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Tash turns double, takes Patterson Cup, Silver Cross

HADDONFIELD, N.J. – The Patterson Cup brings out the best in Michael Tash of Tavistock CC. The 42-year-old Glassboro, N.J., resident registered his third Joseph H. Patterson Memorial Cup victory in the last eight years on Thursday with an even-par total of 143.

  Tash recorded a 1-over-par 73 at his home course (par 72, 6,646 yards) in the morning before finishing with a 1-under-par 70 at Laurel Creek CC (par 71, 6,858 yards) in the afternoon. The victory makes Tash the 10th person in the 102-year history of the event to capture three or more titles.

  “To be mentioned in that group [with three or more Patterson Cup victories] is a privilege,” said Tash. “It’s an awesome feeling.”

  Players with three or more Patterson Cup victories include legendary figures: William Hyndman, III of Huntingdon Valley CC, a 10-time winner, R. Jay Sigel of Aronimink GC, a five-time winner, four-time champions W.B. McCullough, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC and J. Wood Platt of Whitemarsh Valley CC, and three-time victors Howard Everitt of Atlantic City CC, Chris Lange of Overbrook GC, Maxwell Marston of Merion Cricket Club, Harold B. McFarland of Huntingdon Valley CC and William P. Smith of Huntingdon Valley CC.

  Coping with the breezy and treacherous environments at both courses, Tash did what he always does when the conditions are tough. He missed just one fairway and six greens in the 36 holes.

  “I’m good when par is good,” said Tash, who captured the Patterson Cup in 1997 and 2002. “I can still keep it around par in every event. I think because of my experience and because my golf ball doesn’t curve a lot that’s why [I’m in every event].”

  At Tavistock CC in the morning, Tash just couldn’t get comfortable to the unusually quick greens of his home course and finished at 1-over-par 73.

  “As much as it was a home course advantage, it was tough getting accustomed to the speed of the greens,” said Tash. “I hit a lot of good putts I thought I made but they just stayed to the high side with the speed.”

  In the second round at Laurel Creek CC, Tash posted a 2-under-par 34 on the front side with birdies on No. 7 (par 3, 206 yards) and No. 9 (par 5, 550 yards). He knocked a 3-iron to 12 feet on the seventh and lipped out a 20-foot eagle putt on the ninth.

  He registered eight straight pars on his inward nine before bogeying the par 4, 444-yard 18th.

  “I thought that might hurt me,” said Tash.

  It didn’t.

  Four players tied for second at 3-over-par 146. William McGuinness of Tavistock CC (72-74), Roc Irey of Cedarbrook CC (75-71), Santo Lafoca of Huntsville GC (73-73), Michael Vannelli of Medford Village CC (72-74) all finished three shots in back of Tash. 

  “It was awesome. This is the best finish of my playing tenure in the Golf Association of Philadelphia,” said Lafoca, 40, of Pittston, Pa., who said he’s been playing in GAP’s events for the past 20 years. “It’s a grind. You learn you can’t make a mistake. That’s the biggest thing that sits with me.”

  Lafoca made three bogeys at Laurel Creek and four bogeys, one double bogey and five birdies at Tavistock. The Patterson Cup is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s stroke play championship and final Major of the year. A field of 132 players competed in the one-day, 36-hole event – 18 holes at each course.

Silver Cross
  Tash doubled his championship haul, also earning the Silver Cross.

  The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the two qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the two rounds of the Joseph H. Patterson Memorial Cup.

  Tash posted rounds of 72 and 74 in the Philadelphia Amateur Championship held at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

  This is Tash’s second Silver Cross.

  He earned the Silver Cross in 1997, a year he also captured the Patterson Cup.

  Tash finished with a four-round total of 289.

