After long layoff, former Tatnall standout leads Delaware Amateur

By Daily State News
Posted 6/25/24

WILMINGTON — Amory Davis once seemed to have a good golf future waiting in front of him.

The former Tatnall standout won the DIAA individual state title in 2005 before going onto a good …

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After long layoff, former Tatnall standout leads Delaware Amateur


WILMINGTON — Amory Davis once seemed to have a good golf future waiting in front of him.

The former Tatnall standout won the DIAA individual state title in 2005 before going onto a good career at the University of Virginia.

But a back injury in 2013 changed all that.

According to a story on, Davis went eight years without playing a competitive round of golf.

So it was pretty satisfying for the 35-year-old Sante Fe, N.M. resident to come back to Delaware and take the lead halfway through the 73rd annual DSGA Delaware Amateur on Tuesday.

Davis shot a 68 to lead the field with a two-day total of six-under-par 138 at White Clay Country Club.

He’s just ahead of first-round leader Evan Barbin of Chesapeake Bay Golf Club. Barbin, who shot fired a 71 on Tuesday to sit at 140.

The cut came at 15-over-par with 39 players advancing to Wednesday’s final two rounds.

“I wasn’t sure if I would ever play golf again.” Davis was quoted in the DSGA story “Playing well used to wear on me a lot. Today, I was excited to have a beer with my dad after the round. Perspective matters a lot.

“My wife, my family and my business are the three most important things in my life and learning that has made golf so much easier. The outcome and result doesn’t matter as much to me anymore.”

Davis won the Delaware Amateur in 2007.

Following Davis and Barbin, Kevin Lydon and Nick Ciocca are tied for third at 144. After carding a 77 on Monday, Lydon came back with a 67 — the low round of the tournament — on Tuesday.

The Delaware Amateur champion earns a spot into this year’s U.S. Amateur at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Davis, though, said his only goal is to enjoy playing golf.

“I have a great life outside of golf,” he was quoted. “I’m not here to win a trophy, I am here to have fun. My comfort zone used to be hitting it hard. Now that has changed to being more in control. Tomorrow will require a lot of strategic golf. I am excited for whatever comes.”


73rd annual DSGA Delaware Amateur

WILMINGTON - The scores after Tuesday's second round of the DSGA Delaware Amateur, played at White Clay Creek Country Club:

Amory Davis, Bidermann Golf Club 70-68 138
Evan Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club 69-71 140
Kevin Lydon, LuLu Country Club 77-67 144
Nick Ciocca, Aronimink Golf Club 70-74 144
Aaron Williams, Bayside Resort Golf Club 71-74 145
Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club 76-70 146
Charlie Bundy, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Assoc. 73-74 147
Tyler Cleaves, USGA/GAP GC 78-69 147
Calen Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club 79-69 148
Peyton Mussina, Williamsport Country Club 73-75 148
Daniel Oh, Blue Bell Country Club 81-68 149
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club 77-72 149
Eli Shah, Penn Oaks Golf Club 75-75 150
Nick Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club 77-73 150
Connor McGarrity, Briarwood Golf Club 79-71 150
Jake Haberstumpf, LedgeRock Golf Club 78-72 150
Alex Seelig, LedgeRock Golf Club 76-74 150
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club 75-76 151
Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club 77-74 151
Jackson Roman, Briarwood Golf Club 75-77 152
Steve Cutler, USGA/GAP GC 79-73 152
Lorenzo Sanz, Briarwood Golf Club 77-75 152
Matt Dolinsky, Galen Hall Golf Club 79-74 153
Jackson Debusschere, DuPont Country Club 78-75 153
Brian Zinman, USGA/GAP GC 79-75 154
Hudson Pace, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 76-78 154
Jacoby Chappa, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 78-77 155
Jack Irons, Medford Lakes Country Club 74-81 155
Logan Wagner, Bent Creek Country Club 79-77 156
Blake Micholas, Kings Creek Country Club 85-71 156
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 78-79 157
Brandon Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club 81-76 157
Nikita Romanov, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club 80-77 157
Matt Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 83-75 158
Michael Vital, Northampton Country Club 80-78 158
Kyle Pritchard, Green Pond Country Club 85-74 159
Charles Young, Briarwood Golf Club 80-79 159
Drew Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 81-78 159
Michael Dignazio, Wilmington Country Club 82-77 159
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