May 4, 2017

Brian Corbett rips a drive on No. 1 (par 4, 450 yards).

Huntsville’s Corbett catapults to Senior title in Warner Cup (Gross)

  ROYERSFORD, Pa. — Brian Corbett turned a golfer’s nightmare into tournament reverie Thursday at Spring Ford Country Club (par 72, 6,520 yards).

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  As the Senior Division leader with two holes remaining in the 83rd Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross), Corbett took an untimely unplayable lie on the 17th hole. He then sunk a sand shot for a vital par and soon-to-be score of even-par 72. That number translated into a two-stroke victory for the longtime Golf Association of Philadelphia competitor.

  Lancaster Country Club’s Kenneth Phillips and Little Mill Country Club’s Joseph Roeder tied for second at 2-over-par 74.

  “It doesn’t feel any better than this,” an overwhelmed Corbett, 58, of Clarks Summit, Pa., said. “I’ve always wanted to win a GAP event. I’m really happy with what I’ve accomplished today. It’s going to be a great car ride home.”

  On the aforementioned No. 17, a slight dogleg right measuring 413 yards, Corbett faced a known and unknown on the tee: go right, and he can’t carry the trees on his approach. Slam it straight, and he risks the dreaded fairway-runner into trouble.

  “I hit it right down the walking line, thinking I’m perfect. It went through the fairway,” Corbett, an insurance agent, said. “My ball was lying right against a root in between two roots. I may have been able to hack down on something and punch it out to maybe 160 yards, but I was afraid that if I hit the root — and I’ve had it happen before — the club would hit the root, bounce over the ball and then I whiff. So, I took an unplayable.”

  With 175 yards for his third shot, Corbett pushed a 5-iron into the right greenside bunker. He holed the ensuing extrication for par.

  “I was kind of stunned. I was happy, but I was stunned,” Corbett said. “At that point of a round in any tournament, I don’t think I’ve ever holed out on the 17th hole from a bunker, whether it be for a par or a birdie.”

  Although he escaped No. 17 unscathed, Corbett encountered another test of nerves on the closing 18th hole (par 5, 492 yards). Another striped drive cut through the fairway and settled two inches outside the right fairway bunker. Exhibiting a Hokey Pokey stance, Corbett cleared the water hazard with a 4-hybird. He then knocked a wedge 90 yards to 10 feet above the hole, rolled a slippery slider 18 inches by and dropped the anxious comebacker.

  Corbett’s championship round started in non-championship form. On the V-shaped No. 1 (par 4, 450 yards), Corbett dealt with a 180-yard uphill approach out of a downhill lie. Ruling out a hybrid, he chose a hard 5-iron and came up short of the green. A two-putt from 15 feet resulted in a bogey. Corbett splashed a drive into the water hazard on No. 2 (par 4, 406 yards) for another 5. Next came the turnaround.

  “I actually hit the ball very well once I got past No. 2, which was critical. I really didn’t miss a shot from No. 3 tee through No. 9 green,” Corbett said.

  Oh no he didn’t.

  Corbett, playing in the afternoon’s first group, birdied the par 5, 520-yard No. 5 after flipping a wedge to 10 feet above the hole location. He drained an uphill, left-to-right breaking 25-footer on No. 7 (par 3, 187 yards) following a splendid 5-iron. On the par 5, 522-yard No. 9, Corbett hit a wedge 50 yards to four feet below the flagstick and made the birdie putt.

  Corbett’s inward nine mirrored his outward start. Old habits created a bogey on No. 10 (par 4, 412 yards).

  “I always hit driver. I always aim at the right bunker, and I always hit it right where I’m aiming,” Corbett said. “Then I have to hit a 9-iron up to the green because you have to get over the lip. I missed about a 10-footer [for par].”

  On No. 11 (par 4, 354 yards), Corbett, thinking extra club to avoid a guarding bunker, flushed a 9-iron over the green and failed to get up-and-down. As the sun sheltered in cloud cover, temperatures dipped slightly; the winds not so much. Corbett, however, withstood any interference from Mother Nature — and the rest of the field. He reached the 15th green (par 5, 485 yards) in two with a 4-wood from 230 yards for a two-putt birdie. A save on No. 16, a treacherous downhill, upwind par 3 measuring 196 yards, preluded Corbett’s heroics on the 17th hole. Again, old habits caused trouble.

