May 30, 2017

Josie Anthony won the first Senior Women's title in GAP competition.

Anthony, Connell crowned Warner (Net) champs at Yardley

  YARDLEY, Pa. - Two champions were crowned in two separate match-of-scorecard finishes Tuesday at Yardley Country Club (par 72, 5,924 yards).

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  The Springhaven Club’s Mike Connell was declared the overall Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) winner thanks to a tiebreaker over Chester Valley Golf Club’s Thomas Schaible. Both players carded net rounds of 3-under 69, including back-nine nets (the USGA's recommended first tiebreaker) of 2-under 34. Connell was eventually awarded the top honor after finishing 1-under over the last six holes (the second step of determination) compared to Schaible’s even six-hole score.

  On the 285-yard, par-4 6th hole, a nice driver off the tee set Connell up for a short wedge approach to the green. Placing that shot to 12 feet, Connell drained it for the gross – and net – birdie. The biggest swing of the round came just a few holes later, on the par-3, 130-yard 9th hole. It was there where Connell pulled 8-iron from his bag and proceeded to land it just eight feet past the cup. He would go on to jar the downhill birdie look which was jotted down on the card as a net eagle.

  "That was a big one. Hard not to feel good after that one,” said Connell, 63, of Wallingford, Pa.

  He'd eventually record four net birdies on the back to go along with two hard-fought net bogeys on Nos. 12 (par 4, 340 yards) and 14 (par 4, 414 yards). Equaling up to a gross score of 85, it was enough to get the job done his first time on Yardley’s track.

  “The greens were challenging and the course was fun to get around. I had a few bad holes to go along with the good ones, and it worked out in the end,” said Connell, who has been at Springhaven for four seasons.

  When the newly-crowned champion isn’t golfing, Connell spends his time as a private investigator, doing background checks for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

  “I’ll take a look at a new agent’s background, and then give security clearance for them. Then I’ll update backgrounds on current agents every five years or so,” he said. “I take care of that business, and then try to get to the course by noon. That’s always my goal.”

  Connell, a regular competitor in GAP net events, is a big fan of the playing format, especially after today’s victory.

  “I’m always trying to stay with my handicap. I’m always trying to stay even with that, it’s kind of what I strive for,” he said. “But ultimately, if I’m playing against guys in my [Division], I want to stay with them, or better yet, beat them. I have to have that mindset.”

  Today, he beat them with that winner’s mindset.

  The event also included the debut of a Senior Women's Division in GAP competition. Taking home the inaugural hardware, in result of another match of scorecards, was Josie Anthony of White Manor Country Club.

  Anthony, a GAP volunteer, carded a gross score of 94 en route to a 78 net score. Cherry Valley Country Club's Monique Allen, playing alongside the eventual champion, also brought in a net score of 78, but lost the tiebreaker because of Anthony's back-nine net 41 compared to her own back-nine net of 42.

  “I truthfully didn’t know where we stood. I wasn’t out there calculating scores, it was more about having fun, which it really was,” said Anthony, 58, of West Chester, Pa.

  When Anthony was reminded she would go down as the first GAP champion in Senior Women’s competition, she had only one word to give in response: “amazing.”

  “It’s so great that GAP is putting on more events for women. It feels great,” she said. “The word is getting out there, but I’d like to see it spread by the clubs even more. It’s a fantastic opportunity and everyone has fun while playing.”

  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.

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  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 151 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Women's Division

Overall

Name, club

Net

Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club

78

Monique Allen, Cherry Valley Country Club

78

Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club

81

Christine Mulligan, Downingtown Country Club

84

Betty Satterley, The Bucks Club

87

Faith Dupuis, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

WD

 

Men's Division

Overall

Name, club

Net

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

69

Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club

69

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

70

Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club

71

Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club

71

John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

72

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

72

Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club

73

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

73

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

73

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

73

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club

73

John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club

74

David Justin, Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Brian Behringer, Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

74

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

74

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

Dan Kessler, Bent Creek Country Club

75

Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club

75

Curtis Heckman, Moselem Springs Golf Club

76

Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club

76

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club

76

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

76

William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77

David Goodwillie, Cherry Valley Country Club

77

Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club

77

Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club

77

Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club

78

J. Allen Gray, Gulph Mills Golf Club

78

John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club

78

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

79

David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club

79

Frank D'Amore, Merion Golf Club

79

Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club

79

William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

79

James Barton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

79

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Kenneth Brown, French Creek Golf Club

79

Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

Bill Blackburn, Concord Country Club

80

Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club

81

Tim O'Neill, Flourtown Country Club

81

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

81

Joe Morris, Whitford Country Club

81

Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills

82

James Barrett, Cherry Valley Country Club

82

Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club

82

Bryan Connolly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

83

Bob Graham, Downingtown Country Club

85

Scott Ryan, Stonewall

85

Robert McGann, Talamore Country Club

88

Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club

88

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

89

Robert Marshall, Greate Bay Country Club

89

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

90

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

100

Victor Dupuis, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

WD

Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club

DQ

Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

NS

Matt Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

NS

 

Flights

Handicap Index 8-11

Name, club

Net

Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club

69

Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club

71

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

73

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

74

Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club

75

Dan Kessler, Bent Creek Country Club

75

Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club

76

Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club

77

J. Allen Gray, Gulph Mills Golf Club

78

John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club

78

David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

79

Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club

81

Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club

82

James Barrett, Cherry Valley Country Club

82

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

90

Victor Dupuis, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

WD

Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

NS

Matt Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

NS

 

Handicap Index 12-16

Name, club

Net

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

69

Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club

71

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

73

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

74

John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club

74

David Justin, Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Brian Behringer, Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club

76

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

76

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

David Goodwillie, Cherry Valley Country Club

77

Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club

77

William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77

Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club

78

Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club

79

Frank D'Amore, Merion Golf Club

79

James Barton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

79

Bill Blackburn, Concord Country Club

80

Joe Morris, Whitford Country Club

81

Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills

82

Scott Ryan, Stonewall

85

 

Handicap Index 17-and-over

Name, club

Net

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

70

John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

72

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

72

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

73

Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club

73

Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club

73

Curtis Heckman, Moselem Springs Golf Club

76

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Kenneth Brown, French Creek Golf Club

79

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Tim O'Neill, Flourtown Country Club

81

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

81

Bryan Connolly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

83

Bob Graham, Downingtown Country Club

85

Robert McGann, Talamore Country Club

88

Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club

88

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

89

Robert Marshall, Greate Bay Country Club

89

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

100

Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club

DQ

 

DQ-disqualification; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal