Two share medalist honors in Mid-Am. Qual. at Wedgwood - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Apr 27, 2012

Two share medalist honors in Mid-Am. Qual. at Wedgwood

  WASHINGTON TWP., N.J. — Jack Anderson of Makefield Highlands Golf Club and Lance Oberparleiter of Little Mill Country Club carded respective even-par 72s to share medalist honors in Thursday’s Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier at Wedgwood Country Club (par 72, 6,769 yards). Playing in the same group, the two led a field of 81 players attempting to grab one of 26 qualifying spots and ties available for the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 29th Middle-Amateur Championship, set for May 23-24 at Chester Valley Golf Club.

  Eighteen holes, eighteen pars. That’s the formula Anderson followed to advance.

  “I didn’t know what to expect going into it, being this early in the season and not really getting in a groove yet,” the Yardley, Pa. resident said. “I slowed my swing down a lot. On the first hole, I hit it into the middle of the green and said ‘let’s just two-putt and go to the next hole.’ I started getting into a groove. I played real conservative and didn’t make mistakes. All of my misses were no more than five feet off the green.”

  Anderson converted pars like clockwork. On the aforementioned first hole (par 4, 424 yards), he knocked an 8-iron 148 yards to 18 feet and two-putted.

  The sole “scramble,” if you will, occurred on No. 16 (par 3, 180 yards). Anderson, 42, hit a 6-iron heavy and short of the putting surface, but nearly executed the ensuing flop shot. He attempted to reach the par 4, 493-yard 17th green in two strokes, but saw his 240-yard 3-wood shot settle just outside the right greenside bunker. Anderson nestled a chip to seven feet and missed the birdie putt.

  Anderson, who owns an automotive tire and repair center, hopes to temper his emotions in the Championship Proper.

  “If I can keep myself calm, I think I can do well,” Anderson said. “Taking it one hole at time was my goal today. It’s something I’ve always struggled to do. I usually start getting ahead of myself. When you press, you don’t concentrate as well and the wheels start coming off.”

  Oberparleiter’s day wasn’t that tedious. He opened with three consecutive bogeys thanks to poor tee shots.

  “Being the first qualifier of the year, I think I was nervous coming out of the gate,” Oberparleiter, 45, of Blackwood, N.J., said. “I just settled down. Being familiar with the place, I knew there were some birdie holes out there.”

  A former Wedgwood member of 18 years, Oberparleiter used course knowledge to curb the rough start. He benched the driver and relied on his 4-wood for the most part. It paid dividends on No. 6 (par 4, 378 yards). Oberparleiter drilled a pitching wedge 133 yards to 10 feet and cleaned up the birdie putt. He capped his outward venture with a birdie on No. 9 (par 4, 396 yards). He hit a pitching wedge 130 yards to 13 feet.

  Oberparleiter adopted Anderson’s approach on the back nine. He carded eight pars and a birdie. On No. 17, Oberparleiter fell short of the green with a utility wood from 240 yards. He guided a chip to tap-in territory.

  Oberparleiter, who owns Skeeters Pub in Blenheim, N.J., wants his performance Thursday to set a positive tone for the season.

  “This is the best round I’ve had in awhile,” he said. “It’s the best score I’ve had all year. I’ve been waiting for the tournaments to start. I’ve been working hard on my game, and I’m glad to see my work show up when it meant something.”

  At the end of the day, the cut line fell to 79.   Thursday’s qualifier was the first of two used to determine who will play in the Championship Proper next month. The second qualifier will take place May 2 at Bellewood Golf Club.

  The GAP Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Am 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 Mid-Am 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. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

  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 145 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.

Name Club Scores
Lance Oberparleiter Little Mill Country Club 72
Jack Anderson Makefield Highlands Golf Club 72
Benjamin Smith Little Mill Country Club 73
Jack Wallace Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
James Gillespie Wedgwood Country Club 74
Tim Freeh Back Creek Golf Club 74
Jeffrey Huntzinger Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Mark Peterson Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Sean Ryan Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Ronald Jamarowicz Hartefeld National 76
Bryan Ott Silver Creek Country Club 76
Adam Mastone Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 76
Ryan Jordan Tavistock Country Club 76
Drew Panebianco Five Ponds Golf Club 77
John Aloisio Running Deer Golf Club 77
Alexander Maguire, Jr. Brookside Country Club 77
Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club 77
Mark Walker Laurel Creek Country Club 77
Michael Walker Loch Nairn Golf Club 78
Matthew Finger Wedgwood Country Club 78
Michael Santerian Wedgwood Country Club 78
Mark Kosko Sea Oaks Golf Club 78
Blake Cleary Wilmington Country Club 78
Tom Grady West Chester Golf & Country Club 78
Paul Bickford Little Mill Country Club 79
Tom Spano Llanerch Country Club 79
Steven Budenz Makefield Highlands Golf Club 79
Bill Boyle Metedeconk National Golf Club 79
Rich Pruchnik Back Creek Golf Club 79
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club 79
Robert Cunningham Overbrook Golf Club 79
Failed to qualify
Bill Murray Wedgwood Country Club 80
Patrick O’Brien North Hills Country Club 80
Keith Smedley Northampton Valley Country Club 80
Brad McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 80
Brian Kenny Greate Bay Country Club 81
Scott Vasbinder Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Edward Kelly, Jr. Talamore Country Club 81
Drew O’Neill Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Dan Clark Five Ponds Golf Club 81
Vincent Varvolis Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Frank Savarese Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Tom DiCinti Links Golf Club 82
Anthony List, Jr. Llanerch Country Club 82
Dino Stathis Metedeconk National Golf Club 82
Bryan McClaskey Merchantville Country Club 82
Phil Cillo Little Mill Country Club 83
Rand Mendez Fieldstone Golf Club 83
Johan van Schalkwyk Burlington Country Club 84
Daniel Mahoney Yardley Country Club 84
Scott Carney Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Gary Smith Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Roc Irey Lookaway Golf Club 84
Steven Walczak Wilmington Country Club 85
Brian Powell Burlington Country Club 85
Eric Palumbo Rolling Green Golf Club 85
John Manfredi Sand Barrens Golf Club 85
Richard Sinopoli, Jr. Sea Oaks Golf Club 86
Fred Giblin Links Golf Club 86
Brian Degnan Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Fran Begley Wedgwood Country Club 86
Rick Hendrickson Hidden Creek Golf Club 86
Christopher Parmer Metedeconk National Golf Club 87
Bradley Roberts Wedgwood Country Club 88
Nick Verrecchio Rolling Green Golf Club 88
George Foley Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Ed Kahn Little Mill Country Club 88
Nicholas Angiulo Deerwood Country Club 89
Jay Desjardins Waynesborough Country Club 90
Rick Wright Philadelphia Publinks GA 91
David Barnett Inniscrone Golf Club 94
Schuyler Wickes Phoenixville Country Club 96
Stanley Bergman, Jr. Hidden Creek Golf Club 99
Paul Bizzaro Deerwood Country Club WD
Mark Dennish The Ridge at Back Brook WD
Francis Hamm Country Club of Scranton WD
Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club WD
Bobby Kershner RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve NS
Len Fox, Jr. Tavistock Country Club WD
Ron Fitser Huntsville Golf Club WD

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