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Doylestown’s Deibert ready to defend Amateur title

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Clint Deibert of Doylestown CC already had his spot in the match play portion of the Amateur Championship secured by virtue of his victory a year ago. As the defending Amateur Champion, he automatically is seeded No. 1 when match play begins tomorrow at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,250 yards).

  In Tuesday’s qualifier for the 106th Amateur Championship, Deibert provided ample warning to the field that his game is again in tip-top shape. The 24-year-old carded a two-round best 6-under-par 134 in qualifying held at both Torresdale-Frankford CC and Huntingdon Valley CC (Toomey/Flynn courses, par 70, 6,879 yards) to earn medalist honors.

  “I was going to play golf today anyway, so I might as well do it in a tournament and get a chance to see Torresdale-Frankford again,” said Deibert, who is looking to be the first repeat Amateur Champion since Chris Lange did so in 1993-94. “I actually had mixed emotions about playing today. I didn’t want to shoot 78 or 80 and embarrass myself.”

  Deibert then said with a smile, “I don’t know how good it was to use up all those birdies.”

  Deibert, who graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in December, registered a total of nine birdies and three bogeys in carding a pair of 3-under-par 67s. In the morning at Huntingdon Valley CC, he posted four birdies and a bogey. He followed that up with five birdies and two bogeys in the second round and that could have even been better if not for an over-par number on No. 17 (par 3, 206 yards) and a three-foot birdie miss on the 18th hole (par 4, 372 yards).

  “Every year [I play in the Amateur] I get better with my course management,” said Deibert of what tomorrow might hold. “You have to take advantage [of your good shots] and make birdies. You have to know when to get aggressive and when not to.”

  Deibert likely will turn professional this winter and head to Arizona for the Gateway Desert Series.

  He got a little taste of professional golf last week when he competed in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Canoe Brook CC and was paired with PGA Tour professional J.J. Henry. Although Deibert failed to advance into the U.S. Open Championship proper, he carded a 147 total (74-73), he said he learned a lot talking and watching Henry, who did advance.

  “You have to hit every iron within 10 feet,” said Deibert. “No matter if it’s a 4-iron or an 8-iron.”

  A total of 32 players, including Deibert, advanced into the match play portion of the tournament. The first round matches begin at 8 a.m. with second-round tee times to follow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Thursday with the 36-hole final set for Saturday, June 17. All matches will be played at Torresdale-Frankford CC.

  In all, a field of 130 players began the day in search of being named the next Philadelphia Amateur Champion.

  A number of prominent figures in the Golf Association of Philadelphia qualified for match play, including Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC, the two-time reigning Junior Boys’ Champion; Brian Gillespie of St. Davids GC, the 2001 Amateur Champion; Billy Stewart of Llanerch CC, the 2003 Amateur Champion; Brian Rothaus of Philmont CC, the 1988 Amateur Champion, and Michael Tash of Tavistock CC, the 2003 Amateur Champion.

  The Amateur Championship Qualifier also serves as qualifying for the Open Championship and the initial two scores of the Silver Cross. Deibert was the low qualifier for the Open Championship as well and, obviously, currently leads the Silver Cross which dates back to 1902 and is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the two rounds of the Patterson Cup.

  A six player for five match play positions playoff determined seeds 28 through 32.

  Deibert opens with Brandon Detweiler of Lancaster CC.

  First-round leader Dan Walters of Meadia Heights GC and Stewart tied for second place in qualifying at 2-under-par 138 and are seeded second and third, respectively.

