Aug. 23, 2018

Philadelphia Country's Eva Mckendrick took the Women's Flight title.

Loch Nairn’s Watterson wins Fall Net title at Brookside

  POTTSTOWN, Pa. — “Shocked. Amazed. Humbled.”

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  That was the short-but-sweet reaction from Loch Nairn Golf Club’s Tom Watterson upon learning he had taken his first Golf Association of Philadelphia title in just his third try. Watterson got the job done with 42 Stableford points, winning the overall title in the Tee it Forward – Fall Net Championship at beautiful Brookside Country Club.

  Watterson, who played from the forward Red tees (par 72, 5,359 yards), utilized a gross score of 87 to better the net stableford leaderboard of 40 individuals.

  It was eight net birdies that garnered the winning points Watterson needed. Playing to a 21 handicap, he took advantage of a solid round of golf – ones that have been hit or miss this summer – on Thursday.

  “Getting the ball off the tee was the key for me today. I was able to do that, leading to easier approach shots, which left me in good position coming in,” said Watterson, 61, of Avondale, Pa. “The well-positioned drives, then solid approach shots, left me with a fair amount of two putts and easy chips. I was able to convert those today, whereas the rest of the summer, it’s either been really up-and-down for my game.”

  Two gross pars on Brookside’s finishing par 3s were crucial. On No. 15 (par 3, 155 yards), Watterson blasted 8-iron to 10 feet and two putted for the 3. On the par-3, 100-yard 17th, a wedge tee shot came up short after a duffed swing. A clutch chip to a foot came next, leading to the gross par and three net points.

  “This is the first time I’ve played here. To be honest with you, I wasn’t going for anything but pars and bogeys,” said Watterson. “I’m glad it worked out for me.”

  Watterson, a recent retiree who worked in the IT business, had one goal in mind entering today: enjoy it to the fullest. The playing experience was priority number one, while attaining the trophy came next. Watterson can now put a checkmark next to both.

  “This is the third time I’ve played in one of the GAP net events. The highlight for me today, even with the win, was just playing in the championship, and I’m dead serious on that. Now that I’ve been to a few of these, I feel more comfortable out here,” he said. “The players are just nice people. As an individual, playing well is nice, but having a good time was even better.”

  It was clubmate and playing partner Ed Osciak, Jr. who suggested Watterson joined him this year in the Francis B. Warner Net at White Manor Country Club. The champion obliged. He’s been hooked on the relaxed-yet-competitive events ever since.

  “I have to thank him, because he was the one who got me out here,” said Watterson. “I’m sure he will be joking about my win now all the time back at [Loch Nairn.]

Women’s Flight

  In a competitive field of eight Women competitors, it was a new, smiling face emerging with the hardware when all was said and done.

  Philadelphia Country Club’s Eva Mckendrick posted 38 Stableford points for the victory. Two gross birdies propelled her to the top position.

  “It was a good round of golf for me today. I hit some really nice shots,” said Mckendrick, who shot a 14-over 86 from the Yellow tees (par 72, 4,960 yards). “I’m one of those people that can shoot anywhere from 85 to 105, so today was a good one for sure."

  It was an ideal GAP playing debut for the mother of five daughters. She headed home with something special to remember it by.

  “Of course, it feels nice to bring home a trophy,” said Mckendrick. “I’m looking forward to getting home and putting it right in front of my husband for him to see!”

  Last year’s champion, Lucia Simon of Saucon Valley Country Club, finished tied for the runner-up position with 34 points. Matching that number was Philadelphia Country’s Marybeth Baldwin, the winner of this year’s Tee it Forward – Spring Net Championship at Coatesville Country Club.

  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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Men's Overall

Name, club

Stableford

Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club

42

Monte Ross, Wilmington Country Club

41

Paul Visokey, Yardley Country Club

40

Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club

40

James Konnick, Brookside Country Club

39

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

39

Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club

39

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

38

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

37

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

37

Trent Thompson, Bala Golf Club

36

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

36

Bruce Berger, M.D., Philmont Country Club

36

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

35

Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

35

William Foley, Philmont Country Club

34

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

34

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

34

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

34

George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club

33

Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club

33

Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club

33

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

32

Tim O'Neill, Flourtown Country Club

32

Mike Krantz, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

32

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

32

Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club

31

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

31

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

31

Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club

31

William Choy, Flourtown Country Club

30

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

30

John Wilson, Sunnybrook Golf Club

30

Arthur Frankel, Philmont Country Club

29

Charles Gallagher, III, Flourtown Country Club

28

Charles Carter, Sunnybrook Golf Club

28

Nicholas Dalessandro, Little Mill Country Club

26

Perry Kruse, Downingtown Country Club

25

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

25

Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club

WD

 

First Flight (2.6 - 10.0 handicap)

Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club

39

Bruce Berger, M.D., Philmont Country Club

36

Trent Thompson, Bala Golf Club

36

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

34

Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club

33

George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club

33

Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club

33

Mike Krantz, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

32

Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club

31

William Choy, Flourtown Country Club

30

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

30

Arthur Frankel, Philmont Country Club

29

Charles Carter, Sunnybrook Golf Club

28

Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club

WD

 

Second Flight (10.1 - 14.1)

Monte Ross, Wilmington Country Club

41

Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club

40

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

38

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

37

Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

35

William Foley, Philmont Country Club

34

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

34

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

32

Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club

31

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

31

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

31

Nicholas Dalessandro, Little Mill Country Club

26

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

25

 

Third Flight (14.4 - 22.3)

Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club

42

Paul Visokey, Yardley Country Club

40

James Konnick, Brookside Country Club

39

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

39

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

37

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

36

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

35

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

34

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

32

Tim O'Neill, Flourtown Country Club

32

John Wilson, Sunnybrook Golf Club

30

Charles Gallagher, III, Flourtown Country Club

28

Perry Kruse, Downingtown Country Club

25

 

Women's Flight

Eva Mckendrick, Philadelphia Country Club

38

Marybeth Baldwin, Philadelphia Country Club

34

Lucia Simon, Saucon Valley Country Club

34

Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club

33

Pam Kennedy, Saucon Valley Country Club

31

Muffy McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club

28

Tracey MacGown, Saucon Valley Country Club

27

Kim Watts, Saucon Valley Country Club

25

 

WD - withdrawal

 

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