Merion’s McDermott earns No. 1 seed; readies for another Am. run - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 09, 2014

Merion’s McDermott earns No. 1 seed; readies for another Am. run

  A cortisone shot late last week alleviated the pain, however, and some swings on the range Monday at White Manor Country Club loosened the stiff joint. 

  That meant it was business as usual on the course for the five-time William Hyndman, III Player of the Year.

  McDermott opened Amateur Championship qualifying at White Manor Country Club (par 71, 6,752 yards) with a 5-under 66 and added a 1-over-par 71 at Overbrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,566 yards) in Round 2 to earn medalist honors for the second time in his career. He finished 4-under 137. Five players finished at 3 under. The low 32 players advanced to match play. The cut line fell at 148 with five players competing for two spots. Jalen Griffin of Talamore Country Club birdied the first playoff hole with an 8-iron from 153 yards to eight inches to survive. Russell Hill of Old York Country Club at Chesterfield grabbed the final match play spot with a par on the third playoff hole. He will face McDermott at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at White Manor.

  “I don’t know what to say about the shoulder because it was fine today,” said McDermott, who is gunning for a third Amateur title (2008, 2013). “It was a scary couple of days because I didn’t know. I told my wife this morning that I’ve never felt more uncertain heading to a tournament because I didn’t know if I was going to play. I can tell there is a little bit of a twitch there but I felt fine. Hopefully that will be the last time I think about that this week.”

  Rounds 1 and 2 of the 114th Amateur are set for tomorrow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday. The 36-hole final begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

  McDermott stated his intentions early on White Manor’s back nine, his initial outward jaunt, with four birdies on the final four holes. 

  On No. 15 (par 4, 321 yards), McDermott almost drove the green before chipping up to a foot for a 3; on No. 16 (par 4, 412 yards) he lifted a sand wedge from 115 yards to six feet; on No. 17 (par 5, 546 yards), he cozied a difficult putt from 35 feet away and the back fringe to inches before knocking a gap wedge from 130 yards on No. 18 (par 4, 399 yards) to four feet.

  “By the first tee I knew I was OK to play. I played really solid the whole day at White Manor. It was a pretty low stress sort of round for a course that is tough,” said McDermott, 39, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. “Overbrook has always had my number. I’ve never really put together a good competitive or social round there. I had a sand wedge into 14. I landed on the fringe on the sprinkler head and bounced out-of-bounds. Then I had to hit the shot again with a pond short. There were a lot of thoughts in my head at that point. I hit it to about eight feet and made a five. It was a bad break but I kept it together and parred out from there.”

  McDermott’s other Amateur medalist honor came in 2003 when qualifying was at Manufacturers Golf & Country Club and Philmont Country Club (North). He carded an identical 4-under 137 that year.

  Last year, McDermott defeated Alexander Hicks of Wildwood Golf & Country Club, 5&4, at Aronimink Golf Club for the Amateur trophy. 

  The quintet at 3 under includes John Brennan of Philadelphia Cricket Club; Chris Crawford of Spring Mill Country Club; Aaron Fricke of Honeybrook Golf Club; Anthony Sebastianelli of Glen Oak Country Club and Matthew Teesdale of Commonwealth National Golf Club. Brennan, 35, of Audubon, Pa., the 2012 Middle-Amateur Champion, withdrew from match play. His scores will count in the Silver Cross Award standings. He carded a 67 at Overbrook before returning a 71 at White Manor.

  Crawford, 20, of Bensalem, Pa., also started at Overbrook. He posted a 68 there before carding a 70 at White Manor. Crawford just completed his sophomore year at Drexel University. He advanced to Round 2 of match play last year at Aronimink Golf Club.

  Aaron Fricke, 19, of Lancaster, Pa., recently captured the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s 74th Dressler Public Links Championship. He posted a 67 at Overbrook in the morning and a 71 at White Manor in the afternoon. This is Fricke’s first time competing in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur. Fricke just completed his freshman year at Lackawanna Junior College.

  It is also Anthony Sebastianelli’s first Amateur experience. The Glen Oak Country Club member started at White Manor with a 67 before closing with a 71 at Overbrook. Sebastianelli, 19, of Clarks Summit, Pa., graduated from Abington Heights High this year. He is headed to Central Connecticut State University in the fall. Sebastianelli finished his high school career with a third-place showing in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship.

  Teesdale, 23, is a Temple University senior to-be. Teesdale went 71-67 at White Manor and Overbrook, respectively. He lost in the first round of last year’s Amateur. 

NOTES–There was a one-hour weather delay at 6:40 p.m. … Raymond Thompson of Overbrook, the 1972 Amateur Champion, advanced to match play at age 62 … Four players from Commonwealth, led by Teesdale, advanced into the match play field. Matt Cocco, Michael Johnson, and Kyle Martin also moved forward … Sam Soeth is the lone White Manor entrant remaining.

