6th Women's Spring Scramble: Chester Valley - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Three teams take titles

MALVERN, Pa. – On Sunday, the eyes of the golfing world were on Lancaster Country Club as Yuka Saso captured the 79th U.S. Women’s Open presented by Ally. On Monday, GAP’s gaze shifted 50 miles east to a sun-saturated Chester Valley Golf Club (par 70, 5,136 yards) for the 6th Women’s Spring Scramble.

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First Flight winners: Jackie Beck, Katrin Wolfe, Mary Kate Lynch and Grace Battista

The event, which typically signifies the beginning of the GAP Women’s Schedule, featured 20 teams representing 29 GAP Member Clubs. The competition’s format was a Net Scramble. Flights were created based on combined team Handicap Indexes.

Topping the First Flight leaderboard with a net score of 14-under-par 56 were 2023 Spring Scramble titleholders: Grace Battista, of LuLu Country Club, Jackie Beck of Lehigh Country Club, Mary Kate Lynch of Steel Club and Katrin Wolfe of Northampton Country Club.

“We putted really well. We had a lot of one-putts,” Wolfe, 40, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., said.

“We gave ourselves some opportunities out there,” Battista, 33, of Wayne, Pa., added.

On No. 6 (par 4, 312 yards), the group made a birdie. A net dot melted the three into a two. Aided by Lynch’s drive, which landed past the stream, Wolfe was able to stop a 9-iron from 111 yards 15 feet from the hole. Battista finished the job.

The team is also looking to defend their title in GAP’s Four-Player Team.

“We had a ball,” Beck, who serves on the Association’s Executive Committee, said.

“We laughed a lot out there,” Battista added.

Second Flight winners: Lisa Clark, Katie Kinsman, Anita Lockhart and Bernadette Sardella

The Coatesville Country Club team of Lisa Clark, Katie Kinsman, Anita Lockhart and Bernadette Sardella took the Second Flight with a 12-under 58.

“This is our third year doing this,” Lockhart, 63, of Downingtown, Pa., said. “First year, not so good. Second year, a little better. Third year, winner. ”

“It was a wonderful day,” Kinsman, 55, of Coatesville, Pa., added.

The team capitalized on a net eagle on No. 4 (par 4, 340 yards). Lockhart’s “crushed” drive down the center of the fairway was followed up by Clark’s 7-hybrid from 130 yards which settled off the green 35-feet from the hole. Sardella stepped up and drained the lengthy putt.

“It was a great team effort,” Sardella, 60, of Downingtown, Pa., said.

St. Davids Golf Club’s Carolyn Masciantonio and Kirsten Dineen teamed up with Carley Boyd and Kathy Sonier of Overbrook Golf Club to capture the Third Flight title with a net score of 13-under 57.

“We ham and egged it the whole time,” Boyd, 42, of St. Davids, Pa., said. “There was never a hole that was just one of us, everyone [was] contributing.”

“[We] had a lot of fun,” Sonier, 54, of St. Davids added. “It was a beautiful course and a beautiful day.”

Third Flight winners: Carley Boyd, Kathy Sonier, Carolyn Masciantonio and Kirsten Dineen

The group’s hole of the day was No. 14 (par 5, 370 yards). Boyd got things started with a big drive that settled in the fairway. She kept things going by hitting the team’s choice approach shot, a gap wedge which landed 58-yards short of the green. Dineen’s sand wedge stopped 30-feet from the hole, and she drained the putt for net eagle.

“It was a fun opportunity to be able to play together,” Sonier, 54, of St. Davids said.

The next women’s event on the GAP Schedule is the 3rd BMW GAP Women’s Championship at Overbrook, June 24. Registration closes June 10.


BMW, sponsor of the GAP Team Matches, Philadelphia Amateur and the Women’s Championship, made a special appearance at the event. Throughout the day, players were invited to sign-up to test drive some of BMW’s newest models and receive gifts from BMW staff. A BMW M8 Gran Coupe was parked on Chester Valley’s 10th hole (par 3, 146 yards) anticipating the possibility of a new owner if any competitor aced their tee shot.

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 110,000 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, club
First FlightScore
Grace Battista, LuLu Country Club; Jackie Beck, Lehigh Country Club; Mary Kate Lynch, Steel Club & Katrin Wolfe, Northampton Country Club56
Patricia Angelos, Ann Blasko, Delia Keys & Christina Yeager, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve58
Jocelyn Abel, Regents’ Glen Country Club; Alejandra Garcia-Estrada, Waynesborough Country Club; Alicia Greene, Hershey Country Club & Rebecca Weigle, Country Club of York58
Wendy Cimoch, Fox Hill Country Club; Melissa Define, Karen Kempinski & Natalie Sokoloski, Wyoming Valley Country Club58
Gina Glancy, Applebrook Golf Club; Sue Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Kathleen McGeary & Sue McLaughlin, Aronimink Golf Club60
Diane Herring, Whitford Country Club; Diane Bartunek, Brenda Johnson & Tammy Virnig, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve62
Patty Davis, Patricia Duffy, Muffy McCabe & Teresa Thatcher, French Creek Golf Club63
Second Flight
Lisa Clark, Katie Kinsman, Anita Lockhart & Bernadette Sardella, Coatesville Country Club58
Pam Kennedy, Tracey MacGown, Sam Morrow & Kimberly Watts, Saucon Valley Country Club59
Mari Bruder, Philadelphia Country Club; Nancy Leonard, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club; Ann Snyder, Sunnybrook Golf Club & Tildy Wren, Stonewall60
Mary Conway, Kim Niles, Sarah Reese & Judy Uhrich, French Creek Golf Club61
Stephanie Bernstiel, Lisa Calle, Karen Hilliard & Lauren Studebaker, Spring Ford Country Club62
Michele Campbell, Samantha Frazier, Deb Joyce & Denise Zimmerman, Carlisle Country Club63
Kathy Echternach, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association; Rachel Bird, Pamela Cole & Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club63
Third Flight
Carley Boyd & Kathy Sonier, Overbrook Golf Club; Kirsten Dineen & Carolyn Masciantonio, St. Davids Golf Club57
Chris Clauss, Kasey Lucard, Ann Nealon & Debbie Young, LuLu Country Club61
Karen Austin, USGA/GAP GC;  Roberta Grauer, Heidelberg Country Club; Stormi Jones, Amateur Golf Society & Kiley Margolis, Amateur Golf Society61
Lindsay Hill, Barbara Ryan, Tara Ryan & Marie Sung, Waynesborough Country Club64
Lisa Criniti, Philadelphia Country Club; Cheryl Coleman, Eileen Dempsey & Susan Harbaugh, Indian Valley Country Club66
Judy Brackin, Judy Dale, Donna Dickerson & Irene Kane, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club68

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