May 26, 2004

McDermott heads tight pack at Middle-Amateur Championship

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.-Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC will look to dispose the demons of a year ago when he begins the final round of the 21st Middle-Amateur Championship tomorrow. McDermott, who carded a 2-under-par 69 in Wednesday’s opening round at Gulph Mills GC (par 71, 6,322 yards), was atop the leaderboard after Day One last May when his game decided it needed a vacation.

  McDermott floundered with a second-round 77 on Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon Course and finished fifth.

  “Last year’s second round was about as low [a point] in a round [of golf] as I can remember,” said McDermott, 29, of Havertown, Pa. “Hopefully, I learned from that and [tomorrow] can make the [field] play well to catch me.”

  McDermott heads a tightly-bunched group. A total of 34 players are within five shots of the leader. Also carding red figures were Jamie Slonis of Tavistock CC, Gui Costin of Merion GC and P. Chet Walsh of Philadelphia CC. All three players registered 1-under-par 70s.

  Four players are at even-par 71.

  Defending champion Rob Savarese, Jr., of Philadelphia Cricket Club carded a 76, 5-over-par.

  McDermott appeared to be heading for a round deep in the 60s. After the first 12 holes (he started on the back nine), the reigning Golf Association of Philadelphia Player of the Year was 4-under-par. He posted a birdie on both No. 13 (par 4, 405 yards) and No. 16 (par 4, 392 yards) – with a 4-wood and sand wedge to eight feet – before carding a three on the par 5, 18th (428 yards). Straight uphill, McDermott rifled a 4-wood and 7-iron to a couple feet.

  “When I got to 4 under, I started to get a little nervous and tentative,” said McDermott. “I really hadn’t played that much tournament golf [before today].” McDermott stated he’s only played in two invitationals and one team match prior to Wednesday.

  Those nerves equated to a bogey and double-bogey on the ensuing two holes. But a birdie on the seventh (par 5, 468 yards), got McDermott back to his finishing number of 2 under.

  And when asked about atoning for last year’s uncharacteristic struggles. “I’m ready to go.”

  McDermott is a former champion of the event. He captured the Middle-Amateur Championship in 2001.

  Slonis and Costin, who played in the same group in the morning, netted 1-under-par 70s, as did Walsh.

  Slonis, 35, of Sewell, N.J., 2002 Patterson Cup champion, carded a bogey, a double bogey and four birdies in his round. Costin, 37, of Radnor, Pa., like McDermott, was 4 under after 12 holes before a string of bogeys. Walsh, 39, of Wayne, Pa., carded two birdies, an eagle and three bogeys, including a 6-iron on No. 18 (his ninth hole) to three feet.

  Both players are looking for their first Middle-Amateur Championship titles.

  The Middle-Amateur Championship is open to players 25 or older who have a handicap index of 7.0 or less.

  This is the third year the event is 36 holes. From its inception in 1984 through 2000, it had been just a one-day, 18-hole test.

  A total of 71 players made the cut from the initial field of 132.

