May 23, 2006

Overbrook GC’s Lange opens Mid-Am title defense atop first-round leaderboard

HORSHAM, Pa.-Chris Lange of Overbrook GC opened the 23rd Middle-Amateur Championship at Commonwealth National GC (par 71, 6,858 yards) on Tuesday in the same position he finished last year’s tournament, atop the leaderboard . Lange, 51, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., carded an even-par 71, the only first-round score at par or better.

 In all, 78 players made the cut.

The 132-player field was cut to the low 70 players and ties for the second and final round set for tomorrow. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.

  “It was hard,” said Lange of the challenging Commonwealth National GC layout. “There’s no hiding out there. You’ve got to hit the ball. The greens were firm, fast and the wind was blowing so it was as tough as it gets.”

  Lange came into the clubhouse with three birdies and four bogeys on a day when the wind pushed scores way above par. He began his round with a birdie on No. 2 (par 4, 390 yards) when he chipped it in from above the hole.

  “No. 2 got me off to a good start.” Lange said.

  He would also card back-to-back birdies on the treacherous No. 13 (par 4, 440 yards), where he hit a 7-iron downwind from about 160 yards to within a few feet, and the difficult No. 14 (par 4, 427 yards), to put him at 2-under-par with four holes to play. However, Lange bogeyed No. 16 (par 3, 190 yards) and No. 17 (par 4, 382 yards) before a par on No. 18 (par 4, 445 yards) accounted for an even-par finish.

  The defending Middle Amateur Champion doesn’t necessarily look back to last year’s championship as an aid toward this season’s contest.

  “I’ve been doing this a long time,” Lange commented. “I don’t really think about [defending the tittle]. You’ve just got to go out, play good and see what happens.”

  Lange is a three-time Amateur Champion, three-time Patterson Cup Champion and captured the Philadelphia Open in 2004 at Philadelphia CC.

  If Lange repeats, he’ll be the first player to successfully defend his Middle-Amateur title.

  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.

