May 21, 2008

Two-time champion McDermott atop Middle-Amateur leaderboard


GREENVILLE, Del.–Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club carded the lone under-par score of the 25th Middle-Amateur Championship’s first round, firing a 2-under-par 69 at a wet and, at times, windy, Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 6,532 yards) on Wednesday. He holds a two-shot lead heading into the second and final day.

  William Lawler of Fox Hill Country Club, 60, a former Senior Player of the Year who walked and carried his own bag on the hilly trek, posted an impressive even-par 71 and stands alone in second place. Michael Domenick, 53, of Phoenixville Country Club and Chip Lutz, 53, of LedgeRock Golf Club, finished at 72 and are tied for third. Lutz is the defending champion.

Michael Domenick of Phoenixville CC finds himself tied in third place.

 A field of 127 players started with the cut line falling at 80 (9-over-par). A total of 77 players advanced. The second and final round begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. The leaders start their day at 12:20 a.m.

  The Mid-Am. is the first of four GAP Majors.

  McDermott, the reigning William Hyndman, III Player of the Year and a two-time Mid-Am. champion, finished with a flurry to grab the top spot, posting three birdies on his final three holes.

  Completing his round on the front nine, McDermott put a sand wedge from 110 yards to three feet on No. 7 (par 4, 340 yards); launched an 8-iron to 15 feet and rolled in the right to left breaker on No. 8 (par 3, 180 yards) and knocked a pitching wedge from 145 yards, with the hole playing straight downwind, to a foot on No. 9 (par 4, 439 yards).

  “I didn’t think I’d be in the lead standing on the seventh tee,” said McDermott, 33, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. “There are a lot of good players within a few shots so it’s nice to have a little cushion. I know I’ll have to play well in order to beat them.”

  McDermott opened his round with two bogeys in his first four holes, but responded with a birdie on No. 15 (par 4, 437 yards) when he knocked a sand wedge to four feet from 120 yards. A three-putt bogey on 16 (par 3, 130 yards) followed but McDermott responded with a nice up-and-down from the left rough for a birdie on No. 18 (par 5, 526 yards) and made the turn at 1-over par.

  Another birdie-bogey exchange on Nos. 4 (par 4, 354 yards) and 5 (par 5, 525 yards) preceded the sterling McDermott finish.

  “It’s a good position to be in,” said McDermott. “To be in the hunt in any Major is a great thing.”

  Lawler, a top senior player in Golf Association of Philadelphia circles, turned in maybe the most impressive performance of the day considering he carried his own bag. His round included four birdies and four bogeys.

  “It’s a nice surprise,” said Lawler, a resident of West Wyoming, Pa. “I’m thrilled. Anytime you play in these events and play the best players and play well, it’s great.”

  Lawler, starting on the back nine, opened with a bogey on No. 10 (par 5, 550 yards) when he failed to get up-and-down from around the green, but made an eight-foot birdie on No. 11 (par 4, 304 yards) to get back to square. Another birdie-bogey exchange on Nos. 14 (par 4, 457 yards) and 15 allowed Lawler to make the turn in even par.

  Bogeys on Nos. 1 (par 4, 440 yards) and 6 (par 3, 182 yards) mingled with a 15-foot birdie on No. 5 (par 5, 525 yards) and another under-par score with a 9-iron to eight feet on No. 7 (par 4, 340 yards).

  This is only the second time Lawler has competed in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur Championship.

  Lurking in third place is Lutz. Lutz is a two-time Middle-Amateur Champion and the reigning titleholder. He took his first title in 1998.

  Domenick, too, is no stranger to the top of the Mid-Am. leaderboard. In 1993, he fell to Carl Everett of Merion GC in a playoff for the crown.

  The Middle-Amateur is for players 25 years of age and older.

  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. That 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. Playerss must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

