Jun 22, 2009

Hunter bags medalist honors at Open Championship Qual. at Woodstone

DANIELSVILLE, Pa. – Scott Hunter, an assistant professional at Overbrook GC, carded an even-par 72 to earn medalist honors at Monday’s Open Championship qualifier at Woodstone CC (par 72, 6,870 yards).

   Not bad, considering he made the turn at 3-over par.

   “I’m usually a better finisher than a starter for some reason,” Hunter, of Collegeville, Pa., said. “It was just a question of learning the golf course. I only had 11 putts on the backside.”

   After registering pars on his first four holes (Nos. 10-13), Hunter, 35, bogeyed Nos. 14 (par 5, 600 yards), 16 (par 3, 233 yards) and 18 (par 4, 400 yards). He turned things around on his back nine by firing birdies on Nos. 2 (par 4, 394 yards), 4 (par 4, 397 yards), 6 (par 4, 303 yards) and 8 (par 3, 201 yards).

   On No. 4, his 8-iron traveled about 140 yards and landed 12-feet from the flagstick. Hunter teed off No. 8 with a 4-iron, knocked it to about 25 feet and converted the putt for birdie.

   Hunter, who’s been with Overbrook for two years, is anxious to compete in the Open Championship, which will be held at Bent Creek CC on July 22.    “I’m new to the Section here,” he said. “I hear it (the Open Championship) is a great tournament.”

   Adam Condello, an assistant professional at Aronimink GC, and Greg Jarmas of Philadelphia Publinks GA each carded a 1-over-par 73 to finish second. Condello, of Havertown, Pa., felt that he “could’ve hit the ball a lot better than he did.”

   “My chipping and putting really saved me,” he said.

   Condello, 26, fired birdies on Nos. 2 (par 4, 394 yards), 4 (par 4, 397 yards), 13 (par 3, 180 yards) and 17 (par 5, 540 yards). On No. 2, he hit a wedge to about seven feet and drained the ensuing birdie putt. He used an 8-iron for his second shot on No. 4 and hit it to about 20 feet. Condello knocked his 8-iron to about 10 feet on No. 13.

   On No. 17, after knocking his 3-wood to the edge of the green, Condello chipped up to about seven feet and made the birdie putt. Condello anticipates playing among a tough field in the Open Championship.

   “I’m looking forward to the competition,” he said. “It’s a great tournament.”

   Jarmas, of Wynnewood, Pa., indicated that his short game kept him steady at the hill-stricken Danielsville, Pa. venue.

   “I hit the ball really well. I hit a lot of greens,” Jarmas said. “I only had 33 putts, but I felt like I putted a little better than that. This course is hard. It was soft and the greens are fast.”

   The 17 year-old netted 15 pars and one birdie, which he fired on No. 9 (par 5, 483 yards). After driving it into the first leftside hill, Jarmas knocked a hybrid 200 yards and then pitched it to about 10 feet.

   “I barely touched the putt and it rolled down the hill and went in,” he said.

   Jarmas looks forward to competing in this year’s Open Championship.

   “This would be the biggest GAP event that I’ve ever played in,” he said. “I didn’t qualify for the Amateur Championship at Coatesville CC.”

   Jarmas will next try to win this year’s Junior Boys’ Championship, which begins tomorrow at Riverton CC. He reached the quarterfinals last year at Huntingdon Valley CC.

   Fifteen players in the field of 83 qualified for the Open Championship Monday. At the end of the day, the cutline fell to 77.

   The second and final qualifier will be held at Penn Oaks GC on Tuesday, June 30.

Name, club Score
Scott Hunter, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Adam Condello, Aronimink Golf Club 73
(a) Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Joey Pohle, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Alexander Knoll, Bethlehem Golf Club 75
David Fields, Brookside Country Club 75
Kevin Melrath, Sunnybrook Golf Club 75
(a) Tom Borsello, Fieldstone Golf Club 75
(a) Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club 75
(a) Eric Chipin, Philmont Country Club 76
(a) Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club 76
Ryan Gray, French Creek Golf Club 76
*(a) Douglas Zelner, Spring Ford Country Club 77
*Steve Kiefner, Northampton Country Club 77
*(a) Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Alternates (in order)
*(a) Michael O’Keefe, Little Mill Country Club 77
*(a) Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club 77
*James Haus, Jr., Bent Creek Country Club 78
*Brian Myrick, Bent Creek Country Club 78
Failed to qualify
*Bill Walker, Bala Golf Club 78
*Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club 78
*Robert Agresti, Aronimink Golf Club 78
*(a) Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
*(a) Scott Klee, Indian Valley Country Club 78
(a) Andrew Lawson, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club 79
(a) Anthony DeNicco, Brookside Country Club 79
George Frake, II, Little Mill Country Club 79
(a) Greg Matthias, Hartefeld National 79
(a) Joseph Fabrizio, Aronimink Golf Club 79
(a) Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club 79
(a) Buddy Reed, DuPont Country Club 80
Chris Stager, Riverview Country Club 80
(a) Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club 80
(a) Andrew Schmehl, Moorestown Field Club 81
(a) Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club 81
(a) Eric Schmehl, Moorestown Field Club 81
Hugh Reilly, Twining Valley Golf Club 81
(a) Jonathan Hoffman, Philmont Country Club 81
Joseph Ambrose, Lake Mohawk Golf Club 81
(a) Lynn Kilduff, Huntsville Golf Club 81
(a) Benjamin Cooley, Lu Lu Country Club 82
(a) Bill Turner, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
(a) Dominic Frassinelli, Woodstone Country Club 82
Gary Hardin, Northampton Country Club 82
(a) Michael DiGiandomenico, French Creek Golf Club 82
Michael Paukovits, Moselem Springs Golf Club 82
Rick Flesher, Sunnybrook Golf Club 82
(a) Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club 83
Casey O’Reilly, West Chester Golf & Country Club 83
Kevin Nicholson, Golf Galaxy 83
(a) Pierce Dever, Jericho National 83
(a) Vince Boyle, JC Melrose Country Club 83
(a) A.J. Tomasello, Plymouth Country Club 84
Brian Levengood, Aronimink Golf Club 84
Bill Smith, Eagle Rock Golf & Resort 85
Kevin Edwards, Woodstone Country Club 85
(a) Patrick Welsh, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Robert Everett, Blue Bell Country Club 85
(a) Warren Taylor, Yardley Country Club 85
(a) Bill Henry, Olde York Country Club 86
(a) Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 86
(a) Jesse Bingaman, Woodstone Country Club 86
Billy Hallman, Olde Homestead Golf Club 87
Daniel Donohue, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 87
(a) David Barnett, White Clay Creek Country Club 87
Robert Shutte, Muhlenberg College 88
(a) Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 88
(a) Jimmy Johnston, Merion Golf Club 89
(a) Robert Davis, Jr., Glenmaura National Golf Club 89
(a) Duane Pinnock, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
(a) John Inman, Cherry Valley Country Club 90
(a) Alex Pisano, Northampton Country Club 91
(a) Jerrold Clinton, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 99
Andrew Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club NC
(a) Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country Club WD
(a) Douglas Christian, Jericho National Golf Club WD
(a) Fred Hartwell, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford Country Club NC
George Petrole, Woodstone Country Club WD
(a) Jack Rosenberg, Waynesborough Country Club WD
(a) Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Michael Versuk, Willow Valley Golf Course WD
Mike Dynda, Blue Bell Country Club WD
(a) Nicholas Bellisario, Rolling Green Golf Club NS
NC-No card; NS-No show; WD-withdrawal
*-determined in playoff

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