Stone Harbor’s Pete Barron, III finds redemption in Mid.-Am. victory - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 22, 2014

Stone Harbor’s Pete Barron, III finds redemption in Mid.-Am. victory

Pete Barron, III of Stone Harbor Golf Club willed in this 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 (par 5, 452 yards) to win the 31st Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf.

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  KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.–Mother Nature delayed, but didn’t damper one of the most exhilarating Middle-Amateur Championship finishes in history. Pete Barron, III, of Stone Harbor Golf Club emerged from a frantic race and in the process atoned for a playoff loss in last year’s event with a final-hole birdie to seal his first Major victory. Barron rolled in a 10-foot putt on No. 18 (par 5, 452 yards) to post a 5-under 137 and edge Chris Ault of Yardley Country Club by a stroke on Thursday at Gulph Mills Golf Club (par 71, 6,536 yards) for the 31st Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf. Barron finished the final two holes after a 3:05 weather delay.

  “Absolutely,” said Barron when asked if the triumph was a point of redemption. “Last year, I lost in a playoff to a great player in Michael McDermott. It feels great to finally win something big. I’ve been knocking on the door for awhile.”

  Barron didn’t politely knock for his Mid.-Am trophy. He confidently walked through the championship entrance with clutch shot making.

  Knowing he needed birdie on No. 18 to win, Barron lifted a 9-iron from 142 yards. It landed 30 feet behind the hole and spun back.

  A superb answer considering he was forced to chip out after a wayward drive landed behind a tree. That came on the heels of a bogey, the number of choice on the testy No. 17 (par 3, 211 yards).

  “I told myself to make an aggressive swing that will get to the back of the green and spin back,” said Barron, 38, of Mays Landing, N.J. “I wanted to hit something hard. I read [the putt] to have about two feet of break. It broke a hair more than that and snuck in the right side.

  “[I was] relieved. I could breathe. I was just thinking get it to the hole and give it a chance.”

  Ault, Barron, Andy Latowski of Philadelphia Cricket Club and Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club, the first-round leader, sparred for supremacy throughout a rollercoaster back nine.

  Lutz turned inward at 6 under and four shots in front of that trio before his putter went cold … and the field warmed up.

  Latowski, 35, of Plainsboro, N.J., finished first, leaving a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 18 just short to post a clubhouse best 3 under.

  Ault, two groups ahead of Lutz and Barron, and a bit behind Latowksi, was next. The reigning Pennsylvania State Amateur Champion quietly grabbed a share of first at 4 under with a birdie on No. 16 (par 4, 397 yards). Ault lifted a wedge from 70 yards to six feet for his third back-nine red number.

  However, a turbulent 17th (par 3, 211 yards) – Ault pulled a 5-iron into the left greenside bunker on a downhill slope and made double bogey – dropped him to 2 under. Ault’s answer to that turmoil was resounding. He knocked a pitching wedge from 147 yards to five feet for eagle. The putt for 3 was never in doubt.

  “I was proud of the way I played. I got off to a rough start and battled back into contention. I would have liked to finish at 5 or 6 under but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Pete made an awesome putt to win the tournament. Heck, that’s a tough putt to make on a Thursday afternoon with your buddies,” said Ault, 28, of Yardley, Pa. “I knew I was hoping for something else behind me [after that double bogey]. I didn’t want to be in that position.”

  Lutz, 59, of Reading, Pa., appeared in control after a front nine that included four birdies and a bogey. However, Lutz’s putter, which was strong over the first 27 holes, went dry. He missed two short par saves on Nos. 13 (par 4, 432 yards) and 14 (par 3, 187 yards) to fall back to 4 under. Like Barron, he, too, waited through the lengthy delay before completing the last two holes.

  Lutz made bogey on No. 17 after hitting his tee ball right. He just missed a 10-foot par saver. Putting before Barron on No. 18, the four-time reigning Senior Player of the Year stood stunned as his birdie try to tie Ault rolled right of the cup.

  Barron appeared to eliminate himself early in the day after a double bogey-bogey stretch on Nos. 6 (par 3, 173 yards) and 7 (par 5, 495 yards). He instead responded with five birdies over his last 10 holes.

  His final two birdies sandwiched the No. 17 bogey. Barron dropped a sand wedge from 107 yards to 10 feet on No. 16 to pull into solo first before his closing hole winning roll.

