Local Golf Notebook

Posted: June 17, 2007

Michael Gramlich has played golf with the same three guys at Old York Road Country Club "about 100 times," but had experienced nothing like what happened to his usual foursome during a recent round.

Gramlich, 41, a sales executive from Ambler, recorded a double eagle at the 525-yard, par-5 ninth, holing out a 4-wood from about 225 yards. But the rest of the group did something almost as remarkable.

Jim Sherratt eagled the hole with a 20-foot putt. Steve Horniak drained a six-footer for birdie. And John Macartney made a par, giving the foursome scores of 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the hole during their May 31 round together.

"It was just funny," Gramlich said Friday. "And the funniest thing about the hole was that John said he had the hardest par he's ever had to make, getting up and down out of a bunker."

Gramlich said he, Sherratt and Horniak are single-digit handicaps, and Macartney is about a 10. Gramlich is a former club champion, and Sherratt a onetime senior club champion. The four players combined for 14 birdies that day.

Local to Open. Meghan Bolger, seven-time winner of the Philadelphia Women's Amateur and 2006 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion, qualified for the U.S. Women's Open, which begins June 28 at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C.

The 29-year-old native of Haddonfield fired a 36-hole score of 145 Monday to be one of five qualifiers to come out of Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C.

Philadelphia PGA. Ten players from the Philadelphia Section PGA are in the 312-player field for the 40th PGA Professional National Championship beginning Thursday at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.

The top 20 finishers qualify for August's PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. The top 10 will be part of the U.S. team for September's PGA Cup.

Two of the Philadelphia entries, Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford and John Appleget of Cape May National, finished 40th and 48th, respectively, in last year's championship. Other section players in the field are Graham Dendler of Trenton, Terry Hertzog of Bent Creek, Jason Hrynkiw of Philadelphia Country, Stu Ingraham of Overbrook, Jason Panter of Stone Harbor, David Quinn of Links, Rob Shuey of Ben's Power Learning Center, and Dick Smith Jr. of Woodcrest.

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