Jul 15, 2004

Amateur Chris Lange takes 100th Open Championship

GLADWYNE, Pa. – Chris Lange’s resume is as impressive as any current or former player in the Golf Association of Philadelphia. The 49-year-old is a three-time Amateur and a three-time Patterson Cup (the Association’s stroke play competition) champion. The longtime Overbrook GC member also has finished as the Low Amateur in the Philadelphia Open Championship twice – a second- and third-place showing. 

  On Wednesday, Lange bettered those two notable prior Open placings in grand style, taking the 100thOpen Championship as administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at the extremely difficult and challenging Philadelphia CC (par 70, 6,956 yards). Lange posted a 1-over-par total (141), the low golfer in the field of 60 players – 45 professionals from the Philadelphia Section of the PGA and 15 amateurs.

  The Open is a 36-hole, one-day event.

   “This is very special,” said Lange, the first amateur to take the Open since Michael Brown did so in 1997. “I’ve been close a couple, but I was never able to finish the job.”

  Dave Quinn, the golf professional at Links Golf Club, placed second with a 143 total (71-72) and Michael McDermott, the reigning Golf Association Player of the Year from Llanerch CC, finished third with scores of 73-71 for a 144 finish.

  Defending champion Brian Kelly placed seventh with rounds of 76-71 and 147 total (7-over par).

  Kim Verrecchio, a teaching professional at Waynesborough CC, who made history by becoming the first woman to ever compete in the Open, carded rounds of 92 and 87 for a 179 total.

  “I’m glad I played. Everyone involved was very supportive,” said Verrecchio, 35, of Havertown, Pa. “The golf course was much more difficult than I could have ever prepared for.”

  Lange’s victory marked the 11th time an amateur has captured the Open Championship. Only amateur’s James B. McHale, Jr. (1948), William Hyndman, III (1968-69), R. Jay Sigel (1975, 77-78, 80, 86-87) and Brown (1997) have ever captured Open titles.

  With Philadelphia CC playing long and difficult, Lange proved a model of consistency – at least as close as one could on this day. He made four bogeys and four birdies in the first round. On the final 18 holes, he registered four bogeys and three birdies.

  Lange never strayed too far from a fairway or green all day. And on his final nine, he separated himself from the rest of the field with two fantastic birdies. On No. 1 (par 4, 325 yards), his 28th hole the Bryn Mawr, Pa. resident dropped a Lob Wedge to three feet. On No. 2 (par 4, 353 yards), Lange landed a 52-degree wedge 15 feet from the hole before making the putt for another birdie.

  “That separated me from everyone else,” said Lange. “I knew that.”

  Lange kept the round together after that with four pars and three bogeys.

  He bogeyed the last two holes with the result well in hand.

  “I knew at the 34th hole I had a three or four-shot lead,” said Lange, “but I still felt pretty nervous.”

  Quinn posted a 71 in the morning trailing only Lange. His position never changed the rest of the day. The 38-year-old Marlton, N.J. resident posted a 72 in his final round, never seriously making a run at the leader.

  “I couldn’t get the speed of the greens in the afternoon,” said Quinn, who did take home the top professional prize of $4,400. Amateurs are not eligible for prize money. “I was parring everything and then I made a couple of bad swings coming in. I could never really challenge him.”

  Quinn surprised himself with the top finish. He just missed qualifying for the PGA Championship by a stroke after a strong push at the recent Club Professional’s Championship. 

  Being so close, Quinn assessed his game and made some swing changes, for what he called the long run. Today, he finally witnessed some positive results.

  NOTES-The total purse for the Open Championship was $23,250. The top 15 professionals received prize money … Verrecchio played from the same set of tees as the male competitors. She qualified at the Philadelphia Section of the PGA Open Qualifier at Downingtown CC. There, under section standards, she played from 82 percent of the golf course.

PosNameClubRd. 1Rd. 2Total
1(a) Chris LangeOverbrook GC7071141
2David W. QuinnLinks Golf Club7172143
3(a) Michael P. McDermottLlanerch Country Club7371144
4William J. SautterTalamore at Oak Terrace 7372145
T5Stuart IngrahamOverbrook Golf Club7472146
T5Steve A. MadsenWilmington Country Club7472146
7Brian KellyBucknell Golf Club7671147
T8(a) P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club7474148
T8Terry HertzogBent Creek Country Club7474148
T10William WalkerTalamore at Oak Terrace 7574149
T10Dave RobertsCedarbrook Country Club7673149
T12Travis W. DeibertLehigh Country Club7575150
T12Bobby KershnerSpring Ford Country Club7377150
T12Hugh P. ReillyTwining Valley Golf Club7575150
T12Orist G. Wells, Jr.Pitman Golf Club7377150
T12Tom RyanPhoenixville Country Club7674150
17George Frake, IILittle Mill Country Club7774151
T18(a) Oscar L. Mestre, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club7676152
T18(a) Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club7676152
T18John D. AllenSunnybrook Golf Club7874152
T18Graham DendlerMerion Golf Club7775152
T18Paul GalczykWestover Inn Golf Club7676152
T18Paul A. OglesbyMerion Golf Club7676152
T18Greg FarrowDeerwood Country Club7775152
T18Mark ParisiChristiana Country Club7973152
T18Rob ShueyGolf Club at Felicita7577152
T27(a) Lynn T. KilduffHuntsville Golf Club7677153
T27(a) Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club8073153
T27John CooperMeadowlands Country Club7974153
T27George ForsterRadnor Valley Country Club7578153
T31(a) Anthony M. ApostolicoDeerfield Golf & Tennis Club8174155
T31John DiMarcoLaurel Creek Country Club7976155
T31John SpinaTalamore at Oak Terrace 7877155
T34(a) Steve J. OwensWildwood Golf & Country Club7977156
T34(a) John M. PeletWyncote Golf Club7977156
T36Craig FrankThe Hills at Perkiomen8374157
T36Peter S. KowalinskiLedgerock Golf Club7978157
T36Ralph ViolaGolf Edu Incorporated7681157
T39(a) Chris GallagherPenn Oaks Golf Club8078158
T39Steve HudsonPhiladelphia Cricket Club7979158
T39Sean P. SmythBlue Ridge Country Club8177158
T42(a) Scott EhrlichMeadowlands Country Club8277159
T42Sean M. RileyPhiladelphia Cricket Club7881159
T44David L. FieldsBrookside Country Club7981160
T44David A. EatonPhiladelphia Country Club7882160
T46(a) Sean SeeseHuntingdon Valley Country 7982161
T46Andrew BarbinChesapeake Bay Golf Club8378161
T48Doug M. DelaneySand Barrens Golf Course8082162
T48Tom P. GilbertGulph Mills Golf Club8577162
50J.R. DelichPhiladelphia PGA8083163
T51Barry W. DearSouth Jersey Golf Center7787164
T51Jim J. Smith Jr.Talamore at Oak Terrace 7886164
53(a) Michael A. TashTavistock Country Club8283165
T54(a) Geoff ForcinoWaynesborough Country Club8285167
T54Robert M. LennonBlue Herron Pines Golf Club8285167
56Daniel J. AyarsLinks Golf Club8484168
57Kimberly A. VerrecchioWaynesborough Country Club9287179
T58John ApplegetBlue Herron Pines Golf Club79NCNC
T58Rick OsbergLogo Osberg83WDWD

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