May 07, 2009

Gaffney, Wallace top Mid.-Am. Qualifier at Burlington CC

MT. HOLLY, N.J. – Matthew Gaffney of Little Mill CC and Jack Wallace of Burlington CC each shot 1-over par Thursday at Burlington CC (par 70, 6,580 yards) to earn medallist honors at the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier.

   Gaffney, 28, and Wallace, 24, sat atop the 105-player field attempting to each earn one of the 45 qualifying spots and ties available for the 26th edition of the Middle-Amateur Championship set for May 20-21 at Tavistock CC. Thursday’s qualifier was delayed three and a half hours due to severe weather.

   “I felt pretty relaxed out there. I hit it pretty solid. I hit a lot of fairways,” Gaffney said. “It was a good round.”

   Gaffney birdied No. 5 (par 3, 147 yards) and bogeyed Nos. 7 (par 4, 458 yards) and 10 (par 3, 135 yards). He hit 9-iron to about two-feet on No. 9. On No. 7, Gaffney laid it into the fairway bunker and chipped it out to about four-feet with a 6-iron.

   Three holes later, Gaffney recovered after hitting his tee ball out of bounds.

   “I came back, hit another one or two feet and made bogey,” he said.

   Wallace, of Beverly, N.J., didn’t let an hour and a half rain delay affect his play.

   “It wasn’t that bad,” Wallace said. “The course was in great shape. It wasn’t that wet out there.”

   Wallace fired birdies on Nos. 4 (par 5, 479 yards), 12 (par 3, 192 yards) and 17 (par 4, 412 yards). On No. 12, he hit 5-iron to land about two yards from the hole. Wallace felt “pretty good” about his birdie on No. 4.

   “I laid it up to about 90 yards and hit a 60-degree wedge in pretty close to the hole,” he said.

   Wallace bogeyed Nos. 1 (par 4, 420 yards), 2 (par 3, 212 yards), 5 (par 3, 147 yards) and 18 (par 4, 315 yards). Playing at home was also a boost.

   “It was definitely an advantage. I know all of the holes and the putts,” Wallace said. “I felt very comfortable out there.”

   Paul Rogowicz of Yardley CC shot 2-over par 70 to finish second.

   “Before you even play, you expect the scores to be a little bit higher [because of the conditions], and when you’re trying to qualify, that’s all you’re trying to do is get in the field,” he said. “You want to get off to a good start, which I did. It got easier as it went on. The course played really long. You had to hit the ball in the fairways.”

   Rogowicz, 45, made par on 12 holes. The Yardley, Pa., resident fired birdies on Nos. 6 (par 4, 417 yards) and 14 (par 5, 550 yards). He hit 6-iron to the green for about a 12-foot birdie.

   Rogowicz was on No. 14 when an hour and a half rain delay commenced.

   “It was playing long because of the delay,” Rogowicz said. “I hit a good lay-up. I was in a little trouble off the tee. I hit a nice shot in there about 10 feet, then I made [a birdie]. Then it was just, ‘hold on and get into the house as quick as possible.’

   “At that point, I was only 1-over par, so I knew I was in good shape, but I would have rather not stopped.”

   Rogowicz hopes to play well in the Championship later this month.

   “Tavistock CC is a great course. I’m going to have to compete with all of the homers,” he said. “You go out and try to play your best.”

   “Hopefully, I can contend with those boys who have been playing out there for awhile,” Gaffney added.

   When it was all said and done, the cut-line landed at 82.

   Thursday’s qualifier was the final Middle-Amateur Championship qualifier used to determine who will play in the Championship later this month. The first qualifier was held yesterday at Spring Ford CC, where Scott Klee of Indian Valley CC and Blake R. Slawecki of Spring Ford CC each carded an even-par 72 to share medalist honors.

   Michael McDermott of Merion GC took the 25th Middle-Amateur Championship at Fieldstone GC last year after recording 2-over par 73. The win was the third Middle-Amateur Championship for McDermott, who also took the title in 2001 and 2004.    The Middle-Amateur is for players 25 years of age and older.

   The GAP Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Am 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 Mid-Am was for players 30 years of age and older.

   That 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. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

   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 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

   NOTE: Mike McTyre, 42, of Sakima CC, hit 9-iron on No. 10 (par 3, 135 yards) for his first-ever hole-in-one.

