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Veteran Chris Lange cards 70; tops U.S. Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier

GALLOWAY, N.J. – Longtime USGA competition veteran Chris Lange of Bryn Mawr, Pa., carded the only sub-par round at a tough Galloway National GC (par 71, 6,954 yards) Thursday to top the local qualifier run by the Golf Association of Philadelphia for the U.S. Middle-Amateur Championship with a 1-under-par 70.

  Lange will be joined by Gregory Wolfe of Newark, Del., Norman Swenson of Linville, N.C., Glenn Smeraglio of Newtown, Pa., Thomas Gramigna of Haddonfield, N.J., James Kieserman of Dresher, Pa., Marc Mandel of Conshohocken, Pa., and Walker Cup captain George “Buddy” Marucci, Jr., of Villanova, Pa., in the Championship set for Sept. 6-11 at Milwaukee CC in River Hills, Wis.

  “It’ll be fun to go to Milwaukee,” Lange said. “I just have to go out there and play great. We’ll see what happens when we get out there.”

  Lange got out to a fast start carding a 2 on the par 3, 2nd hole (143 yards) after knocking a 9-iron to within two feet for a kick-in birdie. The 53-year-old continued his solid play throughout the day on the tricky Jersey Shore track and finished strong with a birdie on the dogleg right, 18th hole (par 4, 442 yards).

  After cutting a drive down the middle of fairway to leave him a manageable 122 yards to the hole, Lange reached the green safely with a pitching wedge but was some 25 feet from the flagstick.

  From there, a surprised Lange made the “snaking putt” for birdie to give him the top qualifying spot.

  “I was very surprised by it going in, since I didn’t really make much today,” said Lange of his birdie try on No. 18. “It was a nice note to end on.”

  Wolfe, 36, who was given back his amateur status only last Friday, finished with a solid 1-over-par 72 to advance to his first U.S. Mid-Am Championship.

  “My goal was to qualify for either the [Amateur] or [Mid-Amateur],” said Wolfe, a former mini-tour player on the Tampa circuit. “That was the goal all summer.”

  Added Wolfe on playing the difficult New Jersey course, “This is just a tough course. Whether you set it up easy or hard, you could make a number out here. One loose tee shot and you could easily make a double bogey.”

  Norman Swenson, 61, of Linville, N.C., fired a 3-over-par 74 Thursday to advance into his first U.S. Mid-Am Championship. The defending European, Mexican, Bermuda and New Zealand (55-and-older division) Senior Amateur champion qualified for the U.S. Mid-Am. in his first try.

  “It’s not every day that a guy in his 60s qualifies for the Mid-Am.” said Swenson. “The only reason I tried to get in today was that you get a seven-year exemption into the British Senior Amateur.”

Notes:
  The U.S. Mid.-Amateur originated in 1981 for the amateur golfer of at least 25 years of age, the purpose of which to provide a formal national championship for the post-college player. The event is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index of 3.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

