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Overbrook GC's Lange opens Mid-Am title defense
atop first-round leaderboard

  HORSHAM, Pa.-Chris Lange of Overbrook GC opened the 23rd Middle-Amateur Championship at Commonwealth National GC (par 71, 6,858 yards) on Tuesday in the same position he finished last year’s tournament, atop the leaderboard . Lange, 51, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., carded an even-par 71, the only first-round score at par or better.

  In all, 78 players made the cut.

  The 132-player field was cut to the low 70 players and ties for the second and final round set for tomorrow. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.

  "It was hard," said Lange of the challenging Commonwealth National GC layout. "There’s no hiding out there. You’ve got to hit the ball. The greens were firm, fast and the wind was blowing so it was as tough as it gets."

  Lange came into the clubhouse with three birdies and four bogeys on a day when the wind pushed scores way above par. He began his round with a birdie on No. 2 (par 4, 390 yards) when he chipped it in from above the hole.

  "No. 2 got me off to a good start." Lange said.

  He would also card back-to-back birdies on the treacherous No. 13 (par 4, 440 yards), where he hit a 7-iron downwind from about 160 yards to within a few feet, and the difficult No. 14 (par 4, 427 yards), to put him at 2-under-par with four holes to play. However, Lange bogeyed No. 16 (par 3, 190 yards) and No. 17 (par 4, 382 yards) before a par on No. 18 (par 4, 445 yards) accounted for an even-par finish.

  The defending Middle Amateur Champion doesn’t necessarily look back to last year’s championship as an aid toward this season’s contest.

  "I’ve been doing this a long time," Lange commented. "I don’t really think about [defending the tittle]. You’ve just got to go out, play good and see what happens."

  Lange is a three-time Amateur Champion, three-time Patterson Cup Champion and captured the Philadelphia Open in 2004 at Philadelphia CC.

  If Lange repeats, he’ll be the first player to successfully defend his Middle-Amateur title.

  The GAP Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Am 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 Mid-Am was for players 30 years of age and older. That 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. Players must have a GAP/USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower.

  This is the first full scoring event toward the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name

