May 26, 2010

LedgeRock GC’s Lutz scorches Mid.-Am. field with 5-under 67

 PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Chip Lutz cited putting woes, amongst other factors, in calling last May’s Middle-Amateur Championship his final one. A smooth 5-under par later left this year’s Mid.-Am. field wishing Lutz had kept his promise.

  Lutz, 55, of Reading, Pa., carded his spectacular score on a sweltering spring day at Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Militia Hill Course (par 72, 7,047 yards). He holds a one-shot lead over Bill Jeremiah of Bidermann Golf Club with a round to go. Cricket’s Rob Savarese stands alone in third at 3 under. A total of 75 players made the cut in the 36-hole event. The cutline fell at 79.

  The Middle-Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s first Major of the season. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. The final group of Lutz, Jeremiah and Savarese start at 12 p.m.

  Defending champion Michael Brown of Lookaway Golf Club posted a respectable 1-under 71. He stands in a tie for fifth.

  “I thought that at the time,” said Lutz who became Senior tournament eligible in January. “This year I have so many senior events on the schedule, I thought it would be good for me to get more rounds in so I’ve tried to play more competitive golf. I don’t think I’m going to drop back in the Amateur tournaments but certainly in this Mid.-Am., I’ve had some success the last few years with a couple of wins and thought based on the time of year and schedule I have, it would be a good time to try and continue that.”

  Lutz’s recent track record in the Mid.-Am. is unparalleled.

  He won the tournament in 2007 and has tied for fifth and fourth, respectively, in the following two years.

  The year prior to his victory he placed second. Lutz also captured the 1998 edition when the tournament was a one-round event.

  “I played solid. The key for me today was really putting,” said Lutz, who is ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek Magazine national senior rankings. “I made a few good saves for par to keep me in the round and then made birdie putts later which really made the difference today.”

  Lutz opened his round with six straight level par scores including a nice 10-foot save on No. 1 (par 4, 412 yards). However, on the final three holes of his front nine Lutz went from the middle of the pack to the top of the charts with birdies on Nos. 7-9. On No. 7 (par 4, 439 yards), Lutz knocked a 6-iron from 170 yards to 10 feet left of the hole and made the putt. On No. 8 (par 4, 403 yards), he added another three to the scorecard when his 9-iron from 133 yards hit the flagstick and stopped three feet from the cup. On the difficult ninth hole (par 3, 228 yards), Lutz’s impressive surge continued when he launched a 22-degree rescue wood to eight feet and made the birdie. Two pars followed before Lutz moved to 4 under on No. 12 (par 4, 381 yards) with a 60-degree wedge from 60 yards that stopped eight feet away. A short birdie putt on the reachable par 5, 511-yard 14th then pushed Lutz into sole possession of the lead at 5 under. Lutz played in the afternoon. Jeremiah teed it up in the morning.

  Lutz’s lone hiccup came next, on No. 15 (par 3, 200 yards), when he flubbed a pair of chip shots, one from the bunker, the other from the rough, but a fantastic sidehill eight-foot bogey save actually served as a momentum keeper. He would add his sixth and final birdie two holes later when he grooved a 60-degree wedge from 52 yards to five feet.

  Lutz comes into the Mid.-Am. off a very successful winter season in Florida and victories up North in both the State Better-Ball Championship and Berks County Match Play Championship, the latter occurring this Sunday at his home course.

  “I think coming out of the winter I’ve been spending a little more time in Florida in the offseason,” said Lutz of his recent Mid.-Am. success. “I feel like I have a little more bit game coming into the spring here and that gives me a little bit more momentum coming into this tournament.”

  In contrast to Lutz, Jeremiah, 41, of Spring Grove, Pa. will be in search of his first GAP trophy of any kind.

  Jeremiah, a former golf professional – his last stop came at Hartefeld National in 2000 – was reinstated as an amateur in 2002.

  This is only his third Mid.-Am. experience.

  “My approach tomorrow will be the same as it was today,” said Jeremiah, “to be relaxed and take it as it comes.

  “I’ve had some good rounds this spring so it’s not totally shocking (Jeremiah has registered some rounds in the 60s early in the year.) I have work and two kids and you can only practice when you can. You have to learn to do the best you can and accept the results.”

  On this day the results were sensational.

