McDermott, Lange head U.S. Amateur Qualifier - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 04, 2004

McDermott, Lange head U.S. Amateur Qualifier

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa-This summer the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Major Championships, for the most part, have resulted in head-up showdowns between Chris Lange of Overbrook GC and Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC.

  The two friends have exchanged impressive victories in two of the three GAP Majors completed; McDermott taking the Middle-Amateur title with a birdie on the final hole at Gulph Mills GC; Lange dominating the Philadelphia Open at Philadelphia CC.

  In a couple weeks, the two will take their duel and talents to the national stage at the 104th U.S. Amateur Championship set for Aug. 16-22 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

  McDermott (3-under-par total of 138), along with Lange (1-under-par total of 140), Clint Deibert of Doylestown CC (1-under-par total of 140) and Christopher Gold of Little Mill CC (1-over-par 142) topped the U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Huntingdon Valley CC/North Hills CC on Wednesday. The second round was complete after a torrential rainstorm postponed play late Tuesday afternoon.

  A field of 101 players initially signed up for the qualifier at Huntingdon Valley CC (par 70, 6,868)/North Hills CC (par 71, 6,488 yards). A total of 39 completed play. A Handicap Index of 2.4 was required.

  There were four qualifying and four alternate positions available.

  Lange and McDermott are making a habit of finding the top spots on the leaderboard.

  In the Mid-Am, Lange finished second to McDermott after a stirring final-round 66. In the Open, McDermott placed third overall, three behind Lange. In the current William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings, Lange holds a 140-point lead on McDermott.

  Both players’ games are obviously sharp.

  “The way he’s playing, I’m perfectly fine being near him,” said McDermott of Lange. “We’re playing as good as anybody in Philadelphia right now. With the exception of the early rounds at the Philadelphia Amateur, we are both playing pretty good golf.”

  Added Lange, “I don’t think I’m thinking about him and I don’t think he’s thinking about me. That’s just the way it happens.”

  McDermott, the reigning Player of the Year, continues to prove why he is viewed as the area’s top player. Winged Foot will be his fifth straight U.S. Amateur Championship. He’s also qualified for the last three U.S. Middle-Amateur championships.

  “It’s not any easier, you just feel more comfortable that you can do it,” said McDermott, 29, of Havertown, Pa., about qualifying for a national event. “Being there before, I’m a little more calm on this day.”

  McDermott made four birdies on his inward nine en route to a 3-under-par 69 at North Hills CC in his first round. At always difficult Huntingdon Valley CC, McDermott kept it together before the rains came, getting to 5-under-par at one point. He made a 20-foot par save on No. 18, his ninth hole, when play restarted on Wednesday to send him on his way.

  Lange posted a 72 at Huntingdon Valley in his first round on Tuesday, before putting together a solid 3-under-par 68 at North Hills CC.

  “I got off to a good start,” said Lange, 49, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. “I made three birdies in the first eight holes [at North Hills] and that got me on my way.”

  Lange’s said he believes this is his “sixth or seventh U.S. Amateur appearance.” He’s still in search on his first match play draw.

  Deibert posted a 1-under-par 140 total to make his third consecutive U.S. Amateur.

  “I don’t know what to say. It is something,” said Deibert, 23, a fifth-year senior at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. “Hopefully, I’ll keep improving on the past two performances.”

  Deibert has failed to make match play in either of those appearances – at Oakland Hills CC in Detroit, Mich., and Oakmont CC in Pittsburgh, Pa.

  On Wednesday, he finished his last six holes in the wet conditions in 1-under-par. He chipped in on No. 8 from 40 yards for his birdie.

  Gold birdied No. 10 to defeat Billy Stewart of Llanerch CC in a playoff for the final qualifying position. Gold, 17, of Haddonfield, N.J., will be heading to his first U.S. Amateur Championship.

  “I didn’t know what to expect,” said Gold of qualifying. “I had nothing to lose.”

  Gold punched a 9-iron from 135 yards on No. 10 to 15 feet and made birdie.

  The senior at Haddonfield Memorial High School is having a stellar summer. He has finished first, third and ninth in three AJGA events.

