May 11, 2009

Ault, Gaffney share medalist honors at Am. Qualifier at Links GC

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Amateur Qualifier

MARLTON, N.J. – Matthew Gaffney of Little Mill CC is getting used to sharing medalist honors at GAP qualifying events.    He, along with Chris Ault of Yardley CC, shot 3-under-par and finished as a co-medalist at Monday’s Amateur Championship Qualifier at Links GC (par 70, 6,532 yards). Gaffney, 28, also shared medalist honors with Jack Wallace of Burlington CC at last Thursday’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier at Burlington CC.

   “I’m really striking the ball well,” he said. “I hit the tee ball well and the irons really well today. It’s just a matter of putts falling in. I hit a couple of long ones.”

   On No. 3 (par 4, 377 yards), Gaffney, of Sewell, N.J., hit 7-iron off the tee and fired a 25-foot putt for birdie. On No. 8 (par 3, 172 yards), he used an 8-iron off the tee, cleared casual water and landed about 20-feet from the hole. Gaffney then fired a birdie.

   “I made putts today that I was surprised went in,” he said.

   Gaffney began the day with a bogey on No. 10 (par 4, 415 yards).

   “I got off to a slow start,” he said. “From there, I settled down. I just tried to hit in the fairways and lay back off the tees.”

   Throughout the day, Gaffney leaned heavily on his irons.

   “I needed to make birdies hitting 8-iron and 7-iron onto the greens,” he said. “It wasn’t necessarily important to use driver. It was just more of a scale back and let the irons do the work for you.”

   Like Gaffney, Ault, 22, relied on his iron play.

   “I played pretty conservatively. I hit a lot of irons off the tees,” he said.

   After bogeying on No. 1 (par 4, 355 yards), Ault, of Yardley, Pa., fired birdies on Nos. 2 (par 4, 334 yards), 3 (par 4, 377 yards), 6 (par 4, 440 yards), 9 (par 4, 405 yards) and 15 (par 4, 445 yards). On Nos. 2, 6 and 9, he used his irons off the tee.

   “I was just solid,” he said. “I hit a lot of fairways. I made a lot of putts. I only hit about three drivers all day, but you don’t really need to out here. It’s pretty tight.”

   Though he finished 3-under-par, Ault referred to the course as a “fear factory.”

   “It’s scary. Every hole is out-of-bounds right and left, hazard right and left,” he said.

   Nevertheless, Ault feels that his day prepared him for tomorrow’s USGA Open Qualifier at Laurel Creek CC.

   “I was using today as a warm-up to the USGA Open Qualifier tomorrow,” Ault said. “I’ve been working on my swing a lot. This was kind of confirmation that I’ve been working on the right things,” he said. “Things are coming around. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.”

   For Gaffney, it’s on to next week’s Middle-Amateur Championship, which will be held at Tavistock CC May 20-21.

   “I know those guys are going to be tough over there. I’m looking forward to that,” he said.

   At Monday’s qualifier, Justin Martinson of Hartefeld National shot an even-70 to finish second.

   “I was hitting the ball great,” Martinson, 20, said. “I only missed three greens, two of which I missed on the fringe, so it felt like I only missed one.”

   Martinson, of Avondale, Pa., missed the greens on Nos. 8 (par 3, 172 yards), 9 and 10. He used a 6-iron for his tee shot on No. 8 and underplayed the wind. On No. 10, he missed the greens with a wedge.

   “I think I spun it off,” Martinson said.

   Martinson fired birdies on Nos. 3 and 13 (par 5, 570 yards). On No. 3, he hit a 3-wood off the tee and landed in the rough. He then struck it 105-yards with a 7-iron land on the green.

   On No. 13, Martinson used his driver to get onto the fairway. He then approached the green from about 230-yards out.

   “I was on the cart path,” Martinson said. “I hit a chip from the cart path to about 10-12 feet and made the putt.”

