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July 23, 2014

Matt Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club hammers a drive on No. 13.

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Temple rising senior Teesdale keeps Open title in Owl family

  MALVERN, Pa.–Winning the Open Championship remains a Temple University trend. Matt Teesdale, a rising senior with the Owls, carded a pair of 68s for a 6-under total to win the 110th Open Championship by one shot over fellow amateur Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club on Wednesday at Applebrook Golf Club (par 71, 6,787 yards).

  Teesdale’s victory was the fourth consecutive by an Owl. He joins Andrew Mason (2011-12) and Brandon Matthews (2013) in the current lineage of Temple winners.

  Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club finished at 2-under-par 140 to take low professional honors and the $7,000 first-place prize.

  “I’m finally playing some good golf this summer,” said Teesdale, 23, of Maple Glen, Pa., who qualified for his first U.S. Amateur a few weeks ago. “It’s great keeping [the Open Championship title] in the Temple family. Mason texted me last night and said, ‘Play smart. Play your game. Birdies will come. Don’t force anything. It’s a long day. Don’t get upset over one shot.’

  “[Temple] coach Quinn sent me a text earlier today. It said ‘Go out and do it. You have the game.’”

  All facets of Teesdale’s talents were on display, power, touch and a bit of guile, in the win.

  The Commonwealth National Golf Club member finished the morning round a shot behind co-leaders McDermott and pro Josh Rackley of Gulph Mills Golf Club. However, the deficit grew to four strokes before he opened his second, and final, 18, when McDermott birdied three of his first four holes in the afternoon.

  Teesdale, about an hour behind McDermott, showed no panic, though. He slowly closed the gap on McDermott with three birdies in his opening eight holes (he started on the back). He made a comfortable 4 on No. 10 (par 5, 573 yards); ripped a 7-iron on No. 15 (par 3, 225 yards) to three feet and made a stellar sand save on No. 16 (par 5, 578 yards) after a 20-yard bunker blast from short left of the green stopped three feet from the cup. Teesdale gave one back with a bogey on No. 18 (par 4, 454 yards) but, at that point, found himself tied with McDermott at 5-under with nine holes to go.

  McDermott made a clutch 12-foot par save on No. 18 to close out his round, but before the five-time William Hyndman, III Player of the Year jarred the try, word came that Teesdale birdied No. 1 (par 5, 520 yards). He reached the par 5 in two shots, hitting a 6-iron from 208 yards to five feet. His eagle try slid high but Teesdale took the lead with a tap-in birdie. Teesdale added two 3s on the two ensuing holes with a monster drive and tight chip on No. 2 (par 4, 366 yards) and a greenfinding 3-wood tee ball on No. 3 (par 4, 309 yards) that again resulted in a super-short birdie putt. Teesdale, who was now at 8 under and three shots clear of the field, said he knew his status on the leaderboard at that point and went with a conservative approach the rest of the way.

  The plan went according to form until No. 9 (par 3, 148 yards) when the final outcome became a bit more tenuous than it should have been. Teesdale pulled a pitching wedge left off the tee into the rough and added a couple poor pitch shots to the mix. He faced a must make four footer for double bogey for the title.

  “Just make it,” said Teesdale of his thoughts on the winning putt. “Get it on line. It was straight.”

  McDermott came within a swing or two of completing the Golf Association of Philadelphia career grand slam. He’s won the Middle-Amateur and Amateur championships multiple times and the Patterson Cup once.

  Only Chris Lange of Overbrook Golf Club has completed the task of winning all four Association Majors.

  “I had a great day. I certainly would’ve loved to come out on top, but if you get in the hunt that’s a great accomplishment onto itself,” said McDermott, 39, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. “There were points in the day where I thought it was my tournament but [Matt] played spectacular golf and made it his tournament. It wasn’t so much what I did, he took it from me.”

  McDermott has now finished in the Top 6 or better five times since 2003. He’s had two runner-up finishes and two third-place showings.

  Teesdale’s victory also continued a different Open trend. The last five champions have all been amateurs. In the prior 105 Opens before that, only 12 amateurs broke through with wins.

  The last professional to win the Open, ironically, was Steinmetz in 2009.

NOTES–The total purse for the Open was $35,000 … reigning low professional Billy Stewart of The ACE Club finished in a three-way tie for fifth but in a three-way tie for second amongst professionals … The field of 78 breaks down into 40 Association amateurs and 38 Philadelphia PGA Section professionals.

