Matthew Mattare relaxes after winning Philadelphia Mid-Amateur
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PAOLI, PA (May 26, 2016) - Matthew Mattare’s quest
a Major trophy finally ended at the pot of gold the
Dame alum has longingly sought. Mattare, of Saucon
Valley Country Club, outlasted Michael R. Brown, Jr.
Philadelphia Publinks GA and Matt Finger of DuPont
Country Club in a four-hole aggregate playoff for the
33rd Middle-Amateur Championship presented
Golf on Thursday at Waynesborough Country Club
71, 6,859 yards). Mattare finished the playoff with 14
strokes; Brown had 15 and Finger had 16.
“Finally. As excited as I am, I am more relieved
than anything,” said Mattare, 30, of Jersey City, N.J.
“It’s been eight years since the Patterson [Cup]
came close and Glenn [Smeraglio] edged me out in
end. It’s been a long trip to get here. And I’m glad I
Mattare finished second to Smeraglio in the 2008
Joseph H. Patterson Cup when the 36-hole event was
split between St. Davids Golf Club and
Mattare fired a first-round 67 at Waynesborough that
“It was good to be back here,” said Mattare, who
works in wealth management for Morgan Stanley.
The leaderboard was a revolving door all day,
looked closed with Finger holding a one-stroke edge
standing on the reachable 18th (par 5, 527 yards)
Brown and Mattare had already posted their 1-over-
143 totals for the two days and Finger, the co-first-
round leader, needed just a par to secure the win.
drive caught the right rough though, and his third
an 8-iron from 151 yards, landed 60 feet short and
of the hole.
“I didn’t really know where I stood going to 18
thought I had a one-shot lead,” said Finger, 38, of
Woolwich Township, N.J. “I took 3-wood off the tee
put it in the right rough. I hit a 5-iron out. And then I
hit an 8-iron into the green, which I thought was
but it kind of shot up and just got stuck in the wind. I
had four feet left. I played it a left edge putt and
it. I didn’t finish. I don’t know what else to say. That
one is going to hurt.”
The playoff rotation was Nos. 1-4-8-9.
All three players parred No. 1 (par 4, 367 yards)
good order before Finger resuscitated his shocked
system with a birdie on No. 4 (par 3, 189 yards). He
ripped a 6-iron to 12 feet and drained the putt. His
opponents made par to fall a shot back.
On No. 8 (par 4, 371 yards), Finger, who placed
premium on driving accuracy all week, strayed into
trouble off the tee similar to the closing hole. His 2-
tee shot found the left rough, obscured from the
by a tree. His second shot then rolled into a
bunker. He eventually made five. Mattare, on the
hand, stated his title intentions loudly. His 108-yard
wedge cozied up to three feet.
“As soon as it left the club I knew it was
Brown, 43, of Maple Shade, N.J., made a
miraculous up-and-down after missing the green left,
draining a 30-foot putt for par. Mattare sank his short
birdie and now headed to No. 9 (par 4, 438 yards)
Needing one more timely swing, Mattare
“On every shot I was saying ‘Be decisive. Don’t
tentative.’ Yesterday, on the first nine it was just
tentative strokes. I kept trying to steer it with my
Steer it with the driver. I got up on No. 2, which was
my 11th hole, and I had a five-footer for birdie and
waved at it. I said ‘Start being decisive,’” said
“From that point forward before every single shot I
‘Be decisive.’ And that’s exactly what I did.”
Mattare, left with 138 yards to the hole,
pitching wedge to the green that rolled out to 25
Brown, in the right rough, smacked a fantastic 9-iron
from 151 yards to 30 feet on the same line as
Finger missed his approach left and then chipped
Brown’s birdie scooted by leaving Mattare needing
a two-putt for the win, which he did.
“Philly is my home. These are the most
tournaments of the year to me,” said Mattare, who
the medalist in the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Championship. “I have a great group of friends down
here. It means everything. You look at all the guys
have won over the last couple of years, a bunch of
friends like Jeff Osberg, Michael McDermott and John
Brennan, it’s great to join their little club.”
It is Mattare’s first Golf Association of
“I had no expectations there would be a playoff,”
said Brown. “I was pretty confident the number
be even. I needed three or four things to happen for
over to be the number and they did. I backed into
playoff for sure. I was happy to have another
Defending champion Scott McNeil of Bala Golf
carded rounds of 78 and 77 to tie for 44th place.
At various points throughout the day, seven
different players held the lead. A bit of a breeze and
championship greens kept the field compact.
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