Jun 14, 2005

Tavistock CC’s Jamie Slonis tops Amateur Championship Qualifier

*Match play bracket

 BLUE BELL, Pa.–Jamie Slonis of Tavistock CC braved stifling weather conditions to earn the top seed in the match play draw for the 105th Amateur Championship with a 2-under-par 141 in qualifying on Tuesday at Cedarbrook CC (par 72, 6,959 yards) and Green Valley CC (par 71, 6,757 yards).

  A field of 131 players vied for the 32 match play slots that determine the Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Champion. The first and second rounds of the Amateur Championship are set for tomorrow. The first round begins at 8 a.m. with second-round tee times to follow. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Thursday with the 36-hole final set for Saturday, June 18. All matches will be played at Cedarbrook CC.

  “It’s a nice honor [to be medallist] because it’s an event everyone shoots to play well in,” said Slonis, 36, of Sewell, N.J. “I haven’t really put it all together for a day [recently]. This is the first day I played fairly solid from start to finish.”

  Slonis carded an even-par 70 at Green Valley CC in the morning before recording a 2-under-par 70 at Cedarbrook CC in the p.m. Players completed 18 holes at each course in qualifying. A playoff for the final match play position fell at the two-round total of 154. Three players contested for the one spot with Chris Sylvia of Little Mill CC surviving.

  Slonis opened his day with a 2-under-par 33 on the backside at Green Valley CC, his opening nine, but finished bogey, double bogey to drop to even after one round. At Cedarbrook CC, Slonis wasn’t about to let that happen again.

  He made the turn with an even-par 36 after carding two birdies and two bogeys. A kick-in birdie on the 10th (par 5, 531 yards) and a short putt on No. 12 (par 5, 516 yards) moved him back into red digits. However, bogeys on No. 15 (poor drive) and 16 (poor iron shot), started leaving that bad taste in his mouth again. He put a stop to that rather quickly, though, knocking a pitching wedge from 127 yards to three feet on No. 17 (par 4, 418 yards) and a sand wedge from 82 yards on No. 18 (par 4, 431 yards) to a foot.

  “I wanted to avoid the big mistakes,” said Slonis, who works in the finance world. “I putted really well today. I had a couple three putts from long distances, but I made my fair share of 10-15-20 footers.”

  The Amateur Championship Qualifier also serves as qualifying for the Open Championship and the initial two scores of the Silver Cross. Slonis was the low qualifier for the Open Championship as well and, obviously, currently leads the Silver Cross. However, his chance at winning the coveted cross an award that dates back to 1902 and awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the two rounds of the Patterson Cup won’t happen.

  Slonis is set to travel to Scotland in August for the British Middle-Amateur Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. He is exempt for the tournament based on qualifying for match play of the U.S. Mid-Am Championship at Wilmington CC two years ago.

  “I figured it would be a once in a lifetime chance,” said Slonis.

  A number of prominent figures in the Golf Association of Philadelphia qualified for match play, including Brian Gillespie, the 2001 Amateur Champion; Chris Lange of Overbrook GC, a three-time Amateur Champion and reigning Player of the Year; Michael McDermott of Merion GC, a three-time Player of the Year and Michael Tash of Tavistock CC, the 2003 Amateur Champion.

  Other past champions in the match play field include Chris Anderson of Wilmington CC (1982-83) and Bill McGuinness of Tavistock CC (1996).

  Perhaps the most intriguing story of the tournament comes from Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC. Galbreath, who turned 14 years old today, carded a 152 total, 9-over-par, and qualified for match play for the first time in three prior tries. He is believed to be the youngest player in Golf Association of Philadelphia to qualify for match play of the Amateur.

  “I didn’t come in here with a cocky attitude, but I had a good amount of confidence,” said Galbreath of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. “I thought I could make it.”

