May 29, 2018

Stephanie Castaldi won the second-ever Women's Division trophy.

Castaldi, O’Rourke take titles in Warner (Net) at White Manor

  MALVERN, Pa. - John O’Rourke already had a few Golf Association of Philadelphia titles stemming from his days served as a versatile volunteer. After Tuesday’s standout performance, he can add “two-time champion” into the mix.

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  O’Rourke, a volunteer with the Association since 2003, took home the overall Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) title – his second in the event – at White Manor Country Club (par 71, 5,680 yards).

  In regulation, O'Rourke's 7-under 64 net was equaled by Jericho National Golf Club’s Joe DeAngelis. The eventual champion was awarded the win in a match-of-cards after O'Rourke's 5-under net back nine bettered DeAngelis’ 3-under score. O'Rourke’s gross score of 83 helped propel him to the top of a large leaderboard of 96 net players.

  Stephanie Castaldi took home the top spot in the second-ever rendition of the Women’s Division. The Hershey Country Club member fired a 5-under 66 net round to better defending champion Josie Anthony of the home club by three net strokes.

  O’Rourke carded three straight net birdies to finish the winning round. The closing clutch streak began with a chip-in from off the front of the green on No. 16 (par 4, 366 yards). On No. 17 (par 5, 399 yards), O’Rourke hit a decent drive near the right fringe, lifted a 5-wood to 130 yards out, then placed an 11-wood approach to 10 feet. A two-putt gross par kept the rally alive.

  On White Manor’s finisher (par 4, 320 yards), O’Rourke blasted a drive past the left fairway bunker and into the first cut. Again he entrusted his 11-wood, nestling the approach up to eight feet. A two-putt sealed the deal.

   “I wasn’t sure if I was hitting the ball well enough to enter today,” said the 67-year-old retiree, winner of the 2009 Warner (Net) at Silver Creek Country Club. “I was hoping just to place in my Flight, but it turns out some of my shots were paying off. It feels great to get my first trophy in nine years."

  O’Rourke is a fan of net events – both Stableford and stroke play formats. Take a glance at a GAP tee sheet during a net championship and you’ll see that familiar name.

   “I’m a fan of both the playing formats, but no matter which one we are playing in, the net championships run by the GAP are a great way to get out on other courses and play with the guys while also competing. Everyone has fun during them – we’re really glad the GAP runs them.”

  The Cherry Hill, N.J. resident sees these events from a few different perspectives, too. As a course rating and tournament volunteer, O’Rourke has seen and done it all.

   “My good friend, Bob Murray, who I played with today, had already been volunteering for a number of years, and called me up and said, ‘They’re looking for volunteers from New Jersey. Some of the guys don’t want to travel that far,’ and asked if I was interested,” said O’Rourke. “And I’ve been doing it ever since.”

  Castaldi, who carded a gross score of 87, was ecstatic to be playing in her first GAP competition. Hershey joined GAP as a Member Club in 2018, opening the door for more playing opportunities.

  Castaldi was even more thrilled making the drive home as a champion.

   “When (groupmate Susan Engle) and I saw this tournament was open to [Hershey members], we decided to come out and play. And, oh my god, it was just an amazing day and tournament,” said Castaldi, 57, of Hummelstown, Pa.

  Today’s event hosted the largest field ever – 20 players – in a GAP Women’s competition.

   “I’m going to do my best to get other ladies involved as well after my first playing experience here,” said the winner after her round. “It’s great to hear about the (participation numbers) increasing. White Manor was a beautiful golf course and it's just a nice opportunity to play in events like this.”

  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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Overall

 

Name, club

Net score

*John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

64

*Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

64

Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club

65

Tony Minervini, Old York CC at Chesterfield

66

Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

66

David Pierce, DuPont Country Club

67

Richard Saylor, Coatesville Country Club

67

William Choy, Flourtown Country Club

67

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

68

John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club

68

Robert McCole, The Springhaven Club

68

John Lobb, Bellewood Country Club

69

Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf Club

70

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

70

Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

70

Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club

70

Robert Harrell, Little Mill Country Club

70

David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club

70

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

71

Michael Eckrich, DuPont Country Club

71

Jim Lowthert, French Creek Golf Club

71

Frank Dehaut, Jr., Coatesville Country Club

72

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

72

James Seward, Jr., Limekiln Golf Club

72

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

72

Jim Delfidio, Talamore Country Club

72

Steven Gordon, Old York CC at Chesterfield

72

Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club

72

James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club

73

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

73

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

R. B. D'iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club

73

Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club

73

John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

73

Chris Braun, West Shore Country Club

73

Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club

73

Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club

74

Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

Kent Spade, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

74

Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club

74

Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club

74

Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

Jeffrey Pelesh, Rolling Green Golf Club

74

Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club

74

Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

74

Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club

75

Mark Edfort, LedgeRock Golf Club

75

Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

75

Tom Seward, Limekiln Golf Club

76

Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club

76

Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club

76

Michael Schoedler, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf Club

77

Mark Simpson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

77

James Barton, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

77

David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Robert DeLong, Radnor Valley Country Club

