Record six tie for medal in Mid.-Am. Qual. at Moselem Springs - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 01, 2018

Record six tie for medal in Mid.-Am. Qual. at Moselem Springs

FLEETWOOD, Pa. — One opportunistic golf course. One hundred sixteen Middle-Amateur Championship hopefuls. Six deserving medalists at the end of the day.

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     That’s how the leaderboard ultimately shook out Tuesday at Moselem Springs Golf Club (par 70, 6,652 yards). Six players stood at the top with 3-over 73s after all was said and done, tying for medalist honors in a #GAPMidAm Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf. Robert Bechtold of Fieldstone Golf Club, Kevin Cahill of Merion Golf Club, Geoffrey Cooper of North Hills Country Club, Clayton Davidson of West Shore Country Club, Brian Degnan of Cobbs Creek Golf Club and Thomas Timby, Jr. of The Bucks Club made up the spectacular six.

The group combined to set a record number for medalists in a single GAP Major Championship Qualifier since the Association began qualifying events in 2000.

Bechtold, Cahill, Cooper, Davison, Degnan and Timby topped the large field vying for 27 spots and ties in the Championship proper to be played May 23-24 at Llanerch Country Club. By day’s end, the cut line stopped at 7-over 77 in the third of four Qualifiers which was played under a welcoming May sky of nothing but sun.

Eleven total birdies were jarred by the medal group: three by Timby, two each for Cooper, Cahill and Bechtold, and one for both Davidson and Degnan.

The top highlight of the day, however, belonged to Timby’s near ace on No. 3 (par 3, 173 yards). A steady gust was blowing into the tee box, so Timby selected 5-iron as the club of choice, sending it into orbit. It resulted in the perfect launch.

“The group in front of me said my ball hit the hole and lipped out. But to be honest, I was just happy with an easy, tap-in birdie to get my round going,” said Timby, 47, of Doylestown, Pa. “Really can’t complain about that one.”

Moselem’s undulating greens posed problems for much of the field, and the medalists weren’t exempt. Three putts – or even worse – were available Tuesday. The leaders had their share of struggles here and there, but they were able to navigate the putting surfaces better than most.

“Honestly, we all had trouble out there with the greens. They were quick and were really testing us,” said Bechtold, 46, of Avondale, Pa. “But after the first nine, I was able to settle down and kind of get a feel for them.”

Besides the final number, the most common theme among the group seemed to be the appreciation for one of the first days of true golf weather. Ironically, the day started with a 30-minute delay due to frost, which quickly melted and transitioned into high temperatures.

“It’s awesome to be out here with it feeling like golf season again,” said Bechtold. “Everyone here is having a good time. I played with two great guys and I’d say many of the [other pairings] would agree.”

“Every guy out here is pretty much playing with the same mindset. We know where we stand in terms of our golf. Most of these guys have a family, a job and other things to worry about then just competitive golf. That’s why this [championship] is the perfect time for us to let loose and play,” said Timby.

The final #GAPMidAm Qualifier will be played tomorrow, May 2, at Elmhurst Country Club. All fingers crossed for more medals and sunshine.

The Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Amateur 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 Middle-Amateur was for players 30 years of age and older.

The Association’s Executive 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.

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Golf Association of Philadelphia
Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 200 Full Member Clubs and 70,000 individual members are spread across Eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. 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
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club 73
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club 73
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 73
Clayton Davidson, West Shore Country Club 73
Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 73
Thomas E. Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club 73
Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club 74
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club 74
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 74
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club 75
Andrew Keeling, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club 75
Rich Pruchnik, Coatesville Country Club 75
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Michael Shevlin, Sr., Lu Lu Country Club 75
Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 76
Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club 76
Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 76
Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Jason Wilson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Andy Beittel, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 77
Faust Capobianco, IV, Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 77
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 77
Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club 77
David Shields, Flourtown Country Club 77
Failed to qualify
William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club 78
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club 78
Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club 78
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 78
Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club 78
Jesse Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Bobby Kershner, Bellewood Country Club 79
Brian Malley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 79
Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 79
James O’Connor, Penn Oaks Golf Club 79
David West, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club 80
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club 80
J.J. Berenato, Llanerch Country Club 80
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 80
Ted Harris, Yardley Country Club 80
Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club 80
Michael Rosci, The Springhaven Club 80
Matthew Shevlin, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 80
Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club 80
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club 81
Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Lee Calfo, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
David Guertler, Tavistock Country Club 81
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Matt Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 81
Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club 81
James Bradbeer, Jr., Merion Golf Club 82
Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club 82
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 82
Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club 82
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 82
Matthew McFarlane, Doylestown Country Club 82
Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 82
Rick Uhr, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club 83
Greg Berdini, Little Mill Country Club 83
Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club 83
Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club 83
Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club 83
Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club 83
Scott Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club 83
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club 83
William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club 84
Stephen O’Sullivan, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club 84
Mark Walkush, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 84
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club 85
Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton 85
Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club 85
John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club 85
Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club 85
Wayne LeSage, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 85
Tyler Rae, Bidermann Golf Club 85
Garrett Basalyga, Cedarbrook Country Club 86
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club 86
Dan Kelly, Llanerch Country Club 86
Alexander Penza, Llanerch Country Club 86
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club 86
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 86
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 86
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
David Folkes, Metedeconk National Golf Club 87
Scott Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club 87
Kevin Murphy, Llanerch Country Club 87
James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 88
Patrick McCusker, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club 88
Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club 88
Bryan Forcino, Waynesborough Country Club 89
Christopher Johnson, Waynesborough Country Club 89
Mike Krantz, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 89
Chris Lucci, Bellewood Country Club 89
James Chambers, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 90
Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 90
Scott Polk, Coatesville Country Club 90
Tyler Ulrich, LedgeRock Golf Club 90
Frank Boensch, Steel Club 91
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 91
Damon Heller, Bent Creek Country Club 91
David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 91
Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club 92
Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 94
David Sim, Penn Oaks Golf Club 94
Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club 94
Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club 97
Craig Boyk, Five Ponds Golf Club WD
Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club WD
Joseph Grad, Country Club of Scranton WD
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club WD
Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club WD
Peter Pendergast, Berkshire Country Club WD
Zachary Rothaus, Philmont Country Club WD
Brian Shevland, Waynesborough Country Club WD
Jay Vasil, Fox Hill Country Club WD

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