Jul 23, 2007

Honesdale’s Eric Williams tops U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier

  BLUE BELL, Pa.–Eric Williams of Honesdale, Pa., a member at Honesdale GC, posted a pair of 72s in a U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier on Monday at Cedarbrook CC (par 72, 7,076 yards)/Meadowlands CC (par 71, 6,465 yards) to take medallist honors and earn a trip out West. It will be Williams’ second trip to the U.S. Amateur set for Aug. 20-26 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

  “I was proud that I was able to finish strong,” said Williams, who played his final six holes in 1-under par. “The pressure can get to you. Especially for this.”

  Williams carded a first-round, 1-over-par 72 in the morning at Meadowlands CC despite registering a quadruple-bogey nine on No. 17 (par 5, 487 yards). The 34-year-old lumber broker made four birdies, a bogey and that quad.

  On No. 17, Williams lost his drive right, was forced to chip out his second tee shot from almost the same place he lost his first and got stuck in a bunker before finishing with a nine. He followed that up with a par on No. 18 (par 4, 407 yards).

  “I told myself it’s not over,” said Williams. “I knew 1 over was still a good score.”

  His afternoon session wasn’t as adventurous.

  Williams, who started on the back nine, made the turn in 1-over-par 37 before registering a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 402 yards). A bogey on No. 3 (par 4, 417 yards) negated his prior effort but he followed with a 5-iron to 12 feet on No. 5 (par 3, 185 yards) to get a stroke back. He then made a pair of fantastic two putts to save pars on Nos. 8 (par 4, 424 yards), from 35 feet, and 9 (par 3, 213 yards), from 45 feet.

  Williams heads to The Olympic Club in a different frame of mind after a frantic time at Oakmont CC in 2003 in his lone other U.S. Amateur appearance.

  “I learned not to switch anything,” said Williams. “Last time I went I switched my putter. I got there early for a practice round and had to play early the next day. I hit balls in between. I wore myself out.”

  Amory Davis, a member at DuPont CC, heads to his first U.S. Amateur in his initial try. Davis carded a 72 at Cedarbrook CC in the morning and a 73 at Meadowlands CC in the afternoon.

  “I would say I would have been disappointed if I didn’t make it,” said Davis, 18, who is headed to the University of Virginia this fall. “I’ve been hitting it well and my putting hasn’t been that bad.”

  Davis said he’s had putting woes this summer, resulting in a light competitive schedule to date. He’s only competed in three events so far this year.

  “I’ve just been playing with my friends more, trying not to think about it,” said Davis. “I’ve been trying to get my confidence back.”

  Brewington, 21, of Mill Race GC, will be making his first appearance; McGuinness 47, of Tavistock CC, heads to his sixth U.S. Amateur; Willcox, 19, of Philadelphia CC, made an eagle on the first playoff hole to advance to his second Amateur in his second attempt and Holle, 38, of Essex County CC, goes to his first.

