May 28, 2014

Commonwealth caps Team Championship Qual. at The ACE Club

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. — A push from players in the final pairing — and a bit of interference from Mother Nature — enhanced the nail-biting drama in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Team Championship Qualifier at The ACE Club (par 72, 7,141 yards).
  Prior to the closing curtain, though, two squads — Commonwealth National Golf Club (293) and Philadelphia Cricket Club (297) — already secured spots in the Championship proper. Mercer Oaks Golf Course also appeared locked in, however, Michael R. Brown’s score was disqualified after he failed to notify the committee that he played two balls on one hole (Rule 3-3 Doubt as to Procedure) before returning his scorecard.
   That verdict left three teams sparring for the last two available spots.
  Benjamin Cooley and Jeff Osberg, playing in the event’s final group off the first tee, held Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s fate in-hand. However, severe weather forced competitors off the course at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday. Play resumed at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  The two needed to collectively play their final three holes in 1 under to give Huntingdon Valley an edge over Overbrook Golf Club (300) and Philmont Country Club (300). Cooley and Osberg finished that stretch in 1 over.
  “We got ourselves in a good position to finish off the round,” Osberg, 29, of West Chester, Pa., said. “I think the rain delay definitely hurt us, but we knew we had to play the holes collectively in 1 under, and unfortunately, we just couldn’t do it.”
  “It wasn’t an overly daunting task,” Cooley, 20, of Rydal, Pa., added. “Going into yesterday, we kind of knew where we stood and figured if we both played OK, we’d be fine. Jeff played well and I struggled. We were balancing out for awhile.”
  Before Cooley and Osberg teed off yesterday, Huntingdon Valley held a clubhouse score of 317. Osberg brought his team back into the qualifying conversation by turning in 5 under. He carded three birdies and an eagle. Osberg dropped a wedge 80 yards to 15 feet on No. 1 (par 4, 365 yards) and 40 yards to eight feet on No. 5 (par 4, 385 yards). He stopped an 8-iron at 25 feet for a 2 on No. 6 (par 3, 186 yards), and on the par 5, 525-yard No. 9, clobbered a 7-iron 192 yards to 20 feet for a 3.
  Osberg cancelled a bogey on the next par 5 (No. 16, 572 yards) with a birdie on the 17th hole (par 4, 391 yards); he nearly jarred a hard wedge from 135 yards for eagle. Cooley, though, missed the green right with a 9-iron from 138 yards and failed to get up-and-down. Consequently, both players needed birdies on the par 5, 568-yard 18th hole. Knowing the circumstances, Osberg attempted to reach the green in two with a 3-wood from 257 yards, but found the water hazard instead. Cooley sent a wedge 105 yards to 30 feet and buried his birdie putt, but it wasn’t enough.
  “I figured we would probably need an eagle so I tried to hit a high cut, something that would hold the front of the green, knowing where that hole location was. I just hit it high right and lost it completely,” Osberg said.
  Huntingdon Valley finished at 301.
  Commonwealth National’s Matthew Teesdale earned individual medalist honors in the event, carding a 5-under-par 67 to lead his team into the Championship proper, set for June 23 at Trump National Golf Club — Philadelphia. His performance is a case of déjà vu; Teesdale posted the same score in the same event at the same venue in 2012.
  “Two years ago, I got off to a hot start. I dunked a 6-iron for eagle on the first hole (No. 10),” Teesdale, 23, said. “Today I three-putted from 15 feet [for bogey on No. 10] and bounced back with a nice 30-footer on No. 11 for birdie.”
  On the aforementioned 423-yard 11th hole, Teesdale smashed a 6-iron 207 yards and converted a right-to-left breaker. Overall, he played the par 5s at The ACE Club in 4 under. Teesdale hit a 4-iron 235 yards to 12 feet on No. 16 (572 yards) and lagged the eagle attempt into tap-in territory. He narrowly missed a five-footer for 3 on No. 18 (568 yards) after smashing a 5-iron 215 yards. On the 575-yard No. 3, Teesdale launched a 3-wood 277 yards onto the right fringe and two-putted. He also reached the 525-yard No. 9 in two strokes and then nestled a chip off a mound behind the hole location to four feet.   “What was best about the round is I played the par 5s well,” Teesdale said. “I got the ball in play off the tee and tried irons into the majority of them. I was feeling comfortable with the driver today.”
  Teesdale also carded birdies on Nos. 1 (par 4, 365 yards) and 5 (par 4, 385 yards). He executed a bump-and-run from 50 yards to two feet on the first, and drove the green and two-putted on the latter. Teesdale’s worst swing of the day — a hook 6-iron on the par 3, 169-yard No. 3 — resulted in a bogey.
  Teesdale, the 2013 Patterson Cup runner-up, is a senior at Temple University. His game is turning a corner, despite a tough spring season.
  “I’m feeling good now and getting a little more confidence with the putter, which is nice,” Teesdale said.
  Commonwealth National will make its fourth straight and sixth overall Team Championship appearance. Its only title came in 2009 at LedgeRock Golf Club. Philadelphia Cricket returns to defend its title. Overbrook holds a record 17 Team Championship titles. This will be Philmont’s first appearance in the final since 1979. It is only Philmont’s second ever final appearance.
  The Team Championship Qualifier determines what four member clubs will compete in the Team Championship. Participants must field at least six players to be eligible. The low four scores of each team make up the qualifying total. In the event of a tie, the fifth player’s score is used.
  The Championship proper features eight-man teams playing an alternate shot format in the morning, with singles matches in the afternoon.
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Qualifiers
Team
Total
Commonwealth National GC
293
Matthew Teesdale
67*
Kyle Martin
76*
Scott McLaughlin
75*
Daniel Furman
75*
Brett Diakon
77
Michael Moffat
76
 
