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17th Frank H. Chapman: Super Senior

LuLu’s Clauson claims Chapman Super-Senior

ARDMORE, Pa. — Chris Clauson’s golf game has been “like a little box of chocolates” to begin the 2022 season. A true mixed bag featuring both the very good and very bad.

On Thursday at Merion Golf Club (West), Clauson’s chocolate contained a golden ticket. His 1-under 69 on the West Course (par 70, 5,897 yards) earned the LuLu Country Clubber the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Super-Senior trophy.

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Clauson, a regular GAP Senior stalwart, made his presence known among the Supers with the victory. He bettered a field of 76 Chapman title hopefuls.

To meet the needs of its members, GAP separated a Super-Senior Division from its traditional Chapman Cup counterpart. The Chapman Cup – Senior was played June 6 at Indian Valley Country Club, where Carlisle Country Club’s Jeff Frazier prevailed in a sudden-death playoff.

In addition to the overall title, today’s competition was split into Divisions: 65 years of age or older (Super-Senior) and 70 years of age or older (Legends). Buck Hill Falls Golf Club’s Tom White claimed the Legends crown in a match of scorecards versus Whitemarsh Valley Country Club’s Frank Polizzi at 3-over 73.

Clauson’s round began with a driver blast, followed by a softened wedge to 10 feet that he’d roll in for birdie on Merion’s opener (par 4, 319 yards). Another on No. 3 (par 5, 526 yards) would fall after his 3-wood approach from 238 yards out rolled over the green, but the putt fell after a classy chip to 10 feet. Three-straight bogeys then erased the hot start.

“I was in good positions there with wedges in my hand, but I just left [the approach shots] short, and couldn’t get up-and-down to save par. I was trying to just leave those shots two or three yards short so they’d run up out of the rough, and the didn’t,” said Clauson, of Philadelphia, Pa.

In true champion fashion, Clauson clawed back with two birdies on Nos. 7 (par 4, 285 yards) and 8 (par 4, 243 yards). A 6-iron off the tee on the 7th left him with a 50-degree wedge in, which he placed to five feet and the birdie make. A 12-foot eagle attempt on the 8th just missed the bottom of the cup.

A 1-under score at the turn was put Clauson in the pole position coming in. His even second side was led by seven pars, an eight-food birdie make on No. 16 (par 5, 455 yards) and just one bogey blemish.

“The last time I played here was in the [2019 BMW GAP Team Matches]. It was 42 degrees and raining. We had to carry — no carts, and it was completely different out there. I didn’t remember a thing out there while playing today,” said Clauson. “I just took a lesson with [Overbrook Golf Club’s] Eric Kennedy. We were working on bringing the club back faster, and that was my only thought today. I hit the ball great, that’s probably the highest I could have shot.”

After missing out on the U.S. Senior Open by one shot in Qualifying at Doylestown Country Club, Clauson was destined for some success soon. His game has been “totally inconsistent”, but today, he took advantage of those true gems he’s capable of carding. As a newly-minted Super Senior, this marks his first win in the Division. In the Senior Division, his claim to GAP fame is winning the 2018 Senior Amateur Championship at Riverton Country Club.

“I just missed out on the U.S. Senior Open, and it’s been a really up-and-down year for me. I’ve have one really great round, and five bad ones,” said Clauson. “So this one, it feels good to get this one in.”

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 Chapman Cup events held in his honor.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 330 Member Clubs and 90,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Overall
Name, clubScore
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club69
Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club71
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course71
Duke Delcher, Sandy Run Country Club72
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club72
Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club73
Tom White, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club73
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club73
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club74
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club74
Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club74
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club75
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton75
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club75
Jon Stein, McCall Golf Club76
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club76
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club76
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club77
William Chase, Regents’ Glen Country Club77
Drew Harmer, The Springhaven Club77
John Gonsior, The Bucks Club77
Roc Irey, LuLu Country Club77
Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club77
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club78
Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club78
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club78
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club79
Mike Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club79
Tom Bartolacci, LuLu Country Club79
Bob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club79
Dan Burton, Lancaster Country Club79
Joe Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club79
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association79
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club79
Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course80
Mike Farlling, Carlisle Country Club80
Mike Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club80
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club80
David Suitch, Valley Country Club80
John Ward, Atlantic City Country Club80
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club80
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
Tom Borsello, Wyncote Golf Club81
Chuck Dowds, Applebrook Golf Club81
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club81
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club81
Archie Struthers, The Shore Club81
Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club81
Terry Sawyer, LuLu Country Club81
Joe Duhack, LuLu Country Club82
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club82
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club82
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club83
Scott Kimmel, Play Golf Delaware83
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club83
Rich Colaguori, Spring Ford Country Club83
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association84
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course84
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club84
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club84
Jim Finlan, Penn Oaks Golf Club85
Gary Sutton, Regents’ Glen Country Club85
Al van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club85
Paul Cornely, McCall Golf Club86
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club87
Kerry Maloney, Country Club of Scranton87
Brian Sexton, Greate Bay Country Club87
Gene Maginnis, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club87
Tom Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club87
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club87
Chuck Caparo, The 1912 Club88
Carl Kruse, Sandy Run Country Club90
Robert Schubach, Wedgewood Golf Course91
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
Super-Senior Division
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club69
Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club71
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course71
Duke Delcher, Sandy Run Country Club72
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club72
Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club73
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club74
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club74
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club75
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton75
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club75
Jon Stein, McCall Golf Club76
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club76
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club77
William Chase, Regents’ Glen Country Club77
Drew Harmer, The Springhaven Club77
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club78
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club79
Mike Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club79
Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course80
Mike Farlling, Carlisle Country Club80
Mike Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club80
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club80
David Suitch, Valley Country Club80
John Ward, Atlantic City Country Club80
Tom Borsello, Wyncote Golf Club81
Chuck Dowds, Applebrook Golf Club81
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club81
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club81
Archie Struthers, The Shore Club81
Joe Duhack, LuLu Country Club82
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club82
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club82
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club83
Scott Kimmel, Play Golf Delaware83
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club83
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association84
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course84
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club84
Jim Finlan, Penn Oaks Golf Club85
Paul Cornely, McCall Golf Club86
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club87
Kerry Maloney, Country Club of Scranton87
Brian Sexton, Greate Bay Country Club87
Carl Kruse, Sandy Run Country Club90
Robert Schubach, Wedgewood Golf Course91
Legends Division
Tom White, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club73
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club73
Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club74
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club76
John Gonsior, The Bucks Club77
Roc Irey, LuLu Country Club77
Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club77
Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club78
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club78
Tom Bartolacci, LuLu Country Club79
Bob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club79
Dan Burton, Lancaster Country Club79
Joe Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club79
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association79
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club79
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club80
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club81
Terry Sawyer, LuLu Country Club81
Rich Colaguori, Spring Ford Country Club83
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club84
Gary Sutton, Regents’ Glen Country Club85
Al van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club85
Gene Maginnis, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club87
Tom Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club87
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club87
Chuck Caparo, The 1912 Club88
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
WD – withdrawal