May 01, 2017

Former ballplayer Hill medals in #GAPMidAm Qual. at Whitford

EXTON, Pa. — Golf isn’t slated number one on Mark Hill’s priority list, but after a standout performance Monday, it may overcome baseball for the top spot sooner rather than later.

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  The former George Mason University standout and minor league baseball player carded a 1-over 73 amid gusty conditions on his way to medalist honors in a Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf at Whitford Country Club (par 72, 6,607 yards).

  By day’s end, the cut line stopped at 7-over 79 in the final of three #GAPMidAm Qualifiers. The field is now officially set for the Championship Proper on May 24-25 at Overbrook Golf Club.

  After going 2 over on the back nine — his first side of the day – Rolling Green Golf Club’s Hill utilized a pair of jarred birdies on Whitford’s front to finish with the day’s low round.

  His first of the day came on the par-3, 189-yard No. 2. It was there where Hill put a solid 6-iron off the tee to four feet short of the hole, followed by an easy putt left for the red figure.

  His round’s second birdie came on No. 6 (par 4, 398 yards). Hill selected hybrid off the tee and left himself 130 yards in to the flagstick. Again, he left himself four feet in front of the cup before converting.

  “The conditions were great out here today. The wind didn’t really hit us until the last few holes, so it was nice to get out early,” said Hill, who has been a Rolling Green member for four years. “In high school we played here but only got nine in. I came over here last week to get a feel for the course and try and get familiar with it because I didn’t remember anything here.”

  Hill, who has played in the previous two Middle-Amateurs, has chosen golf as a replacement to baseball in terms of competing. The 29-year-old was a third baseman for George Mason before playing a season with the Rockland Boulders, an independent minor league baseball team who competes in the Canadian-American Association.

  After suffering a broken hand with the Boulders, Hill eventually returned to the Philadelphia region. He currently serves as an instructor at Maplezone Baseball Institute and coaches travel baseball.

  “This is the next best thing, competing in golf tournaments,” said Hill, a Media, Pa. resident. “I played golf when I was younger, so I wanted to continue competing at a high level. Beer league baseball or softball wasn’t an option for me.”

  With his playing focus now on golf, it may just be matter of time before Hill becomes a familiar name on GAP leaderboards.

  “I just started playing in these bigger GAP events a few years ago. I’ve competed in a few [Middle-Amateurs], two [Joseph H. Patterson Cups] and a GAP Open,” he said. “They are always fun to play in. I’m excited for the future.”

  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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Golf Association of Philadelphia
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 153 Full Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Qualifiers
Name, club Score
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 73
Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club 74
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 74
James O’Connor, Penn Oaks Golf Club 74
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club 75
Brandon Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 75
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 75
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
William Keane, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club 75
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 75
Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
James Bradbeer, Jr., Merion Golf Club 76
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club 76
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club 76
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 76
Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Ryan O’Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club 77
Samuel Sherrill, Downingtown Country Club 77
Ari Flaisher, McCall Golf & Country Club 78
Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club 78
Rick Hendrickson, Aronimink Golf Club 78
Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club 78
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club 78
Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club 78
Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club 78
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Jim Sullivan, Lu Lu Country Club 78
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 78
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 78
Alex Bilinski, Hershey s Mill Golf Club 79
Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 79
Pat Melvin, Overbrook Golf Club 79
Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club 79
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 79
Jay Vasil, Fox Hill Country Club 79
Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club 79
Failed to qualify
Brian Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club 80
Matt Hasness, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 80
Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club 80
Michael Olson, Medford Village Country Club 80
Michael Shevlin, Sr, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
David West, Whitford Country Club 80
Richard White, Overbrook Golf Club 80
Andy Beittel, Manufacturers  Golf & Country Club 81
Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 81
Ronald Jamarowicz, White Clay Creek Country Club 81
Brian Keane, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Jonathan Kruse, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club 81
Todd Anderson, Wilmington Country Club 82
Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club 82
Barry Cahill, Radley Run Country Club 82
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Gregory DaPron, Hartefeld National 82
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 82
William Gamgort, DuPont Country Club 82
Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 82
David Shields, Flourtown Country Club 82
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club 82
Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club 83
Philip Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club 83
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club 83
Pat Kain, Overbrook Golf Club 83
Paul Kupcha, Fieldstone Golf Club 83
Matthew Loeslein, White Clay Creek Country Club 83
Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club 83
Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club (Philadelphia) 83
Michael Meiswich, Penn Oaks Golf Club 83
Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club 83
Linc Treadwell, Saucon Valley Country Club 83
Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club 83
Edward Benatti, Hartefeld National 84
Faust Capobianco, IV, Saucon Valley Country Club 84
Jonathan Cooney, Flourtown Country Club 84
Dave Fardon, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
William Howard, V, West Chester Golf & Country Club 84
Larry Kelly, Whitford Country Club 84
Bobby Kershner, Bellewood Country Club 84
Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club 84
Jeff Nocella, Bala Golf Club 84
John O’Donnell, White Manor Country Club 84
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Matthew Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 84
John Birk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
John Burke, III, Hartefeld National 85
Elias Chua, Fieldstone Golf Club 85
Matt Ehrlich, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Drew Garis, North Hills Country Club 85
Christopher Johnson, Waynesborough Country Club 85
Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club 85
Matthew McFarlane, Doylestown Country Club 85
Mark O’Neill, Sandy Run Country Club 85
Tim Slizofski, North Hills Country Club 85
Brian Bygott, Tavistock Country Club 86
John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club 86
Kevin Koch, Spring Ford Country Club 86
Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 86
Andrew Carnevale, North Hills Country Club 87
Matt Regan, Coatesville Country Club 87
Andrew LaRosa, Whitford Country Club 88
Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club 88
Brian Shevland, Waynesborough Country Club 88
Paul Stewart, Union League of Philadelphia 88
Lee Calfo, Rolling Green Golf Club 89
Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club 89
Damon Heller, Bent Creek Country Club 89
Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club 89
Todd vonVital, Jericho National Golf Club 89
Matthew Brennan, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club 90
William Dalton, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 90
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 90
Travis Shaffer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 90
Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club 91
Matthew Ciarmella, Hartefeld National 91
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club 91
Daniel Katona, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 92
Matt Salamone, Philadelphia Cricket Club 92
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 92
Andy Vitella, Manufacturers  Golf & Country Club 93
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 94
Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 95
John Donnelly, Concord Country Club DQ
James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club DQ
Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club NC
Matthew Kreuter, Plymouth Country Club NS
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Chad Collingwood, Spring Ford Country Club WD
Michael Fireman, Talamore Country Club WD
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club WD
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
Wayne LeSage, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club WD
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club WD
Andrew Ploszay, Chester Valley Golf Club WD
Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club WD
Noam Roizman, Bluestone Country Club WD
Thomas E. Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club WD
Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club WD
Charlie Wahl, Tavistock Country Club WD
WD – withdrawal; DQ – disqualification; NC – no card; NS – no show

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