May 05, 2010

Makefield Highlands’ Feeney caps Mid.-Am. Qual. at Torresdale-Frankford

  NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Daniel Feeney of Makefield Highlands GC birdied four of his first five holes en route to a 1-over-par 71 and medalist honors in Wednesday’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,359 yards).

  “I putted well. I made everything inside about six-feet, and that sure helped,” the Newtown, Pa. resident said.

  Feeney led a field of 111 players attempting to earn one of the 27 qualifying spots and ties available for the 27th edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur Championship set for May 26-27 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Militia Hill). Starting on the back nine, he opened his round by drilling his 5-iron 200 yards to reach the No. 10 green (par 5, 484 yards) in two strokes. He left an uphill 20-footer for eagle a few feet short and delicately drained his next putt for birdie.

  Feeney, 29, dug deeper into red figures by carding birdies on Nos. 12 (par 4, 330 yards) and 13 (par 5, 557 yards). On the first, he sunk an 8-footer for birdie after striking his approach sand wedge 100 yards. And on the latter, Feeney again relied on his wedge, this time from 85 yards out, and tapped in a 2-footer for birdie. A fourth birdie came on No. 15 (par 4, 295 yards) when Feeney, a manager at Philadelphia Sport and Social Club, smoked his driver 280 yards to the edge of the green. He chipped up to within 10-feet from the flagstick and drained an ensuing birdie putt.

  “At that point, I’m thinking I can go pretty low, and then I lost my ball on the 17th hole,” Feeney said. “The middle was not so good.”

  On No. 17 (par 3, 205 yards), Feeney saw his 5-iron tee shot drift drastically into the right-side trees. He later two-putted for a double bogey. Feeney went on to bogey four of his final nine holes, but earned redemption on the par 3, 169-yard 9th hole. His 6-iron settled six-feet from the flagstick, and Feeney knocked in a straight-ahead birdie putt.

  This is the first time Feeney qualified for the Middle-Amateur Championship. He feels excited to be a part of the tournament field.

  “It feels good,” Feeney said. “It would’ve been nice to post a 70, but I’ll take it. It’s just a fun tournament to play. I’ve played in the New Jersey (State Golf Association) Amateur the past couple of years, and I get paired with 19 year-olds, so it’s nice to be play with people closer to your age.”

  Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley GC and Bill Murray of Merchantville CC each carded a 2-over-par 72 to place second. The cut line settled at 79 by day’s end.

  Wednesday’s qualifier was the second of two Middle-Amateur Championship qualifiers used to determine who will play in the Championship later this month. Sean Coyle of Llanerch CC and Robert Gill of Fox Hill CC shared medalist honors at the first qualifier, which took place Tuesday at Plymouth CC.

  The GAP Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Am 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 Mid-Am 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. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

Name Club Scores
Daniel Feeney Makefield Highlands Golf Club 71
Bill Murray Merchantville Country Club 72
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 72
Christopher Storck Moselem Springs Golf Club 73
Robert Bechtold Loch Nairn Golf Club 73
William Jeremiah Bidermann Golf Club 74
Louis Giovi Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Bennett Meyer Philmont Country Club 76
Kevin Kelly Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 76
John Simone Philmont Country Club 76
Tom DiCinti Links Golf Club 77
Scott Orr Brookside Country Club 77
Bill Turner Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Jim Gavaghan Jericho National Golf Club 77
John Aloisio Greate Bay Country Club 77
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club 77
Steve Owens JC Melrose Country Club 77
Jake Suplicki Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Michael LaGrasso Little Mill Country Club 77
Peter Mimmo North Hills Country Club 78
John Venne Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 78
Brian Sexton Seaview Resort & Spa 78
Michael Rogers Overbrook Golf Club 78
Jon Thomas Hartefeld National 78
Ari Flaisher Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Eric Holt Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 79
Ken Sim Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 79
John Murphy, II Wildwood Golf & Country Club 79
Kevin Bair Loch Nairn Golf Club 79
Jason Barkley Huntsville Golf Club 79
Failed to qualify
Frank Nattle The ACE Club 80
Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club 80
Lee Grout Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Matt Jasudowich Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Chris Lange, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 80
Edward Erickson Mercer Oaks Golf Course 80
James Bell, III Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
Tom Piersanti Saucon Valley Country Club 81
Jim Simmons Stonewall 81
Mark Dennish The Ridge at Back Brook 81
Jack Wallace Burlington Country Club 81
William Bello Metedeconk National Golf Club 81
Mark Wachter DuPont Country Club 81
Christopher Thude Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 81
Michael Costonis Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Michael Moser Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 81
Charles Scalzott Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Christopher Lucci Brookside Country Club 81
Kevin Kornuszko Five Ponds Golf Club 81
Shawn Knechtel Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
James Lewis Little Mill Country Club 81
Jack Anderson Yardley Country Club 81
William Moule Links Golf Club 82
Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club 82
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 82
Cameron Campbell McCall Golf & Country Club 82
Mark Kosko Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Elias Chua Fieldstone Golf Club 82
Brad Ginter Links Golf Club 82
Marty Crounse Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Jason Staso Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
David Lampl Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Michael Cole Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 83
Robert Loftus Overbrook Golf Club 83
John Frampton Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 83
Kevin Bondi Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Sean Ryan Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
David Levine Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Rick Wright Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Steven Walczak Wilmington Country Club 83
Bryan McClaskey Merchantville Country Club 83
Dan Kilpatrick Running Deer Golf Club 84
Christopher Simonson Tavistock Country Club 84
Brian Foxx Cherry Valley Country Club 84
John Hughes Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
George Carr Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Michael Pastorius Ravens Claw Golf Club 84
Evan Markowitz Makefield Highlands Golf Club 84
Richard Young Makefield Highlands Golf Club 84
Fred Hartwell, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 84
Scott Vasbinder Mercer Oaks Golf Course 85
George Griffaton Brookside Country Club 85
Jonathan Shevlin North Hills Country Club 85
Steven Passalacqua Wedgwood Country Club 85
Alan Wagenschnur Back Creek Golf Club 85
Sean Sexton Five Ponds Golf Club 85
Gary Gordon Talamore Country Club 86
Fred Giblin Merchantville Country Club 86
Bob Ursomarso Saucon Valley Country Club 86
Thomas Holt, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 86
Frederick Banta Running Deer Golf Club 86
Brian Kenny Greate Bay Country Club 86
Carlos Ochoa Little Mill Country Club 86
Bill Kelly Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Kevin McClellan Doylestown Country Club 87
Lance Oberparleiter Little Mill Country Club 87
Patrick O’Brien North Hills Country Club 88
Brian Powell Burlington Country Club 88
Matt Brady Penn Oaks Golf Club 89
Ed Kahn Little Mill Country Club 90
Michael Bennis Huntingdon Valley Country Club 91
Christopher Parmer Metedeconk National Golf Club 91
Gil Moniz, Jr. Running Deer Golf Club 97
Brian Kreamer Bala Golf Club WD
Stephen Conway Burlington Country Club WD
Scott McIntosh Makefield Highlands Golf Club WD
Bradley Roberts Wedgwood Country Club WD
Dino Stathis Metedeconk National Golf Club WD
Arthur Kania, Jr. Merion Golf Club WD
WD – withdrawal

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