To win a tournament with his name on it is special. To be on it twice is an honor.”

William McGuinness of Tavistock CC
taps in for eagle on No. 12.
  Smeraglio attributed his success primarily to an aesthetically hideous flatstick that had been tucked away at home.

  “Obviously, I putted good,” he said. “I’ve been playing pretty good all year and not making any putts. Today, I broke out a new putter from the basement. It was the ugliest thing I could find. Ugly was good. It seemed to have a good feel. The greens were soft. You could go right at the pins.”

  Smeraglio played alongside William McGuinness of Tavistock CC, the 1996 Amateur Champion, and defending Marston Cup Champion Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC, who both carded a 4-under-par 68.

  “I think that’s important,” Smeraglio said. “Everyone was pushing each other to make birdies. I think we had 16 birdies in the group.”

  Smeraglio set the tone early with a downhill, left-to-right breaking 15-footer for birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards).

  “I said, ‘Wow. Maybe this putter’s OK,” he said.

  Smergalio rocketed his 3-wood over the green on No. 6 (par 5, 550 yards), but chipped up and converted a two-footer for birdie. After making the turn at 2 under, Smeraglio, 49, fired three straight birdies. He smashed a 5-iron 195 yards to the front fringe and two-putted for birdie on No. 10 (par 5, 530 yards). On No. 11 (par 4, 380 yards), his approach 9-iron soared 140 yards and settled 15-feet from the flagstick. Smeraglio then cleaned up the birdie putt. He blasted a 3-hybrid from 209 yards out on No. 12 (par 5, 515 yards) and again two-putted for birdie.

  Smeraglio nearly registered a birdie on the par 3, 13th hole, but his 25-footer stopped just shy of the cup. He dug deeper into red figures the next hole, though, after smashing his 4-iron uphill from 190 yards out to 15 feet. He drained the downhill birdie putt.

  “That’s the best hole out there,” Smeraglio said.

  Smeraglio will next attempt to qualify for the USGA Middle-Amateur Championship Aug. 31. at Links GC.

  Peter Moran of Edgmont CC was one of nine players who finished in red figures Wednesday. Moran, of Chester Springs, Pa., registered five birdies en route to a 2-under-par 70.

  “I didn’t really get into too much trouble,” he said. “And when I did, I think I had two holes (Nos. 4 and 18) that I punched out on. I wasn’t sure of some of these corners. In retrospect, it was a couple good pitches that really saved my round.”

  On No. 18 (par 4, 391 yards), Moran, of Chester Springs, Pa., drilled his tee shot – a driver - through the fairway, but found himself blocked out thanks to a towering pine tree.

  “I couldn’t hit over it, so I just hit a lob wedge into the fairway,” he said.

  Moran then pitched up to three feet and drained the ensuing putt to save par. A second critical save came on the par 4, 372-yard No. 4. Moran, 39, drove his tee shot into the left-side rough, but escaped back onto the fairway, pitched it to eight feet and made par.

  After beginning his round with back-to-back pars, Moran, who started on the back nine, fired a birdie on No. 12 (par 5, 515 yards). He laid up in front of the creek, and with 66 yards left, Moran stuck his lob wedge to three feet.

Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC
pumps his first after
draining a birdie on No. 13.
  “That kind of got things back on track there,” he said.

  Although he three-putted for bogey on the tricky par 3, 13th hole, Moran rattled in a birdie on the next par 3, No. 16 (170 yards). His smooth 7-iron landed six inches left of the flagstick and reeled back. Moran then converted a three-footer.

  Moran’s tee shot on No. 17 (par 4, 400 yards) scooted past the fairway bunker and came to rest 130 yards out. He pitched his downhill approach to seven feet left of the flagstick and sank birdie putt.

  “That was probably one of my better shots of the day,” Moran said of the pitch. “That’s where I was aiming for.”

  A second three-putt for bogey came on No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards). Moran’s 20-footer for birdie stopped eight feet to the left of the cup.

  “It looked like it was downhill, but it was a bad putt from the get-go,” he said. “It still fooled me.”

  But Moran kept a calm demeanor and fired a birdie on No. 2 (par 5, 535 yards). He blasted out of the right-side rough with a straightaway 4-iron, pitched up to two feet and tapped it in. From 225 yards out on the treacherous No. 6 (par 5, 550 yards), Moran again relied on his 4-iron and smacked it short of the left-side bunker. His pitch stayed straight and settled three feet from the flagstick. Moran converted the birdie putt. His strong round seemed surprising, considering he only hit a bucket of balls two days ago.

  “I came in here cold,” Moran said.

  In fact, Moran has only played golf at his home club on five occasions this season.

  “I’ve been pretty busy,” he said. “My 9 year-old just started football. My 3 year-old just had his birthday on Aug. 11. So I’ve been chasing the boys around, and my wife’s expecting (a baby) in October. Golf isn’t the biggest priority, but I’m addicted to these things (golf tournaments).”

  Throughout the year, Moran has stood on the outside looking in, so to speak. He missed the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Open Championship by two strokes, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup by a stroke and the Amateur Championship by two strokes. He also fell in Edgmont CC’s Championship to Michael Quinn in a playoff.

  “I’ve been about four shots from having a really good summer,” Moran said. “It (winning the Marston Cup) would've been a highlight, for sure. This would've been nice.”

