June 8, 2017

Joseph Roeder won his first Senior Division title at Lu Lu Country Club on Thursday.

Chapman Cup (Gross): Little Mill’s Roeder lands first Senior title

  GLENSIDE, Pa. — Joseph Roeder played the worst golf of his career last spring. It’s an about-face in 2017.

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  Roeder, coming off a co-runner-up performance in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross), captured the Senior crown in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu Country Club (par 71, 6,308 yards) Thursday. He and Tavistock Country Club’s Michael Tash finished regulation tied at even-par 71. Tash wasn’t available for a sudden-death playoff.

  “In any GAP tournament, there’s so much good competition. It feels really good to be able to just compete with all of the guys who play here and even better to win,” Roeder, 56, of Marlton, N.J., said. “I usually shoot 80 in GAP events, so having two good ones in a row feels good. I’m playing well this year finally. It does mean a lot. I don’t really think about winning; I just kind of think about trying to play as good as I can play. Let the chips fall where they fall.”

  They fell in Roeder’s favor on Thursday.

  An atypical start to the season, an atypical start to his round at Lu Lu. Roeder, an imposing ball-striker at 6’4”, didn’t register his first par until the 171-yard No. 6 (par 3, 171 yards), an uphill par 3 with a demanding two-tier green. Roeder left his hybrid on the lower shelf and rolled his par putt into tap-in territory.

  Three squares and two circles filled the scorecard prior. Roeder, a retired Air Force pilot who works in flight simulation at Fort Dix, opened with a birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 475 yards) by knocking a sand wedge 85 yards to five feet. Roeder also birdied the distinguished No. 4 (par 3, 116 yards), stopping a gap wedge at 10 feet. A three-putt from 30 feet on No. 2 (par 4, 353 yards), and a pair of wayward drives and forced punch-outs on Nos. 3 (par 4, 424 yards) and 5 (par 4, 429 yards), led to bogeys.

  Relying on a steady putter to overshadow an inconsistent driver, Roeder soon settled from a wild start. He registered 14 greens in regulation to remain on the leaderboard.

  On the par 4, 345-yard 11th hole, Roeder returned to even thanks to a five-foot birdie. He hit a sand wedge from 70 yards and learned his line from playing partner Mark Cubberley, who faced an identical downhill putt. Seemingly cleared for championship takeoff, a three-putt on the par 4, 360-yard 14th kept Roeder on the runway. He redeemed the error with a feel-good birdie on the par 4, 333-yard 16th hole. Roeder knocked a sand wedge 80 yards to four feet.

  When asked to cite a reason for a turnaround in 2017, Roeder first credits his equipment. He’s finally getting comfortable with a set of Mizuno irons acquired a year ago. Roeder quickly adds his clubmates to the list.

  “Playing all of those games at Little Mill has made me play better. Either you play well or you lose money,” he said. “There’s a lot of good competition there. Playing with those guys, I think that’s really helped me.”

  Roeder and his Little Mill friends also played a practice round at Lu Lu last week. He dutifully jotted down notes that proved beneficial.

  “There are some pins out here that you don’t want to be above. There are spots where you don’t want to miss,” Roeder said.

  It’s been a series of missed cuts and opportunities for Roeder over the years. He finally arrived at a victorious Senior destination Thursday.

  Tash, who played in the morning, carded 16 pars, a birdie and a bogey in regulation.

  “My round was good but I didn’t hit anything close at all. I really had one opportunity for birdie today and I made it,” Tash, 55, of Thorofare, N.J., said. “Most of my [birdie putts] were 30 feet today. But I putted the ball well enough not to make any mistakes.”

  Frank H. Chapman, a Whitemarsh Valley Country Club member, served as the Association’s secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He died on June 7, 1955 at the age of 88. The Gross tournament, now in its 11th year, is held in his honor.

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Overall

Name, club

Score

*Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

71

Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

71

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

72

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72

Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club

73

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

73

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

73

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club

74

Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

74

J.R. Cattoni, Huntsville Golf Club

74

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

74

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

74

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club

75

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75

Frank Brigidi, III, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

David West, Whitford Country Club

75

Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club

76

Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club

76

Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

76

Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton

76

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

76

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

76

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

77

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

77

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

77

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

77

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

77

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

78

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

78

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Cameron Campbell, McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

79

Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club

79

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

80

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

80

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

80

Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

80

Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club

81

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

81

Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

81

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers  Golf & Country Club

82

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

82

Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club

82

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

82

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

82

Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

82

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

82

Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club

82

Jim Dalzell, Linwood Country Club

82

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

83

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

83

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

83

Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club

83

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

83

Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club

83

Lawrence Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club

83

Bob Walsh, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National

83

Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club

84

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

84

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

85

Robert Yermish, Rolling Green Golf Club

85

Jeff Lysek, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Jim Simmons, Stonewall

86

Stew Butler, Indian Valley Country Club

86

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

86

Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club

86

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

87

Gary Shearman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

88

Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

89

Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

92

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

94

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

WD

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

DQ

 

Ages 55-59

Name, club

Score

Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

71

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

71

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

72

Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club

73

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

73

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club

74

J.R. Cattoni, Huntsville Golf Club

74

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club

75

Frank Brigidi, III, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

David West, Whitford Country Club

75

Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club

76

Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club

76

Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton

76

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

76

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

77

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

77

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

77

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

78

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

78

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Cameron Campbell, McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

79

Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club

79

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

80

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club

82

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

82

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

82

Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

82

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

82

Jim Dalzell, Linwood Country Club

82

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

83

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

83

Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club

83

Lawrence Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club

83

Bob Walsh, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

84

Robert Yermish, Rolling Green Golf Club

85

Jeff Lysek, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Jim Simmons, Stonewall

86

Stew Butler, Indian Valley Country Club

86

Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

92

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

94

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

DQ

 

Ages 60 and over

Name, club

Score

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

73

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

74

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

74

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

74

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75

Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

76

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

76

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

77

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

77

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

77

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

78

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

80

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

80

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

80

Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club

81

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

81

Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

81

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers  Golf & Country Club

82

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

82

Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club

82

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

83

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

83

Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club

83

Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National

83

Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club

84

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

85

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

86

Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club

86

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

87

Gary Shearman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

88

Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

89

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

WD

 

*-determined in playoff

DQ-disqualificiation; WD-withdrawal

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