Overbrook GC’s Lange tops Mid-Am, McDermott lurks - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Mar 25, 2005

Overbrook GC’s Lange tops Mid-Am, McDermott lurks

 IVYLAND, Pa.–Chris Lange of Overbrook GC, a top player in the region for more than three decades, moved within a step of becoming the first player in Golf Association of Philadelphia history to capture each of the organization’s four Major championships. Lange, 50, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., navigated the wet, windy and difficult conditions of Spring Mill CC (par 72, 7,079 yards) and leads the 22nd Middle-Amateur Championship field by a stroke.

*Day Two results

  Lange, who last summer became only the 11th amateur to capture the Philadelphia Open, is a three-time Amateur Champion (1984, 1993-94) and three-time Patterson Cup (1989, 1994, 1999) Champion. Those three tournaments, along with the Mid-Am, comprise the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Major schedule.

  The second and final round of the Middle-Amateur Championship begins tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Lange and the leaders, Rich Pruchnik of West Chester G&CC (72) and Thomas Gramigna of Tavistock CC (74) will tee off at 11:50 a.m. Michael McDermott of Merion GC, the defending champion who also carded a 3-over-par 74, will attempt to defend his title in the pairing directly ahead of the lead group.

  “I never really thought about that,” said Lange of the possible career Grand Slam accomplishment. “I wasn’t real sharp today, but I was very fortunate.”

  As an example, Lange opened his round with a par on No. 1 (par 4, 396 yards) after knocking it in the trees on the right. He followed with six straight pars before registering a birdie on No. 8 (par 5, 509 yards) when he landed a pitching wedge from 90 yards to 15 feet. Lange parred the ninth and made the turn at 1-under-par 35.

  Lange recorded a great birdie on the difficult 10th hole (par 4, 423 yards) after his 7-iron landed 15 feet below the hole. He followed that up with seven more pars before posting his only bogey on the final hole.

  “Tomorrow I’ll try to make pars and let the birdies come when they come,” said Lange.

  Pruchnik, 39, of West Chester, Pa., is looking for a championship breakthrough. He finished tied for third in the Mid-Am last year and advanced to the second round of the Amateur Championship. He was 2-under-par heading to No. 17 (par 4, 450 yards) but finished bogey-bogey to finish even-par 72.

  “It was a sloppy, grinding round,” said Pruchnik, who along with the morning wave faced wet and windier conditions than their afternoon counterparts. “I just tried to hang in there.”

  McDermott, who’s looking to become the first three-time Mid-Am champion, started with a disastrous quadruple bogey on his first hole, No. 10, but rallied with a final-nine 3-under-par 33 to finish at 2-over-par 74.

  “I knew I wasn’t out of the tournament, but I knew I made it more difficult,” said McDermott, 30, of Havertown, Pa. “I knew I had 35 more holes to make it up.”

  Gramigna, 35, of Haddonfield, N.J., carded a 2-over-par 38 on the front but finish with an even-par 36. He’s a three-time New Jersey State Golf Association Middle-Amateur Champion.  Gramigna, Lange and McDermott began their rounds in the afternoon.

  Last year, McDermott edged Lange by a shot for the Mid-Am crown.

  Lange trailed McDermott by five shots entering the second day, but carded a 5-under-par 66. McDermott, displaying his championship mettle, birdied the final hole for the title.

   A total of 79 players made the cut, which fell at 11-over-par 83.

   The Middle-Amateur Championship is for players 25 year of age and older with a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower. A field of 132 players started the day.

