Jersey boys shine in Mid.-Am. Qualifier at Galloway National - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Apr 30, 2015

Jersey boys shine in Mid.-Am. Qualifier at Galloway National

 GALLOWAY, N.J. — Mike Korcuba of Medford Village Country Club and Jim Engler of Sea Oaks Golf Club each carded a 4-over-par 75 to share medalist honors in a Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf at Galloway National Golf Club (par 71, 6,653 yards). | Scorecards | Photo gallery |

  The co-medalists, playing in the morning, topped the leaderboard of 117 players hoping to grab one of 28 qualifying spots and ties on Thursday. The wind intensified as the day wore on, contributing to a cut line that stopped at 82.

  Both Engler and Korcuba came away with not only a new accomplishment, but also with high praise for the host venue.

  “Obviously, I was very impressed with the golf course. It was my first time playing it. I’ve played a lot of top golf courses and Galloway is near the top for sure,” Engler, 43, of Barnegat, N.J. “I think each hole is really memorable and the condition of the course was superb as well.”

  Korcuba, who last played competitively at Galloway National in a U.S. Middle-Amateur Qualifier, came off the course with a personal best. While it wasn’t his best ball-striking day, the Sicklerville, N.J. resident caught fire with his putter. He estimated his round included less than 30 putts.

  “I didn’t really leave myself with good, makeable birdie putts, but the putter got me out of jams all day,” Korcuba said. “My first hole was No. 10, where I made a 10-footer to save par and then did it again on 11. Nothing was lipping out. I was dead center of the hole all day.”

  Korcuba finished his round in winning form, first with a birdie at No. 7 (par 4, 393 yards) followed by a miraculous bunker shot on No. 8 (par 3, 179 yards). On the former, he drilled a 7-iron 148 yards to 12 feet. Korcuba followed with a sand shot from a downslope in the right greenside bunker on No. 8 to two feet.

  The par 3, 141-yard No. 2 was the host of Engler’s round highlight. After hitting a 7-iron to eight feet, he knocked it in for birdie. The par 5, 535-yard 9th hole spoiled a chance at outright medalist honors. Engler blocked his drive right, chipped out and then caught a fairway bunker with his third shot. With 50 yards to the flagstick, Engler found the green and three-putted for double bogey.

  “At that point, I kind of realized I was in [the Championship proper],” he said.

  After taking time away from the game, both of the co-medalists are finding their groove at the right time.

  Korcuba’s new job title, Telaid’s Vice President of Enterprise Accounts, has led to more opportunities for the 45-year-old to play golf. He spent time on the West coast this winter, playing courses in both California and Las Vegas.

  “I’ve played more golf with my new job because we’ve got more clients that enjoy the game and I’m able to spend more time with them that way,” said Korcuba. “Also, my wife is in a position where she can take care of our son, who is 8, that gives me flexibility to play more.”

  Engler is reverting back to his college golf form as of late.

  “I played on scholarship at Seton Hall. I then gave up golf for about 15 years,” Engler said. “I worked and raised my family.” He returned to competitive golf in 2006.

  Engler, a two-time Sea Oaks club champion attempted to qualify at Radley Run Country Club for last year’s Middle-Amateur, but fell short. Qualifying for the Middle-Amateur means he will get his first true taste of GAP competition outside of the BMW GAP Team Matches, where he plays for Sea Oak’s first team in Division A.

  While Korcuba possessed prior playing experience at Galloway National, he won’t be able to say the same when he heads to St. Davids on May 20-21 for the Championship proper.

  “I’ll have to get over there and see what it’s all about. I’ll have to learn it,” he said.

   Engler will share that feeling of unknown when he arrives at the venue.

  “Haven’t’ played St. Davids, but I’m definitely looking forward to it. I think there are very few Associations across the country that affords their members the facilities that we play. I’ve heard a ton of great things about St. Davids so I’m really looking forward to it.”

  The final Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier will take place Monday, May 4 at Meadowlands Country Club.

