Aug. 29, 2018

Michael Yahrling filed 44 Stableford points for the win.

Hilliard, Yahrling take Chapman (Net) titles at Medford Lakes

  MEDFORD LAKES, N.J. – Makefield Highlands Golf Club’s Michael Yahrling used a back-nine charge to win the overall title in Wednesday’s Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Net) at a scorching Medford Lakes Country Club (par 71, 5,779 yards).

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  Filing 44 Stableford net points, Yahrling bettered defending champion Hank Collins of Philadelphia Publinks GA in a match of scorecards for the victory.

  Because both players finished with 44 points, the USGA recommended tiebreaking method of back-nine net scores was needed to decide the trophy’s fate. Collins and Yahrling matched each other identically on the front and back nines – 20 and 24 points, respectively – meaning the next tiebreaking step was used. Yahrling’s 17 points bettered Collins’ 15 points over the final six holes, earning him the hardware.

   “Well, that’s surprising,” said the 22-handicapper upon learning of the win. “I’ll take it!”

  A 14-over gross round of 85 got the job done for the champion. After a “solid and steady” performance on Medford’s front side, he turned the jets on coming in.

  Four straight bogeys to begin the back steadied Yahrling’s game. Then, when he would eventually need them most, pars began to surface during those fateful final six holes.

  On the par-4, 324-yard 14th hole, Yahrling placed his drive on the left side of the fairway, but proceeded to find the bunker with his approach shot. Yahrling’s trusty sand wedge was pulled from the bag and used to perfectly splash his third shot to six feet, where he’d sink the gross 4. Next, on No. 15 (par 3, 135 yards), Yahrling took 7-iron off the tee to the front of the green. A 60-foot birdie look almost dropped, but a tap-in par was also well received.

  The 16th hole (par 4, 315 yards) hosted a driver, 6-iron combination that led to a two putt from 25 feet. Soon after, No. 17 (par 4, 297 yards) became the highlight of Yahrling’s round. A fairway drive there left him with 130 yards out, resulting in a 7-iron approach that nestled up to 12 feet. Yahrling got that putt to drop for the gross birdie and four crucial net points.

  Despite recording just a single point on Medford’s finishing hole (par 5, 490 yards) due to a double bogey, it was enough for the win.

   “I don’t hit the ball very far off the tee – maybe 210, 220 at the most – but I can keep it on the short stuff. I also don’t hit many greens in regulation,” said Yahrling, 58, of Doylestown, Pa. “But what I do well is scramble. It’s all about the chipping and the overall short game for me. The goal was to card points on every hole, and that’s what I was able to do.”

  Collins, who found himself on the wrong side of the match of cards, took home the Chapman (Net) last year at Sand Barrens Golf Club, now known as Union League National Golf Club, where he collected 45 net points. This time, it was another’s time to shine.

   “If you look at my track record at GAP events, there aren’t many memorable finishes. My GAP Locker will tell you that,” said Yahrling, previously a 22-year member at Indian Valley Country Club. “It’s the first time I’ve ever even placed in a GAP event, so it’s a great feeling to [win the trophy].”

  Wednesday’s heat played a major factor for most of the field. Temperatures reached a high of 96 degrees, with a “feels-like” temperature reading of 104 degrees. Despite that, the champion remained cool throughout.

   “I have experience playing in the heat, so it didn’t bother me too much today,” said Yahrling, a licensed mortgage broker . “We played a round at RiverCrest [Golf Club & Preserve] earlier this summer, and it felt like it was 114 degrees outside. Compared to that, today was a nice one.”

  In the three-player Women’s Flight, it was Spring Ford Country Club’s Karen Hilliard taking the top spot.

  Hilliard, playing as a 24 handicap in her second GAP appearance, fired a gross score of 93 translating to 39 Stableford points and the win.

   “Everything just clicked today,” said Hilliard, 52. “I’m very long off the tee, so with the yardages, I was able to take advantage. It definitely makes a difference when you’re closer to the green.”

  The Douglassville, Pa. resident has been playing serious golf for four years. It’s a goal of her to play more competitively. She says today’s trophy will only fuel that desire even more.

   “I just came out here to gain experience playing in competitions. I figured it would be good to put myself in an event where I don’t know any of the players or the golf course in order to get that different experience,” she said. “I wasn’t nervous at all. It was a good time.”

  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 Net tournament is held in his honor.

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Overall

Name, club

Points

*Michael YahrlingMakefield Highlands Golf Club

44

*Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

44

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

42

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

42

Basil Gilfillian, Little Mill Country Club

40

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

39

Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf Club

38

Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills

37

James Nesbitt, Merion Golf Club

37

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

36

Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

36

Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club

35

Gil Golding, Commonwealth National Golf Club

35

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

35

William Choy, Flourtown Country Club

34

Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club

34

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

34

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

33

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

31

Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club

31

Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club

30

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

30

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

30

Frank Cook, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

29

Timothy KiorpesLookaway Golf Club

29

Jess JastrzembskiPineCrest Country Club

28

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

27

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

27

Brendan Burke, Flourtown Country Club

26

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

26

Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

24

Douglas MaelMakefield Highlands Golf Club

24

Jeff Romano, Valleybrook Country Club

18

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Joe Kelly, Deerwood Country Club

WD

First Flight

Name, club

Points

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

42

Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills

37

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

36

Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

36

Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club

35

Gil Golding, Commonwealth National Golf Club

35

William Choy, Flourtown Country Club

34

Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club

34

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

33

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

31

Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club

31

Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club

30

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

30

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

27

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

27

Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

24

Jeff Romano, Valleybrook Country Club

18

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Second Flight

Name, club

Points

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

44

Michael YahrlingMakefield Highlands Golf Club

44

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

42

Basil Gilfillian, Little Mill Country Club

40

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

39

Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf Club

38

James Nesbitt, Merion Golf Club

37

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

35

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

34

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

30

Frank Cook, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

29

Timothy KiorpesLookaway Golf Club

29

Jess JastrzembskiPineCrest Country Club

28

Brendan Burke, Flourtown Country Club

26

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

26

Douglas MaelMakefield Highlands Golf Club

24

Joe Kelly, Deerwood Country Club

WD

Women's Flight

Name, club

Points

Karen Hilliard, Spring Ford Country Club

39

Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club

33

Charlotte Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club

17

Stableford scoring

*-decided in match of cards (final six net scores)

WD-withdrawal

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