Pos.NameClubFront 9Back 9Total+/-
1Michael P. McDermottLlanerch Country Club373269-2
T2Gui CostinMerion Golf Club323870-1
T2P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club353570-1
T2Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club343670-1
T5Douglas G. ZelnerCoatesville Country Club343771Even
T5John W. RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club373471Even
T5Tom BorselloFieldstone Golf Club353671Even
T5William J. McGuinnessTavistock Country Club363571Even
T9Sean CoyleLlanerch Country Club343872+1
T9Bill BoyleMetedeconk National Golf Club393372+1
T9Oscar L. Mestre, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club383472+1
T9Kevin P. KellyPhiladelphia Cricket Club353772+1
T9David WestWhitford Country Club353772+1
T9Steven P. WalczakWilmington Country Club353772+1
T9Glenn SmeraglioYardley Country Club343872+1
T16Michael RoseAshbourne Country Club363773+2
T16Greg M. O’ConnorHuntingdon Valley Country Club373673+2
T16Bryan McClaskeyMerchantville Country Club363773+2
T16Robert P. BillingsRolling Green Golf Club383573+2
T16Patrick G. DoughertyTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club363773+2
T16Thomas J. GramignaTavistock Country Club363773+2
T16Paul J. RogowiczYardley Country Club383573+2
T23Chip LutzBerkshire Country Club383674+3
T23Roc IreyCedarbrook Country Club344074+3
T23Brian R. OwensGulph Mills Golf Club373774+3
T23Dan J. Pinciotti Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club363874+3
T23Gerard F. AscoleseNorth Hills Country Club344074+3
T23Christopher J. LangeOverbrook Golf Club383674+3
T23Byron WhitmanPhiladelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc393574+3
T23Richard E. UmaniPhiladelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc393574+3
T23Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club393574+3
T23Brian P. GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club363874+3
T23D. Drew SiokTavistock Country Club344074+3
T23Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club403474+3
T35Gary E. DanielsAronimink Golf Club363975+4
T35Thomas FinnChristiana Country Club354075+4
T35Michael MoffatCommonwealth National Golf Club383775+4
T35David T. SmithDoylestown Country Club373875+4
T35Kevin DeHavenHopewell Valley Golf Club383775+4
T35Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf Club363975+4
T35Lynn T. KilduffHuntsville Golf Club383775+4
T35Santo LafocaHuntsville Golf Club383775+4
T35James R. WhitePhiladelphia Cricket Club393675+4
T35Robert G. DziakSpring Ford Country Club373875+4
T35Chris EsbenshadeStone Harbor Golf Club373875+4
T35Burton McHughSunnybrook Golf Club363975+4
T35Steve J. OwensWildwood Golf & Country Club354075+4
T48Edmund C. ChylinskiChester Valley Golf Club383876+5
T48Warren SmithFieldstone Golf Club393776+5
T48Robert GillFox Hill Country Club373976+5
T48Frank S. Corrado JrJericho National Golf Club393776+5
T48Wayne BartolacciJericho National Golf Club383876+5
T48Tom DiCintiLittle Mill Country Club364076+5
T48Andrew AchenbachLu Lu Country Club403676+5
T48Keith A. MattLu Lu Country Club393776+5
T48Robert Savarese, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club393776+5
T48Raymond B. SlaweckiSpring Ford Country Club393776+5
T48Drew PanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club373976+5
T48James M. WinnerTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club373976+5
T48Miguel BiamonWhitemarsh Valley Country Club364076+5
T61Douglas E. GregorHuntingdon Valley Country Club383977+6
T61Michael DoughertyHuntingdon Valley Country Club364177+6
T61Robert E. LodoviciLittle Mill Country Club364177+6
T61Christopher M. MissettPhiladelphia Country Club354277+6
T61Tom PiersantiRadley Run Country Club383977+6
T61Mark KoskoSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa364177+6
T61Mark DouglasSpring Ford Country Club354277+6
T61Douglas SchroerSt. Davids Golf Club354277+6
T61John Y. Howson, Jr.St. Davids Golf Club393877+6
T61Kevin M. ScanlonStonewall383977+6
T61Frank S. PolizziWhitemarsh Valley Country Club364177+6
Failed to make cut
T72Mark InmanCherry Valley Country Club384078+7
T72Peter MoranEdgmont Country Club393978+7
T72Antony JoffeGreen Valley Country Club423678+7
T72David K. BrookresonHuntingdon Valley Country Club384078+7
T72Edward Kelly, Jr.Lu Lu Country Club413778+7
T72Jeffrey PrickittManufacturers Golf & Country Club393978+7
T72Gregg AngelilloMoselem Springs Golf Club374178+7
T72Francis X. DowneyNorth Hills Country Club393978+7
T72Richard A. SmithPhiladelphia Country Club384078+7
T72William VorisSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa374178+7
T72Ernie VanMeterWildwood Golf & Country Club413778+7
T83Scott V. CarneyCommonwealth National Golf Club384179+8
T83Kevin McClellanDoylestown Country Club374279+8
T83Wally SwigerHuntingdon Valley Country Club403979+8
T83Edwin F. DoneganMcCall Golf & Country Club403979+8
T83Carl B. EverettMerion Golf Club394079+8
T83Francis J. McFaddenOverbrook Golf Club403979+8
T83Joseph A. RussoRunning Deer Golf Club403979+8
T83Mark WrightRunning Deer Golf Club364379+8
T83Jim GavaghanTorresdale-Frankford Country Club413879+8
T83Bryan E. ForcinoWaynesborough Country Club403979+8
T93James K. KiesermanBlue Bell Country Club394180+9
T93Tim SindorfBurlington Country Club423880+9
T93Robert BechtoldDeerfield Golf & Tennis Club374380+9
T93Michael J. MetzFox Hill Country Club404080+9
T93Randall L. RolfeHuntingdon Valley Country Club374380+9
T93Thomas H. MalloukLookaway Golf Club394180+9
T93Bill MurrayMerchantville Country Club394180+9
T93Arthur J. Kania, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club404080+9
T93Brian SextonPhiladelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc394180+9
T93Mark CzerniakowskiPhiladelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc413980+9
T93Jeffrey LazarusRadnor Valley Country Club404080+9
T93Thomas A. Bartolacci, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club374380+9
T93Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club404080+9
T93Edward AntonWoodbury Country Club413980+9
T93Gil Moniz Jr.Woodbury Country Club374380+9
T108Michael La GrassoBurlington Country Club423981+10
T108Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club414081+10
T108Chris P. KallmeyerPhiladelphia Cricket Club404181+10
T111Chris TerebesiChester Valley Golf Club414182+11
T111Grant T. LiuCommonwealth National Golf Club404282+11
T111John AltermanCommonwealth National Golf Club433982+11
T111John Hollingsworth, Sr.Concord Country Club394382+11
T111James W. Finegan, Jr.Philadelphia Country Club404282+11
T111David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club433982+11
T117Philip G. DamicoLlanerch Country Club414283+12
T117John MullinsSpring Ford Country Club424183+12
T117Matt JasudowichWhitemarsh Valley Country Club424183+12
T117Walter WolfeWildwood Golf & Country Club414283+12
T121Thomas P. MohrCoatesville Country Club404484+13
T121Jack HelmsRolling Green Golf Club414384+13
T121Terrence J. SawyerYardley Country Club424284+13
T124Herbert GordonDoylestown Country Club454085+14
T124Joseph KinsmanSandy Run Country Club434285+14
126Eugene J. Maginnis, Jr.Whitemarsh Valley Country Club444286+15
127George W. ConnellGulph Mills Golf Club454287+16
T128Brian T PowellBurlington Country ClubNCNCNCNC
T128Freddy HenriquezDeerfield Golf & Tennis ClubNCNCNCNC
T128Sean D. LeonardTavistock Country ClubNCNCNCNC
T128Kenneth MattLu Lu Country ClubDQDQDQDQ
T128Ronald Cusick, Sr.Tavistock Country ClubWDWDWDWD
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal; DD-disqualification

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