May 05, 2005

Ashley survives four-man playoff for Warner Cup

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Warner Cup

  SPRING FORD, Pa.–Donald Ashley of Philadelphia CC registered a par of the first playoff hole to defeat Frank McFadden of Overbrook GC, Mike Nilon of Philadelphia CC and Charles Wilkins of Little Mill CC for the 71st Francis B. Warner Cup on Thursday at Spring Ford CC (par 72, 6,477 yards). The Warner Cup is for seniors 55 years of age and older.

  Ashley and McFadden, both Senior rookies, and Nilon and Wilkins carded 3-over-par 75s.

  “This is one of the greatest thrills of all-time,” said Ashley. “It’s a wonderful feeling. Standing over the last putt, it was straight in and downhill. I knew all I had to do was get it started.”

  Ashley, 56, of Gladwyne, Pa., found the short left rough with his drive on the extra hole, but knocked an 8-iron from 140 yards to just short of the green. He chipped to four feet for the title.

  In the playoff, McFadden’s drive trickled into the water hazard, but was dry. His second shot landed in the left greenside bunker and he failed to get up and down. Nilon pulled his drive well left and his approach shot clipped a tree and fell into the hazard. Wilkins, whose drive was well short of the others, had an opportunity, but watched his lengthy par putt from the front of the green just miss run past the edge of the hole.

  “I kind of had an advantage,” said Ashley after everyone’s drive. “I knew no one was in good shape. I figured I just had to concentrate on hitting a good [second] shot so I took an extra club and an easy swing.”

  In regulation, Ashley recorded the tournament’s only under-par nine-hole score, a 1-under-par 35 on the backside. He carded a 4-over-par 40 on the front nine with four bogeys, but a change of philosophy on the cart ride to the 10th tee resulted in significant returns.

  “I tried to steer it around the front nine and keep it in play and it got me in trouble,” said Ashley, “so I figured to put up a decent number I had to go for the fences or it was going to be a bad round. I hit a real big drive on No. 10 and that got me going.”

  Ironically, that drive resulted in a bogey courtesy of a three-putt, but Ashley picked up momentum with birdies on No. 12 (par 3, 358 yards) and two more birdies on the par 5s (No. 15, 494 yards and No. 18, 492 yards).

  His final red number on a slippery, sliding seven footer.

   “I didn’t have a clue where I stood,” said Ashley. “I wanted to come in the top 10.”

  Nilon, 56, of Gladwyne, Pa., carded a 3-over-par 39 on his front nine, but turned rock steady on his inward side recording one birdie and one bogey for an even-par 36 and a final score of 75.

  He, too, birdied the final hole to qualify for the playoff when he knocked a sand wedge from 70 yards to two feet for the four. Nilon recorded a stellar 28 putts on his round, including a mere 13 on the back nine.

  McFadden struggled with the flat stick, but scraped it around for a 39 and 36. McFadden registered three bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies on his outward nine. He carded another over-par score on No. 10 (par 4, 412 yards), before coming home with seven pars and a short birdie on No. 15 (par 5, 494 yards). He registered an uncharacteristic four three putts on the front nine.

  McFadden, 55, has become a staple atop the Golf Association of Philadelphia leaderboards since turning 50. In fact, he has qualified for the Amateur Championship match play field the last four years. Last summer, he fell in the semifinals to Michael Tash of Tavistock CC.

  “I guess I’m not afraid of playing poorly anymore,” said McFadden of the reason for his steady play.

  Wilkins was opposite his three counterparts. He recorded a solid opening-nine 36 before coming home with a 3-over 39. The 56-year-old Medford, N.J., resident recorded four three putts, but pulled a wood out of his bag just twice to keep the ball in a play off the tee.

