Apr 26, 2005

Overbrook GC’s Kania heads Mid-Am Qualifier

MARLTON, N.J.–Art Kania, Jr. of Overbrook GC survived brutally, windy afternoon conditions to card a 4-over-par 75 at Links GC (par 71, 6,536 yards) and earn medalist honors in the first of two Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifiers.

  Kania heads a group of 39 players from the Links GC to qualify for the Middle-Amateur Championship set for May 25-26 at Spring Mill CC. The second and final Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier is scheduled for May 3 at Cavaliers CC.

 “I thought the scores would be high because of the way the wind was blowing,” said Kania, a resident of Haverford, Pa. “I knew 76 was the medalist from the morning so I figured I had a chance to beat it.”

  Kania started his round on the back nine with a double bogey after a wayward drive found the left woods. Another bogey on No. 13 (par 5, 575 yards) pushed him to 3 over. It was a bogey that actually turned his day around. Kania lost a ball to the right but salvaged the hole with a 20-foot bogey putt. He remained at 3 over par through the turn.

  On the front side, Kania birdied No. 3 (par 4, 377 yards) after hitting a gap wedge to three feet, but followed up with a bogey on No. 4 (par 3, 198 yards) when finding the left-hand bunker and a double bogey on No. 5 (par 4, 375 yards).

  Kania birdied No. 7 (par 3, 135 yards), a 9-iron to 2 ½ feet, but bogeyed No. 8 (par 4, 360 yards) when he missed an up-and-down opportunity. The 49-year-old Kania then finished strong with a birdie on No. 9 (par 5, 515 yards), an L-wedge to 20 feet.

  “With the wind it went from a demanding placement course to a frightening event of survival,” said Kania. “I hit a lot of 3-irons off the tee to keep the ball in play.”

  Kania is hoping for his first Middle-Amateur Championship. He fell in a three-way playoff with Roc Irey of Cedarbrook CC to John Elder, Jr. of Little Mill CC in 1992.

  Carlos Ochoa of Little Mill CC and Peter Moran of Edgmont CC tied for second place with 76s.

  “The course is a good test of golf,” said Ochoa, 42, of Marlton, N.J. “On the back side, the wind started to pick up. It was a club to club-and-a-half wind. And you can’t get too defensive out there because then the trees and white stakes start to jump up and get you.”

  Last year, Michael McDermott of Merion GC became a two-time winner of the Mid-Am when he birdied the 18th hole at Gulph Mills GC to edge Chris Lange of Overbrook GC by a shot.

