72nd Delaware Senior Amateur: Round One - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 28, 2023

72nd Delaware Senior Amateur: Round One

Dillon goes low, Keeney out front in Women’s Division

WILMINGTON, Del. – Paul Dillon’s expectations weren’t high. He left the weekend feeling disappointed.

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After rounds of 82 and 78, he lost the Senior Championship at his home club, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, by a shot. He wasn’t confident when he stepped onto the Nemours Course at DuPont Country Club.

At DuPont, that lack of confidence was shattered and a resolute enthusiasm was chambered.

“It’s strange how golf can be,” Dillon, 72, of Bethany Beach, Del., said. “I don’t know how I played as well as I did, I have never played here before. When I was on the putting green before the round there were some weird putts. I made sure I was extremely cautious on the greens. I didn’t run many putts by the hole.”

Dillon, aided by a steady putter and precise ball-striking, grabbed the first round lead of the 72nd Delaware Senior Amateur with a 69 at DuPont’s Nemours Course (par 71, 6,121 yards).

It’s his lowest round in competition. He also beat his age for the sixth time.

“It’s amazing,” Dillon said. “I can’t believe that I am playing this kind of golf at my age. I was a runner in high school and college so I didn’t think I was good enough to play on our golf teams. I didn’t really get into golf until my 40s because of kids and work. I started playing a lot when I became a senior.”

Dillon, the 2020 GAP/DSGA Super-Senior champion, holds a two-shot lead over Doylestown Country Club’s Neil Gordon and Tom Kearns of Hartefeld National.

Defending champion Rufino Rosal of the host club carded a 77.

Dillon’s round was one of little mistakes and cashed-in opportunities. He played his first 15 holes in bogey-free 1 under. Then an uncharacteristic bogey on No. 7 (par 5, 483 yards), his 16th hole of the day, quelled a workingman’s start.

But Dillon recovered well with birdies on his last two holes Nos. 8 (par 4, 360 yards) and 9 (par 3, 145 yards). He worked a 7-iron from 151 yards to eight feet on No. 8 and rifled a 8-iron to three feet on No. 9. His round was the only one under par for the day.

The scoring average for the field was 81.17.

Dillon’s golf game was in serious jeopardy this winter. But some progress made has him playing some of the best golf he’s played in a bit. He said it is the competition that keeps him going.

“I had a couple of injuries recently that hurt my ability to play,” Dillon said. “I have something called Polymyalgia rheumatica in my hands where I had a hard time making a fist. I couldn’t grip a golf club. This winter, I couldn’t play any golf.”

When he heads across the street to play the DuPont Course for the Final Round, he will have the same course knowledge he had Monday, zero.

“Sometimes it is better not to know anything,” Dillon said. “For me, I will be focused on hitting greens and fairways. If I can do that, I feel like I will have a chance to win.”

Women’s Division


Defending Champion Nicoll Keeney of Wilmington Country Club set the pace in the Women’s Division with a round of 1-over-par 73 (par 72, 5,327 yards).

Starting on the back nine, Keeney went out in 2-over-par 37, but finished strong with birdies on Nos. 2 (par 4, 303 yards) and 7 (par 5, 400 yards) mixed with one bogey to finish at 1 over.

Kings Creek Country Club’s Lee Ann Wortmann and Hartefeld National’s Kim Metcalf sit in second place after a round of 79. 