77

Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

77

Brian Chidester, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club

78

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

James Barron, Hartefeld National

78

Mike Pierce, The Springhaven Club

79

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers'  Golf & Country Club

79

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

79

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

79

Chris Meyer, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

79

Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Andy McCormick, Lancaster Country Club

79

Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club

79

Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills

79

J. Frederick Merz, Jr., Merion Golf Club

80

Thomas Frazier, Gulph Mills Golf Club

80

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

80

Bill Nicholson, St. Davids Golf Club

80

Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club

80

Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club

81

Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club

82

Ned Moore, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

82

Dean Rosini, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club

83

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club

84

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

84

Jack Polidori, DuPont Country Club

84

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Charles Kane, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Joseph Funk, The Bucks Club

93

Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

94

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

94

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

97

James Conway, Tavistock Country Club

NC

Steven Hashem, Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

Robert Murray, McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

Thomas Barnes, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Patrick Foley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

WD

William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

 

*decided in match-of-card playoff (back 9 net)

 

First Flight (8-12 Handicap)

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

64

Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club

65

Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

66

William Choy, Flourtown Country Club

67

Robert McCole, The Springhaven Club

68

John Lobb, Bellewood Country Club

69

Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club

70

Robert Harrell, Little Mill Country Club

70

David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club

70

Michael Eckrich, DuPont Country Club

71

Jim Lowthert, French Creek Golf Club

71

Jim Delfidio, Talamore Country Club

72

Steven Gordon, Old York CC at Chesterfield

72

Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club

72

Chris Braun, West Shore Country Club

73

Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club

73

Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club

74

Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

Jeffrey Pelesh, Rolling Green Golf Club

74

Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club

74

Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

74

Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

75

Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club

76

Michael Schoedler, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

77

James Barron, Hartefeld National

78

Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Andy McCormick, Lancaster Country Club

79

Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club

79

Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills

79

Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club

83

Jack Polidori, DuPont Country Club

84

Thomas Barnes, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Patrick Foley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

WD

William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

 

Second Flight (13-16 Handicap)

Tony Minervini, Old York CC at Chesterfield

66

David Pierce, DuPont Country Club

67

Richard Saylor, Coatesville Country Club

67

John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club

68

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

70

Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

70

James Seward, Jr., Limekiln Golf Club

72

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

72

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

R. B. D'iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club

73

Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club

73

John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

73

Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club

74

Mark Edfort, LedgeRock Golf Club

75

Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club

76

James Barton, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

77

David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Robert DeLong, Radnor Valley Country Club

77

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

79

Chris Meyer, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

79

Thomas Frazier, Gulph Mills Golf Club

80

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

80

Bill Nicholson, St. Davids Golf Club

80

Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club

80

Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club

84

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

84

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Charles Kane, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Joseph Funk, The Bucks Club

93

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

94

James Conway, Tavistock Country Club

NC

Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

 

Third Flight (17+ Handicap)

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

64

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

68

Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf Club

70

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

71

Frank Dehaut, Jr., Coatesville Country Club

72

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

72

James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club

73

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

73

Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club

74

Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

Kent Spade, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

74

Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club

75

Tom Seward, Limekiln Golf Club

76

Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf Club

77

Mark Simpson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

77

Brian Chidester, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club

78

Mike Pierce, The Springhaven Club

79

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers'  Golf & Country Club

79

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

79

J. Frederick Merz, Jr., Merion Golf Club

80

Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club

81

Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club

82

Ned Moore, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

82

Dean Rosini, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

94

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

97

Steven Hashem, Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

Robert Murray, McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

 

Women's Division

Stephanie Castaldi, Hershey Country Club

66

Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club

69

Charlotte Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club

69

Anne Flink, Talamore Country Club

75

Carolyn Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

75

Wynn Harris, Old York Road Country Club

77

Susan Engle, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Cathy Lucas, Wilmington Country Club

78

Jeannie Edfort, LedgeRock Golf Club

79

Rosemary Morrison, Old York Road Country Club

79

Helen Moyer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

Sue Simpson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79

Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club

80

Danielle Carroll, Fieldstone Golf Club

81

Dawn Welte, Fieldstone Golf Club

81

Nancy Antoniuk, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

Sarah Reese, French Creek Golf Club

86

Jane Ludlow, Talamore Country Club

92

Rosanne Conway, Tavistock Country Club

NC

Mary Conway, French Creek Golf Club

WD

 

NC-no card; WD-withdrawal