Three share medalist honors in #GAPMidAm Qual. at Golden Oaks - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Apr 22, 2017

Three share medalist honors in #GAPMidAm Qual. at Golden Oaks

FLEETWOOD, Pa. — Three golden golf games outshined consistent raindrops Saturday in a Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf at Golden Oaks Golf Club (par 72, 6,679 yards).

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  Shawn Lavin of Rolling Green Golf Club, Ryan Orcutt of Philadelphia Publinks GA and Jared Palubinski of Schuylkill Country Club all carded 2-under rounds of 70 to each earn a share of medalist honors.

  The three medalists bettered a field of 84 #GAPMidAm hopefuls. The low 23 players and ties secured their tee times in the Championship proper on May 24-25 at Overbrook Golf Club.

  By day’s end, the cut line stopped at 2-over 74 in the first of three Qualifers which featured a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

  Palubinski is a former Golden Oaks member who joined when he was 14 years old and recently left the club when he was 23. That local knowledge he gained growing up was enough to bolster his round to the top of today’s leaderboard.

  “I love this place. It’s not tight, it’s fair, there’s really no quirky holes. For a semi-private course, it’s pretty great overall,” said Palubinski, now 26.

  The Hamburg, Pa. native has his sights set on making his first GAP Major cut at Overbrook. He qualified for the #GAPMidAm last year but failed to make the second day at Waynesborough Country Club. Achieving that goal will be this year’s measuring stick for Palubinski.

  “I feel like I’ve been getting better every year. All I need to do now is make the cut. If I can do that, then I’ll try to contend,” he said.

  Orcutt consistently found himself within 12 feet in regulation during his medal-earning round. His four birdies (Nos. 7, 8, 10, 12) were the highlights of the day, even though he “left some out there”, noting that he had birdie looks roughly “70 percent of the time.”

  “The greens were great here. Iron play was huge today and you were really able to give yourself some good looks out there,” said Orcutt, 38, of Bethlehem, Pa.

  “I’ve missed a lot of cuts by only one shot, so this one feels good to qualify. I haven’t been to Overbrook but I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

  Lavin, a player who is no stranger to GAP Majors, carded splits of 1-under 35 on each side at Golden Oaks en route to earning his way to the Championship proper where he’ll play on Overbrook’s familiar track.

  “Oddly enough, when I was in college and learning how to play, my cousin was the assistant pro at Overbrook. I would take lessons from him there and I learned that course well, it’s a really good one,” he said.

  The 45-year-old competes regularly in the Mid-Amateur, in addition to the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship and GAP Open Championship. He says this one is unique because “it’s for the working golfer with realistic expectations.”

  “All of us know where we are in life, and we really just try to enjoy it,” said Lavin, of Drexel Hill, Pa. “That’s the biggest thing out here is having fun. We know we’re not turning pro but we do try to enjoy the time we have on the golf course.”

  Notes–G. Patrick Dougherty of Philadelphia Cricket Club made an ace on his final hole, the par-3, 170-yard No. 9, to sneak into the field. With a 6-iron in hand, his hole-in-one pushed Dougherty over the cut line.

  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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Name, club Score
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 70
Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 70
Jared Palubinski, Schuylkill Country Club 70
Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club 71
Jason Kowalski, Downingtown Country Club 71
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club 71
Chris Button, Golden Oaks Golf Club 72
Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Casey Osborne, Brookside Country Club 72
Timothy Anderson, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club 73
Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club 73
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club 73
Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club 73
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown 74
Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club 74
Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club 74
Jeff Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 74
Chris Lawler, Applebrook Golf Club 74
Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Joe Perese, Philmont Country Club 74
John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club 74
Failed to qualify
Andy Achenbach, Lu Lu Country Club 75
Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club 75
Blake Cleary, Wilmington Country Club 75
Joe Corcoran, Five Ponds Golf Club 75
Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club 75
Doug Gordon, Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Andrew Keeling, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club 75
Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club 75
Brian Corcoran, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Zachary Falone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Trever Mertz, Schuylkill Country Club 76
Joe Minahan, Brookside CC of Allentown 76
John Mullins, Bellewood Country Club 76
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club 76
Nicholas Anderson, White Manor Country Club 77
Kyle Dolby, Waynesborough Country Club 77
Scott Lumbatis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 77
Patrick McCusker, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club 77
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club 78
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club 78
Eamon Evans, Glenmaura National Golf Club 78
Brian Gardner, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 78
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club 78
Sean McMonagle, Laurel Creek Country Club 78
Peter Williamson, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 78
Andrew Zoeller, Waynesborough Country Club 78
Bradley Bernosky, Broad Run Golfer’s Club 79
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Brendan Clearkin, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 79
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 79
Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 79
Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club 79
Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club 79
Ryan O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Peter Pendergast, Berkshire Country Club 79
Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club 79
Scott Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club 80
Andrew Jaskel, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 80
Peter Sharkey, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club 81
Silvio Trentalange, Lu Lu Country Club 81
Jake Willcox, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club 82
Brian Sokolowski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club 82
Robert Dziak, Bellewood Country Club 84
Mike Ellis, Loch Nairn Golf Club 84
Paul Molloy, Golf Course at Glen Mills 84
David Rabian, Hartefeld National 84
Butch Silknitter, Bellewood Country Club 84
Trevor Seufer, Stonewall 85
Tom Piersanti, Saucon Valley Country Club 86
Robert Rossetti, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 86
Cary Aarons, Medford Village Country Club 87
Jordan Mulrain, North Hills Country Club 87
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club 88
David Shell, Radley Run Country Club 90
Nicholas Damm, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Pat Rooney, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club NC
Joe Rossi, Squires Golf Club WD
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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