Aug. 16, 2017

Hank Collins posted 43 points to prevail.

Philly Publinks’ Collins captures Fall Net Championship at Schuylkill

  ORWIGSBURG, Pa. — “Ugly” is how Hank Collins describes his golf game this summer. The rounds he’s played left the Philadelphia Publinks GA member discouraged and frustrated.

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  Any antonym for ugly is a fitting descriptor for his performance in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Tee It Forward — Fall Net Championship at a splendid Schuylkill Country Club Wednesday. Collins, who competed from the forward tees (par 72, 5,688 yards), posted 43 points in the net stableford format.

  “It was the first time I’ve broken 95 all year,” Collins, 78, of Berwyn, Pa., said. “Everything just kind of worked. It was a combination of a lot of different things. It just worked out.”

  How’s this for a combination: a four-putt, two three-putts, a bunch of one-putts, a sand save for par and a chip-in birdie? Collins, who fared well on Schuylkill’s undulating greens, ran the gamut Wednesday. The aforementioned chip-in occurred on the par 3, 118-yard 11th hole after he landed a 9-iron short of the putting surface. A bunker blast and mid-range putt on the 16th hole (par 3, 120 yards) meant a net birdie on the scorecard.

  “Ugly” did appear on a couple of occasions at Schuylkill, but left no permanent scars.

  “Skulling a wedge or a 9-iron a few times. The only thing good about it was the direction,” Collins said.

  Collins, who worked for a truck manufacturer, frequently competes alongside friend Timothy Joyce, the 2013 Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) champion. The two check off a pair of important boxes: having fun and enjoying new courses.

  “Let me just say this. There’s nothing I don’t enjoy about playing in a GAP event,” Collins said. “We get into everything we can.”

  A stop at Dairy Queen is a must for Collins and Joyce, too. They scout for a planned stop on the way home. Add Collins’ trophy to the treat list.

Women’s Division
  Lucia Simon drove past Schuylkill Country Club en route to her son Joshua’s wedding a year ago. The roadside view beckoned a firsthand visit.

  “I never knew of the club. The next day, I got an e-mail about an event here, but I couldn’t play in it,” Simon, 60, of Center Valley, Pa., said. “So when this one came up, I knew I wanted to play the course. I went online and read about Schuylkill. I needed to go and see it.”

  The course met Simon’s expectations and then some. She points to a chip-in birdie on the par 5, 450-yard 17th hole as a highlight. She left a 7-wood short of the putting green and sent straight tracker into the jar.

  Simon classified her GAP debut as “awesome.”

  “Easy to sign up, easy to be here. I’m sorry to see such a small field of women. I’d like to say I beat a field of 50,” she said jokingly. “I had a great time.”

  The Tee It Forward — Fall Net Championship, formerly known as the Second Handicap, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Golf Association of Philadelphia adopted the Tee It Forward parameters and changed the scoring format to net stableford in 2012.

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Overall results

Men's Division

Name, club

Points

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

43

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

40

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

40

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

40

Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club

39

Stephen Maakestad, Five Ponds Golf Club

39

Daniel Keenan, Woodcrest Country Club

39

Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club

38

John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club

37

Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club

36

Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club

35

Lester Michael, Lehigh Country Club

34

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

34

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

34

Dennis O'Donnell, Old York Road Country Club

34

Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club

34

John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

34

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

33

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

32

David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club

32

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

32

Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club

31

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

31

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

31

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

31

Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club

31

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

31

Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club

30

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

30

Douglas Braunsdorf, Greate Bay Country Club

30

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

30

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

29

Casey Lyons, Medford Village Country Club

21

Zachary Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

NS

 

First Flight (Handicap Index 2.1-8.9)

Name, club

Points

Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club

39

Daniel Keenan, Woodcrest Country Club

39

John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club

37

Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club

35

Lester Michael, Lehigh Country Club

34

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

34

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

34

David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club

32

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

31

Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club

31

Casey Lyons, Medford Village Country Club

21

 

Second Flight (Handicap Index 9.3-12.9)

Name, club

Points

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

40

Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club

36

Dennis O'Donnell, Old York Road Country Club

34

John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

34

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

32

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

32

Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club

31

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

31

Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club

30

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

30

Douglas Braunsdorf, Greate Bay Country Club

30

Zachary Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

NS

 

Third Flight (Handicap Index 13.9-23.2)

Name, club

Points

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

43

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

40

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

40

Stephen Maakestad, Five Ponds Golf Club

39

Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club

38

Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club

34

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

33

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

31

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

31

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

30

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

29

Women's Division

Name, club

Points

Lucia Simon, Saucon Valley Country Club

36

Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club

34

Erin Mckarski, Saucon Valley Country Club

30

Sarah Reese, French Creek Golf Club

28

Nancy Brandi, Berkshire Country Club

27

Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club

22

NS — no show

 

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