Jun 19, 2012

Pros Pohle, Mazzalupi cap Open Qual. at Indian Valley

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Open Qualifier

TELFORD, Pa. — Hugo Mazzalupi, a professional who calls Philadelphia Cricket Club home, and Joey Pohle, head professional at Indian Valley Country Club, shared medalist honors in a Golf Association of Philadelphia Open Championship Qualifier at Pohle’s home course (par 72, 6,843 yards) Tuesday. Mazzalupi and Pohle were two of 11 players who can now mark July 23 as the day they’ll compete at Pine Valley Golf Club in the Championship proper.

  Mazzalupi represents the Philadelphia section for the Future Collegians World Tour, a national organization that gives juniors the opportunity to compete in tournaments at the national level. His golf game is peaking the right time.

  “The last month, I’ve been hitting the ball solidly for a change,” Mazzalupi, 43, of King of Prussia, Pa., said. “I’ve been working a little bit on my game. One of the biggest keys is playing regular golf with the members at Philadelphia Cricket. I play with all of the scratch guys and all of the GAP guys, which has really helped my game.”

  Mazzalupi fired five birdies against two bogeys. He attacked the No. 3 (par 5, 520 yards) green with a 3-wood from 238 yards. Mazzalupi guided a chip from the back edge to three feet from the flagstick for birdie. He posted back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 (par 4, 441 yards) and 8 (par 5, 509 yards): a wedge 125 yards to three feet on the first, and a 207-yard 5-iron shot, followed by a solid chip-and-putt combination, on the second. Mazzalupi birdied his third par 5, the 519-yard 12th hole, after hammering his 3-wood 238 yards just off the green and cozying a chip to three feet. His 132-yard wedge shot on No. 13 (par 4, 420 yards) crashed into the crown. Mazzalupi rolled in an uphill 20-footer for birdie No. 5.

  Mazzalupi had a pair of miscues coming in. He steered his tee shot left on No. 10 (par 4, 373 yards) and failed to get up-and-down. Mazzalupi thought he had a good line on No. 17 (par 4, 396 yards), but it went through the fairway and settled underneath the trees. He caught the left greenside bunker with his approach and two-putted for bogey.

  Nevertheless, Mazzalupi is thrilled to see Pine Valley.

   “I’ve played it quite a few times with friends, he said. “It will be nice to play it in a tournament. Hopefully, I can continue to play a little golf between now and then. If I strike it the way I struck it today, and if I get the chipping and putting down, it will be a fun day.”

  Pohle is in his first year as Indian Valley’s head professional, but quite familiar with the course and its subtleties. That knowledge contributed to Pohle’s subpar score.

   “I think it helped. I knew how firm things were going to be,” Pohle, 32, of Horsham, Pa., said. “It’s feels good [to put up a good score for the membership]. I don’t want anyone else beating me on my home track. I’m competitive.”

  Pohle’s scorecard was slightly more adventurous and colorful than Mazzalupi’s: eight birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

  His “worst drive of the day” traveled out-of-bounds on the par 4, 448-yard No. 2 and ultimately resulted in a bogey. He bounced back with consecutive birdies on Nos. 3 (par 5, 520 yards) and 4 (par 3, 141 yards) thanks to a lucky 9-iron. He used the club for a 144-yard shot on the first, and it left Pohle 25 feet from the hole location. Pohle equipped that 9-iron on the par 3, 141-yard No. 4 and stuck it to two feet.

  Just as things were going swimmingly, Pohle flailed a bit on Nos. 5 (par 4, 430 yards) and 6 (par 3, 208 yards). A pair of unplayable lies led to a bogey and double bogey, respectively.

  Pohle dove back into the birdie bin on the par 5, 509-yard No. 8. He reached the putting surface in two strokes and two-putted from 20 feet for birdie. The red figures ran rampant as Pohle began his inward trek.

   “On the back nine, I said let’s just go at flags,” he said. “And that’s what we did.”