Club Name

Front 9

Back 9

Total

Christopher Lange

Overbrook Golf Club

37

34

71

Mike Danner

Lu Lu Country Club

38

34

72

Bill Murray

Merchantville Country Club

37

38

75

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

36

39

75

Mark Coassolo

Berkleigh Country Club

39

36

75

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

40

35

75

Chip Lutz

LedgeRock Golf Club

39

37

76

Robert Dziak

Spring Ford Country Club

39

37

76

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

36

40

76

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley Country Club

37

40

77

Mark Peterson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

37

40

77

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

39

38

77

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

40

37

77

Tom Borsello

Delaware National Country Club

36

41

77

David West

Whitford Country Club

38

40

78

Douglas Zelner

Coatesville Country Club

36

42

78

Jason Barkley

Berkleigh Country Club

38

40

78

Scott McIntosh

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

40

38

78

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids Golf Club

42

37

79

Charles Dowds, III

North Hills Country Club

36

43

79

Daniel Delaney

Concord Country Club

40

39

79

Jamie Harrell

Commonwealth National Golf Club

39

40

79

Joseph Roeder

Links Golf Club

42

37

79

Michael Anderson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

40

39

79

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

39

40

79

Robert Arthur

Tavistock Country Club

40

39

79

Scott Shore

Aronimink Golf Club

36

43

79

Sean Clifford

Philadelphia Publinks GA

41

38

79

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

41

38

79

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

38

42

80

James Donnelly

Philadelphia Cricket Club

39

41

80

John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

37

43

80

Ken Sim

Commonwealth National Golf Club

38

42

80

Kenneth Matt

Commonwealth National Golf Club

41

39

80

Michael McDermott

Merion Golf Club

41

39

80

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

40

40

80

Ryan Gelrod

Commonwealth National Golf Club

41

39

80

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

42

38

80

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

41

40

81

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

39

42

81

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

44

37

81

Edward Erickson

Yardley Country Club

40

41

81

G. Patrick Dougherty

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

41

40

81

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

40

41

81

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

39

42

81

Robert Bechtold

Fieldstone Golf Club

39

42

81

Robert Gill

Fox Hill Country Club

40

41

81

Ted Harris

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

38

43

81

Arthur Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

43

39

82

Darrell Clayton

Cavaliers Country Club

40

42

82

Douglas Schroer

St. Davids Golf Club

40

42

82

Edward Gregorczyk

Glenmaura National Golf Club

39

43

82

Francis Downey

North Hills Country Club

42

40

82

Gregg Angelillo

Moselem Springs Golf Club

41

41

82

James Kieserman

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

42

40

82

James White

Philadelphia Cricket Club

42

40

82

Jamie Slonis

Tavistock Country Club

44

38

82

John Alterman

Commonwealth National Golf Club

39

43

82

Thomas DiCinti

Little Mill Country Club

40

42

82

Wayne Bartolacci

Jericho National Golf Club

37

45

82

Chris Esbenshade

Meadia Heights Golf Club

44

39

83

Daniel Doyle

Edgmont Country Club

40

43

83

Dave O'Brien

Cedarbrook Country Club

42

41

83

David Strohl

Moselem Springs Golf Club

44

39

83

Keith Matt

Lu Lu Country Club

41

42

83

Lance Oberparleiter

Wedgwood Country Club

39

44

83

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

43

40

83

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

38

45

83

Scott Carney

Commonwealth National Golf Club

43

40

83

Andrew Caldwell

The Springhaven Club

41

43

84

Chris Anderson

Wilmington Country Club

41

43

84

Chris Terebesi

Chester Valley Golf Club

39

45

84

Dan Pinciotti, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

42

42

84

Michael Lewers

St. Davids Golf Club

41

43

84

Pat Nein

Medford Village Country Club

43

41

84

Ronald Cusick, Sr.

Tavistock Country Club

41

43

84

Ronald Jamarowicz

Cavaliers Country Club

41

43

84

Steve Owens

Commonwealth National Golf Club

42

42

84

 

Failed to qualify

Bill Boyle

Metedeconk National Golf Club

42

43

85

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

43

42

85

Christopher DeSana

Wyncote Golf Club

42

43

85

David Smith

Doylestown Country Club

40

45

85

Edmund Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

42

43

85

Eric Meyer

Whitford Country Club

41

44

85

Gary Daniels

Aronimink Golf Club

42

43

85

J. Kirk Luntey

Merion Golf Club

40

45

85

Jim Simmons

Whitford Country Club

43

42

85

John Frampton

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

41

44

85

Jon Lavin

Philmont Country Club

40

45

85

Joseph Costanzo

Blue Bell Country Club

45

40

85

Mark Czerniakowski

Philadelphia Publinks GA

41

44

85

Oscar Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

46

39

85

Bobby Kershner

Spring Ford Country Club

42

44

86

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster Country Club

44

42

86

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

42

44

86

Mike Owsik

Plymouth Country Club

44

42

86

Stephen Conway

Burlington Country Club

44

42

86

Chris Kallmeyer

Philadelphia Cricket Club

41

46

87

Fred Giblin

Merchantville Country Club

45

42

87

Gil Moniz Jr.

Running Deer Golf Club

38

49

87

Lee Cook

Laurel Creek Country Club

40

47

87

Mark Douglas

Spring Ford Country Club

43

44

87

Michael Rose

Philmont Country Club

42

45

87

Jon Thomas

White Clay Creek Country Club

42

46

88

Kevin Coleman

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

39

49

88

Rick Wright

Running Deer Golf Club

44

44

88

Rocky Dare

Running Deer Golf Club

45

43

88

Frank Corrado, Jr.

Jericho National Golf Club

47

42

89

Jeff Paige

Bellewood Golf Club

44

45

89

Leonard Pearson

Philmont Country Club

43

46

89

Robert Billings

Medford Village Country Club

42

47

89

Shawn Knechtel

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

43

46

89

Glenn McClaskey

Wedgwood Country Club

46

44

90

Len Fox, Jr.

Tavistock Country Club

43

47

90

Bryan McClaskey

Merchantville Country Club

44

47

91

Geoffrey Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

44

47

91

Jeffrey Huntzinger

North Hills Country Club

46

45

91

Patrick Cahill, III

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

46

45

91

Steven Passalacqua

Wedgwood Country Club

50

41

91

Eugene Maginnis, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

45

47

92

Thomas Alestock

Running Deer Golf Club

44

48

92

Thomas McCabe

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

47

45

92

Robert Frankil

Spring Ford Country Club

50

43

93

Vince Yost

Cedarbrook Country Club

51

43

94

Ric Sucro

Plymouth Country Club

47

49

96

John Mullins

Spring Ford Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Andy Achenbach

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

WD

WD

WD

Edwin Donegan

McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

WD

WD

John Kennedy

Honeybrook Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

Mark Inman

Cherry Valley Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Scott Kalan

Radnor Valley Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Steve Lubin

Plymouth Country Club

WD

WD

WD

 

WD-withdrawal

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