Sep 08, 2009

Bartolacci, Brookreson sit atop Sr. Amateur leaderboards

  NEW HOPE, Pa.–Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley CC and David Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley CC share the lead in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 39th Senior Amateur Championship. Both players carded a 1-under-par 71 in Tuesday’s opening round at Jericho National GC (par 72, 6,706 yards).

  Bartolacci, Jr. entered the opening round of his Senior Amateur Championship title defense hoping to put himself in a position for a run at a second straight crown. Eighteen holes later, Bartolacci exceeded those expectations and more.

  “You don’t want to embarrass yourself. You want to be competitive. I was hoping to just play fairly decent today and make an attempt to defend the title. That would have been nice,” said Bartolacci. “I’m very pleased. Maybe someone will shoot lower than that but I should be kind of in it and with 18 holes tomorrow anything can happen.”

 Last year, Bartolacci won a tightly contested Senior Amateur at The Springhaven Club. He edged five other players by a shot. If Bartolacci repeats, he would be the first to successfully defend his title since Allan Sussel of Squires GC, whom the Senior Amateur trophy is named in honor of, did in 1985-86.

  Bartolacci opened his round with a birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 559 yards) when he knocked a gap wedge from 100 yards to four feet but bogeyed two of the next three holes, No. 2 (par 3, 201 yards) with a three putt and No. 4 (par 4, 383 yards) after pushing his drive right, to fall back to 1 over. Bartolacci got a little fortunate on No. 7 (par 5, 520 yards) when he knocked a 6-iron from 160 yards to two feet for birdie and then added another birdie on No. 8 (par 4, 298 yards) with a gap wedge from 85 yards that stopped 15 feet away. Bartolacci made the turn in 1 under.

  “I got a couple of breaks on the front nine and got to 1-under par and kind of hung on,” said Bartloacci, 58, of Washington Crossing, Pa. “I got a good break on the seventh hole. I pushed my drive into the right bunker and you don’t want to go there. I didn’t hit a very good bunker shot and had 160 yards to the hole. I hit a good shot, but where that pin is, it hit perfectly on the green and released down to the hole. That’s one of the toughest pins on the course. It was a really a good break to get it that close. On No. 8, I pulled my drive but I stayed out of the bunker and made birdie.”

  On the back side, Bartolacci registered nine pars and hit eight greens in regulation to finish at 71. Bartlacci’s lone brush with a bogey came on No. 15 (par 3, 212 yards) where he drained a 10 footer to save par.

  Seeing Bartolacci’s name atop an event at Jericho National isn’t too surprising.

  He was a member at Jericho from 1999-2002.

  “It’s a great golf course. It’s a fair golf course,” said Bartolacci. “It’s gotten better over the years. They’ve done some great things with the bunkers and fescue. It’s a true links course. It’s supposed to play hard and fast. The vistas are great and it’s got some challenging shots.”

  Bartolacci will tee off alongside Brookreson in tomorrow’s second round. Brookreson, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., experienced a transformation in his play Tuesday, so to speak.

  “I haven’t been playing well. I started hitting the irons more solidly,” he said. “I made a couple of long putts, but still all four bogeys that I made were just off the edges of the green. I drove the ball extremely well.”

  Five birdies propelled Brookreson, 61, into red figures. His downhill 15-footer on No. 3 (par 4, 343 yards) found the base of the cup. Five holes later, he guided in a 3-footer after knocking a sand wedge 83 yards.

  After his drive put Brookreson 97 yards from the No. 10 (par 4, 434 yards) flagstick, the 2008 Brewer Cup Champion drilled a gap wedge to 61 feet and chipped in for birdie.

  “When I hit it, I thought it was perfect,” Brookreson said of the approach. “But I guess it was a little downwind, and I didn’t calculate that.”

  Brookreson sunk a strenuous 30-footer on No. 12 (par 3, 135 yards) after his 9-iron put him behind the flagstick. On the monstrous par 5, 517-yard 17th hole, he stuck a pitching wedge 60 yards to six feet and drained the ensuing birdie putt. Ultimately, Brookreson seemed to feel energized by his performance.

  “I just haven’t been hitting the ball solidly for a year and a half,” he said. “Something clicked (today), and all of a sudden, I started hitting irons the way I used to hit them. It might only be here for a day, because I don’t exactly know what happened. But it feels good. It always feels good.”

  Roc Irey of Lookaway GC trails both Bartolacci and Brookreson by a stroke. Gary Daniels of Saucon Valley CC, Robin McCool of Saucon Valley CC and Raymond Thompson of Overbrook GC each sit two strokes back. The second round begins at 8 a.m.

  Super Senior

  Jay Howson, Jr. of St. Davids GC leads the Super-Senior Division after carding a 1-over-par 73.

  “I missed one fairway off the tee, and that helped a lot,” Howson, of Malvern, Pa., said. “My putting was suspect. I missed two 3-footers and I had two 3-putts.”

