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*Day One results

Emotional William Smith dominates
15th Middle-Amateur Championship field

  SPRINGFIELD, Pa.ĖWilliam Smith of Chambersburg CC rode a red-hot putter en route to one of the most dominating and emotional state victories in recent memory, taking the 15th Middle-Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Rolling Green GC (par 71, 6,911 yards) by a remarkable nine shots. The margin of victory was the largest in a Pennsylvania Golf Association event since David Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley CC captured the individual gross title of the 2005 Senior Team Championship by six strokes. It is also the largest margin in the five years since the Mid-Am. has adopted a stroke-play format.

  The victory, however, meant far more to Smith and his family as mother Barbara currently fights lung cancer. She is already a two-time breast cancer survivor.

  "Iíve never played a golf tournament for anybody but myself but this tournament is for my mom," said a teary-eyed Smith. "Sheís fighting lung cancer and she hasnít been able to watch me play golf at all this summer. Thatís one of her favorite things to do. So I had a, I donít know what you want to call it, 15th club or guardian angel."

  Barbara, 68, who was able to follow her son the past two days in a riding cart, is about a month into chemotherapy treatments. And when asked how sheís currently feeling, Smith said, "Sheís fighting the fight and we are all praying for."

  Smithís closest competition came from his group mates as Michael McDermott of Merion GC edged Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC by a stroke for second. McDermott finished at 2-over par after carding consecutive rounds of 72.

  Neither, however, offered a challenge to Smith who backed up his first round 68 with a 4-under-par 67. Those were the lone two sub-par rounds of the tournament. His 67 came with a total of 25 putts, 12 on the front side and 13 on the back.

  "Every putt I looked at I felt I could make it," said Smith, a 39-year-old Newville, Pa., resident.

  On the front nine he converted four birdies and built an eight-shot advantage with nine holes to play.

  Smith hit a wedge from 100 yards on No. 4 (par 4, 407 yards) to 10 feet; smacked a 6-iron from 183 yards on No. 5 (par 4, 420 yards) to 15 feet; made an easy up-and-down 4 on the short par 5, No. 7 (505 yards) and on No. 9 (par 5, 618 yards) curled in a 15 footer after smacking a 9-iron on from 129 yards.

  "That was the best display of putting Iíve ever seen," said McDermott, himself one of the top amateurs in the state of Pennsylvania. "It was a real pleasure to watch. It certainly did seem like there was a higher power with his mom being sick and all. The ball just kept going in."

  McDermott, 33, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., said Smith, by his count, drained an incredible nine putts outside of 10 feet.

  On the back side, Smith made his first bogey in 21 holes on No. 11 (par 4, 450 yards) after finding the fairway bunker and another on No. 13 (par 4, 438 yards) but made an amazing 18-foot par save on the treacherous 14th (par 3, 208 yards) to get back in the groove. He would birdie No. 16 (par 3, 166 yards) with a 7-iron to 15 feet and No. 17 (par 5, 506 yards) after knocking a chip to inches.

  "I wanted to make sure I didnít put too much pressure on myself," said Smith of holding a five-shot lead entering the final round. "But letís face it. Golf is wonderful and gives us a great opportunity but Iím going to go down the road and go back and sell furniture as a sales rep tomorrow. When cancer comes into your family and itís come in three times thatís hard. So when you talk about hard. Thatís hard."

NOTESĖSmith is now a three-time state winner. He also took the 1990 and 2003 State Publinks titles. Smith has also qualified for three U.S. Amateur Championships, the latest being last year at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.

