May 24, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Former Saint Joseph's golfing standout Michael McDermott '97 captured the 2013 Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur Championship Thursday afternoon at Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 6,638 yards).
A member of the Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Fame, McDermott captured his fourth Middle-Amateur title with a birdie on the final playoff hole to best Pete Barron, III by a stroke, 16 to 17.
Trailing by a stroke (11 to 12) heading to the final playoff hole, McDermott would knock down a 12-foot putt for birdie on the par 5, 523 yard hole, while Barron, III would bogey.
"It was such a battle for two days. It's such a tough course," McDermott told reporters on Thursday. "The leaderboard was all over the place all day. There were moments when I was four back of Ray Thompson and he's just playing perfect golf and I'm figuring he's going to finish at 2 under and I have to do something miraculous. Then he had his unfortunate stumble. Then I have a feeling I can win it which I end up in a playoff. The playoff was such a roller coaster. Pete outplayed me. He did everything but win the playoff. And then I make that great birdie at the last. I'm very, very excited."
Over the course of two rounds, McDermott shot an even-par 71-71/142 to finish tied with Barron, III, leading the the dramatic playoff.
With the victory, McDermott, representing Merion Golf Club, has now claimed the Middle-Amateur titles four times, winning in 2001, 2004, 2008 and this year.
A 1997 graduate of SJU, McDermott remains the only hawk golfer to earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors three times. As a senior, he led the nation with nine top-five finishes. He was inducted into the Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Additionally, former Hawk Steve Hudacek '09 tied for eighth at 70-77/147, while Brian McDermott '04 tied for 12th at 74-74/148.