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Overbrook GC’s Lange repeats as Mid-Am Champion

  HORSHAM, Pa.-Chris Lange of Overbrook GC seized another piece of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s history today, becoming the first individual to capture consecutive Middle-Amateur Championship titles in the tournament’s 23 years. Lange finished at 6-over-par 148 for the 36 holes after posting a final round 77 at a very difficult Commonwealth National GC (par 71, 6,977 yards).

  Lange dueled with Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club throughout and Mike Danner of Lu Lu CC early before finishing a shot better than the field. The victory adds a second Middle-Amateur Championship trophy to Lange’s GAP title collection, a compilation that already includes three Amateur Championship crowns, three Patterson Cup wins and a 2004 Philadelphia Open Championship.

  “Jay Sigel’s the greatest Amateur to ever play, I’m not in his boat, or William Hyndman, III’s or a number of other great Philadelphia amateurs,” said Lange, 51, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., of his place in GAP history. “I’m just happy I’ve been able to play as long as I have.”

  Lutz, the 1998 Mid-Am winner, pulled even with the defending champion after a sensational birdie on No. 12 (par 3, 175 yards), but Lange answered with his own two on the lengthy, over the water three par, to retake the lead for good.

  Lange and Lutz both finished the demanding final six holes in 4-over par.

  “I knew I would have to have a pretty special round today [to defeat Chris]. At least I figured I did,” said Lutz, 51, of Reading, Pa., who played Junior golf with Lange. “I saw him back up a little bit at the turn and then I started missing some putts. I missed three putts down the stretch which was unsettling because I’d been very steady with my putter the last two days.”

  Lutz missed short par putts on No. 13 (par 4, 463 yards), a four-foot downhill slider; No. 16 (par 3, 193 yards), a three-footer he pulled left; and No. 18 (par 4, 456 yards), a three-footer he pushed right.

  “I wasn’t right in my gut,” said Lutz. “It was a little more unsettling than I had been in the rest of the round. I knew I had to play well and I was trying but it just wasn’t happening.”

  He three putted No. 13 after running his lengthy downhill birdie attempt past the hole. On No. 14 (par 4, 433 yards) he blocked his drive into the right tree line that resulted in another bogey and on No. 15 (par 4, 420 yards) his approach just trickled off into the left greenside rough. However, staring at a straight downhill chip on a speedy green, Lange ran it 20 feet past. He then two putted for bogey. Thinking he needed a par for the title on the difficult No. 18 (par 4, 456 yards), Lange made a poor swing on his second shot and bogeyed that hole as well. Not knowing, a round of applause proved that final putt didn’t matter.

  The GAP Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Am as a formal championship for post-college amateurs. The Association followed suit with the USGA in creating a Mid-Am, but initially differed in its administration of the tournament in a couple of respects.

  The most obvious difference was the age requirement. Prior to 2001, the GAP Mid-Am was for players 30 years of age and older. That Committee reviewed and revised that age requirement in 2001 to match the USGA’s guidelines of 25 years of age or older for eligible players. Also at that point, the Committee changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament (instead of a one-day medal play event) with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round. The field begins with 132 players. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

  This is the first full scoring event toward the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name Club Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
Christopher Lange Overbrook Golf Club 71 77 148
Chip Lutz LedgeRock Golf Club 76 73 149
Bill Murray Merchantville Country Club 75 77 152
Mike Danner Lu Lu Country Club 72 80 152
Michael Moffat Commonwealth National Golf Club 79 75 154
Mark Peterson Philadelphia Cricket Club 77 78 155
John Brennan Spring Ford Country Club 75 80 155
Glenn Smeraglio Yardley Country Club 77 78 155
James Donnelly Philadelphia Cricket Club 80 75 155
Thomas Gramigna Tavistock Country Club 76 79 155
Tom Borsello Delaware National Country Club 77 78 155
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 79 76 155
Robert Dziak Spring Ford Country Club 76 80 156
John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 80 76 156
David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81 75 156
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 81 75 156
Brian Rothaus Philmont Country Club 81 75 156
Drew Panebianco Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 80 76 156
Daniel Delaney Concord Country Club 79 77 156
Ken Sim Commonwealth National Golf Club 80 76 156
David West Whitford Country Club 78 79 157
Brian Corbett Huntsville Golf Club 81 76 157
Mark Coassolo Berkleigh Country Club 75 82 157
Robert Bechtold Fieldstone Golf Club 81 76 157
Michael McDermott Merion Golf Club 80 78 158
Rich Pruchnik West Chester Golf & Country Club 75 83 158
Scott Carney Commonwealth National Golf Club 83 76 159
Gregg Angelillo Moselem Springs Golf Club 82 77 159
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 77 82 159
Michael Anderson Commonwealth National Golf Club 79 80 159
Scott McIntosh Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78 82 160
Steve Owens Commonwealth National Golf Club 84 76 160
Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 77 83 160
Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 80 80 160
Jamie Harrell Commonwealth National Golf Club 79 81 160
Edward Erickson Yardley Country Club 81 79 160
James White Philadelphia Cricket Club 82 79 161
Brian Gillespie St. Davids Golf Club 79 82 161
Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 81 80 161
Wayne Bartolacci Jericho National Golf Club 82 79 161
Daniel Doyle Edgmont Country Club 83 78 161
Douglas Schroer St. Davids Golf Club 82 80 162
Douglas Zelner Coatesville Country Club 78 84 162
Kenneth Matt Commonwealth National Golf Club 80 82 162
Arthur Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 82 80 162
James Kieserman Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 82 81 163
Francis Downey North Hills Country Club 82 81 163
Jamie Slonis Tavistock Country Club 82 81 163
Edward Gregorczyk Glenmaura National Golf Club 82 81 163
Ted Harris Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81 82 163
Keith Matt Lu Lu Country Club 83 80 163
Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 82 81 163
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 80 83 163
Sean Clifford Philadelphia Publinks GA 79 85 164
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club 79 86 165
G. Patrick Dougherty Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 81 84 165
Darrell Clayton Cavaliers Country Club 82 83 165
Robert Arthur Tavistock Country Club 79 86 165
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 80 86 166
Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club 83 83 166
Chris Anderson Wilmington Country Club 84 82 166
Scott Shore Aronimink Golf Club 79 87 166
R. Blake Slawecki Spring Ford Country Club 83 84 167
Joseph Russo Running Deer Golf Club 81 86 167
Dan Pinciotti, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84 84 168
Andrew Caldwell The Springhaven Club 84 86 170
Michael Lewers St. Davids Golf Club 84 86 170
John Alterman Commonwealth National Golf Club 82 88 170
Jason Barkley Berkleigh Country Club 78 92 170
Ronald Cusick, Sr. Tavistock Country Club 84 87 171
Dave O’Brien Cedarbrook Country Club 83 88 171
Chris Terebesi Chester Valley Golf Club 84 87 171
Peter Moran Edgmont Country Club 83 89 172
Ronald Jamarowicz Cavaliers Country Club 84 88 172
David Strohl Moselem Springs Golf Club 83 91 174
Chris Esbenshade Meadia Heights Golf Club 83 93 176
Charles Dowds, III North Hills Country Club 79 WD WD
Pat Nein Medford Village Country Club 84 WD WD