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Name, club

Score

Matthew Teesdale (a), Commonwealth National Golf Club

68-68–136

Michael McDermott (a), Merion Golf Club

67-70–137

Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

69-71–140

Alexander Hicks (a), Stone Harbor Golf Club

70-71–141

Mark Sheftic, Merion Golf Club

72-70–142

Billy Stewart, The ACE Club

73-69–142

Joshua Rackley, Gulph Mills Golf Club

67-75–142

Michael Hyland (a), Little Mill Country Club

71-72–143

David Quinn, Links Golf Club

71-72–143

Bertus Wessels, Green Valley Country Club

72-71–143

Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

72-72–144

John Samaha (a), Old York Road Country Club

75-69–144

Christopher Ault (a), Yardley Country Club

73-72–145

John Lynch, The Peninsula Golf and Country Club

71-74–145

David McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club

74-71–145

John Bierkan, Aronimink Golf Club

73-72–145

Bill Walker, Riverton Country Club

71-74–145

Jordan Gibbs, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71-74–145

Glenn Smeraglio (a), Mercer Oaks Golf Course

75-71–146

Michael Kania (a), Overbrook Golf Club

74-72–146

Jeff Osberg (a), Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72-74–146

Jeffrey Bonicky, Sea Oaks Golf Club

72-74–146

Mark Summerville, Philadelphia Country Club

79-67–146

Michael Little, Lookaway Golf Club

73-73–146

Michael Brown (a), Mercer Oaks Golf Course

72-75–147

Ryan Gelrod (a), Philadelphia Cricket Club

70-77–147

John Cooper, Jr., Green Valley Country Club

76-71–147

Ryan Siegler (a), Makefield Highlands Golf Club

72-75–147

Robert Galbreath, Jr. (a), Philmont Country Club

76-72–148

Benjamin Cooley (a), Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73-75–148

Scott Jaster (a), Talamore Country Club

80-68–148

Hugo Mazzalupi, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76-72–148

Gregory Farrow, Deerwood Country Club

73-75–148

Terry Hatch, Hickory Valley Golf Club

74-74–148

Tyler Sokolis (a), Commonwealth National Golf Club

76-73–149

John Appleget, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

73-76–149

John Pillar, Sr., Woodloch Springs Country Club

74-75–149

Ben Feld (a), Green Valley Country Club

74-76–150

Peter Barron, III (a), Stone Harbor Golf Club

75-76–151

Christopher Crawford (a), Spring Mill Country Club

77-74–151

George Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club

75-76–151

Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club

78-73–151

Chris Krueger, Kings Creek

74-77–151

Alexander Knoll, Bethlehem Golf Club

80-71–151

Graham Dendler, Trenton Country Club

70-81–151

Michael Cook (a), Waynesborough Country Club

76-76–152

Tony Perla, Radnor Valley Country Club

75-77–152

Kevin Nicholson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

73-79–152

Robert Hennefer, Indian Spring Country Club

74-78–152

Michael Moses, Concord Country Club

79-73–152

Jack Wallace (a), Philadelphia Cricket Club

73-80–153

Jesse Bingaman (a), Northampton Country Club

74-79–153

Adam Brigham, Waynesborough Country Club

73-80–153

Terry Hertzog, Country Club of York

76-78–154

John Brennan (a), Philadelphia Cricket Club

78-77–155

Benjamin Smith (a), Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78-77–155

Oliver White (a), Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

74-81–155

Kyle Martin (a), Commonwealth National Golf Club

73-82–155

Thomas Michaels, Waynesborough Country Club

76-79–155

Michael Carr (a), Plymouth Country Club

77-79–156

Philip Bartholomew (a), Philadelphia Cricket Club

78-78–156

Dominic Digiacomo (a), Greate Bay Country Club

78-78–156

Mariano Medico (a), Fox Hill Country Club

80-76–156

Lodie Van Tonder (a), Sakima Country Club

75-81–156

Jon Rusk, Lu Lu Country Club

77-79–156

Joseph Kogelman, GolfTEC- King of Prussia

80-76–156

Carey Bina (a), Radnor Valley Country Club

78-80–158

Luke McKeogh (a), Commonwealth National Golf Club

80-79–159

Cory Siegfried (a), Aronimink Golf Club

80-80–160

Matthew Gaffney (a), Little Mill Country Club

71-89–160

Michael Paukovits, St. Davids Golf Club

80-81–161

Jim Macallister (a), Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83-80–163

Daniel Furman (a), Commonwealth National Golf Club

84-80–164

Zachary Falone (a), Rolling Green Golf Club

93-84–177

Matthew Crescenzo (a), Philmont Country Club

71-DQ–DQ

Brad McFadden (a), Overbrook Golf Club

78-WD–WD

Stuart Ingraham, MGolf Driving Range and Learning Center

77-WD–WD

(a)-denotes amateur

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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