Name, clubFront 9Back 9Total
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club353671
Rich Pruchnik, West Chester Golf & Country Club363672
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club334174
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club383674
Andrew Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club&Preserve383775
Lee Cook, Laurel Creek Country Club393675
Edward Erickson, Yardley Country Club373976
Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley Country Club383876
Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club344276
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club383876
Ronald Cusick, Sr., Tavistock Country Club373976
Brian Rothaus, Philmont Country Club393877
John Quirk, Overbrook Golf Club383977
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club393877
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club383977
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club413677
Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club403878
Drew Panebianco, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club374178
Edmund Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club393978
Eric Meyer, Whitford Country Club384078
Robert Dziak, Spring Ford Country Club393978
Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club393978
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club413879
Brian Owens, Gulph Mills Golf Club374279
Dan Pinciotti Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club413879
Douglas Schroer, St. Davids Golf Club403979
Douglas Zelner, Coatesville Country Club413879
Francis Downey, North Hills Country Club413879
Keith Matt, Lu Lu Country Club413879
Kenneth Matt, Lu Lu Country Club394079
Mark Douglas, Spring Ford Country Club403979
Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club403979
Roc Irey, Cedarbrook Country Club384179
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club413980
Charles Dowds, III, North Hills Country Club404080
Charles Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA413980
Chris Anderson, Wilmington Country Club404080
James Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club384280
James Kieserman, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club413980
Leonard Pearson, Philmont Country Club404080
Mark Czerniakowski, Philadelphia Publinks GA384280
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club394180
Michael Sanger, Merion Golf Club384280
Mike Danner, Lu Lu Country Club384280
Ted Harris, Makefield Highlands Golf Club384280
Grant Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club394281
Gui Costin, Merion Golf Club384381
Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club414081
Manus Friel, Philadelphia Publinks GA414081
Mark Kosko, Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa404181
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club394281
Pete Widdoes, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club394281
R. Blake Slawecki, Spring Ford Country Club394281
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club414081
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club404181
Scott Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club414081
Warren Smith, Cavaliers Country Club414081
Arthur Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club424082
Bill Milner, Running Deer Golf Club414182
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club424082
Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club394382
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club394382
David O’ Malley, Commonwealth National Golf Club404282
David West, Whitford Country Club433982
Frank Filippo, Makefield Highlands Golf Club394382
John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club394382
Tony Lepre, Galloway National Golf Club433982
Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth Country Club414283
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club453883
Fredrick Taggart, Meadia Heights Golf Club434083
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club394483
James Prendergast, Spring Ford Country Club414283
Joseph Costanzo, Blue Bell Country Club394483
Mark Shuman, Philadelphia Country Club404383
Michael Evangelista, Concord Country Club394483
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club404383
Rick Custer, Spring Ford Country Club414283
Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club394483
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club424183
Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club414384
Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club444084
Larry Silk, Greate Bay Golf Club374784
Mark Coassolo, Philadelphia Publinks GA394584
Patrick Dougherty, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club414384
Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club414384
Robert Bechtold, Inniscrone Golf Club444084
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club434285
Eric Buck, Coatesville Country Club434285
Jim Gavaghan, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club434285
Michael Anderson, Commonwealth National Golf Club434285
Oscar Mestre, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club404585
Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club424486
Charles McDowell, Wilmington Country Club434386
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club464086
Jeff Rogatz, Fieldstone Golf Club434386
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club424486
Phillip DiGiacinto, Ballamor Golf Club414586
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club473986
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club444387
Buddy Reed, Hartefeld National404787
Gerard Ascolese, North Hills Country Club444387
James Winner, Philadelphia Publinks GA454287
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club454287
Jeff Huntzinger, North Hills Country Club424587
John Donnelly, Concord Country Club444387
John Mullins, Spring Ford Country Club424587
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club424587
Matthew Vandevere, Concord Country Club434487
Patrick O’ Brien, North Hills Country Club414687
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club404787
Thomas Alestock, Running Deer Golf Club434487
Chris Terebesi, Chester Valley Golf Club444488
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club454388
Fred Giblin, Merchantville Country Club444488
Thomas Finn, Cavaliers Country Club454388
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club444488
Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club414889
Antonio Leta, Doylestown Country Club444690
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club464490
Mark Battista, Philadelphia Publinks GA454590
Scott Klee, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve454691
John Campanelli, Woodbury Country Club494392
George Connell, Gulph Mills Golf Club474693
Doug Domeshek, Heidelberg Country Club415394
Eugene Gordon, Lookaway Golf Club454994
William Smyrl, Blue Bell Country Club564298
Frank Corrado Jr, Jericho National Golf ClubWD
Michael Rose, Talamore at Oak Terrace Country ClubWD
William McGuinness, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Dave O’ Brien, Cedarbrook Country ClubWD
Ron Weaver, Meadia Heights Golf ClubWD
Michael LaGrasso, Burlington Country ClubNS
WD-withdrawal; NS-no show

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