Qualifiers
Name Club 1rd 2rd Total
Clint Deibert Doylestown Country Club 67 HV 67 TF 134
Billy Stewart Llanerch Country Club 68 TF 70 HV 138
Dan Walters Meadia Heights Golf Club 66 TF 72 HV 138
Conrad Von Borsig Concord Country Club 68 TF 71 HV 139
Stephen Arnold Yardley Country Club 70 TF 70 HV 140
James Sullivan, Jr. (no match play) Huntingdon Valley Country Club 68 HV 72 TF 140
Gregory Pieczynski Glenmaura National Golf Club 71 HV 69 TF 140
Christopher Ault Yardley Country Club 71 HV 71 TF 142
Robert Galbreath, Jr. Philmont Country Club 69 TF 74 HV 143
Glenn Smeraglio Yardley Country Club 71 TF 72 HV 143
Robert Bechtold Inniscrone Golf Club 71 TF 73 HV 144
Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club 73 TF 71 HV 144
Kyle Davis Fieldstone Golf Club 74 TF 70 HV 144
Paul Rogowicz Yardley Country Club 71 HV 73 TF 144
Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 75 HV 69 TF 144
Brian Gillespie St. Davids Golf Club 75 TF 70 HV 145
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 75 TF 70 HV 145
Michael Tash Tavistock Country Club 72 TF 73 HV 145
Steve Owens Commonwealth National Golf Club 71 TF 74 HV 145
Douglas Zelner (no match play) Coatesville Country Club 74 HV 71 TF 145
Jamie Slonis Tavistock Country Club 73 HV 72 TF 145
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 75 HV 71 TF 146
James Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 77 HV 69 TF 146
Thomas Finn Cavaliers Country Club 74 HV 72 TF 146
Thomas Gramigna Tavistock Country Club 79 TF 68 HV 147
Chris Gallagher Penn Oaks Golf Club 72 TF 75 HV 147
Mike Danner Lu Lu Country Club 72 TF 76 HV 148
Brian Rothaus Philmont Country Club 73 HV 75 TF 148
Joshua Krumholz Berkleigh Country Club 75 HV 73 TF 148
*Douglas Gregor Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75 TF 74 HV 149
*Ted Harris Makefield Highlands Golf Club 77 HV 72 TF 149
*John Michael Pelet Wyncote Golf Club 73 HV 76 TF 149
*Michael Moffat Commonwealth National Golf Club 71 HV 78 TF 149
Failed to qualify
*Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 72 HV 77 TF 149
Brandon Detweiler Lancaster Country Club 72 HV 77 TF 149
Bo Maguire Brookside Country Club 77 TF 73 HV 150
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 75 TF 75 HV 150
Matthew Finger Running Deer Golf Club 73 HV 77 TF 150
Timothy Hager Lookaway Golf Club 75 HV 75 TF 150
Joseph Russo Running Deer Golf Club 78 HV 72 TF 150
Douglas Schroer St. Davids Golf Club 71 TF 80 HV 151
Kevin Huntington Penn Oaks Golf Club 74 TF 77 HV 151
Patrick Rutter Berkleigh Country Club 76 TF 75 HV 151
Alan Borowsky White Manor Country Club 74 HV 77 TF 151
Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 74 TF 77 HV 151
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 76 HV 75 TF 151
James Kieserman Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 73 TF 79 HV 152
Christopher Gold Little Mill Country Club 72 TF 80 HV 152
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 75 TF 77 HV 152
Oscar Mestre, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 77 HV 75 TF 152
Scott Storck Philadelphia Cricket Club 76 HV 76 TF 152
James White Philadelphia Cricket Club 75 HV 77 TF 152
Steven Walczak Wilmington Country Club 77 TF 76 HV 153
Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 79 HV 74 TF 153
Drew Panebianco Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 75 TF 78 HV 153
Marlin Detweiler Lancaster Country Club 78 HV 75 TF 153
Daniel Delaney Concord Country Club 75 HV 78 TF 153
Tom Borsello Delaware National Country Club 81 HV 72 TF 153
Michael O’Keefe Little Mill Country Club 81 HV 72 TF 153
Christopher Reedman Trenton CC 80 TF 74 HV 154
Christopher Lange Overbrook Golf Club 77 TF 77 HV 154
R. Blake Slawecki Spring Ford Country Club 77 TF 77 HV 154
Kevin Kelly Philadelphia Cricket Club 79 HV 75 TF 154
Cole Willcox Philadelphia Country Club 76 HV 79 TF 155
Jordan Wycoff Hidden Creek Golf Club 78 HV 77 TF 155
