53rd Senior Amateur Championship: Round One - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Sep 05, 2023

53rd Senior Amateur Championship: Round One

Frazier, Lutz tied for Senior Amateur lead

VILLANOVA, Pa.– The 53rd Senior Amateur Championship is shaping up to be a legacy builder for a pair of GAP’s most respected elder statesmen. Jeff Frazier, the reigning Senior Player of the Year, and Chip Lutz, who won nine-straight Senior POYs (2010-18), each carded impressive 2-under-par 68s at Overbrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,404 yards) Tuesday to forge ahead after the first round of the Association’s premier 55-and-older event in sauna-scorching conditions.

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Perry Landis of Moselem Springs Golf Club posted the only other under-par opening round with a 1-under 69.

Those three will be in the final Day Two grouping. They begin at 12:10 p.m. The field was cut to the low 70 players. The cutline fell at 10 over.
Frazier birdied three of his final four holes to turn an average round into something special.

On No. 15 (par 3, 165 yards), he nailed an 8-iron to 15 feet right of the cup and made the putt; on No. 17 (par 4, 360 yards), he launched a 9-iron from 133 yards to 15 feet above the hole and rolled it in; and on No. 18 (par 4, 376 yards) lifted an 8-iron from 136 yards uphill and into a little breeze to 20 feet for another red circle.

“I hit it good all day. I just had to figure out the putting,” said Frazier, 58, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., who three-putted twice earlier in his round. “I hit a lot of greens and had a lot of looks. They finally started falling down the stretch.”

Lutz needed a red-hot flagstick on this sultry day to keep his name in contention. He only hit three of his final nine greens but managed to get up-and-in every time except on No. 18. He missed the green short left and watched a six-foot par try scoot to the right of the cup.

“The GAP Senior Amateur is always special. I’m kind of getting up there [in age]. I’m 68 and I’m playing against the 55 year olds and not feeling like I’m not hitting it as far as some of the guys I’m playing against [anymore],” said Lutz, of Reading, Pa. “I have to remember it comes down to chipping and putting and all-around game. I’m happy to be able to continue to compete.”

Lutz is a two-time tournament champion (2014, 2021). Allan Sussel of Squires Golf Club holds a record six Senior Amateur titles.

Lutz and Frazier played with John Barry of Lancaster Country Club. All three competed in the U.S. Senior Amateur, Aug. 26-31, at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.

Barry, 57, of Lancaster, Pa., currently leads the Senior Silver Cross race at 1-over-par 212. Frazier sits at 213 (2 over). Chris Storck of LedgeRock Golf Club and Don Donatoni of White Manor Country Club are tied for third at 3-over 214.

The Senior Silver Cross consists of the lowest aggregate score in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross), Frank H. Chapman Cup (Gross) and two rounds of the Senior Amateur.

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.

Round One
Name, clubR1
Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club68
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club68
Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club69
Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club70
John Guillaume, St. Davids Golf Club71
Kevin Haag, Deer Run Golf Club71
Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club72
Jeff Wiedecke, Green Pond Country Club72
Christopher Vinci, Five Ponds Golf Club72
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club73
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club73
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club73
John Barry, Lancaster Country Club73
David West, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association73
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club73
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club73
Norman Lewis, Pine Valley Golf Club74
Chris Fieger, Sr., Heidelberg Country Club74
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club74
Tom Bartolacci, LuLu Country Club74
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club74
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Alex Campbell, Cedarbrook Country Club75
Gary Roberts, LuLu Country Club75
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club75
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club75
David Blichar, Olde Homestead Golf Club75
George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club76
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club76
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association76
Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead Golf Club76
Denis Darragh, Olde Homestead Golf Club76
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club76
Bill Burke, Galloway National Golf Club77
Joe Jasinski, Steel Club77
Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club77
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club77
Jason Cohen, LuLu Country Club77
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club77
Glenn Smeraglio, LuLu Country Club77
Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club77
Eric Meyer, Whitford Country Club77
Bob Gill, Fox Hill Country Club77
Dan Brown, Manada Golf Club77
Rick James, Doylestown Country Club77
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club78
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club78
John Robinson, LuLu Country Club78
Michael Sanfrancesco, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club78
Gene Martin, Laurel Creek Country Club78
Tom Soares, Lehigh Country Club78
Neil Gordon, Doylestown Country Club78
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club78
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club78
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton78
Mark Walkush, Sunnybrook Golf Club79
Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club79
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club79
Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club79
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club79
Jeff Moyher, Merion Golf Club79
Greg Mitchell, Fieldstone Golf Club79
Barry Cahill, Radley Run Country Club79
Ted Brennan, Makefield Highlands Golf Club80
John Conway, Little Mill Country Club80
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club80
Mark Doughty, Fieldstone Golf Club80
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club80
Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country Club80
Failed to qualify
Bill Davis, Merion Golf Club81
William Chase, Regents’ Glen Country Club81
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club81
Richard Reed, Downingtown Country Club81
Brian Grant, Spring Mill Country Club81
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club81
Joseph Russo, Wedgwood Country Club81
Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club81
Andy Lykon, Wedgewood Golf Course81
Rick Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club81
Anthony Fioretti, Riverview Country Club82
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association82
Clark Holle, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club82
Thomas Egolf, Southmoore Golf Center82
Jim Krass, Radley Run Country Club82
Rich Fryer, Southmoore Golf Center82
Jay DesJardins, Stonewall83
Michael Stanley, Aronimink Golf Club83
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club83
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club83
Tim McCabe, Bon Air Country Club83
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club84
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club84
Fred Lening, Green Pond Country Club84
Jim Boburka, Moselem Springs Golf Club84
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association84
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club85
John Lupica, Lookaway Golf Club85
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club85
Brad Jankowski, Little Mill Country Club85
Brian Sexton, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club85
James P. Gross, Glenmaura National Golf Club86
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club86
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club86
Rufino Rosal, DuPont Country Club86
John Luca, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association86
Michael Decker, Mercer Oaks Golf Course86
Jerry Shanahan, Radley Run Country Club86
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club86
David Strohl, Olde Homestead Golf Club86
Scott McIntosh, LuLu Country Club87
Jared Wills, Iron Valley Golf Course87
Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club87
Jon Thomas, White Clay Creek Country Club87
Bob Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club88
Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club88
Terrance Schmidt, Talamore Country Club88
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club88
Andy Mark, Stonewall89
Fran Hamm, Country Club of Scranton89
Matthew Mingione, The 1912 Club89
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club90
Ken Beard, Ed Oliver Golf Club94
Lance Oberparleiter, Trump National Golf Club – PhiladelphiaWD
Drew Eddy, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country ClubWD
Joseph Buglio, Ingleside Golf ClubWD
Joseph Weiscarger, Wyoming Valley Country ClubWD
Art Kania, Merion Golf ClubWD
WD – withdraw

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