34th GAP/DSGA Mid-Open: The Peninsula - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Oct 30, 2023

34th GAP/DSGA Mid-Open: The Peninsula

Chanaud defends, Sadowski and Millichip take Mid-Am divisions

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In the last 12 months, if the word “Open” is listed behind any event in Delaware, then there’s a chance Michael Chanaud owns it.

Chanaud, a professional out of The Peninsula Golf and Country Club, took the Delaware Open this August at Bear Trap Dunes, where he used to be a member. Last year, he won the GAP/DSGA Mid-Open at Heritage Shores.

Monday at another familiar place, Chanaud completed his Delaware trifecta by claiming his second-consecutive Mid-Open title with a round of 69 in the 34th edition at The Peninsula (par 72, 6,710 yards).

“I was doing the same thing I did at the Delaware Open,” Chanaud said. “Hit the driver and go find it. I would rather have a shorter club into the green from the rough than a longer club in from the fairway. I wanted to get wedge in hand as much as possible.”

He took the title by four shots over fellow Peninsula professional Jesse Williams and Ed Oliver Golf Club professional Tommy Ellison. Both carded rounds of 73.


Chanaud’s start wasn’t great by any means. He was 2 over through five and if it weren’t for a chip-in for bogey on No. 5 (par 3, 170 yards), his round very well could have gone another way.

From that point on, Chanaud found his groove and played the remaining 12 holes in 5 under. A testament to committing to his game plan and executing.

“Playing in conditions like this, you want to be making aggressive swings,” Chanaud, 29, of Ocean View, Del., said. “My driver is the best club in my bag so I feel like I can succeed on any golf course. It just so happens that I have had a couple home games this year.”

He fought back to even after the front nine and then found red figures for the first time with a birdie on No. 13 (par 3, 165 yards) after crisping an 8-iron to five feet.

A 15-footer for birdie on the next (par 4, 425 yards) got him to 2 under. But a casual joke about not having a chance to win subsided with a splendid birdie on the last (par 5, 535 yards). A saucy pitch from greenside to tap-in distance sealed the deal on what has been a banner year for Chanaud.

“It has been a good summer,” Chanaud said. “It helped having local knowledge of the courses I won at. Since I stopped trying to be a playing professional I have seen my game improve and there isn’t as much pressure. Helps to have the situation that I have knowing I can have fun and play loose.”

The victory celebration won’t last long when a trip to pick up his son Weston takes priority.

Chanaud is focused on becoming a PGA Professional and is planning on getting started on his bookwork in the near future. All a testament he says to the places in Delaware that have had his back during his chase.

“To be able to win these two events at Bear Trap and The Peninsula, places that feel like home, means the world,” Chanaud, a former Bear Trap Dunes member, said. “The Peninsula has done a lot for me and has set me up to succeed. It is a great place.”

Mid-Amateur Division

Greg Sadowski’s life has taken many paths. 

But for close to 34 years, one of the paths didn’t include golf. 

“I was an avid motocross racer as a kid,” Sadowski, 40, of Baltimore, Md., said. “As you can imagine I have had a lot of injuries and a lot of metal in my body. I also was big into fitness as well and ended up winning Mr. Maryland in 2008. My life has been crazy. I have tried all kinds of stuff.

“I got hooked with golf after my divorce. In a sense, golf saved me. I never have had a formal lesson. I just kept swinging. I wanted to find it in the dirt. I wish I would have picked it up earlier in life because maybe I would be further along. I love the game.”

Sadowski muscled himself to his first GAP/DSGA title by taking the Mid-Am division of the GAP/DSGA Mid-Open at The Peninsula with a round of 2-under-par 70.


“This course doesn’t set up for me at all,” Sadowski, of Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association, said. “Since it is a Jack Nicklaus design he wants you to hit a fade off the tee a lot and I like to hit a draw. I had to work my way around the golf course today. I have always trusted my game but since I am immature with golf, the mental game has been tough.”

