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New Jersey State Am: Michael Deo By 1

CHATHAM, NJ (June 4, 2009)--Thirty-two year old Michael Deo of High Bridge Hills claimed his first career NJSGA Amateur Championship, finishing with a four round total of 291 (three-over par) at the par 72, 6777 yard Fairmount Country Club in Chatham. Deo finished one stroke better than a hard-charging Mike Meisenzahl of Little Mill Country Club, who pressed Deo’s lead with efforts of one-over and even par in the third and fourth rounds respectively. Meisenzahl, twenty-one years of age from Medford and a student at James Madison University, finished two strokes ahead of defending Champion Tom Gramigna of Tavistock and Kyle Hartlaub of Canoe Brook.

Deo, a resident of Berkeley Heights, had been a four-time second place finisher in the NJSGA Amateur years (1997, 1999, 2005, and 2006). Strong, consistent play over the three days was Deo’s key to victory on the rain-softened Hal Purdy layout. Deo now possesses a ten-year exemption into the Amateur Championship and will hold the Edwin M. Wild Championship Trophy for the ensuing year.

Following is a listing of the full Championship results:

Michael Deo, High Bridge Hills G.C., 71-72-75-73--291
Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill C.C., 71-76-73-72--292
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock C.C., 79-72-73-70--294
Kyle Hartlaub, Canoe Brook C.C., 75-73-76-70--294
Robert E. Cronheim, Twin Brooks C.C., 77-69-76-73--295
Marc Issler, Woodlake C.C., 76-77-69-74--296
Jordan Gibbs, Bedens Brook Club, 71-76-73-76--296
Jay Blumenfeld, Mountain Ridge C.C., 70-79-75-73--297
Anthony Martire, Seaview G.R., 76-76-77-69--298
Ronald Vannelli, Metuchen G. & C.C., 77-75-73-73--298
Brian Leveille, New Jersey National G.C., 74-72-79-73--298
Anthony Campanile, Blue Heron Pines G.C., 69-74-79-77--299
Marc Grinberg, Battleground C.C., 80-75-74-71--300
Bill McGuinness, Tavistock C.C., 70-78-77-75--300
Chris Piumelli, Knoll C.C., 82-73-71-74--300
Harris Podvey, Rolling Greens G.C., 74-74-80-72--300
Niall Handley, High Bridge Hills G.C., 73-75-75-77--300
Michael Corbo, Rockaway River C.C., 75-77-73-75--300
Gregg M. Angelillo, Montclair G.C., 72-82-75-72--301
Paul Park, Passaic County G.C., 72-76-77-77--302
Anthony Scelba, Deer Run G.C., 75-73-79-76--303
Mike Paduano, Golf Club of NJ, 77-74-78-74--303
Michael Stamberger, Spring Lake G.C., 75-76-77-75--303
Ryan McCarty, Little Mill C.C., 76-79-73-76--304
Warren Taylor, Peddie G.C., 73-79-74-79--305
Conor Casey, Basking Ridge C.C., 77-76-74-78--305
Eric LeFante, Royce Brook G.C., 76-76-76-77--305
Allan Small, Fairmount C.C., 76-80-77-73--306
Joshua Webb, Lake Mohawk G.C., 76-77-75-78--306
Joseph Jasinski, Oak Hill G.C., 74-82-74-78--308
Stuart Greenberg, Ash Brook G.C., 75-79-80-74--308
PJ Tighe, Little Mill C.C., 75-78-77-79--309
Kenneth Suarez, Brooklake C.C., 75-78-78-78--309
Tom Hyland, Little Mill C.C., 74-78-82-76--310
Clark Holle, Essex County C.C., 78-75-79-78--310
Kevin McSorley, Charleston Springs G.C., 74-80-76-80--310
Matthew Finger, Darlington G.C., 76-79-77-79--311
Charlie Edler, Rumson C.C., 75-77-84-75--311
Cody Sumpter, Neshanic Valley G.C., 78-76-77-80--311
Adam Kugler, Alpine C.C., 76-78-81-78--313
Domenic Gatto, Eagle Oaks G.C., 77-79-81-80--317
John Inman, Cherry Valley C.C., 76-80-81-80--317
Andrew Hurley, Shark River G.C., 77-79-82-80--318
Justin VanHyning, Olde York C.C., 80-76-85-77--318
ABOUT THE New Jersey State Amateur

Open to male amateurs who have qualified through one of three qualifying sites or have met the exemption criteria. Format is 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 40 scores after the second round.

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