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.
|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|