  “It always plays the distance, and I always hit it into the front bunker,” Corbett said. He did just that, but splashed out to eight feet and wiggled a par putt in the side door.

  Corbett, who’s competed in two U.S. Mid-Amateurs, credits his instructor, John Spina, with an assist in his breakthrough performance at Spring Ford.

  “I’ve been struggling for a few years. I’ve been working on my game for about a year now with John,” he said. “I’m always migrating back to what I used to do, which is bad shots. I really stayed in the moment and did some things he tells me that I’m supposed to do. It was quite gratifying to, down the stretch, do the things I’m supposed to do. I’ve been playing a long time and have been really frustrated with golf. Right now, it feels pretty good.”

  Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s secretary-treasurer for 18 years. After his death in 1933, the Association started the Francis B. Warner Cup as an ongoing tribute in his memory. It is the first Senior Major of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s tournament season.

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Overall

Name, club

Score

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

72

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

74

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

74

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

75

Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club

75

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

75

Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

76

Thomas Bartolacci, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

76

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

77

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

77

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

78

James Muller, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

78

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

David West, Whitford Country Club

78

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

78

Robert Wurtz, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

79

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

79

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club

79

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

79

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

80

Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club

80

Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club

80

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

80

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club

80

Barry Cahill, Radley Run Country Club

81

Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

81

Steven Lucas, Wilmington Country Club

81

Eric Meyer, Whitford Country Club

81

Mark Leaman, Stone Harbor Golf Club

81

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

81

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

82

Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

82

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

82

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

82

Lawrence Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club

82

Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club

83

Bob Walsh, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Cameron Campbell, McCall Golf & Country Club

83

Thomas Alestock, Running Deer Golf Club

83

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

83

Jeff Poet, Country Club of York

83

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club

83

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

84

William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club

84

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

84

Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club

84

Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

85

Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club

85

Robert Amen, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

85

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

86

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Christopher Moresco, Aronimink Golf Club

87

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

87

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

88

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

88

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

88

Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

88

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

88

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

88

Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club

89

Thomas Soares, Lehigh Country Club

89

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

90

Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

90

Eugene Haag, Tavistock Country Club

90

Paul Dansbury, Yardley Country Club

91

Steve Walsh, Sandy Run Country Club

92

Art Caldwell, Sea Oaks Golf Club

92

Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club

92

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

93

Robert Yermish, Rolling Green Golf Club

93

Jeff Lysek, Five Ponds Golf Club

96

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

97

Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

WD

 

Ages 55-59

Name, club

Score

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

72

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

74

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

74

Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club

75

Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

76

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

76

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

77

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

78

Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

David West, Whitford Country Club

78

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

78

Robert Wurtz, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

79

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club

79

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

80

Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club

80

Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club

80

Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club

80

Barry Cahill, Radley Run Country Club

81

Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

81

Eric Meyer, Whitford Country Club

81

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

81

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

82

Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

82

Lawrence Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club

82

Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club

83

Bob Walsh, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Cameron Campbell, McCall Golf & Country Club

83

Thomas Alestock, Running Deer Golf Club

83

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

83

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

84

William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club

84

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

84

Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club

85

Robert Amen, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

86

Christopher Moresco, Aronimink Golf Club

87

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

88

Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

88

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

88

Thomas Soares, Lehigh Country Club

89

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

90

Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

90

Eugene Haag, Tavistock Country Club

90

Paul Dansbury, Yardley Country Club

91

Steve Walsh, Sandy Run Country Club

92

Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club

92

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

93

Robert Yermish, Rolling Green Golf Club

93

Jeff Lysek, Five Ponds Golf Club

96

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

97

Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

WD

 

Ages 60 & Over

Name club

Score

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

75

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

75

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

77

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

James Muller, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

78

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

79

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

79

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

80

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Steven Lucas, Wilmington Country Club

81

Mark Leaman, Stone Harbor Golf Club

81

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

82

Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

82

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Jeff Poet, Country Club of York

83

Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club

83

Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club

84

Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

85

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

85

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

87

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

88

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

88

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

88

Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club

89

Art Caldwell, Sea Oaks Golf Club

92

 

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