He won by four shots over fellow Philadelphia Publinks member Ryan Richardson.

His mental fortitude remained strong in blustery and fast conditions. 

“My game has been somewhat steady,” Sadowski said. “I’ll play good one day and then struggle the next. I have been working hard on practicing. My game has always been there. My problem is I lose focus on a couple of holes.”

Sadowski made a total of three birdies on the day highlighted by a 25-footer on No. 17 (par 4, 386 yards). His lone blemish was a loss of focus on a 2-footer for par on No. 13 (par 3, 170 yards).

But this isn’t Sadowski’s first foray into the winner’s circle in golf. He’s won the York Amateur and the University of Maryland Amateur.

Sadowski’s many sports and paths he took helped his creativity. He sees golf in ways that many others don’t. The fruits of his efforts are starting to show.

“Getting an understanding of how my hands work in certain golf shots has helped me a lot,” Sadowski said. “I am pleased with how I was able to remain in it today and stay focused out there. I am really happy to win.”

Women’s Division

Honeybrook Golf Club’s Barbora Millichip continues to add the crystal hardware to her mantle. 

After winning the Women’s Mid-Amateur division of the GAP Women’s Championship at Riverton Country Club in June, Millichip found some confidence.

Monday at The Peninsula (par 72, 5,509 yards), Millichip claimed the GAP/DSGA Women’s Mid-Amateur by two shots after a round of 81.

Wilmington Country Club’s Nicoll Keeney finished second with an 83.


“It has been a great season even though my score wasn’t the best today,” Millichip, 45, of West Caln, Pa., said. “I was fighting the field and a tough golf course. I am pretty happy about it.”

Millichip’s highlight of the round was a birdie on No. 6 (par 4, 287 yards). After hitting a gap wedge from 112 yards to 15 feet she rolled in the putt. 

Just a couple days ago, Milichip put on a ball-striking clinic at Honeybrook. She hit all 18 greens in regulation but struggled on the greens. But her newfound mental attitude has helped her reach the potential she knows she has.

“What this year has taught me is to accept the errors and mistakes that come with golf,” Millichip said. “I have a tendency to overthink and dwell on bad mistakes. I try to focus on staying in the moment.”

