April 22, 2017

Ryan Orcutt had many birdie looks today, including this one on No. 14 (par 4, 394 yards).

Three share medalist honors in #GAPMidAm Qual. at Golden Oaks

  FLEETWOOD, Pa. — Three golden golf games outshined consistent raindrops Saturday in a Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf at Golden Oaks Golf Club (par 72, 6,679 yards).

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  Shawn Lavin of Rolling Green Golf Club, Ryan Orcutt of Philadelphia Publinks GA and Jared Palubinski of Schuylkill Country Club all carded 2-under rounds of 70 to each earn a share of medalist honors.

  The three medalists bettered a field of 84 #GAPMidAm hopefuls. The low 23 players and ties secured their tee times in the Championship proper on May 24-25 at Overbrook Golf Club.

  By day's end, the cut line stopped at 2-over 74 in the first of three Qualifers which featured a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

  Palubinski is a former Golden Oaks member who joined when he was 14 years old and recently left the club when he was 23. That local knowledge he gained growing up was enough to bolster his round to the top of today’s leaderboard.

  “I love this place. It’s not tight, it’s fair, there’s really no quirky holes. For a semi-private course, it’s pretty great overall,” said Palubinski, now 26.

  The Hamburg, Pa. native has his sights set on making his first GAP Major cut at Overbrook. He qualified for the #GAPMidAm last year but failed to make the second day at Waynesborough Country Club. Achieving that goal will be this year’s measuring stick for Palubinski.

  “I feel like I’ve been getting better every year. All I need to do now is make the cut. If I can do that, then I’ll try to contend,” he said.

  Orcutt consistently found himself within 12 feet in regulation during his medal-earning round. His four birdies (Nos. 7, 8, 10, 12) were the highlights of the day, even though he “left some out there”, noting that he had birdie looks roughly “70 percent of the time.”

  “The greens were great here. Iron play was huge today and you were really able to give yourself some good looks out there,” said Orcutt, 38, of Bethlehem, Pa.

  “I’ve missed a lot of cuts by only one shot, so this one feels good to qualify. I haven’t been to Overbrook but I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

  Lavin, a player who is no stranger to GAP Majors, carded splits of 1-under 35 on each side at Golden Oaks en route to earning his way to the Championship proper where he’ll play on Overbrook's familiar track.

  “Oddly enough, when I was in college and learning how to play, my cousin was the assistant pro at Overbrook. I would take lessons from him there and I learned that course well, it’s a really good one,” he said.

  The 45-year-old competes regularly in the Mid-Amateur, in addition to the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship and GAP Open Championship. He says this one is unique because “it’s for the working golfer with realistic expectations."

  “All of us know where we are in life, and we really just try to enjoy it,” said Lavin, of Drexel Hill, Pa. “That’s the biggest thing out here is having fun. We know we’re not turning pro but we do try to enjoy the time we have on the golf course.”

  Notes–G. Patrick Dougherty of Philadelphia Cricket Club made an ace on his final hole, the par-3, 170-yard No. 9, to sneak into the field. With a 6-iron in hand, his hole-in-one pushed Dougherty over the cut line.

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Amateur as a formal championship for post-college amateurs. The Association followed suit with the USGA in creating a Mid-Am, but initially differed in its administration of the tournament in a couple of respects.

  The most obvious difference was the age requirement. Prior to 2001, the GAP Middle-Amateur was for players 30 years of age and older.

  The Association’s Executive Committee reviewed and revised that age requirement in 2001 to match the USGA's guidelines of 25 years of age or older for eligible players. Also at that point, the Committee changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament (instead of a one-day medal play event) with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round. The field begins with 132 players.

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  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 153 Full Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

70

Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

70

Jared Palubinski, Schuylkill Country Club

70

Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club

71

Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club

71

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

71

Chris Button, Golden Oaks Golf Club

72

Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Casey Osborne, Brookside Country Club

72

Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club

73

Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club

73

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club

73

Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club

73

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

74

Kyle GintyTalamore Country Club

74

Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

74

Jeff KlagholzAronimink Golf Club

74

Chris Lawler, Applebrook Golf Club

74

Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Joe Perese, Philmont Country Club

74

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

74

 

Failed to qualify

Andy Achenbach, Lu Lu Country Club

75

Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club

75

Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

75

Joe Corcoran, Five Ponds Golf Club

75

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

75

Doug Gordon, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

Andrew Keeling, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

75

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

75

Brian Corcoran, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

Zachary Falone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Trever Mertz, Schuylkill Country Club

76

Joe Minahan, Brookside CC of Allentown

76

John Mullins, Bellewood Country Club

76

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club

76

Nicholas Anderson, White Manor Country Club

77

Kyle Dolby, Waynesborough Country Club

77

Scott LumbatisMakefield Highlands Golf Club

77

Patrick McCusker, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

77

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

78

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

78

Eamon Evans, Glenmaura National Golf Club

78

Brian Gardner, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

78

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

78

Sean McMonagle, Laurel Creek Country Club

78

Peter Williamson, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

78

Andrew ZoellerWaynesborough Country Club

78

Bradley Bernosky, Broad Run Golfer's Club

79

Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79

Brendan Clearkin, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

79

Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

79

Nicholas LukowWoodstone Country Club

79

Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club

79

Ryan O'Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

79

Peter Pendergast, Berkshire Country Club

79

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

79

Scott Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

80

Peter Sharkey, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club

81

Silvio Trentalange, Lu Lu Country Club

81

Jake WillcoxApplebrook Golf Club

81

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

82

Brian Sokolowski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

82

William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club

82

Robert DziakBellewood Country Club

84

Mike Ellis, Loch Nairn Golf Club

84

Paul Molloy, Golf Course at Glen Mills

84

David RabianHartefeld National

84

Butch SilknitterBellewood Country Club

84

Trevor Seufer, Stonewall

85

Tom Piersanti, Saucon Valley Country Club

86

Robert Rossetti, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

86

Cary Aarons, Medford Village Country Club

87

Jordan Mulrain, North Hills Country Club

87

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

88

David Shell, Radley Run Country Club

90

Nicholas Damm, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Pat Rooney, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

NC

Joe Rossi, Squires Golf Club

WD

 

NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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