Ages 55-59
Name Club Gross
*Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 75
Charles Wilkins Little Mill Country Club 75
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 75
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 75
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 76
David Brookreson Pine Valley Golf Club 77
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 77
Edmund Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Jerry Janeski Bent Creek Country Club 77
Robert Murphy Wilmington Country Club 77
Michael Egan Lookaway Golf Club 78
Naz Gagliardi Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Terrence Sawyer Yardley Country Club 78
Donald Beck Old York Road Country Club 79
Ted Beringer Philadelphia Country Club 79
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 80
Jay McLaughlin Stone Harbor Golf Club 81
Charles Caparo Plymouth Country Club 82
Ken Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Kevin Scanlon Stonewall 82
Robert Harris Blue Bell Country Club 82
Steven Owens Ashbourne Country Club 82
Dennis Perna Spring Ford Country Club 83
Frank Shuman Lookaway Golf Club 83
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 83
Robert Brooker Blue Bell Country Club 83
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 83
Edward Bondi Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Gary Gordon Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 84
George May Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Norman Cote Coatesville Country Club 84
Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 84
Tom Costello Aronimink Golf Club 84
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 84
Douglas Dick Chester Valley Golf Club 85
James Goldstein Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 85
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 85
David Tordone Radley Run Country Club 86
Frank Treml Sandy Run Country Club 86
Michael Rose Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 87
Donald Galbraith Stonewall 88
Jay Scattergood Reading Country Club 88
William McCabe, Jr. McCall Golf & Country Club 88
William Weihenmayer Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Greg Gottshall Reading Country Club 89
Jack Quinn Aronimink Golf Club 90
John Di Valentino Lu Lu Country Club 90
John Luviano, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 91
Murray Felzer White Manor Country Club 91
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club 92
Peter Farina Fieldstone Golf Club 92
Ron Mittendorf Blue Bell Country Club 92
Stephen Kocinski Woodbury Country Club 93
Steve Pence Little Mill Country Club 93
Al Kelly Little Mill Country Club 94
Gary Pardue Wyncote Golf Club 94
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 94
Joseph McCullough Philadelphia Publinks GA 94
Frederick Hirsekorn Tavistock Country Club 95
John Cech Riverton Country Club 96
Larry Paster Philmont Country Club 97
Ray Rittersbach Ashbourne Country Club 97
William Schroeder Bucks County Country Club 98
Mike Kyle Bala Golf Club 102
Scott Dichter Meadia Heights Golf Club 102
Thomas Dyott Old York Road Country Club 103
Arthur Jacoby Commonwealth National Golf Club NC
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club DQ
Ages 60-and-over
Name Club Gross
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 76
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 77
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. Pine Valley Golf Club 77
Michael Sanger Merion Golf Club 79
George Carr Running Deer Golf Club 80
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 80
Raymond Fuller Running Deer Golf Club 80
Michael Higgins Aronimink Golf Club 82
Art Brosius,II DuPont Country Club 83
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 83
Fred Olt Little Mill Country Club 83
Joseph Milutis Northampton Country Club 83
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 83
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 84
Jay Howson, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 84
Michael McNichol The Springhaven Club 84
Peter Stanley Sunnybrook Golf Club 84
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 84
Frank Blanche Spring Ford Country Club 84
Clay von Seldeneck Sunnybrook Golf Club 85
Hal Ruff Moorestown Field Club 86
Jack Endicott Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 86
Thomas O’Rourke Chester Valley Golf Club 86
William Weinfeld Melrose Country Club 86
Frank Kunze Spring Ford Country Club 87
John Siegrist Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 87
Rick Greenleaf Sunnybrook Golf Club 87
A. Fred Rudy, Jr. Lancaster Country Club 88
Bob Wicker Little Mill Country Club 88
John Holsten Aronimink Golf Club 88
Robert Schiller Old York Road Country Club 88
Ben Sack Edgmont Country Club 89
Carmen Caruso Ballamor Golf Club 89
Christopher Frazier Sunnybrook Golf Club 89
Don Neill Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 89
James Zoks Silver Creek Country Club 89
Charles Kercsmar Silver Creek Country Club 90
Aaron Rosenzweig Ashbourne Country Club 91
Albert Glander Links Golf Club 92
Brian Bezark Lu Lu Country Club 92
Charles Zall Bala Golf Club 92
J. Kenneth Croney Sunnybrook Golf Club 92
Donald Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 93
Frank Setzman Edgmont Country Club 93
Paul Watson Makefield Highlands Golf Club 93
Conrad Gack Doylestown Country Club 94
Edward Godshall Reading Country Club 94
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 94
Robert Davy Medford Village Country Club 94
Francis Sbandi, Esq. Edgmont Country Club 96
Jeffrey Stopford The Springhaven Club 96
Ralph Neild Edgmont Country Club 96
Dan Ward DuPont Country Club 97
Geoff Preston Cedarbrook Country Club 98
Robert Zowney Sandy Run Country Club 98
Ross Karnbach Reading Country Club 98
James Leonard Chester Valley Golf Club 99
Patrick Givey Philadelphia Publinks GA 99
Richard Hazen Doylestown Country Club 99
John Long Edgmont Country Club 100
Robert Felter Lancaster Country Club 100
Terry Radcliffe Lancaster Country Club 100
William Clarke, III Woodbury Country Club 101
Everett Young Sandy Run Country Club 108
Joseph Marcantognini Silver Creek Country Club 108
Thomas Kaczor Yardley Country Club NC
Super Senior (65 and over)
Name Club Gross
James O’Brien Cedarbrook Country Club 82
Richard Genoni Waynesborough Country Club 82
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 83
Wade Hersperger, Jr. Pine Hill Golf Club 84
Steve Duce Little Mill Country Club 86
C. Robert Kiesling Philadelphia Publinks GA 88
Paul Flanigan Aronimink Golf Club 89
James Kennedy Aronimink Golf Club 93
E. Gerald Hurst, Jr. Lookaway Golf Club 98
Robert Timins Indian Valley Country Club 98
Bob Manfre Philadelphia Publinks GA 100
David Steele Lancaster Country Club 100
Tom Glynn Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 101
Joe Dowling Concord Country Club 105
Robert Newell Hersheys Mill Golf Club 105
Bob Antila Indian Valley Country Club 106
Bob Wolf Fieldstone Golf Club 115
Gus Pedicone Sandy Run Country Club WD
*won in playoff
WD-withdrawal; DQ-disqualification

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