  One of those 3-footers came on No. 2 (par 3, 170 yards). Howson nuked his tee shot a two-putted for bogey. But Howson, who currently leads the Super Senior Player of the Year standings, recovered by draining birdies on Nos. 12 (par 3, 109 yards) and 14 (par 5, 564 yards). His tight pitching wedge on No. 12 left Howson, 71, four inches shy of the cup. He sunk a 25-footer on No. 14 after sticking his pitching wedge 96 yards. Though he felt good about the way he competed, Howson aspires to “play a little better” tomorrow.”

  “You always leave a few out there,” he said. “I’m going to get to play with my good friend Charlie (McClaskey of Wyncote GC) tomorrow. We’re going to battle it out for about everything.”

  Howson and McClaskey, who registered a 2-over-par 74 Monday, are both vying for the Super Senior Silver Cross.

55-59 Years
Name Club Scores
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 71
Roc Irey Lookaway Golf Club 72
Gary Daniels Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 73
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 73
John Gonsior Five Ponds Golf Club 74
Richard Umani Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Charles Dowds, III Applebrook Golf Club 75
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 75
Tom Borsello Fieldstone Golf Club 75
Allen Padovano Yardley Country Club 76
Gary Daniels Applebrook Golf Club 76
Michael Moser Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Rick Custer Spring Ford Country Club 76
Wayne Bartolacci Jericho National Golf Club 76
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Jeff Ranck Huntsville Golf Club 78
Mark Battista Philadelphia Publinks GA
Joe Olin Little Mill Country Club 79
Robert Lodovici Little Mill Country Club 79
Thomas Greenwood Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Alan Van Horn Lu Lu Country Club 80
Bennett Meyer Philmont Country Club 80
James Prendergast Brookside Country Club 80
Lee King Berkshire Country Club 80
Mark Quigley Lu Lu Country Club 80
Stan Zabytko Loch Nairn Golf Club 80
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 81
Bob Majczan Lookaway Golf Club 82
Mike Barton Philadelphia Country Club 82
Robert Billings Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Michael Harms Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Thomas Mairone McCall Golf & Country Club 83
Joseph Reaney Wyncote Golf Club 84
Martin Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Charles Jones Blue Bell Country Club 85
Fred Banta Running Deer Golf Club 85
Pete Widdoes Loch Nairn Golf Club 85
Stephen Crescenzo Wyncote Golf Club 88
Robert Dwyer Lehigh Country Club WD
Mike Miklinevich Greate Bay Country Club WD
Andrew Guinan Applebrook Golf Club WD
Paul Keating Aronimink Golf Club WD
Anthony Kondracki Fox Hill Country Club WD
James Muller Manufacturers Golf & Country Club WD
Vincent Scarpetta, Jr. Glenmaura National Golf Club WD
Walter Wolfe Wildwood Golf & Country Club WD
60 & Over
David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley Country Club 71
John Emmel, Jr. Links Golf Club 74
Michael Rose Talamore Country Club 74
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 75
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Andy Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 76
Daniel Burton Bent Creek Country Club 76
Ken Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 77
Michael Egan Lookaway Golf Club 77
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 77
Ron Mittendorf Blue Bell Country Club 77
Terrence Sawyer Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 78
James Goldstein Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 79
Charles Whipple Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
John Patton Links Golf Club 80
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 80
John Rowe Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 81
Bo Dixon Gulph Mills Golf Club 82
Edward Pappas, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Richard Franklin Stonewall 82
Jack Holland Whitford Country Club 83
Ron Ryll Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 84
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 84
Robert Brooker Blue Bell Country Club 84
Steve Kyriakodis Lu Lu Country Club 85
Dave Jacobson JC Melrose Country Club 86
Dennis Perna Spring Ford Country Club 86
Frank Kunze Spring Ford Country Club 86
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 86
Terry Law Yardley Country Club 86
J. Peter Pierce Philadelphia Country Club 87
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 87
Bob Huffman Makefield Highlands Golf Club 88
James Barron Hartefeld National 89
William Kufta Makefield Highlands Golf Club 94
Charles McDowell Wilmington Country Club WD
George Carr Wedgwood Country Club WD
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club WD
John Cech Riverton Country Club NS
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Michael Tallent Merion Golf Club WD
Theodore Beringer Philadelphia Country Club WD
Super Senior
Jay Howson, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 73
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 74
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 74
Jarrett Kling Merion Golf Club 74
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 77
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 77
Joseph Maxwell Hartefeld National 78
Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club 78
Steven Gordon Olde York Country Club 78
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 79
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 80
Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club 80
Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club 81
Jim Lloyd Running Deer Golf Club 81
Barry Brackenbury Silver Creek Country Club 82
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 82
Thomas ORourke Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Bud MacAvoy Running Deer Golf Club 83
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 83
Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 83
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 84
Thomas Mercaldo Sandy Run Country Club 84
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 84
Clay von Seldeneck Sunnybrook Golf Club 85
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 85
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 85
Joe Wolos JC Melrose Country Club 86
Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 87
John Ayres Woodbury Country Club 89
Walt McGuinness Running Deer Golf Club 93
Francis Sbandi, Esq. Edgmont Country Club 98
Burt Ford Cherry Valley Country Club DQ
Roy Thompson Sand Barrens Golf Club WD
Andrew Hamilton, III The Springhaven Club WD
Bob Wicker Little Mill Country Club WD
Wd – withdrawal; DQ – disqualification; NS – no show

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