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Philadelphia (GAP) Mid-Am: McDermott wins 3rd

GREENVILLE, Del. (May 22, 2008)--Michael McDermott of Merion Golf Club is making Middle-Amateur Championship victories a regular thing. The 33-year-old Bryn Mawr, Pa., resident became the first three-time winner in the 25-year history of the event, finishing the 36-hole tournament at 2-over par on Thursday at an extremely difficult and windy Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 6,687 yards).

Conditions made the day one of survival with the low second-round score being a 2-over-par 73.

"It feels great. This is a tough tournament [to win]. There are a ton of good Mid-Amateurs in Philadelphia," said McDermott, who took titles in 2001 and 2004. "I’m at a good point in my life right now. We’ve just had a baby and everything [from a life and business stand point] seems to be settling down."

The victory was also McDermott’s second straight Major Championship. He took the Patterson Cup (as well as the Silver Cross) at the end of last year.

Michael Domenick of Phoenixville Country Club displayed a ton of grit and finished in second at 4-over par. Domenick, 53, of Phoenixville, Pa., carded the lowest round of the final four groups, a 74.

"This was the best round of golf I played in competition in my life," said Domenick, who relies on his accuracy and short game. "Under the conditions and the way the wind was blowing, for me to be up there with all these great players. For me to be right around [the low score of the day] was unbelievable."

Rand Mendez of Fieldstone Golf Club, the reigning club champion, carded the day’s low round, a 73, and Raymond Thompson of Overbrook Golf Club, the Senior Player of the Year, tied for third at 6-over par.

McDermott’s comfortable victory, though, wasn’t always a given, especially after what transpired in the first four holes.

McDermott, one of the longest hitters in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, opened his final round with a two-shot lead, but bogeyed three of his first four holes to fall back to the field. He failed to get up-and-down on No. 1 (par 4, 440 yards), knocked a ball into the left lateral hazard on No. 2 (par 5, 602 yards) and struggled to hit a solid shot on No. 4 (par 4, 374 yards). A tremendous par save from the left greenside bunker on No. 6 (par 3, 184 yards) started to right the ship and he finally took one back on No. 8 (par 3, 185 yards) when he hit an 8-iron to 15 feet and made the birdie.

"If you are going to win a tournament you are going to have make a couple of those," said McDermott in reference to the bunker save on six. "[On No. 8] I hit a good putt and I made it. That was a key turnaround to get it back going in the right direction."

McDermott finished the front nine at even for the tournament.

At that time, Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club, the defending Champion, appeared to be McDermott’s main threat. However, Lutz, who moved to even-par after seven holes, called a penalty on himself when taking relief from an unplayable lie in which he stopped the ball he dropped while it was still rolling to its position on the course. Lutz, a stand-up individual, then incorrectly redropped and before all was said and done was assessed a total of five penalty strokes: one for the unplayable, two for exerting influence on his dropped ball before it came to rest or rolled more than two lengths from where it struck the course and two for playing from a wrong position of the course.

"I want to commend Chip. What he did [by calling the penalty on himself] is what golf’s all about," said McDermott. "It’s amazing."

McDermott’s closest pursuer after Lutz’s penalty was Domenick. Domenick trailed by four strokes and both matched 1-under scores for the opening three holes of the back nine. McDermott then increased his lead to five with a par on the 13th hole (par 3, 195 yards) but Domenick didn’t go away. He responded with a par on the long and treacherous 14th (par 4, 476 yards) as McDermott carded double bogey from the back left rough of the green.

On the downhill 15th hole (par 4, 440 yards), Domenick hit a 6-iron to 15 feet and McDermott’s approached stopped three feet short of the putting surface in the rough. McDermott knocked his chip to five feet and made the par save and Domenick just didn’t hit his birdie putt hard enough to go in.

"I was a little pumped up after 14," said Domenick. "I figured I was within a couple shots of the lead."

The 16th (par 3, 130 yards) provided the same scenario as the previous hole. Domenick had a good birdie look and McDermott had to get up-and-down to save par. The result was the same, two pars.

McDermott did bogey No. 17 (par 4, 436 yards) with a three-putt to cut his lead to two, but after finding the fairway with a 300-yard plus drive on No. 18 (par 5, 522 yards) the result was all but official.

