19th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 04, 2024

19th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup

Carlisle’s Frazier claims second Chapman crown

VILLANOVA, Pa. — The last time Jeff Frazier didn’t know where he stood on the leaderboard, he lost.

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On the 18th tee Tuesday, he wanted to know. And once he knew, Frazier did what he’s done before: win with conviction.

Frazier executed a clutch 12-footer for birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 400 yards) to post a 1-under-par 69 in the 19th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup at Radnor Valley Country Club (par 70, 6,333 yards) Tuesday. He was the only player to break par. Eight players tied for second at 1-over-par 71.

Frazier, who also won the Chapman in 2022, became only the second individual to win the Francis B. Warner Cup and Chapman Cup in the same year. Ray Thompson did so in 2007.

“I don’t even think about [the significance]. I try to win every time I play,” Frazier, 59, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., said. “I just try to play my best, play solid. All I can control is playing solid golf.”

The Carlisle Country Club member didn’t think twice when groupmate Chris Storck posed a question on the 18th tee Tuesday.

“Do you want to know where you stand?”

“Usually I want to know. I just didn’t think I had a chance because I was behind and didn’t really turn it on until the end,” Frazier said. “At the Pennsylvania Senior Open [last month], I didn’t even look at the leaderboard until after I hit my tee shot [on the last hole]. I was playing in the last group and figured I was in the lead. I didn’t worry about it.

“I got to No. 18 and didn’t know what to hit off the tee. And I hit it right where I wanted to, but it was the wrong club. The ball ran through the fairway and into the bunker. I hit a 5-iron really solid, and I miss the green right. I miss a 25-footer [for par]. I lost by a shot. Had I known [where I stood on the tee], I probably would’ve hit 3-wood.”

Frazier stood at even, tied for the lead, on Radnor Valley’s closer. Then the 2022 GAP Senior Player of the Year, who can play a cut with his eyes closed, played his first cut of the day. A pristine one that left Frazier 129 yards from the target. He then hit a 9-iron 129 yards to 12 feet below the flagstick. Frazier, unthwarted by greens that challenged the Chapman field, watched his putt hold the line and plummet for 3.

“You deserve it,” Storck said after.

The birdie or the win?

Perhaps both, but Frazier references the hole prior. On No. 17 (par 4, 418 yards), Frazier watched his 125-yard approach, out of thick rough and off a downslope, arrive on the runway. Bump a chip, let it check, he figured.

“I hit it perfect. Two feet from the hole, it’s dead center. It moved right, caught the lip, and stopped behind the hole. I couldn’t believe it didn’t go in,” Frazier said. “I knew I needed it. I never played [No. 18] here. I didn’t know the hole.”

His prior Radnor Valley visit came in 2021. Frazier lost to David Brown, 2&1, in the final of the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Match Play Championship. None of Frazier’s four matches reached the 18th hole.

He netted the debut he needed Tuesday. Frazier recorded one of four birdies on No. 18, which ranked as third most difficult on the day. He, in fact, birdied three of his last six holes to surge.

Frazier’s 3-wood on the gettable 13th hole (par 4, 240 yards) found the putting surface; he two putted from 25 feet for birdie. On No. 15 (par 4, 402 yards), Frazier knocked a pitching wedge 116 yards to 10 feet.

“It was a good finish. I hit qualify shots on every one,” Frazier said. “I had five birdie putts [in the 10 to 15-foot range] on the last six.”

Only a few “bad mistakes” on the front nine prevented Frazier from a full leaderboard onslaught. A failed knockdown on No. 2 (par 3, 170 yards), misfortune on the lip of a fairway bunker on No. 5 (par 4, 356 yards) and an unkempt three-putt on No. 8 (par 3, 206 yards).

“I felt like I was hitting it better than making three bogeys,” Frazier said.

The 12th hole (par 4, 426 yards) was the last straw.

“I was afraid to hit driver, so I tried to bunt one and I hit a horrible shot. I had 230 yards into the green and made bogey there,” Frazier said. “Then I was fired up. I’m just ripping the driver no matter what. I hit it perfect every hole coming in.”

As if Frazier needed more motivation. He embodies a grind mentality. Never out of a tournament. Leaderboard, schmeaderboard.

Now with two wins on the season, Frazier is well-armed for what lies ahead.

