Wednesday, June 19, 2013

GOLF: McDermott's in good form at Philadelphia Amateur

NEWTOWN SQUARE — Michael McDermott got his game revved up a little sooner in 2013 than usual.

Life as an investment adviser, husband and father of three boys, the youngest just seven months, doesn’t leave as much time for golf as there used to be in the days when McDermott was a regular at the U.S. Amateur and won the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s William Hyndman III Award that goes to the Player of the Year five times.

But McDermott is a member at Merion Golf Club and when the 2013 U.S. Open was headed to the historic East Course, well McDermott had to give it a shot. He came up short May 9 in a local qualifier at Waynesborough Country Club, but his game wasn’t far off.

Tuesday, McDermott, the former Haverford High and St. Joseph’s University standout, showed he’s in pretty good form during the rain-delayed qualifying for the GAP’s Philadelphia Amateur Championship. He went out and fired a 2-under 68 at the 7,190-yard, par-70 Aronomink Golf Club layout, tying him for the best round of the day at the Donald Ross gem.

He was even-par through eight holes when darkness halted his second round at the 6,613-yard, par-70 St. Davids Golf Club layout, leaving him at 2-under. He’s tied with Little Mill Country Club’s Michael Hyland in the battle for medalist honors.

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