  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 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Qualifiers
Name City Front 9 Back 9 Total
Chris Lange Bryn Mawr, PA 35 35 70
Gregory Wolfe Newark, DE 37 35 72
Norman Swenson Linville, NC 38 36 74
Glenn Smeraglio Newtown, PA 36 38 74
Thomas Gramigna Haddonfield, NJ 38 36 74
James Kieserman Dresher, PA 38 37 75
Marc Mandel Conshohocken, PA 39 36 75
*George Marucci, Jr. Villanova, PA 38 38 76
Alternates (in order)
*Dominic Schiavone Bangor, PA 37 39 76
*Jamie Slonis Sewell, NJ 38 38 76
Failed to qualify
*James Donnelly Wayne, PA 40 36 76
*John Capra Martinsville, NJ 37 39 76
*Matthew Finger Woolwich Township, NJ 37 39 76
*Ryan Gelrod Hoboken, NJ 38 38 76
*Sean Seese Huntingdon Valley, PA 39 37 76
Kevin Kelly Horsham, PA 34 43 77
Michael McDermott Bryn Mawr, PA 40 37 77
Michael Paduano Shrewsbury, NJ 37 40 77
Michael Tash Glassboro, NJ 38 39 77
Nicholas Verrecchio Havertown, PA 36 41 77
Peter Barron III Mays Landing, NJ 35 42 77
Phil Auerbach New York, NY 35 42 77
Christopher Okeefe Massapequa, NY 38 40 78
Clinton Bunting Rehoboth Beach, DE 39 39 78
Garry Marker Mays Landing, NJ 39 39 78
Jeff Huntzinger Huntingdon Valley, PA 40 38 78
Larry Maxwell Owensboro, KY 36 42 78
Robert Derojas Philadelphia, PA 38 40 78
Thomas Lusto Saylorsburg, PA 38 40 78
David Liotta Broomall, PA 42 37 79
Gary Awalt Baltimore, MD 38 41 79
James Bohn Lewisburg, PA 39 40 79
Marc Grinberg Morganville, NJ 40 39 79
Michael Brown Cheltenham, PA 37 42 79
Anthony Fioto Manalapan, NJ 37 43 80
Brian Gillespie Wayne, PA 35 45 80
Craig Groenendaal Centreville, VA 39 41 80
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr. Huntingdon Valley, PA 42 38 80
Eric Williams Honesdale, PA 38 42 80
Frank Corrado Washington Crossing, PA 39 41 80
Geoffrey Cooper Philadelphia, PA 40 40 80
Jackson Hughes III Charlotte, NC 40 40 80
Jerry Lynch Larchmont, NY 41 39 80
Marion Moore, Jr. Georgetown, SC 41 39 80
Mark Kosko Egg Harbor Twsp, NJ 38 42 80
Michael Marotta Freehold, NJ 42 38 80
Robert Bechtold Avondale, PA 40 40 80
Ronald Levinson Long Beach, NY 39 41 80
Sean D Leonard Haddonfield, NJ 40 40 80
Ted Harris Yardley, PA 42 38 80
Thomas Dicinti Voorhees, NJ 36 44 80
Clark Holle South Orange, NJ 39 42 81
David Braka Long Branch, NJ 40 41 81
David West Downingtown, PA 39 42 81
Francisco Sojo Buenos Aires 40 41 81
Jerome Malinay Bristol, VA 42 39 81
Keith Janecek Parkton, MD 41 40 81
Matt Jasudowich Phoenixville, PA 41 40 81
Ajai Sirohi Princeton, NJ 41 41 82
Brian Sexton Little Egg Harbor, NJ 40 42 82
Chris Esbenshade Lititz, PA 43 39 82
Dino Stathis Monroe Township, NJ 43 39 82
Ken Zimmer Moorestown, NJ 42 40 82
Mike Moffat Warrington, PA 39 43 82
Rich Thon Swarthmore, PA 40 42 82
Santo Lafoca Pittston, PA 42 40 82
Alan Kline Lewisburg, PA 40 43 83
Kevin McSorley Old Bridge, NJ 43 40 83
Stephen Seiden Chadds Ford, PA 42 41 83
Andy Dietz Marlton, NJ 41 43 84
Chad Moore Egg Harbor City, NJ 42 42 84
Ghun Tae Kim Cresskill, NJ 40 44 84
Mark Dennish Skillman, NJ 42 42 84
Brian Corbett Clarks Summit, PA 42 43 85
Michael Korcuba Sicklerville, NJ 40 45 85
Michael McGovern Oradell, NJ 43 42 85
Steve Donahue Skillman, NJ 43 42 85
Brian Slama Mays Landing, NJ 43 43 86
Greg O’Connor Collegeville, PA 45 41 86
Kevin Campbell Massapequa Park, NY 40 46 86
Mark Inman Skillman, NJ 41 45 86
Mark Wachter Wilmington, DE 39 47 86
Amrish Patel Belleville, NJ 41 46 87
Edward Kelly Maple Glen, PA 49 38 87
John Garland Staten Island, NY 44 43 87
P Chet Walsh Wayne, PA 39 48 87
Brandon Davis New York, NY 40 48 88
Joe Rossi Monmouth Beach, NJ 40 48 88
Joseph Olin Medford, NJ 45 43 88
Thomas Mallouk Doylestown, PA 46 42 88
Bill Turner Delran, NJ 47 42 89
Billy Byrnes Brooklyn, NY 44 45 89
Eric Olinick Schwenksville, PA 41 48 89
Greg Mitchell Wilmington, DE 43 46 89
Lance Oberparleiter Blenheim, NJ 42 47 89
Andrew Wickersham Highland Mills, NY 48 42 90
Gary Franco Wyckoff, NJ 42 48 90
Matt Mangold Plymouth Meeting, PA 44 46 90
Donald Burgess Lancaster, PA 45 46 91
Chris Anderson Wilmington, DE 44 48 92
Michael Pastorius Collegeville, PA 44 52 96
Randy Kruse Abington, PA 52 45 97
Derrick Scenna Manasquan, NJ 48 51 99
Adam Grosso Franklin Lakes, NJ NS NS NS
Daniel Heller West Windsor, NJ NS NS NS
John Allegra Jersey City, NJ NS NS NS
Philip Waterman III New York, NY NS NS NS
Anthony List Havertown, PA WD WD WD
Christopher Corr Rosemont, PA WD WD WD
Christopher Housen Brielle, NJ WD WD WD
Christopher Scott Short Hills, NJ WD WD WD
Dan Marino Short Hills, NJ WD WD WD
Dave Pierman Highland Heights, OH WD WD WD
David Leveille Basking Ridge, NJ WD WD WD
Glen Schreiner Elkton, MD WD WD WD
Harry Reed Wilmington, DE WD WD WD
Jackson Hughes, Jr. Greenville, SC WD WD WD
Jhoon Chang Ardmore, PA WD WD WD
Jimmy Rattigan Orwigsburg, PA WD WD WD
John Lupica Newtown, PA WD WD WD
John Stickle Spring Lake, NJ WD WD WD
Marion Moore Orangeburg, SC WD WD WD
Matthew Stefanski Manahawkin, NJ WD WD WD
Stuart Katzoff New York, NY WD WD WD
Thomas Borsello Wilmington, DE WD WD WD
*-determined in a playoff
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal