May 31, 2001

Middle-Amateur Championship

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Doug Zelner, a longtime member at Coatesville CC, fired a one-over par 72 on Thursday to grab the first-round lead of the Middle-Amateur Championship at Coatesville Country Club.

Zelner, a member at Coatesville the last 10 years, carded an inward, one-under 35 to hold a two-stroke advantage over Chris Lange of Overbrook GC heading into Friday’s final round.

In all, 71 of 128 players survived the cut of 81.

“I’ve been striking the ball very well, I’m feeling very comfortable on the golf course,” said Zelner, who carded two birdies and three bogeys on the day. “I’ve been a member here for 10 years so I know where to hit it and where not to hit it. I kept the ball below the hole, I didn’t make very many mistakes and posted a decent score.”

Zelner, a three-time club champion, viewed his local knowledge as key.

“That’s worth about three or four shots,” said the 39-year-old West Chester resident. “The members say that on any given day par is 80.”

Zelner had it to two-under after 13 holes, but bogeyed three of the final five holes to finish at plus one.

Lange a three-time Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur champion carded a 74 on the strength of an inward 36.

“I had one bad hole,” said the 46-year-old Lange. “Looking at the scores, I would think I’d be in the hunt.”

Charles Dowds, III of North Hills CC is one of three tied at 75.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Dowds, who was playing Coatesville for the first time. “I was just trying not to shoot myself out of it.”

Joining Dowds at 75 are Warren Smith of Fieldstone Golf Club and Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC.

Zelner, who finished second in the Delaware Amateur in 2000, is not going to change his game plan from Thursday.

“I’m going to stick with what I did today. I’m going to use the same clubs off the tees and try to make as many putts as I can,” said Zelner. “Hopefully, that’ll be good enough.”

Lurking at 76 is defending Pennsylvania Amateur champion Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC. McDermott and three others are four shots out of the lead.

“I’ve never been a very good first day player,” said McDermott. “I was just trying to keep myself in it. A 76 will be in the hunt and, hopefully, I’ll play better tomorrow.”

Defending champion Darrell Clayton of Cavaliers CC shot a 79.

This is the first time since the event’s inception in 1984 that the Middle-Amateur is a two-day stroke play competition. Prior to this year, it was a one-day stroke configuration. The 2001 Mid-Am was also the first time players 25 years of age and older were eligible for the Mid-Am field. In past seasons, players had to be 30 years and older.