  Pohle stuck a sand wedge 102 yards to a foot on No. 10 (par 4, 373 yards) and tapped in for birdie. Pohle powered a 2-hybrid to two feet on the par 3, 211-yard 11th hole. His 4-wood on No. 12 (par 5, 548 yards) landed short of the green, but Pohle pitched up and rolled in a four-footer. He also carded a birdie on the par 5, 548-yard 15th hole, knocking a gap wedge 107 yards to three feet. Pohle rebounded from a bogey on No. 16 (par 3, 158 yards) with a birdie on No. 17 (par 4, 396 yards). He hit a 9-iron 165 yards downwind to 15 feet.

   “It was the best shot of the day,” Pohle said of the approach. “I knew I had to hit a good shot.”

  Pohle is excited to be a part of the Championship proper.

   “It’s fun,” he said. “It’s why you play golf. You have to play well to get to it.”

  At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 73. Russell Hartung of Doylestown Country Club birdied the seventh extra hole in a three-for-one sudden-death playoff to advance.

  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 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, club Score
Joey Pohle, Indian Valley Country Club 69
Hugo Mazzalupi, Philadelphia Cricket Club 69
Bill Walker, The Bucks Club 70
(a) Brandon Matthews, Fox Hill Country Club 71
Alexander Knoll, Bethlehem Golf Club 71
Nathan Fry, Southmoore Golf Club 71
(a) Charles Cai, Old York CC at Chesterfield 72
(a) Zachary Herr, Jericho National Golf Club 72
(a) Brett Diakon, Commonwealth National Golf Club 72
(a) Phil Rothermel, Philadelphia Publinks GA 72
*(a) Russell Hartung, Doylestown Country Club 73
Alternates (in order)
*(a) John Cooper, Jr., Green Valley Country Club 73
*(a) J.D. Dornes, Meadia Heights Golf Club 73
Failed to qualify
Michael Sokalski, Philmont Country Club 74
Anthony Napoletano, GolfTec-King of Prussia 74
Tony Perla, Radnor Valley Country Club 74
Ed Gibson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 74
(a) Travis Gahman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
(a) Kenneth Mangin, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Michael Paukovits, St. Davids Golf Club 74
Jeffery Herb, Edgmont Country Club 74
Daniel Bolstein, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
(a) Scott MacDonald, White Clay Creek Country Club 74
John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
(a) Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club 75
Andy Latowski, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
(a) Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club 75
(a) Vincent Varvolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Robert Everett, Blue Bell Country Club 75
Justin Riegel, Gulph Mills Golf Club 75
(a) Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook 76
Jeffrey Haas, French Creek Golf Club 76
(a) Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club 76
(a) Sean Quinn, Sunnybrook Golf Club 76
(a) Christopher Wallin, French Creek Golf Club 76
(a) John Venne, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 76
(a) Kenneth Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
(a) Ethan Heller, Green Valley Country Club 76
(a) Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 76
(a) Kyle Williams, Glen Oak Country Club 76
(a) Robert Hoeppner, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
(a) Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
(a) Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club 76
Michael Reilly, North Hills Country Club 76
(a) William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club 76
(a) Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
David Pagett, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
(a) Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club 77
(a) George Petrellis, Blue Bell Country Club 77
(a) Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Peter Kowalinski, LedgeRock Golf Club 77
(a) Joe Bianco, Penn Oaks Golf Club 77
Mark Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Joseph Kogelman, Indian Valley Country Club 77
(a) John Simone, Philmont Country Club 77
Clint Deibert, The Ridge at Back Brook 77
(a) Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club 77
(a) Lynn Kilduff, Huntsville Golf Club 77
P.J. Solley, Five Ponds Golf Club 77
(a) Ryan Kline, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Phil Cillo, Little Mill Country Club 78
(a) Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
(a) G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
(a) Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
(a) Scott Klee, Indian Valley Country Club 78
(a) Matt Cocco, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
(a) Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
