Jun 02, 2008

Overbrook squad heads Team Championship Qualifier

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – After carding a team score of 1-under-par 279, the local squad from Overbrook GC lapped the field to top the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Team Championship Qualifier at Overbrook GC (par 70, 6,558 yards) Monday.

  Overbrook GC’s Chris Lange, 2008 Warner Cup Champion Andy Thompson, Oscar Mestre, Jr., Mark Endres, Frank McFadden and 2007 Senior POY Ray Thompson rode their home-course knowledge to card the best four-round total of the day and surpass the field by an astounding 11 strokes.

  Defending Team Champion Yardley CC (290), 2008 GAP Team Matches Champion Tavistock CC (299) and Whitford CC (303) rounded out the qualifiers for the Championship set to take place on June 26 at Wyoming Valley CC.

  “It’s a huge advantage,” said Lange of playing on his home course. “The course is in great shape. It’s firm, fast and the greens are fast, so knowing where you don’t want to be and what you have to do is a big advantage.”

  “It’s homer-land for us,” joked McFadden of his team’s success at their home track. “We’ve got about 45 years experience per guy in at least five out of six of our guys.”

  “That’ll do it,” he said.

  Ability also helped as the Overbrook squad posted the only sub-par rounds of the day in Lange’s 3-under-par 67 and Andy Thompson’s 2-under-par 68.

  “Obviously playing at your home golf course, you know where you can miss shots so you have a certain comfort level,” said Mestre, who carded a 1-over-par 71. “But there can also be a little more pressure because it’s your own course, especially if you get a little bit behind the eight ball.”

  However, that pressure did not seem to affect the Overbrook team, who now goes for it’s 15th Team Championship since 1949, as most of their players stayed out of trouble under the beautiful weather conditions.

  “I pretty much kept control of the ball all day long,” Lange said. “I made a couple putts that you want to make in that five-foot range and made a couple birdies.”

  Lange started his day on No. 10 (par 3, 179 yards) with birdie after knocking a 7-iron 15-ft past the hole and draining the right-to-left breaking putt. And after a bogey on the next hole (No. 11, par 4, 439 yards), Lange quickly got back into red numbers with a birdie on the par 5 12th hole (520 yards) and never looked back.

  Before it was all over, the 53-year-old made two more birdies on hole Nos. 1 (par 4, 381 yards) and 4 (par 4, 434 yards) to finish as the individual leader in the clubhouse.

  “The biggest factor for us is that we are all getting old,” Lange joked. “If we could overcome our age playing against these young guys, maybe we’ll have a chance in the Championship.”

  Added Lange, “When you play in a team event in golf, it really is a team thing. You need good output from all of the guys playing.”

  “We all enjoy the competition and the comradery,” said Mestre of playing alongside his club mates. “I think what makes us all better is that we have been around each other and that we’ve competed against one another for so long.”

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Qualifiers
Team Name Total
Overbrook GC 279
Raymond Thompson 75
Francis McFadden 73*
Oscar Mestre, Jr. 71*
Andy Thompson 68*
Mark Endres 73
Christopher Lange 67*
Yardley CC 290
Mark Miller 70*
Joe Gunerman 76
Christopher Ault 75*
Philip Bartholomew 72*
Glenn Smeraglio 73*
Paul Rogowicz 76
Tavistock CC 299
Sean Leonard 71*
Phil Anzaldo 77*
Jamie Slonis 74*
Michael Tash 77*
Robert Arthur 84
John Cobb 82
Whitford CC 303
Chris Yard 76*
David West 77*
Patrick Marshalek 79
Matt Dietrich 76*
Jim Simmons 74*
Eric Meyer 82
Failed to qualify
Huntingdon Valley CC 308
Dan Pinciotti Jr. 79*
Eric Fonner 87
Douglas Gregor 72*
Sean Seese 84
Greg O’Connor 81*
Robert Galbreath Jr 76*
The Springhaven Club 308
Rich Thon 77*
James Denon, Jr. 85
Robert Maze 80*
Mr. Michael Hodges 81
Eugene Flanagan 75*
Andrew Caldwell 76*
Doylestown CC 310
Scott Morris 86
Russell Hartung 74*
David Smith 75*
George Becker 85*
Kevin McClellan 88
Zach Smith 76*
Mercer Oaks GC 311
John Giori 79*
Ted Harris 75*
Robert Riley 81
Louis Giovi 78*
Sonny Simpson 79*
Ray Pyontek 79
Greate Bay CC 313
Robert Struthers 80*
Tom Carter 81
Chris Sylvia 77*
Jerry Rooney 80*
Ryan Owens 83
Anthony Ventura 76*
Rivercrest GC 315
Robert de Rojas 77*
Joe Bernard 83*
Daniel Bernard 85*
Tucker Koch 88
Kurt Meyers 88
Andy Achenbach 70*
Glen Oak CC 317
Carl Danzig 88
David Maddock 80*
Brian Mahlstedt 79*
Jeff Muir 81*
Jeff Glattly 77*
Paul Hirschler 88
Honeybrook GC 317
Mitch Stead 74*
Stephen McIntyre 80*
Joseph Grubb, III 86*
Craig Howe 82*
Mr. Mike Book 96
Jim Yenser 87
Manufacturers G&CC 317
Joe Cunningham 82*
Jeff Prickett 80*
Brian Sawyer 83
Joseph Morrisey 83
Bob Pogyor 82*
Peter Williamson 73*
Olde York CC 318
Mike Bohardt NC
Mark Metaxas 82*
Greg Wright 81*
William Stanley 75*
John Quattrocchi 82
Thomas Mensel 80*
Philadelphia CC 320
Kevin Collons 89
John LeBoeuf 84*
Michael Nilon 80*
Ted Brennan 91
Cory Siegfried 80*
P. Chet Walsh 76*
Brookside CC of Allentown 324
Sean Lyons 78*
Silvio Martel 82*
Steven Rainford 87
Mr. Tim Nagle 78*
Mr. Robert Della Sala 88
Brian Bailey 86*
Lookaway GC 328
Kelly Myers 88
Michael Egan 84*
Daniel Stephano 80*
Bob Majczan 84*
Steve Ferino 87
Frank Ferino 80*
Aronimink GC NC
Douglas Schroer WD
Paul Liebezeit 78*
Joseph Lewis WD
Michael Stanley 77*
Craig Larsen 80*

*-denotes score counted; WD-withdrawal

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