Cricket’s Semenetz claims medal in #GAPMidAm Qual. at Greate Bay - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Apr 21, 2018

Cricket’s Semenetz claims medal in #GAPMidAm Qual. at Greate Bay

SOMERS POINT, N.J. — It’s shaping up to be a critical few weeks for Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Sean Semenetz. A new job, a national championship appearance, and now, a GAP Major berth are all in the cards in the coming days and weeks.

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  Semenetz, a former Drexel Dragon, traversed Greate Bay Country Club’s track (par 70, 6,488 yards) with minimal blemishes and three birdies en route to a 1-over round of 71. That card earned him medalist honors for the day’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf.

The Cricketeer bettered a field of 82 #GAPMidAm hopefuls. The low 18 players and ties secured their tee times in the Championship proper to be played May 23-24 at Llanerch Country Club.

By day’s end, the cut line stopped at 7-over 77 in the first of four Qualifiers which featured a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

The last time a #GAPMidAm Qualifier was contested at Greate Bay – or at least, was attempted – was in late April 2016. On that fateful day, players took the course, only to be faced with an unwelcomed snow storm. Play was called after just a few holes as golfers walked off the course with ice dangling from their hats. The event was pushed back two weeks in order to find warmer weather.

Today? Not the case. It was, to put it simply, a spring awakening for the field.

It was even more sublime for Semenetz.

“This was big for me. The Mid.-Am. is my favorite event. Being someone who is over 25, works every day, it’s nice to compete against those guys that share that with you,” said Semenetz, 31, of Philadelphia, Pa. “I like to have a cocktail, play some good golf, that’s what it’s all about. To walk away with my first medal, too, made qualifying even better.”

The Cricketeer began his round on No. 2 (par 4, 434 yards), feeling comfortable from the get go. Pars paired with the occasional bogey were the theme early on, but a red number on the par-5, 541-yard 6th gave him the confidence he needed going forward. It was there where a driver-hybrid combination led him to a chip and a putt for a tap-in birdie.

It was more of the same steady golf until Semenetz kicked his game up a notch headed to the home stretch. On No. 15, he drilled a driver down the center of the fairway, crushed a hybrid that rolled up near the front of the green, pitched safely onto the green and converted his second birdie of the day.

Semenetz ultimately clinched the medal honor with a birdie on Greate Bay’s opener (par 4, 380 yards), his last hole of the day. He smoked a driver with the wind at his back, leaving a short wedge into the green that left him with a testy 20-footer. Semenetz drained it.

“It literally looked like it went six different ways. But hey, it went down,” he said. “It was the perfect way to top the round off.” The Philadelphia, Pa. native has made two #GAPMidAm appearances – Gulph Mills (2014) and St. Davids 2015). He’s experienced in GAP Major qualifying play. Therefore, he knew what he had to do today.

“The motto of the day was just to survive and advance. Period. We did that,” he said. “Our group was all playing [near the top of the leaderboard], so we were keeping it positive out there. Good vibes all around.”

Semenetz is also experienced on the national stage as well. Partner Jack Wallace and he have qualified for the U.S. Four-Ball Championship three out of the previous four years. That wild success rate has earned them the nickname of “Four-Ball legends” among GAP players.

The duo will head down to Tequesta, Fla. to compete in this year’s rendition, May 19-23 at Jupiter Hills Club.

“If we reach the Finals of the Four-Ball, we won’t be able to play in the Mid.-Am. Either way, we wanted to come out here and put together a good competitive round so we could shake the rust off. We’re hedging our bets a little bit, but obviously want to do well in both events,” he said.

The most important date on his calendar, however, doesn’t fall in May. It’s Monday. Semenetz begins a new software sales position with Entech, a global provider of consumer lending platforms.

“I’ve been trying to live it up a little before then, trying to sneak in as much golf as I can,” said Semenetz, who travels on Sunday to Saucon Valley Country Club to compete in Cricket’s opening week of the BMW GAP Team Matches. “It’s going to be a big Monday for me.”

The Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Amateur as a formal championship for post-college amateurs. The Association followed suit with the USGA in creating a Mid-Am, but initially differed in its administration of the tournament in a couple of respects.

The most obvious difference was the age requirement. Prior to 2001, the GAP Middle-Amateur was for players 30 years of age and older.

The Association’s Executive Committee reviewed and revised that age requirement in 2001 to match the USGA’s guidelines of 25 years of age or older for eligible players. Also at that point, the Committee changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament (instead of a one-day medal play event) with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round. The field begins with 132 players.

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Name, club Score
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71
Michael Olson, Medford Village Country Club 72
Eddie Johnson, Llanerch Country Club 73
Robert Good, Merion Golf Club 74
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 75
Brett Cybulski, Medford Village Country Club 75
Brian Herman, Merchantville Country Club 75
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 75
John Moore, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 75
Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club 76
Dave Marshall, Running Deer Golf Club 76
Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club 77
Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club 77
Robert Curry, North Hills Country Club 77
Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country Club 77
Mark Kosko, Little Mill Country Club 77
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77
Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club 77
Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club 77
Failed to qualify
Sumeet Arora, Honeybrook Golf Club 78
Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 78
Bill Murray, Stone Harbor Golf Club 78
Ryan O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 78
Steven Passalacqua, Greate Bay Country Club 78
Casey Reed, Medford Lakes Country Club 78
Dan Wach, Galloway National Golf Club 78
Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club 78
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club 79
Sean McMonagle, Tavistock Country Club 79
Joe Zulli, Little Mill Country Club 79
Paul Bickford, Wedgwood Country Club 80
Andrew Carnevale, North Hills Country Club 80
Brian Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club 80
Gabe Gant, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 80
Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club 80
Andy Kerestesy, Running Deer Golf Club 80
Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club 80
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 80
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 80
Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club 80
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club 80
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club 81
Brian Bygott, Tavistock Country Club 81
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 82
Chris Jackson, Little Mill Country Club 82
Jeff Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club 83
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 83
John Simone, Philmont Country Club 83
Peter Ucciferro, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Paul Leddy, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 84
Jordan Mulrain, North Hills Country Club 84
James Ridgway, The Shore Club 84
John Burke, Running Deer Golf Club 85
Stephen Freda, Greate Bay Country Club 85
Timothy Casale, Moorestown Field Club 86
Ryan O’Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club 86
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 87
Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Brendan May, North Hills Country Club 87
James Schmidt, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Darren Taillie, Laurel Creek Country Club 87
Phil Cillo, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 88
Taylor Kellogg, Philadelphia Cricket Club 88
Brian Kelly, Laurel Creek Country Club 88
Sean Coary, Applebrook Golf Club 89
Douglas Christensen, Rolling Green Golf Club 90
Nicholas Gaudio, Valleybrook Country Club 90
Kevin Morita, Valleybrook Country Club 90
Jeffrey Peltier, Stone Harbor Golf Club 90
Trevor Seufer, Stonewall 90
Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club 90
Matthew Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 90
Gene Goudy, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 92
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 92
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club 93
Daniel Dillon, Medford Village Country Club 94
Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club 102
Jerry Crane, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA NS
Philip Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club WD
Mark Howarth, Rolling Green Golf Club WD
Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club WD
WD- withdrawal; NS-no show

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