McDermott bounces back, wins Patterson Cup

Posted: August 10, 2007

MOSELEM SPRINGS, Pa. - Michael McDermott drove home from Merion following the Philadelphia Open with frustration etched all over his face, but looked forward to getting back on the golf course and redeeming himself.

Fortunately for him, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup, the next major on the schedule of the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP), was only three days away.

This time, the result was different. McDermott carded nine birdies in posting the best round of the day, a 6-under-par 66 at Berkleigh Country Club, and notched a 2-stroke victory in GAP's preeminent stroke-play championship with a 136 total.

McDermott, 32, of Havertown, started the 36-hole event with an even-par 70 at Moselem Springs Golf Club and separated himself from the talented 133-player field in the afternoon a couple of miles down the road at Berkleigh in Kutztown.

Coming three days after he shot a 78 and a 77 Monday at Merion, his home course, and finished well back in the pack at the Open, McDermott felt a great deal of satisfaction.

"It was somewhat disappointing and somewhat frustrating," McDermott said of his Open showing. "I thought I played some holes real well but I wound up making bogey on them. The golf gods really got me. The ball wound up in some strange spots. On the way home, my dad said to me, 'All the shots that didn't turn out well will turn out well on Thursday.' And they did."

Overbrook's Chris Lange, who had the 18-hole lead after a morning 68 at Berkleigh, and college-freshman-to-be Nathan Sutherland of Berkshire tied for second at 138. Chris Gallagher of Penn Oaks matched McDermott's low round, a 66 at Berkleigh, and took fourth at 139.

Despite rain that spread over both courses in the afternoon, McDermott began his second round with three consecutive birdies. Still, he didn't feel safe, especially after posting his third bogey of the round on his 10th hole.

But he recovered nicely with a birdie on his 11th, and came back from an almost disastrous drive into a hazard at the 14th to birdie the hole with a 20-foot putt.

"I had to laugh after that one," he said.

The victory, his first in the Patterson Cup, was sweet for McDermott, who got married last year and has spent much of his recent time establishing an investment-management and business-planning company.

"Your priorities change," he said. "I was starting to doubt if I could win again in GAP. My friends would kid me that my time had passed. And with guys shooting scores the way they have, it's tougher to win. So that's why it's good to win one of these."

McDermott also captured the Silver Cross, the trophy awarded to the GAP player who shoots the lowest 72-hole totals when the scores of the Patterson Cup and the Philadelphia Amateur qualifying rounds are added together. It marked his second Silver Cross victory.


Contact staff writer Joe Juliano at 215-854-4494 or jjuliano@phillynews.com.

(Moselem Springs score first)

Michael McDermott, Merion. . . 70-66–136

Nathan Sutherland, Berkshire . . . 70-68–138

Chris Lange, Overbrook . . . 70-68–138

Chris Gallagher, Penn Oaks. . . 73-66–139

Cole Willcox, Phila. CC . . . 70-70–140

Christopher Gold, Little Mill . . . 72-69–141

James Kieserman, Talamore . . . 73-68–141

Robert Robertson, Sunnybrook . . . 73-69–142

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock . . . 73-69–142

Ray Thompson, Overbrook . . . 72-70–142

Donny Wessner, Golden Oaks . . . 72-71–143

Stephen Arnold, Yardley . . . 73-70–143

Bo Maguire, Brookside . . . 72-72–144

Adam Cohan, ACE Club . . . 70-74–144

Chase Duncan, Meadia Heights . . . 69-75–144

Philip Bartholomew, Yardley . . . 72-72–144

Doug Zelner, Coatesville . . . 74-71–145

Tom Borsello, DuPont . . . 74-71–145

Michael Moffat, Commonwealth Natl. . . . 71-74–145

John Michael Pelet, Wyncote . . . 74-72–146

Mike Danner, LuLu . . . 73-73–146

Dave Gardener, Blue Bell . . . 73-73–146

Roc Irey, Cedarbrook . . . 74-72–146

Silver Cross standings

Michael McDermott, Merion . . . 277

Cole Willcox, Phila. CC . . . 281

Chase Duncan, Meadia Heights . . . 284

Chris Lange, Overbrook . . . 284

Chris Gallagher, Penn Oaks . . . 285

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