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Semi-finals set for EDGA Match Play

Posted: June 19th, 2020

It was a long day at Whispering Woods Golf Club as both the second round and the quarterfinals were played.

The opening match of the day saw Drew Deimel’s 16-match winning streak end at the hands of Lake Shore’s Alex Weir 4&3. Weir went on to defeat David Hewett 3&1 in the afternoon. Hewett had disposed of Derek Aicher 2up.

Mike Garcia made a hole in one on the 168-yard 2nd hole but it wasn’t nearly enough to handle Mercyhurst’s Ryan Peters. Peters won 3&2. Peters faced Zach Henry in the quarterfinals upending him 2&1. Henry had made quick work of TJ Mitchell in the morning match 7&6.

It took extra holes for Ted Grassi, III to defeat co-medalist Jon Merriott, needing one extra hole. Last year’s runner-up Matt Barto breezed by Isaiah Swan 5&4 and then went on to eliminate Grassi. Grassi however started the match birdie-birdie-eagle jumping out the a quick 3-up lead before Barto turned the tables, ending the match on the 15th hole.

The other co-medalist, Dave Spitzer took care of Mark Majewski 4&3 before running into this year’s upset maker, Dean Rainville. Rainville is the #27 seed and defeated the #6 seed in round one, the #11 (Sean Sculley) 5&4 in round two and then the #3 seed Spitzer 2&1 in the quarterfinals.

The semi-finals tee off at 11:00 on Saturday with the winners squaring off on Sunday at 11:00. There will be a new EDGA major champion this year as none of the semi-finalists have captured an EDGA event.

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Deimel advances in the 2020 EDGA Match Play

Posted: June 17th, 2020

2-time defending champion Drew Deimel extended his match winning streak to 16 with a 3&2 victory over Ryder Grignol in the first round of the 2020 EDGA Match Play Championship. Deimel will face Alex Weir next. Weir defeated Zach Ford in sudden death to advance. Derek Aicher also needed sudden death as he recorded his first EDGA Match Play win by downing Michael Capotis on the 19th hole. Aicher will face 2011 Champion David Hewett who defeated Tim Weyand 2up. TJ Mitchell and Carter Hassenplug were the 3rd of the first 5 matches to go extra holes with Mitchell taking the match on the first extra hole.

Lake View’s Zach Henry continued his hot play disposing of Matt Passqualinqa 8&7. 2-time runner up Michael Garcia advanced with a 4&3 victory over Bobby Scalise while Mercyhurst’s Ryan Peters took care of Dan Cullen 6&5 to complete the top half of the bracket.

Jon Merriott, who was the qualifying co-medalist had an easy time with Lucas Marsh, defeating him 6&4 putting him up against the 2013 Champion Ted Grassi III in round two. Grassi advanced with a 4&2 victory over the 2006 Champion, Rob Nicotra. 2019 runner up Matt Barto defeated Dave Lehner 3&2 and moves on to face Isaiah Swan who took care of Mike Newcomer 4&2.

The other co-medalist, Dave Spitzer was also successful in his round one match, posting a 4&3 victory over Scott Simonsen. He will face Mark Majeski in round 2. Mark was a 3&2 winner over Dustin Coleman. Sean Sculley had success against Mike Wolfe disposing of him 5&3. Extra holes was once again needed as Dean Rainville provided the biggest upset of the day by defeating Kevin McDonald in 19 holes.

Round two tees off at 8:00 on Friday with the quarterfinals to take place later that afternoon.

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2020 EDGA Match Play Qualifier Compete

Posted: June 15th, 2020

The qualifier of the 2020 EDGA Match Play Championship sponsored by Marquette Savings Bank hosted by Whispering Woods Golf Club is complete as 31 golfers have advanced to join defending champion Drew Deimel for the match play portion of the event.

Jon Merriott and 2017 Runner Up Dave Spitzer led the qualifiers with scores of 2-under par 70’s. They were closely followed by a pair of 71’s by Zach Henry and Ryan Peters. Kevin McDonald was fifth with a score of even par 72. There was a group of 3 players with 74’s including Isaiah Swan, Michael Capotis and Tim Weyand. Last year’s runner up, Matt Barto finished alone in 9th with a 3-over par 75. The top ten was rounded out by 2017 Champion Sean Sculley and 2-time runner up Michael Garcia who both shot 76.

Three other past champions qualified for match play, Rob Nicotra (2006-77), David Hewett (2011-80) and Ted Grassi, III (2013-78). The match play cut came at 85 where a playoff was need to fill the final three match play spots from the 4 players at 85. Ryder Grignol was first to capture a spot with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Scott Simonsen grabbed the second spot with a par on number 2 and finally, Lucas March outlasted R.C. Chase on the third playoff hole to capture the final bracket opening.

The first round of matches begin on Wednesday at 8:00 am. The second round is scheduled for 8:00am on Friday with the quarter-finals to follow on Friday afternoon. The Semi-finals are at 11:00am on Saturday with the finals at 11:00am on Sunday. All play is at Whispering Woods Golf Club.

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Tee Times and Player Information for the EDGA Match Play

Posted: June 11th, 2020

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There are 42 entries for the 2020 EDGA Match Play Championship. Drew Deimel is the defending champion and the other 41 players will be vying for the 31 available spots in Monday’s qualifier at Whispering Woods.

First round matches will begin Wednesday with rounds 2 and 3 taking place on Friday. The semi-finals are scheduled for 11:00 on Saturday and the finals at 11:00 on Sunday.

Due to certain guidelines and constraints currently in place in the state of Pennsylvania in response to the coronavirus, the EDGA has created a player guide for all players participating in the event to consider and abide by.

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EDGA Finalizes 2020 Schedule

Posted: May 5th, 2020

After evaluating all options and opportunities for currently scheduled events for the 2020 season in response to the coronavirus the schedule has been finalized.

For each event we will be working with host clubs and pros to ensure that all the applicable saftey measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the players. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Match Play Championship sponsored by Marquette Savings Bank will be the first event of the season. The event is being conducted at Whispering Woods Golf Club with the qualifier being held on Monday June 15th and matches to follow on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The field is being limited to 60 players and the entry deadline is Friday June 12th. Should conditions warrant the cancellation of this event, attempts will be made to reschedule it later in the season.

The Joseph C Martin Seniors Championship is scheduled for Tuesday July 14th at the Downing Golf Club. The parameters for the event will be the same as in prior years will any added safety guidelines that are applicable at the time. Should the event need to be rescheduled, Tuesday September 8th has been set aside.

The EDGA Team Championships are scheduled for Tuesday July 28th at Lake Shore Country Club. This year’s events will be conducted using the Chapman Format (in the past it has been a better-ball) with separate categories for non-seniors and seniors. The event will have any added safety guidelines that are applicable at the time. Should the event need to be rescheduled, Tuesday September 15th has been set aside.

The Amateur Championship sponsored by Marquette Savings Bank will be the final event of the season. The event is being conducted at The Kahkwa Club with the 54 holes of stroke play being conducted on Friday August 14th through Sunday August 16th. We remain hopeful that all restrictions will have been lifted by the date of the event and an alternate date has not been determined.

Should you have any questions about the events or any of the measures being taken in response to the coronavirus, please contact the association president, David Hewett, at glory2god.doh@gmail.com

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