McDermott in position for another Mid.-Am. title; Angelillo, Brown loom - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 20, 2009

McDermott in position for another Mid.-Am. title; Angelillo, Brown loom

HADDONFIELD, N.J.–The Middle-Amateur Championship is once again bringing out the best in Michael McDermott. Already a three-time winner of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s traditional season-opening Major, the 34-year-old resident of Bryn Mawr, Pa., carded a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday at a challenging Tavistock CC (par 72, 6,827 yards) to lead after Day One of the 26th Middle-Amateur Championship.

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McDermott, champion of the 2001, 2004 and 2008 Mid.-Am., leads Gregg Angelillo of Moselem Springs GC and Michael Brown of the Philadelphia Publinks GA by a stroke, and Chris Lange, a multiple Middle-Amateur winner (2005-06) himself, by two shots.


“It was a weird round,” said McDermott. “I was never in any real trouble. I hit a sand wedge over the green on No. 10 (par 4, 342 yards). Other than that I had no real chances for bogey. I didn’t hit it close a lot either. I made three birdies. Two of them were a foot and the other one was sort of a no-brainer, a 40 or 50-footer.”

The Merion GC member opened his round on No. 1 (par 4, 355 yards) when he hit a wedge from 130 yards to a foot. Five straight pars got McDermott to the dog-leg seventh (par 4, 344 yards) where he faced a 50-foot pitch from under a tree on the left side to a back right hole location for his second shot. What could have been a big number, one shot later, became an unexpected birdie. He made the turn at 2 under.

  A sand wedge approach from 109 yards on No. 10 stopped over the green and subsequently resulted in a bogey, but McDermott rallied in style, stopping a 7-iron on No. 13 (par 3, 180 yards) to a foot. He would end his day with five straight pars.

  “I had between 15 and 30 feet for birdie on every hole but I was never really that close,” said McDermott.

  Angelillo, 38, of Bernardsville, N.J., started on No. 10, and like McDermott, birdied his opening hole. He hit a sand wedge from 85 yards to 15 feet. Angelillo bogeyed No. 13 after his tee ball on the par 3 skipped over the green but a driver, 7-iron from 185 yards stopped 20 feet right of No. 18 (par 4, 439 yards) and a fantastic putt later saw Angelillo make the turn at 1 under.


Another birdie on No. 5 (par 5, 552 yards), after a wedge from 104 yards landed three feet away, moved Angelillo to 2 under before a poor drive on No. 7 (par 4, 34 4 yards) and a failed up-and-down on No. 8 (par 3, 210 yards) dropped him back to even with a hole to go. Looking to finish in red figures, Angelillo played his final hole, No. 9 (par 4, 357 yards), aggressively.

  “I decided to challenge the hole so I hit a driver,” said Angelillo. “I had 73 yards left and hit a wedge to eight feet and made a right to left breaker.”

  Brown was a birdie machine, making six in all, but said his swing got a little loose at times to result in a 1-under-par 71.

  What made Brown’s round even more impressive was that he opened his day with a double-bogey on No. 4 (par 3, 153 yards) after finding the back greenside bunker. He birdied No. 5 (par 5, 552 yards) by getting up-and-down from 10 feet short of the green and No. 6 (par 4, 428 yards) when he chipped in from right of the green. Brown would also post red figures on No. 9 when he hit a wedge from 100 yards to 10 feet and No. 10 when he knocked a lob wedge from 78 yards to six feet.

  Brown bogeyed No. 13 after finding the right bunker; No. 14 when his ball stopped in the short left sand and No. 16 when his 4-iron landed in the bunker short and right and he failed to get up-and-down.

  However, the 36-year-old Cheltenham, Pa., resident, rallied with birdies on No. 17 (par 5, 489 yards) when he hit a lob wedge from 84 yards to four feet and No. 18 when he landed a 171-yard, 7-iron 10 feet left of the hole and made the putt.

  “I kind of made birdie when I didn’t expect to make birdie and made bogeys when I was expecting to make pars,” said Brown, who regained his amateur status last year after serving as an assistant professional at North Hills CC for seven years. “I feel good. I’m doing my best to commit to every shot.”

  Lange has already had a heck of a week. He captured the prestigious Travis Invitational at Garden City GC on Sunday.

  A total of 76 players made the cut from the field of 127. The cut number fell at 81.

  The Middle-Amateur is for players 25 years of age and older. It is a two-day, 36-hole tournament.

  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. That 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.

