May 24, 2018

Michael McDermott (center) of Merion Golf Club finished
second in the #GAPMidAm presented by Callaway Golf.

Michael Hyland completes victorious #GAPMidAm mission

  HAVERTOWN, Pa.–Michael Hyland is a champion golfer once again.

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  Competing in the Mid.-Am. on a special exemption necessitated after missing the last two years of GAP tournaments with back issues, a steady Hyland outlasted a talented field en route to the Association’s first Major title of the year.

  Hyland carded a 73 (2 over) in Thursday’s second and final round to finish the 35th Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf at Llanerch Country Club (par 71, 6,780 yards) in 1 over for the 36 holes. Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club, a four-time Mid.-Am. champion who grew up at Llanerch, finished in second at 4 over. McDermott posted a second-round score of even-par 71. Matt Finger of DuPont Country Club and Eddie Johnson of Llanerch tied for third at 6 over for the two days.

  Defending champion Ben Feld of Huntingdon Valley Country Club recorded a second-round 78. He finished in a tie for 22nd at 11-over par.

  “I’m speechless. It’s one that I’ve been searching for a long time,” said Hyland, of Little Mill Country Club, who entered the day as a co-leader after a 1-under 70 yesterday. “Ever since I won the New Jersey Mid.-Am. a few years ago, I had the New Jersey Amateur, New Jersey Mid. and Philly Am [titles]. I’ve been missing this one. To complete that here at Llanerch Country Club is extremely special. It’s a place I fell in love with a long time ago and I’ve always loved it.”

  To provide some factual context to Hyland’s previous statement, he won the BMW Philadelphia Amateur twice, in 2000 and 2011. His New Jersey State Golf Association victories came in 2015 at the Mid-Amateur and in 1998 at the Amateur.

  Thursday, that Championship mettle Hyland displayed in his previous conquests shined bright, especially down the stretch.

  Playing in the final group of the day, he sealed the victory with a spectacular pitching wedge on No. 17 (par 3, 148 yards) that kicked off the left bank next to the green and stopped six feet from the cup. He drained the birdie putt to move three shots clear of the field with one hole remaining.

  On the three holes prior, holes his foes struggled to navigate, Hyland registered three solid pars. McDermott and Johnson failed to gain any ground during the stretch, and Finger, who was tied with Hyland, dropped three shots.

  “Obviously I’m pleased I came back [after an opening-round 75]. It wasn’t quite enough,” said McDermott, 43, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. “Kudos to Mike for getting it done down the end.

  “My thought coming into the day was if I could shoot 1 under on the front, the back nine could give you some birdies. [I was thinking] maybe 3 under on the back. That would give me a 67 and that might be the right number. I shot my 1 under on the front but on the back [nine] I made some hard to describe mistakes. It set me back to a place where I needed a bit of a miracle coming in.”

  McDermott cited Nos. 10 (par 4, 446 yards) and 11 (par 4, 457 yards) as the difference makers.

  On No. 10, his lob wedge from 90 yards just missed its mark and rolled back down the front hill guarding the green resulting in a bogey. On No. 11, McDermott knocked a 7-iron from 190 yards to 20 feet of the cup but three putted.

  Ironically, it was No. 10 that exercised some Hyland early game jitters. His wedge approach bounced off a sprinkler long and left over the green, which slopes severely back to front. The hole location was only a few yards onto the front portion. A bogey would be a great score from there. Anything less a miracle. He flopped his chip shot onto the green, watched it trickle ever so slowly toward the hole and converted the six-foot par try. Incredible.

  “The first couple of holes I was nervous. I’ll admit it. I couldn’t get the ball in the hole,” said Hyland, 39, of Medford, N.J. “It was tough to get a yardage with my range finder. I was shaking so much.”

  Those nerves and emotions resulted in bogeys on Nos. 1 (par 4, 403 yards), 5 (par 5, 552 yards) and 7 (par 4, 391 yards).

  He finished even par on his final nine.

  Back issues, a job change and family – he has two young children – Logan and Mackenzie – leave the immediate future in question.

  Though he did mention trying to conquer the Patterson Cup for a first time after some near misses.

  On this day, the affable Hyland couldn’t help but wonder what just happened.

  “I never dreamed I’d be back in this position,” he said with a crackling voice. “I’ve literally given up on competitive golf.”

NOTES–Co-first-round leader Tom Grady of Radley Run Country Club posted a second-round 81 to finish in a tie for 12th place … The 2019 Middle-Amateur Championship is tentatively set for May 22-23 at Rolling Green Golf Club.

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

70-73–143

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

75-71–146

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

71-77–148

Eddie Johnson, Llanerch Country Club

71-77–148

Peter Barron, III, Greate Bay Country Club

79-70–149

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

75-74–149

William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club

73-76–149

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75-74–149

Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club

72-78–150

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74-76–150

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

75-75–150

James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club

77-74–151

Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club

70-81–151

Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

74-77–151

Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club

72-79–151

Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76-75–151

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

79-73–152

Clayton Davidson, West Shore Country Club

73-79–152

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club

79-73–152

Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club

77-75–152

Thomas Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club

72-80–152

Ben Feld, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75-78–153

Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

78-75–153

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

75-78–153

Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

75-78–153

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78-76–154

Scott Ehrlich, White Manor Country Club

79-75–154

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78-76–154

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

79-76–155

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

79-76–155

Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club

73-82–155

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

78-78–156

Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

78-78–156

Robert Good, Merion Golf Club

77-80–157

Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

78-79–157

Dave Marshall, Running Deer Golf Club

76-81–157

Greg O'Connor, Bellewood Country Club

80-77–157

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77-80–157

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

79-78–157

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

79-78–157

Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club

78-79–157

Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club

80-78–158

Mike Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club

75-83–158

Michael Quartermain, Llanerch Country Club

80-78–158

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80-78–158

Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

76-82–158

Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club

81-78–159

Bill Charpek, Merion Golf Club

77-82–159

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79-80–159

Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

77-82–159

David Shields, Flourtown Country Club

77-82–159

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

79-81–160

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

78-82–160

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

80-80–160

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

81-79–160

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

80-80–160

Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

78-83–161

Andrew Keeling, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

81-80–161

Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club

80-81–161

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

78-83–161

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

80-81–161

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

79-83–162

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

79-83–162

Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79-85–164

James Gardas, Glenmaura National Golf Club

80-85–165

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81-85–166

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

80-87–167

Luis Diaz, Rancocas Golf Club

80-87–167

John Moore, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

81-90–171

Joe April, Waynesborough Country Club

78-WD–78

Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79-WD–79

Alex Hargaden, Woodcrest Country Club

80-WD–80

Kevin Rossi, Scranton Municipal Golf Course

81-WD–81

 

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