17th Super-Senior Amateur: Final Round - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 18, 2022

17th Super-Senior Amateur: Final Round

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Donatoni takes fifth Super-Senior Amateur

COATESVILLE, Pa. – At 74 years old, Don Donatoni still isn’t close to slowing down. Instead, he’s only getting better.

Donatoni dazzled again this week at Coatesville Country Club (par 71, 6,019 yards), topping the 17th Super-Senior Amateur Championship. His final-round 4-over 75 landed him at 1-over par overall for the championship, earning Donatoni his fifth Super-Senior Amateur trophy.

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To meet the needs of its members, GAP instituted a separation of the Senior and Super-Senior Divisions in Major competitions. Today’s event marks the first-ever standalone Super-Senior Championship.

Donatoni, an eight-time Super-Senior Player of the Year, led the way after Round One. His 3-under 68 set the pace on Wednesday, with Sandy Run Country Club’s Duke Delcher one back, followed by Wilmington Country Club’s Steve Walczak at 1-under par.

He quickly gave up that lead starting with a three-putt bogey on No. 1 (par 5, 458 yards).

“Making a bogey on the opening hole, that hurt. To give one back on a par 5, where you know some guys are going to make birdie, all of a sudden you bring some of the field back into it,” said the White Manor Country Clubber.

Two more bogey blemishes on Nos. 5 (par 4, 403 yards) and 6 (par 3, 188 yards) brought even more of the field back into the mix. Donatoni made the turn at 3 over par. Although he didn’t know it at the time, those behind him on the leaderboard also struggled to begin, as the field averaged 38.9 strokes on Coatesville’s first side.

Although the second nine wasn’t as birdie-filled as it was on Wednesday — Donatoni jarred four birdies there in Round One — it was still kind to the legend. The triumphant tale of his round was scripted on the finishing two holes. On No. 17 (par 4, 412 yards), Donatoni converted “one of the best up-and-down par saves in competition”, tossing a lob wedge from below the green left to a cozy three feet. He jarred that look to give him some comfort heading to 18, a par-4, 339-yarder.

Stepping up to the tee with no knowledge where he stood, Donatoni held a two-stroke lead. A few moments later, a sniped 3-wood flirted with out of bounds left. Although he played a provisional, he wouldn’t need it, as his first drive came to rest safely in bounds. An 8-iron approach from 144 yards landed on the top right of the green and ran out to 25 feet away, where he eventually would two putt from for par.

“It was a grind out there. It wasn’t like yesterday when I was making all those birdies. I didn’t have my swing today,” said Donatoni. “On 17, I asked Duke [Delcher] where we stood, so I didn’t have much of an idea. I didn’t know that [the last par putt] was the winning putt.”

Luckily for the champion, it was. He’s had a few of those winning putts throughout his Super-Senior dominance. Donatoni’s previous Super-Senior Amateur crowns came in 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2020. In addition to those trophies, Donatoni holds six Super-Senior Silver Cross Awards (2013-16, 2019, 2020), five Brewer Cups (2013-15, 2017-18), three Francis B. Warner Cups (2013, 2015, 2019) and four Frank H. Chapman Memorial wins (2013, 2015-16, 2019). Don’t forget the aforementioned eight Super-Senior Player of the Year honors, either.

“I think back to when I was 55, I was a pretty good senior. But when I turned 65, I thought I was pretty darn good. I started to tell a difference. My ball striking was better. I could read greens better. I was longer off the tee,” said Donatoni, 74, of West Chester, Pa. “Now that I’m 74, I’ve lost some swing speed, but what I haven’t lost is the passion for the game or my competitive fire. That’s what drives me to keep playing against all of these great players. I’m thrilled that I can still play with the best players in Philadelphia.”

And it’s not just the best players in Philly he’s competing (and winning) against. It’s now the best players in the country. This year, Donatoni has made it a priority to play more on the national stage. He’s been traveling all over the country — and winning. Donatoni is currently ranked the No. 1 Legend (Ages 70-74) player in the country according to Golfweek. He also leads the Society of Seniors Player of the Year rankings.

“I decided to test my game out more nationally this year to see how I’d fare against the top [Super-Senior players] in the country. I’ve had to give up some GAP events to make it work. But, gosh, I’ve got some good things going,” said Donatoni. “And hopefully, while out competing on that national stage, I’m representing GAP well.”

Silver Cross update:

Overlook Golf Course’s Greg Osborne closed out the Super-Senior Silver Cross Award with his performance this week at Coatesville.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in all three events, so that’s special in itself,” Osborne, 68, of Lititz, Pa. said. “I was at the GAP [Players Dinner] here last year, and I remember [the Super-Senior Silver Cross award] being a big deal, so [winning it is] really cool. I’m thrilled.”

The Super-Senior Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross), Frank H. Chapman Cup (Gross) and both rounds of the Super-Senior Amateur Championship.

In the 88th Francis B. Warner Cup contested at Bala Golf Club (par 68, 5,184 yards), Osborne fired a 2-under 66. A 1-over-par 71 in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup at Merion Golf Club – West (par 70, 5,897 yards) kept Osborne at the top of the Super-Senior Silver Cross leaderboard. Round One of the 17th Super-Senior Amateur Championship gave way to a 7-over 78. In Round Two of the tournament, Osborne carded a 3-over 74. His aggregate score in the season long event was 9-over 289.

“I get older and older every year and for whatever reason I’ve stayed pretty consistent,” Osborne said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

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.

Round Two
Name, clubR1-R2-Total
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club68-75–143
Tom Borsello, Wyncote Golf Club71-74–145
Duke Delcher, Sandy Run Country Club69-76–145
Mike Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club72-73–145
Mike Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club71-75–146
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club70-77–147
Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club74-74–148
Chris Clauson, LuLu Country Club72-76–148
Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club74-74–148
Roc Irey, LuLu Country Club72-77–149
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77-72–149
Ed Short, Carlisle Country Club75-74–149
William Cregar, Little Mill Country Club78-72–150
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club75-75–150
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club73-77–150
William Chase, Regents’ Glen Country Club76-75–151
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club75-76–151
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club75-76–151
Jim Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77-74–151
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club74-77–151
Ron Vannelli, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74-77–151
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course78-74–152
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club75-77–152
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton75-77–152
Tom Bartolacci, LuLu Country Club76-77–153
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club75-78–153
Mike Farlling, Carlisle Country Club76-77–153
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course80-73–153
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association79-75–154
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club78-76–154
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club77-77–154
Marty Dorminy, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77-78–155
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club76-79–155
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club75-80–155
Brian Sexton, Greate Bay Country Club76-79–155
Chuck Dowds, Applebrook Golf Club76-80–156
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club78-78–156
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club81-76–157
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club78-80–158
Tom White, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club80-78–158
Bob Winter, Pilgrim’s Oak Golf Course82-77–159
Bob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club82-78–160
Jeffrey Poet, Country Club of York81-79–160
John Gonsior, The Bucks Club81-81–162
Keith Wilson, Ed Oliver Golf Club81-81–162
Gary Sutton, Regents’ Glen Country Club79-84–163
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club80-84–164
Carl Everett, Sunnybrook Golf Club81-84–165
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association84-83–167
Harold Schweitzer, Broad Run Golfer’s Club82-85–167
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club89-80–169
Chuck Caparo, The 1912 Club92-86–178
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club75-WD–WD
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club77-WD–WD
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club78-DQ–DQ
WD – withdrawal; DQ – disqualification

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