Jun 16, 2009

Hyland takes medallist honors in return to Philly Amateur; defending champion McDermott seeded No. 8

 ELVERSON, Pa.–Michael Hyland of Little Mill CC didn’t miss a beat in his return to the Philadelphia golf scene and spectacular Stonewall. Hyland, winner of the 2000 Amateur Championship at the Elverson, Pa., venue, carded a 1-under-par 139 on Stonewall’s two courses (Old, par 70, 6,579 yards/North, par 70, 6,690 yards) to take the 109th Amateur Championship medallist honors. Hyland, who turned professional shortly after winning the 2000 title and returned to the Amateur ranks in 2005, posted Monday’s lone sub-par total.

  This was his first Philadelphia Amateur since regaining his Amateur status.

  Hyland will be seeded No. 1 for the first round of match play which begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. First- and second-round matches will be competed on Tuesday at Stonewall’s Old Course. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Wednesday. The 36-hole final begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

  Reigning Amateur Champion Michael McDermott of Merion GC, who finished runner-up to Hyland for the 2000 title, qualified as the eighth seed. Last year’s runner-up, Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC, is the No. 3 seed.

  Doug Marcincin of Northampton CC took the final match play position in a seven-man-for-one-spot playoff at 150 with a birdie on No. 9 (par 3, 183 yards).

  “I had great vibes coming in,” said Hyland of his return to Stonewall. “[Groupmate Michael McDermott and I] reminisced all day long about [the 2000 final]. The pairing today really helped me out.”

  Hyland opened his return foray at the Old Course with a level-par 70. He even birdied his first hole, No. 1 (par 5, 528 yards), when he chipped his approach to five feet. Another birdie on No. 5 (par 3, 179 yards), a 9-iron to 20 feet, continued his storybook beginning, before bogeys on No. 6 (par 4, 430 yards) and No. 8 (par 4, 425 yards) watched Hyland make the turn in a level 35. A bogey on No. 14 (par 4, 392 yards) from a blocked wedge and a birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 440 yards) with a sand wedge from 120 yards put Hyland in a tied for fifth at even par after 18 holes.

  On the North Course, Hyland’s second 18, he again opened with a birdie. Starting on No. 10 (par 4, 355 yards), he lofted a sand wedge from 120 yards to three feet. This was Hyland’s second time seeing the North Course. Yesterday was his first. The North Course was built in 2003.

  Hyland drained a 10 footer on No. 12 (par 4, 360 yards) after finding fairway and green before encountering his first hiccup, a bogey, on the treacherous 13th (par 3, 215 yards).

  “I’m trying not to make any double bogeys at that point,” said Hyland, who has qualified for the last two U.S. Middle-Amateurs. “I was taking the water out of play.”

  Four consecutive pars followed before Hyland found some more red figures when he hit a second shot, 4-iron on No. 18 (par 5, 522 yards) to 25 feet for an eagle try. He tapped in for birdie a shot later.

  Starting his final nine, No. 1 (par 4, 415 yards), Hyland’s driver sent two balls into the right fescue. He failed to find the first and carded a triple bogey seven before it was over. 

  “I’m thinking it could be a train wreck at that point,” said Hyland. 

  It wasn’t. He reached the up-and-then-downhill No. 3 (par 5, 472 yards) in two and tapped in for birdie. Three shots later on No. 4 (par 45, 429 yards) Hyland added another red figure. He hit a gap wedge from 120 yards to two feet for the tap-in birdie.

  Hyland would finish it out with five pars.

  “I’m totally excited about tomorrow,” said the 30-year-old Hyland, whose primary residence is Toledo, Ohio. “The key out here is to hit fairways. I think I hit two poor drives today.”

  Hyland cited the venue as the reason for his return to the Amateur Championship.

  Michael Kania of Overbrook GC and Haverford, Pa., 18, grabbed the No. 2 seed with an even-par 140. Kania carded a 1-under-par 69 at the Old Course in the morning before following that up with a 1-over-par 71 at the North Course.

