Jun 30, 2009

Alessi, Kania share medalist honors at Open Qual. at Penn Oaks GC

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Vinny Alessi of Penn Oaks GC and Michael Kania of Overbrook GC each carded a 1-under-par 70 to share medalist honors at Tuesday’s Open Championship Qualifier at Penn Oaks GC (par 71, 6,602 yards).

  It was a case of “home sweet home” for Alessi, a Penn Oaks GC member. A strong finish shaped his round as he fired birdies on Nos. 11 (par 4, 358 yards), 12 (par 3, 145 yards) and 18 (par 4, 362 yards).

  “I struggled a little bit on the front nine. I didn’t make many putts,” he said.

  After he made the turn at 2 over, Alessi’s putting shifted gears. On No. 11, Alessi, 19, converted a tough 25-footer for birdie after punching his 52-degree about 80 yards.

  “It wasn’t a really good shot, but I made the putt,” he said.

  Alessi drilled a 9-iron to about six feet on No. 12 and drained the ensuing birdie putt. He closed out with a birdie on No. 18 after knocking his approach – a pitching wedge – 120 yards to about four feet from the flagstick.

  Obviously familiar with the course, Alessi felt that he held a “slight advantage” over the 145-player field.

  “You’ve got to hit the fairways, and you’ve got to hit the greens,” he said. “If you’re hitting there, then you can score.”

  This marks Alessi’s first appearance in the Open Championship, which will be held July 22 at Bent Creek CC.

  “It will be fun,” he said. “It will be a good learning experience. It will be good to play with good players. I played in the Amateur Championship this year, and I butchered it. I didn’t play well.”

  Kania, 18, set the tone of his round early by registering an eagle on No. 3 (par 5, 473 yards). The Haverford, Pa., resident drove his tee shot – a driver – to the center of the fairway, and with 165 yards left, he stuck his 8-iron to about three feet and converted the ensuing putt.

  “That propelled me,” Kania said.

  Like Alessi, Kania, who will head to the University of Kentucky in the fall, surged on the backside, registering birdies on Nos. 10 (par 4, 430 yards), 13 (par 5, 552 yards) and 18. He “played it safe” on No. 10 after his approach – a 9-iron – sailed 148 yards and settled about a foot from the flagstick. Kania became aggressive on No. 13, crushing his approach – a 3-wood – to about 30 yards from the flagstick. He then knocked his 54-degree to about 15 feet and drained the ensuing birdie putt.

  Kania finished his round with a birdie on No. 18. His drive soared about 330 yards, and Kania then stuck a 54-degree to about 10 feet. This also marks his first appearance in the Open Championship.

  “It’s a good tournament. It’s the best competition in Philadelphia,” Kania said. “I want to test myself with the professionals and all of the best amateurs.”

  Tucker Koch of RiverCrest GC & Preserve was one of four players to card an even-par 71. The Malvern, Pa., resident netted five birdies and made critical saves throughout his round, including on Nos. 6 (par 4, 395 yards) and 7 (par 3, 205 yards). On No. 6, Koch knocked his 4-iron into the bunker, but chipped up and drained a 15-footer. His tee shot on No. 7 – a 5-iron – found the bunker, but Koch again chipped up to 10 feet and converted the ensuing putt.

  “I could’ve made double-bogeys, but I made bogeys,” Koch said.

  Koch looks forward to competing amongst a tough field in the Open Championship.

  “I want to test myself,” he said.

  Overall, 27 players qualified Tuesday, with an additional four attaining alternate positions.

