GAP Middle-Amateur Qualifying at Five Ponds - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Apr 13, 2024

GAP Middle-Amateur Qualifying at Five Ponds

Jericho’s Tendler medals in Middle-Amateur Qualifying

WARMINSTER, Pa. – The first GAP Middle-Amateur Championship qualifying event of the season arrived on a gale.

With sails hoisted, Jericho National Golf Club’s Jared Tendler breezily guided himself to medalist honors at Five Ponds Golf Club (par 69, 6,102 yards).

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The 41st Middle-Amateur Championship, presented by NJM Insurance Group, will be contested May 21-22 at Commonwealth National Golf Club. 

Tendler, 45, of Lower Makefield, Pa., carded an even-par 69 to secure medalist honors by a shot over the field of 95 players. In total, 27 players qualified for the Championship Proper. The day’s cutline stopped at 77. An eagle on No. 12 (par 5, 460 yards) in addition to birdies on Nos. 1 (par 4, 369 yards) and 16 (par 4, 402 yards) presented on Tendler’s card.

The licensed mental health counselor, mental coach and three-time published author, made his GAP Major debut at the 2022 Mid-Am held at his home club. His rounds of 72 and 77 were good for a T19 finish in the event.

The Middle-Amateur is open to males of GAP Member Clubs 25 years of age or older with a Handicap Index of 5.0 or less. 

A William Hyndman, III Player of the Year points event, the Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Amateur as a formal championship for post-college amateurs. GAP followed suit with the USGA in creating a Middle-Amateur, 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 only available to players 30 years of age or older.

The GAP 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. It also, as previously mentioned, changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round.

The Middle-Amateur Championship and the Joseph H. Patterson Cup expand from 36 to 54 holes, beginning in 2024. Each event will now be listed on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and eligible for points.

For the Mid-Am, the field of 144 players will be cut to the low 48 scores and ties after Round One. For Rounds Two and Three, players will be paired in twosomes. There will be no repairing before the final round. Click here for more details.


Due to heavy rains on Thursday night and Friday morning, No. 5, originally set up to play as a 540 yard, par 5, was changed to a 190 yard, par 3.

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The organization’s 345 Member Clubs and 110,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

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Name, clubScore
Jared Tendler, Jericho National Golf Club69
Matthew Crescenzo, LuLu Country Club70
Erik Reisner, The 1912 Club71
Matthew Kocent, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Matt Dolinsky, Galen Hall Country Club73
Connor Sharp, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale73
Sean Ebert, Doylestown Country Club74
Peter Ucciferro, North Hills Country Club74
Neil Gordon, Doylestown Country Club74
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club74
Mark Farley, The 1912 Club75
Erik Bowren, Old York Road Country Club75
Anthony Saltarelli, Philmont Country Club75
R.J. Wren, LuLu Country Club75
Colin Mahon, Rolling Green Golf Club76
Jim Sullivan, LuLu Country Club76
Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club76
John Robinson, LuLu Country Club76
Ryan Jones, Northampton Valley Country Club76
Ryan Orcutt, Green Pond Country Club76
Joe Rueter, Sandy Run Country Club77
P.J. Acierno, LuLu Country Club77
Carter Field, LuLu Country Club77
Steve Owens, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77
Matt Grossman, Green Valley Country Club77
Greg Wasserson, Green Valley Country Club77
Alternates (in order)
Brian Keane, Mercer Oaks Golf Course78
Patrick Rutter, Schuylkill Country Club78
John Willard, Spring Mill Country Club78
Noam Roizman, Bluestone Country Club78
Corey Betham, St. Davids Golf Club78
Kyle Pritchard, Olde Homestead Golf Club78
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Michael Ashcraft, Steel Club78
Failed to qualify
Frank Grabuski, Overbrook Golf Club78
D.J. Pinciotti, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Dicky Rhoads, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Jake Campbell, LuLu Country Club79
Ryan Sterrett, LuLu Country Club79
Kevin Koch, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association79
Matt Worrall, DuPont Country Club79
Jeff Long, Riverton Country Club79
Luke Smith, Green Pond Country Club79
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club79
Patrick McDermott, St. Davids Golf Club79
Rob Good, Merion Golf Club79
Dan Pinciotti, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Scott McLaughlin, LuLu Country Club79
Scott Forrester, LuLu Country Club80
Connor Rothwell, LuLu Country Club80
Kevin Kornuszko, Spring Mill Country Club80
Pete Moran, French Creek Golf Club80
Bobby Proietto, LedgeRock Golf Club80
Brian Smith, Makefield Highlands Golf Club81
Matt Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club81
Domenick Trentalange, LuLu Country Club81
Kyle Ginty, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club81
Shawn Gallagher, Commonwealth National Golf Club81
Ed McCusker, Five Ponds Golf Club81
Travis Jett, Bluestone Country Club81
Josh Strawins, Green Valley Country Club82
Phil Dougherty, LuLu Country Club82
Brian Todaro, Rolling Green Golf Club82
Steve Oh, DuPont Country Club82
Tyler Joseph, Green Valley Country Club83
Conor Rinehart, St. Davids Golf Club83
Darren Parkes, Talamore Country Club83
Andrew Stilp, Green Valley Country Club84
Cory Calvert, Country Club of Scranton84
Brian Walker, Talamore Country Club84
Kenneth Matt, USGA/GAP GC84
Matt Malinowski, Trenton Country Club84
Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club85
Adam Schlanger, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association85
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale85
Patrick Devlin, Sandy Run Country Club85
Tyler Fewell, Penn Oaks Golf Club85
Sam Spuhler, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club85
Sam Martini, Woodstone Country Club and Lodge85
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club85
Brian Wojtko, Old York Road Country Club86
Chris Deskiewicz, LuLu Country Club86
Jack Walsh, Old York Road Country Club86
Brian Kelly, Laurel Creek Country Club86
Connor Faust, Saucon Valley Country Club86
Peter Tashjian, White Manor Country Club86
Zeke Ross, LuLu Country Club87
Blaise Casselbury, Lancaster Country Club88
Eric Pinchak, USGA/GAP GC89
Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club89
Michael Anastasia, USGA/GAP GC89
Ben Cutler, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country ClubDQ
Robert Spellman, Saucon Valley Country ClubNS
DQ – disqualified; NS – no show; WD – withdrawal

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