Name, clubTotal
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club66W-71O–137
#John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club67O-71W–138
Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club71W-67O–138
Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club68O-70W–138
Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club67W-71O–138
Aaron Fricke, Honeybrook Golf Club67O-71W–138
Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club73W-66O–139
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club74W-66O–140
Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74O-68W–142
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club72O-70W–142
Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club70W-73O–143
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club74W-69O–143
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook71O-72W–143
Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club73W-71O–144
Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA71W-73O–144
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club71O-74W–145
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club73W-72O–145
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club73W-72O–145
Bill Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club72W-73O–145
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club78W-68O–146
Michael Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club75W-71O–146
Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club77O-69W–146
Patrick Ross, Huntsville Golf Club75W-71O–146
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club72O-74W–146
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club76O-70W–146
Nelson Hargrove, Gulph Mills Golf Club72W-75O–147
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club72O-75W–147
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club78W-69O–147
Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club76O-71W–147
Zachary Falone, Rolling Green Golf Club77O-70W–147
Brendan Worthy, Merion Golf Club74O-73W–147
*Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club75O-73W–148
*Russell Hill, Old York CC at Chesterfield74W-74O–148
Failed to qualify
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club74W-74O–148
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club76W-72O–148
Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club71O-77W–148
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club78W-71O–149
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club72O-77W–149
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club72W-77O–149
Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73O-76W–149
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club76W-73O–149
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club71W-78O–149
Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club73O-76W–149
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club76W-74O–150
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club72O-78W–150
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club74O-76W–150
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club81W-69O–150
David Guertler, Laurel Creek Country Club75W-75O–150
Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club76W-74O–150
Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club75O-75W–150
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club77W-73O–150
Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands Golf Club74O-76W–150
Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club73O-78W–151
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club79O-72W–151
Johan van Schalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club72O-79W–151
Louis Kelly, Jr., Philmont Country Club76W-75O–151
Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club73O-78W–151
Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club74O-77W–151
Cory Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club74O-78W–152
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club80W-72O–152
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course80W-72O–152
Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown75O-77W–152
Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club79O-73W–152
Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club74O-78W–152
Tyler Sokolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club79W-73O–152
J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club79W-73O–152
Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA75O-78W–153
Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club77O-76W–153
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club76O-77W–153
Blaine Lafferty, Burlington Country Club76O-77W–153
Steve Cerbara, Yardley Country Club78W-75O–153
Michael Dimeglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course78W-75O–153
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club80W-74O–154
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club70W-84O–154
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club77W-77O–154
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club77W-77O–154
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club77W-77O–154
Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club74W-80O–154
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club80O-74W–154
Edward Kelly Jr., Old York Road Country Club76O-78W–154
Jason Loehrs, Philadelphia Publinks GA80W-74O–154
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club73O-82W–155
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA79O-76W–155
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club77O-78W–155
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club78O-77W–155
Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club82W-73O–155
Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club81W-74O–155
Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club78O-78W–156
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club74O-82W–156
Andrew Willner, Phoenixville Country Club76W-80O–156
Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club78W-78O–156
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield80O-77W–157
Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve76W-81O–157
Philip Rothermel, Golden Oaks Golf Club77O-80W–157
T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club78O-80W–158
Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club77W-81O–158
Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club75W-83O–158
Steven Minnick, Jr., Penn Oaks Golf Club73O-86W–159
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club80O-79W–159
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club77O-82W–159
Rob Rowe, Bent Creek Country Club80W-79O–159
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club76O-84W–160
Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfer’s Club80O-80W–160
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club75O-86W–161
Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club82O-79W–161
Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club83W-79O–162
Zachary Dilcher, Inniscrone Golf Club82W-81O–163
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club78O-85W–163
Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club77O-86W–163
James Austin, Five Ponds Golf Club84W-80O–164
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club81W-83O–164
James Chojnacki, Valleybrook Country Club80W-85O–165
Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club88W-78O–166
Sawyer Wolfers, GAP Junior eClub85O-81W–166
David West, Whitford Country Club84O-83W–167
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club82O-85W–167
Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club83W-85O–168
Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA84O-85W–169
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club90O-80W–170
Steven Passalacqua, Wedgwood Country Club86O-86W–172
Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club88O-86W–174
Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club77O-NCW–NC
Paul Tighe, Little Mill Country Club78W-NSO–NS
J.T. Twomey, Jericho National Golf Club94W-NSO–NS
Alex Willey, Burlington Country Club87W-NSO–NS
Charles Cai, Mercer Oaks Golf Course74O-WDW–WD
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club83W-WDO–WD
*-advanced in playoff; #Silver Cross scoring only
NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal
O-Overbrook; W-White Manor

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