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St. Jude GC’s Knapp takes third Mid-Am title

GLADWYNE, Pa. – Sean Knapp of St. Jude GC survived a treacherous track and staunch field to capture the 11th Middle-Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Philadelphia Country Club (par 71, 6,865 yards). Knapp finished at 1-over par for the 36 holes to become the first player in Pennsylvania Golf Association history to capture three Middle-Amateur championships.

Chris Lange of Overbrook GC and Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC tied for second a shot back. Three others finished at 5-over par to round out the top five.

"I think the state events are penultimate for amateurs, exclusive of USGA events," said Knapp, 42, of Oakmont, Pa. "This means a lot. I felt I haven’t done enough, in terms of victories, in state events."

Maybe Knapp’s win total isn’t what he wants it to be, but his resume is truly remarkable.

In addition to capturing three Middle-Amateur titles (1996 at Lancaster CC and 1997 at Longue Vue Club), Knapp has finished in the top five in the last 10 state amateurs he’s competed in, including a victory in 1997 at the Country Club of Scranton, and has qualified for a remarkable 17 USGA championships. He’s a household name in national circles.

The Middle-Amateur Championship changed to a 36-hole, stroke play format this year. Prior, the champion was determined through medal play qualifying and a match play draw.

Knapp, who was in a six-way tie for the lead after carding an opening-round 72, posted a level-par 71 to secure the title.

He birdied No. 1 (par 4, 325 yards) but bogeyed No. 2 (par 4, 353 yards) from 75 yards out when he found the greenside bunker. Another under-par score on No. 8 (par 4, 380 yards) watched Knapp turn in 1-under-par 35. He offset a bogey on No. 11 (par 3, 181 yards) with a six-foot birdie on No. 13 (par 4, 380 yards) before securing the victory on No. 14 (par 4, 472 yards). Knapp pounded a driver, 6-iron to 40 feet behind the flag. A quick, downhill putt, Knapp’s chance fell in for an unexpected three.

"I was just trying to find a way to make a bogey [on the difficult 16th]," said Knapp. "I got it into the right rough and tried to hit a little chip 9-iron to get it to roll up. It rolled up [almost] onto the 11th hole." Knapp chipped out sideways and then missed his five-foot bogey opportunity.

Knapp then finished with two solid pars, including a nifty 5-wood chip to two feet on No. 18 (par 4, 392 yards) that he sank for par.

Lange, 49, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., posted the lowest round of the day, a 2-under-par 69. Smeraglio, 44, of Yardley, Pa., also finished in red digits on Day Two with a 1-under-par 70.

"I was trying to shoot 68," said Smeraglio, who carded four birdies, a double bogey and a bogey. "I birdied No. 1 and No. 2 and was off and running. Then I hit a very uncharacteristic [block drive] into the woods on No. 9 and had to take an unplayable."

Lange carded four birdies and two bogeys on his round.

The 2005 Middle-Amateur Championship is set Sept. 12-13 at the Country Club of York.

Pos

Player Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

1

Sean R. Knapp

St. Jude GC

72

71

143

T2

Chris Lange

Overbrook GC

75

69

144

T2

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley CC

74

70

144

T4

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia CC

72

75

147

T4

Don Erickson III

Indiana CC

72

75

147

T4

Rich Pruchnik

West Chester G & CC

72

75

147

T7

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids GC

76

72

148

T7

Andrew Achenbach

Lu Lu CC

77

71

148

T9

James Bohn

Bucknell GC

75

74

149

T9

Robin S. McCool

Saucon Valley CC

76

73

149

T9

Oscar L. Mestre

Overbrook GC

75

74

149

T9

James R. White

Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

72

149

T13

Arnold K. Cutrell

Totteridge GC

73

77

150

T13

Mike Danner

Lu Lu CC

77

73

150

T15

Gary E. Daniels

Aronimink GC

76

75

151

T15

Artie Fink, Jr.

