Llanerch's McDermott leads after 1st round of Mid-Am Championship - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 10, 2003

Llanerch’s McDermott leads after 1st round of Mid-Am Championship

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FLOURTOWN, Pa.-Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC posted a 3-under-par 68 on Wednesday at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course, par 71, 6,688 yards) to grab the opening-round lead of the Middle-Amateur Championship.

  Thomas Gramigna of Tavistock CC and Robert Savarese, Jr. of Philadelphia Cricket Club tied for second after carding 2-under-par 69s and Bill McGuinness of Tavistock CC, Rich Pruchnik of West Chester G&CC, Michael Tash of Tavistock CC, the reigning GAP Player of the Year, and Francis Vaughn of Philadelphia Cricket Club are two shots back at 70. Finishing at even par and three behind McDermott is Michael Domenick of Phoenixville CC, Oscar Mestre, Jr. of Overbrook GC, the defending Mid-Am champion, Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC and Doug Zelner of Coatesville CC.

  McDermott’s round included three birdies and no bogeys. He hit 17 of 18 greens on a wet Wissahickon Course softened by the recent weather.

  “I knew the scores would be low,” said McDermott, 28, of Havertown, Pa. “For as tough and as treacherous as Philly Cricket can be, the course was soft and the greens were receptive and not as fast as normal. Because the ball was spinning so much, today was about patience and picking your spots [to score].”

  McDermott’s scoring opportunities came on No. 7 (par 5, 498 yards), No. 12 (par 5, 529 yards) and No. 17 (par 4, 410 yards) in the form of three birdies. The most interesting of that trio, an up-and-down from the left greenside bunker on 12.

  Gramigna, 33, of Haddonfield, N.J., is the two-time reigning New Jersey State Golf Association Middle-Amateur champion. He successfully defended that title earlier this May.

  On Wednesday, playing in the same group with McDermott, he carded four birdies and two bogeys, both of the three-putt variety.

  Savarese, 37, of Lafayette Hill, Pa., also had four birdies and two bogeys en route to his 71.

  “I played very conservatively. I just wanted to keep my score around par and see where it got me,” said Savarese, who qualified for the 1991 U.S. Amateur and 2000 U.S. Mid-Am at his home course of Cricket. “You may have an advantage from tee to green as a member, but on the greens, with the pace, you didn’t.”

  The low 70 players and ties advanced to the second and final round tomorrow. The cut line fell at 70 with 80 players qualifying.

  The Middle-Amateur Championship is for players 25 years of age or older. A field of 132 players competed in the 20th renewal of the event.

Name, clubScore
Michael McDermott, Llanerch CC68
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock CC69
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club69
William McGuinness, Tavistock CC70
Rich Pruchnik, West Chester G & CC70
Michael Tash, Tavistock CC70
Francis Vaughn, Philadelphia Cricket Club70
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville CC71
Oscar Mestre, Jr., Overbrook GC71
Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley CC71
Douglas Zelner, Coatesville CC71
Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National GC72
James White, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook GC73
James Kieserman, Blue Bell CC73
Christopher Lange, Overbrook GC73
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley CC73
Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook GC73
John Robinson, Commonwealth National GC73
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock CC73
Warren Smith, Fieldstone GC73
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley CC74
Brian Corbett, Huntsville GC74
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National GC74
Keith Matt, Lu Lu CC74
Steve Owens, Wildwood GC74
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC74
Robert Bechtold, Christiana CC75
Tom Borsello, Fieldstone GC75
Philip Damico, Llanerch CC75
Gary Daniels, Applebrook GC75
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster CC75
Chris Esbenshade, Stone Harbor GC75
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club75
Roc Irey, Cedarbrook CC75
Brian Owens, Gulph Mills GC75
Michael Rose, Ashbourne CC75
David West, Whitford CC75
James Arsenault, Little Mill CC76
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National GC76
Mark Britton, Lu Lu CC76
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley CC76
Jack Helms, Rolling Green GC76
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids GC76
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill CC76
Bill King, Woodbury CC76
Mark Leaman, Lancaster CC76
James Macallister, Manufacturers G & CC76
Francis McFadden, Overbrook GC76
John Mullins, Spring Ford CC76
Bill Murray, Merchantville CC76
Gregory O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley CC76
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley CC76
Richard Umani, Philadelphia Public Links76
Gerard Ascolese, North Hills CC77
Lee Cook, Laurel Creek CC77
Thomas DiCinti, Little Mill CC77
Eugene Flanagan, The Springhaven Club77
Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Tom Piersanti, Radley Run CC77
Thomas Shallow, Jr., Philadelphia CC77
John Campanelli, Woodbury CC78
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills GC78
Raymond Fuller, Running Deer GC78
Craig Larsen, Aronimink GC78
Sean Leonard, Little Mill CC78
William Mendez, Fieldstone GC78
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford CC78
Michael Shoup, Sandy Run CC78
Frank Brigidi, III, North Hills CC79
Francis Downey, North Hills CC79
David Karp, Philmont CC79
Lynn Thomas Kilduff, Huntsville GC79
Santo Lafoca, Huntsville GC79
Charles McClaskey, Wyncote GC79
Drew Panebianco, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC79
Steven Walczak, Wilmington CC79
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek CC79
Ron Weaver, Meadia Heights GC79
Pete Widdoes, Deerfield G & TC79
Failed to make cut
Larry Baron, Meadowlands CC80
Kevin DeHaven, Hopewell Valley GC80
Edward Erickson, Yardley CC80
Thomas Finn, Christiana CC80
Tim Gannon, Whitemarsh Valley CC80
Matt Hancock, Chester Valley GC80
James Haynie, Lu Lu CC80
Nathan Herring, Philmont CC80
Mark Inman, Cherry Valley CC80
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill CC80
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley CC80
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley CC80
Herbert Zimmerman, Jr., Lancaster CC80
Edmund Chylinski, Chester Valley GC81
Robert Frankil, Spring Ford CC81
Charles McDowell, Wilmington CC81
Peter Mimmo, Melrose CC81
Frank Polizzi, Sr., Whitemarsh Valley CC81
Paul Shevlin, Jr., Manufacturers G & CC81
Richard Thon, The Springhaven Club81
James Coll, Hartefeld National GC82
Stephen Conway, Burlington CC82
Patrick Dougherty, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC82
Steve Ebersole, Lookaway GC82
Michael Egan, Lookaway GC82
Robert Gill, Fox Hill CC82
Neil McDermott, Llanerch CC82
Bennett Meyer, Philmont CC82
John Cobb, Tavistock CC83
Michael Sanger, Merion GC83
Jim Simmons, Stonewall83
Ronald Jamarowicz, Deerfield G & TC84
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill CC84
Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway GC84
Richard Reed, Downingtown CC84
Robert Schiller, Old York Road CC84
James Sherratt, Old York Road CC84
Gregory Sheva, North Hills CC84
Chris Terebesi, Chester Valley GC84
Darrell Clayton, Christiana CC85
Peter Moran, Edgmont CC85
Steven Sayers, Lu Lu CC85
Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley CC85
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills CC86
Mike Wilhelm, Philadelphia Publinks86
Walter Wolfe, Wildwood GC87
Glenn McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks88
Tony Carroll, Wyncote GCWD
Thomas Kaczor, Yardley CCWD
Brian Llewellyn, Huntsville GCWD
Thomas Sheridan, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
Chris Smedley, Coatesville CCNC
NC-No card

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