Jun 13, 2006

Doylestown’s Deibert ready to defend Amateur title

*Match play bracket

 PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Clint Deibert of Doylestown CC already had his spot in the match play portion of the Amateur Championship secured by virtue of his victory a year ago. As the defending Amateur Champion, he automatically is seeded No. 1 when match play begins tomorrow at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,250 yards).

DAN WALTERS
BILLY STEWART

 In Tuesday’s qualifier for the 106th Amateur Championship, Deibert provided ample warning to the field that his game is again in tip-top shape. The 24-year-old carded a two-round best 6-under-par 134 in qualifying held at both Torresdale-Frankford CC and Huntingdon Valley CC (Toomey/Flynn courses, par 70, 6,879 yards) to earn medalist honors.

  “I was going to play golf today anyway, so I might as well do it in a tournament and get a chance to see Torresdale-Frankford again,” said Deibert, who is looking to be the first repeat Amateur Champion since Chris Lange did so in 1993-94. “I actually had mixed emotions about playing today. I didn’t want to shoot 78 or 80 and embarrass myself.”

  Deibert then said with a smile, “I don’t know how good it was to use up all those birdies.”

  Deibert, who graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in December, registered a total of nine birdies and three bogeys in carding a pair of 3-under-par 67s. In the morning at Huntingdon Valley CC, he posted four birdies and a bogey. He followed that up with five birdies and two bogeys in the second round and that could have even been better if not for an over-par number on No. 17 (par 3, 206 yards) and a three-foot birdie miss on the 18th hole (par 4, 372 yards).

  “Every year [I play in the Amateur] I get better with my course management,” said Deibert of what tomorrow might hold. “You have to take advantage [of your good shots] and make birdies. You have to know when to get aggressive and when not to.”

  Deibert likely will turn professional this winter and head to Arizona for the Gateway Desert Series.

  He got a little taste of professional golf last week when he competed in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Canoe Brook CC and was paired with PGA Tour professional J.J. Henry. Although Deibert failed to advance into the U.S. Open Championship proper, he carded a 147 total (74-73), he said he learned a lot talking and watching Henry, who did advance.

  “You have to hit every iron within 10 feet,” said Deibert. “No matter if it’s a 4-iron or an 8-iron.”

  A total of 32 players, including Deibert, advanced into the match play portion of the tournament. The first round matches begin at 8 a.m. with second-round tee times to follow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Thursday with the 36-hole final set for Saturday, June 17. All matches will be played at Torresdale-Frankford CC.

  In all, a field of 130 players began the day in search of being named the next Philadelphia Amateur Champion.

  A number of prominent figures in the Golf Association of Philadelphia qualified for match play, including Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC, the two-time reigning Junior Boys’ Champion; Brian Gillespie of St. Davids GC, the 2001 Amateur Champion; Billy Stewart of Llanerch CC, the 2003 Amateur Champion; Brian Rothaus of Philmont CC, the 1988 Amateur Champion, and Michael Tash of Tavistock CC, the 2003 Amateur Champion.

  The Amateur Championship Qualifier also serves as qualifying for the Open Championship and the initial two scores of the Silver Cross. Deibert was the low qualifier for the Open Championship as well and, obviously, currently leads the Silver Cross which dates back to 1902 and is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the two rounds of the Patterson Cup.

  A six player for five match play positions playoff determined seeds 28 through 32.

  Deibert opens with Brandon Detweiler of Lancaster CC.

  First-round leader Dan Walters of Meadia Heights GC and Stewart tied for second place in qualifying at 2-under-par 138 and are seeded second and third, respectively.