NameClub NameFront 9Back 9Total
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club373471
Mike DannerLu Lu Country Club383472
Bill MurrayMerchantville Country Club373875
John BrennanSpring Ford Country Club363975
Mark CoassoloBerkleigh Country Club393675
Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club403575
Chip LutzLedgeRock Golf Club393776
Robert DziakSpring Ford Country Club393776
Thomas GramignaTavistock Country Club364076
Glenn SmeraglioYardley Country Club374077
Mark PetersonPhiladelphia Cricket Club374077
Robin McCoolSaucon Valley Country Club393877
Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club403777
Tom BorselloDelaware National Country Club364177
David WestWhitford Country Club384078
Douglas ZelnerCoatesville Country Club364278
Jason BarkleyBerkleigh Country Club384078
Scott McIntoshMakefield Highlands Golf Club403878
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club423779
Charles Dowds, IIINorth Hills Country Club364379
Daniel DelaneyConcord Country Club403979
Jamie HarrellCommonwealth National Golf Club394079
Joseph RoederLinks Golf Club423779
Michael AndersonCommonwealth National Golf Club403979
Michael MoffatCommonwealth National Golf Club394079
Robert ArthurTavistock Country Club403979
Scott ShoreAronimink Golf Club364379
Sean CliffordPhiladelphia Publinks GA413879
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club413879
Drew PanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club384280
James DonnellyPhiladelphia Cricket Club394180
John RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club374380
Ken SimCommonwealth National Golf Club384280
Kenneth MattCommonwealth National Golf Club413980
Michael McDermottMerion Golf Club413980
Roc IreyCedarbrook Country Club404080
Ryan GelrodCommonwealth National Golf Club413980
Santo LafocaHuntsville Golf Club423880
Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf Club414081
Brian RothausPhilmont Country Club394281
David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club443781
Edward EricksonYardley Country Club404181
G. Patrick DoughertyTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club414081
Joseph RussoRunning Deer Golf Club404181
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club394281
Robert BechtoldFieldstone Golf Club394281
Robert GillFox Hill Country Club404181
Ted HarrisMakefield Highlands Golf Club384381
Arthur Kania, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club433982
Darrell ClaytonCavaliers Country Club404282
Douglas SchroerSt. Davids Golf Club404282
Edward GregorczykGlenmaura National Golf Club394382
Francis DowneyNorth Hills Country Club424082
Gregg AngelilloMoselem Springs Golf Club414182
James KiesermanTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club424082
James WhitePhiladelphia Cricket Club424082
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club443882
John AltermanCommonwealth National Golf Club394382
Thomas DiCintiLittle Mill Country Club404282
Wayne BartolacciJericho National Golf Club374582
Chris EsbenshadeMeadia Heights Golf Club443983
Daniel DoyleEdgmont Country Club404383
Dave O’BrienCedarbrook Country Club424183
David StrohlMoselem Springs Golf Club443983
Keith MattLu Lu Country Club414283
Lance OberparleiterWedgwood Country Club394483
Peter MoranEdgmont Country Club434083
R. Blake SlaweckiSpring Ford Country Club384583
Scott CarneyCommonwealth National Golf Club434083
Andrew CaldwellThe Springhaven Club414384
Chris AndersonWilmington Country Club414384
Chris TerebesiChester Valley Golf Club394584
Dan Pinciotti, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club424284
Michael LewersSt. Davids Golf Club414384
Pat NeinMedford Village Country Club434184
Ronald Cusick, Sr.Tavistock Country Club414384
Ronald JamarowiczCavaliers Country Club414384
Steve OwensCommonwealth National Golf Club424284
Failed to qualify
Bill BoyleMetedeconk National Golf Club424385
Charles JonesPhiladelphia Publinks GA434285
Christopher DeSanaWyncote Golf Club424385
David SmithDoylestown Country Club404585
Edmund ChylinskiChester Valley Golf Club424385
Eric MeyerWhitford Country Club414485
Gary DanielsAronimink Golf Club424385
J. Kirk LunteyMerion Golf Club404585
Jim SimmonsWhitford Country Club434285
John FramptonWhitemarsh Valley Country Club414485
Jon LavinPhilmont Country Club404585
Joseph CostanzoBlue Bell Country Club454085
Mark CzerniakowskiPhiladelphia Publinks GA414485
Oscar Mestre, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club463985
Bobby KershnerSpring Ford Country Club424486
Marlin DetweilerLancaster Country Club444286
Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club424486
Mike OwsikPlymouth Country Club444286
Stephen ConwayBurlington Country Club444286
Chris KallmeyerPhiladelphia Cricket Club414687
Fred GiblinMerchantville Country Club454287
Gil Moniz Jr.Running Deer Golf Club384987
Lee CookLaurel Creek Country Club404787
Mark DouglasSpring Ford Country Club434487
Michael RosePhilmont Country Club424587
Jon ThomasWhite Clay Creek Country Club424688
Kevin ColemanTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club394988
Rick WrightRunning Deer Golf Club444488
Rocky DareRunning Deer Golf Club454388
Frank Corrado, Jr.Jericho National Golf Club474289
Jeff PaigeBellewood Golf Club444589
Leonard PearsonPhilmont Country Club434689
Robert BillingsMedford Village Country Club424789
Shawn KnechtelWhitemarsh Valley Country Club434689
Glenn McClaskeyWedgwood Country Club464490
Len Fox, Jr.Tavistock Country Club434790
Bryan McClaskeyMerchantville Country Club444791
Geoffrey CooperLaurel Creek Country Club444791
Jeffrey HuntzingerNorth Hills Country Club464591
Patrick Cahill, IIIWhitemarsh Valley Country Club464591
Steven PassalacquaWedgwood Country Club504191
Eugene Maginnis, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club454792
Thomas AlestockRunning Deer Golf Club444892
Thomas McCabeManufacturers Golf & Country Club474592
Robert FrankilSpring Ford Country Club504393
Vince YostCedarbrook Country Club514394
Ric SucroPlymouth Country Club474996
John MullinsSpring Ford Country ClubWDWDWD
Andy AchenbachRiverCrest Golf Club & PreserveWDWDWD
Edwin DoneganMcCall Golf & Country ClubWDWDWD
John KennedyHoneybrook Golf ClubWDWDWD
Mark InmanCherry Valley Country ClubWDWDWD
Scott KalanRadnor Valley Country ClubWDWDWD
Steve LubinPlymouth Country ClubWDWDWD

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