  Max Marston

  For four months in the summer of 1923, Marston was America’s best amateur golfer. Between mid-May and mid-September, Marston was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events.

  It began with the Walker Cup Matches where Marston won two matches as the Americans successfully retained the Cup. Marston returned home to capture the Patterson Cup and Amateur Championship in successive weeks and, in doing so, earned the Silver Cross Award. In July, he took the Pennsylvania Amateur title and finished as the low amateur in the Philadelphia Open.

  In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago, Ill. for the U.S. Amateur. He rallied in the second round to defeat tournament favorite Bob Jones, 2&1, before knocking off Francis Ouimet in the semifinals. He stopped defending champion Jess Sweetser in the final on the 38th hole.

  In that four month span, he also captured the Merion Cricket Club championship and Pine Valley GC’s Crump Cup.

Plus 3 to 3 Hdcp

Name

Club

Scores

Glenn Smeraglio

Commonwealth National Golf Club

66

Chip Lutz

LedgeRock Golf Club

68

William McGuinness

Tavistock Country Club

68

Oscar Mestre

Overbrook Golf Club

70

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

70

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

70

Buddy Reed

DuPont Country Club

71

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

71

Frank Corrado, Jr.

Jericho National Golf Club

72

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

72

Rodney James

Five Ponds Golf Club

73

Ron Weaver

Meadia Heights Golf Club

73

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

73

G. Patrick Dougherty

Talamore Country Club

74

John LeBoeuf

Philadelphia Country Club

74

Leonard Pearson

Philmont Country Club

74

Michael Walker

Wyncote Golf Club

74

Miguel Biamon

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74

Mike Owsik

McCall Golf & Country Club

74

Robert Arthur

Tavistock Country Club

74

David Maddock

Glen Oak Country Club

75

Bill Turner

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Byron Whitman

Golden Oaks Golf Club

76

John Gosselin

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

76

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

76

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

76

John Nottage

Lu Lu Country Club

77

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster Country Club

77

Rich Thon

The Springhaven Club

77

Jason Barkley

Huntsville Golf Club

78

Arthur Kania, Jr.

Merion Golf Club

79

Robert Loftus

Overbrook Golf Club

79

Scott McIntosh

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

79

Andrew Dietz

Laurel Creek Country Club

80

Brian Sexton

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

80

Edward Erickson

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

80

Mark Kosko

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

80

Michael Brown

Old York Road Country Club

80

Rocky Dare

Running Deer Golf Club

80

Dino Stathis

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

81

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Francis Hamm

Country Club of Scranton

82

Mark Rauch

McCall Golf & Country Club

82

Mark Wachter

DuPont Country Club

83

Randy Kruse

Five Ponds Golf Club

86

4 to 12 Hdcp

Timothy Dolan

Galloway National Golf Club

69

J. Daniel Farragut

Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Bryan McClaskey

Merchantville Country Club

74

Dave O'Brien

Cedarbrook Country Club

76

Joe Wolff

Cedarbrook Country Club

76

Carl Danzig

Glen Oak Country Club

77

Gregory Buliga

Yardley Country Club

77

Jim Gavaghan

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

77

Brian Mahlstedt, Sr.

Glen Oak Country Club

78

Dan Kluger

Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Jim Simmons

Stonewall

78

Michael Shoup

Sandy Run Country Club

78

Scott Vasbinder

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

78

Andrew Lombard

The Springhaven Club

79

Jack O'Hara

Cedarbrook Country Club

79

Jeffrey Prickitt

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

79

Jim Muehlbronner

Sandy Run Country Club

79

Jules Quinones

Blue Bell Country Club

79

Kenneth Zimmer

Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Peter Mimmo

North Hills Country Club

79

Robert Parsons, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Ronald Abrams

Brandywine Country Club

79

George Steinmetz

Spring Ford Country Club

80

Gil Moniz, Jr.

Running Deer Golf Club

80

J. Kirk Luntey

Merion Golf Club

80

Joseph Rafferty

Applebrook Golf Club

80

Patrick Cahill, III

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Patrick O'Brien

North Hills Country Club

80

Alan Lazzarino

Brandywine Country Club

82

Andrew Abrams

Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Brian Kreamer

Bala Golf Club

82

Edward Attarian

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

James Loftus, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

82

Jeffrey Hollander

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

82

John Brown

Rolling Green Golf Club

82

George Kerschner

Overbrook Golf Club

83

Jeffrey Muir

Glen Oak Country Club

83

John Alterman

Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Kevin Bair

Wyncote Golf Club

83

Kevin Dunleavy

The ACE Club

83

Robert Frankil

Spring Ford Country Club

83

Sean Remington

Green Valley Country Club

83

William Erskine

Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Kevin Davies

Stonewall

84

Ralph Gariano

Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Del Markward

North Hills Country Club

85

Peter Zukowski

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Steve Robinson

Lookaway Golf Club

86

Kevin Melnick

Plymouth Country Club

88

Walt Neumann

McCall Golf & Country Club

88

Daniel Crowley

McCall Golf & Country Club

89

Jeff Paige

Bellewood Golf Club

89

John Vergari

Tavistock Country Club

89

William Rolli

Philadelphia Publinks GA

89

Frederick Kotalik,M.D.

Chester Valley Golf Club

90

William Hagel

McCall Golf & Country Club

90

Joseph Templin

LedgeRock Golf Club

97

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