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June 9, 2014

Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club earned his second Amateur Championship medalist honor.

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Merion’s McDermott earns No. 1 seed; readies for another Am. run

  MALVERN, Pa.–A balky left shoulder almost derailed Michael McDermott’s Amateur Championship title defense before it started.

  A cortisone shot late last week alleviated the pain, however, and some swings on the range Monday at White Manor Country Club loosened the stiff joint.

  That meant it was business as usual on the course for the five-time William Hyndman, III Player of the Year.

  McDermott opened Amateur Championship qualifying at White Manor Country Club (par 71, 6,752 yards) with a 5-under 66 and added a 1-over-par 71 at Overbrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,566 yards) in Round 2 to earn medalist honors for the second time in his career. He finished 4-under 137. Five players finished at 3 under. The low 32 players advanced to match play. The cut line fell at 148 with five players competing for two spots. Jalen Griffin of Talamore Country Club birdied the first playoff hole with an 8-iron from 153 yards to eight inches to survive. Russell Hill of Old York Country Club at Chesterfield grabbed the final match play spot with a par on the third playoff hole. He will face McDermott at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at White Manor.

  “I don’t know what to say about the shoulder because it was fine today,” said McDermott, who is gunning for a third Amateur title (2008, 2013). “It was a scary couple of days because I didn’t know. I told my wife this morning that I’ve never felt more uncertain heading to a tournament because I didn’t know if I was going to play. I can tell there is a little bit of a twitch there but I felt fine. Hopefully that will be the last time I think about that this week.”

  Rounds 1 and 2 of the 114th Amateur are set for tomorrow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday. The 36-hole final begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

  McDermott stated his intentions early on White Manor’s back nine, his initial outward jaunt, with four birdies on the final four holes.

  On No. 15 (par 4, 321 yards), McDermott almost drove the green before chipping up to a foot for a 3; on No. 16 (par 4, 412 yards) he lifted a sand wedge from 115 yards to six feet; on No. 17 (par 5, 546 yards), he cozied a difficult putt from 35 feet away and the back fringe to inches before knocking a gap wedge from 130 yards on No. 18 (par 4, 399 yards) to four feet.

  “By the first tee I knew I was OK to play. I played really solid the whole day at White Manor. It was a pretty low stress sort of round for a course that is tough,” said McDermott, 39, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. “Overbrook has always had my number. I’ve never really put together a good competitive or social round there. I had a sand wedge into 14. I landed on the fringe on the sprinkler head and bounced out-of-bounds. Then I had to hit the shot again with a pond short. There were a lot of thoughts in my head at that point. I hit it to about eight feet and made a five. It was a bad break but I kept it together and parred out from there.”

  McDermott’s other Amateur medalist honor came in 2003 when qualifying was at Manufacturers Golf & Country Club and Philmont Country Club (North). He carded an identical 4-under 137 that year.

  Last year, McDermott defeated Alexander Hicks of Wildwood Golf & Country Club, 5&4, at Aronimink Golf Club for the Amateur trophy.

  The quintet at 3 under includes John Brennan of Philadelphia Cricket Club; Chris Crawford of Spring Mill Country Club; Aaron Fricke of Honeybrook Golf Club; Anthony Sebastianelli of Glen Oak Country Club and Matthew Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club. Brennan, 35, of Audubon, Pa., the 2012 Middle-Amateur Champion, withdrew from match play. His scores will count in the Silver Cross Award standings. He carded a 67 at Overbrook before returning a 71 at White Manor.

  Crawford, 20, of Bensalem, Pa., also started at Overbrook. He posted a 68 there before carding a 70 at White Manor. Crawford just completed his sophomore year at Drexel University. He advanced to Round 2 of match play last year at Aronimink Golf Club.

  Aaron Fricke, 19, of Lancaster, Pa., recently captured the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s 74th Dressler Public Links Championship. He posted a 67 at Overbrook in the morning and a 71 at White Manor in the afternoon. This is Fricke’s first time competing in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur. Fricke just completed his freshman year at Lackawanna Junior College.

  It is also Anthony Sebastianelli’s first Amateur experience. The Glen Oak Country Club member started at White Manor with a 67 before closing with a 71 at Overbrook. Sebastianelli, 19, of Clarks Summit, Pa., graduated from Abington Heights High this year. He is headed to Central Connecticut State University in the fall. Sebastianelli finished his high school career with a third-place showing in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship.

  Teesdale, 23, is a Temple University senior to-be. Teesdale went 71-67 at White Manor and Overbrook, respectively. He lost in the first round of last year’s Amateur.

