Penn Oaks GC’s Gallagher stands alone atop Mid-Am. leaderboard - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 23, 2007

Penn Oaks GC’s Gallagher stands alone atop Mid-Am. leaderboard


ELVERSON, Pa. – Chris Gallagher of Penn Oaks GC carded a 1-under-par 69 to grab the opening-round lead in the 24th Middle-Amateur Championship on Wednesday at Stonewall (par 70, 6,694 yards, North Course). Sunny but breezy conditions were the order of the day.

Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC
stares at his par putt on No. 7.

Gallagher, 25, of West Chester, Pa., might have posted the only under-par round of the day but a herd of players, 21 to be exact, are within four shots of the lead at the site of a former dairy farm.

  A field of 124 players started with the cut line falling at 78 (8-over-par). A total 74 players advanced. The second and final round begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. The leaders start their day at 11:30 a.m.

  The Mid-Am is the first of four GAP Majors.

  Gallagher, the 2003 Patterson Cup Champion competing in his first Mid-Am., labeled his round “boring.”

Alex Maguire, Jr. of Philadelphia
Cricket Club joins Chris
Gallagher and Chip Lutz
in the final grouping.

 “It was nothing flashy,” said Gallagher, whose game is in top shape. He advanced to the second stage of U.S. Open qualifying on Monday at DuPont CC. “I kept it out of trouble for the most part. I tried to hit fairways and greens and leave myself in good spots on the green. You have to pay close attention to the hole locations.”

  Gallagher posted nine-hole scores of 34 and 35.

  On No. 3 (par 5, 498 yards), he knocked a 6-iron from 195 yards onto the green and two putted for birdie. A three-putt bogey on No. 7 (par 4, 450 yards) dropped him back to even, but Gallagher responded by lofting a sand wedge from 105 yards to eight feet on No. 8 (par 5, 555 yards) to make the turn at 1-under par.

  A 3-iron short of the green on the difficult 13th (par 3, 220 yards), statistically the hardest hole on the course at 3.894 strokes on Wednesday, resulted in a bogey, but Gallagher made a smooth 12-foot birdie on the uphill 15th (par 4, 449 yards) to counter. He bogeyed No. 17 (par 3, 209 yards) when he failed to get up-and-down from the left bunker but ended the round with a birdie, two putting from the back edge of the green (par 5, 522 yards), some 40 feet away, after smashing a rescue club on from 225 yards.

  “I left a couple of shots out there but I made a couple of nice par saves to keep things going,” said Gallagher, highlighting six-foot par conversions on Nos. 1 and 2 and a 12-footer on No. 9. “Tomorrow, I’ll try to do the same thing.”

  Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC, playing in the same group as Gallagher, is a stroke back after recording an even-par 70. He made a birdie and bogey on the front side and two birdies and a double bogey on the back.

  “I actually am a little surprised I’m as close as I am at this point,” said Lutz, who finished second in the Mid-Am. by a stroke a year ago. “I thought someone might go deep. It was the kind of day someone could score well. I’m happy to be in the position I’m in.”

  Lutz, 52, of Reading, Pa., just missed his 30-foot eagle chance on No. 3, before walking away with a birdie. A bogey on No. 7 dropped Lutz back to even par before a nice eight-foot birdie on No. 12 (par 4, 355 yards) put him at 1 under. However, the 13th hole struck again, and Lutz pulled his drive with a rescue club long and left of the bunker. When it was over he had made double-bogey five. Not to be deterred, Lutz immediately answered with a birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 419 yards) when he knocked his 9-iron from 143 yards to 12 feet left of the hole and made the putt.

  Lange of Overbrook GC, the two-time defending champion, stands at 3-over par, four shots back. Michael McDermott of Merion GC, a two-time Mid-Am. Champion, heads a group of six players at 1-over par.

  The Middle-Amateur is for players 25 years of age and older.

  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.