Pos Name, club Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
1 Michael McDermott Havertown, PA 68 70 138
T2 Chris Lange Bryn Mawr, PA 72 68 140
T2 Clint Deibert Doylestown, PA 68 72 140
T4 *Christopher Gold Haddonfield, NJ 72 70 142
Alternates (in order)
T4 Billy Stewart Devon, PA 68 74 142
6 Glenn Smeraglio Newtown, PA 71 72 143
7 Robert Ockenfuss Perkasie, PA 74 70 144
T8 Sean Seese Huntingdon Valley, PA 73 73 146
Failed to qualify
T8 *John Robinson North Wales, PA 71 75 146
T8 Adam Cohan Wayne, PA 74 72 146
T8 Alex Knoll Bethlehem, PA 69 77 146
T12 David Liotta Lansdale, PA 72 75 147
T12 George Marucci, Jr. Malvern, PA 75 72 147
T12 Gui Costin Radnor, PA 73 74 147
T12 Jimmy Kieserman Blue Bell, PA 73 74 147
T12 Michael Moffat Warrington, PA 74 73 147
T12 Patrick Hardin Bethlehem, PA 73 74 147
T12 Roc Irey Doylestown, PA 70 77 147
T12 Santo Lafoca Pittston, PA 75 72 147
T12 Thomas Gramigna Haddonfield, NJ 72 75 147
T21 Christopher Gallagher West Chester, PA 75 73 148
T21 Jamie Wallace Moorestown, NJ 72 76 148
T21 John Pelet Atglen, PA 71 77 148
T21 Thomas Timby, Jr. Doylestown, PA 76 72 148
T25 Rich Thon Swarthmore, PA 77 72 149
T25 Steven Owens Philadelphia, PA 74 75 149
27 Burton McHugh Philadelphia, PA 75 75 150
28 Matthew Mattare Bethlehem, PA 74 77 151
T29 David West Downingtown, PA 74 78 152
T29 Ryan Gelrod New York, NY 76 76 152
T31 Chris Kallmeyer Philadelphia, PA 78 75 153
T31 William Weihenmayer, Jr. Huntingdon Valley, PA 79 74 153
T33 James Sullivan Abington, PA 78 77 155
T33 Jonathan Vannelli Medford, NJ 77 78 155
35 Garrett Basalyga North Wales, PA 77 80 157
36 Shawn Lavin Drexel Hill, PA 81 78 159
37 Christopher Kaspar North Wales, PA 83 77 160
38 Eric Eberhardt Murphy Gwynedd, PA 77 86 163
39 Jeff Rogatz Wilmington, DE 89 77 166
T40 Alan Borowsky Bala Cynwyd, PA 76 WD WD
T40 Bill Turner Mount Holly, NJ 80 WD WD
T40 Bob Bechtold West Grove, PA 76 WD WD
T40 Bob Cunningham Wayne, PA 87 WD WD
T40 Brian Corbett Shavertown, PA 80 WD WD
T40 Brian Early Radnor, PA 82 WD WD
T40 Brian Fairbank McLean, VA 75 WD WD
T40 Brian Gardner Chester Springs, PA 75 WD WD
T40 Brian Owens Philadelphia, PA 76 WD WD
T40 Carlos Febres-Mazzei Dresher, PA 81 WD WD
T40 Chad Lapp Brick, NJ 85 WD WD
T40 Chester Pasek Levittown, PA 78 WD WD
T40 Chris Ault Levittown, PA 75 WD WD
T40 Chris Yard Downingtown, PA 74 WD WD
T40 Cory Toth Gaithersburg, MD 82 WD WD
T40 Craig Tallent Haverford, PA 76 WD WD
T40 Dan Pinciotti Jr Churchville, PA 77 WD WD
T40 Dan Weisser Austin, TX 83 WD WD
T40 David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley, PA 75 WD WD
T40 Douglas Anders Elkins Park, PA 80 WD WD
T40 Drew Guaraldo Berwyn, PA 78 WD WD
T40 Dustin McCormick East Stroudsburg, PA 83 WD WD
T40 Ed Blechschmidt Villanova, PA 71 WD WD
T40 Francis J Mc Fadden Newtown Square, PA 75 WD WD
T40 Gary Cicatiello Palmyra, VA 80 WD WD
T40 George Connell Radnor, PA 74 WD WD
T40 George Forster, Jr. Blue Bell, PA 86 WD WD
T40 Jeff Howanitz Hanover Twp, PA 82 WD WD
T40 Jeff Moffat Hatboro, PA 82 WD WD
T40 Jeffry Schott Wilmington, DE 77 WD WD
T40 Jim Robertson Drexel Hill, PA 77 WD WD
T40 John Sawin Haverford, PA 83 WD WD
T40 Keith Snyder Philadelpha, PA 79 WD WD
T40 Kenji Ota Blue Bell, PA 86 WD WD
T40 Kevin Delaney Glen Mills, PA 84 WD WD
T40 Lynn Kilduff Dallas, PA 71 WD WD
T40 Marc Mandel Lafayette Hill, PA 80 WD WD
T40 Mark Battista Moorestown, NJ 80 WD WD
T40 Max Muller Huntingdon Valley, PA 79 WD WD
T40 Mitch Wyatt Salisbury, MD 69 WD WD
T40 Nathan Fry Nazareth, PA 73 WD WD
T40 P Chet Walsh Wayne, PA 75 WD WD
T40 Patrick Shanahan Pittsburgh, PA 78 WD WD
T40 Salvatore Picone Easton, PA 79 WD WD
T40 Sam McFall Paoli, PA 75 WD WD
T40 Scott Deakins Wayne, PA 83 WD WD
T40 Thomas Lusto Saylorsburg, PA 83 WD WD
T40 William Mellon Nokesville, VA 83 WD WD
T40 Frank Corrado Washington Crossing, PA 79 NC NC
T40 Keith Foster Philadelphia, PA 86 NC NC
WD-withdrawal; NC-no card
*-advanced in playoff

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