Aug 19, 2009

Commonwealth National’s Smeraglio seizes Marston Cup at Cedarbrook

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 BLUE BELL, Pa. – His putter may’ve been ugly in appearance, but Glenn Smeraglio’s round Wednesday wasn’t as the Commonwealth National GC member carded a 6-under-par 66 to win the fifth edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Marston Cup at Cedarbrook CC (par 72, 6,833 yards).

  Smeraglio, of Newtown, Pa., also won the Marston Cup in 2006.

  “The more I read about Max Marston, the more impressed I am,” he said. “To win a tournament with his name on it is special. To be on it twice is an honor.”

  Smeraglio attributed his success primarily to an aesthetically hideous flatstick that had been tucked away at home.

  “Obviously, I putted good,” he said. “I’ve been playing pretty good all year and not making any putts. Today, I broke out a new putter from the basement. It was the ugliest thing I could find. Ugly was good. It seemed to have a good feel. The greens were soft. You could go right at the pins.”

  Smeraglio played alongside William McGuinness of Tavistock CC, the 1996 Amateur Champion, and defending Marston Cup Champion Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC, who both carded a 4-under-par 68.

  “I think that’s important,” Smeraglio said. “Everyone was pushing each other to make birdies. I think we had 16 birdies in the group.”

  Smeraglio set the tone early with a downhill, left-to-right breaking 15-footer for birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards).

  “I said, ‘Wow. Maybe this putter’s OK,” he said.

  Smergalio rocketed his 3-wood over the green on No. 6 (par 5, 550 yards), but chipped up and converted a two-footer for birdie. After making the turn at 2 under, Smeraglio, 49, fired three straight birdies. He smashed a 5-iron 195 yards to the front fringe and two-putted for birdie on No. 10 (par 5, 530 yards). On No. 11 (par 4, 380 yards), his approach 9-iron soared 140 yards and settled 15-feet from the flagstick. Smeraglio then cleaned up the birdie putt. He blasted a 3-hybrid from 209 yards out on No. 12 (par 5, 515 yards) and again two-putted for birdie.

  Smeraglio nearly registered a birdie on the par 3, 13th hole, but his 25-footer stopped just shy of the cup. He dug deeper into red figures the next hole, though, after smashing his 4-iron uphill from 190 yards out to 15 feet. He drained the downhill birdie putt.

  “That’s the best hole out there,” Smeraglio said.

  Smeraglio will next attempt to qualify for the USGA Middle-Amateur Championship Aug. 31. at Links GC.

  Peter Moran of Edgmont CC was one of nine players who finished in red figures Wednesday. Moran, of Chester Springs, Pa., registered five birdies en route to a 2-under-par 70.

  “I didn’t really get into too much trouble,” he said. “And when I did, I think I had two holes (Nos. 4 and 18) that I punched out on. I wasn’t sure of some of these corners. In retrospect, it was a couple good pitches that really saved my round.”

  On No. 18 (par 4, 391 yards), Moran, of Chester Springs, Pa., drilled his tee shot – a driver – through the fairway, but found himself blocked out thanks to a towering pine tree.

  “I couldn’t hit over it, so I just hit a lob wedge into the fairway,” he said.

  Moran then pitched up to three feet and drained the ensuing putt to save par. A second critical save came on the par 4, 372-yard No. 4. Moran, 39, drove his tee shot into the left-side rough, but escaped back onto the fairway, pitched it to eight feet and made par.

  After beginning his round with back-to-back pars, Moran, who started on the back nine, fired a birdie on No. 12 (par 5, 515 yards). He laid up in front of the creek, and with 66 yards left, Moran stuck his lob wedge to three feet.

  “That kind of got things back on track there,” he said.

  Although he three-putted for bogey on the tricky par 3, 13th hole, Moran rattled in a birdie on the next par 3, No. 16 (170 yards). His smooth 7-iron landed six inches left of the flagstick and reeled back. Moran then converted a three-footer.

  Moran’s tee shot on No. 17 (par 4, 400 yards) scooted past the fairway bunker and came to rest 130 yards out. He pitched his downhill approach to seven feet left of the flagstick and sank birdie putt.

  “That was probably one of my better shots of the day,” Moran said of the pitch. “That’s where I was aiming for.”

  A second three-putt for bogey came on No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards). Moran’s 20-footer for birdie stopped eight feet to the left of the cup.

  “It looked like it was downhill, but it was a bad putt from the get-go,” he said. “It still fooled me.”

  But Moran kept a calm demeanor and fired a birdie on No. 2 (par 5, 535 yards). He blasted out of the right-side rough with a straightaway 4-iron, pitched up to two feet and tapped it in. From 225 yards out on the treacherous No. 6 (par 5, 550 yards), Moran again relied on his 4-iron and smacked it short of the left-side bunker. His pitch stayed straight and settled three feet from the flagstick. Moran converted the birdie putt. His strong round seemed surprising, considering he only hit a bucket of balls two days ago.

  “I came in here cold,” Moran said.

  In fact, Moran has only played golf at his home club on five occasions this season.

  “I’ve been pretty busy,” he said. “My 9 year-old just started football. My 3 year-old just had his birthday on Aug. 11. So I’ve been chasing the boys around, and my wife’s expecting (a baby) in October. Golf isn’t the biggest priority, but I’m addicted to these things (golf tournaments).”

  Throughout the year, Moran has stood on the outside looking in, so to speak. He missed the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Open Championship by two strokes, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup by a stroke and the Amateur Championship by two strokes. He also fell in Edgmont CC’s Championship to Michael Quinn in a playoff.

