8th GAP/DSGA Super-Senior Championship: Day Two - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 09, 2023

8th GAP/DSGA Super-Senior Championship: Day Two

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Wilmington’s Walczak shoots his age to take the title

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Each morning, Steve Walczak takes 20 minutes to meditate and get his mind and spirits right.

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Just after that, he focuses on stretching and doing some yoga to get his body right.

Wednesday, Walczak went to his happy place in the tune of a final-round 66 to claim the 8th GAP/DSGA Super-Senior Championship at Frog Hollow Golf Club (par 71, 5,843 yards).

His two-day total of 6 under was good enough for a three-shot victory over Day One leader Jack Conway of Little Mill Country Club.

Walczak’s 66 signified the first time he shot his age.

“It feels like a relief after shooting my age,” Walczak, of Wilmington, Del., said. “I’ve had a couple other chances the last couple of years. When you start to think about it you don’t score as well. I am kind of happy that it has passed now and I don’t have to worry about it. I didn’t know that my birdie at the last did it. It’s pretty cool.”

This victory adds a new piece of Delaware hardware to his trophy case. He’s won the Delaware Mid-Open and Mid-Amateur twice (2005, 2007) as well as the Delaware Senior Amateur in 2015.

The Wilmington Country Club member found his stride in the tune of a 4 under pace through his first 10 holes. Then his meditation and mindfulness came into play.

His display of mental focus was in full force following his three final-round bogeys. He bogeyed Nos. 11 (par 5, 514 yards), 13 (par 4, 317 yards) and 17 (par 4, 375 yards), but on the subsequent holes he carded a red figure.

“When I don’t hit good shots most of the time it comes down to my lack of concentration and mental focus,” Walczak said. “So when I get out of sorts, I remind myself to focus on the target. That’s why I am able to recover well because I just move on and get locked back in.”

A stunning 3-putt bogey from 15 feet on No. 13 cut his lead to just two after Conway rolled in his first birdie of the day. On No. 14 (par 3, 155 yards), the wistful Walczak stepped on a 7-iron to five feet to regain his three-shot advantage. He added another birdie thanks to another 7-iron to 10-feet on No. 16 (par 3, 165 yards).

In the final round, Walczak played the five par threes in 3 under. He won by three shots. He also birdied No. 8 (par 3, 134 yards) thanks to a stellar 9-iron.

“The yardages were perfect for me on the par 3’s I birdied,” Walczak said. “I knew I could hit them how I wanted to and not get into any trouble. Those turned out to be a huge help to me today.”

Walczak sealed the deal with a 20-footer for birdie at the last (par 5, 510 yards). Putting an exclamation mark on what has been a grand summer soiree.

He won the Frank H. Chapman Cup Super Senior at Penn Oaks Golf Club in June and teamed up with clubmate Jeff Homer to win the Deeg Sezna Monday at Radley Run. This win completes a triumvirate of additions to his trophy case this season.

“This summer has been quite enjoyable,” Walczak said. “I’ve been playing well pretty much all summer long. Maybe a little too much. This is probably the best stretch of golf I have had. Having a stretch like this helps your confidence. I felt strongly about my ability to go out and win this tournament today. That feeling has been building all summer long.”

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.

Name, clubR1R2Total
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club7066136
Jack Conway, Little Mill Country Club6970139
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club7571146
Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club7572147
Mike Hall, Maple Dale Country Club7475149
Gary Dornhoefer, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club7376149
Charlie McDowell, Wilmington Country Club7674150
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club7575150
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club7576151
Mike Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club7184155
Dave Berger, DuPont Country Club8076156
William Larsen, DuPont Country Club7878156
Paul Dillon, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club7878156
Peter Fitzpatrick, Wilmington Country Club7978157
Christopher Towers, Frog Hollow Golf Club7978157
Larry Pritchard, Olde Homestead Golf Club7483157
Steve Hoffstadt, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club7780157
Tom Kearns, Hartefeld National8376159
Stan Zabytko, Mulligan’s Pointe8079159
Scott Kimmel, Mulligan’s Pointe7980159
John Wilson, DuPont Country Club8575160
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club8279161
Wallace Townsend, Mulligan’s Pointe7983162
Tad Jacks, Briarwood Golf Club8380163
Walter Bell, Ed Oliver Golf Club8380163
Gus Barber, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club8380163
Jerry Temple, Ed Oliver Golf Club8778165
Max King, Deerfield Golf Club8283165
Stuart Campbell, USGA/GAP GC8283165
Ken Beard, Ed Oliver Golf Club7591166
John Sullivan, DuPont Country Club8384167
Brian Pitcher, USGA/GAP GC8681167
Brian Tully, USGA/GAP GC8187168
Joseph DeAngelis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club8684170
Bruce Wittendorfer, Ed Oliver Golf Club8685171
Mark Yoder, Heritage Shores8389172
Jack Polidori, DuPont Country Club8686172
George Laureta, Jonathans Landing Golf Club8786173
Joe Wienkowitz, Newark Country Club8792179
Mark Bonifacino, White Clay Creek Country Club90WDWD
Paul Palmisano, USGA/GAP GC106WDWD
Tom Borsello, DuPont Country ClubWDWD
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country ClubWDWD
Paul Paradise, Deerfield Golf ClubWDWD
David Neder, Hidden Creek Golf ClubDQDQ
Leonard Lucas, The Rookery Golf Club106NSNS
Mark Reynolds, Jonathans Landing Golf ClubNSNS
WD – withdraw
DQ – disqualified
NS – no show

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