May 29, 2002

Anton, McGuinness grab Middle-Amateur Championship first-round lead

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MALVERN, PA-Edward Anton of Woodbury CC and William McGuinness of Tavistock CC each carded even-par 70s to share the first-round lead of the Middle-Amateur Championship on Wednesday at Chester Valley GC (par 70, 6,405 yards). A remarkable 10 players are within two shots of the leaders and another 21 are within four strokes heading into Thursday’s second and final round of the first GAP Major of the season.

The cut for the low 70 players and ties fell at 77. A total of 74 players advanced from the field of 144.

Anton, who last played in the Mid-Am in 2000, is the surprise of the co-leaders. He’s never before finished in the top half of the Middle-Amateur or any other GAP Major. In fact, his best GAP effort was a “third or fourth in a couple better ball events.” Thursday morning, he’ll find himself teeing off as the co-leader in the day’s final group.

“I’ve never had a round like this [in a competition like this],” said Anton, 49, of Woolwich Township, N.J. “I’m very pleased, especially with the qualify of this field. I tried to be smart and hit it in play. You can’t score if you don’t hit it in the fairway.”

Anton carded three birdies and three bogeys in his round. He rolled in a 25-footer on No. 4 (par 4, 365 yards) for a three before netting birdies on No. 13 (par 4, 320 yards) and No. 17 (par 4, 380 yards). He bogeyed No. 1 (par 4, 370 yards) after missing a three-footer, No. 6 (par 4, 411 yards) and No. 14 (par 5, 488 yards).

McGuinness, the 1996 GAP Amateur champion, carded three birdies and three bogeys as well. Early on, it was his putter that did the trick. The 42-year-old Woodbury, N.J. resident sank a 45-foot birdie putt on No. 1 (par 4, 370 yards), a 25-footer on No. 8 (par 4, 385 yards) and a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 9 (par 4, 371 yards). He bogeyed No. 5 (par 3, 170 yards), No. 7 (par 3, 192 yards) and No. 12 (par 4, 410 yards), to finish at even. He recorded no three putts in his round.

McGuinness’ top effort in a Middle-Amateur was a fourth-place finish in 1994 at Meadowlands CC.  

“It doesn’t matter, I’m just glad I can sleep in,” said a smiling McGuinness of earning a spot in the final group on Thursday. He teed off at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday. “I was just trying to maneuver myself into a good position heading into the final day.”

Lurking one behind the leaders is Craig Larsen of Aronimink GC. In a group of nine two back are Bob Proto of Little Mill CC, who captured the Senior Amateur Championship at Chester Valley last year, Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC, the two-time defending Silver Cross winner, and Michael Tash of Tavistock CC, the 1994 Middle-Amateur titleist. Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC, the defending Middle-Amateur champion, is six back after carding a 76.  

This is only the second year the Middle-Amateur format has encompassed two days and 36 holes. Prior to 2001, the Mid-Am was a one-day, 18-hole event.  

This is also just the second year players 25 years of age and older were allowed to participate. Prior to last season, players had to be 30 years of age and older.