Name, club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

William F. Smith, Chambersburg Country Club

68

67

135

Michael P. McDermott, Merion Golf Club

72

72

144

Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley Country Club

72

73

145

Kevin P. Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

72

146

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

73

73

146

Artie Fink, Jr., Sinking Valley Country Club

74

73

147

Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club

73

74

147

Frank Fairman, Totteridge Golf Club

74

73

147

Adam G. Langford, Totteridge Golf Club

75

73

148

Christopher L. Schultz, Squires Golf Club

77

72

149

Marc A. Mandel, White Manor Country Club

73

76

149

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

73

76

149

James E. Sullivan, Jr., PGA Individual Member

78

71

149

James M. Gardas, Honesdale Golf Club

75

76

151

Robin S. McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

74

151

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

77

74

151

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

75

151

James K. Kieserman, Talamore Country Club

76

77

153

Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club

77

76

153

Eric Swart, Nemacolin Country Club

78

75

153

Michael R. Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75

78

153

Gregg M. Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club

74

79

153

Scott R. Klee, Indian Valley Country Club

76

77

153

Brian T. Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

78

76

154

Nate M. Reck, PGA Individual Member

78

76

154

Douglas E. Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

74

154

Eric W. Williams, Honesdale Golf Club

78

76

154

Keith A. Matt, Talamore Country Club

79

76

155

Ken Matt, Talamore Country Club

77

78

155

Gary E. Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

79

76

155

Donny Wessner, Golden Oaks Golf Club

80

75

155

Grant T. Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

79

156

Craig S. Kliewer, Meadia Heights Golf Club

80

76

156

Santo T. Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

79

77

156

Heath Davidson, Carlisle Country Club

80

76

156

Kevin T. Haag, Deer Run Golf Club

76

80

156

Jud Gemmill, Lancaster Host Golf Resort

77

79

156

Mike Owsik, Plymouth Country Club

74

82

156

Oscar L. Mestre, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

81

76

157

James J. Bryan, Latrobe Country Club

78

79

157

Jeff Benton, PGA Individual Member

76

82

158

Byron W. Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club

74

84

158

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

76

82

158

Gregory Ulp, Country Club of Harrisburg

81

77

158

Tim J. McNerney, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

76

158

John Mullins, Spring Ford Country Club

75

83

158

Mike Danner, Lu Lu Country Club

82

76

158

Ryan J. Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

76

158

Chance W. Miller, Meadia Heights Golf Club

79

80

159

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

78

81

159

Richard J. Kinkela, Rolling Hills GC

79

80

159

Brad Flickinger, Country Club of Scranton

82

77

159

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

77

82

159

Robert P. Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

78

159

Kenneth A. Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

81

78

159

Rick Bojalad, First Tee of Greater Pittsburgh Golf Club

83

76

159

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

81

79

160

John K. Sweeney, Lancaster Country Club

81

79

160

Philip D. Petroll, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

82

160

Joe Corsi, Hannastown Golf Club

81

79

160

Michael B. Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

83

78

161

Jim Simmons, Stonewall

81

80

161

John W. Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

80

162

Ben E. Spence, Jr., Woodstone Golf Club

81

81

162

Frank D. Boensch, PGA Individual Member

84

78

162

Eric Fonner, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

81

162

Glenn D. Dolfi, Birdsfoot Golf Club

86

77

163

Peter J. Moran, Edgmont Country Club

83

81

164

Mark A. Studer, Oakmont Country Club

85

79

164

Michael DiGiandomenico, French Creek Golf Club

89

75

164

John R. Cattoni, Williamsport Country Club

88

76

164

Jason A. Miller, Irem Temple Country Club

86

79

165

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

86

79

165

James E. Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

84

165

John Rodney, Diamond Run Golf Club

86

79

165

Gregory A. Sheva, North Hills Country Club

82

83

165

Scott V. Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

81

166

Andrew Speaker, Jericho National Golf Club

86

80

166

Steven E. Johnson, West Shore Country Club

82

84

166

Brian J. Degnan, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

81

166

Ed Strickler, Huntingdon Country Club

86

82

168

Edward H. Knoll, Deer Run Golf Club

87

81

168

Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

81

168

Jay R. Stoner, Deer Run Golf Club

89

79

168

Shane M. Gunning, Silver Creek Country Club

86

82

168

Jeffrey L. Barber, Totteridge Golf Club

90

79

169

Rick A. Scott, West Shore Country Club

85

84

169

Damon C. Barbacci, Huntsville Golf Club

90

80

170

Scott Pezanowski, Penn State Golf Courses

84

86

170

Jason R. Sieminski, Philadelphia Cricket Club

90

82

172

Laurence A. Hirsh, Blue Ridge Country Club

89

85

174

Jim R. Willoughby, Bellewood Golf Club

87

88

175

Robert Howell, Dauphin Highlands Golf Course

88

89

177

Kevin M. Wall, Old York Road Country Club

90

89

179

Michael Bennis, Talamore Country Club

95

87

182

Jonathan D. Brust, French Creek Golf Club

93

90

183

Dave Saunders, Talamore Country Club

93

93

186

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

79

WD

WD

Jeff DellaFranco, Concord Country Club

81

NS

NS

Warren J. Choate, Williamsport Country Club

77

WD

WD

Anthony G. Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club

84

WD

WD

Sean T. Cabry, Lancaster Host Golf Resort

91

NS

NS

James D. Bohn, Bucknell Golf Club

77

WD

WD

 

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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