52nd Senior Amateur Championship - Day 1 - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Oct 11, 2022

52nd Senior Amateur Championship – Day 1

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Fieger, D. Brown top leaderboard; 18 holes remain

The GAP Senior Amateur means everything to Chris Fieger, Sr. and it shows.

Fieger, who in four Senior Amateur career starts has two wins and two seconds, displayed a steely resolve Tuesday at a challenging Steel Club (par 72, 6,414 yards). He opened the 52nd Senior Amateur Championship with a 2-under 70. He was one of two players to break par.

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“I know the best seniors in Philadelphia are playing in it. I know I have to play hard. Usually the golf courses are set up difficult enough and I hit the ball long enough to where I think I have a little bit of advantage,” said Fieger, who won the 2019 and 2020 Senior Amateur. “I am always going to play in the GAP Senior until I can’t physically play in it. It’s the biggest tournament [for me] outside the USGA Senior. It’s the biggest tournament we have in the area.”

The second and final round begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The cut to the low 70 players and ties landed at 83 (11 over) with 71 advancing. This was the first year a cut was instituted.

Fieger, 59, of Denver, Pa., is known for his prodigious drives. In today’s opening round, it was a spot-on iron game that provided the difference. Fieger said he didn’t miss a green, though, a couple of his approaches stopped in the fringe.

Fieger’s card contained three birdies and one bogey blemish – on No. 5 (par 5, 510 yards) – due to a three-putt. He answered that 6 on No. 8 (par 3, 140 yards) with a 30-foot birdie putt straight up-the-hill. Five straight pars followed before Fieger birdied the back-to-back par 5s. On No. 14 (par 5, 513 yards), Fieger’s second shot stopped 40 yards short of the green. He chipped his third to five feet and made the putt. On No. 15 (par 5, 489 yards), Fieger displayed the aforementioned power. He lifted a 6-iron from 189 yards to the putting surface 40 feet from the cup and subsequently two-putted for birdie. Fieger closed with three more pars.

“I hit the ball really well today. I never really got into trouble,” said Fieger. “My game’s been a little up and down this year. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty solid.”

Lurking a stroke back is Dan Brown of Manada Golf Club.

Brown burst onto the GAP scene earlier in the season with a co-medalist showing in the Brewer Cup. That was his GAP debut. He later fell in the opening round of match play. He finds himself in the mix again.

“It was the first time playing the golf course. I hit it pretty well but I didn’t make as many putts as I would have liked,” said Brown, 56, of Cleona, Pa. “Overall, a pretty solid driving day. I let the par 5s get away a little bit. I had a lot of good looks into the par 5s but didn’t capitalize. I had 210 [yards], 225 [yards] and 180 [yards] in and tucked each second shot short-sided. I couldn’t get up-and-down either time.”

NOTES–The two rounds of the Senior Amateur Championship conclude the season-long Senior Silver Cross Award. The 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 Senior Amateur.

Bill Burke of Galloway National Golf Club, Chris Storck of LedgeRock Golf Club and David West of Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association entered the day in a three-way tie for the lead and remain that way with one round to go.

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.

Name, clubScore
Chris Fieger, Sr., Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association70
Dan Brown, Manada Golf Club71
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club72
Glenn Smeraglio, LuLu Country Club72
Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead Golf Club74
Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country Club74
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course74
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Bill Burke, Galloway National Golf Club75
Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club75
Rich Fryer, Southmoore Golf Center75
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club75
Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club75
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club75
David West, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club76
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club76
John Conway, Little Mill Country Club76
Christopher Desana, Little Mill Country Club76
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club76
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club76
Jeff Rogatz, Wilmington Country Club76
Joe Coulson, Wedgewood Golf Course77
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club77
Roc Irey, LuLu Country Club77
Rick James, Doylestown Country Club77
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club77
Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Alan Kline, Bucknell Golf Club77
Larry Martone, Stonewall77
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club77
Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club77
Mike Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton77
Jeff Wiedecke, Shawnee Country Club77
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78
Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club78
Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club78
David Blichar, Olde Homestead Golf Club79
Drew Eddy, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club79
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club79
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club80
Michael Fireman, Philadelphia Cricket Club80
Paul Leddy, Golden Pheasant Golf Course80
Fred Lening , Green Pond Country Club80
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course80
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country Club80
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club80
Joe Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club80
David Strohl, Olde Homestead Golf Club80
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club80
Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club81
Bob Buckley, Lehigh Country Club81
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club81
Joe Jasinski, Steel Club81
Thomas Krug, Commonwealth National Golf Club81
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club81
Tom White, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club81
Jared Wills, Iron Valley Golf Course81
Miguel Biamon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club82
Jim Boburka, Green Pond Country Club82
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club82
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club82
Thomas Egolf, Southmoore Golf Center82
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club82
Jon Hutchinson, Olde Homestead Golf Club82
Mark Kosko, Greate Bay Country Club82
Brian Sexton, Greate Bay Country Club82
Bill Davis, Merion Golf Club83
Andy Lykon, Wedgewood Golf Course83
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club83
Failed to qualify
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club84
Anthony Fioretti, Riverview Country Club84
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club84
Frank Corrado, LuLu Country Club85
Tom Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club85
Stephen McIntyre, French Creek Golf Club85
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club85
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club87
Andy McCormick, Rolling Green Golf Club88
Jim Gavaghan, Commonwealth National Golf Club89
Jon Thomas, White Clay Creek Country Club89
Joseph Buglio, Ingleside Golf Club90
John Barry, Lancaster Country ClubWD
Bob Gill, Fox Hill Country ClubWD
Michael Lewers, Aronimink Golf ClubWD
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf ClubWD
Mark Walkush, Sunnybrook Golf ClubWD

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