Patterson Cup results
PosName, club12Score
1Michael A. Tash, Tavistock CC7370143
T2William J. McGuinness, Tavistock CC7472146
T2Roc Irey, Cedarbrook CC7571146
T2Santo Lafoca, Huntsville GC7373146
T2Michael J. Vannelli, Medford Village CC7274146
T6Paul M. Polinsky, Manufacturers G&CC7473147
T6Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook GC7671147
T8John M. Pelet, Wyncote GC7375148
T8Billy Stewart, Llanerch CC7078148
T10George W. Connell, Gulph Mills GC7871149
T10Chris Lange, Overbrook GC7277149
T10Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley CC7574149
T13Brian Gillespie, St. Davids GC7872150
T13Ronald Cusick, Sr., Tavistock CC7278150
T13Brian Corbett, Huntsville GC7575150
T13Frank S. Corrado Jr, Jericho National GC7674150
T13James K. Kieserman, Blue Bell CC7674150
T13Lynn T. Kilduff, Huntsville GC7575150
T13Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National GC7377150
T13Drew Panebianco, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC7773150
T13Robert G. Dziak, Spring Ford CC7179150
T22Thomas J. Gramigna, Tavistock CC7081151
T22Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster CC7279151
T22P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC7675151
T22Robert Ockenfuss, Jr., Indian Valley CC7279151
T22Andrew Achenbach, Rivercrest GC7675151
T22Bill Mullen, Plymouth CC7774151
T22Sean D. Leonard, Tavistock CC7180151
T29Kyle T. Davis, Kennett Square G&CC8072152
T29Rich Pruchnik, West Chester G&CC7775152
T29Arthur J. Kania, Jr., Overbrook GC7577152
T29Geoffrey M. Cooper, Ballamor GC7577152
T29John W. Robinson, Commonwealth National GC7775152
T34Michael P. McDermott, Llanerch CC7281153
T34John K. Sweeney, Lancaster CC7677153
T34James K. Arsenault, Little Mill CC7479153
T34Michael C. Evangelista, Concord CC7479153
T34Francis J. McFadden, Overbrook GC7776153
T34Gordon W Jamieson, Merion GC7677153
T40Steve J. Owens, Wildwood Golf & CC7777154
T40James M. Winner, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC7678154
T40Joe April, Wedgwood CC7678154
T40Ryan McCarty, Little Mill CC7777154
T44Gerard F. Ascolese, North Hills CC7679155
T44Douglas G. Zelner, Coatesville CC7976155
T44John Brennan, Spring Ford CC8075155
T44Drew Garis, North Hills CC7481155
T44Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley CC7481155
T44John G. Sawin, Philadelphia CC8075155
T44Michael Rose, Ashbourne CC7778155
T44David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley CC7382155
T44Richard E. Umani, Philadelphia Pub Links Golf Assoc7679155
T44Scott Ehrlich, Meadowlands CC7778155
T44Brad McFadden, Overbrook GC7877155
T44Christopher W. Ault, Spring Mill CC7679155
T44Garrett Basalyga, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC7778155
T44Joseph Costanzo, Lookaway GC7778155
T58Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club8076156
T58Ryan Beck, Old York Road CC7878156
T58Robin S. McCool, Saucon Valley CC7581156
T58Kenneth Matt, Lu Lu CC7383156
T58Mike Lebow, Spring Ford CC7383156
T58Cole Willcox, Philadelphia CC7581156
T64Drew Guaraldo, Waynesborough CC8572157
T64Steven P. Walczak, Wilmington CC7978157
T64Nick Ryder, Aronimink GC8374157
T64Keith A. Matt, Lu Lu CC8176157
T64Joseph A. Russo, Running Deer GC8176157
T64Michael J. Nilon, Philadelphia CC8275157
T70Tom Piersanti, Radley Run CC7781158
T70Robert Arthur, Tavistock CC7880158
T70Michael H. Lewers, St. Davids GC7979158
T70Mario T. Verticelli, Spring Mill CC8078158
T70John Mullins, Spring Ford CC8276158
T70Manus Friel, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Assoc7880158
T70Kevin Kornuszko, Spring Mill CC7880158
T77Oscar L. Mestre, Jr., Overbrook GC7980159
T77Douglas Schroer, St. Davids GC7584159
T77Frank S. Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley CC8178159
T77Anthony M. Apostolico, Deerfield G&TC7683159
T77Pete Widdoes, Deerfield G&TC8376159
T77Charles McClaskey, Wyncote GC8079159
83Mark Inman, Cherry Valley CC8080160
T84John Campanelli, Woodbury CC8081161
T84Drew Anders, Laurel Creek CC7982161
T86William B. Weihenmayer, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC8082162
T86Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs GC7983162
T86Tyler Rae, Deerfield G&TC8181162
T89Tyler Glassman, Meadowlands CC8578163
T89D. Drew Siok, Tavistock CC7687163
T89Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers G&CC8182163
T89George Carr, Running Deer GC7984163
T89Terrence J. Sawyer, Yardley CC8578163
T94Matthew J Sullivan, The Springhaven Club8084164
T94Eugene Flanagan, The Springhaven Club7985164
T96Marc A. Mandel, White Manor CC8185166
T96Billy Macknis, Downingtown CC8482166
T96Paul J. Rogowicz, Yardley CC8185166
T96Norman L. Charlesworth, Running Deer GC8581166
T100Richard A. Smith, Philadelphia CC8285167
T100Tripp Bailey, Merion GC8285167
T100Matthew Vannelli, Whitemarsh Valley CC8384167
T100Scott Kalan, Radnor Valley CC7592167
T100Kevin P. OBrien, Cedarbrook CC8483167
T100Joshua Ross, Yardley CC8582167
106Chris P. Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club7890168
107Shawn Lavin, Sandy Run CC8782169
108James Greenhalgh, Wildwood G&CC8684170
T109Johnny Murphy, Wildwood G&CC8686172
T109Daniel P. Delaney, Concord CC8389172
T111Brian Rothaus, Philmont CC8984173
T111David West, Whitford CC8885173
T111Patrick G. Dougherty, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC8984173
T111Billy McCrossan, The Springhaven Club9281173
T115Michael J. Hodges, The Springhaven Club9283175
T115Philip G. Damico, Llanerch CC8788175
117Jason Bernstein, White Manor CC8690176
118William Smyrl, Blue Bell CC8989178
119Dan Brown, Llanerch CC9091181
120Keith Smeraglio, Yardley CC9587182
T121Gary E. Daniels, Aronimink GC76NCNC
T121Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook GC89DQDQ
T121James White, Philadelphia Cricket ClubDQDQDQ
T121Byron W. Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Assoc83WDWD
T121Tom Borsello, Fieldstone GC73WDWD
T121Lance T. Oberparleiter, Wedgwood CC86WDWD
T121Chad Bernstein, Greenacres CC80WDWD
T121Joseph Owsik, Philmont CC86WDWD
T121Greg M. O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley CCNCWDWD
T121Jamie Slonis, Tavistock CCWDWDWD
T121Kenji Ota, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWDWDWD
T121Logan Terry, Plymouth CCWDWDWD
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal; DQ-disqualification