June 16, 2016 |
Michael McDermott stepped up to his ball just a few feet from the hole. He gripped his putter, swung his arms, and coolly dropped the putt, just as he had all day long. With the calm finish Tuesday, the two-time champion advanced to the quarterfinals of the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship by beating defending champ Cole Berman in 20 holes at Merion Golf Club. The duo needed two extra to determine the outcome in match play. "It was really high-quality golf, as tight a match as I can almost ever remember playing," McDermott said.
June 20, 2016 |
Michael McDermott had a death grip on his putter on the 18th green. One stroke separated him from his third Philadelphia Amateur title. Four holes earlier, McDermott had trailed by two. He had to step away from the ball to regroup. The 41-year-old loosened his grip, putted - and nailed the three-footer at Merion Golf Club, his home course. "There it is, it's right in front of you," McDermott said. "I was nervous. " But McDermott took home the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship by beating Jeff Osberg, 1-up, in the 36-hole final Saturday.
October 14, 2003 |
After one day of match play, the only two remaining Philadelphia-area players in the field have made their exits from the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Michael McDermott, 28, from Havertown, player of the year for the Golf Association of Philadelphia, lost, 2 down, yesterday in his first-round match at Wilmington Country Club to Bill Sharpe, 34, an insurance executive from Edmond, Okla. In the afternoon, Jamie Slonis, 34, from Sewell, N.J., the 2001 Patterson Cup winner who was playing in his first U.S. Golf Association championship, lost, 5 and 3, to David Noll, 31, from Dalton, Ga., the reigning Georgia Amateur champion.
June 17, 2016 |
Jeff Osberg hit a shot to the back of the green on the 12th hole for the second time on the day. Earlier, in the quarterfinals of the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, his ensuing putt went about three feet right of the cup. But in his semifinal match Wednesday afternoon, Osberg adjusted. Once his putt got six feet from the hole, it stayed centered and went in. The shot was the first of four straight wins to end the match. "Somehow I was able to roll one in," Osberg said.
May 24, 2012
Golf Association of Phila. MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP At Chester Valley; par 70. Round 1 Leaders John Brennan, Phila. Cricket. . . 67 Benjamin Smith, Little Mill. . . 69 Michael Brown, Publinks. . . 71 Rich Pruchnik, Back Creek. . . 72 Chip Lutz, LedgeRock. . . 72 Daniel Feeney, Phila. Cricket. . . 73 Tim Freeh, Back Creek. . . 73 Bill Boyle, Metedeconk. . . 73 Gary Daniels, Applebrook. . . 74 Joshua Isler, Chester Valley.
August 12, 2001 |
It's probably unwise to put too much pressure on Billy Stewart by calling him a budding sensation or a can't-miss star. But when a 17-year-old who stands 5-foot-5, weighs 130 pounds, and could pass for maybe 14 fires a 65 in qualifying for the U.S. Amateur, he is bound to raise a few eyebrows and a few expectations. "I was happy to be able to do it when it really meant something," said Stewart, a senior at Malvern Prep who plays No. 1 on the school's golf and tennis teams.
June 19, 2016 |
As Michael McDermott walked toward the last green during Monday's qualifying round, he wished he knew whether to birdie, par, or bogey the hole. He wanted to avoid the side of the bracket of his Day One groupmate Jeff Osberg for as long as possible. McDermott parred and finished third in stroke play while Osberg finished fifth. That meant they wouldn't face each other until the final if they stayed alive in match play. They both won their first four matches in the 116th Philadelphia Amateur and will square off in Saturday's 36-hole championship match beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Merion Golf Club.
June 16, 1999 |
Andy Thompson of Overbrook moved a couple of steps closer to defending his Golf Association of Philadelphia amateur title yesterday at Gulph Mills Golf Club. In the first round, Thompson beat Darrell Clayton of Cavaliers in match play, 3 and 2. In the second, he downed Carl Everett of Merion, 3 and 1. He will meet James Kania of Overbrook in the quarterfinals today at Gulph Mills with hopes of advancing to today's semifinals. There will be a 36-hole championship round on Sunday.