NameClubFront 9Back 9Total
Michael McDermottMerion Golf Club323769
William LawlerFox Hill Country Club353671
Chip LutzLedgeRock Golf Club373572
Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club353772
Chris EsbenshadeFive Ponds Golf Club343973
Raymond ThompsonOverbrook Golf Club334073
Robert Wurtz, Jr.Philadelphia Cricket Club334073
Andy AchenbachRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve373774
Gary DanielsApplebrook Golf Club393574
Jeff DellaFrancoConcord Country Club383674
Mike OwsikPlymouth Country Club363874
Robert BechtoldFieldstone Golf Club373774
William JeremiahPhiladelphia Publinks GA383674
Douglas SchroerAronimink Golf Club354075
G. Patrick DoughertyTalamore Country Club354075
John RobinsonCommonwealth National Golf Club373875
Oscar Mestre, Jr.Overbrook Golf Club363975
Paul RogowiczYardley Country Club363975
Peter Barron, IIIStone Harbor Golf Club363975
Rand MendezFieldstone Golf Club383775
Rich PruchnikWest Chester Golf & Country Club393675
Robert GillFox Hill Country Club373875
Thomas GramignaTavistock Country Club383775
Buddy ReedCavaliers Country Club373976
Charles JonesPhiladelphia Publinks GA383876
Jeffrey HuntzingerNorth Hills Country Club413576
Jim SimmonsStonewall383876
Jim YenserHoneybrook Golf Club344276
Ken SimCommonwealth National Golf Club393776
Matt DolinskyHoneybrook Golf Club393776
Matthew FingerRunning Deer Golf Club373976
Michael BrownPhiladelphia Publinks GA364076
Michael TashTavistock Country Club383876
P. Chet WalshPhiladelphia Country Club393776
Roc IreyCedarbrook Country Club393776
Tom BorselloFieldstone Golf Club354176
Warren SmithCavaliers Country Club383876
William BelloMetedeconk National Golf Club373976
Chris AndersonWilmington Country Club374077
David LiottaWhitemarsh Valley Country Club374077
Geoffrey CooperLaurel Creek Country Club403777
John CobbTavistock Country Club403777
Mark E. PetersonPhiladelphia Cricket Club374077
Matt KohnHartefeld National383977
Richard UmaniPhiladelphia Publinks GA383977
Stephen SeidenConcord Country Club354277
Thomas DiCintiLinks Golf Club393877
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club384078
Darrell ClaytonCavaliers Country Club384078
Frank Corrado, Jr.Jericho National Golf Club374178
John BrennanSpring Ford Country Club384078
Michael MoffatCommonwealth National Golf Club413778
Robert HarringtonMerion Golf Club393978
Robert LoftusOverbrook Golf Club364278
Scott KleeIndian Valley Country Club413778
Thomas HylandLittle Mill Country Club384078
Bill BoyleMetedeconk National Golf Club423779
Brad SokolGreen Valley Country Club403979
Brian GillespieSt. Davids Golf Club384179
Byron WhitmanGolden Oaks Golf Club374279
Drew PanebiancoTalamore Country Club403979
Glenn SmeraglioYardley Country Club413879
Jhoon ChangPhiladelphia Cricket Club394079
John LeBoeufPhiladelphia Country Club384179
Joseph RussoRunning Deer Golf Club374279
Peter MoranEdgmont Country Club364379
Robert DziakSpring Ford Country Club384179
Sean LeonardTavistock Country Club394079
Sean McMonagleSand Barrens Golf Club443579
Andrew DietzLaurel Creek Country Club364379
David ShieldsPhiladelphia Publinks GA394180
Keitih EvansRunning Deer Golf Club394180
Ken MattTalamore Country Club404080
Paul LiebezeitAronimink Golf Club384280
Ryan GelrodCommonwealth National Golf Club364480
Santo LafocaHuntsville Golf Club404080
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club413980
Failed to qualify
Brian CorbettHuntsville Golf Club404181
David WestWhitford Country Club433881
Joseph RoederLinks Golf Club384381
Mark CzerniakowskiBlue Bell Country Club404181
Mike DannerLu Lu Country Club404181
Thomas FinnCavaliers Country Club423981
William NaylorApplebrook Golf Club414081
Cory ReighardCommonwealth National Golf Club394382
Douglas ZelnerSpring Ford Country Club404282
Francis McFaddenOverbrook Golf Club384482
Gerry BaldachinoOlde York Country Club443882
James KiesermanTalamore Country Club364682
John CampanelliWoodbury Country Club414182
Joshua IslerChester Valley Golf Club424082
Peter WilliamsonManufacturers Golf & Country Club414182
Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club404282
Bill MurrayMerchantville Country Club384583
Jeffrey PrickittManufacturers Golf & Country Club414283
Michael StanleySt. Davids Golf Club424183
Stephen McIntyreHoneybrook Golf Club424183
Steven WalczakWilmington Country Club414283
Dan Pinciotti, Jr.Huntingdon Valley Country Club434184
George SteinmetzSpring Ford Country Club434184
James DonnellyMerion Golf Club434184
Scott ChesnaCavaliers Country Club404484
Charles BernardRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve434285
Chris ComerBallamor Golf Club424385
Douglas CusickTavistock Country Club483785
Eric BuckLancaster Country Club404585
Gregory ShevaNorth Hills Country Club414485
Jamie SlonisTavistock Country Club473885
Jonathan ShevlinNorth Hills Country Club414485
Steve LubinFive Ponds Golf Club444185
Bob MajczanLookaway Golf Club424486
Damon BarbacciHuntsville Golf Club404686
Gary GordonTalamore Country Club473986
Ed ChylinskiChester Valley Golf Club434487
Jon ThomasWhite Clay Creek Country Club483987
Mark CoassoloBrookside C.C. of Allentown404787
David HoegelLittle Mill Country Club424688
Jason BarkleyHuntsville Golf Club434689
Ryan MorrisseyHartefeld National434689
Travis ShafferTalamore Country Club484189
Charles MeadowsRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve414990
Charles ScalzottTalamore Country Club474390
Mike HaneyLlanerch Country Club474794
Aaron BracyPhiladelphia Publinks GA464995
Chris HynoskiMercer Oaks Golf CourseDQDQDQ
Gavin GrimesChester Valley Golf ClubWDWDWD
John SimonePhilmont Country ClubWDWDWD
Lance OberparleiterWedgwood Country ClubWDWDWD
DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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