Name, club Score
Arthur Kania, Jr., Overbrook GC 36-39=75
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill CC 40-36=76
Peter Moran, Edgmont CC 36-40=76
Doug Domeshek, Heidelberg CC 38-39=77
Lee Cook, Laurel Creek CC 38-39=77
Leonard Pearson, Philmont CC 36-41=77
Michael LaGrasso, Burlington CC 40-37=77
Sean Leonard, Tavistock CC 38-39=77
Frank Balcavage, Bellewood GC 37-41=78
Joseph Russo, Running Deer GC 41-37=78
Peter Mimmo, North Hills CC 41-37=78
Charles Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 37-42=79
Eric Meyer, Whitford CC 39-40=79
Frank Filippo, Makefield Highlands GC 39-40=79
John Quirk, Overbrook GC 36-43=79
Joseph Costanzo, Blue Bell CC 38-41=79
Mark Kosko, Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 39-40=79
Rick Custer, Spring Ford CC 40-39=79
James Arsenault, Little Mill CC 34-46=80
Mark Battista, Philadelphia Publinks GA 39-41=80
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National GC 36-44=80
Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville CC 41-40=81
Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth CC 40-41=81
Francis Downey, North Hills CC 41-40=81
Fred Giblin, Merchantville CC 45-36=81
Jeff Huntzinger, North Hills CC 42-39=81
Larry Silk, Greate Bay GC 43-38=81
Mark Shuman, Philadelphia CC 39-42=81
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek CC 43-38=81
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia CC 38-43=81
Ted Harris, Makefield Highlands GC 44-37=81
Tony Lepre, Galloway National GC 39-42=81
Eric Buck, Coatesville CC 42-40=82
Eugene Gordon, Lookaway GC 40-42=82
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids GC 39-43=82
Jim Gavaghan, Torresdale-Frankford CC 40-42=82
Patrick Dougherty, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC 40-42=82
Phillip DiGiacinto, Ballamor GC 38-44=82
Bill Milner, Running Deer GC 40-42=82
Alternates (in order)
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill CC 41-41=82
Graham Desmond, GC at Glen Mills 39-43=82
Edward Kelly, Jr., Lu Lu CC 41-42=83
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill CC 38-45=83
Daniel Doyle, Edgmont CC 42-41=83
Bill Murray, Merchantville CC 42-41=83
Mark Wachter, Philadelphia Publinks GA 44-39=83
David Hoegel, Little Mill CC 38-45=83
Steve Pence, Little Mill CC 39-44=83
Jason Barkley, Berkleigh CC 42-42=84
Failed to qualify
Brian Powell, Burlington CC 40-44=84
Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks GC 41-43=84
David Levine, Greenacres CC 38-46=84
James White, Philadelphia Cricket Club 42-42=84
Larry Paster, Philmont CC 43-41=84
Michael Metz, Fox Hill CC 45-39=84
Shawn Knechtel, Whitemarsh Valley CC 37-47=84
Christopher DeSana, Philadelphia Publinks GA 39-46=85
Peter Barron III, Stone Harbor GC 44-41=85
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill CC 43-42=85
Tom Cohen, Running Deer GC 40-45=85
Tom Hogan, Little Mill CC 40-45=85
Brian Dobisch, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC 40-46=86
Gary Gordon, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC 41-45=86
Glenn McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks GA 43-43=86
Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs GC 44-42=86
John Cobb, Tavistock CC 41-45=86
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club 40-46=86
Scott Kalan, Radnor Valley CC 41-45=86
Geoffrey Cooper, Ballamor GC 47-40=87
Kenneth Ralston, Huntsville GC 47-40=87
Tom Coyne, Edgmont CC 43-44=87
Paul Stewart, Pine Hill GC 41-47=88
Robert Mairone, Ballamor GC 48-40=88
Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National GC 45-43=88
Shane Gunning, Silver Creek CC 41-47=88
Thomas DiCinti, Little Mill CC 47-41=88
Thomas McCabe, Manufacturers Golf & CC 47-41=88
Andrew Lombard, The Springhaven Club 44-45=89
D. Drew Siok, Tavistock CC 45-44=89
Paul Hamilton, Ashbourne CC 41-48=89
Ryan Ade, Philadelphia Cricket Club 41-48=89
Ed Bernasky, The Ridge at Back Brook 44-46=90
Gordon Jamieson, Merion GC 48-42=90
Joe Olin, Little Mill CC 43-47=90
John Ward, Ballamor GC 40-50=90
Dylan Spadt, Silver Creek CC 42-49=91
Erik Githens, Links GC 44-47=91
Michael Lewers, St. Davids GC 45-46=91
Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink GC 50-41=91
A. Kent Weymouth, Jr., Lu Lu CC 47-45=92
Craig Burton, Commonwealth National GC 45-47=92
Tim Sindorf, Burlington CC 44-48=92
Peter Totten, Yardley CC 47-46=93
Stephen Conway, Burlington CC 50-43=93
Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek CC 50-45=95
Christopher Scott, Bucks County CC 47-48=95
Michael Frisella, Deerwood CC 44-52=96
Brad Jankowski, Links GC 52-49=101
Charles Kraatz, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC WD
Craig Larsen, Aronimink GC WD
Robert Powelson, Kennett Square Golf & CC WD
Timothy Burns, CC of Scranton NS
Richard Bass, Commonwealth National GC DQ
WD-withdrawal; NS-no show; DQ-disqualification

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