Name, club Total
(a) Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club 70
(a) Vinny Alessi, Penn Oaks Golf Club 70
Mark Parson, Hidden Creek Golf Club 71
(a) Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club 71
(a) Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 71
Wesley Hollis, PGA Individual Member 71
Jim Smith, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club 73
(a) Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club 73
(a) Philip Winter, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association 73
Rick Hughart, Tavistock Country Club 73
(a) Tony Perla, Radnor Valley Country Club 73
(a) Colin Smith, Radley Run Country Club 74
(a) Cory Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club 74
Eddie Perrino, Mountain Laurel Golf Club 74
Jamie Komancheck, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 74
Jason Panter, Sea Oaks Golf Club 74
John Cooper, Jr., Penn Oaks Golf Club 74
(a) Kevin Seybert, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
(a) Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club 74
(a) Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 74
(a) Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club 74
*(a) Daniel Charen, Yardley Country Club 75
*(a) James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 75
*(a) John La Dow, Bellewood Golf Club 75
*(a) Ryan Boyland, Penn Oaks Golf Club 75
*(a) Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association 75
Alternates (in order)
*Justin Riegel, Wilmington Country Club 75
*(a) Chip Lutz, Ledgerock Golf Club 75
*Mark Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
*(a) Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 76
Failed to qualify
(a) Garrett Conway, Burlington Country Club 76
Gray West, Toftrees Golf Club 76
(a) Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 76
(a) Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club 76
(a) Matt Raudenbush, Pine Valley Golf Club 76
(a) Matt Smith, Whitford Country Club 76
(a) Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 76
(a) Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club 76
(a) Tedd Meyer, Philmont Country Club 76
William Reilly, Twining Valley Golf and Fitness Club 76
(a) Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77
(a) Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 77
Christian Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 77
(a) Duncan Zeiders, Old York Road Country Club 77
Eric Dovre, Galloway National Golf Club 77
Joseph Kogelman, St. Davids Golf Club 77
(a) Kevin Huntington, Penn Oaks Golf Club 77
(a) Matt Kohn, Hartefeld National 77
Matt Moroz, Torresdale- Frankford Country Club 77
(a) Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 77
Richie Krebs, Hanover Country Club 77
Sean Smyth, Lebanon Country Club 77
(a) Alan Over, Bent Creek Country Club 78
Anthony Napoletano, Edgmont Country Club 78
(a) Greg Verde, Spring Ford Country Club 78
(a) James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club 78
John Allen, Sunnybrook Golf Club 78
(a) Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club 78
(a) Kevin Melnick, Jr., Plymouth Country Club 78
(a) Mark Endres, Overbrook Golf Club 78
(a) Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 78
(a) Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club 78
(a) Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club 78
(a) Steve Brenner, Bent Creek Country Club 78
Butch Johnson, Concord Country Club 79
(a) Christopher Wallin, Indian Valley Country Club 79
(a) Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 79
(a) Steve Minnick, Bala Golf Club 79
(a) William Hoese, Links Golf Club 79
(a) Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 80
(a) Craig Tallent, Merion Golf Club 80
(a) Dan Bernard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 80
(a) Daniel Drazen, Little Mill Country Club 80
David Nevatt, PGA Individual Member 80
(a) James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club 80
Kevin Shaw, PGA Individual Member 80
(a) Phil Dougherty, McCall Golf & Country Club 80
(a) Richard Marabella, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
(a) Robert Pina, Chester Valley Golf Club 80
(a) Zac Robertson, Edgmont Country Club 80
(a) Andrew Mason, Five Ponds Golf Club 81
(a) Austin Wolf, Bent Creek Country Club 81
(a) Beau Guarino, Little Mill Country Club 81
Frank Bianco, Frankie B. Golf Schools 81
Frank Hesson, Indian Spring Country Club 81
(a) Michael Flatley, Bellewood Golf Club 81
(a) Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Anthony Malizia, Gulph Mills Golf Club 82
(a) Douglas Cusick, Tavistock Country Club 82
(a) Eric Casperson, Indian Valley Country Club 82
Jeffrey Haas, French Creek Golf Club 82
(a) Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club 82
(a) Robert Moses, Concord Country Club 82
(a) Scott MacGregor, Merion Golf Club 82
(a) Alex Weber, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 83
(a) Ben Bershad, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 83
(a) Bob Wolf, Bent Creek Country Club 83
(a) Junior Cattoni, Huntsville Golf Club 83
(a) Jeff DellaFranco, Concord Country Club 83
(a) Joe Bernard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 83
(a) Kyle Raudenbush, Pine Valley Golf Club 83
(a) Matthew Crescenzo, JC Melrose Country Club 83
(a) Ryan Felpel, Meadia Heights Golf Club 83
(a) Steven Kim, Blue Bell Country Club 83
(a) Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club 83
(a) Travis Gahman, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association 83
Dennis Strigh , Frog Rock Country Club 84
(a) Dino Stathis, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
(a) Mark Coassolo, Brookside Country Club of Allentown 84
(a) Mark Edmondson, Medford Village Country Club 84
(a) Matt Forgie, Penn Oaks Golf Club 84
(a) Zachary Davis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 84
(a) Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club 85
(a) Joe DeVito, Jr., Laurel Creek Country Club 85
(a) Damon Zappariello, Five Ponds Golf Club 86
(a) Michael Meiswich, Penn Oaks Golf Club 86
(a) Edmond Fenton, Jericho National Golf Club 87
(a) George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 87
(a) Craig Munson, Honeybrook Golf Club 88
(a) Kevin Bair, Wyncote Golf Club 88
(a) Matt Brady, Penn Oaks Golf Club 88
(a) Erik Thorn, Links Golf Club 89
(a) Nick Gorman, Laurel Creek Country Club 90
(a) Winfield Hill, Applebrook Golf Club 90
(a) Matthew Beardwood, DuPont Country Club 91
(a) Sean Remington, Green Valley Country Club 91
(a) Grant Thorell, Philadelphia Cricket Club 92
(a) Michael Ignatuk, Penn Oaks Golf Club 94
Chris Barletta, Bala Golf Club WD
(a) Donald Hirs, Fieldstone Golf Club WD
(a) Frank Marckioni, Mercer Oaks Golf Course WD
(a) Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club WD
(a) Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club WD
(a) John Fasy, Wilmington Country Club NS
(a) Lance Oberparleiter, Wedgwood Country Club WD
(a) Marc Mandel, White Manor Country Club WD
(a) Matthew Kreuter, Philadelphia Cricket Club DQ
Michael Ladden, Whitford Country Club WD
(a) Nikolai Wheeler, Wilmington Country Club NS
(a) Ron Weaver, Meadia Heights Golf Club WD
(a) Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club NS
(a) Thomas E. Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club WD
(a) Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club WD
Tom Gilbert, Gulph Mills Golf Club WD
*-determined in playoff
DQ-disqualification; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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