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, clubScore
Paul Dillon, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club69
Neil Gordon, Doylestown Country Club71
Tom Kearns, Hartefeld National71
Ron Jamarowicz, DuPont Country Club72
Tom Finn, DuPont Country Club72
Mike Hall, Maple Dale Country Club72
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club73
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club73
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club74
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club74
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club74
Kevin Smith, USGA/GAP GC74
Michael Polise, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club75
John Conway, Little Mill Country Club75
Stan Zabytko, Mulligan’s Pointe75
Mike Fagan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club75
Mike Walker, Hartefeld National75
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club75
Ed Aikin, USGA/GAP GC75
Keith Wilson, Ed Oliver Golf Club76
Jim Grigsby, Bear Trap Dunes76
Bill Davis, Merion Golf Club76
Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club76
Scott Kimmel, Mulligan’s Pointe76
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club76
Doug Stock, Aronimink Golf Club76
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National76
Tom Borsello, DuPont Country Club76
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club76
Bryan Taylor, Ocean City Golf Club76
Rufino Rosal, DuPont Country Club77
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club77
Andrew Gee, DuPont Country Club77
Dave Berger, DuPont Country Club77
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club77
Joe Hopkins, Deerfield Golf Club77
Andrew MacLean, Bayside Resort Golf Club77
David West, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club77
Michael Decker, Old York CC at Chesterfield77
William Larsen, DuPont Country Club78
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club78
Brad Abel, DuPont Country Club78
Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club78
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club78
Charlie McDowell, Wilmington Country Club78
Kevin Sartell, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club78
Michael Boyle, DuPont Country Club78
Mike Straightiff, USGA/GAP GC78
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club78
John Giori, Mercer Oaks Golf Course78
Bruce White, Wilmington Country Club78
Christopher Towers, Frog Hollow Golf Club79
Brendan Lotty, USGA/GAP GC79
Max King, Deerfield Golf Club79
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club79
Alan Phillips, USGA/GAP GC79
John Olson, USGA/GAP GC80
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club80
Joe Angle, Bayside Resort Golf Club80
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
Joe Dellose, Ed Oliver Golf Club80
Michael Treml, Bayside Resort Golf Club81
Donald Radacosky, Deerfield Golf Club81
Bunky Cochran, USGA/GAP GC81
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club81
Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club81
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club81
Brian Sexton, Seaview Country Club81
Edwin Diaz, Delcastle Golf Club82
John Luca, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association82
Steve Morgan, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club82
Greg Jackson, DuPont Country Club83
Palmer Hossler, Delcastle Golf Club83
Greg Smith, Bidermann Golf Club83
Craig Clauser, Maple Dale Country Club83
Walter Bell, Ed Oliver Golf Club84
Paul Osborne, USGA/GAP GC84
Carey Dolan, Bayside Resort Golf Club84
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club84
Greg Mitchell, Fieldstone Golf Club84
Gerald Bertelsen, USGA/GAP GC85
Joseph Russo, Odessa National Golf Club85
John Robinson, Radley Run Country Club86
Frank Vinci, Rock Manor Golf Club86
Andrew Repetto, The Bucks Club87
Anthony Reed, Ed Oliver Golf Club87
Ken Beard, Ed Oliver Golf Club87
Thomas Brennan, Moselem Springs Golf Club87
Jeff Tetrick, Odessa National Golf Club87
Andy McCormick, Rolling Green Golf Club87
Brian Kocher, Ed Oliver Golf Club87
Charles Weikle, Ed Oliver Golf Club88
James Hetherington, Back Creek Golf Course89
Brian Distefano, Deerfield Golf Club89
Mark Bonifacino, White Clay Creek Country Club89
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association89
Karl Baptiste, USGA/GAP GC89
Robert McNelis, AGS Tour92
Jeff Healy, USGA/GAP GC93
Phillip Yang, USGA/GAP GC93
Everett Jones, Delcastle Golf Club93
Michael Holefelder, USGA/GAP GC94
Bill Woodis, Ed Oliver Golf Club94
David Neder, Hidden Creek Golf Club94
Thomas Strusowski, Ed Oliver Golf Club96
Mark Lefkof, Ed Oliver Golf Club98
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country ClubWD
Women’s Division
Name, clubScore
Nicoll Keeney, Wilmington Country Club73
LeeAnn Wortmann, Kings Creek Country Club79
Kim Metcalf, Hartefeld National79
Lisa Schofield, Kings Creek Country Club86
Muffy McCabe, French Creek Golf Club87
Lisa Powell, Kings Creek Country Club87
Marsha Herb, RiverCrest GC & Preserve87
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club88
Deb Ward, Kings Creek Country Club92
Jaynee Costanzo Smedley, Hartefeld National94
Marjorie Adis, Kings Creek Country Club95
WD – withdraw

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