  “I knew I had to go 3 or 4 under on the back to have a chance,” said Barron. “When I went to 17 tee I thought I had a chance [to win]. My thought process was to make nothing worse than bogey on 17 and then there is a getable par 5.”

  Or in this case, a championship par 5.

NOTES–Latowski led a group of 11 players from Philadelphia Cricket Club to make the Day One cut … defending champion Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club carded a final-round, 3-under 68 to finish even for the tournament and in sixth place … Matthew Finger of DuPont Country Club turned in the day’s low round with a 5-under 66. Finger posted a 6-under 30 on the back nine, which included two eagles on the two par 5s, Nos. 12 and 18.

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Name, clubScore
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club69-68–137
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club70-68–138
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club68-71–139
Andy Latowski, Philadelphia Cricket Club71-68–139
Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club75-66–141
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club74-68–142
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club72-70–142
Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73-69–142
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club69-74–143
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club70-73–143
Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club73-70–143
John Sawin, Merion Golf Club72-71–143
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club74-70–144
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club71-73–144
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club73-71–144
Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club71-73–144
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club72-73–145
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club73-72–145
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club72-74–146
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club75-71–146
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club76-70–146
Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club72-74–146
Philip Bartholomew, Philadelphia Cricket Club76-70–146
Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club78-69–147
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club72-75–147
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club77-70–147
Mark Czerniakowski, Blue Bell Country Club75-72–147
Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club75-72–147
Tim Freeh, Back Creek Golf Club77-70–147
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club70-77–147
Troy Miller, Back Creek Golf Club75-72–147
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course70-78–148
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club75-73–148
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club75-73–148
Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club71-77–148
David West, Whitford Country Club77-72–149
Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA75-74–149
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club78-71–149
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club76-73–149
Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club71-78–149
Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club75-74–149
Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club77-72–149
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club77-73–150
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA73-77–150
David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club75-75–150
Joe April, Philadelphia Cricket Club76-74–150
Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club74-76–150
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club76-75–151
Jason Barkley, Huntsville Golf Club77-74–151
Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford Country Club72-79–151
Michael Moffat, Commonwealth National Golf Club72-79–151
George Petrellis, Blue Bell Country Club73-78–151
Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands Golf Club78-73–151
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club77-75–152
John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club77-75–152
Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73-79–152
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club78-75–153
James Donnelly, Merion Golf Club75-78–153
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club73-80–153
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club76-77–153
Chris Lawler, Cedarbrook Country Club78-75–153
Conrad Von Borsig, White Manor Country Club76-77–153
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club74-81–155
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club78-77–155
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club76-80–156
Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club78-78–156
Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club77-80–157
Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club78-79–157
Brian Shevland, Waynesborough Country Club78-79–157
Bill Burke, Sea Oaks Golf Club77-80–157
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club74-84–158
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club78-80–158
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club74-84–158
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club75-84–159
Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club77-84–161
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club77-86–163
Dave Marshall, Trenton Country Club78-86–164
Cole Willcox, Merion Golf Club75-WD–WD
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club78-WD–WD
Sean Clifford, Yardley Country Club72-WD–WD
Failed to qualify
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club79
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club79
Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA79
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club80
Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club80
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club80
Drew Garis, North Hills Country Club80
Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club80
Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club80
Keith Olinick, Philadelphia Publinks GA80
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club81
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield81
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club81
Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club81
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club81
William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club81
Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club81
Jon-Michael Socaris, Broad Run Golfer’s Club81
Matthew Vassil, Honeybrook Golf Club81
Colin Smith, Radley Run Country Club82
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club82
Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown82
Neil Gordon, Five Ponds Golf Club82
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club82
Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club82
Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club82
J.J. Berenato, Llanerch Country Club82
Keith Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course82
Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club83
Brian Sokolowski, Greate Bay Country Club83
William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club83
Robert Good, Merion Golf Club83
Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth Country Club83
Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf Club83
Brendan Young, North Hills Country Club83
Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club84
Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook Golf Club84
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club84
Ronald Jamarowicz, Hartefeld National84
Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve85
Patrick Murray, North Hills Country Club85
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National86
Len Fox, Jr., Tavistock Country Club86
Paul Kupcha, Fieldstone Golf Club88
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club88
Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club89
Phil Cillo, Little Mill Country Club90
Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country ClubNC
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf ClubWD
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country ClubWD
Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country ClubWD
Chris Smedley, Loch Nairn Golf ClubWD
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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