Michael McDermottMerion Golf Club343670
Gregg AngelilloMoselem Springs Golf Club363571
Michael BrownPhiladelphia Publinks GA353671
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club393372
Justin Van HyningOlde York Country Club363773
Mike DannerLu Lu Country Club353873
Sean LeonardTavistock Country Club383573
John BrennanSpring Ford Country Club363874
Matthew GaffneyLittle Mill Country Club383674
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club383674
Rand MendezFieldstone Golf Club373774
Ryan GelrodCommonwealth National Golf Club393574
Tom BorselloFieldstone Golf Club363874
William LawlerFox Hill Country Club383674
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club363975
Gerry BaldachinoOlde York Country Club324375
James DonnellyMerion Golf Club363975
Joseph RussoRunning Deer Golf Club383775
Matthew FingerRunning Deer Golf Club363975
Paul RogowiczYardley Country Club363975
Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club373875
Andy AchenbachRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve354176
Chip LutzLedgeRock Golf Club393776
Glenn SmeraglioCommonwealth National Golf Club373976
John SimonePhilmont Country Club373976
Oscar MestreOverbrook Golf Club373976
Robert HarringtonMerion Golf Club393776
Stephen McIntyreHoneybrook Golf Club383876
Chris EsbenshadeBent Creek Country Club374077
David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club403777
David WestWhitford Country Club374077
G. Patrick DoughertyTalamore Country Club393877
Mark KoskoSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa364177
Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club364177
Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club383977
Scott BergsonLittle Mill Country Club393877
Scott OrrBrookside Country Club364177
Thomas GramignaTavistock Country Club383977
Brian RothausTalamore Country Club393978
Byron WhitmanGolden Oaks Golf Club403878
Ed ChylinskiChester Valley Golf Club393978
Jack WallaceBurlington Country Club364278
Jim RattiganSchuylkill Country Club403878
Ken MattPhiladelphia Publinks GA384078
Matthew ShevlinPhiladelphia Publinks GA393978
Michael TashTavistock Country Club393978
Steven BudenzYardley Country Club384078
Buddy ReedDuPont Country Club403979
Charles ScalzottHuntingdon Valley Country Club394079
Jeff DellaFrancoConcord Country Club433679
John RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club384179
Marlin DetweilerLancaster Country Club413879
Peter MoranEdgmont Country Club374279
Robin McCoolSaucon Valley Country Club413879
Scott KleeIndian Valley Country Club374279
William McGuinnessTavistock Country Club374279
Alexander Maguire, Jr.Brookside Country Club413980
Chris ParmerOlde York Country Club404080
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club384280
David LivermoreGreate Bay Country Club413980
James KiesermanThe Bucks Club384280
Lance OberparleiterWedgwood Country Club404080
Thomas DiCintiLinks Golf Club433780
Tom PiersantiSaucon Valley Country Club404080
Ajai SirohiMercer Oaks Golf Course404181
Bill TurnerPhiladelphia Publinks GA384381
David ShieldsPhiladelphia Publinks GA423981
Douglas ZelnerSpring Ford Country Club394281
Johan van SchalkwykBurlington Country Club394281
John AloisioSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa414081
Lee GroutWhitemarsh Valley Country Club404181
Mike OwsikMcCall Golf & Country Club384381
R. Blake SlaweckiSpring Ford Country Club404181
Sean SextonPhiladelphia Publinks GA414081
Todd VonderheidHuntsville Golf Club404181
Failed to qualify
Brian LeftwichPine Valley Golf Club424082
Brian SextonSeaview Marriott Resort & Spa404282
David SmithDoylestown Country Club404282
Matt DolinskyHoneybrook Golf Club404282
Michael DiGiandomenicoFrench Creek Golf Club424082
Robert Wurtz, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club394382
Rodney JamesFive Ponds Golf Club394382
Sean CoyleLlanerch Country Club404282
Steven PassalacquaWedgwood Country Club374582
William JeremiahPhiladelphia Publinks GA414182
Bob UrsomarsoSaucon Valley Country Club404383
Brad SokolGreen Valley Country Club424183
Geoffrey CooperLaurel Creek Country Club424183
Marc MandelWhite Manor Country Club443983
Michael SchunkeHartefeld National394483
Peter Barron IIIStone Harbor Golf Club424183
Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club414283
Douglas CusickTavistock Country Club434184
Eric FonnerHuntingdon Valley Country Club424284
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club434184
Kevin BairWyncote Golf Club414384
Michael EvangelistaConcord Country Club424284
George GriffatonBrookside Country Club454085
Greg RootManufacturers Golf & Country Club434285
Michael QuinnEdgmont Country Club384785
Michael RogersOverbrook Golf Club463985
Paul KupchaFieldstone Golf Club424385
Rick CusterSpring Ford Country Club404585
Robert BechtoldWyncote Golf Club444185
Tim WestfallRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve414485
Frank MarckioniMercer Oaks Golf Course394786
Gavin GrimesChester Valley Golf Club414586
Bradley RobertsWedgwood Country Club434487
James PrendergastBrookside Country Club424587
Robert GillFox Hill Country Club464187
Stephen SeidenConcord Country Club434487
David BarnettWhite Clay Creek Country Club434588
Rick JamesDoylestown Country Club434588
Casey MurrayPhiladelphia Cricket Club444589
Fred GiblinMerchantville Country Club464389
Raymond AndrusiewiczMercer Oaks Golf Course424789
Robert LoftusOverbrook Golf Club474289
Neil GordonFive Ponds Golf Club464490
Bryan McClaskeyMerchantville Country Club474491
Fred LuckSpring Ford Country Club494291
Bruce JacksonSpring Ford Country ClubNCNCNC
Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf ClubWDWDWD
Chris KallmeyerPhiladelphia Cricket ClubWDWDWD
Chris AndersonWilmington Country ClubWDWDWD
Michael FrenchBurlington Country ClubWDWDWD
Patrick O’BrienNorth Hills Country ClubWDWDWD
NC-No card; WD-withdrawal

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