Apr 27, 2017

Tavistock’s Rexon tops Mid.-Am. Qualifier at Hopewell Valley

HOPEWELL, N.J. — Daniel Rexon swept his singles match in Week One of the BMW GAP Team Matches. His performance at Glenmaura National Golf Club reassured the Cherry Hill, N.J. resident that his golf game is trending into positive waters.

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  Rexon carried such spunk into the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf at a quaint Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6,535 yards) Thursday. The Tavistock Country Club member carded a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors. He led a field of 79 players hoping to earn one of 21 qualifying spots and ties for the Championship proper, set for May 24-25 at Overbrook Golf Club.

  The cut line stopped at 76 by day’s end.

  “I played really well in the Team Match last weekend and was kind of riding a really good round into today,” Rexon, 29, of Cherry Hill, N.J., said. “It was one of the best matches I’ve played in a long time. I feel good right now. I’m hitting the ball solid. I’m happy right now. Mission accomplished.”

  With flying colors no less.

  Rexon opened his qualifying bid in ideal fashion. On No. 1 (par 4, 374 yards), he knocked a sand wedge 110 yards to 20 feet and drained a firm, right-to-left breaker for birdie. Rexon nearly notched an ace on the par 3, 163-yard No. 3, sending a smooth 6-iron into the flagstick. He cleaned up a five-footer. The sales engineer also birdied No. 8 (par 4, 400 yards). After extricating a 9-iron from 145 yards out of a flyer lie, Rexon dropped a downhill 10-footer. Tree trouble spearheaded a pair of frontside bogeys. Rexon left drives in precarious positions on Nos. 2 (par 4, 388 yards) and 6 (par 4, 396 yards) and failed to recover on both.

  After issuing a self-plea for more birdies on the 10th tee, Rexon finally obeyed on the par 4, 331-yard 12th hole. Facing a flyer lie once again, he lifted a pitching wedge 140 yards to 20 feet and watched his putt tumble over the right edge. Rexon chipped in for birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 352 yards) from a pace over the putting surface. A 135-yard pitching wedge shot set up the spectacular feat. Rexon reverted to 2 under thanks to a buried lie on the par 5, 491-yard 16th hole. He only advanced a “hack 9-iron” 10 feet. A key up-and-down on the next hole (par 3, 200 yards) preserved red. Rexon bumped a pitching wedge from 10 paces off the front of the green and buried an anxious three-footer.

  “I didn’t hit it great off the tee today, to be honest with you,” Rexon said. “I was really hitting some nice approach shots from the rough. I hit a couple of them close and made a few putts. It was kind of a scrappy round really.”

  A putter change “from a little Scotty [Cameron] blade to a nice, heavy mallet” continues to add green comfort, which Rexon used to his advantage Thursday.

  “[The putter has] made it a lot easier for me. It’s great on greens like this,” an enthusiastic Rexon said. “These greens were fine. I love being able to let the club do the work on those lag putts.”

  Rexon, who plays sans hat and lets his long locks flow, will compete in his second Middle-Amateur Championship. Perhaps the momentum wave will splash into Overbrook as well.

  “I just want to go out there and play how I’ve played recently,” Rexon said. “I feel really good with my irons right now. If I can get the driver straightened out like I did last weekend, it sets everything up. I expect to play well. Why not?”

  The final Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf will take place Monday, May 1 at Whitford Country Club.

  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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Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 153 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. 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.

Qualifiers
Name, club Score
Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club 70
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club 71
Dan Close, Woodcrest Country Club 71
Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club 72
Dan Wach, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 72
Greg Dymek, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 73
James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club 73
Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club 74
Mike Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club 74
Michael Stamberger, Manasquan River Golf Club 74
Peter Barry, Little Mill Country Club 75
Alex Hargaden, Woodcrest Country Club 75
Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club 75
Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club 75
Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 75
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 76
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club 76
Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club 76
Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club 76
Jeff Peltier, Stone Harbor Golf Club 76
Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club 76
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Failed to qualify
William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club 77
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 77
Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook 77
Anthony Gentlesk, Tavistock Country Club 77
David Hirschhorn, Old York CC at Chesterfield 77
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club 77
James Schmidt, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 78
Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club 78
Doug Jones, Little Mill Country Club 78
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club 78
Steve Lubin, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club 78
Gary Schoeman, Gulph Mills Golf Club 78
Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club 78
James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Gene Goudy, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club 79
Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club 79
Jerry Newell, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club 79
Dan Smith, The Springhaven Club 79
Paul Bickford, Wedgwood Country Club 80
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club 80
Bernie McCole, The Bucks Club 80
Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club 80
Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club 81
Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 82
David Guertler, Tavistock Country Club 82
Timothy Haberbusch, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Rick James, Doylestown Country Club 82
Dan Kelly, Llanerch Country Club 82
David Krausse, Galloway National Golf Club 82
Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club 83
Colin Miller, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 84
Reid Carnes, Sea Oaks Golf Club 85
Tom Corcimiglia, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 85
Jay Nistad, Medford Village Country Club 85
Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Ron Convento, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 87
Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club 88
Tim Levy, Green Valley Country Club 92
William Curran, Gulph Mills Golf Club 93
John Browndorf, Metedeconk National Golf Club WD
William Costin, IV, Merion Golf Club WD
Jeff Shoener, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club WD
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club WD
John Venne, Laurel Creek Country Club WD
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