  “I’ve been about four shots from having a really good summer,” Moran said. “It (winning the Marston Cup) would’ve been a highlight, for sure. This would’ve been nice.”

  Max Marston

  For four months in the summer of 1923, Marston was America’s best amateur golfer. Between mid-May and mid-September, Marston was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events.

  It began with the Walker Cup Matches where Marston won two matches as the Americans successfully retained the Cup. Marston returned home to capture the Patterson Cup and Amateur Championship in successive weeks and, in doing so, earned the Silver Cross Award. In July, he took the Pennsylvania Amateur title and finished as the low amateur in the Philadelphia Open.

  In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago, Ill. for the U.S. Amateur. He rallied in the second round to defeat tournament favorite Bob Jones, 2&1, before knocking off Francis Ouimet in the semifinals. He stopped defending champion Jess Sweetser in the final on the 38th hole.

  In that four month span, he also captured the Merion Cricket Club championship and Pine Valley GC’s Crump Cup.

Plus 3 to 3 Hdcp
Name Club Scores
Glenn Smeraglio Commonwealth National Golf Club 66
Chip Lutz LedgeRock Golf Club 68
William McGuinness Tavistock Country Club 68
Oscar Mestre Overbrook Golf Club 70
Paul Rogowicz Yardley Country Club 70
Peter Moran Edgmont Country Club 70
Buddy Reed DuPont Country Club 71
Michael Domenick Phoenixville Country Club 71
Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club 72
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 72
Rodney James Five Ponds Golf Club 73
Ron Weaver Meadia Heights Golf Club 73
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 73
G. Patrick Dougherty Talamore Country Club 74
John LeBoeuf Philadelphia Country Club 74
Leonard Pearson Philmont Country Club 74
Michael Walker Wyncote Golf Club 74
Miguel Biamon Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 74
Mike Owsik McCall Golf & Country Club 74
Robert Arthur Tavistock Country Club 74
David Maddock Glen Oak Country Club 75
Bill Turner Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Byron Whitman Golden Oaks Golf Club 76
John Gosselin Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Joseph Russo Running Deer Golf Club 76
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 76
Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 76
John Nottage Lu Lu Country Club 77
Marlin Detweiler Lancaster Country Club 77
Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 77
Jason Barkley Huntsville Golf Club 78
Arthur Kania, Jr. Merion Golf Club 79
Robert Loftus Overbrook Golf Club 79
Scott McIntosh Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79
Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Brian Sexton Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 80
Edward Erickson Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
Mark Kosko Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 80
Michael Brown Old York Road Country Club 80
Rocky Dare Running Deer Golf Club 80
Dino Stathis Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Francis Hamm Country Club of Scranton 82
Mark Rauch McCall Golf & Country Club 82
Mark Wachter DuPont Country Club 83
Randy Kruse Five Ponds Golf Club 86
4 to 12 Hdcp
Timothy Dolan Galloway National Golf Club 69
J. Daniel Farragut Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Bryan McClaskey Merchantville Country Club 74
Dave O’Brien Cedarbrook Country Club 76
Joe Wolff Cedarbrook Country Club 76
Carl Danzig Glen Oak Country Club 77
Gregory Buliga Yardley Country Club 77
Jim Gavaghan Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 77
Brian Mahlstedt, Sr. Glen Oak Country Club 78
Dan Kluger Cedarbrook Country Club 78
Jim Simmons Stonewall 78
Michael Shoup Sandy Run Country Club 78
Scott Vasbinder Mercer Oaks Golf Course 78
Andrew Lombard The Springhaven Club 79
Jack O’Hara Cedarbrook Country Club 79
Jeffrey Prickitt Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Jim Muehlbronner Sandy Run Country Club 79
Jules Quinones Blue Bell Country Club 79
Kenneth Zimmer Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Peter Mimmo North Hills Country Club 79
Robert Parsons, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Ronald Abrams Brandywine Country Club 79
George Steinmetz Spring Ford Country Club 80
Gil Moniz, Jr. Running Deer Golf Club 80
J. Kirk Luntey Merion Golf Club 80
Joseph Rafferty Applebrook Golf Club 80
Patrick Cahill, III Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Patrick O’Brien North Hills Country Club 80
Alan Lazzarino Brandywine Country Club 82
Andrew Abrams Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Brian Kreamer Bala Golf Club 82
Edward Attarian Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
James Loftus, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 82
Jeffrey Hollander Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
John Brown Rolling Green Golf Club 82
George Kerschner Overbrook Golf Club 83
Jeffrey Muir Glen Oak Country Club 83
John Alterman Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Kevin Bair Wyncote Golf Club 83
Kevin Dunleavy The ACE Club 83
Robert Frankil Spring Ford Country Club 83
Sean Remington Green Valley Country Club 83
William Erskine Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Kevin Davies Stonewall 84
Ralph Gariano Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Del Markward North Hills Country Club 85
Peter Zukowski Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
Steve Robinson Lookaway Golf Club 86
Kevin Melnick Plymouth Country Club 88
Walt Neumann McCall Golf & Country Club 88
Daniel Crowley McCall Golf & Country Club 89
Jeff Paige Bellewood Golf Club 89
John Vergari Tavistock Country Club 89
William Rolli Philadelphia Publinks GA 89
Frederick Kotalik,M.D. Chester Valley Golf Club 90
William Hagel McCall Golf & Country Club 90
Joseph Templin LedgeRock Golf Club 97

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