Hartefeld’s Kohn heads Mid-Am Qualifier at White Clay Creek CC - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 05, 2008

Hartefeld’s Kohn heads Mid-Am Qualifier at White Clay Creek CC

 Wilmington, Del. – Matt Kohn from Hartefeld National fired six birdies at a tough White Clay Creek CC (par 72, 6,712 yards) Monday to earn medallist honors at the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship qualifier. Kohn carded a 2-under-par 70 to top the 89-player field attempting to earn one of the 28 qualifying spots and ties available for the 25th edition of the Middle-Amateur Championship set for May 21-22 at Fieldstone GC.

  The 43-year-old rode his straight tee shots and solid putting en route to the top spot.

  “I drove the ball fantastic,” said Kohn. “The greens were phenomenal and everything I looked at I thought I could make.”

  Although Kohn birdied hole Nos. 1 (par 4, 417 yards), 5 (par 4, 400 yards), 8 (par 5, 490 yards), 15 (par 5, 540 yards), 17 (par 3, 174 yards) and 18 (par 4, 341 yards), he actually pointed to a par save as the defining point of his round.

  One of the rare occasions where he found trouble off the tee was when his dead straight drive found the bunker in the middle of the fairway on No. 10 (par 5, 567 yards). Kohn exited the bunker and left it short of the hazard, leaving him a 220-yard approach shot. From there the Avondale, Pa. resident placed a hybrid just short of the green where he proceeded to get up-and-down for par.

  “I think that was pretty critical for me in saving my round,” he said.

  Kohn, who never saw the course before today, chose not to heed the advise of his friends who told him that he should at least play a practice round at the tricky course before attempting to qualify.

  “I’ve been playing really well lately,’ said Kohn, who is coming off a solid GAP Team Match victory where he shot a 70 at Hartefeld. “I just thought I’d show up and see what happens.”

  Chris Esbenshade of Five Ponds GC, who was also was a first-timer at White Clay Creek CC, finished alone in second place with an even-par 72.

  “Sometimes I play better that way,” said Esbenshade of playing the troublesome Wilmington course for the first time. “Since I don’t really know what’s out there I just concentrate on the shot I’m playing.”

  Added Esbenshade on looking towards the Middle-Amateur Championship at Fieldstone GC, “No expectations, that’s the way it works, I guess.”

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

  Monday’s qualifier was the final Middle-Amateur Championship qualifier used to determine who will play in the silver anniversary of the Championship later this month. The first qualifier was held last Thursday at Talamore CC where Jeff DellaFranco of Concord CC carded a 3-over-par 74 to earn medallist honors.

  Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC took the 24th Middle-Amateur Championship at Stonewall’s North Course last year after recording an even-par 140. The win was the second Middle-Amateur Championship for Lutz who also took the 1998 Mid-Am. when the tournament was still a one-day, 18-hole event. Today, it’s a two-day, 36-hole competition.

  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.

