May 30, 2002

Mestre takes Middle-Amateur Championship

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| Day One Results |

MALVERN, PA-Oscar Mestre, Jr. of Overbrook GC carded a final round score of 1-under-par 69 on Thursday to finish with a 1-over total of 141 (72-69) to capture the Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur Championship at Chester Valley GC (par 70, 6,511 yards).

Mestre, 42, of Berwyn, was the only player in the second and final round to break par.

Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC finished second with a 3-over-par total of 143 (72-71) and Michael Domenick of Phoenixville CC (74-70) and Thomas Soares of Berkleigh CC (73-71) tied for third with 4-over par 144s.

“I was thinking on the drive over here that if you can win this tournament with this new format – two days and 36 holes – it would be something to be really proud of,” said Mestre. “I said I had to shoot a 69 to give myself a chance.” He did just that.

Heading to No. 15 (par 3, 170 yards), Mestre and Smeraglio, playing a group apart, had separated themselves from the pack. However, Smeraglio, 2-under at that point, three putted for double bogey, while Mestre, in the trailing group, saved par with a 10-foot putt.

“I hit a five iron and it just released to the back of the green,” said Smeraglio, 42, of Newtown about No. 15. “I chipped it to four feet above, and then missed a 1 1/2 footer for bogey.”

The key to Mestre’s round came early. He made par savers on No. 2 (par 5, 560 yards) and No. 3 (par 4, 338 yards) from the right bunkers on each hole. He then birdied No. 4 (par 4, 378 yards) from 10 feet below the hole. A bogey on No. 5 (par 3, 170 yards) and a birdie on No. 7 (par 3, 192 yards) helped Mestre make the turn in a 1-under-par 34.

“To have a chance I really wanted to get under par early,” said Mestre. “Those two par savers really kept the round going.”

Mestre was a little up and down on the back nine, recording bogeys on No. 10 (par 3, 197) and No. 12 (par 4, 435 yards) and birdies on No. 11 (par 4, 457 yards) and No. 13 (par 4, 441 yards).

But five pars on his final five holes earned him his first Golf Association of Philadelphia title.

Domenick, 47, of Phoenixville recorded his best finish in a Middle-Amateur since falling in a playoff to Carl Everett of Merion GC for the title in 1993. The third-place finish was also Soares, 41, of Macungie, top Mid-Am placing.

“I thought 142 or 143 would be in the hunt,” said Domenick. “I was 7 over for the tournament after No. 8, but birdied three of the next four to get back in it.”

Domenick birdied No. 9 (par 4, 371 yards), No. 10 (par 3, 197 yards) and No. 12 (par 4, 435 yards) to finish in the tie for third.

Day One co-leader William McGuinness of Tavistock CC carded a final round 75 to finish in a fifth-place tie at 145. Ed Anton of Woodbury CC, who shared the lead with McGuinness, posted a 78 to finish tied for 18th at 148.

A total of 74 players survived the cut from day one. The cut line fell at 77.

The top 20 players and ties are exempt for next year’s Middle-Amateur.

This was only the second year the Middle-Amateur format has encompassed two days and 36 holes. Prior to 2001, the Mid-Am was a one-day, 18-hole event.

This was also just the second year players 25 years of age and older were allowed to participate. Prior to last season, players had to be 30 years of age and older.

