Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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Burns aces NVCC 5th hole

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Michael Burns has stroked numerous stellar golf shots, but none was better than the 5 iron shot he hit in the Northampton Valley Country Club men's league action this week.

Burns scored the first hole-in-one of his golfing career, using a five iron to strike the perfect shot to a back hole location on the par-3, 187-yard best.



Crawford advances in Open qualifying

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Bensalem amateur Christopher Crawford took the first step toward qualifying for the 117th United States Open when he advanced through local qualifying at the Country Club of York with a nifty even-par 70 on a rain soaked course.

Crawford advanced through local and sectional qualifying a year ago to earn a berth in the 116th Open, where he missed the 36-hole cut. To play in his second consecutive Open he'll again have to play well at the Canoebrook C.C. in New Jersey to secure one of the expected five berths there for a ticket to the Open, which will be held at Erin Hills in Wisconsin June 16-19.

Bartolacci, Smeraglio claim 4-ball title

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You would need an adding machine to calculate the number of championships Tom Bartolacci and Glenn Smeraglio have captured in their illustrious careers. 

They added another with the 57th Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play at LedgeRock, where they claimed a two-shot win over Laurel Creek's Joe RUsso and Mark Walker, 66 to 68. 

Bartolacci, who plays out of Saucon Valley, and Smeraglio, of LuLu savor the challenge. They scored 30 on the front nine with a birdie and eagle on the card, and played near flawless golf throughout. It was the second championship in the event for the twosome, who also claimed the 2010 tournament.

Jericho National's Mark Metaxas and Jim Gavagan finished at 72.

CHIP SHOTS: A familiar face will be competing in the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship at the beautiful and challenging Stonewall next month. Yardley C.C. Chris Ault earned a berth after a strong 71 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. 

Lutz claims USGA Senior Amateur

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Chip Lutz is no stranger to a national senior championship, having posted the Canadian and British senior amateurs on his resume. But the Reading, Pa., native had a big hole on that resume: he had never won his own national championship.

That is no longer the case, as Lutz added the United States Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship to his portfolio with a 5 and 3 victory over Tom Brandes in the tournament finals at Hidden Creek Golf Club. Lutz was steady throughout the week.

Lutz won the 2010 and 2011 Canadian Senior Amateur and the 2011 and 2012 British Senior Amateur championships. He battled Hidden Creek to a 1-under-par total through the 15 holes of the final match.

Newtown's Glenn Smeraglio advanced to the round of 64, but lost there to North Carolina's Gary Robinson, 4 and 3, despite being just 1-over-par through the 15th hole.

Hidden Creek was a spectacular test for the players, garnering rave reviews.


Crawford hoists Patterson Cup

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Chris Crawford has been knocking on the door of securing a Golf Association of Philadelphia Major Championship for a bit. Now he owns one.

Crawford claimed the 113th GAP Patterson Cup with a two-day score of 70-37--137, nipping 2007 champion Michael McDermott of Merion by a stroke.Five Ponds' Justin Hare and Huntingdon Valley's Jeff Osberg were at 139.

For Crawford, a 3-time U.S. Amateur qualifier and incoming Drexel University Senior, the victory was oh so sweet. He played strong, consistent golf and joins Glenn Smeraglio (1998, 2008), Steve Arnold (2006), Gary Deetscreek (1979) and Bob Kotz (1974) as Bucks County champions. Crawford is a graduate of Holy Ghost Preparatory School.