  Jeremiah opened his round on No. 1 (par 4, 412 yards) when he knocked a 9-iron from 136 yards to 10 feet and made the right to left breaking birdie putt. Two holes later, Jeremiah was forced to lay up with his second shot on the par 5, 499-yard third hole after his drive found the rough, and it proved to be a good thing as his third stroke, a lob wedge from 79 yards, stopped eight feet from the cup to move to 2 under. A bogey on No. 5 (par 3, 185 yards) after he found the left greenside bunker temporarily halted Jeremiah’s rally, but he started the ball rolling again on No. 7 (par 4, 439 yards) when he clipped a 9-iron from 140 yards to a foot.

  Jeremiah’s own heat index then went off the charts on two of the next three holes.

  On No. 8 (par 4, 403 yards), he chipped in for birdie from 25 feet after missing the green left and then on No. 10 (par 4, 422 yards) carded another three from 30 feet after his approached trickled off the back of the green. He stood at 4 under.

  “I felt pretty comfortable [on No. 8], said Jeremiah. “It was an uphill chip shot to the hole and I had a pretty good lie. On No. 9, believe it or not, I lipped the cup from 15 yards away. On No. 10, my approach just trickled off the back. The chip was dead center. It wouldn’t have been more than three inches from the cup if it didn’t go in.”

  A missed green resulted in a bogey on No. 13 (par 4, 448 yards), but Jeremiah drained a left to right winding 25 footer on No. 15 (par 3, 200 yards) for a two to get back to 4-under par. He parred the final three holes to finish a sterling performance.