  Name  Club  Rd1  Rd2  Total
  Oscar Mestre, Jr.  Overbrook GC  72  69  141
  Glenn Smeraglio  Yardley CC  72  71  143
  Michael Domenick  Phoenixville CC  74  70  144
  Thomas Soares  Berkleigh CC  73  71  144
  William McGuinness  Tavistock CC  70  75  145
  P. Chet Walsh  Philadelphia CC  73  72  145
  Thomas Gramigna  Tavistock CC  74  72  146
  Peter Widdoes  Deerfield G & TC  73  73  146
  Christopher Fackler  Northampton CC  72  75  147
  Michael Gregor  Huntingdon Valley CC  72  75  147
  Chris Hynoski  Yardley CC  75  72  147
  Francis McFadden  Overbrook GC  72  75  147
  John Robinson  Commonwealth National GC  74  73  147
  Paul Rogowicz  Yardley CC  72  75  147
  Jamie Slonis  Tavistock CC  76  71  147
  Michael Tash  Tavistock CC  72  75  147
  Douglas Zelner  Coatesville CC  75  72  147
  Edward Anton  Woodbury CC  70  78  148
  Christopher Lange  Overbrook GC  75  73  148
  Craig Larsen  Aronimink GC  71  77  148
  James Macallister  Manufacturers G & CC  74  74  148
  Herbert Zimmerman, Jr.  Lancaster CC  73  75  148
  Bill Boyle  Metedeconk National GC  77  72  149
  Gary E Daniels  Applebrook GC  72  77  149
  Gary D Daniels  Saucon Valley CC  75  74  149
  Brian Gillespie  St. Davids GC  73  76  149
  Jay Howson, Jr.  St. Davids GC  75  74  149
  Thomas Hyland  Little Mill CC  74  75  149
  Roc Irey  Cedarbrook CC  74  75  149
  Robin McCool  Saucon Valley CC  74  75  149
  Tom Piersanti  Radley Run CC  76  73  149
  Gary Smith  Huntingdon Valley CC  74  75  149
  John Carullo  Penn Oaks GC  76  74  150
  Edmund Chylinski  Chester Valley GC  77  73  150
  Keith Matt  Lu Lu CC  76  74  150
  Robert Proto  Little Mill CC  72  78  150
  Warren Smith  Fieldstone Golf Club  77  73  150
  Brian Ceribelli  Coatesville CC  75  76  151
  Robert Lodovici  Links GC  74  77  151
  Terrence Sawyer  Yardley CC  75  76  151
  David Smith  Doylestown CC  74  77  151
  David Chenard  Philadelphia Publinks  76  76  152
  Andrew Dietz  Laurel Creek CC  76  76  152
  William Hogan  Burlington CC  77  75  152
  Michael McDermott  Llanerch CC  76  76  152
  Chris Smedley  Coatesville CC  77  75  152
  Steven Walczak  Wilmington CC  74  78  152
  David West  Whitford CC  77  75  152
  Gerard Ascolese  North Hills CC  76  77  153
  Frank Corrado, Jr.  Jericho National GC  77  76  153
  Marlin Detweiler  Lancaster CC  76  77  153
  Francis Downey  North Hills CC  75  78  153
  William Mendez  Fieldstone Golf Club  76  77  153
  Drew Panebianco  Talamore at Oak Terrace CC  77  76  153
  Patrick Simmons  Delaware National Country Club  77  76  153
  Rick Custer  Spring-Ford CC  77  77  154
  Matthew Dolinsky  Reading CC  74  80  154
  Bill Dwyer  Concord CC  77  77  154
  Michael Moffat  Commonwealth National GC  77  77  154
  George Connell, Jr.  Gulph Mills GC  76  79  155
  Lee Cook  Laurel Creek CC  75  80  155
  Arthur Kania, Jr.  Overbrook GC  74  81  155
  David Brookreson  Huntingdon Valley CC  75  81  156
  Kevin McClellan  Doylestown CC  76  80  156
  Byron Whitman  Philadelphia Publinks  77  79  156
  Brent Wily  Berkleigh CC  74  82  156
  Jeffrey Sepesi  Radnor Valley CC  75  82  157
  Ron Weaver  Meadia Heights GC  77  80  157
  John Cobb  Tavistock CC  76  82  158
  Charles Dowds, III  North Hills CC  76  83  159
  Richard Reed  Downingtown CC  73  86  159
  Matthew Bellis  Commonwealth National GC  76  84  160
  Thomas DiCinti  Links GC  74  86  160
  Michael Fox  Philadelphia CC  73  WD  WD

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