Jul 16, 2007

Pine Valley GC’s Raudenbush, Tavistock CC’s Slonis head Open Qualifier at Little Mill CC

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Amateur Open Qualifier

MARLTON, N.J. – Matt Raudenbush of storied Pine Valley GC and Jamie Slonis of Tavistock CC continued the trend of amateur success in this year’s Open Championship Qualifier series with 1-over-par 72s to earn co-medallist honors at Monday’s final Open Championship Qualifier at Little Mill CC (par 71, 6,808 yards).

Despite some admitted difficulties hitting greens in regulation, Raudenbush got off to a steady start before registering back-to-back birdies on hole Nos. 6 (par 3, 198 yards) and 7 (par 5, 529 yards) and ended up finishing the front nine with a 2-under-par 33.

  “My putter was pretty good today,” said Raudenbush, who had 27 putts on the day. “I scrambled a little bit but it’s a pleasant surprise to see that I can play golf when I don’t hit 15 greens [in regulation].”

  Slonis started his round with a little more success as he birdied hole Nos. 1 (par 4, 378 yards), 3 (par 3, 215 yards) and 4 (par 5, 576 yards) to get to 2-under.

But for both players, their front nine success did not necessarily translate to the back as Raudenbush finished the back at 3-over-par while Slonis wrapped up the back nine at 2-over.

  But Slonis finished strong on No. 18 (par 4, 411 yards) when he knocked a PW from 125 yards out to within 8 feet for birdie.

  “I thought I needed to make a birdie on the last hole,” Slonis said. “I wasn’t sure what the scores would be with the greens being soft but I figured 72 would be a good number.”

  Raudenbush and Slonis join fellow amateurs Alan Borowsky of White Manor CC, John Michael Pelet of Wyncote GC and Robert Robertson of Sunnybrook GC who also earned medallist honors at the two previous qualifiers for the Championship. Christopher Gray, a professional who splits his time between Hartefeld National and the North Carolina-based Tarheel Tour, was the only professional to earn medallist honors at any of the three qualifiers.

  “I’m excited,” said Slonis of playing the Open at Merion GC next month. “Besides Pine Valley, Merion is probably the best course around. To be able to compete there over 36 holes in one day will be a good test.”

  “I’m excited to let Merion kick my butt for 36 holes,” joked Raudenbush, the 2006 GAP Junior Boys’ Champion. “You’ve got to start finding the fairway there.”

  Added Slonis, “I’m sure it will be hard. The rough is always up and the greens are always hard and fast. It will be a heck of a test and it will be fun.”

  This is the first year the Golf Association of Philadelphia will solely administer the Open Championship and its qualifiers. The field of 72 players will be comprised of 29 exempt entrants and 43 qualifiers. In all, a total of 77 amateurs and 41 professionals took part in Monday’s qualifier. The Open Championship will have a record purse of $40,000.

  Dave Quinn, the director of golf at Links GC, is the defending champion. Quinn defeated then Philadelphia CC assistant Michael Ladden in a four-hole playoff.

  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 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 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.

Name Club Total
(a) Matt Raudenbush Pine Valley Golf Club 72
(a) Jamie Slonis Tavistock Country Club 72
Rick Hughart Tavistock Country Club 73
(a) Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club 73
(a) Cole Willcox Philadelphia Country Club 73
(a) Jeff LeFevre Linwood Country Club 73
(a) Matthew Pesci Yardley Country Club 73
*(a) Michael O’Keefe Little Mill Country Club 74
*(a) James Sullivan, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
*Dan Haskell Medford Lakes Country Club 74
*Anthony Bonargo Bucks County Golf Club 74
*(a) Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club 74
Alternates (in order)
*Michael Mack Burlington Country Club 74
*Steve Madsen Wilmington Country Club 74
*(a) Sean Davy Medford Village Country Club 74
Failed to Qualify
*(a) Chris Sylvia Pine Hill Golf Club 74
*Sean Smyth Lebanon Country Club 74
*(a) Charles Whalen Golf Course at Glen Mills 74
*Casey O’Reilly Berkleigh Country Club 74
*George Frake, II Little Mill Country Club 74
(a) Peter Barron, III Stone Harbor Golf Club 75
Jason Panter Sea Oaks Golf Club 75
(a) Rick Pogany Burlington Country Club 75
David Clark Pine Valley Golf Club 75
Matt Esposito Yardley Country Club 75
(a) Thomas Gramigna Tavistock Country Club 76
(a) Bradley A. Roberts Wedgwood Country Club 76
Michael Tucci Little Mill Country Club 76
James Shukdinas Links Golf Club 76
(a) Matthew Mattare Saucon Valley Country Club 76
(a) Eric Spiller Woodcrest Country Club 76
Joseph Kogelman St. Davids Golf Club 76
(a) Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 76
(a) Dan Ott Woodbury Country Club 76
Seth Hirschhorn Little Mill Country Club 76
(a) Sean Seese Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Billy Mullen Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
(a) Bill Murray Merchantville Country Club 77
(a) Daniel Rexon Tavistock Country Club 77
(a) Glenn Smeraglio Yardley Country Club 77
(a) Anthony Ventura Greate Bay Country Club 77
(a) Ben Smith Woodcrest Country Club 77
(a) Mark Edmondson Medford Village Country Club 77
(a) Michael Tash Tavistock Country Club 77
(a) Ted Harris Makefield Highlands Golf Club 77
(a) Arthur J. Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 77
Paul Barnsley Meadowlands Country Club 77
(a) Ryan McCarty Little Mill Country Club 78
(a) Mark Kosko Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 78
Justin Thompson Pine Valley Golf Club 78
Sean Driscoll Riverwinds Golf Club 78
(a) Gregg Angelillo Moselem Springs Golf Club 78
Chris Hervochon Pine Hill Golf Club 78
(a) Steve Owens Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
(a) Jack Wallace Burlington Country Club 79
(a) Eric Schmehl Moorestown Field Club 79
(a) Stephen Sieracki Merchantville Country Club 79
(a) James Ridgway Wildwood Golf & Country Club 79
(a) Zach Smith Doylestown Country Club 79
(a) David Taraschi Merchantville Country Club 79
(a) Matt Kaelin Little Mill Country Club 79
(a) Keitih Evans Running Deer Golf Club 79
Jason Westphal Olde Masters Golf Club 79
(a) John R. Cattoni Huntsville Golf Club 80
David Nevatt The ACE Club 80
David Smith Yardley Country Club 80
Nick Bowers The Links At Gettysburg 80
(a) Jeffrey Huntzinger North Hills Country Club 80
Dennis Strigh Frog Rock Country Club 80
(a) Jason Loehrs Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Jay Davis Metedeconk National Golf Club 81
(a) Mike Meisenzahl Little Mill Country Club 81
Mark Anderson Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 81
(a) Paul Tighe Woodbury Country Club 81
David Seeman The Saint Annes Club 81
(a) Alexander Maguire, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
(a) Brian C Creghan Plymouth Country Club 81
(a) David Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 82
(a) Geoffrey M. Cooper Laurel Creek Country Club 82
(a) Jeff LeFevre, Jr. Linwood Country Club 82
(a) Martin Hayden Overbrook Golf Club 82
Dustin McCormick Water Gap Country Club 82
William Holt, III Rolling Green Golf Club 82
(a) William Moule Links Golf Club 83
(a) Alexander Liebman Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 84
Lynn Kilduff Huntsville Golf Club 84
(a) Tom Carter Greate Bay Country Club 84
(a) Bill Turner Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Hugh Matthis Pine Valley Golf Club 84
(a) Andrew J. Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club 84
(a) Bob Ursomarso Saucon Valley Country Club 85
(a) Joshua Shantzer Spring Mill Country Club 85
(a) John Aloisio Little Mill Country Club 86
(a) Tim Sindorf Burlington Country Club 86
Michael Sullivan Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Sean Palmer Merion Golf Club 86
James Lermitte Sandy Run Country Club 86
Christopher Fintus Little Mill Country Club 87
Joseph Ambrose PGA Individual Member 88
(a) J. Kirk Luntey Merion Golf Club 88
(a) Justin Hilgert Greate Bay Country Club 88
(a) Ryan Schaffer Woodcrest Country Club 91
(a) Craig Comerford Philadelphia Publinks GA 94
(a) Steven Dougherty Woodbury Country Club 95
Matt Masar Metedeconk National Golf Club 96
(a) Ben Bershad Hopewell Valley Golf Club DQ
(a) Ryan Cass Woodbury Country Club NC
(a) D. Drew Siok Tavistock Country Club WD
(a) Christian Mauriello Greate Bay Country Club WD
(a) Glenn McClaskey Wedgwood Country Club WD
(a) Mark Dennish The Ridge at Back Brook WD
(a) Mark Kemenosh Tavistock Country Club WD
Kevin Kurcoba Glenmaura National Golf Club WD
(a) Daniel Doyle Edgmont Country Club WD
Chris Barletta Bala Golf Club WD
(a) Dan Gallagher Riverton Country Club WD
Damon Klepczynski Golf Services Group WD
(a) Ron Weaver Meadia Heights Golf Club WD
*-decided in a playoff
DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal; NC-no card

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