Name Club Out In Score
Chip Lutz LedgeRock Golf Club 33 34 67
William Jeremiah Bidermann Golf Club 33 35 68
Robert Savarese, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 34 35 69
Thomas Gramigna Tavistock Country Club 36 34 70
Brian Gillespie St. Davids Golf Club 36 35 71
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 35 36 71
Michael Brown Lookaway Golf Club 37 34 71
Douglas Zelner Coatesville Country Club 36 36 72
Glenn Smeraglio Mercer Oaks Golf Course 38 34 72
Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 36 36 72
Rich Pruchnik West Chester Golf & Country Club 33 39 72
Tom Borsello White Clay Creek Country Club 36 37 73
William McGuinness Tavistock Country Club 37 36 73
Jeff Osberg Llanerch Country Club 37 36 73
Marc Mandel White Manor Country Club 35 38 73
Andy Achenbach RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 37 36 73
Christopher Lange Overbrook Golf Club 37 36 73
Peter Barron, III Stone Harbor Golf Club 36 37 73
Rodney James Five Ponds Golf Club 36 37 73
Thomas E. Timby, Jr. The Bucks Club 37 36 73
Michael Rogers Overbrook Golf Club 36 38 74
Michael LaGrasso Little Mill Country Club 37 37 74
Alexander Maguire, Jr. Brookside Country Club 36 38 74
John Brennan Spring Ford Country Club 41 34 75
Matthew Finger Wedgwood Country Club 36 39 75
Mark Peterson Philadelphia Cricket Club 36 39 75
Buddy Reed Back Creek Golf Club 38 37 75
John Aloisio Greate Bay Country Club 40 35 75
Roc Irey Lookaway Golf Club 37 38 75
Kevin Kelly Philadelphia Cricket Club 37 38 75
George Connell, Jr. Gulph Mills Golf Club 39 36 75
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 36 39 75
Scott McLaughlin Commonwealth National Golf Club 38 37 75
Douglas Gregor Huntingdon Valley Country Club 36 39 75
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 38 37 75
James Donnelly Merion Golf Club 38 38 76
Rand Mendez Fieldstone Golf Club 38 38 76
Gerry Baldachino Old York CC at Chesterfield 37 39 76
Christopher Storck Moselem Springs Golf Club 38 38 76
Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 37 39 76
G. Patrick Dougherty Philadelphia Cricket Club 39 37 76
Matthew Gaffney Little Mill Country Club 36 40 76
Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club 38 38 76
Bill Murray Merchantville Country Club 38 39 77
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 40 37 77
Gary Daniels Aronimink Golf Club 39 38 77
Chris Esbenshade Bent Creek Country Club 38 39 77
Stephen Seiden Concord Country Club 38 40 78
Tom DiCinti Links Golf Club 38 40 78
Brian Corbett Huntsville Golf Club 37 41 78
Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 39 39 78
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 40 38 78
David West Whitford Country Club 38 40 78
David Shields Philadelphia Publinks GA 37 41 78
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 39 39 78
Sean Coyle Llanerch Country Club 37 41 78
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 40 38 78
John Simone Philmont Country Club 39 39 78
Louis Giovi Mercer Oaks Golf Course 40 38 78
Joseph Russo Running Deer Golf Club 37 41 78
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 39 40 79
Joe Viechnicki Saucon Valley Country Club 40 39 79
Robert Harrington Merion Golf Club 39 40 79
Gary Daniels Saucon Valley Country Club 41 38 79
Tom Carter Greate Bay Country Club 40 39 79
Roger Stone Downingtown Country Club 43 36 79
Jim Gavaghan Jericho National Golf Club 43 36 79
Oscar Mestre Overbrook Golf Club 39 40 79
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 39 40 79
Tim Sindorf Burlington Country Club 41 38 79
Neil Gordon Five Ponds Golf Club 41 38 79
David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 37 42 79
Chris Kallmeyer Philadelphia Cricket Club 40 39 79
Ron Weaver Meadia Heights Golf Club 41 38 79
David Livermore Greate Bay Country Club 43 36 79
Failed to qualify
Scott Storck Philadelphia Cricket Club 39 41 80
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 41 39 80
Brad Sokol Green Valley Country Club 37 43 80
John Murphy, II Wildwood Golf & Country Club 41 39 80
Paul Rogowicz Yardley Country Club 40 40 80
Steven Budenz Yardley Country Club 42 38 80
Daniel Feeney Makefield Highlands Golf Club 39 41 80
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 41 39 80
Brian Sexton Seaview Resort & Spa 37 43 80
Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 40 41 81
Todd Vonderheid Huntsville Golf Club 42 39 81
Scott Orr Brookside Country Club 40 41 81
Jamie Slonis Tavistock Country Club 40 41 81
Robert Bechtold Loch Nairn Golf Club 40 41 81
David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley Country Club 38 43 81
John Cobb Tavistock Country Club 42 39 81
Zac Robertson Edgmont Country Club 40 42 82
Ken Sim Commonwealth National Golf Club 39 43 82
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club 40 42 82
Scott Bergson Little Mill Country Club 43 39 82
Jhoon Chang Philadelphia Cricket Club 42 40 82
Kenneth Ralston Huntsville Golf Club 42 40 82
Bill Boyle Metedeconk National Golf Club 39 43 82
Eric Holt Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 43 40 83
Anthony List, Jr. Llanerch Country Club 42 41 83
Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 43 40 83
Kevin Bair Loch Nairn Golf Club 42 41 83
Joshua Isler Chester Valley Golf Club 38 45 83
Drew Panebianco Talamore Country Club 39 44 83
John Donnelly Concord Country Club 43 41 84
Bennett Meyer Philmont Country Club 43 41 84
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 42 42 84
John Mullins Five Ponds Golf Club 43 41 84
Nick Verrecchio Rolling Green Golf Club 44 40 84
Matt Dolinsky Honeybrook Golf Club 43 41 84
Jason Barkley Huntsville Golf Club 39 45 84
Peter Mimmo North Hills Country Club 43 42 85
James Prendergast Brookside Country Club 40 45 85
Jake Suplicki Five Ponds Golf Club 44 41 85
Jon Thomas Hartefeld National 44 41 85
Steve Lubin Five Ponds Golf Club 42 44 86
Kevin Cahill Waynesborough Country Club 44 42 86
Ari Flaisher Five Ponds Golf Club 41 46 87
Dino Volpi, III Plymouth Country Club 43 44 87
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 46 41 87
Bill Turner Philadelphia Publinks GA 43 46 89
John Venne Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 43 48 91
Gregg Angelillo Moselem Springs Golf Club DQ DQ DQ
Michael Decapua Northampton Country Club NC NC NC
Richard Umani Philadelphia Publinks GA WD WD WD
David Smith Doylestown Country Club WD WD WD
Jim Rattigan Schuylkill Country Club WD WD WD
DQ-disqualification; NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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