Name Club Name Front 9 Back 9 Total
Matt Kohn Hartefeld National 35 35 70
Chris Esbenshade Five Ponds Golf Club 35 37 72
Robert Harrington Merion Golf Club 39 35 74
Chris Anderson Wilmington Country Club 36 39 75
Douglas Cusick Tavistock Country Club 38 37 75
Michael Brown Philadelphia Publinks GA 39 36 75
Chris Hynoski Mercer Oaks Golf Course 40 36 76
Peter Williamson Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 39 37 76
Cory Reighard Commonwealth National Golf Club 41 36 77
Scott Chesna Cavaliers Country Club 40 37 77
Byron Whitman Golden Oaks Golf Club 40 38 78
John Cobb Tavistock Country Club 39 39 78
William Jeremiah Philadelphia Publinks GA 40 38 78
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 38 41 79
John LeBoeuf Philadelphia Country Club 41 39 80
Michael Stanley St. Davids Golf Club 39 41 80
Rich Pruchnik West Chester Golf & Country Club 43 37 80
Stephen McIntyre Honeybrook Golf Club 40 40 80
Warren Smith Cavaliers Country Club 43 37 80
Jim Simmons Stonewall 39 42 81
John Campanelli Woodbury Country Club 41 40 81
Steven Walczak Wilmington Country Club 42 39 81
Aaron Bracy Philadelphia Publinks GA 40 42 82
Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club 43 39 82
Buddy Reed Cavaliers Country Club 39 43 82
Chris Comer Ballamor Golf Club 39 43 82
David Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 40 42 82
Eric Buck Lancaster Country Club 44 38 82
Jon Thomas Hartefeld National 41 41 82
Mike Haney Llanerch Country Club 43 39 82
Robert Dziak Spring Ford Country Club 41 41 82
Ryan Morrissey Hartefeld National 43 39 82
Failed to Qualify
Bob Ursomarso Saucon Valley Country Club 43 40 83
Christopher DeSana Medford Village Country Club 40 43 83
Joe Olin Little Mill Country Club 40 43 83
John Cattoni Huntsville Golf Club 38 45 83
Marty Crounse Mercer Oaks Golf Course 42 41 83
Peter Mark RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 42 41 83
Robert Billings Rolling Green Golf Club 43 40 83
Jeffrey Ciconte Wilmington Country Club 44 40 84
Joe Dellicarpini Philadelphia Cricket Club 41 43 84
Jonathan Ross Gulph Mills Golf Club 43 41 84
Matt Dietrich Whitford Country Club 43 41 84
Pete Widdoes Inniscrone Golf Club 43 41 84
Scott McIntosh Makefield Highlands Golf Club 41 43 84
Tom Piersanti Applebrook Golf Club 42 42 84
Donald Mackelcan Wilmington Country Club 41 44 85
Jack Helms Rolling Green Golf Club 46 39 85
John Donnelly Concord Country Club 42 43 85
John Mullins Spring Ford Country Club 39 46 85
Rocky Dare Running Deer Golf Club 41 44 85
Andrew Hobbs Wilmington Country Club 37 49 86
Ari Flaisher Downingtown Golf Club 45 41 86
Blaise Giroso Fieldstone Golf Club 45 41 86
Bryan McClaskey Merchantville Country Club 46 40 86
David Guertler Merchantville Country Club 42 44 86
James Willoughby Bellewood Golf Club 46 40 86
Kevin Hinkle Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 43 43 86
Matthew Civitella Waynesborough Country Club 45 41 86
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 40 46 86
Jason Sieminski Philadelphia Cricket Club 42 45 87
John Aloisio Little Mill Country Club 44 43 87
Ronald Jamarowicz Hartefeld National 40 48 88
Shane Gunning Silver Creek Country Club 41 47 88
Michael Boden French Creek Golf Club 43 46 89
Michael Walsh, III. Aronimink Golf Club 42 47 89
Lawrence Kelly Whitford Country Club 50 41 91
Rick Custer Spring Ford Country Club 42 49 91
Roben Qawasny Indian Valley Country Club 47 44 91
Gary Yeager Philadelphia Cricket Club 42 51 93
Fred Giblin Merchantville Country Club 46 48 94
Graham Desmond Golf Course at Glen Mills 49 45 94
James Blickle LedgeRock Golf Club 47 47 94
David Barnett White Clay Creek Country Club 46 50 96
Anastasios Daskalopoulos The Springhaven Club 44 53 97
Lee Grout Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 52 46 98
Andrew Lombard The Springhaven Club WD WD WD
Arthur Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club WD WD WD
Bill Milner Wedgwood Country Club WD WD WD
James Loftus, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club WD WD WD
Kenneth Croney, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club WD WD WD
Mark Walker Laurel Creek Country Club WD WD WD
Michael Evangelista Concord Country Club WD WD WD
Michael Shinn Hartefeld National WD WD WD
Russell Ball, III Merion Golf Club WD WD WD
Thomas McCabe Manufacturers Golf & Country Club WD WD WD
Todd Anderson Wilmington Country Club WD WD WD
William Erskine Philadelphia Publinks GA WD WD WD
William Voris Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa WD WD WD

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