May 1, 2018

Geoffrey Cooper (pictured) was one of six atop.

Record six tie for medal in Mid.-Am. Qual. at Moselem Springs

  FLEETWOOD, Pa. — One opportunistic golf course. One hundred sixteen Middle-Amateur Championship hopefuls. Six deserving medalists at the end of the day.

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     That’s how the leaderboard ultimately shook out Tuesday at Moselem Springs Golf Club (par 70, 6,652 yards). Six players stood at the top with 3-over 73s after all was said and done, tying for medalist honors in a #GAPMidAm Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf. Robert Bechtold of Fieldstone Golf Club, Kevin Cahill of Merion Golf Club, Geoffrey Cooper of North Hills Country Club, Clayton Davidson of West Shore Country Club, Brian Degnan of Cobbs Creek Golf Club and Thomas Timby, Jr. of The Bucks Club made up the spectacular six.

   The group combined to set a record number for medalists in a single GAP Major Championship Qualifier since the Association began qualifying events in 2000.

  Bechtold, Cahill, Cooper, Davison, Degnan and Timby topped the large field vying for 27 spots and ties in the Championship proper to be played May 23-24 at Llanerch Country Club. By day's end, the cut line stopped at 7-over 77 in the third of four Qualifiers which was played under a welcoming May sky of nothing but sun.

   Eleven total birdies were jarred by the medal group: three by Timby, two each for Cooper, Cahill and Bechtold, and one for both Davidson and Degnan.

   The top highlight of the day, however, belonged to Timby’s near ace on No. 3 (par 3, 173 yards). A steady gust was blowing into the tee box, so Timby selected 5-iron as the club of choice, sending it into orbit. It resulted in the perfect launch.

   “The group in front of me said my ball hit the hole and lipped out. But to be honest, I was just happy with an easy, tap-in birdie to get my round going,” said Timby, 47, of Doylestown, Pa. “Really can’t complain about that one.”

   Moselem’s undulating greens posed problems for much of the field, and the medalists weren’t exempt. Three putts – or even worse – were available Tuesday. The leaders had their share of struggles here and there, but they were able to navigate the putting surfaces better than most.

   “Honestly, we all had trouble out there with the greens. They were quick and were really testing us,” said Bechtold, 46, of Avondale, Pa. “But after the first nine, I was able to settle down and kind of get a feel for them.”

   Besides the final number, the most common theme among the group seemed to be the appreciation for one of the first days of true golf weather. Ironically, the day started with a 30-minute delay due to frost, which quickly melted and transitioned into high temperatures.

   “It’s awesome to be out here with it feeling like golf season again,” said Bechtold. “Everyone here is having a good time. I played with two great guys and I’d say many of the [other pairings] would agree.”

   “Every guy out here is pretty much playing with the same mindset. We know where we stand in terms of our golf. Most of these guys have a family, a job and other things to worry about then just competitive golf. That’s why this [championship] is the perfect time for us to let loose and play,” said Timby.

   The final #GAPMidAm Qualifier will be played tomorrow, May 2, at Elmhurst Country Club. All fingers crossed for more medals and sunshine.

  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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Golf Association of Philadelphia
  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 200 Full Member Clubs and 70,000 individual members are spread across Eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. 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.

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

73

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

73

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

73

Clayton Davidson, West Shore Country Club

73

Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

73

Thomas E. Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club

73

Chris Binder, Valleybrook Country Club

74

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

74

Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club

74

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

75

Andrew Keeling, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

75

Rich Pruchnik, Coatesville Country Club

75

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Michael Shevlin, Sr., Lu Lu Country Club

75

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

76

Kevin Haag, Glenmaura National Golf Club

76

Brian McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

76

Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Jason Wilson, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Andy Beittel, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

77

Faust Capobianco, IV, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

77

Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

77

Francis Nattle, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

Greg O'Connor, Bellewood Country Club

77

David Shields, Flourtown Country Club

77

 

Failed to qualify

William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club

78

Doug FedoryshynApplebrook Golf Club

78

Joshua Isler, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club

78

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

78

Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club

78

Jesse Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Bobby KershnerBellewood Country Club

79

Brian Malley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79

Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club

79

James O'Connor, Penn Oaks Golf Club

79

David West, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club

80

J.J. BerenatoLlanerch Country Club

80

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

80

Ted Harris, Yardley Country Club

80

Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club

80

Michael Rosci, The Springhaven Club

80

Matthew Shevlin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

80

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

80

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

81

Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club

81

Lee Calfo, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

David GuertlerTavistock Country Club

81

Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Matt Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

81

Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club

81

James Bradbeer, Jr., Merion Golf Club

82

Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club

82

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

82

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

82

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

82

Matthew McFarlane, Doylestown Country Club

82

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

82

Rick Uhr, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club

83

Greg Berdini, Little Mill Country Club

83

Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

83

Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club

83

Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club

83

Nicholas LukowWoodstone Country Club

83

Scott Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club

83

Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club

83

William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

84

Stephen O'Sullivan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club

84

Mark Walkush, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

84

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

85

Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton

85

Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club

85

John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club

85

Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club

85

Wayne LeSage, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

85

Tyler Rae, Bidermann Golf Club

85

Garrett Basalyga, Cedarbrook Country Club

86

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

86

Dan Kelly, Llanerch Country Club

86

Alexander Penza, Llanerch Country Club

86

Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club

86

Andrew StergeApplebrook Golf Club

86

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

86

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

David FolkesMetedeconk National Golf Club

87

Scott Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club

87

Kevin Murphy, Llanerch Country Club

87

James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

88

Patrick McCusker, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

88

Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club

88

Bryan ForcinoWaynesborough Country Club

89

Christopher Johnson, Waynesborough Country Club

89

Mike Krantz, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

89

Chris LucciBellewood Country Club

89

James Chambers, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

90

Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

90

Scott Polk, Coatesville Country Club

90

Tyler Ulrich, LedgeRock Golf Club

90

Frank Boensch, Steel Club

91

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

91

Damon Heller, Bent Creek Country Club

91

David JustiRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

91

Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club

92

Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

94

David Sim, Penn Oaks Golf Club

94

Dino StathisMetedeconk National Golf Club

94

Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club

97

Craig Boyk, Five Ponds Golf Club

WD

Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club

WD

Joseph Grad, Country Club of Scranton

WD

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club

WD

Peter Pendergast, Berkshire Country Club

WD

Zachary Rothaus, Philmont Country Club

WD

Brian ShevlandWaynesborough Country Club

WD

Jay Vasil, Fox Hill Country Club

WD

 

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