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Mid-Open Division
Name, clubScore
Michael Chanaud, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club69
Jesse Williams, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club73
Tommy Ellison, Ed Oliver Golf Club73
Eric Onesi, USGA/GAP GC74
Greyson Rossi, Heritage Shores74
Chris Gray, Rehoboth Beach Country Club75
Brian Bryson, DuPont Country Club78
Tyler Spielberger, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club78
Will Scarborough, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club78
Wayne Defrancesco, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club83
Brooks Massey, Heritage Shores83
Michael Rushin, Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club83
Tom Eisenacher, Frog Hollow Golf Club84
Josh Covey, Heritage Shores84
George Horner, Jr., St. Anne’s Golf Links85
Andrew Hewitt, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club88
Eric Willey, Kings Creek Country ClubNC
Mid-Amateur DivisionScore
(a) Greg Sadowski, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association70
(a) Ryan Richardson, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74
(a) Josh Anderson, LedgeRock Golf Club76
(a) Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club77
(a) Ryan Gracey, Hartefeld National78
(a) Nicholas Vecellio, USGA/GAP GC78
(a) William Howard, Applebrook Golf Club78
(a) Joe Garner, DuPont Country Club79
(a) Greg Wolfe, St. Anne’s Golf Links79
(a) Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club79
(a) Rij Patel, Country Club of York79
(a) Zachary Falone, Running Deer Golf Club80
(a) Michael Polise, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club82
(a) Jason Henzes, DuPont Country Club82
(a) Jeffrey Melvin, Maple Dale Country Club82
(a) Timothy Yoder, Hooper’s Landing Golf Course83
(a) Andrew MacLean, Bayside Resort Golf Club83
(a) Justin Howe, Applecross Country Club83
(a) Bobby Proietto, LedgeRock Golf Club83
(a) Wayne Weaver, Frog Hollow Golf Club84
(a) Ken Merritt, DuPont Country Club84
(a) Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club84
(a) Andrew Hess, Odessa National Golf Club85
(a) Len Gratteri, Frog Hollow Golf Club85
(a) Travis Ralph, Heritage Shores85
(a) Jerry Newell, Fieldstone Golf Club85
(a) James Hunt, DuPont Country Club86
(a) Christian Stiles, DuPont Country Club86
(a) Brian Sokolowski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course86
(a) Jason Hurlock, Frog Hollow Golf Club86
(a) Franklin Pyle, Hartefeld National86
(a) Scott Cahayla, DuPont Country Club87
(a) Damion Peters, Frog Hollow Golf Club87
(a) Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club89
(a) Jon Thomas, White Clay Creek Country Club89
(a) Ed Aikin, USGA/GAP GC89
(a) John Edmiston, DuPont Country Club90
(a) Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club90
(a) Mark Meighan, Penn Oaks Golf Club90
(a) Ken Delaney, Deerfield Golf Club90
(a) Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club90
(a) Dario Priolo, Talamore Country Club91
(a) Israel Eleazar, Frog Hollow Golf Club92
(a) Eric Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club92
(a) Eric Pinchak, Makefield Highlands Golf Club92
(a) Ryan DeAscanis, Deerfield Golf Club93
(a) Kevin Byrne, USGA/GAP GC93
(a) Mark Yoder, Heritage Shores93
(a) Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club93
(a) Chris Lowe, Heritage Shores93
(a) Ryan Dill, Newark Country Club94
(a) Nicholas Lysik, USGA/GAP GC94
(a) Andrew Howard, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club95
(a) Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club95
(a) Jeffry Schott, Rock Manor Golf Club95
(a) Andy Lopatin, USGA/GAP GC95
(a) Joseph Spitaleri, Ed Oliver Golf Club95
(a) Michael Poczynek, Odessa National Golf Club96
(a) Karl Baptiste, USGA/GAP GC96
(a) Thomas Strusowski, Ed Oliver Golf Club96
(a) Joseph Russo, Odessa National Golf Club96
(a) Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club96
(a) Peter Lefebvre, Odessa National Golf Club97
(a) Ken Beard, Ed Oliver Golf Club98
(a) Thomas Gray, Frog Hollow Golf Club99
(a) Kevin Fetters, DuPont Country Club100
(a) Rob Ferguson, DuPont Country Club100
(a) Zachary Dilworth, Ed Oliver Golf Club100
(a) Tyler Joachimowski, DuPont Country Club101
(a) Tyler Dennis, DuPont Country Club102
(a) Phillip Yang, USGA/GAP GC104
(a) Palmer Hossler, Delcastle Golf Club107
(a) Ken Jeanes, Odessa National Golf Club109
(a) Pete Duricek, Ed Oliver Golf Club113
(a) Brian Hughey, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club119
(a) Brian Distefano, Deerfield Golf ClubNC
(a) Andrew Dennis, Frog Hollow Golf ClubDQ
(a) Christopher Towers, Frog Hollow Golf ClubDQ
(a) Ric Johnson, Hartefeld NationalDQ
(a) Mark Doughty, Fieldstone Golf ClubNS
(a) Ben Cutler, Philadelphia Cricket ClubNS
Women’s Mid-Amateur DivisionScore
(a) Barbora Millichip, Honeybrook Golf Club81
(a) Nicoll Keeney, Wilmington Country Club83
(a) Jung Kim, Talamore Country Club88
(a) Danielle Greene, Foxchase Golf Club93
(a) Alexandra Miller, Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club100
(a) Muffy McCabe, French Creek Golf Club100
(a) Amy Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club114
(a) Jenny Lee, Talamore Country ClubDQ
(a) Sukiy Orchinik, Talamore Country ClubDQ
(a) – denotes amateur
NC – no card
NS – no show
DQ – disqualified

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