DouglasZelnerCoatesville CC72
ChristopherLangeOverbrook GC74
CharlesDowds, IIINorth Hills CC75
GlennSmeraglioYardley CC75
WarrenSmithFieldstone Golf Club75
SeanCoyleLlanerch CC76
JamesKaniaOverbrook GC76
MichaelMc DermottLlanerch CC76
MichaelMoffatPhiladelphia Publinks76
TomBorselloFieldstone Golf Club77
MichaelEganLookaway GC77
NeilGordonPhilmont CC77
MichaelHallFieldstone Golf Club77
RocIreyCedarbrook CC77
KeithMattLu Lu CC77
JohnRobinsonCommonwealth National GC77
RichardUmaniSakima CC77
DavidBrookresonHuntingdon Valley CC78
DavidGilesBerkshire CC78
BrianGillespieSt. Davids GC78
DavidKarpPhilmont CC78
PaulLiebezeitDowningtown CC78
ByronWhitmanMoselem Springs GC78
HerbertZimmerman, Jr.Lancaster CC78
DarrellClaytonCavaliers CC79
GaryDanielsAronimink GC79
ChrisDiguardiHeidelberg CC79
SteveEbersoleLookaway GC79
CarlEverettMerion GC79
JohnLeBoeufPhiladelphia Country Club79
BradMcFaddenOverbrook GC79
DouglasSchroerSt. Davids GC79
ScottStorckReading CC79
DanielBurtonBent Creek CC80
MichaelGregorHuntingdon Valley CC80
TomPiersantiRadley Run CC80
DavidSmithDoylestown CC80
PaulWoodruffPhiladelphia Cricket Club80
JohnZieglerPhiladelphia Publinks80
JohnBoscarelliYardley CC81
MichaelDomenickPhoenixville CC81
ChrisHynoskiYardley CC81
JamesKiesermanBlue Bell CC81
JamesMacallisterManufacturers G & CC81
DrewPanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace CC81
JasonBarkleyBerkleigh CC82
WilliamCastoPenn Oaks GC82
JamesCollCavaliers CC82
GregoryGaulMerion GC82
ThomasHylandLittle Mill CC82
OscarMestreOverbrook GC82
GaryRobertsTrenton CC82
ShaneDooleySpring-Ford CC83
GordonJamiesonMerion GC83
JohnMabryMoorestown Field Club83
RobertMajczanSpring Mill CC83
ThomasMalloukLookaway GC83
BennettMeyerPhilmont CC83
KennethRalstonHuntsville GC83
ChrisSmedleyCoatesville CC83
RichardThonThe Springhaven Club83
FrancisVaughnPhiladelphia Cricket Club83
PaulHigginsPhiladelphia Cricket Club84
ThomasJaronski, Jr.Doylestown CC84
ThomasKaczorYardley CC84
BrianLlewellynHuntsville GC84
ThomasOxenfeldCoatesville CC84
JamesReaveyCoatesville CC84
SteveSpuhlerLu Lu CC84
VinceYostCedarbrook CC84
GibbyYoungHartefeld National GC84
Missed Cut
CraigAronchick, M.D.Rolling Green GC85
EdBernaskyDowningtown CC85
ArtBrosius,IIDuPont CC85
EdmundChylinskiChester Valley GC85
VincentGuarino, Jr.Burlington CC85
DavidHoegelLittle Mill CC85
DavidJustiCommonwealth National GC85
JamieSlonisLittle Mill CC85
WallySwigerHuntingdon Valley CC85
ChrisTerebesiChester Valley GC85
RickWrightPhiladelphia Publinks85
TonyCarrollPhiladelphia Publinks86
SteveJonesWest Chester G & CC86
ScottMaxwellWest Chester G & CC86
HowardPressLittle Mill CC86
PaulSuckowMerion GC86
StevenWalczakWilmington CC86
FredBantaRunning Deer GC87
FrankByerlyCoatesville CC87
StevenKaniaOverbrook GC87
ChuckLynch, Jr.Whitemarsh Valley CC87
RichardReedDowningtown CC87
WilliamSatzStone Harbor GC87
EricBoyceOld York Road CC88
FrankPolizzi, Sr.Whitemarsh Valley CC88
JeffreyPrickittManufacturers G & CC88
MichaelSangerMerion GC88
ToddBariglioInniscrone GC89
KevinMcClellanDoylestown CC89
BrianPowellBurlington CC89
J. MichaelRyanCoatesville CC89
RobertWinterKennett Square G & CC89
JackHelmsRolling Green GC90
BillHewittPhiladelphia Publinks90
MichaelMcKeePhiladelphia Publinks90
DanielFarleyEdgmont Country Club91
NathanHerringPhilmont CC91
NickSciurbaTalamore at Oak Terrace CC91
PaulShevlin, Jr.Llanerch CC91
JohnDonnellyConcord CC94
AnthonyLeodoraBlue Bell CC94
DonaldAshleyPhiladelphia Country Club97
RalphIerardiMedford Village CC98
JesseBrookresonHuntingdon Valley CCWD
ChrisEsbenshadeBent Creek CCWD
EugeneGordonLookaway GCWD
JamesGrossGlenmaura National GCWD
SeanLeonardLittle Mill CCWD
RobertMurphyWilmington CCWD
DanielPinciotti, Jr.Torresdale-Frankford CCWD
SheldonPollackWhite Manor CCWD
RonRyllJericho National GCWD
GregoryShevaTorresdale-Frankford CCWD

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