NOTES–There was a one-hour weather delay at 6:40 p.m. … Raymond Thompson of Overbrook, the 1972 Amateur Champion, advanced to match play at age 62 … Four players from Commonwealth, led by Teesdale, advanced into the match play field. Matt Cocco, Michael Johnson, and Kyle Martin also moved forward … Sam Soeth is the lone White Manor entrant remaining.

Qualifiers        

Name, club

Total

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

66W-71O–137

#John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

67O-71W–138

Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71W-67O–138

Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club

68O-70W–138

Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club

67W-71O–138

Aaron Fricke, Honeybrook Golf Club

67O-71W–138

Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

73W-66O–139

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

74W-66O–140

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74O-68W–142

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72O-70W–142

Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club

70W-73O–143

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

74W-69O–143

Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

71O-72W–143

Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73W-71O–144

Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA

71W-73O–144

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71O-74W–145

Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club

73W-72O–145

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73W-72O–145

Bill Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

72W-73O–145

Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

78W-68O–146

Michael Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75W-71O–146

Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

77O-69W–146

Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club

75W-71O–146

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

72O-74W–146

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

76O-70W–146

Nelson Hargrove, Gulph Mills Golf Club

72W-75O–147

Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club

72O-75W–147

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

78W-69O–147

Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76O-71W–147

Zachary Falone, Rolling Green Golf Club

77O-70W–147

Brendan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

74O-73W–147

*Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club

75O-73W–148

*Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield

74W-74O–148

 

Failed to qualify

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

74W-74O–148

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

76W-72O–148

Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club

71O-77W–148

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

78W-71O–149

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

72O-77W–149

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

72W-77O–149

Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73O-76W–149

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76W-73O–149

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

71W-78O–149

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

73O-76W–149

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

76W-74O–150

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

72O-78W–150

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

74O-76W–150

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

81W-69O–150

David Guertler, Laurel Creek Country Club

75W-75O–150

Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76W-74O–150

Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75O-75W–150

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

77W-73O–150

Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74O-76W–150

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

73O-78W–151

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79O-72W–151

Johan van Schalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club

72O-79W–151

Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont Country Club

76W-75O–151

Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73O-78W–151

Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74O-77W–151

Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

74O-78W–152

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

80W-72O–152

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

80W-72O–152

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

75O-77W–152

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

79O-73W–152

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

74O-78W–152

Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79W-73O–152

J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club

79W-73O–152

Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75O-78W–153

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

77O-76W–153

Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club

76O-77W–153

Blaine Lafferty, Burlington Country Club

76O-77W–153

Steve Cerbara, Yardley Country Club

78W-75O–153

Michael Dimeglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

78W-75O–153

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

80W-74O–154

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

70W-84O–154

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

77W-77O–154

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77W-77O–154

Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club

77W-77O–154

Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

74W-80O–154

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

80O-74W–154

Edward Kelly Jr., Old York Road Country Club

76O-78W–154

Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80W-74O–154

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73O-82W–155

David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79O-76W–155

James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club

77O-78W–155

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

78O-77W–155

Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82W-73O–155

Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81W-74O–155

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

78O-78W–156

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74O-82W–156

Andrew Willner, Phoenixville Country Club

76W-80O–156

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

78W-78O–156

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

80O-77W–157

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76W-81O–157

Philip Rothermel, Golden Oaks Golf Club

77O-80W–157

T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78O-80W–158

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

77W-81O–158

Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club

75W-83O–158

Steven Minnick, Jr., Penn Oaks Golf Club

73O-86W–159

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80O-79W–159

Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club

77O-82W–159

Rob Rowe, Bent Creek Country Club

80W-79O–159

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

76O-84W–160

Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfer's Club

80O-80W–160

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75O-86W–161

Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82O-79W–161

Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club

83W-79O–162

Zachary Dilcher, Inniscrone Golf Club

82W-81O–163

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

78O-85W–163

Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club

77O-86W–163

James Austin, Five Ponds Golf Club

84W-80O–164

Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club

81W-83O–164

James Chojnacki, Valleybrook Country Club

80W-85O–165

Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club

88W-78O–166

Sawyer Wolfers, GAP Junior eClub

85O-81W–166

David West, Whitford Country Club

84O-83W–167

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

82O-85W–167

Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club

83W-85O–168

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84O-85W–169

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

90O-80W–170

Steven Passalacqua, Wedgwood Country Club

86O-86W–172

Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club

88O-86W–174

Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club

77O-NCW–NC

Paul Tighe, Little Mill Country Club

78W-NSO–NS

J.T. Twomey, Jericho National Golf Club

94W-NSO–NS

Alex Willey, Burlington Country Club

87W-NSO–NS

Charles Cai, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

74O-WDW–WD

Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club

83W-WDO–WD

 

*-advanced in playoff; #Silver Cross scoring only

NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

O-Overbrook; W-White Manor

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