May 28, 2003

Savarese, Jr. earns Middle-Amateur title on home course

First Round Results | Winning Scorecard |

  FLOURTOWN, Pa.-A major tournament on your home venue can be a blessing to some and a curse to others. Longtime Philadelphia Cricket Club member Rob Savarese, Jr., found home to be the perfect location for his first Golf Association of Philadelphia Major title.

  The 37-year-old Lafayette Hill resident recorded an even-par 71 in the final round of Thursday’s Middle-Amateur Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course, par 71, 6,788 yards) to finish at 2-under-par for the tournament and earn a two-stroke victory.

  Bill McGuinness of Tavistock CC posted a closing-round 72 for an even-par 142 two-day total to finish in second place. Michael Tash of Tavistock CC and P. Chet Walsh of Philadelphia CC tied for third at 2-over-par 144 and first-round leader Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC recorded a second-round 77 to finish in a group of five in fifth place at 3-over-par.

  “I’m very proud to win, and to win it here, I’m extremely proud of that,” said Savarese, a nine-time club champion. “I was nervous all day today. It’s almost unbelievable because I think it’s harder to play a tournament of your home course than anywhere else.”

  Savarese said it’s difficult to play at home, but his actions made the win look easy. He birdied No.1 (par 4, 402 yards) and No. 2 (par 4, 417 yards), and after McDermott four-putted the second hole for double-bogey, Savarese went from starting the day a shot back to three shots in front.

  Birdies at No. 6 (par 4, 357 yards) and No. 10 (par 3, 153 yards) increased his advantage to four strokes, before a slight hiccup on No. 11 (par 4, 424 yards) – a triple bogey – brought the field back into play.

  But Savarese proved his championship mettle on the ensuing hole, the par 5 12th (524 yards). He knocked his second shot, a 3-iron from 256 yards, to five yards short of the green before a stellar chip left him with a gimme birdie.

  A bogey on No. 15 (par 3, 204 yards) and birdie on No. 16 (par 4, 405 yards) provided Savarese with a three-shot cushion with two holes to play. He finished par, bogey for the title.

  “I thought I was going to play well. I’ve been thinking about this tournament quite a bit,” said Savarese. “I had a feeling something good was going to happen to me.”

  McGuinness, 43, of Woodbury, N.J., entered the Mid-Am searching for some swing answers. He found it with two days of consistent play.

  The putter caused McDermott caused headaches all day.

  In addition to his four putt, McDermott recorded three three putts.

  “I was searching all day,” said McDermott, 28, of Havertown, Pa. “I used three different grips.”

  A total of 80 players made the cut from the initial field of 132. This was the 20th Middle-Amateur Championship.

Name, club1st2ndTotal
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club6971140
William McGuinness, Tavistock CC7072142
Michael Tash, Tavistock CC7074144
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC7470144
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville CC7174145
Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook GC7372145
Christopher Lange, Overbrook GC7372145
Michael McDermott, Llanerch CC6877145
James White, Philadelphia Cricket Club7273145
Oscar Mestre, Jr., Overbrook GC7175146
Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National GC7274146
Brian Owens, Gulph Mills GC7572147
Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley CC7176147
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock CC6979148
Thomas Shallow, Jr., Philadelphia CC7771148
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley CC7475149
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley CC7376149
Keith Matt, Lu Lu CC7475149
Robert Bechtold, Christiana CC7575150
Mark Britton, Lu Lu CC7674150
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock CC7377150
Francis Vaughn, Philadelphia Cricket Club7080150
David West, Whitford CC7575150
Chris Esbenshade, Stone Harbor GC7576151
Roc Irey, Cedarbrook CC7576151
Steve Owens, Wildwood GC7477151
Rich Pruchnik, West Chester G & CC7081151
John Robinson, Commonwealth National GC7378151
Gary Daniels, Applebrook GC7577152
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley CC7676152
Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club7775152
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley CC7676152
Brian Corbett, Huntsville GC7479153
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National GC7479153
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford CC7875153
Michael Rose, Ashbourne CC7578153
Lynn Thomas Kilduff, Huntsville GC7975154
Mark Leaman, Lancaster CC7678154
Gregory O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley CC7678154
Warren Smith, Fieldstone GC7381154
Douglas Zelner, Coatesville CC7183154
Philip Damico, Llanerch CC7580155
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster CC7580155
John Mullins, Spring Ford CC7679155
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National GC7680156
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill CC7680156
Bill King, Woodbury CC7680156
James Arsenault, Little Mill CC7681157
Lee Cook, Laurel Creek CC7780157
Francis Downey, North Hills CC7978157
Raymond Fuller, Running Deer GC7879157
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club7582157
Richard Umani, Philadelphia Public Links7681157
Pete Widdoes, Deerfield G & TC7978157
Gerard Ascolese, North Hills CC7781158
Thomas DiCinti, Little Mill CC7781158
Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook GC7385158
Ron Weaver, Meadia Heights GC7979158
Tom Borsello, Fieldstone GC7584159
Bill Murray, Merchantville CC7683159
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills GC7882160
Santo Lafoca, Huntsville GC7981160
Steven Walczak, Wilmington CC7981160
James Kieserman, Blue Bell CC7388161
Craig Larsen, Aronimink GC7883161
Drew Panebianco, Talamore at Oak Terrace CC7982161
Eugene Flanagan, The Springhaven Club7785162
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids GC7686162
Charles McClaskey, Wyncote GC7983162
William Mendez, Fieldstone GC7884162
Tom Piersanti, Radley Run CC7785162
Jack Helms, Rolling Green GC7687163
Francis McFadden, Overbrook GC7687163
Frank Brigidi, III, North Hills CC7985164
John Campanelli, Woodbury CC7886164
Michael Shoup, Sandy Run CC7887165
David Karp, Philmont CC7988167
Sean Leonard, Little Mill CC78DQDQ
James Macallister, Manufacturers G & CC76WDWD
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek CC79WDWD

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