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#GAPMidAm Qualifier: Olde Homestead

Wilson tops #GAPMidAm Qual. at Olde Homestead

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NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. – Olde met new Saturday in the first Qualifying event of #TheNewGAPGolf era.

Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Jason Wilson – a veteran of the region’s amateur circuit – emerged as the medalist in a GAP Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier at Olde Homestead Golf Club (par 72, 6,617 yards). The event’s lone red number, Wilson’s 1-under par 71, led a field of 67 hopefuls vying for a ticket to the championship proper to be played May 22-23 at Rolling Green Golf Club.

The cut line stopped at 5-over 77 on the day.

Wilson’s day started shaky with two consecutive bogeys to begin the round, but soon leveled out with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8. On the par 4, 329-yard 7th, Wilson wielded hybrid off the tee and then stuck a wedge approach from 110 yards to two feet for a birdie tap-in. Another wedge on the par 5, 550-yard 8th, from the same 110-yard mark, nestled up to six feet to get Wilson back to even for his round.

“That was a real good way to kind of close things out and get things back to where I needed them to be,” said Wilson, 45, of Orefield, Pa. “I’m glad I was able to get back on track there, even though I knew I had a lot of golf left to play.”

On No. 12 (par 5, 521 yards), Wilson got things going again after he pured driver and 3-wood shots, leaving his ball just off the front of the green. His chip shot rolled up to within tap-in range, generating an easy 4. Last but not least, a 55-foot birdie bomb on No. 15 (par 4, 364 yards) served as the final of four red figures on the medalist’s card.

“With all the wind out there, especially on the final three holes, I was happy with the [71] today. I’ve played in many tournaments here, being from the area, and I know this golf course. The mindset was to come out here and qualify, and I’m glad I got the job done,” he said.

Wilson, the 2017 Pennsylvania Middle-Amateur Champion at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, sported a fresh Masters polo in honor of the championship’s moving day. Wilson spent Thursday at Augusta National for the first round of play, and drove back Friday to get in some tournament golf of his own. Little did he know, a top honor was waiting for his own golf game.

“It was mind-blowing to be there. It was just unbelievable,” said Wilson, owner of a billboard company. “After seeing those guys play and being at Augusta, all I wanted to do was come back and play golf. It gave me the itch, and now, I’m just happy to be playing well and, really, that it’s golf season again.”

Another reason to be happy: Wilson now heads to Rolling Green – a course he’s more than friendly with – with medal momentum.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 273 Full Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Qualifiers (Name, club, score)
Jason Wilson, Philadelphia Publinks GA71
Taylor Kellogg, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Michael Olson, Medford Village Country Club72
Scott Forrester, Lu Lu Country Club73
Brandon Murdock, Llanerch Country Club73
Jason Troutman, Frosty Valley73
Ryan Barnett, The ACE Club74
Sean McMonagle, Tavistock Country Club74
Philip Mortell, Honeybrook Golf Club75
William Breskman, Rolling Green Golf Club76
Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club76
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club76
Kyle Pritchard, Olde Homestead Golf Club76
Joe Zulli, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia76
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club77
Rick James, Doylestown Country Club77
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club77
Failed to qualify
Chris Binder, Rancocas Golf Club78
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club78
Robert Good, II, Merion Golf Club78
Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA78
Tanner Strow, Tavistock Country Club78
Robert Dziak, Bellewood Country Club79
Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club79
Matthew Loeslein, Merion Golf Club79
Ben Sensenig, Five Ponds Golf Club79
Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club79
Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club80
Jared Palubinski, Schuylkill Country Club80
Joe Perese, Philmont Country Club80
Luke Smith, Woodstone Country Club & Lodge80
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club81
Timothy Casale, Moorestown Field Club81
Gary Greenberg, Southmoore Golf Course81
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club81
Franklin Pyle, III, Brookside CC of Allentown81
Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81
Matthew Scriff, Steel Club81
Timothy Smith, Bensalem Township Country Club81
Kyle Deisher, Five Ponds Golf Club82
Chris Jackson, Little Mill Country Club82
Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club82
Matt Toto, Moorestown Field Club82
Gwinyai Murahwa, Lu Lu Country Club83
Nick Plavchak, Lu Lu Country Club83
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown84
Billy Hallman, Shepherd Hills Golf Club84
John Hornor, Little Mill Country Club84
John Mullins, Bellewood Country Club85
Kevin Hilton, Northampton Valley Country Club87
Joe Jasinski, Northampton Country Club87
Tom Piersanti, Saucon Valley Country Club87
Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club87
Denis Darragh, Olde Homestead Golf Club89
Peter Blasi, Jr., Wyoming Valley Country Club90
Kevin Kloeblen, Bala Golf Club90
Robert Rossetti, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club92
Zane Buckley, Woodcrest Country Club93
Colin Miller, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club95
Silvio Trentalange, Lu Lu Country Club97
Andy Frank, Olde Homestead Golf ClubWD
John Goff, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Jon Haney, Kennett Square Golf & Country ClubWD
Andrew Maliniak, Schuylkill Country ClubWD
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at TorresdaleDQ
WD – withdrawal; DQ – disqualification