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West Grove’s Jeremiah takes top slot at Pine Hill GC

PINE HILL, N.J.-Bill Jeremiah of West Grove, Pa., reinstated as an amateur only a 1½ years ago, survived a 2:40 rain delay to post a 2-under-par 68 and earn medalist honors in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open Championship on Monday at Pine Hill GC (par 70, 6,831 yards). Jeremiah moves on to sectional qualifying on June 7 at Canoe Brook CC in Summit, N.J., where he’ll attempt to make his first U.S. Open Championship field.

  This local qualifier (field of 105 players at Pine Hill, 57 pros, 48 amateurs) was one of approximately 100, 18-hole local qualifiers for the U.S. Open Championship that will be played June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

  Also advancing into sectional qualifying were Joey Bonargo (69), a native of Warminster, Pa., and current mini-tour professional on the Golden Bear Tour, John DiMarco (70), a teaching pro at Laurel Creek CC and Ross Cox (71), a freshmen at the University of Tennessee. Tino Weiss, also a freshmen at the University of Tennessee (71), declined the qualifying position. John Appleget (72), a teaching pro at Blue Heron Pines GC and Wildwood G&CC, Dave Roberts (72), an assistant professional at Cedarbrook CC, Strath Haven high school junior Conrad Von Borsig (72) and Brian Rothaus (72), an amateur from Philmont CC, will compete in a playoff for the final three of seven available positions tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Play was suspended due to darkness. Sectionals are set for June 7-8 at 13 nationwide sites. Approximately 90 total spots will be awarded to fill the championship field of 156 players.

  Jeremiah, a member at Bidermann GC in Wilmington, Del., carded four birdies and two bogeys. He hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. This will be his second attempt at sectional qualifying.

  “My priority was to hit fairways and that’s what I did,” said Jeremiah, 35.

  Jeremiah sealed his quest for the sectional stop with a birdie on No. 17 (par 4, 445 yards). He fired a 3-wood, 6-iron to a foot. Jeremiah finished with a bogey on No. 18 (par 4, 406 yards) but said he felt “pretty safe,” after 17.

  Jeremiah was the former director of golf at Hartefeld National for four years before applying for reinstatement. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Pine Valley GC for two years.

  Bonargo, 31, a native of Warminster, Pa., who is currently a mini-tour professional on the Golden Bear Tour, carded a 1-under-par 69. He moves on to

  sectional qualifying on June 8 at Lake Nona G&CC in Orlando, Fla., where he’ll attempt to make his first U.S. Open Championship field.

  For Bonargo it’s been a long road back.

  He missed almost three years of action, from 2000-03, with a neck injury. Bonargo said he tore two disks in his neck from overuse.

  He stated his game’s been rounding back into shape, though, collecting checks in six of the last seven Golden Bear stops in February and March. The La Salle High School and University of Mississippi graduate is looking for big things when the Golden Bear restarts in June.

  Bonargo currently splits time living in Jackson, Miss. and Stuart, Fla.

  DiMarco, started his day with a double bogey on No. 1 (par 5, 520 yards), but recovered on the strength of some exception putting. He recorded a total of 25 total putts (11 on the front, 14 on the back).

  This is fourth attempt at sectionals. DiMarco did make the U.S. Open field when it visited Pinehurst CC in 1999 but failed to make the cut.

  “I started off terrible with a lost ball on the first hole and made seven and then almost hit it out of play on No. 2 (par 3, 170 yards), but got up and down and settled down,” said DiMarco. “[Obviously], I putted real well.”

  Cox and Weiss, both in town on their way to Yale University for the NCAA East Regional, posted 71s. It will be Cox’s first attempt at Sectional qualifying. Weiss, a native of Switzerland, said he would be traveling home as the reason for declining the final position.

