Rain delays plague Philadelphia Amateur

Michael McDermott of Bryn Mawr, PA, hits his tee shot on the par four 10th hole during the 2013 USGA Open Qualifier at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, PA on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Michael McDermott of Bryn Mawr, PA, hits his tee shot on the par four 10th hole during the 2013 USGA Open Qualifier at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, PA on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 19, 2013

The area's best players teed off Tuesday for stroke-play qualifying in the 113th Philadelphia Amateur, and the weather from the U.S. Open broke out.

Delays totaling more than four hours because of rain and lightning hampered efforts to complete the 36-hole qualifier at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square and St. Davids Golf Club in Wayne, meaning that 133 contestants must finish the second round starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Golf Association of Philadelphia officials called play for the day because of darkness at 7:47 p.m. at St. Davids and 7:58 p.m. at Aronimink. A steady rain fell even after play had resumed at 3:45 p.m. following the delay.

"It's brutal anytime you have to do it, but it beats working," said two-time champion Michael Hyland of Marlton, N.J., who has eight holes remaining at Aronimink. "It doesn't matter what the weather is; anytime you're at Aronimink, it's a treat. It's special having the Amateur here."

Merion Golf Club's Michael McDermott, the 2008 Philadelphia Amateur champion, was part of a three-way tie for the lead after the first round at 2-under-par 68, joining Kyle Sterbinsky of Yardley and Matthew Finger of Wedgewood. McDermott and Finger carded their rounds at Aronimink, while Sterbinsky played his first 18 at St. Davids.

Hyland fired a 69 at St. Davids to join six others at that figure, a group that included 2009 Amateur winner Conrad Von Borsig and 2008 finalist Michael Kania.

After the completion of the second round, the field will be trimmed to 32 for the start of match play on Wednesday afternoon. The second round, scheduled for later Wednesday, will be pushed back to Thursday morning, with the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

The semifinals are tentatively scheduled for Friday morning, with the 36-hole championship match following on Saturday.

 


Contact Joe Juliano at jjuliano@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @JoeJulesInq.

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