April 27, 2017

Daniel Rexon plays his approach on No. 10 (par 4, 389 yards).

Tavistock’s Rexon tops Mid.-Am. Qualifier at Hopewell Valley

  HOPEWELL, N.J. — Daniel Rexon swept his singles match in Week One of the BMW GAP Team Matches. His performance at Glenmaura National Golf Club reassured the Cherry Hill, N.J. resident that his golf game is trending into positive waters.

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  Rexon carried such spunk into the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf at a quaint Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6,535 yards) Thursday. The Tavistock Country Club member carded a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors. He led a field of 79 players hoping to earn one of 21 qualifying spots and ties for the Championship proper, set for May 24-25 at Overbrook Golf Club.

  The cut line stopped at 76 by day’s end.

  “I played really well in the Team Match last weekend and was kind of riding a really good round into today,” Rexon, 29, of Cherry Hill, N.J., said. “It was one of the best matches I’ve played in a long time. I feel good right now. I’m hitting the ball solid. I’m happy right now. Mission accomplished.”

  With flying colors no less.

  Rexon opened his qualifying bid in ideal fashion. On No. 1 (par 4, 374 yards), he knocked a sand wedge 110 yards to 20 feet and drained a firm, right-to-left breaker for birdie. Rexon nearly notched an ace on the par 3, 163-yard No. 3, sending a smooth 6-iron into the flagstick. He cleaned up a five-footer. The sales engineer also birdied No. 8 (par 4, 400 yards). After extricating a 9-iron from 145 yards out of a flyer lie, Rexon dropped a downhill 10-footer. Tree trouble spearheaded a pair of frontside bogeys. Rexon left drives in precarious positions on Nos. 2 (par 4, 388 yards) and 6 (par 4, 396 yards) and failed to recover on both.

  After issuing a self-plea for more birdies on the 10th tee, Rexon finally obeyed on the par 4, 331-yard 12th hole. Facing a flyer lie once again, he lifted a pitching wedge 140 yards to 20 feet and watched his putt tumble over the right edge. Rexon chipped in for birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 352 yards) from a pace over the putting surface. A 135-yard pitching wedge shot set up the spectacular feat. Rexon reverted to 2 under thanks to a buried lie on the par 5, 491-yard 16th hole. He only advanced a “hack 9-iron” 10 feet. A key up-and-down on the next hole (par 3, 200 yards) preserved red. Rexon bumped a pitching wedge from 10 paces off the front of the green and buried an anxious three-footer.

  “I didn’t hit it great off the tee today, to be honest with you,” Rexon said. “I was really hitting some nice approach shots from the rough. I hit a couple of them close and made a few putts. It was kind of a scrappy round really.”

  A putter change “from a little Scotty [Cameron] blade to a nice, heavy mallet” continues to add green comfort, which Rexon used to his advantage Thursday.

  “[The putter has] made it a lot easier for me. It’s great on greens like this,” an enthusiastic Rexon said. “These greens were fine. I love being able to let the club do the work on those lag putts.”

  Rexon, who plays sans hat and lets his long locks flow, will compete in his second Middle-Amateur Championship. Perhaps the momentum wave will splash into Overbrook as well.

  “I just want to go out there and play how I’ve played recently,” Rexon said. “I feel really good with my irons right now. If I can get the driver straightened out like I did last weekend, it sets everything up. I expect to play well. Why not?”

  The final Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf will take place Monday, May 1 at Whitford Country Club.

  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 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. 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

Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

70

Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club

71

Dan Close, Woodcrest Country Club

71

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

72

Dan Wach, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

72

Greg Dymek, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

73

James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club

73

Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club

74

Mike Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club

74

Michael Stamberger, Manasquan River Golf Club

74

Peter Barry, Little Mill Country Club

75

Alex Hargaden, Woodcrest Country Club

75

Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club

75

Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club

75

Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

75

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

76

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

76

Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club

76

Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club

76

Jeff Peltier, Stone Harbor Golf Club

76

Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club

76

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

 

Failed to qualify

William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club

77

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

77

Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

77

Anthony Gentlesk, Tavistock Country Club

77

David Hirschhorn, Old York CC at Chesterfield

77

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club

77

James Schmidt, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club

78

Doug Jones, Little Mill Country Club

78

Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club

78

Steve Lubin, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78

Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club

78

Gary Schoeman, Gulph Mills Golf Club

78

Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club

78

James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

79

Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Gene Goudy, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79

Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club

79

Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club

79

Jerry Newell, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Dan Smith, The Springhaven Club

79

Paul Bickford, Wedgwood Country Club

80

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

80

Bernie McCole, The Bucks Club

80

Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club

80

Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

81

Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

82

David Guertler, Tavistock Country Club

82

Timothy Haberbusch, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

82

Rick James, Doylestown Country Club

82

Dan Kelly, Llanerch Country Club

82

David Krausse, Galloway National Golf Club

82

Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club

83

Colin Miller, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

84

Reid Carnes, Sea Oaks Golf Club

85

Tom Corcimiglia, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

85

Jay Nistad, Medford Village Country Club

85

Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

Ron Convento, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

87

Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club

88

Tim Levy, Green Valley Country Club

92

William Curran, Gulph Mills Golf Club

93

John Browndorf, Metedeconk National Golf Club

WD

William Costin, IV, Merion Golf Club

WD

Jeff Shoener, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

WD

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

WD

John Venne, Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

 

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