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Pennsylvania Golf Association

88th Amateur Championship

Berkshire Country Club
August 1, 2001
2nd Round Results
1st Round Results

The first day of August was a remarkable day at the 6,325 yard, par 71 Berkshire Country Club. Forty-six golfers played 36 holes to determine this year's Pennsylvania Amateur Champion. After the first round, two players, Nathan Smith of Pinecrest CC and John Sweeney of Conestoga CC, had separated themselves from the field. Smith held a one-shot lead after firing a three under-par 68, his third consecutive under-par round. Sweeney had even-par 71 for a three-round total of 207, six-under par.

Pete Toole of Meadia Heights GC, the runner-up in this year's Philadelphia Amateur, climbed the leaderboard in the third round with a 68. He stood eight shots back of Smith's lead at one over-par , 214, when the fourth round began. Playing in the first group of the afternoon, Toole exploded on the front nine. After birdies at the first two holes, he made a short eagle putt on four and closed the nine with birdies at the sixth and the eighth. He was two shots back at the turn, and the leaders were just starting their rounds. Toole bogeyed the par three eleventh, but made gimmie eagle at the twelfth to climb to six under par and join the lead for the first time in the tournament.

His only mistake came on the thirteenth, a long par four with a severe back-to-front sloping green. After crushing a drive to within 150 yards of the green, he hit what he thought was an excellent short iron approach. When the ball stopped spinning, however, he was left with a difficult uphill chip. He took four shots to get down from in front of the green, and seemed to have lost his chance. But the young man would not be held back on this day. He bounced back from the double bogey with short birdie putts at the fourteenth and seventeenth and reached the eighteenth green with a chance to break the course record. He wasn't able to convert, but his final round seven-under par 64 was enough to tie Ben Hogan's 54 year old record and put him in the lead in the clubhouse. Two hours later, Toole was crowned this year's champion.

Pinecrest CC member Nathan Smith and Conestoga's John Sweeney tied for second, two shots behind at 280. Jason Moyer of Bent Creek CC was alone in fourth at 281. Renowned amateur Sean Knapp finished fifth and local favorite and Berkshire member Chip Lutz finished in a tie for sixth with Philadelphia Country Club's Chet Walsh five shots back at 283. Defending Champion Michael McDermott finished at six over-par, 290. Next year's championship will be contested at Oakmont CC, near Pittsburgh.

Name

Course

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Total

Pete Toole

Meadia Heights GC

72

74

68

64

278

Nathan Smith

Pinecrest CC

68

70

68

74

280

John Sweeney

Conestoga CC

68

68

71

73

280

Jason Moyer

Bent Creek CC

68

72

74

67

281

Sean Knapp

St. Jude GC

67

74

71

70

282

Chip Lutz

Berkshire CC

69

73

69

72

283

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia CC

76

67

72

68

283

Andrew Achenbach

Lu Lu CC

74

71

69

71

285

James Bohn

Bucknell GC

73

68

72

72

285

Mark DiGiacomo

Lebanon CC

72

71

75

67

285

Anthony Bonargo

Doylestown CC

73

69

71

73

286

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids GC

69

74

72

71

286

Jeffery Schroeder

Longue Vue Club

69

77

71

70

287

James Kieserman

Philmont CC

73

73

70

73

289

Rich Morrison

Scotch Valley CC

74

72

74

69

289

Michael McDermott

Llanerch CC

72

72

74

72

290

Brandon Knaub

CC Of York

71

75

73

72

291

Michael Moffat

Philadelphia Publinks

77

71

68

75

291

James Gardas

Honesdale GC

72

75

69

76

292

Jon Rusk

Yardley CC

70

71

73

78

292

Warren Choate

Williamsport CC

70

78

71

74

293

Anthony Donatoni

White Manor CC

70

76

75

72

293

Lynn Thomas Kilduff

Huntsville GC

73

70

79

71

293

Scott Phillis

The Country Club

71

75

74

73

293

Michael Soroka

Melrose CC

72

76

73

72

293

Justin Kolumber

Philadelphia Publinks

71

70

78

76

295

Sam McFall

Waynesborough CC

73

73

74

75

295

K.J. Stutz, II

Meadia Heights GC

69

74

75

77

295

Mike Voltz

Elks CC Of State College

71

74

74

77

296

Michael Funk

Lancaster Host Resort

78

69

70

80

297

Jeffrey Hovanec

Alcoma GC

72

73

77

75

297

William Lawler

Fox Hill CC

74

72

78

73

297

Chad Perman

Philadelphia PubLinks

72

76

74

75

297

John Samaha

Old York Road CC

75

71

73

78

297

Mike Vassil

CC Of Scranton

74

74

72

77

297

Christopher Cope

Old York Road CC

74

71

79

74

298

Ryan Franks

Huntingdon CC

74

74

78

72

298

Scott Simonsen

Lake Shore CC

72

74

80

72

298

Wesley Turiano

Scotch Valley CC

70

72

77

79

298

John Olszewski

Wyoming Valley CC

70

75

80

74

299

Rob McClellan

Armco GC

74

74

73

79

300

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley CC

74

74

74

79

301

Charles Dowds, III

North Hills CC

72

75

79

77

303

John Teel

Hanover CC

73

72

81

77

303

T.J. Ostrom

Red Lion CC

73

74

83

74

304

Shawn Hall

Lancaster Host Resort

67

79

82

77

305

Michael Gregor

Huntingdon Valley CC

72

76

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