Philadelphia Cricket Club
297
Joe April
77
Jack Wallace
73*
John Brennan
WD
Marc Mandel
74*
Ryan Gelrod
75*
G. Patrick Dougherty
75*
 
Overbrook GC
300
James Kania, Jr.
76*
Michael Kania
74*
Raymond Thompson
76*
Chris Lange, Jr.
74*
Christopher Lange
82
Brad McFadden
79
 
Philmont CC
300
Joe Perese
82
Nathaniel Graves
87
John Simone
76*
Robert Galbreath, Jr.
74*
Evan Galbreath
78*
Matthew Crescenzo
72*
 
Failed to qualify
Huntingdon Valley CC
301
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr.
81
Jeff Osberg
69*
Benjamin Smith
75*
Sean Seese
77*
Benjamin Cooley
80*
Sean Ryan
84
 
Mercer Oaks GC
303
Glenn Smeraglio
80*
Michael R. Brown
DQ
Justin VanHyning
83
Thomas E. Timby, Jr.
74*
Brian Bush
77*
Michael Dimeglio
72*
 
Wildwood G&CC
305
Robert Rinier
82
James Ridgway
77*
John Murphy, II
77*
Steve Owens
79*
Alexander Hicks
72*
Steve Ransom, Jr.
79
 
Whitford CC
305
Bruce Cowgill
83
Peter Blok
77*
David West
75*
Chris Yard
82
Owen Mulhern
78*
Kevin Conners, Jr.
75*
 
Manufacturers G&CC
306
Paul Polinsky
71*
James Muller
81*
Maximillian Muller
77*
Andrew Wickersham
77*

Tavistock Country Club
308
Michael Tash
79*
Thomas Gramigna
75*
Jamie Slonis
77*
Bob Arthur
84
Matt Raudenbush
77*
Ryan Powers
86
 
DuPont CC
312
Mark Wachter
82*
Matthew Finger
73*
Mark Lovell
85
Andrew Ferrario
80*
Alan Lazzarino
77*
Brian Davis
84
 
Old York Road CC
314
Edward Enoch
82*
Edward Kelly, Jr.
77*
Ryan Beck
74*
Bryan Marvin
81*
John Samaha
WD
 
Little Mill CC
315
Michael Hyland
73*
Michael Dunn
81*
Vincent Kwon
84
Matthew Gaffney
82*
Bradley Roberts
88
Joseph Roeder
79*
 
Whitemarsh Valley CC
318
John Frampton
84*
Richard Atcavage
80*
Frank Polizzi
84
Matt Jasudowich
76*
David Liotta
78*
Miguel Biamon
WD
 
Philadelphia CC
333
P. Chet Walsh
85*
Michael Gradisek
86*
Robert Craven
81*
Pat Pasquariello
86
Kevin Collons
81*
 
Lookaway GC
340
Bob Majczan
87*
Kurt Thompson
96
Andrew Speaker
88*
Nate Choukas
83*
Jake Merana
82*
 
Applebrook GC
WD
Andrew Sterge
80*
Nick Zammer
WD
William Naylor
WD
Patrick Shanahan
WD
Jeffrey Shanahan
WD
Dan Arison
77*
 
Blue Bell CC
WD
Jules Quinones
81*
Jimmy Yang
WD
Gerald Henderson
WD
Joseph Soranno
WD
Joe Kerrigan
WD
Robert Cannon
WD
 
Broad Run Golfer’s Club
WD
Jon-Michael Socaris
WD
Harold Schweitzer
WD
Nick Maglio
WD
Jerry Panichelli
WD
Phil Perring
WD
Steve Lieb
WD

*-score used in total
WD-withdrawal

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