“I want to get back to the U.S. Senior Amateur. That’s my goal,” Frazier, a semifinalist in the 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur, said. “The GAP is great because it gives some really good competition. But I feel like if I cut out the mistakes, throwing a couple away every round, I’ll be tough to beat.”

Already is.

Frazier leads Lancaster Country Club’s Ken Phillips by three strokes in the Senior Silver Cross Award race. The Senior Silver Cross Award is given the individual with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup, Chapman Cup and Senior Amateur Championship … 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 Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup is held in his honor.

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Name, clubScore
Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club69
Ken Phillips, Lancaster Country Club71
David Blichar, Olde Homestead Golf Club71
John Barry, Lancaster Country Club71
George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club71
Marc Bertrando, Radley Run Country Club71
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country Club71
Todd Vonderheid, Bucknell Golf Club71
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club71
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applecross Country Club72
Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead Golf Club72
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club72
Bill McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club72
Joseph Weiscarger, Wyoming Valley Country Club73
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club73
Mark Czerniakowski, LuLu Country Club73
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club73
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club73
Larry Martone, Stonewall74
David West, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74
Bill Burke, Galloway National Golf Club74
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club74
Jack Conway, Little Mill Country Club74
Joe Russo, Wedgwood Country Club75
Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Glenn Smeraglio, LuLu Country Club75
Joe Coulson, Wedgewood Golf Course75
Neil Gordon, Doylestown Country Club75
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club75
Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club75
Andrew Lykon, Wedgewood Golf Course76
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association76
Bob Gill, Fox Hill Country Club76
Michael Sanfrancesco, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club76
Joe Duhack, LuLu Country Club77
Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club77
Denis Tighe, Lehigh Country Club77
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club77
Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club77
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club77
Anthony Fioretti, Scotland Run Golf Club77
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club77
John LeBoeuf, Merion Golf Club77
Jeff Moyher, Merion Golf Club77
Bill Davis, Merion Golf Club77
Pete Moran, French Creek Golf Club78
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club78
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club78
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club78
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club78
Mark Choi, Saucon Valley Country Club78
Jim Boburka, Green Pond Country Club78
Mike Walker, Hartefeld National78
Brad Jankowski, Little Mill Country Club79
Erik Ervin, DuPont Country Club79
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National79
Alex Campbell, Cedarbrook Country Club79
Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club79
Scott McIntosh, LuLu Country Club79
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club79
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club79
Brian Sexton, Seaview Country Club80
Joe Lebender, Northampton Valley Country Club80
Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country Club80
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
Norman Charlesworth, Wedgwood Country Club81
Roc Irey, LuLu Country Club81
Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club81
Mark Hutchinson, Lookaway Golf Club81
Matthew Mingione, The 1912 Club81
Mark Kosko, Greate Bay Country Club81
Richard Reed, Downingtown Country Club81
Michael Shevlin, LuLu Country Club82
Rufino Rosal, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club82
Vincent Guarino, USGA/GAP GC82
Keith Wilson, USGA/GAP GC82
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club82
Tom Finn, DuPont Country Club82
Michael Schoedler, Five Ponds Golf Club82
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club82
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club82
Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club82
Thomas Krug, Commonwealth National Golf Club83
Jingwu Hao, Rock Manor Golf Club83
Fred Lening, Wedgewood Golf Course83
Thomas Egolf, Southmoore Golf Center84
Tom Bartolacci, LuLu Country Club84
Greg Mitchell, Fieldstone Golf Club84
T.R. Gatti, Concord Country Club84
Paul Leddy, Seaview Country Club85
Thomas Lusto, USGA/GAP GC85
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club86
Robert Ashford, Saucon Valley Country Club86
Ted Brennan, Makefield Highlands Golf Club86
Andy McCormick, Rolling Green Golf Club87
Tad Jacks, Briarwood Golf Club87
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course88
Craig Wheeland, Radnor Valley Country Club88
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club88
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club88
Jim McNichol, DuPont Country Club88
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club90
Frank Corrado, LuLu Country Club91
Joseph Buglio, Ingleside Golf Club95
Michael Trebing, Golf Tour Greater Philadelphia96
Mark Walkush, Sunnybrook Golf ClubNC
Joe Jasinski, Steel ClubWD
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country ClubWD
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country ClubWD
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country ClubWD
Clark Holle, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis ClubWD
Terrance Schmidt, USGA/GAP GCWD
NC — no card; WD — withdrawal

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