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Saucon Valley set to host 62nd Mason-Dixon Matches

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia will compete in the Mason-Dixon Matches Oct. 12-13 at Saucon Valley Country Club's Weyhill Course. The event, now in its 62nd year, pits the Association’s top players against those from the Middle Atlantic Golf Association. The matches have been played annually since 1952. GAP leads the series overall, 33-23. There have been five ties.

62nd Mason Dixon Matches Player Bios


Seniors
Name: Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.
Club: Saucon Valley Country Club
Appearances: Third (2008, 2012)
2013 accomplishments: Defeated Raymond Thompson in a sudden-death playoff to capture the 43rd Senior Amateur Championship ... quarterfinalist in The Brewer Cup at Lookaway ... finished tied for 12th in the Middle-Amateur Championship after rounds of 77 and 71 at Fieldstone … ranked third in the Senior Player of the Year standings.

Name: Raymond Thompson
Club: Overbrook Golf Club
Appearances: Third (2007, 2011)
2013 accomplishments: Fell to Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. in a sudden-death playoff for the 43rd Senior Amateur Championship at Huntingdon Valley ... finished tied for 12th in the 30th Middle-Amateur Championship after rounds of 71 and 77... captured the Senior Silver Cross Award with a four-round total of 287 ... finished tied for third in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at White Manor ... runner-up in the Frank H. Chapman Cup (Gross) at RiverCrest ... quarterfinalist in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship … ranked second in the Senior Player of the Year standings.

Junior
Name:Cole Berman
Club: Philadelphia Cricket Club
Appearances: Second (2012)
2013 accomplishments: Defeated Jalen Griffin in an 18-hole playoff at Talamore to win his second straight Harry Hammond Award … qualified for match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship … runner-up in the Christman Cup at Talamore … qualified for match play in the 113th Amateur Championship at Aronimink … runner-up in the 29th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run … tied for 12th in the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Cedarbrook … qualified for match play in the 99th Junior Boys Championship … tied for 10th in the Silver Cross Award standings … 2013 Junior Player of the Year.

Amateurs
Name: Joe April
Club: Philadelphia Cricket Club
Appearances: First
2013 accomplishments: Advanced to the Round of 16 in the 113th Amateur Championship at Aronimink ... finished tied for 14th in the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Cup after rounds of 72 and 73 at Cedarbrook ... ranked 24th in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Peter Barron III
Club: Stone Harbor Golf Club
Appearances: Second (2011)
2013 accomplishments: Runner-up in the 30th Middle Amateur Championship at Fieldstone; fell to Michael McDermott in a four-hole aggregate score playoff … finished third in 111th Joseph H Patterson Cup … finished fourth in the New Jersey State Golf Association Amateur Championship … qualified for the match play in the 113th GAP Amateur Championship … seventh low amateur in the 109th Open Championship at Waynesborough … placed tied for third in the Silver Cross Award standings … ranked third in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: John Brennan
Club: Philadelphia Cricket Club
Appearances: Fifth (2008-10, 2012)
2013 accomplishments: Qualified for match play in the 113th Amateur Championship ... finished tied for sixth in the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Cup after a pair of 71s ... finished tied for seventh in the Silver Cross Award standings ... ranked 18th in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Michael Kania
Club: Overbrook Golf Club
Appearances: First
2013 accomplishments: Semifinalist in the 113th Amateur Championship at Aronimink ... finished tied for 10th in the 109th Open Championship after rounds of 74 and 70 at Waynesborough ... also placed tied for 10th in the Silver Cross Award standings ... finished fourth in the 100th Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship at Saucon Valley ... ranked seventh in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Matthew Mattare
Club: Saucon Valley Country Club
Appearances: Third (2008-09)
2013 accomplishments: Tied for fourth in the 30th Middle Amateur Championship … placed tied for fourth in the 100th Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship … qualified for match play in the Metropolitan Golf Association Amateur Championship … qualified for match play in the 113th Amateur Championship … medalist in the qualifying rounds of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship; fell in the Round of 64 … ranked sixth in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Cory Siegfried
Club: Aronimink Golf Club
Appearances: First
2013 accomplishments: Qualified for match play in the 113th Amateur Championship ... advanced to Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open by surviving a sudden-death playoff at Applebrook … ranked 31st in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Glenn Smeraglio
Club: Mercer Oaks Golf Course
Appearances: Seventh (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008-09)
2013 accomplishments: Tied for sixth in the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Cup ... qualified for match play in the 113th Amateur Championship … ranked 20th in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Benjamin Smith
Club: Huntingdon Valley Country Club
Appearances: Second (2012)
2013 accomplishments: Advanced to the Round of 16 in the 113th Amateur Championship ... finished tied for 14th in the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Cup after rounds of 73 and 72 at Cedarbrook ... finished tied for 10th in the Silver Cross Award standings ... finished fourth in the 93rd New Jersey State Golf Association Open Championship ... ranked 12th in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Paul Tighe
Club: Little MIll Country Club
Appearances: First
2013 accomplishments: Quarterfinalist in the 113th Amateur Championship ... finished second in the Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship alongside Benjamin Smith at Galloway … ranked 28th in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

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