   When the day came to an end, the cut line fell to 77.

   Monday’s qualifier was the first of two qualifiers used to help determine the field for the 109th Amateur Championship, which will be held on June 15-17 & 20 at Stonewall. The second qualifier will be held on May 14 at Coatesville CC.

   Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Name Club Scores
Christopher Ault Yardley Country Club 67
Matthew Gaffney Little Mill Country Club 67
Justin Martinson Hartefeld National 70
Benjamin Smith Woodcrest Country Club 73
James Austin Five Ponds Golf Club 74
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club 74
Keith Snyder Sakima Country Club 74
Tom Borsello Fieldstone Golf Club 74
Alexander Maguire, Jr. Brookside Country Club 75
Bobby Arthur, Jr. Tavistock Country Club 75
Greg Matthias Hartefeld National 75
Matt Raudenbush Pine Valley Golf Club 75
Pierce Dever Jericho National Golf Club 75
Ryan McCarty Little Mill Country Club 75
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 75
Charles Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 76
Jamie Slonis Tavistock Country Club 76
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 76
Andrew Speaker Jericho National Golf Club 77
Bradley Roberts Wedgwood Country Club 77
Ed Kahn Little Mill Country Club 77
Erik Thorn Links Golf Club 77
Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 77
Stephen Sieracki Merchantville Country Club 77
William Voris Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 77
Failed to qualify
Eric Fonner Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Joe Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 78
Matthew O’Brien Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 78
Ryan Jordan Tavistock Country Club 78
Shawn Lavin Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Ajai Sirohi Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Jim Rattigan Schuylkill Country Club 79
Jonathan Ross Gulph Mills Golf Club 79
Scott Bergson Little Mill Country Club 79
Brad McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 80
Buddy Reed DuPont Country Club 80
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Joseph Gunerman Yardley Country Club 80
David Fazzini Stonewall 81
J Cattoni Huntsville Golf Club 81
Ken Matt Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Michael O’Keefe Little Mill Country Club 81
Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club 82
John Aloisio Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 82
Mark Wachter Penn Oaks Golf Club 82
Stephen Walton Downingtown Golf Club 82
William Moule Links Golf Club 82
Andrew Carnevale North Hills Country Club 83
Jimmy Johnston Merion Golf Club 83
Nelson Hargrove Merion Golf Club 83
Zachary Falone Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Alex McPherson Sandy Run Country Club 84
Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 84
Brian Sexton Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 84
James Levy Downingtown Golf Club 84
James Lewis Little Mill Country Club 84
Tim Westfall RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 84
Vaughn Schill Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Greg Verde Spring Ford Country Club 85
Matt Dudas Indian Valley Country Club 85
Scott MacGregor Merion Golf Club 85
Dan Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 86
Ivan Mcbride The Bucks Club 86
James Ridgway Wildwood Golf & Country Club 86
Nick Verrecchio Rolling Green Golf Club 86
Burton McHugh Sunnybrook Golf Club 87
Steve Lubin Five Ponds Golf Club 87
David Barnett White Clay Creek Country Club 88
Rich Thorpe Lu Lu Country Club 88
John Lupica The ACE Club 89
Patrick McCusker Plymouth Country Club 89
Tom Piersanti Saucon Valley Country Club 89
Dan Devine DuPont Country Club 92
Neil Gordon Five Ponds Golf Club 95
A.J. Tomasello Plymouth Country Club DQ
Chris Strasinski Concord Country Club WD
Evan Galbreath Philmont Country Club WD
Gui Costin Merion Golf Club WD
J. Kirk Luntey Merion Golf Club WD
Jeff DellaFranco Concord Country Club WD
Jose-Luis Centurion Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Lynn Kilduff Huntsville Golf Club WD
Rick Wright Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Tommy Shin Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Vincent Coll, Jr. Sandy Run Country Club WD
DQ – disqualification; WD – withdrawal

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