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 80 HV 75 TF 155
Sean Davy Medford Village Country Club 78 HV 77 TF 155
Rich Pruchnik West Chester Golf & Country Club 75 HV 80 TF 155
Sean Seese Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75 HV 80 TF 155
Rand Mendez Fieldstone Golf Club 79 HV 76 TF 155
Robert Dziak Spring Ford Country Club 75 TF 81 HV 156
Doug Domeshek Heidelberg Country Club 75 TF 81 HV 156
David Taraschi Laurel Creek Country Club 79 HV 77 TF 156
Jack Wallace Burlington Country Club 78 HV 78 TF 156
Andy Achenbach RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 82 HV 74 TF 156
Jason Barkley Berkleigh Country Club 80 HV 76 TF 156
Dennis Konczyk Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 81 HV 75 TF 156
Stephen Sieracki Merchantville Country Club 80 HV 76 TF 156
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 76 TF 81 HV 157
Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 77 TF 80 HV 157
Brian Creghan Plymouth Country Club 80 TF 77 HV 157
Patrick Hardin Northampton Country Club 81 HV 76 TF 157
Stephen Hudacek Glenmaura National Golf Club 76 HV 81 TF 157
Robert Loftus Overbrook Golf Club 79 HV 78 TF 157
Scott Morris Doylestown Country Club 80 TF 77 HV 157
Maximillian Muller Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78 TF 80 HV 158
Shawn Lavin Sandy Run Country Club 79 TF 79 HV 158
Gary Daniels Aronimink Golf Club 79 TF 79 HV 158
Bob Cunningham Downingtown Golf Club 79 TF 79 HV 158
Kenneth Matt Commonwealth National Golf Club 82 HV 76 TF 158
Patrick Rugg Rolling Green Golf Club 80 HV 78 TF 158
Tyler Glassman Meadowlands Country Club 76 HV 82 TF 158
David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77 HV 81 TF 158
Jim Gavaghan Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 76 TF 83 HV 159
Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club 82 HV 77 TF 159
Mark Inman Cherry Valley Country Club 83 HV 76 TF 159
Lucas Serbun Sandy Run Country Club 79 TF 81 HV 160
Brian Corbett Huntsville Golf Club 83 TF 77 HV 160
Peter Moran Edgmont Country Club 79 TF 81 HV 160
Glenn McClaskey Wedgwood Country Club 85 TF 75 HV 160
Edmund Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 78 TF 82 HV 160
Jon Lavin Philmont Country Club 78 TF 82 HV 160
Jim Simmons Whitford Country Club 85 TF 76 HV 161
Craig Burton Commonwealth National Golf Club 82 TF 79 HV 161
Joseph Costanzo Blue Bell Country Club 77 TF 84 HV 161
Phillip Anzaldo Tavistock Country Club 78 TF 84 HV 162
Dave Smith Doylestown Country Club 80 HV 82 TF 162
Mark Kosko Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 82 HV 80 TF 162
David O’Malley Commonwealth National Golf Club 83 HV 79 TF 162
Jeff Rogatz Fieldstone Golf Club 78 HV 84 TF 162
Christopher Kaspar Lu Lu Country Club 79 TF 83 HV 162
John Aloisio Ballamor Golf Club 80 HV 82 TF 162
John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 78 TF 85 HV 163
Chris Anderson Wilmington Country Club 79 TF 84 HV 163
David Reinhart French Creek Golf Club 82 HV 81 TF 163
Sean Clifford Philadelphia Publinks GA 84 HV 79 TF 163
Michael Vassil Country Club of Scranton 80 HV 84 TF 164
Douglas Cusick Tavistock Country Club 88 TF 77 HV 165
Nick Verrecchio Rolling Green Golf Club 82 TF 84 HV 166
Brian Sexton Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 76 TF 91 HV 167
Jon Thomas Hartefeld National 87 TF 80 HV 167
Bryan McClaskey Merchantville Country Club 85 TF 83 HV 168
Joe Cunningham Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 82 TF 86 HV 168
Pat Nein Medford Village Country Club 80 TF 88 HV 168
Gil Moniz Jr. Woodbury Country Club 80 TF 89 HV 169
Billy March Spring Ford Country Club 85 TF 86 HV 171
Stephen McIntyre Honeybrook Golf Club 78 TF 94 HV 172
Anthony White, Jr. Blue Bell Country Club 85 TF WD HV WD
Nick Ryder Aronimink Golf Club 78 HV WD TF WD
Alexander Maguire, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 78 HV NC TF NC