Oct 12, 2022

52nd Senior Amateur Championship: Day 2

Fieger records third victory

The strong-hitting Fieger carded a second consecutive 2-under 70 (140 total) amidst swirling winds and fast greens for a two-stroke victory. GAP newcomer Dan Brown of Manada Golf Club finished second.

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For the record, Fieger finished runner-up in his other two Senior Amateur starts.

Dan Brown, Manada Golf Club, finished runner-up.

Five tournaments. Three wins. Two seconds.

“This is fantastic. I really looking forward to [this event every year]. It’s a very important tournament for me,” said Fieger, a Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association member, who lives in Denver, Pa. “What happens is I’m playing a lot of golf later in the year and I’m starting to hit my stride [as the Senior Amateur approaches].

“[This tournament is important because] this is where all the best seniors in Philadelphia play. You know if you win you are playing well. You are not going to back door it. What a way to end the season.”

Fieger started Round 2 a shot clear of Brown. Playing together, the scoreboard remained that way until No. 11 (par 4, 359 yards). That’s when a Fieger 3-putt bogey and subsequent Brown birdie, his second straight, brought the two level. Two groups in front Brown and Fieger, Joe Roeder of Merion Golf Club jetted into the equation with four birdies in his first 12 holes. He stood two back.

The tournament, in essence, came to a climax for Brown, Fieger and the field on No. 12 (par 4, 355 yards).

Fieger’s tee shot found the left trees. Brown hit the fairway. Fieger, somehow, miraculously, escaped the fall foliage trouble with a low 4-iron. His ball skirted the edge of the green and rolled just over. Brown kept the pressure on and hit the green, his ball stopping 15-feet from the flag. The steely Fieger knocked his third-shot chip to foot. Brown’s birdie effort took a look but wouldn’t fall. The two remained tied.

“I was thinking this could be a two-shot swing again,” said Brown, 56, of Cleona, Pa. “It just didn’t happen. Then he went on a string of three [birdies] in-a-row on me. I couldn’t match it.”

Fieger re-broke with a flurry of sharp shots and clutch putts.

On 13 (par 3, 158 yards), he drilled a 7-iron to the center of the green and drained a 20-foot birdie straight up the hill. “I’m a streaky putter,” said Fieger. That moved him a shot clear. On No. 14 (par 5, 523 yards), Fieger roped a 3-wood from 235 yards to the front of the green. He two putted from 60 feet, including a tricky six-footer for the 4. Back to a two-shot lead. The next hole, No. 15 (par 5, 489 yards), Fieger signed his championship papers. He laid up to 90 yards, knocked his gap wedge to four feet and sank the putt.

“I hit an ok drive, it was a little thin, but I had about 235 [yards] in [to the hole]. But it was into a stiff wind. I made the right decision. I was automatically going to hit 3-wood. And then I realized I may not get this over the water [guarding the green]. I hit a 7-iron and left myself 90 yards. Then I watched Dan who was about 20 yards further than me barely clear the water. I hit a smooth gap wedge and it turned out great.”

Roeder added a fifth birdie, on No. 14, but couldn’t find any more circles for the scorecard. He posted a final-round 69 to finish even par for the tournament and in third place.

NOTES–In a tournament within a tournament, Chris Storck of LedgeRock Golf Club emerged from a three-way tie secure his first Senior Silver Cross Award. Storck entered that competition’s final round tied with Bill Burke of Galloway National Golf Club and David West of Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association.

His final-round score of even-par 72 put him two clear of the field.

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.

“I played well in the first event of the year [the Warner Cup]. I finished second. Coming out of that I started to focus on the Senior Silver Cross,” said Storck, 56, of Reading, Pa. “Fortunately, I played well in the correct events. It’s a great accomplishment. I’m very happy.”

GAP

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, clubR1-R2–Total
Chris Fieger, Sr., Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association70-70–140
Dan Brown, Manada Golf Club71-71–142
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club75-69–144
Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club75-71–146
Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club77-69–146
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club75-71–146
Glenn Smeraglio, LuLu Country Club72-75–147
Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club75-72–147
Roc Irey, LuLu Country Club77-72–149
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club72-78–150
Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead Golf Club74-76–150
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club76-75–151
Christopher Desana, Little Mill Country Club76-75–151
Rick James, Doylestown Country Club77-74–151
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton77-74–151
David West, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75-76–151
Joe Coulson, Wedgewood Golf Course77-75–152
Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country Club74-78–152
Mike Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77-75–152
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club76-77–153
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club77-76–153
Larry Martone, Stonewall77-76–153
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club76-77–153
Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club78-75–153
Jeff Wiedecke, Shawnee Country Club77-76–153
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club75-79–154
Michael Fireman, Philadelphia Cricket Club80-74–154
Alan Kline, Bucknell Golf Club77-77–154
David Blichar, Olde Homestead Golf Club79-76–155
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78-77–155
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club77-78–155
Jeff Rogatz, Wilmington Country Club76-79–155
Bill Burke, Galloway National Golf Club75-81–156
Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club77-79–156
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course74-82–156
Rich Fryer, Southmoore Golf Center75-82–157
Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club78-79–157
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club80-77–157
David Strohl, Olde Homestead Golf Club80-77–157
John Conway, Little Mill Country Club76-82–158
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club82-76–158
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club79-79–158
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club80-79–159
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club76-83–159
Fred Lening , Green Pond Country Club80-79–159
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club81-78–159
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club80-79–159
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club77-83–160
Miguel Biamon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club82-79–161
Jim Boburka, Green Pond Country Club82-79–161
Drew Eddy, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club79-82–161
Thomas Krug, Commonwealth National Golf Club81-80–161
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club82-80–162
Paul Leddy, Golden Pheasant Golf Course80-82–162
Andy Lykon, Wedgewood Golf Course83-79–162
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course80-82–162
Bob Buckley, Lehigh Country Club81-82–163
Thomas Egolf, Southmoore Golf Center82-81–163
Tom White, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club81-82–163
Bill Davis, Merion Golf Club83-81–164
Mark Kosko, Greate Bay Country Club82-82–164
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country Club80-84–164
Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club81-86–167
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club82-85–167
Jared Wills, Iron Valley Golf Course81-87–168
Brian Sexton, Greate Bay Country Club82-87–169
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club81-89–170
Jon Hutchinson, Olde Homestead Golf Club82-91–173
Joe Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club80-NC–NC
Joe Jasinski, Steel Club81-WD–WD
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club83-WD–WD
NC–no card; WD–withdrawal

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