NameClubFront 9Back 9Total
Chris GallagherPenn Oaks Golf Club343569
Chip LutzLedgeRock Golf Club353570
Alexander Maguire, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club343771
Brian RothausPhilmont Country Club363571
Drew PanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club343771
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club343771
Michael McDermottMerion Golf Club353671
William LawlerFox Hill Country Club353671
G. Patrick DoughertyTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club363672
Michael MoffatCommonwealth National Golf Club363672
Thomas GramignaTavistock Country Club333972
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club363773
Gregg AngelilloMoselem Springs Golf Club363773
James Sullivan, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club373673
Jeffrey HuntzingerNorth Hills Country Club334073
John BrennanSpring Ford Country Club373673
Robert de RojasRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve373673
Ryan GelrodCommonwealth National Golf Club373673
Scott KleeIndian Valley Country Club393473
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club343973
Tom BorselloDuPont Country Club363773
Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club383674
Thomas FinnCavaliers Country Club383674
Bobby KershnerSpring Ford Country Club383775
Dan Pinciotti Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club354075
Daniel DelaneyConcord Country Club373875
David SmithDoylestown Country Club383775
Geoffrey M. CooperLaurel Creek Country Club354075
Jim KelleherLinks Golf Club383775
Matthew FingerRunning Deer Golf Club373875
Rand MendezFieldstone Golf Club363975
Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club373875
Robert BechtoldFieldstone Golf Club383775
Robin McCoolSaucon Valley Country Club393675
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club393776
David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club403676
Eric BuckLancaster Country Club413576
James DonnellyPhiladelphia Cricket Club354176
Jeff DellaFrancoConcord Country Club383876
Kevin McDermottLlanerch Country Club383876
Mark PetersonPhiladelphia Cricket Club393776
Matt JasudowichWhitemarsh Valley Country Club364076
Oscar L. Mestre, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club413576
Richard UmaniGolf Course at Glen Mills383876
Robert G DziakSpring Ford Country Club373976
Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club373976
Warren SmithCavaliers Country Club393776
Andy AchenbachRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve383977
Bill MurrayMerchantville Country Club393877
David ShieldsPhiladelphia Publinks GA374077
David WestWhitford Country Club344377
Douglas ZelnerCoatesville Country Club374077
John E. SimoneBlue Bell Country Club413677
Mike OwsikPlymouth Country Club393877
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club413677
Paul RogowiczYardley Country Club383977
Scott ChesnaCavaliers Country Club383977
Scott HarringtonMoselem Springs Golf Club383977
Sean LeonardTavistock Country Club364177
Rick CusterSpring Ford Country Club393877
Failed to qualify
Bill BoyleMetedeconk National Golf Club413778
Chris AndersonWilmington Country Club403878
Chris EsbenshadeMeadia Heights Golf Club403878
Douglas D SchroerSt. Davids Golf Club393978
Eric FonnerHuntingdon Valley Country Club393978
Glenn SmeraglioYardley Country Club413778
James MacallisterManufacturers Golf & Country Club393978
Kenneth R. MattCommonwealth National Golf Club384078
Larry SilkGreate Bay Country Club393978
Matt MangoldTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club403878
Michael LaGrassoBurlington Country Club393978
Pat CurialeMedford Village Country Club384078
Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club374178
Robert BillingsRolling Green Golf Club374178
Brad SokolGreen Valley Country Club403979
Brian T. CorbettHuntsville Golf Club403979
Douglas GregorHuntingdon Valley Country Club413879
Edward Kelly, Jr.Lu Lu Country Club433679
Francis McFaddenOverbrook Golf Club423779
James KiesermanTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club423779
Jay DesjardinsWaynesborough Country Club394079
John MullinsSpring Ford Country Club403979
John W. RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club413879
Mark QuigleyLu Lu Country Club423779
Michael DecapuaNorthampton Country Club413879
Pete WiddoesInniscrone Golf Club403979
Charles JonesPhiladelphia Publinks GA423880
Gil Moniz Jr.Woodbury Country Club413980
Jeffrey WuerstleIndian Valley Country Club413980
Joseph M. RoederLinks Golf Club404080
Ken SimCommonwealth National Golf Club413980
Michael EvangelistaConcord Country Club384280
Michael O’HaraRiverton Country Club423880
Neil McDermottLlanerch Country Club413980
Steven WalczakWilmington Country Club413980
John AloisioLittle Mill Country Club414081
Keith MattLu Lu Country Club394281
Michael QuinnEdgmont Country Club414081
Peter MoranEdgmont Country Club384381
Thomas DiCintiLittle Mill Country Club384381
Gary DanielsApplebrook Golf Club394382
John WardBallamor Golf Club394382
Robert MajczanLookaway Golf Club394382
Ted HarrisMercer Oaks Golf Course404282
Chris TerebesiChester Valley Golf Club384583
Paul LiebezeitAronimink Golf Club434083
Ari FlaisherDowningtown Golf Club463884
Frank S. Corrado, Jr.Jericho National Golf Club414384
Mark J CoassoloBerkleigh Country Club434184
Mike BrunswickMoorestown Field Club424284
Roc IreyCedarbrook Country Club424284
Scott McIntoshJericho National Golf Club414384
John GioriMercer Oaks Golf Course424385
Michael TashTavistock Country Club424385
Peter WilliamsonManufacturers Golf & Country Club424385
Donald AshleyPhiladelphia Country Club414586
Glenn McClaskeyWedgwood Country Club444286
Michael DiGiandomenicoHoneybrook Golf Club444286
Sean RyanHuntingdon Valley Country Club444286
Mark WalkushManufacturers Golf & Country Club454388
Ryan R. MorrisseyHartefeld National514394
Luis DiazPhiladelphia Publinks GA504696
David HeaneyFieldstone Golf ClubWDWDWD
Mark HodgsonLinks Golf ClubWDWDWD

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