Friday, May 27, 2016

Crawford helps Arkansas grab share of lead as NCAA Championiship tees off

   Led by redshirt senior Kolton Crawford, Arkansas, No. 21 in the latest Golfstat rankings, grabbed a share of the team lead following the opening round of the NCAA Division I Championship Friday at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
   The NCAA Championship is just starting to get itself sorted out as the top 15 teams following Sunday’s third round will advance to Monday’s final round with the top eight survivors following Monday comprising the field for match play.
   Crawford carded a 2-under 68 over the 7,014-yard, par-70 Eugene Country Club layout and is in a group of three players tied for fourth in the individual chase.
   Crawford helped the Razorbacks post a team total of 2-over 282 that left them tied for the top spot with Texas Christian in a tightly bunched field.
    Southern California, ranked third, heads a group of three teams tied for third at 3-over 283. The Trojans were joined at that figure by No. 8 Vanderbilt and No. 22 San Diego State, which advanced out of the regional in Albuquerque, N.M. in a playoff.
    Oklahoma State, ranked fifth, and No. 13 Florida State are tied for sixth at 5-over 285.
    Vanderbilt’s Theo Humphrey, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III, a junior from San Diego, and South Carolina’s Will Starke are tied for the lead in the individual standings, each carding a 3-under 67.
   Joining Arkansas’ Colton in the tie for fourth at 2-under 68 are Southern California’s Justin Suh, a freshman from San Jose, Calif., and TCU’s Chelso Barrett, a junior from Keene, N.H.
   Wake Forest’s Kyle Sterbinsky, a freshman from Yardley and a former Peddie School standout, continued his strong postseason play with an even-par 70 that left him in a tie for 16th. He helped the Demon Deacons post a 9-over 289 total that has them tied for 12th in the team standings.

Ingraham makes the cut at Senior PGA Championship

   Stu Ingraham, the head of instruction at the M Golf Range in Newtown Square, made the cut on the number at even-par 142 at the Senior PGA Championship Friday at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
   It appeared Ingraham was one of the nine club pros who advanced to the Senior PGA out of the Senior Professional National Championship in California last fall to survive the cut at the Champions Tour major.
   Ingraham opened up with a solid 3-under 68 round Thursday and came back with a 3-over 74 Friday to finish 36 holes at even par.
   The club pro contingent at Harbor Shores was led by John Dal Corobbo, an assistant pro at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis and the winner of the Senior Club Pro at Bayonet and Black Horse.
   Dal Corobbo got some face time on The Golf Channel broadcast when he completed his opening round by holing out from the fairway for an eagle that gave him a 6-under 65. He added a 2-under 69 and is tied for third at 9-under 133.
   Rocco Mediate, the foil for Tiger Woods when Woods won the last of his 14 major professional championships in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, is setting a sizzling pace at Harbor Shores with rounds of 62 and 66 for a 14-under 128 total.
   J.R. Roth, a pro at San Juan Country Club in Farmington, N.M., is a shot back of Dal Corobbo with a pair of 67s and an 8-under 134 total.
   The rest of the Philadelphia Section PGA contingent failed to make the cut at Harbor Shores.  Radnor Valley Country Club head pro George Forster, competing in his 11th career Champions Tour major, had rounds of 76 and 72 for a 5-over 147 total. Brian Kelly, the head pro at Bucknell Golf Club, had rounds of 76 and 82 for a 158 total.
   Gene Fieger, who once dominated the Philadelphia Section as an assistant pro at Overbrook Golf Club and now works at The Club at Pelican Bay in Naples, Fla., had rounds of 74 and 76 for a 150 total.
   The Philadelphia Section pros teed it up Monday in the Laurel Creek Classic at Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J.
   Mike Furey of Mahoning Valley Country Club played in the next-to-last group and had to wait out an hour-plus weather delay before completing a 5-under 66 that gave him the title. Furey had six birdies and one bogey to finish two shots clear of the field.
   John Appleget of Wildwood Golf & Country Club and University of Pennsylvania head coach Bob Heintz shared second place, each carding a 3-under 68.
   Finishing in a tie for fourth at 2-under 69 were: Bill Walker of Riverton Country Club; Corey McAlarney of Sunnybrook Golf Club; Greg Matthias of Tavistock Country Club; and Alex Knoll of Bethlehem Golf Club’s Monocacy Course. 
   Two players out of the Aronimink Golf Club pro shop – Sam Ambrose and Carson Solien – were part of a group of six who finished tied for eighth at 1-under 70. Also in that group were: Andrew Turner of Whitford Country Club; Bob Lennon of Wilmington Country Club; David Morano of Hidden Creek Golf Club; and Chris Gray of Wild Quail Golf & Country Club.
   Radnor Valley’s Forster, in his last tuneup before heading to Harbor Shores, finished alone in 14th place with an even-par 71.
   Appleget led the senior division, followed by Lennon and Forster.
   Wednesday, the Section pros teed it up in the Oakley Skull Cup Pro-Am at Galloway National Golf Club in Absecon, N.J. and Indian Springs Golf Club pro Curtis Kirkpatrick and his amateur partner Harold Morgan emerged with the win with a better-ball total of 9-under 62.
   Kirkpatrick and Morgan offset two bogeys with nine birdies and an eagle.
   Whitemarsh Valley Country Club’s Ron Pine and Chuck Lynch finished second, a shot back of Kirkpatrick and Morgan at 8-under 63.
   It was a good day for the Indian Springs pro shop as another of the club’s pros, Bob Hennfer, teamed with Matt Jugan to finish in a tie for third with Links Golf Club pro Dave Quinn and Ed Quinn at 7-under 64.
   Nick Gorman of GolfTEC Moorestown and Chris Schukay and Mark Matricardi of Philadelphia Cricket Club and John Matson finished in a tie for fifth at 6-under 65.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mattare claims GAP Middle-Amateur title in playoff

