Seven Qualify for '17 U.S. Mid-Am at Both Arcola, Knollwood
PARAMUS, N.J. (September 5, 2017) – Seven players left Arcola Country Club Tuesday to make travel plans to Atlanta after qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. This year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur, open to players age 25 or older, will be played at Capital City Club on October 7-12.
Jeronimo Esteve from Puerto Rico earned medalist honors after carding a 3-under 67. Esteve has a strong playing record in the Met Area, he also qualified for the U.S. Mid-Am at Arcola in 2013. His five birdies balanced out the two bogeys on his card, and this will be his fourth appearance in the championship.
Conrad Von Borsig of Philadelphia, Pa., finished with a 2-under 70 in the morning wave to also earn a trip to Atlanta next month. Five players finished at even-par 72 to qualify: Darin Goldstein of New York, N.Y., Brendan Jonland of Hoboken, N.J., Dan Macdonald of Ridgewood, N.J., Jordan Kaplan of Painview, N.Y., and Mike Stamberger of Brielle, N.J.
Michael McGovern of Oradell, N.J., and Andrew Lane of New York, N.Y., played off for the alternate positions after both finishing at 1-over 73. On the second playoff hole, it was decided that Lane is the first alternate and McGovern the second alternate.
Arcola Country Club played to par 72 at 6,935 yards.
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (September 5, 2017) – Brad Tilley of Easton, Conn., led seven qualifiers for the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship from Knollwood Country Club on Tuesday, firing a 2-under 69. Open to players age 25 or older, the U.S. Mid-Am takes place October 7-12 at Capital City Club in Atlanta.
Tilley registered five birdies on the day, offsetting a bogey and a double-bogey on his card to still shoot under-par. The 34-year old is making his return to amateur golf this summer, following eight years of competing professionally. Earlier this season Tilley finished as runner-up in the Westchester Amateur.
Robert Stelben Jr., of Darien, Conn., and Rob Pepi of Huntington, N.Y., posted 1-under 70s in the morning wave to safely advance to Atlanta. Both carded four birdies to three bogeys on the day.
Matt Minerva of Elmsford, N.Y., and John Ervasti of Brooklyn, N.Y., came in at even-par 71 to also punch their tickets. Minerva played steadily and posted two birdies and two bogeys for his round. Ervasti tallied five birdies, including four in a five-hole stretch, while also adding a trio of bogeys and a double-bogey for his 71.
A playoff was needed to decide the final two slots, as four competitors came in at 1-over 72. Will Glanville of Plano, Texas, and Andrew Lord of Mount Kisco, N.Y., quickly secured the positions with birdies on the lead playoff hole—the par-four first. David Weisfeld of New York, N.Y., sealed the first alternate slot with a birdie-three on the second, leaving Joe Saladino of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., as the second alternate.
Knollwood played to a par of 71 from 6,422 yards.