This was Domenick’s second runner-up finish in the Mid-Am. In 1993, he fell to Carl Everett of Merion GC in a playoff for the crown.

Full results follow:

Name Club Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
Michael McDermott Merion Golf Club 69 75 144
Michael Domenick Phoenixville Country Club 72 74 146
Rand Mendez Fieldstone Golf Club 75 73 148
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 73 75 148
Chip Lutz LedgeRock Golf Club 72 78 150
Rich Pruchnik West Chester Golf & Country Club 75 75 150
Douglas Schroer Aronimink Golf Club 75 76 151
Stephen Seiden Concord Country Club 77 74 151
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 76 75 151
Warren Smith Cavaliers Country Club 76 76 152
Michael Brown Philadelphia Publinks GA 76 76 152
Peter Barron, III Stone Harbor Golf Club 75 77 152
Michael Moffat Commonwealth National Golf Club 78 74 152
Oscar Mestre, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 75 78 153
Andy Achenbach RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 74 79 153
Thomas Gramigna Tavistock Country Club 75 78 153
G. Patrick Dougherty Talamore Country Club 75 78 153
William Jeremiah Philadelphia Publinks GA 74 79 153
Chris Anderson Wilmington Country Club 77 76 153
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 71 83 154
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 76 78 154
Chris Esbenshade Five Ponds Golf Club 73 81 154
Robert Loftus Overbrook Golf Club 78 76 154
Christopher Lange Overbrook Golf Club 78 76 154
Mike Owsik Plymouth Country Club 74 81 155
John Brennan Spring Ford Country Club 78 77 155
Glenn Smeraglio Yardley Country Club 79 76 155
Robert Wurtz, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 73 82 155
Matthew Finger Running Deer Golf Club 76 79 155
Robert Bechtold Fieldstone Golf Club 74 81 155
Mark E. Peterson Philadelphia Cricket Club 77 79 156
Charles Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA 76 80 156
Peter Moran Edgmont Country Club 79 77 156
David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77 79 156
John Robinson Commonwealth National Golf Club 75 81 156
Paul Rogowicz Yardley Country Club 75 81 156
Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club 78 78 156
Jim Simmons Stonewall 76 80 156
Geoffrey Cooper Laurel Creek Country Club 77 80 157
Ken Sim Commonwealth National Golf Club 76 81 157
Jeffrey Huntzinger North Hills Country Club 76 81 157
Matt Dolinsky Honeybrook Golf Club 76 83 159
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 78 81 159
Robert Harrington Merion Golf Club 78 81 159
Darrell Clayton Cavaliers Country Club 78 81 159
Buddy Reed Cavaliers Country Club 76 84 160
Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club 79 81 160
Brian Gillespie St. Davids Golf Club 79 81 160
Ken Matt Talamore Country Club 80 80 160
Michael Tash Tavistock Country Club 76 84 160
Jim Yenser Honeybrook Golf Club 76 84 160
Matt Kohn Hartefeld National 77 84 161
John LeBoeuf Philadelphia Country Club 79 82 161
Keitih Evans Running Deer Golf Club 80 81 161
Drew Panebianco Talamore Country Club 79 83 162
Byron Whitman Golden Oaks Golf Club 79 83 162
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 80 82 162
Paul Liebezeit Aronimink Golf Club 80 82 162
Joseph Russo Running Deer Golf Club 79 83 162
Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 75 88 163
Gary Daniels Applebrook Golf Club 74 89 163
Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 78 85 163
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 80 83 163
Jeff DellaFranco Concord Country Club 74 90 164
Sean McMonagle Sand Barrens Golf Club 79 85 164
Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 80 85 165
John Cobb Tavistock Country Club 77 88 165
Robert Dziak Spring Ford Country Club 79 87 166
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 77 89 166
Richard Umani Philadelphia Publinks GA 77 91 168
William Bello Metedeconk National Golf Club 76 92 168
Jhoon Chang Philadelphia Cricket Club 79 90 169
Bill Boyle Metedeconk National Golf Club 79 93 172
Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club 79 WD WD
Brad Sokol Green Valley Country Club 79 WD WD
David Shields Philadelphia Publinks GA 80 WD WD
Tom Borsello Fieldstone Golf Club 76 WD WD

 

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