NameClubRd. 1Rd. 2Total
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club71GVC70CCC141
John SawinMerion Golf Club69CCC75GVC144
Dan WaltersPhiladelphia Publinks GA70CCC76GVC146
Chris GallagherPenn Oaks Golf Club75GVC71CCC146
Clint DeibertDoylestown Country Club70CCC77GVC147
Tug MaudeMerion Golf Club73CCC74GVC147
Conrad Von BorsigConcord Country Club72GVC76CCC148
Kyle DavisInniscrone Golf Club74GVC74CCC148
Francis McFaddenOverbrook Golf Club74CCC75GVC149
Sean LeonardTavistock Country Club77CCC72GVC149
Shane DooleySpring Ford Country Club75CCC74GVC149
Glenn SmeraglioYardley Country Club78GVC71CCC149
Gui CostinMerion Golf Club73CCC76GVC149
Christopher GoldLittle Mill Country Club74GVC76CCC150
Patrick MarshalekWhitford Country Club74GVC76CCC150
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club77GVC73CCC150
Michael TashTavistock Country Club79CCC71GVC150
Douglas SchroerSt. Davids Golf Club78GVC73CCC151
Bryant ReyesHartefeld National76CCC75GVC151
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club71GVC80CCC151
David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club74CCC77GVC151
Michael RoseTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club74GVC77CCC151
Chris AndersonWilmington Country Club77GVC75CCC152
Douglas ZelnerCoatesville Country Club76GVC76CCC152
Michael MoffatCommonwealth National Golf Club77CCC75GVC152
Oscar Mestre, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club78GVC74CCC152
Robert Galbreath, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club74CCC78GVC152
Kenneth MattLu Lu Country Club80GVC73CCC153
James KiesermanTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club76GVC77CCC153
Michael McDermottMerion Golf Club78GVC75CCC153
William McGuinnessTavistock Country Club76GVC77CCC153
*Chris SylviaLittle Mill Country Club74CCC80GVC154
Failed to qualify
Brian OwensGulph Mills Golf Club76GVC78CCC154
Warren SmithCavaliers Country Club73CCC81GVC154
Billy MullenPlymouth Country Club79CCC76GVC155
Douglas CusickTavistock Country Club77GVC78CCC155
Logan TerryPlymouth Country Club79CCC76GVC155
Scott StorckPhiladelphia Cricket Club80CCC75GVC155
Billy McCrossanWhite Manor Country Club78GVC77CCC155
Christopher AultSpring Mill Country Club76GVC79CCC155
James WinnerPhiladelphia Publinks GA79GVC76CCC155
Paul GagliardiCedarbrook Country Club73CCC82GVC155
Brian CreghanPlymouth Country Club77GVC79CCC156
Bryan MarvinOld York Road Country Club78CCC78GVC156
John MullinsSpring Ford Country Club74GVC82CCC156
Mario VerticelliSpring Mill Country Club77CCC79GVC156
Robert ArthurTavistock Country Club79CCC77GVC156
Robert GillFox Hill Country Club81CCC75GVC156
Billy StewartLlanerch Country Club78CCC78GVC156
Byron WhitmanGolden Oaks Golf Club79GVC77CCC156
Christian DavisGlenmaura National Golf Club80CCC76GVC156
James Kania, JrOverbrook Golf Club80GVC76CCC156
John RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club79GVC77CCC156
Patrick GarrisonPhiladelphia Publinks GA79CCC77GVC156
Drew GarisNorth Hills Country Club74CCC83GVC157
Fredrick TaggartMeadia Heights Golf Club76CCC81GVC157
Robert DziakSpring Ford Country Club79GVC78CCC157
John Michael PeletWyncote Golf Club78GVC79CCC157
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club75CCC82GVC157
Robin McCoolSaucon Valley Country Club79GVC78CCC157
Santo LafocaHuntsville Golf Club80CCC77GVC157
Sean CliffordAshbourne Country Club81GVC76CCC157
Tom BorselloFieldstone Golf Club79CCC78GVC157
Brian RothausPhilmont Country Club75CCC83GVC158
Chris KallmeyerPhiladelphia Cricket Club81CCC77GVC158