Qualifiers
NameClub1rd2rdTotal
Clint DeibertDoylestown Country Club67HV67TF134
Billy StewartLlanerch Country Club68TF70HV138
Dan WaltersMeadia Heights Golf Club66TF72HV138
Conrad Von BorsigConcord Country Club68TF71HV139
Stephen ArnoldYardley Country Club70TF70HV140
James Sullivan, Jr. (no match play)Huntingdon Valley Country Club68HV72TF140
Gregory PieczynskiGlenmaura National Golf Club71HV69TF140
Christopher AultYardley Country Club71HV71TF142
Robert Galbreath, Jr.Philmont Country Club69TF74HV143
Glenn SmeraglioYardley Country Club71TF72HV143
Robert BechtoldInniscrone Golf Club71TF73HV144
Sean LeonardTavistock Country Club73TF71HV144
Kyle DavisFieldstone Golf Club74TF70HV144
Paul RogowiczYardley Country Club71HV73TF144
Ryan GelrodCommonwealth National Golf Club75HV69TF144
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club75TF70HV145
Robin McCoolSaucon Valley Country Club75TF70HV145
Michael TashTavistock Country Club72TF73HV145
Steve OwensCommonwealth National Golf Club71TF74HV145
Douglas Zelner (no match play)Coatesville Country Club74HV71TF145
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club73HV72TF145
Roc IreyCedarbrook Country Club75HV71TF146
James Kania, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club77HV69TF146
Thomas FinnCavaliers Country Club74HV72TF146
Thomas GramignaTavistock Country Club79TF68HV147
Chris GallagherPenn Oaks Golf Club72TF75HV147
Mike DannerLu Lu Country Club72TF76HV148
Brian RothausPhilmont Country Club73HV75TF148
Joshua KrumholzBerkleigh Country Club75HV73TF148
*Douglas GregorHuntingdon Valley Country Club75TF74HV149
*Ted HarrisMakefield Highlands Golf Club77HV72TF149
*John Michael PeletWyncote Golf Club73HV76TF149
*Michael MoffatCommonwealth National Golf Club71HV78TF149
 
