May 24, 2017

St. Davids’ Dressel leads #GAPMidAm by a stroke with 18 holes to go

VILLANOVA, Pa.- Stephen Dressel is a mature 28-year-old working professional, but when his putter hit the skids, the St. Davids stalwart knew there was no place like home. Dressel called the man most familiar with his game, father Dan, and the two met Tuesday at the club in search of answers.

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  In the opening round of the 34th Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf at Overbrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,568 yards) Wednesday, Dressel’s fixed flat stick guided him to a 4-under-par 66. He needed just 28 putts.

  “I played in the [BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at French Creek Golf Club on Monday] and the putting wasn’t too good (he registered 35 putts). I had to get dad on the hotline to talk it through and figure out what to work on,” said Dressel, of Wayne, Pa. “We worked on the putting green for an hour and a half or so [yesterday]. I was able to find something.

  “It’s usually alignment with putting. Most good players will tell you if your alignment gets out of whack it starts to wreak havoc on everything else. [We worked on] keeping my head down, extending the putter out to the hole and holding it there. That’s all I was focusing on all day.”

  Dressel has a one-stroke lead on surprise contender James Gillespie of Little Mill Country Club (67). Gillespie, 43, of Turnersville, N.J., hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation.

  Two shots back after opening 68s are Jeff Osberg, 32, of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, the two-time reigning Player of the Year in search of a first Middle-Amateur title, and Michael Carr, 30, of Philadelphia Cricket Club. Chris Lange, Jr., 33, is the low host-club hopeful at 1 under.

  Defending champion Matt Mattare, 31, of Saucon Valley Country Club finished at even par.

  The cutline fell at 6-over 76 with 72 players advancing to the second and final day tomorrow.

  With impending weather in the forecast, the Association decided to utilize a two-tee start beginning at 7:30 a.m. The final pairing of Dressel, Gillespie and Osberg tees off at 9:20 a.m.

  Dressel, who carded a 66 at Overbrook in the 2014 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier, dropped the gauntlet early at a course that obviously fits his eye. He turned in 3-under-par 32 registering two birdies, an eagle and a bogey. He knocked a wedge on No. 4 (par 4, 434 yards) from 130 yards to eight feet for a 3; jarred a 35-yard sand wedge for eagle on No. 5 (par 5, 541 yards) and added another red figure on No. 8 (par 4, 415 yards) when he lifted an 8-iron from 163 yards to 10 feet and made the putt. His lone blemish was a bogey on No. 7 (par 3, 202 yards) when his 5-iron missed the green right.

  On the back side, Dressel birdied No. 14 (par 4, 315 yards) after knocking a 58-degree wedge to 12 feet. He used the back stop to slow his approach after his tee ball found a divot. Two holes prior, Dressel went for No. 12 (par 5, 518 yards) in two shots. He flopped his third into the bunker but drained a 10-footer to save par after escaping the sand.

  “I left the ball on the downslope in the bunker. I had to hit a pretty good bunker shot to get it to 10 feet,” said Dressel. “I was fortunate enough to roll one in. That was really key to keeping the momentum going for the rest of nine.”

  This isn’t Dressel’s first voyage on the Middle-Amateur leaderboard. Two years ago, at his home club, he finished in fifth place.

  What did he learn?

  “Be patient. You can only control what you do in golf. You can’t play defense,” said Dressel. “I’ll just try to draw on the experience I had today and keep it going into tomorrow.”

  Gillespie, a regular in Association tournaments, surprised himself a bit with his consistency. He carded three birdies and 15 pars.

  Starting his round on the back side, he lifted a pitching wedge on No. 11 (par 4, 437 yards) from 130 yards to a foot.; knocked his greenside bunker shot on No. 12 to a tap-in and on No 14 dropped a lob wedge from 80 yards to six inches.

  Gillespie said the closest he came to registering a bogey was on his 17th hole, No. 8 (par 4, 415 yards). He was right off the tee and had to get up-and-down from 90 yards, which he did.

  “We have great players at our course. I’m a nice player,” said Gillespie. “I always seem to have two or three holes that take me out of everything. If I can get rid of them, you have today.”

  Tomorrow may depend on Mother Nature. Rain is forecasted for a majority of the day.

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Name, club Score
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club 66
James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club 67
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club 68
Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 68
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 69
Ben Feld, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 69
Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club 70
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club 70
Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 70
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club 71
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 71
Nathan Sutherland, LedgeRock Golf Club 72
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club 72
Michael Stamberger, Manasquan River Golf Club 72
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club 72
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club 72
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club 72
Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 73
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club 73
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club 73
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club 73
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club 73
William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Club 73
Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 73
Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club 74
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club 74
Brandon Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 74
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 74
Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club 74
Joe Perese, Philmont Country Club 74
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club 74
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club 74
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club 74
Christopher Thude, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 74
Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club 75
Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club 75
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club 75
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club 75
Michael Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 75
Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 75
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club 75
Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Chris Button, Philadelphia Country Club 75
Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club 75
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club 75
John Murphy, II, Stone Harbor Golf Club 76
Casey Osborne, Brookside Country Club 76
Dan Wach, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 76
Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club 76
Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club 76
Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club 76
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 76
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 76
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club 76
Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club 76
Scott Ehrlich, White Manor Country Club 76
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 76
Ari Flaisher, McCall Golf & Country Club 76
Matthew Gaffney, Running Deer Golf Club 76
Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club 76
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Failed to qualify
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club 77
Stephen Hudacek, III, Glenmaura National Golf Club 77
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 77
Peter Barry, Little Mill Country Club 77
James Bradbeer, Jr., Merion Golf Club 77
Brian Kenny, Greate Bay Country Club 77
Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club 77
Jared Palubinski, Schuylkill Country Club 77
Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima Country Club 77
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 78
Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club 78
Ryan O’Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club 78
Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club 78
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 78
Pat Melvin, Overbrook Golf Club 78
George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club 79
GaryE. Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 79
Rick Hendrickson, Aronimink Golf Club 79
John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club 79
Samuel Sherrill, Downingtown Country Club 79
Jim Sullivan, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 79
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 79
William Keane, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club 79
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
James O’Connor, Penn Oaks Golf Club 79
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club 79
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club 80
Dan Close, Woodcrest Country Club 80
Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club 80
Chris Lawler, Applebrook Golf Club 80
Jeff Peltier, Stone Harbor Golf Club 80
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club 81
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 81
Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Greg Dymek, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
Jeff Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 81
Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Jay Vasil, Fox Hill Country Club 81
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club 82
Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club 82
Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club 82
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
G.Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Alex Hargaden, Woodcrest Country Club 83
Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club 84
Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club WD
Mike Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club WD
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton WD

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