  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 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 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 City Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Eric Williams Honesdale, PA 72 MCC 72 CCC 144
Amory Davis Chadds Ford, PA 72 CCC 73 MCC 145
Tyler Brewington Orangeville, PA 74 MCC 73 CCC 147
William McGuinness Woodbury, NJ 72 CCC 75 MCC 147
Cole Willcox Berwyn, PA 72 MCC 76 CCC 148
Clark Holle South Orange, NJ 74 MCC 74 CCC 148
Alternates (in order)
Christopher Gold Haddonfield, NJ 73 MCC 75 CCC 148
Kevin Genuardi Blue Bell, PA 75 MCC 73 CCC 148
Failed to qualify
Adam Cohan Wayne, PA 76 MCC 73 CCC 149
John Pelet Atglen, PA 73 MCC 76 CCC 149
Mark Miller Levittown, PA 74 CCC 75 MCC 149
Matthew Mattare Bethlehem, PA 73 MCC 76 CCC 149
Andrew Guaraldo Berwyn, PA 76 CCC 74 MCC 150
Christopher Ault Yardley, PA 74 CCC 76 MCC 150
George Marucci Jr Villanova, PA 72 MCC 78 CCC 150
Logan Terry Plymouth Meeting, PA 77 CCC 73 MCC 150
Chris Lange Bryn Mawr, PA 75 CCC 76 MCC 151
Joe Bernard Malvern, PA 76 CCC 75 MCC 151
P. Chet Walsh Wayne, PA 75 MCC 76 CCC 151
Andy Achenbach Royersford, PA 73 CCC 79 MCC 152
David West Downingtown, PA 75 CCC 77 MCC 152
James Wallace Moorestown, NJ 77 MCC 75 CCC 152
Kenneth Matt Springhouse, PA 78 MCC 74 CCC 152
Kyle Davis Kennett Square, PA 74 MCC 78 CCC 152
Nathan Fry Nazareth, PA 77 MCC 75 CCC 152
Stephen Arnold Langhorne, PA 73 CCC 79 MCC 152
Todd Shagin Ridgewood, NJ 77 MCC 75 CCC 152
Jimmy Kieserman Dresher, PA 77 CCC 76 MCC 153
Jordan Wycoff Fort Washington, PA 79 MCC 74 CCC 153
Robert Galbreath Jr Huntingdon Valley, PA 78 CCC 75 MCC 153
Ryan McCarty Voorhees, NJ 77 CCC 76 MCC 153
A.J. Denicco Pottstown, PA 76 CCC 78 MCC 154
Drew Panebianco Dresher, PA 76 MCC 78 CCC 154
Geoff Cooper Philadelphia, PA 78 CCC 76 MCC 154
Glenn Smeraglio Newtown, PA 76 MCC 78 CCC 154
Jacob Murphy Hamilton Twsp, NJ 78 MCC 76 CCC 154
Michael O’Keefe Medford, NJ 77 MCC 77 CCC 154
Philip Bartholomew Yardley, PA 76 CCC 78 MCC 154
Robert de Rojas Philadelphia, PA 82 CCC 72 MCC 154
Robert Savarese, Jr. Lafayette Hill, PA 73 MCC 81 CCC 154
Ryan Blair Center Valley, PA 75 CCC 79 MCC 154
Jake Pleczkowski Valencia, PA 74 MCC 81 CCC 155
Jason Loehrs Wilmington, DE 80 MCC 75 CCC 155
Matthew Smith Chester Springs, PA 76 MCC 79 CCC 155
Christopher Caimano Wrightstown, PA 76 MCC 80 CCC 156
Edward Kelly, Jr. Maple Glen, PA 79 MCC 77 CCC 156
Shawn Lavin Drexel Hill, PA 82 CCC 74 MCC 156
Tom Piersanti Malvern, PA 81 MCC 75 CCC 156
Craig Seaman Princeton, NJ 82 CCC 75 MCC 157
Kevin Frost Lansdale, PA 79 CCC 78 MCC 157
Liam Friedman Lackawanna, NY 79 MCC 78 CCC 157
Patrick Barrett Pinehurst, NC 79 CCC 78 MCC 157
Patrick Dougherty North Wales, PA 75 MCC 82 CCC 157
Roc Irey Furlong, PA 82 MCC 75 CCC 157
Alan Borowsky Bala Cynwyd, PA 79 MCC 79 CCC 158
Bertus Wessels Conshohocken, PA 75 CCC 83 MCC 158
Billy McCrossan Newtown Square, PA 83 CCC 75 MCC 158
Christopher Kaspar North Wales, PA 79 MCC 79 CCC 158
Matt Ehrlich Blue Bell, PA 80 MCC 78 CCC 158
Stephen Derminio Coopersburg, PA 83 MCC 75 CCC 158
Alan Wagenschnur Middletown, DE 83 CCC 76 MCC 159
Doug Marcincin Bethlehem, PA 78 MCC 81 CCC 159
Gregg Semenetz Jeffersonville, NY 80 CCC 79 MCC 159
Nicholas Sanner Markleton, PA 77 MCC 82 CCC 159
Zachary Herr New Hope, PA 76 MCC 83 CCC 159
Daniel Rexon Haddonfield, NJ 77 MCC 83 CCC 160
Patrick Rugg Drexel Hill, PA 80 CCC 80 MCC 160
Phillip Anzaldo Haddonfield, NJ 84 CCC 76 MCC 160
Ryan Macdonald Jackson, NJ 79 CCC 81 MCC 160
Sean Semenetz Jeffersonville, NY 76 CCC 84 MCC 160
Tyler Glassman Ft Washington, PA 81 MCC 79 CCC 160
Frank Petrash Hatboro, PA 83 CCC 78 MCC 161
