Apr 16, 2023

#GAPMidAm Qualifying at Five Ponds

April leads way in Middle-Amateur Qualifying

WARMINSTER, Pa. – The proverb “April Showers Bring May Flowers” was quite evident in the first #GAPMidAm qualifying event of the season at Five Ponds Golf Club (par 71, 6,379 yards).

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Two weather delays Saturday caused a Sunday morning finish. 

For Waynesborough Country Club’s Joe April, those showers turned to flowers by way of a spot in the 40th Middle-Amateur Championship Presented by NJM Insurance Group at Old York Road Country Club in Ambler, Pa. May 22-23.

April, 38, of Berwyn, Pa., carded a round of 2 under 69 to secure medalist honors. A total of 22 players advanced to the Championship Proper with the cut falling at 74. 22 qualifying spots plus ties were available.

April has plenty of Middle-Amateur experiences under his belt. He led after Day One of the 2013 Middle-Amateur at Fieldstone Golf Club.

He was one of two players to break par at Five Ponds. April made a total of six birdies across the Warminster, Pa. layout.

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.

GAP

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 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 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.

NJM Insurance Group

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Qualifiers
Name, clubScore
Joe April, Waynesborough Country Club69
Jonathan Radick, Spring Mill Country Club70
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club71
Stewart Rickenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club71
Blake Reifsnyder, Galen Hall Country Club72
Ryan McDonald, Merion Golf Club72
Jerry Newell, Fieldstone Golf Club72
Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club72
Matthew Crescenzo, LuLu Country Club73
Anthony Saltarelli, Philmont Country Club73
Scott Kalamar, Green Pond Country Club73
Jeffrey Victor, Jeffersonville Golf Club73
Matt Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club73
Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club74
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club74
Nick Madden, LuLu Country Club74
Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club74
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Matt Loeslein, Odessa National Golf Club74
Robert Robertson, Avalon Golf Club74
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Ryan O’Leary, Makefield Highlands Golf Club74
Alternates (in order)
Ed McCusker, Five Ponds Golf Club75
Brian Wojtko, Old York Road Country Club75
Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Stephen Scott, Legacy Club at Woodcrest75
Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club75
Greg Heisen, Skytop Lodge76
Failed to qualify
Justin Spaeth, Cedarbrook Country Club76
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
Joe Rueter, Sandy Run Country Club76
Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton76
Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club76
Colin Mahon, USGA/GAP GC76
Kyle Buchman, Northampton Country Club76
Kevin Koch, Spring Ford Country Club77
Timothy Chilleri, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77
Thomas Weir, Honeybrook Golf Club77
Kyle Pritchard, Olde Homestead Golf Club77
Tim Wetzel, RiverCrest GC & Preserve77
Andrew Freimuth, Cedarbrook Country Club78
Ryan Orcutt, Green Pond Country Club78
Rob Good, Merion Golf Club78
Conal Devlin, LuLu Country Club78
Brendan May, North Hills Country Club78
Joe Perese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Peter Ucciferro, North Hills Country Club78
John Simone, Philmont Country Club79
Joe Petrino, Makefield Highlands Golf Club79
Jim Finegan, Philadelphia Country Club79
Carter Field, LuLu Country Club79
Cory Calvert, Country Club of Scranton79
Garrett Conway, Medford Village Country Club79
John Willard, Spring Mill Country Club79
Drew Brandt, Broad Run Golfer’s Club80
James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club80
Corey Betham, St. Davids Golf Club80
Tyler Joseph, Green Valley Country Club80
Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club81
Ryan Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club81
Matt Milligan, Bluestone Country Club81
Josh Strawins, Green Valley Country Club81
Kevin Kornuszko, Spring Mill Country Club82
Cole Swiger, USGA/GAP GC82
Brian Walsh, Galloway National Golf Club82
Michael Zorn, Five Ponds Golf Club84
John Lupica, Lookaway Golf Club84
Mitchell Racosky, Makefield Highlands Golf Club84
Eric Farris, Raven’s Claw Golf Club85
Matt Malinowski, Trenton Country Club85
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale86
Tomas Guitteau, Jeffersonville Golf Club86
Ford Harvey, Aronimink Golf Club86
Matthew Vassil, Country Club of Scranton88
Bryant Jones, Bala Golf Club90
Christopher Capp, USGA/GAP GCNS
Robert Streit, North Hills Country ClubWD
Jack Walsh, Old York Road Country ClubWD
Kenneth Matt, USGA/GAP GCWD
Bill Kane, Old York Road Country ClubWD
Robert Spellman, Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
Erik Reisner, Squires Golf ClubWD
Dicky Rhoads, Huntingdon Valley Country ClubWD
Tyler Fewell, Paxon Hollow Country ClubWD
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf ClubWD
Chris Richter, Chester Valley Golf ClubWD
Sean Torpey, Doylestown Country ClubWD
Tom Zubrzycki, Burlington Country ClubWD
Brian Walker, Burlington Country ClubWD
Andrew Fiore, RiverCrest GC & PreserveWD
Joshua Friedland, RiverCrest GC & PreserveWD
David Hertgen, Springdale Golf ClubWD
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country ClubWD
NS – no show; WD – withdrawal

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