Name Club Scores
Jack Wallace Burlington Country Club 71
Matthew Gaffney Little Mill Country Club 71
Paul Rogowicz Yardley Country Club 72
Gregg Angelillo Moselem Springs Golf Club 73
Joseph Russo Running Deer Golf Club 74
Bryan McClaskey Merchantville Country Club 76
Mark Kosko Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 76
Scott Bergson Little Mill Country Club 76
Steven Passalacqua Wedgwood Country Club 76
Tim Westfall RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 76
Ajai Sirohi Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
Brad Sokol Green Valley Country Club 77
David Livermore Greate Bay Country Club 77
John Aloisio Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 77
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 77
Bradley Roberts Wedgwood Country Club 78
Douglas Cusick Tavistock Country Club 78
Gerry Baldachino Olde York Country Club 78
Jamie Slonis Tavistock Country Club 78
Paul Kupcha Fieldstone Golf Club 78
Ken Matt Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Kevin Bair Wyncote Golf Club 79
Michael DiGiandomenico French Creek Golf Club 79
Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club 80
Ron Weaver Meadia Heights Golf Club 80
Sean Sexton Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Steven Budenz Yardley Country Club 80
Alexander Maguire, Jr. Brookside Country Club 81
Brian Leftwich Pine Valley Golf Club 81
Chris Parmer Olde York Country Club 81
David Barnett White Clay Creek Country Club 81
Frank Marckioni Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Greg Root Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 81
Marlin Detweiler Lancaster Country Club 81
Patrick O’Brien North Hills Country Club 81
Raymond Andrusiewicz Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Bob Ursomarso Saucon Valley Country Club 82
Brian Corbett Huntsville Golf Club 82
Brian Sexton Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 82
Casey Murray Philadelphia Cricket Club 82
Eric Fonner Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Fred Giblin Merchantville Country Club 82
Gavin Grimes Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Johan van Schalkwyk Burlington Country Club 82
Lee Grout Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Michael French Burlington Country Club 82
Sean Coyle Llanerch Country Club 82
Tom Piersanti Saucon Valley Country Club 82
Failed to qualify
John Campanelli Woodbury Country Club 83
John Cobb Tavistock Country Club 83
Thomas Mensel Olde York Country Club 83
Tim Sindorf Burlington Country Club 83
William Stanley Olde York Country Club 83
Brad McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 84
Duane Pinnock Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
George Connell, Jr. Gulph Mills Golf Club 84
Joe Olin Little Mill Country Club 84
Ryan Luke Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 84
William Moule Links Golf Club 84
Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club 85
J. Clark O’Donoghue Riverton Country Club 85
Michael Bennis Talamore Country Club 85
Ted Harris Mercer Oaks Golf Course 85
David Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 86
Ed Kahn Little Mill Country Club 86
Jim Witt Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Kenneth Zimmer Laurel Creek Country Club 86
Shawn Knechtel Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Dino Stathis Mercer Oaks Golf Course 87
James Levy Downingtown Golf Club 87
Mike McTyre Sakima Country Club 87
Tim McNerney Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Vaughn Schill Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 87
Fred Hartwell, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 88
Michael Beran RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 88
Rick Wright Philadelphia Publinks GA 88
Robert Catelli Commonwealth National Golf Club 88
Scott Vasbinder Mercer Oaks Golf Course 88
Vivek Dhayagude Mercer Oaks Golf Course 88
Matt Brady Penn Oaks Golf Club 89
Michael Hodges The Springhaven Club 89
Marty Crounse Mercer Oaks Golf Course 90
Jason Sieminski Philadelphia Cricket Club 91
Michael Sokorai Little Mill Country Club 91
Lynn Kilduff Huntsville Golf Club 92
Robert Mairone Greate Bay Country Club 92
Arthur Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club WD
Bill Holsten III Aronimink Golf Club WD
Bill Murray Merchantville Country Club WD
Brian Dobisch Talamore Country Club WD
Brian Fiala Rolling Green Golf Club WD
Christopher DeSana Medford Village Country Club WD
David Guertler Merchantville Country Club WD
David Krausse Mercer Oaks Golf Course WD
Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club WD
Joseph Costanzo Blue Bell Country Club WD
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club WD
Kevin Wall Old York Road Country Club WD
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Len Fox, Jr. Tavistock Country Club WD
Mark Walker Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Michael O’Hara Riverton Country Club WD
Richard Blumberg Philmont Country Club WD
Thomas Holt, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club NC
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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