Name ClubScore
EdwardAntonWoodbury CC70
WilliamMcGuinnessTavistock CC70
CraigLarsenAronimink GC71
GaryDanielsApplebrook GC72
ChristopherFacklerNorthampton CC72
MichaelGregorHuntingdon Valley CC72
FrancisMcFaddenOverbrook GC72
OscarMestre, Jr.Overbrook GC72
RobertProtoLittle Mill CC72
PaulRogowiczYardley CC72
GlennSmeraglioYardley CC72
MichaelTashTavistock CC72
MichaelFoxPhiladelphia CC73
BrianGillespieSt. Davids GC73
RichardReedDowningtown CC73
ThomasSoaresBerkleigh CC73
P. ChetWalshPhiladelphia CC73
PeterWiddoesDeerfield G & TC73
HerbertZimmerman, Jr.Lancaster CC73
ThomasDiCintiLinks GC74
MatthewDolinskyReading CC74
MichaelDomenickPhoenixville CC74
ThomasGramignaTavistock CC74
ThomasHylandLittle Mill CC74
RocIreyCedarbrook CC74
ArthurKania, Jr.Overbrook GC74
RobertLodoviciLinks GC74
JamesMacallisterManufacturers G & CC74
RobinMcCoolSaucon Valley CC74
JohnRobinsonCommonwealth National GC74
DavidSmithDoylestown CC74
GarySmithHuntingdon Valley CC74
StevenWalczakWilmington CC74
BrentWilyBerkleigh CC74
DavidBrookresonHuntingdon Valley CC75
BrianCeribelliCoatesville CC75
LeeCookLaurel Creek CC75
GaryDanielsSaucon Valley CC75
FrancisDowneyNorth Hills CC75
JayHowson, Jr.St. Davids GC75
ChrisHynoskiYardley CC75
ChristopherLangeOverbrook GC75
TerrenceSawyerYardley CC75
JeffreySepesiRadnor Valley CC75
DouglasZelnerCoatesville CC75
GerardAscoleseNorth Hills CC76
MatthewBellisCommonwealth National GC76
JohnCarulloPenn Oaks GC76
DavidChenardPhiladelphia Publinks76
JohnCobbTavistock CC76
GeorgeConnell, Jr.Gulph Mills GC76
MarlinDetweilerLancaster CC76
AndrewDietzLaurel Creek CC76
CharlesDowds, IIINorth Hills CC76
KeithMattLu Lu CC76
KevinMcClellanDoylestown CC76
MichaelMcDermottLlanerch CC76
WilliamMendezFieldstone Golf Club76
TomPiersantiRadley Run CC76
JamieSlonisTavistock CC76
BillBoyleMetedeconk National GC77
EdmundChylinskiChester Valley GC77
FrankCorrado, Jr.Jericho National GC77
RickCusterSpring-Ford CC77
BillDwyerConcord CC77
WilliamHoganBurlington CC77
MichaelMoffatCommonwealth National GC77
DrewPanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace CC77
PatrickSimmonsDelaware National Country Club77
ChrisSmedleyCoatesville CC77
WarrenSmithFieldstone Golf Club77
RonWeaverMeadia Heights GC77
DavidWestWhitford CC77
ByronWhitmanPhiladelphia Publinks77
Failed to qualify
JasonBarkleyBerkleigh CC78
TomBorselloFieldstone Golf Club78
SeanCoyleLlanerch CC78
JimDeckerGulph Mills GC78
ChrisEsbenshadeStone Harbor GC78
BradMcFaddenOverbrook GC78
ScottOrrReading CC78
PaulStewartMelrose CC78
JohnBoscarelliYardley CC79
EricBuckCoatesville CC79
RobertCampbellLancaster CC79
JamieHarrellCoatesville CC79
ChrisKallmeyerPhiladelphia Cricket Club79
BrianLlewellynHuntsville GC79
KennethMattLu Lu CC79
MichaelMcKeeWyncote GC79
CarlosOchoaLittle Mill CC79
BradSokolBerkleigh CC79
RichardUmaniPhiladelphia Publinks79
PaulBickfordWoodbury CC80
JamesChapinCedarbrook CC80
JamesCollChristiana CC80
JamesHaynieLu Lu CC80
JackHelmsRolling Green GC80
JohnJonesChester Valley GC80
AnthonyKondrackiFox Hill CC80
JohnLeBoeufPhiladelphia CC80
BennettMeyerPhilmont CC80
KennethRalstonHuntsville GC80
JamesReaveyCoatesville CC80
RonRyllJericho National GC80
DavidStrohlMoselem Springs GC80
MichaelCivitelloChester Valley GC81
KennethCroney, Jr.Kennett Square G & CC81
JohnDonnellyConcord CC81
DavidFazziniSpring Ford CC81
RonaldJamarowiczChristiana CC81
StevenKaniaOverbrook GC81
ThomasMalloukLookaway GC81
GlennMcClaskeyPhiladelphia Publinks81
FrankPolizzi, Sr.Whitemarsh Valley CC81
GregShevaTorresdale Frankford CC81
KevinSmithFieldstone Golf Club81
TonyCarrollWyncote GC82
JamesDurantePhoenixville CC82
MichaelEganLookaway GC82
WilliamGordonInniscrone GC82
TomGroffMeadia Heights GC82
MichaelLa GrassoBurlington CC82
RobertMajczanSpring Mill CC82
JohnMcKayCommonwealth National GC82
MichaelSangerMerion GC82
SteveSpuhlerLu Lu CC82
JohnO’SullivanChester Valley GC83
RenardSaccoBerkleigh CC83
MichaelAndersonCommonwealth National GC84
RobertGarisNorth Hills CC84
RobertGillFox Hill CC84
RobMcMenaminPhiladelphia CC84
AaronBracyPhiladelphia PubLinks85
HarveyMcCumberWilmington CC85
JayDesjardinsWaynesborough CC86
AndrewMarkCommonwealth National GC86
RickWrightRunning Deer GC86
GregoryHenkelMelrose CC95
SantoLafocaHuntsville GCDQ
BrianPowellBurlington CCWD
DouglasSchroerSt. Davids GCWD
ChrisTerebesiChester Valley GCWD

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