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Amateur 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 Middle-Amateur was for players 30 years of age and older.

  The Association’s 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. 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.

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Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club 75
Michael Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club 75
Patrick Hennigan, Tavistock Country Club 76
Robert Brown, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 76
Justin VanHyning, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club 78
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club 78
Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club 78
Mike Kidd, Wedgwood Country Club 78
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 78
Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club 79
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Gary Schoeman, Gulph Mills Golf Club 79
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 79
Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club 79
Sean McCauley, Jr., Galloway National Golf Club 79
Conrad Von Borsig, White Manor Country Club 80
Elias Chua, Fieldstone Golf Club 80
Jeffrey Moyher, Merion Golf Club 80
John Murphy, II, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 80
Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 80
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 81
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club 81
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club 81
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 81
Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club 82
Chris Lawler, Inniscrone Golf Club 82
Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfers Club 82
Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club 82
Failed to qualify
Brian Malley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 83
Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club 83
James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 83
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 83
Robert Frankil, Bellewood Country Club 83
Alexander Cameron, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Brian Bygott, Merchantville Country Club 84
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club 84
Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Jonathan Cooney, Flourtown Country Club 84
Mark Hodgson, Burlington Country Club 84
Reid Carnes, Sea Oaks Golf Club 84
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 84
Adam Carlson, Hidden Creek Golf Club 85
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club 85
David Guertler, Laurel Creek Country Club 85
John Campanelli, Running Deer Golf Club 85
Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club 85
Mike Krantz, Middletown Country Club 85
Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 85
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
Sean McMonagle, Laurel Creek Country Club 85
Steve Levine, Greate Bay Country Club 85
William Naylor, Applebrook Golf Club 85
Bobby Harrell, Links Golf Club 86
Brian Shevland, Waynesborough Country Club 86
Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club 86
John Burke, Running Deer Golf Club 86
Matthew Enriquez, Woodcrest Country Club 86
Paul Kupcha, Fieldstone Golf Club 86
William Keane, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club 86
Kevin Koch, Spring Ford Country Club 87
Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club 87
Rick Hendrickson, Aronimink Golf Club 87
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 88
Jeff Peltier, Stone Harbor Golf Club 88
Mike Good, Merion Golf Club 88
Peter Pendergast, Berkshire Country Club 88
Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club 88
Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club 89
Bill Burke, Sea Oaks Golf Club 89
Billy Satz, Five Ponds Golf Club 89
Jeff Hanson, Merchantville Country Club 89
Joe Zulli, Little Mill Country Club 89
Matthew McFarlane, Doylestown Country Club 90
Phil Cillo, Little Mill Country Club 90
Charlie Wahl, Riverton Country Club 91
David Blair, Gilbertsville Golf Club 91
Stephen Freda, Greate Bay Country Club 91
Andrew Carnevale, North Hills Country Club 92
Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club 92
Lance Oberparleiter, Valleybrook Country Club 92
Scott Carpenter, Cherry Valley Country Club 92
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club 93
Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club 93
Mark Capriotti, Little Mill Country Club 93
Chris Moresco, Applebrook Golf Club 94
Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth Country Club 94
James Denon, Jr., The Springhaven Club 94
Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club 95
Jeff Nocella, Bala Golf Club 95
Kenneth Antos, Philadelphia Cricket Club 95
Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 95
Brian Sokolowski, Greate Bay Country Club 96
David Krausse, Galloway National Golf Club 96
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club 96
Lee Calfo, Rolling Green Golf Club 96
Dan Smith, Running Deer Golf Club 98
Jozef Swatowski, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 98
Damon Heller, Bent Creek Country Club 99
Alex Hanna, Overbrook Golf Club 103
Jim Lanzalotto, Llanerch Country Club 103
Mark Mulvihill, Fieldstone Golf Club 107
David Pischke, Moselem Springs Golf Club 116
Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country Club WD
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course NC
Jay Vasil, Glenmaura National Golf Club WD
Jeff Newman, Little Mill Country Club WD
Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club WD
Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club WD
Thomas Mensel, Old York CC at Chesterfield WD

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