  “I just wanted to play good solid golf and get into match play,” said Kania.

  This is only Kania’s second Amateur Championship. He failed to make match play in 2007.

  Michael’s older brother James, Jr., also advanced into match play. He qualified as the 11th seed after finishing at 3-over-par 143.

  Both will play for the University of Kentucky next year where Michael will be a freshman and James a junior.

  NOTES–This is only the second time Stonewall has hosted the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s most prestigious Amateur event. In 2000, Chester Valley GC served as the second qualifying site.

NameClubRd. 1Rd. 2Total
Michael HylandLittle Mill Country Club70Old69Nor139
Michael KaniaOverbrook Golf Club69Old71Nor140
Cole WillcoxPhiladelphia Country Club71Old70Nor141
Thomas GramignaTavistock Country Club70Nor71Old141
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club73Nor69Old142
Robert Galbreath, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club69Old73Nor142
Justin MartinsonHartefeld National71Old71Nor142
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club72Nor70Old142
Michael McDermottMerion Golf Club72Old70Nor142
James Kania, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club70Nor73Old143
Anthony MartireSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa75Old68Nor143
William McGuinnessTavistock Country Club69Nor74Old143
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club70Nor74Old144
Matthew MattareSaucon Valley Country Club68Old76Nor144
Edward McCrossen, Jr.Whitemarsh Valley Country Club73Nor72Old145
Christopher AultYardley Country Club73Old72Nor145
Pierce DeverJericho National Golf Club72Nor73Old145
Robert RobertsonPhiladelphia Cricket Club76Old70Nor146
Mark MillerYardley Country Club74Old72Nor146
Matt DolinskyHoneybrook Golf Club72Nor75Old147
Rodney JamesFive Ponds Golf Club72Old75Nor147
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club74Old73Nor147
Matthew TeesdaleCommonwealth National Golf Club72Nor75Old147
Gary DanielsSaucon Valley Country Club78Nor70Old148
Glenn SmeraglioCommonwealth National Golf Club75Nor73Old148
Scott StorckPhiladelphia Cricket Club74Old74Nor148
Conrad Von BorsigConcord Country Club78Old70Nor148
John BrennanSpring Ford Country Club76Old72Nor148
Brian CreghanBlue Bell Country Club74Old74Nor148
Ryan McCartyLittle Mill Country Club78Old71Nor149
Jeffrey GriestWaynesborough Country Club75Old74Nor149
#Douglas ZelnerSpring Ford Country Club74Nor75Old149
*Doug MarcincinNorthampton Country Club74Nor76Old150
Failed to qualify
*Michael BrownPhiladelphia Publinks GA74Nor76Old150
*David WestWhitford Country Club74Nor76Old150
*Keith SnyderSakima Country Club80Nor70Old150
*Matthew BurkhartMeadia Heights Golf Club71Nor79Old150
*James BraunsbergBlue Bell Country Club78Old72Nor150
*Daniel CharenYardley Country Club77Old73Nor150
#Robert Savarese, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club78Old72Nor150
Michael TashTavistock Country Club77Nor74Old151
Matthew FingerRunning Deer Golf Club73Nor78Old151
Matthew GaffneyLittle Mill Country Club75Old76Nor151
Stephen SeidenConcord Country Club75Nor76Old151
Chris EsbenshadeBent Creek Country Club74Nor77Old151
Alexander Maguire, Jr.Brookside Country Club74Nor78Old152
Stephen DresselSt. Davids Golf Club75Nor78Old153
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club82Old71Nor153
Johnny MurphyWildwood Golf & Country Club77Old76Nor153
Robert BechtoldWyncote Golf Club73Old80Nor153
Mark KoskoSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa77Nor77Old154
Steven KimBlue Bell Country Club82Nor72Old154
Joseph RoederLinks Golf Club75Old79Nor154
Benjamin SmithWoodcrest Country Club77Nor77Old154
