18th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup Senior - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 17, 2023

18th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup Senior

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Lancaster’s Barry finally gets solo victory

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READING, Pa.-John Barry sat in a cart for five hours this afternoon playing the role of Johnny naysayer. He was convinced someone, anyone would eclipse his 2-under-par 69 at Berkshire Country Club (par 71, 6,315 yards) to rip the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup Senior from his grasp.

It never happened.

The 57-year-old of Lancaster Country Club and Lancaster, Pa. secured his first solo GAP career title after being on the cusp of Senior glory since turning of age. In 2021, he fell to Jeff Frazier, 2&1, in the Brewer Cup Final at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Earlier this year, Barry tied Don Donatoni of White Manor Country Club for second in the Warner Cup Senior.

“That’s a long to wait for everyone to finish, so that chilled me out a little bit. It’ll hit me a little later,” said Barry, who has won two GAP partner events in the Four-Ball Stroke Play and Parent/Child-Middle. “I’m spending more time with my game playing on the senior level. It’s good to get a win here. I’ve had a few close ones. I’m trying to improve every day and stick to my routine and process. Winning any of these takes a little bit of luck.”

Barry, who teed off in the next to last group off the back side, made the turn in 1-over par. That’s when he created his own good fortune.

On No. 1 (par 5, 485 yards), after finding the left side of the fairway he ripped a 6-iron from 190 yards to three feet and an eagle. Two pars followed before, on No. 4 (par 5, 506 yards), Barry cracked a 4-hyrbrid from 210 yards to 30 feet below the hole. A smoother two-putt up the hill pushed him to 2 under.

He missed the green with his approach on No. 5 (par 4, 455 yards) for bogey but responded on Berkshire’s famous No. 7 (par 4, 324 yards) – the one with the three-tiered green. He crushed a drive to 60 yards before lifting a lob wedge to 12 feet. Most importantly, it stayed on the same, and proper tier, as the flag, the top one.

“I probably had 12 feet. It was straight downhill and breaking. It went in dead center. That was a great putt,” Barry said.

Two pars closed his round. It was off to a cart overlooking the ninth green for some rest and relaxation.

Mark Czerniakowski of LuLu Country Club, who played in the same pairing with Barry, and Joe Coulson of Wedgewood Golf Course tied for second at 1-under 70.

Barry’s been a Lancaster member his entire life. He was a caddie, a Junior golfer and early on, represented the club in the GAP Team Matches. Like many, family and business occupied a majority of his Middle-Amateur years, but those responsibilities have waned and he’s been Senior focused since turning 55. He’s placed near the top in a few Society of Senior events as well as the aforementioned GAP tournaments.

His competitors haven’t been the biggest 2023 hurdle though. It’s been a balky back. Barry underwent a rhizotomy procedure in April. A rhizotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove sensation from a painful nerve by killing nerve fibers responsible for sending pain signals to the brain.

Barry missed about two weeks but has felt great every since.

A trophy proves that.

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 organization’s 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 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.

Name, clubScore
John Barry, Lancaster Country Club69
Joe Coulson, Wedgewood Golf Course70
Mark Czerniakowski, LuLu Country Club70
Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club71
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club71
Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club71
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country Club71
Ken Phillips, Lancaster Country Club71
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club72
David Blichar, Olde Homestead Golf Club72
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club72
Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club72
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club72
John Sweeney, Foxchase Golf Club72
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club73
Jay DesJardins, Stonewall73
Neil Gordon, Doylestown Country Club73
Brian Groff, Lancaster Country Club73
Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country Club73
Craig Kliewer, Lebanon Country Club73
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course73
Michael Tash, Little Mill Country Club73
Richard Umani, Philadelphia Publinks GA73
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club73
Alex Campbell, Cedarbrook Country Club74
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club74
Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club74
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club74
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club75
Ronan Culligan, Saucon Valley Country Club75
Anthony Fioretti, Riverview Country Club75
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club75
Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club75
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club75
Dave Olexson, Steel Club75
Tim Soares, Lehigh Country Club75
Mark Walkush, Sunnybrook Golf Club75
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club75
David West, Phladelphia Publinks GA75
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead Golf Club76
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club76
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club76
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club76
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club76
George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club76
Bill Thornton, LedgeRock Golf Club77
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club77
Tom Finn, DuPont Country Club77
Brad Jankowski, Little Mill Country Club77
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club77
Paul Leddy, Seaview Country Club77
Brian Trynbiski, Doyestown Country Club77
John Conway, Little Mill Country Club78
Mike Fagan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club78
Mike Farlling, Carlisle Country Club78
Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club78
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club78
Jeff Moyher, Merion Golf Club78
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club78
Robert Schubach, Wedgewood Golf Course78
Mark Choi, Saucon Valley Country Club79
Joe Duhack, LuLu Country Club79
Rich Fryer, Southmoore Golf Center79
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79
Glenn Smeraglio, LuLu Country Club79
Andy Lykon, Wedgewood Golf Course79
Larry Martone, Stonewall79
Chris Ortman, Woodstone Country Club and Lodge79
Jon Thomas, White Clay Creek Country Club79
David Strohl, Olde Homestead Golf Club79
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club80
Rick Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club80
T.R. Gatti, Concord Country Club80
Thomas Lusto, USGA/GAP GC80
Andy McCormick, Rolling Green Golf Club80
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club80
Fred Lening, Green Pond Country Club81
John Robinson, LuLu Country Club81
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Golf Club81
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club81
Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club82
Fred Greene, Lehigh Country Club82
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club82
Rick James, Doylestown Country Club82
Tom Borsello, DuPont Country Club83
Joe Jasinski, Steel Club83
Denis Darragh, Olde Homestead Golf Club84
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association84
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club85
Ed Hanzel, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia85
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association85
Mark Doughty, Fieldstone Golf Club86
John Luca, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association88
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association90
Vincent Zuwiala, Schuylkill Country Club90

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