Qualifiers
Pos. Name Club Front 9 Back 9 Total
1 a-Bill Jeremiah Bidermann GC 33 35 68
2 Joey Bonargo Unattached 35 34 69
3 John Dimarco Laurel Creek CC 35 35 70
T4 a-Ross Cox Willow Creek GC 38 33 71
T4 a-Tino Weiss Unattached 35 36 71
T6 *a-Brian Rothaus Philmont CC 34 38 72
T6 *Dave Roberts Cedarbrook CC 37 35 72
T6 *John Appleget Unattached 38 34 72
Alternates (in order)
T6 a-Conrad Von Borsig Penn Oaks GC 36 36 72
T10 *Michael Lanzetta Mansfield Golf 36 37 73
T10 *Walter Kim Unattached 36 37 73
T10 *Travis Deibert Lehigh CC 36 37 73
Failed to qualify
T10 a-Brian Gillespie St David’s GC 36 37 73
T14 a-David Skinns Unattached 34 40 74
T14 a-John Scott Rattan Montgomery CC 38 36 74
T14 Kevin Syring Alpine CC 36 38 74
T17 a-Ross Mc Gowan Banstead Downs GC 36 39 75
T17 Ethan Pauxtis Wildwood GC 36 39 75
T17 George Frake II Little Mill CC 36 39 75
T17 Jason Ackerman Cape May National GC 38 37 75
T17 Joey Rassett Ridge at Back Brook 38 37 75
T17 Michael Brown North Hills CC 38 37 75
T17 Vince Ramagli Burlington CC 39 36 75
T24 a-Anthony Apostolico Deerfield Golf & CC 38 38 76
T24 a-Josh Green Bey Lea 36 40 76
T24 Craig Frank The Hills at Perkiomen 39 37 76
T24 Jay Davis Metedeconk National GC 37 39 76
T24 Steven Garcia Unattached 37 39 76
T29 a-Chris Ault Spring Mill CC 38 39 77
T29 Robert Deruntz Cherry Valley CC 36 41 77
T31 a-Chris Sylvia Blue Heron Pines GC 37 41 78
T31 a-David Grossman Greate Bay GC 40 38 78
T31 Bill Johnson White Beeches G&CC 39 39 78
T34 a-Gary Cicatiello Lake Monticello 41 38 79
T34 a-Gui Costin Merion GC 39 40 79
T34 Barry Dear South Jersey GC 39 40 79
T34 John Pillar CC at Woodloch Spgs 44 35 79
T34 Matt Ujfalusi Aronimink GC 39 40 79
T39 a-Chris Gallagher Penn Oaks GC 41 39 80
T39 a-Martin Agger Cape May National 39 41 80
T39 a-Paul Liebezeit Downingtown CC 40 40 80
T39 Dennis Jones Avalon CC 39 41 80
T39 Louis Lloyd Unattached 37 43 80
T44 a-Sean Leonard Tavistock CC 41 40 81
T44 a-Timothy Porter Wilmington CC 40 41 81
T44 Bob Lennon Blue Heron Pines GC 40 41 81
T44 Matthew Wentzel Pine Hill GC 38 43 81
T44 Paul Lejeune Suburban GC 41 40 81
T44 Shawn Phillips Cranbury GC 37 44 81
T44 Stephen Fox Pine Hill GC 39 42 81
T51 a-David West Whiford CC 44 38 82
T51 a-Kevin Kaufman Falcon Creek GC 44 38 82
T51 a-Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 44 38 82
T51 David Seeman Jr White Clay Creek CC 39 43 82
T51 Jared Zaraza Greenbriar Oceanaire 37 45 82
T51 Mark Parisi Christiana CC 43 39 82
T51 Quentin Griffith III Pennsauken CC 45 37 82
T58 a-Clark Holle Royce Brook GC 38 45 83
T58 a-Joseph Russo Running Deer GC 40 43 83
T58 Matthew Gaffney The Golf Zone 39 44 83
T58 Patrick Hennigan II Waynesborough CC 41 42 83
62 Sean Driscoll Riverwinds GC 42 42 84
T63 a-Bill Gropp GC at Glen Mills 45 40 85
T63 Donald Larcher Lincoln Falls GC 41 44 85
T63 Peter Malonoski Berkleigh CC 46 39 85
T66 David Smith Clermont Golf Center 42 44 86
T66 Rich Owsik Somerset Hills CC 43 43 86
68 Philip Taormina Greenbriar Oceanaire 43 44 87
69 a-Keith Wilson Bensalem CC 42 48 90
70 James Bearden Galyan’s 47 44 91
71 a-Drew Anders Laurel Creek CC 51 44 95
73 a-Michael Schaffer Centerton GC 44 57 101
T74 a-Alexander Maguire Jr Phladelphia Cricket DQ DQ DQ
T74 a-Michael Stamberger Suburban NS NS NS
T74 a-Bowen Sargent Unattached WD WD WD
T74 a-Brian Fagan The Links GC WD WD WD
T74 a-Cass Traub Springdale WD WD WD
T74 a-Craig Smith Fairmount CC WD WD WD
T74 a-Daniel Heller Forsgate CC WD WD WD
T74 a-Ed Brown Rehoboth Beach CC WD WD WD
T74 a-James Kieserman Blue Bell CC WD WD WD
T74 a-Jamie Slonis Tavistock CC WD WD WD
T74 a-Jason Zubatkin Tamarack CC WD WD WD
T74 a-Rhys Davies Royal Porthcawl WD WD WD
T74 a-Ryan Gelrod Forsgate CC WD WD WD
T74 Billy Ashford Rotella Memorial GC WD WD WD
T74 Daniel Connole Rancocas GC WD WD WD
T74 James George Unattached WD WD WD
T74 Jeff Bunker Pocono Farms WD WD WD
T74 Joel Inman The Springhaven Club WD WD WD
T74 John Haight Essex Fells CC WD WD WD
T74 Larry Hamberger Colts Neck GC WD WD WD
T74 Michael Mack Burlington CC WD WD WD
T74 Stephen Wright St Davids GC WD WD WD
T74 Tom Ryan Max Starcke WD WD WD
T74 a-Mark Walker Laurel Creek CC NC NC NC
T74 Joe Ready Aronimink GC NC NC NC
T74 a-Stephen Intrieri Indian Spring CC NC NC NC
T74 a-John Kondash Burlington CC NC NC NC
T74 a-Stephen Hamilton Hominy Hill NC NC NC
WD-withdrawal; NC-no card
NS-no show; DQ-disqualification