(a) Jeff Hudson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
(a) J.R. Cattoni, Huntsville Golf Club 79
(a) Scott Niggli, Penn Oaks Golf Club 79
(a) Gary Schoeman, Stonewall 79
(a) Eric Holt, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 79
(a) Andrew Ploszay, Chester Valley Golf Club 79
(a) John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club 79
(a) Steven Minnick, Jr., Bala Golf Club 79
(a) Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
(a) Alex Gaudian, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
(a) Tug Maude, Merion Golf Club 79
(a) Ryan Brown, Country Club of Scranton 79
Jeff Stanford, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
(a) Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Ryan Siegler (a), Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Jim Smith, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
(a) Mark Czerniakowski, Blue Bell Country Club 80
Chris Barletta, Bala Golf Club 80
(a) Chris Lilley, Yardley Country Club 80
(a) Austin Mann, Spring Ford Country Club 80
Chandler Withington, Merion Golf Club 80
Frank Bianco, The Frankie B. School of Golf 80
(a) Brian Palm, Talamore Country Club 80
(a) David Blair, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 80
(a) Mac Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club 80
(a) Jack Anderson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
(a) Adam Mastone, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 80
James Arentz, Wilmington Country Club 81
(a) Paul Carbone, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 81
Anthony Malizia, Bidermann Golf Club 81
(a) James Della Guardia, Spring Ford Country Club 81
(a) Ben Bershad, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 81
Chris Young, GolfTec-Mainline 81
Jared Cottell, CC at Woodloch Springs 81
(a) Dwight Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club 82
(a) Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 82
(a) Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club 82
Ryan Lagergren, Stonewall 82
(a) Jeffrey Huntzinger, Five Ponds Golf Club 82
(a) Luke Liddell, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 83
Sean Driscoll, Wedgwood Country Club 83
(a) Edward Woehlcke, Cedarbrook Country Club 83
(a) Bob Britton, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
(a) Dave DiValentino, Five Ponds Golf Club 83
(a) Nicholas Lamberti, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
(a) Gene Bellardo, Yardley Country Club 83
Bill Smith, Eagle Rock Golf & Resort 83
(a) Dan Clark, Five Ponds Golf Club 83
(a) Brian Dempster, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 83
(a) Paul Bickford, Little Mill Country Club 84
(a) Sam Digaetano, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 84
(a) Aaron Nye, Plymouth Country Club 84
John DiValentino, Jr., Five Ponds Golf Club 84
(a) Edward McCrossen, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
(a) Timothy Chow, Indian Valley Country Club 85
(a) James Greenhalgh, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 85
(a) Philip Formica, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
(a) Jim Simmons, Stonewall 85
(a) Michael Cole, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 86
(a) Ron Fitser, Huntsville Golf Club 86
(a) Zachary Dilcher, Inniscrone Golf Club 86
(a) Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club 86
(a) Alex Acciani, Talamore Country Club 86
(a) Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 86
(a) Danny Costello, Spring Mill Country Club 87
(a) Jeffrey Angelucci, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 87
(a) Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club 87
(a) Derek Isbrandt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
(a) Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club 88
(a) John Bartos, Saucon Valley Country Club 88
(a) Brian Mondschein, Golden Oaks Golf Club 89
(a) Kevin Collons, Philadelphia Country Club 90
(a) Nick Pocceschi, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 90
(a) Mac Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club 90
(a) Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 92
(a) Nick Sciurba, PineCrest Country Club 92
(a) Joe Vigorita, Coatesville Country Club 96
(a) Paul Bizzaro, Deerwood Country Club DQ
Steve Barcoski, Indian Valley Country Club WD
(a) Drew Styles, Yardley Country Club NC
(a) Joseph Jasinski, Northampton Country Club DQ
(a) Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton WD
(a) Jack Knowles, Country Club of Scranton WD
Robert Kave, Dick’s Sporting Goods WD
Gary Deetscreek, Five Ponds Golf Club NC

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