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Meisenzahl takes Amateur Championship Qualifier medalist honors

  FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.–Mike Meisenzahl’s opening qualifying round in the 111th Amateur Championship was moving comfortably along at Manufacturers G&CC – he was even par thru six holes on Tuesday – when it became that day. In a flash, the round went from mundane to extraordinary as Meisenzahl carded a spectacular 5-under 66. Pretty sensational considering it was his first-ever trip to Manufacturers G&CC. Difficult afternoon conditions, occasional rain, wind and the grind of a 36-hole qualifier, slowed the 23-year-old down at North Hills CC (1-over 72), but it didn’t stop Meisenzahl from earning medalist honors and the No. 1 match play seed. He finished the two rounds of the Amateur Championship Qualifier at 4-under-par 138, two shots clear of second-place finishers Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC and Matt Mattare of Saucon Valley CC.

Mike Meisenzahl of Little Mill CC (purple)
walks off the 18th green at Manufacturers G&CC
after carding a 5-under 66.
  “I have nothing other to say than it feels great,” said Meisenzahl, a Medford, N.J. resident. “I talked a lot with my dad that I just wanted to get a good number in the house. My goal was even par. I made a couple good up-and-downs early and then the putter got hot. All of a sudden I started hitting it real close and giving myself opportunities for birdie. I left myself almost the easiest birdie putt on every green.”

  The match play portion of the Amateur Championship begins Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Meisenzahl will face the last survivor of an eight-player-for-seven-qualifying-positions playoff which begins at 7 a.m.

  A recent James Madison University graduate, Meisenzahl opened his round at Manufacturers G&CC (par 71, 6,587 yards) with six successive pars before that happened and he registered four birdies and an eagle in the next six-hole stretch.

ROBERT GALBREATH, JR.
  On No. 7 (par 5, 503 yards), he knocked his hydrid from 240 yards out on the green about 30 feet away and two putted for birdie; on No. 8 (par 3, 105 yards), the iconic drop hole, he stuffed a gap wedge to a foot; on No. 9 (par 5, 472 yards), he hit a 200-yard, 4-iron to 10 feet and drained the eagle try; on No. 11 (par 3, 175 yards), he ripped a 6-iron to 20 feet and holed the ensuing putt; and on No. 12 (par 5, 519 yards), he knocked a hybrid on from 225 yards to 20 feet and two putted.

  Meisenzahl moved to 7 under after draining a smooth 18-foot left-to-right slider on No. 15 (par 5, 540 yards), but got in trouble on the final hole with a poor tee shot and ensuing three putt, his final two-foot bogey effort spinning around the entire hole.

  At North Hills CC (par 71, 6,505 yards), Meisenzahl’s round wasn’t nearly as exciting.

  Starting on the back nine, he registered one birdie and one bogey. One more bogey coming in, on No. 4 (par 5, 620 yards), resulted in a 1-over 72.

  The Amateur Championship Qualifier also serves as the first two rounds of the Silver Cross Award. The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup.

  Last year, Meisenzahl lost the Silver Cross to Jeff Osberg of Llanerch CC by a stroke.

  “The Silver Cross means everything,” said Meisenzahl. “I think the Silver Cross means more to me than any single tournament. Winning the Silver Cross probably makes you the best golfer in the area. It proves you are the most consistent golfer over the course of the tournament schedule.”

MATT MATTARE
  Galbreath, 20, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and Mattare, 25, of Bethlehem, Pa., both finished at 2 under. Galbreath opened with a 68 at Manufacturers and finished with a 72 at North Hills. Mattare started with a 69 at Manufacturers and ended with a 71 at North Hills.

  “Coming out I figured if I could make a few birdies early, that makes your day that much easier,” said Galbreath. “I was lucky I was in that position.”

NOTES–James Kania, Jr. of Overbrook GC pulled a Fred Couples of yesteryear on Manufacturers G&CC’s fourth hole (par 3, 184 yards). Kania, the 2009 Amateur runner-up, shanked his 8-iron drive out of bounds but re-teed and jarred his next shot for an improbable 3. “Right after I hit it I said just go in,” said Kania, 22, of Haverford, Pa. “It jumped up right and past the hole and spun back in.” Kania is still in search of his first regulation ace. Kania finished his two rounds with a 148 total … Kyle Sterbinsky of Yardley CC, the youngest competitor in the field at age 14 advanced into match play. Sterbinsky posted a 74 at North Hills CC in the morning and a 1-over 72 at Manufacturers G&CC in the afternoon for a 146 total. A recent graduate of Greynun Academy in Yardley, Pa., this was Sterbinsky’s first Amateur experience. “I just wanted to make the cut,” said Sterbinsky, who noted he putted well all day. Sterbinsky will either attend Holy Ghost Prep or the Peddie School next fall ... Last year’s champion, Justin Martinson of Hartefeld National turned professional in late May and, therefore, is ineligible to defend his title.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Scores

Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club

66M-72N–138

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

69M-71N–140

Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

68M-72N–140

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70M-71N–141

Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

70N-71M–141

Matthew Burkhart, Meadia Heights Golf Club

72N-70M–142

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

71M-72N–143

Douglas Zelner, Coatesville Country Club

72N-71M–143

Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club

74M-70N–144

Connor McNicholas, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74M-70N–144

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

72M-72N–144

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

70M-75N–145

Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club

69M-76N–145

Kyle Davis, Fieldstone Golf Club

73N-72M–145

*Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

71M-74N–145

Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club

71N-74M–145

David Sanders, Laurel Creek Country Club

73N-72M–145

Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club

76N-69M–145

Stephen Hudacek III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

72M-74N–146

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76M-70N–146

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

74M-72N–146

Paul Kovalcheck, Lu Lu Country Club

73N-73M–146

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

75N-71M–146

Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley Country Club

74N-72M–146

Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74M-73N–147

Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78N-69M–147

 

Playoff (8 players, 7 positions)

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

72M-76N–148

Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74M-74N–148

Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76M-72N–148

Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club

73M-75N–148

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

74N-74M–148

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

78N-70M–148

Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club

72N-76M–148

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

76N-72M–148

 

Failed to qualify

John Simone, Philmont Country Club

75M-74N–149

Scott Klee, Indian Valley Country Club

75M-74N–149

Matthew Finger, Wedgwood Country Club

74M-75N–149

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

71M-78N–149

Ryan MMarty, Little Mill Country Club

77N-72M–149

Jake Murphy, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73N-76M–149

Anthony Martire, Seaview Resort & Spa

77N-72M–149

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75M-75N–150

Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country Club

75M-75N–150

Blayze DiPasquale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74M-76N–150

*John Brennan, Spring Ford Country Club

73M-77N–150

Ross Brown, Huntsville Golf Club

76M-74N–150

David West, Whitford Country Club

76N-74M–150

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78N-72M–150

Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

77N-73M–150

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

76N-74M–150

Greg Wolfe, Cavaliers Country Club

76N-74M–150

Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76M-75N–151

Christopher Storck, Moselem Springs Golf Club

74N-77M–151

James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club

74N-77M–151

Greg O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76N-75M–151

Edward Kelly, Jr., Applecross Country Club

75N-76M–151

Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club

72N-79M–151

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

74N-77M–151

Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74M-78N–152

Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

75M-77N–152

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

73M-79N–152

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

72M-80N–152

Benjamin Cooley, Lu Lu Country Club

76M-76N–152

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

70N-82M–152

William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

76N-76M–152

Tom Shin, Laurel Creek Country Club

79N-73M–152

James Sullivan, Jr., Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77N-75M–152

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

74M-79N–153

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78M-75N–153

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

73M-80N–153

Aaron Burton, Hartefeld National

77M-76N–153

Russell Hartung, Doylestown Country Club

77N-76M–153

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

77N-76M–153

Michael Moffat, Five Ponds Golf Club

75N-78M–153

Bobby Arthur, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

78N-75M–153

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

76N-77M–153

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

73M-81N–154

Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club

81M-73N–154

Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club

76M-78N–154

Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75M-79N–154

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

76M-79N–155

Michael Rose, Meadowlands Country Club

78M-77N–155

Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club

77M-78N–155

Michael Burkhart, Meadia Heights Golf Club

79N-76M–155

Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club

79M-77N–156

Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club

80M-76N–156

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

76N-80M–156

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

77N-79M–156

Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

79M-77N–156

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

80N-76M–156

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

78M-79N–157

Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club

81M-76N–157

Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78N-79M–157

Thomas BartolaMi, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

77N-80M–157

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

79M-79N–158

Tom Borsello, White Clay Creek Country Club

76N-82M–158

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

78M-81N–159

Bradley Roberts, Wedgwood Country Club

77N-82M–159

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

85N-74M–159

Chris Hynoski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

82N-77M–159

Jared Palubinski, Golden Oaks Golf Club

80N-79M–159

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

72N-87M–159

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78M-82N–160

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

75M-85N–160

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

80N-80M–160

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80M-81N–161

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

85M-76N–161

Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club

80M-81N–161

Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club

80M-81N–161

Jimmy Johnston, Merion Golf Club

81M-81N–162

Jason Barkley, Huntsville Golf Club

84N-78M–162

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

80N-82M–162

Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club

81N-82M–163

Matthew O'Brien, Five Ponds Golf Club

82N-81M–163

Brandon Matthews, Fox Hill Country Club

81N-82M–163

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

84N-80M–164

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

83M-82N–165

Sean Sexton, Five Ponds Golf Club

77N-88M–165

Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club

76M-90N–166

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

89M-79N–168

Philip Bartholomew, Yardley Country Club

84N-85M–169

Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

87M-83N–170

Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club

73M-WDN–WD

Greg Matthias, Hartefeld National

79M-WDN–WD

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

76M-WDN–WD

 

*Silver Cross scores only

WD-withdrawal

M-Manufacturers G&CC; N-North Hills CC

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