Jim Rattigan Orwigsburg, PA 82 CCC 79 MCC 161
Michael Quinn East Fallowfield, PA 78 CCC 83 MCC 161
Mike McComb Egg Harbor Township, NJ 83 CCC 78 MCC 161
Sean Hirschler Clarks Summit, PA 81 CCC 80 MCC 161
David Taraschi Haddonfield, NJ 80 MCC 82 CCC 162
Kevin Huntington West Chester, PA 83 CCC 79 MCC 162
Matthew Newton Pittsgrove, NJ 79 CCC 83 MCC 162
Dan Ott Pilesgrove, NJ 81 MCC 82 CCC 163
Matt Kaelin Medford, NJ 83 CCC 80 MCC 163
Samuel Dreibelbis Lebanon, PA 88 CCC 75 MCC 163
Tom Carter Sicklerville, NJ 84 CCC 79 MCC 163
James Ridgway Erma, NJ 83 CCC 81 MCC 164
Kevin Silvestri Marlboro, NJ 84 MCC 80 CCC 164
Robert Cunningham Wayne, PA 81 MCC 83 CCC 164
Cory Siegfried Villanova, PA 79 CCC 86 MCC 165
Garrett Basalyga Philadelphia, PA 83 CCC 82 MCC 165
Michael Lewers Wayne, PA 82 CCC 83 MCC 165
Benjamin Kleiner Callicoon, NY 84 CCC 82 MCC 166
Brad Sokol Wayne, PA 84 CCC 82 MCC 166
David Stewart Philaldephia, PA 86 MCC 80 CCC 166
Dustin Toner Union, NJ 82 MCC 84 CCC 166
Greg Verde Wayne, PA 80 CCC 86 MCC 166
Michael Serensits Catasauqua, PA 86 MCC 80 CCC 166
Kevin Melnick, Jr. Blue Bell, PA 80 CCC 87 MCC 167
Robert Cappelletti Audubon, NJ 85 MCC 82 CCC 167
Samuel Ryder Rosemont, PA 84 MCC 83 CCC 167
Brian Creghan Radnor, PA 88 MCC 80 CCC 168
Robbie McKay Bethlehem, PA 86 MCC 82 CCC 168
Chip Culp Philadelphia, PA 86 CCC 83 MCC 169
David Derminio Coopersburg, PA 84 MCC 85 CCC 169
Jason Cohan Wayne, PA 86 MCC 83 CCC 169
Jason Ochroch Ambler, PA 85 MCC 84 CCC 169
Joseph Dulka West Chester, PA 82 MCC 87 CCC 169
Stephen McIntyre Glenmoore, PA 85 MCC 85 CCC 170
Vince D’Ginto Green Lane, PA 93 CCC 78 MCC 171
Andrew Bowers Cherry Hill, NJ 82 MCC 91 CCC 173
Douglas Crowley Bedmnster, NJ 89 MCC 86 CCC 175
Christopher Corr Rosemont, PA 88 CCC 89 MCC 177
Mark Coassolo Macungie, PA 87 CCC 90 MCC 177
Bernard O’Brien, III Bound Brook, NJ 97 MCC 106 CCC 203
Jeffrey Griest Glen Mills, PA 76 CCC NC MCC NC
Anthony List Havertown, PA 79 CCC WD MCC WD
Cory Taylor Moorestown, NJ 81 MCC WD CCC WD
Frank Nattle Phoenixville, PA 86 CCC WD MCC WD
James Kania Jr Haverford, PA 76 CCC WD MCC WD
Travis Gahman Souderton, PA 78 CCC WD MCC WD
James Shearing Pennington, NJ NC NC NC
Alexander Maguire Philadelphia, PA WD WD WD
Robert Maguire Pottstown, PA WD WD WD
Matt Raudenbush Pine Valley, NJ WD WD WD
Frank Cossio Brigantine, NJ WD WD WD
Sasha Bozic Beach Lake, PA WD WD WD
Josh Morell Wyndmoor, PA WD WD WD
Jonathan Hoffman Bryn Athyn, PA WD WD WD
Anthony Martire Absecon, NJ WD WD WD
Clark Topping Bel Air, MD WD WD WD
Robin McCool Bethlehem, PA WD WD WD
Glen Schreiner Elkton, MD WD WD WD
Sean Leonard Haddonfield, NJ WD WD WD
Michael McDermott Havertown, PA WD WD WD
Matt McGovern Holland, PA WD WD WD
Zach Rothaus Huntingdon Valley, PA WD WD WD
Charles Winegardner Lothian, MD WD WD WD
Douglas Schroer Malvern, PA WD WD WD
Grant Skyllas Mohnton, PA WD WD WD
Kevin Genois Quebec, QC WD WD WD
Brian Corbett Shavertown, PA WD WD WD
Robert Pina Wayne, PA WD WD WD
Colin Smith West Chester, PA WD WD WD
John Simone Dresher, PA WD WD WD
Daniel Summerhays Farmington, UT WD WD WD
Bobby Bernard Flemington, NJ WD WD WD
Paul Liebezeit Paoli, PA WD WD WD
Joshua Krumholz Reading, PA WD WD WD
Michael Soowal Seneca, SC WD WD WD
Michael Paduano Shrewsbury, NJ WD WD WD
Bryan Ott Whitehall, PA WD WD WD
Matt Raudenbush Pine Valley, NJ WD WD WD
Hyungjin Ahn Lawrenceville, NJ NS NS NS
John Moore London NS NS NS
Sean Coyle Philadelphia, PA NS NS NS
Brian Bergstol Mount Bethel, PA NS NS NS
Dave Welsh St-Marc-Des-Carriere, QC NS NS NS
NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal
MCC-Meadowlands CC/CCC-Cedarbook CC

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