Sinking Valley CC

76

75

151

T15

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley CC

75

76

151

T15

Gregg Angelillo

Moselem Springs GC

72

79

151

T15

Timothy Burns

CC of Scranton

77

74

151

T20

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville CC

77

75

152

T20

John Mullins

Spring Ford CC

80

72

152

T20

Michael Nilon

Philadelphia CC

76

76

152

T23

Francis J. McFadden

Overbrook GC

79

74

153

T23

John G. Benson

Totteridge GC

72

81

153

T25

Edmund C. Chylinski

Chester Valley GC

77

77

154

T25

Jim Rattigan

Schuylkill CC

77

77

154

T25

John C. Rodney

Dimond Run GC

73

81

154

T25

Don Wessner

Philadelphia Publinks

77

77

154

T29

John K. Sweeney

Lancaster CC

78

77

155

T29

Kevin Kelly

Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

78

155

T29

Freddy Henriquez

Loch Nairn GC

80

75

155

T29

Mike J. Vassil

CC of Scranton

79

76

155

T33

Ed Blechschmidt

Whitemarsh Valley CC

78

78

156

T33

Les Neilly

Edgewood CC

82

74

156

T33

Tom Piersanti

Saucon Valley CC

79

77

156

T33

Chris Kovaly

Deer Run GC

79

77

156

T33

Jeff Frazier

Carlisle CC

76

80

156

T33

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster CC

81

75

156

T33

Francis X. Downey

North Hills CC

77

79

156

T33

James Finegan

Philadelphia CC

76

80

156

T33

Donald Dubyak

Hannastown GC

78

78

156

T42

James J. Bryan

Latrobe CC

84

73

157

T42

John W. Robinson

Commonwealth National GC

78

79

157

T42

Charles J. Dowds, III

Applebrook GC

81

76

157

T42

Craig Scott

Huntingdon Valley CC

78

79

157

T46

Kevin Kornuszko

Spring Mill CC

81

77

158

T46

Brandon Antus

Totteridge GC

83

75

158

T46

Christopher S. Wallin

Indian Valley CC

80

78

158

T46

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

78

80

158

T46

Kevin Haag

Deer Run GC

77

81

158

T46

Thomas Dell

Lancaster CC

78

80

158

T46

Gordon Jamieson

Merion GC

81

77

158

T46

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville GC

80

78

158

T54

Joe Corsi

Totteridge GC

80

79

159

T54

Ed Knoll

Range End CC

80

79

159

T54

Robert Billings

Rolling Green GC

73

86

159

T54

Richard Thon

The Springhaven Club

79

80

159

58

Thomas Hyland

Moselem Springs GC

81

79

160

T59

Richard A. Smith

Philadelphia CC

79

82

161

T59

Richard F McKee

Wyncote GC

85

76

161

T59

Roger T. Karsnits, Jr.

Lebanon CC

80

81

161

T59

Ed Strickler

Huntingdon CC

82

79

161

T63

Bill Seng

Colonial CC

81

81

162

T63

Craig Kliewer

Meadia Heights GC

80

82

162

T63

Ken Waldron

Buffalo GC

82

80

162

T66

Jon Helhowski

Philmont CC

79

84

163

T66

Mark Czerniakowski

Philadelphia Publinks

83

80

163

T66

Jeff Paige

Penn National GC

84

79

163

T66

Doug Zelner

Coatesville CC

81

82

163

T66

Bill Rosemeyer

Treesdale G & CC

83

80

163

T71

Frederick Taggart

Meadia Heights GC

85

79

164

T71

Wayne Bartolacci

Jericho National GC

82

82

164

T71

Vincent A. Scarpetta, Jr.

Glenmaura National GC

81

83

164

T71

Chris Gambacarta

Sinking Valley CC

83

81

164

T75

Fred Stern

Alcoma GC

78

87

165

T75

William G. Mecca

Emanon CC

83

82

165

T75

Bob MacWhinnie

St. Clair CC

81

84

165

T78

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley CC

84

82

166

T78

John Alterman

Commonwealth National GC

86

80

166

T78

George Connell, Jr.

Gulph Mills GC

81

85

166

T78

Gregory M. O'Connor

Huntingdon Valley CC

85

81

166

T78

Nate M. Reck

Four Seasons GC

82

84

166

T78

Mike Marron

St. Jude GC

87

79

166

T84

Eugene Maginnis

Whitemarsh Valley CC

86

81

167

T84

Chris Kallmeyer

Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

86

167

T84

Donald Ashley

Philadelphia CC

87

80

167

T84

Joe Kinsman

Sandy Run CC

87

80

167

T88

Gregory Ferguson

Sinking Valley CC

80

88

168

T88

Brad Flickinger

CC of Scranton

82

86

168

T88

Daniel P. Delaney

Concord CC

81

87

168

T88

Andrew Lombard

The Springhaven Club

83

85

168

T88

Pete Moran

Edgmont CC

86

82

168

T93

Chris Esbenshade

Fairview GC

85

84

169

T93

Chris Connors

Sewickley Heights GC

87

82

169

95

Randall Finn

Moselem Springs GC

89

82

171

96

Robert McMenamin

Philadelphia CC

90

82

172

97

Thomas P. Mohr

Coatesville CC

86

88

174

98

Al T. Hughes

CC of Scranton

85

89

174

T99

Jay R. Stoner

Range End CC

91

87

178

T99

Henry P. McCullough

Rolling Green GC

91

87

178

T99

Michael McKee

Philadelphia Publinks

95

83

178

102

Matthew Brodsky

Radley Run CC

88

91

179

103

Aric E. Sites

Penn National GC

96

84

180

T104

Arthur J. Kania Jr.

Overbrook GC

81

WD

WD

T104

Gerald Coyne

Glenmaura National GC

87

WD

WD

T104

Richard Mottura

Pittsburgh Golfer's Tour

80

WD

WD

T104

Jay Desjardins

Waynesborough CC

84

WD

WD

T104

Robert Gill

Fox Hill CC

88

WD

WD

T104

Fran Hamm

CC of Scranton

93

WD

WD

T104

Brad McFadden

Overbrook GC

80

WD

WD

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