Failed to qualify
*Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club72HV77TF149
Brandon DetweilerLancaster Country Club72HV77TF149
Bo MaguireBrookside Country Club77TF73HV150
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club75TF75HV150
Matthew FingerRunning Deer Golf Club73HV77TF150
Timothy HagerLookaway Golf Club75HV75TF150
Joseph RussoRunning Deer Golf Club78HV72TF150
Douglas SchroerSt. Davids Golf Club71TF80HV151
Kevin HuntingtonPenn Oaks Golf Club74TF77HV151
Patrick RutterBerkleigh Country Club76TF75HV151
Alan BorowskyWhite Manor Country Club74HV77TF151
Thomas DiCintiLittle Mill Country Club74TF77HV151
Francis McFaddenOverbrook Golf Club76HV75TF151
James KiesermanTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club73TF79HV152
Christopher GoldLittle Mill Country Club72TF80HV152
Scott KleeIndian Valley Country Club75TF77HV152
Oscar Mestre, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club77HV75TF152
Scott StorckPhiladelphia Cricket Club76HV76TF152
James WhitePhiladelphia Cricket Club75HV77TF152
Steven WalczakWilmington Country Club77TF76HV153
Michael RosePhilmont Country Club79HV74TF153
Drew PanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club75TF78HV153
Marlin DetweilerLancaster Country Club78HV75TF153
Daniel DelaneyConcord Country Club75HV78TF153
Tom BorselloDelaware National Country Club81HV72TF153
Michael O’KeefeLittle Mill Country Club81HV72TF153
Christopher ReedmanTrenton CC80TF74HV154
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club77TF77HV154
R. Blake SlaweckiSpring Ford Country Club77TF77HV154
Kevin KellyPhiladelphia Cricket Club79HV75TF154
Cole WillcoxPhiladelphia Country Club76HV79TF155
Jordan WycoffHidden Creek Golf Club78HV77TF155
Raymond ThompsonOverbrook Golf Club80HV75TF155
Sean DavyMedford Village Country Club78HV77TF155
Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club75HV80TF155
Sean SeeseHuntingdon Valley Country Club75HV80TF155
Rand MendezFieldstone Golf Club79HV76TF155
Robert DziakSpring Ford Country Club75TF81HV156
Doug DomeshekHeidelberg Country Club75TF81HV156
David TaraschiLaurel Creek Country Club79HV77TF156
Jack WallaceBurlington Country Club78HV78TF156
Andy AchenbachRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve82HV74TF156
Jason BarkleyBerkleigh Country Club80HV76TF156
Dennis KonczykTorresdale-Frankford Country Club81HV75TF156
Stephen SierackiMerchantville Country Club80HV76TF156
Santo LafocaHuntsville Golf Club76TF81HV157
Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club77TF80HV157
Brian CreghanPlymouth Country Club80TF77HV157
Patrick HardinNorthampton Country Club81HV76TF157
Stephen HudacekGlenmaura National Golf Club76HV81TF157
Robert LoftusOverbrook Golf Club79HV78TF157
Scott MorrisDoylestown Country Club80TF77HV157
Maximillian MullerManufacturers Golf & Country Club78TF80HV158
Shawn LavinSandy Run Country Club79TF79HV158
Gary DanielsAronimink Golf Club79TF79HV158
Bob CunninghamDowningtown Golf Club79TF79HV158
Kenneth MattCommonwealth National Golf Club82HV76TF158
Patrick RuggRolling Green Golf Club80HV78TF158
Tyler GlassmanMeadowlands Country Club76HV82TF158
David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club77HV81TF158
Jim GavaghanTorresdale-Frankford Country Club76TF83HV159
Lance OberparleiterWedgwood Country Club82HV77TF159
Mark InmanCherry Valley Country Club83HV76TF159
Lucas SerbunSandy Run Country Club79TF81HV160
Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf Club83TF77HV160
Peter MoranEdgmont Country Club79TF81HV160
Glenn McClaskeyWedgwood Country Club85TF75HV160
Edmund ChylinskiChester Valley Golf Club78TF82HV160
Jon LavinPhilmont Country Club78TF82HV160
Jim SimmonsWhitford Country Club85TF76HV161
Craig BurtonCommonwealth National Golf Club82TF79HV161
Joseph CostanzoBlue Bell Country Club77TF84HV161
Phillip AnzaldoTavistock Country Club78TF84HV162
Dave SmithDoylestown Country Club80HV82TF162
Mark KoskoSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa82HV80TF162
David O’MalleyCommonwealth National Golf Club83HV79TF162
Jeff RogatzFieldstone Golf Club78HV84TF162
Christopher KasparLu Lu Country Club79TF83HV162
John AloisioBallamor Golf Club80HV82TF162
John RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club78TF85HV163
Chris AndersonWilmington Country Club79TF84HV163
David ReinhartFrench Creek Golf Club82HV81TF163
Sean CliffordPhiladelphia Publinks GA84HV79TF163
Michael VassilCountry Club of Scranton80HV84TF164
Douglas CusickTavistock Country Club88TF77HV165
Nick VerrecchioRolling Green Golf Club82TF84HV166
Brian SextonSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa76TF91HV167
Jon ThomasHartefeld National87TF80HV167
Bryan McClaskeyMerchantville Country Club85TF83HV168
Joe CunninghamManufacturers Golf & Country Club82TF86HV168
Pat NeinMedford Village Country Club80TF88HV168
Gil Moniz Jr.Woodbury Country Club80TF89HV169
Billy MarchSpring Ford Country Club85TF86HV171
Stephen McIntyreHoneybrook Golf Club78TF94HV172
Anthony White, Jr.Blue Bell Country Club85TFWDHVWD
Nick RyderAronimink Golf Club78HVWDTFWD
Alexander Maguire, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club78HVNCTFNC
 
*-determined in playoff
WD-withdrawal; NC-no card
HV-Huntingdon Valley CC; TF-Torresdale-Frankford CC

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