Jeff HuntzingerNorth Hills Country Club84CCC74GVC158
Mark KoskoSeaview Marriott Resort79GVC79CCC158
Stephen SeidenConcord Country Club81CCC77GVC158
Anthony ApostolicoHartefeld National77CCC81GVC158
Gary DanielsApplebrook Golf Club79GVC79CCC158
Paul PolinskyManufacturers Golf & Country Club77GVC81CCC158
Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club78GVC80CCC158
Anthony MartireSeaview Marriot Resort & Spa78CCC81GVC159
Brandon DetweilerLancaster Country Club81GVC78CCC159
Dan Pinciotti, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club80GVC79CCC159
James ArsenaultLittle Mill Country Club77CCC82GVC159
Joe AprilWedgwood Country Club76CCC83GVC159
Matt RaudenbushPine Valley Golf Club80CCC79GVC159
Robert BillingsRolling Green Golf Club81GVC78CCC159
Tyler GlassmanMeadowlands Country Club80GVC79CCC159
Roc IreyCedarbrook Country Club78GVC81CCC159
Sean SeeseHuntingdon Valley Country Club83GVC76CCC159
Geoffrey CooperBallamor Golf Club82GVC78CCC160
Gerard AscoleseNorth Hills Country Club82GVC78CCC160
Jim YenserPhiladelphia Publinks GA82CCC78GVC160
Marlin DetweilerLancaster Country Club82GVC78CCC160
Charles Dowds, IIINorth Hills Country Club83GVC77CCC160
Ron WeaverMeadia Heights Golf Club81CCC79GVC160
James GreenhalghWildwood Golf & Country Club81CCC80GVC161
Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf Club81GVC80CCC161
Donald AshleyPhiladelphia Country Club78GVC83CCC161
Drew PanebiancoTalamore at Oak Terrace Country Club82CCC80GVC162
R. Blake SlaweckiSpring Ford Country Club77GVC85CCC162
Scott ElwellRunning Deer Golf Club80CCC82GVC162
Steven WalczakWilmington Country Club81GVC81CCC162
Chris BevelheimerSakima Country Club84GVC79CCC163
Stephen SierackiMerchantville Country Club84CCC79GVC163
Geoff ForcinoWaynesborough Country Club78CCC85GVC163
Mike LebowSpring Ford Country Club83CCC80GVC163
Bill BoyleMetedeconk National Golf Club86CCC78GVC164
Cole WillcoxPhiladelphia Country Club76CCC88GVC164
Daniel DoyleEdgmont Country Club84CCC80GVC164
David GrossmanGreate Bay Golf Club82GVC82CCC164
Thomas DiCintiLittle Mill Country Club85GVC79CCC164
Bill MurrayMerchantville Country Club86GVC79CCC165
David HoegelLittle Mill Country Club79GVC86CCC165
Leonard StaskielWoodbury Country Club79GVC86CCC165
Matthew BellisCommonwealth National Golf Club80CCC85GVC165
Rand MendezFieldstone Golf Club82GVC83CCC165
Tom PiersantiRadley Run Country Club78CCC87GVC165
Michael O’KeefeLittle Mill Country Club80GVC86CCC166
Perry LandisBerkleigh Country Club85CCC81GVC166
Jack WallaceBurlington Country Club82CCC85GVC167
Thomas FlatleyMerion Golf Club85CCC82GVC167
James FinnertyRadley Run Country Club83CCC85GVC168
Vince YostCedarbrook Country Club82GVC87CCC169
Joshua CaggiulaPhoenixville Country Club86CCC83GVC169
Scott KleeRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve86CCC85GVC171
Mark BieleckiWhitemarsh Valley Country Club83CCC89GVC172
Bryan McClaskeyMerchantville Country Club89GVC86CCC175
J Kirk LunteyMerion Golf Club81CCC94GVC175
Larry SilkGreate Bay Golf Club81CCCNCGVCNC
Dan PickeringIndian Valley Country Club81CCCWDGVCWD
Frank Corrado, Jr.Jericho National Golf Club86GVCWDCCCWD
Mark BattistaPhiladelphia Publinks GA83GVCWDCCCWD
Michael SangerMerion Golf Club85GVCWDCCCWD
William BelloMetedeconk National Golf Club88CCCWDGVCWD
Thomas GramignaTavistock Country Club84GVCWDCCCWD
GVC-Green Valley Country Club
CCC-Cedarbrook Country Club
*-advanced in playoff
WD-withdrawal; NC-no card

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