Jul 17, 2023

20th GAP/AGA Stroke Play Championship

Mecca downs Cordaro in playoff at Scranton

Glen Oak Country Club’s David Mecca defeated Saucon Valley Country Club’s Anthony Cordaro in a sudden-death playoff to win the 20th GAP/AGA Stroke Play Championship at Country Club of Scranton (par 72, 6,785 yards) Monday.

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Both players finished regulation tied at 2-under-par 70. On No. 11 (par 3, 161 yards), the third playoff hole, Mecca stuffed a pitching wedge to two feet for a tap-in birdie. Cordaro missed a 15-footer to match.

“I knew what the number was playing. Earlier in the day, it was a 9-iron. In the afternoon, the wind died down, so it was a perfect pitching wedge for me,” Mecca said.

Perhaps momentum aided Mecca’s Stroke Play Championship conquest. He joined forces with Christopher DeMarco to capture Glenmaura National Golf Club’s Member-Guest over the weekend.

“I shot in the 60s on my own ball all three days,” Mecca, 30, of Clarks Summit, Pa., said. “Every part of my game is clicking right now. I’m regretting not signing up for the Philadelphia Open.”

Mecca, the reigning GAP Middle-Amateur Champion, clicked into contention thanks to an eagle on Scranton’s closer (par 5, 530 yards). Feeling confident in his driver, Mecca unleashed one downwind to arrive at a yardage of 158. He then drilled a 9-iron to three feet.

The 18th hole nearly deflated Mecca hours later. He logged three putts there to tie Cordaro at 5. On No. 10 (par 4, 406 yards), the second playoff hole, both Mecca and Cordaro saw identical 110-yardages into the green. Cordaro knocked a wedge to five feet for a surefire birdie. Mecca, with a good lie in the rough, left a sand wedge 12 feet from the back-left hole location. He sunk the slider to match Cordaro.

Elmhurst Country Club’s Edward Knight (pictured above right alongside Mecca) carded a 2-over-par 74 to win the event’s Senior Division (par 72, 6,372 yards). Olde Homestead Golf Club’s Larry Pritchard took the Super-Senior Division (par 72, 6,032 yards) by posting a 74 as well.

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.

Amateur Division
Name, clubScore
*David Mecca, Glen Oak Country Club70
Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club70
Mike Lynch, Country Club of Scranton71
Stephon Draper, Country Club of Scranton71
Ethan Zawatski, Irem Country Club71
Tyler McGarry, Huntsville Golf Club72
Mike Bonavoglia, Elmhurst Country Club72
Michael Thomas, Country Club of Scranton73
Kyle Williams, Glen Oak Country Club73
James Egan, Glen Oak Country Club74
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club74
Michael Grimes, StoneHedge Golf Course74
Bill Ianieri, Jack Frost National Golf Club75
Todd Vonderheid, Bucknell Golf Club75
Jason Considine, StoneHedge Golf Course75
Josh Anderson, LedgeRock Golf Club75
Dan Chernosky, Towanda Golf Club75
David Figura, Jack Frost National Golf Club76
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club76
Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club76
Kevin Rossi, Green Pond Country Club76
Michael Sewack, Scott Greens Golf Club77
Jonathan Wilson, Irem Country Club77
Jimmy Tressler, Huntsville Golf Club77
James Gardas, Glenmaura National Golf Club77
Charlie Haines, Ramblewood Country Club78
Andy Kerestesy, Running Deer Golf Club78
Damien LaRue, StoneHedge Golf Course78
Kyle Pritchard, Olde Homestead Golf Club78
Dominic Schiavone, Pocono Farms Country Club78
Bill Mecca, French Creek Golf Club78
David Ripa, Running Deer Golf Club79
Justin Masters, Country Club of Scranton79
Mike Haley, Fox Hill Country Club79
Christopher Haggerty, Country Club of Scranton79
Jacob Kehres, Berwick Golf Club80
Doug Nardella, Elmhurst Country Club80
Keith Devos, Jack Frost National Golf Club80
Luke Morgan, Schuylkill Country Club80
Jack Novis, Lancaster Country Club81
Gavin June, StoneHedge Golf Course81
Thomas Lynch, Country Club of Scranton82
Michael Lynch, Country Club of Scranton82
Edward Dolinish, USGA/GAP GC83
Jack Michael, Royal Manchester Golf Links83
Ryan Orcutt, Green Pond Country Club83
Joe Ferretti, Country Club of Scranton83
Brian Weiscarger, Wyoming Valley Country Club84
Jeremy Harper, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club84
Joshua Peters, Fox Hill Country Club85
Josh Zelinsky, Schuylkill Country Club85
Christopher DeMarco, Glenmaura National Golf Club85
Jerome Potis, Elmhurst Country Club85
Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown85
Tyler Salak, Elkview Country Club85
Michael Warnitsky, LuLu Country Club86
Karsyn Wright, Elkview Country Club86
Brett Herman, Huntsville Golf Club87
Tak Yoo, Glenmaura National Golf Club87
Benjamin Galko, Country Club of Scranton87
Michael Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club87
Karl Straw, Fairview Golf Course88
Eamon Evans, Glenmaura National Golf Club88
Thomas Murray, Country Club of Scranton90
Henry Ritchie, Philadelphia Cricket Club95
Leo Kollar, Gilbertsville Golf Club97
Tom Cicini, Berwick Golf ClubDNF
Senior Division
Name, clubScore
Edward Knight, Elmhurst Country Club74
Harry Heck, Elkview Country Club75
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton76
Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton76
Bob Andrejko, StoneHedge Golf Course76
Joseph Weiscarger, Wyoming Valley Country Club78
Matt Cuddy, Huntsville Golf Club78
Jim Boburka, Moselem Springs Golf Club78
Tim Hinton, Elmhurst Country Club79
Billy Mattioli, Irem Country Club80
James P. Gross, Glenmaura National Golf Club80
Tom Prestia, Hershey Country Club81
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club82
Joseph Orsulak, Olde Homestead Golf Club82
Lou Belgio, Irem Country Club83
Paul Gruzeski, The Golf Course at Paupack Hills83
Bob Gill, Fox Hill Country Club83
Stanley Cuneo, Woodloch Springs84
Fran Hamm, Country Club of Scranton85
John Tolerico, Elkview Country Club85
 Kenneth Nestor, Sr., Country Club of Scranton88
Robert Klem, Wemberly Hills Golf Club90
Phillip Yang, USGA/GAP GC91
Manny Goncalves, Eagle Rock Resort94
Rick Herman, Huntsville Golf Club94
Jim Sherma, Hershey Country ClubDNF
Super-Senior Division
Name, clubScore
Larry Pritchard, Olde Homestead Golf Club74
Tom White, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club76
Len Coleman, Emanon Country Club80
Barry Westington, Scranton Canoe Club80
Michael Heck, Elkview Country Club81
Walter Mikucki, Elkview Country Club81
Christopher Conner, Carlisle Country Club82
John McNamara, Elkview Country Club82
Gordon Kent, Woodloch Springs85
Walter Savitts, Wemberly Hills Golf Club88
Thomas Brennan, Moselem Springs Golf Club90
* – won in playoff
DNF – did not finish

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