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Huntingdon Valley CC’s Sullivan qualifies for Open; Deibert heads field

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –Clint Deibert of Doylestown CC earned medallist honors in qualifying for the Philadelphia Open with a 6-under-par 134. A field-low total he amassed after firing a pair of 67s at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,250 yards) and Huntingdon Valley CC (par 70, 6,879 yards).

  Last year’s Amateur Champion, Deibert distanced the field by four strokes.

  The Open Championship will be held on July 19 at Llanerch CC.

  Joining Deibert at the Open will be James Sullivan,Jr., another former Amateur Champion.

  Sullivan, 31, would finish his two-round day with an even-par 140. A score the 1999 Amateur Champion and former golf professional was glad to card.

  “It’s great to be back playing amateur golf again,” said the recently reinstated amateur out of Huntingdon Valley CC.

  A father of three children, Sullivan dropped out of the professional ranks in 2002 and was reinstated as an amateur in September of 2005.

  “I had some successes but not enough to think I was going to make a living out of playing golf,” said Sullivan on his professional time.

  He added, “Today was important for the Philadelphia Open and the Silver Cross standings. At this point, with a new job and a fourth kid on the way, I’ve got to select my days when I can play.”

  His even-par total would come after he finished with a sub-par 68 at Huntingdon Valley CC and a 2-over-par 72 at Torresdale-Frankford CC.

  “The biggest thing today was the final nine [holes],” he said. “The wheels were falling off.”

  Sullivan would double bogey No. 11 (par 3, 202 yards) and No. 13 (par 5, 544 yards) but quickly redeemed himself by registering a pair of eagles on No. 15 (par 4, 299 yards) and No. 16 (par 5, 550 yards).

  On No. 15, he holed it from the greenside bunker. Soon, thereafter, he hit a rescue club from 265 yards out to within three feet of the pin for eagle on No. 16.

  Sullivan turned professional after wining the Amateur in 1999. As a professional, he split his time between the Canadian Tour, a couple of mini-tours (Golden Bear, Pocono) and some TearDrop tour events. He also made four Nationwide Tour and four PGA Tour Monday Qualifiers.

  Today, Sullivan works in the insurance business for a small consulting firm.

  The Philadelphia Open is for a field of 60 players: 45 professionals and 15 amateurs, consisting of 36 holes in one day.

  It has been played annually since 1903, with the exception of 1943 and 1945, due to World War II, and is the third oldest tournament in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, behind only the Amateur Championship and Patterson Cup.

Qualifiers
Name Club 1st rd 2nd rd Total
Clint Deibert Doylestown Country Club 67 HV 67 TF 134
Billy Stewart Llanerch Country Club 68 TF 70 HV 138
James Sullivan, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 68 HV 72 TF 140
Stephen Arnold Yardley Country Club 70 TF 70 HV 140
Christopher Ault Yardley Country Club 71 HV 71 TF 142
Glenn Smeraglio Yardley Country Club 71 TF 72 HV 143
Robert Galbreath, Jr. Philmont Country Club 69 TF 74 HV 143
Kyle Davis Fieldstone Golf Club 74 TF 70 HV 144
Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 75 HV 69 TF 144
Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club 73 TF 71 HV 144
*Steve Owens Commonwealth National Golf Club 71 TF 74 HV 145
*Douglas Zelner Coatesville Country Club 74 HV 71 TF 145
Alternates (in order)
*Brian Gillespie St. Davids Golf Club 75 TF 70 HV 145
*Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 75 TF 70 HV 145
*Jamie Slonis Tavistock Country Club 73 HV 72 TF 145
*Michael Tash Tavistock Country Club 72 TF 73 HV 145
Failed to qualify
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 75 HV 71 TF 146
Chris Gallagher Penn Oaks Golf Club 72 TF 75 HV 147
Thomas Gramigna Tavistock Country Club 79 TF 68 HV 147
Michael Moffat Commonwealth National Golf Club 71 HV 78 TF 149
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 75 TF 75 HV 150
Alan Borowsky White Manor Country Club 74 HV 77 TF 151
Douglas Schroer St. Davids Golf Club 71 TF 80 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
James White Philadelphia Cricket Club 75 HV 77 TF 152
Oscar Mestre, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 77 HV 75 TF 152
Drew Panebianco Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 75 TF 78 HV 153
Tom Borsello Delaware National Country Club 81 HV 72 TF 153
Christopher Lange Overbrook Golf Club 77 TF 77 HV 154
Cole Willcox Philadelphia Country Club 76 HV 79 TF 155
Rich Pruchnik West Chester Golf & Country Club 75 HV 80 TF 155
Patrick Hardin Northampton Country Club 81 HV 76 TF 157
Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 77 TF 80 HV 157
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 76 TF 81 HV 157
Scott Morris Doylestown Country Club 80 TF 77 HV 157
Shawn Lavin Sandy Run Country Club 79 TF 79 HV 158
Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club 82 HV 77 TF 159
Peter Moran Edgmont Country Club 79 TF 81 HV 160
Phillip Anzaldo Tavistock Country Club 78 TF 84 HV 162
Chris Anderson Wilmington Country Club 79 TF 84 HV 163
John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 78 TF 85 HV 163
Jon Thomas Hartefeld National 87 TF 80 HV 167
Stephen McIntyre Honeybrook Golf Club 78 TF 94 HV 172
Nick Ryder Aronimink Golf Club 78 HV WD TF WD