   Saucon Valley Country Club’s Matthew Mattare finally got the Golf Association of Philadelphia major championship that had proven to be elusive when he prevailed in a three-way aggregate playoff to capture the Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf Thursday at Waynesborough Country Club.
   Mattare, a 30-year-old who works in wealth management at Morgan Stanley, added a 1-over 72 on the 6,859-yard, par-71 Waynesborough layout to his opening-round 71 for a 1-over 143 total. Michael Brown, a Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association entry, was also in the clubhouse at 143 after a 1-under 71.
   Matthew Finger of DuPont Country Club, a first-round co-leader with a 2-under 69, was still on the course with a chance to take the title. A par on the par-5 finishing hole would have given Finger the country. He left himself a four-foot putt for par and couldn’t convert it. Finger, whose week began with a berth in match play at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., finished with a 3-over 74 to join Mattare and Brown at 1-over 143.
   The key shot in the four-hole aggregate playoff for Mattare was on the third hole, the 371-yard, par-4 eighth hole, when he hit a lob wedge from 108 yards away to three feet and holed the birdie putt. On the final hole of the playoff, the ninth, Mattare had two putts for his first GAP major.
   “Philly is my home,” Mattare, who lives in Jersey City, N.J., told the GAP website. “These are the most important tournaments of the year to me. I have a great group of friends down here. It means everything.
   “You look at all the guys who 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.”
   Osberg of Huntingdon Valley Country Club posted a 73 and headed a group of three players tied for fourth at 2-over 144. He was joined at that figure by Scott McLaughlin (74-70) of LuLu Country Club and Gregor Orlando (70-74) of Philadelphia Cricket Club.
   Brennnan, also of the Cricket Club, added a 73 Thursday to his opening-round 72 to finish alone in seventh place at 3-over 145. McDermott, a four-time winner of the Middle-Amateur who plays out of Merion Golf Club, fired a 1-under 70 to finish in a tie for eighth at 4-over 146. He was joined at that figure by Christopher Ault (75-71) of Yardley Country Club.