Zach SmithDoylestown Country Club79Old75Nor154
Tom BorselloFieldstone Golf Club79Old75Nor154
Greg MatthiasHartefeld National75Old80Nor155
James BeaSpring Mill Country Club74Old81Nor155
Ken SimCommonwealth National Golf Club76Nor79Old155
Rand MendezFieldstone Golf Club77Nor78Old155
Tucker KochRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve75Nor81Old156
Oscar MestreOverbrook Golf Club77Nor79Old156
Andy AchenbachRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve75Old81Nor156
Warren Smith, IIICavaliers Country Club80Old76Nor156
David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club79Old77Nor156
Scott KleeIndian Valley Country Club73Nor83Old156
Jim SimmonsStonewall81Nor75Old156
Mike MeisenzahlLittle Mill Country Club73Nor84Old157
Santo LafocaHuntsville Golf Club76Nor81Old157
Matt RaudenbushPine Valley Golf Club80Nor77Old157
Justin Van HyningOlde York Country Club79Nor78Old157
Ed KahnLittle Mill Country Club84Old73Nor157
Nicholas ReachGlenmaura National Golf Club80Old77Nor157
Brian RothausTalamore Country Club81Nor76Old157
Kevin Melnick, Jr.Plymouth Country Club78Old79Nor157
Ryan GelrodCommonwealth National Golf Club81Nor76Old157
Roc IreyLookaway Golf Club73Nor84Old157
Brad SokolGreen Valley Country Club79Nor79Old158
Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club79Old79Nor158
James KiesermanThe Bucks Club81Old77Nor158
David AtkinsonLlanerch Country Club84Nor74Old158
Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club81Old78Nor159
Vinny AlessiPenn Oaks Golf Club75Nor85Old160
Marc MandelWhite Manor Country Club75Nor85Old160
Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf Club76Nor84Old160
Douglas SchroerAronimink Golf Club78Old82Nor160
Richard MarabellaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club81Old79Nor160
Patrick DevlinFive Ponds Golf Club80Old80Nor160
Bradley RobertsWedgwood Country Club80Nor80Old160
Charles BernardRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve79Nor81Old160
Russell HartungDoylestown Country Club75Nor86Old161
Robert Wurtz, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club79Nor82Old161
David SmithDoylestown Country Club77Old84Nor161
John RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club79Nor82Old161
Stephen McIntyreHoneybrook Golf Club76Nor85Old161
Matt DietrichWhitford Country Club75Nor86Old161
Geoffrey CooperLaurel Creek Country Club77Nor84Old161
Mark QuigleyLu Lu Country Club82Nor80Old162
Stephen SierackiMerchantville Country Club84Nor78Old162
Thomas DiCintiLinks Golf Club85Old77Nor162
Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club83Nor80Old163
Vince BoyleJC Melrose Country Club89Old74Nor163
Mark CzerniakowskiBlue Bell Country Club85Old78Nor163
Eric SchmehlMoorestown Field Club84Old80Nor164
Bryan WinskoPhiladelphia Cricket Club81Old83Nor164
Connor McNicholasCommonwealth National Golf Club81Nor84Old165
Greg ForsterRadnor Valley Country Club84Old81Nor165
Kevin GenuardiCedarbrook Country Club87Old79Nor166
Todd VonderheidHuntsville Golf Club92Nor75Old167
James AustinFive Ponds Golf Club83Old84Nor167
William Gallagher, IIIHoneybrook Golf Club86Old84Nor170
Erik ThornLinks Golf Club86Old85Nor171
Andrew SpeakerJericho National Golf Club81Nor91Old172
Steve MinnickBala Golf Club84Old89Nor173
Robert DziakSpring Ford Country Club87OldWDNorWD
Mike DannerLu Lu Country Club87OldWDNorWD
Christopher ReedmanMakefield Highlands Golf Club82OldNSNorNS
David ShieldsPhiladelphia Publinks GA80NorNCOldNC
Sean LeonardTavistock Country Club82OldDQNorDQ
*-determined in playoff
Old-Old Course; Nor-North Course
#-no match play; NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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