#BrewerCup: West takes Senior medalist honors,  Humphrey earns No. 1 Supers’ seed - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 10, 2017

#BrewerCup: West takes Senior medalist honors,  Humphrey earns No. 1 Supers’ seed

WAYNE, Pa.- It isn’t hard to realize red is David West’s favorite color, at least while on the golf course. West, while sporting a fiery golf polo, was the only player to emerge in red numbers Monday at St. Davids Golf Club (par 70, 6,249 yards) – the smooth swinger’s first, and only, assistant professional home.

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  Whitford Country Club’s West fired a sizzling 3-under-round of 67 to earn Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf medalist honors in the Senior Division 18-hole stroke play qualifying round. The long-hitting West, still on the road to recovery from a hip replacement in January, topped a field of 84 players vying for a spot in tomorrow’s match-play bracket.

  “A 67? That is the lowest round I’ve shot in a GAP event,” said an ecstatic West, a Downingtown, Pa. resident. “I love this golf course. I’ve built a ton of memories here. I worked here in 1982, and it was my first job out of college. I spent one year as an assistant professional, and although I realized the career wasn’t for me, I still enjoyed it. This is a great place.”

  Steady, swirling winds arrived mid-morning, and befuddled contestants. It remained steady all day, but so did West.

  The happy reunion kicked off early on No. 1 (par 4, 369 yards), when West pummeled a driver down the middle, leaving him with just 104 yards in. He flipped a gap wedge to two feet for a tap-in birdie. His home in the red would not be extinguished from there on out.

  Another birdie arrived on the par-4, 380-yard 5th. West found the left rough off the tee, but his wedge approach from 125 yards out landed safely on the green, leading to a 20-foot putt that dropped. West walloped a drive on No. 11 (par 5, 525 yards) straight down the center leaving him with just 180 yards in. His 7-iron approach came up a little short on the front of the green, but two-putted from 30 feet for another birdie.

  The only blemish on the day surfaced on the par-4, 404-yard 13th in result of a West three putt. He’d erase it on No. 16 (par 5, 485 yards) with another beautiful three. After coming up short, he splashed a bunker shot out to 15 feet and drilled the downhill look to get to 3 under, where he would comfortably finish.

  “It was the best round I’ve played all year,” he said. “I’ve played here many, many times and it’s the best round I’ve ever played here also.”

  Earlier this spring, times were rough and scores were high. West missed the cut at his home club in a GAP Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf by a stroke, and then again in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at French Creek Golf Club by five strokes.

  The results show the 57-year-old’s hip replacement took a toll on what is usually a consistently-steady golf game.

  “No excuses, but it wasn’t good in the spring. I started playing eight weeks after the surgery, but I can tell you that it still isn’t 100 percent,” said West. “It feels better now, and today, it didn’t bother me whatsoever. I’ll go home and take some anti-inflammatories, but every week it is getting better.”

  It appears the rehab process took a monumental step forward after today’s low round. West is gaining back the confidence in his beauty of a golf swing.

  “After 40 years of turning and twisting, [the hip damage] happened. Now I’m feeling physically and mentally strong again. I was able to qualify for the [GAP] Philadelphia Open last week, and I’m starting to see those low scores again. I’m excited for the rest of the season, and the rest of this week now.”

  The top-seeded West will face Greg Buliga of Yardley Country Club at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Super-Senior Division

  Divisional newcomer Thomas Humphrey of Wilmington Country Club earned the top Super-Senior flight seed with a 2-over-par 72 at St. Davids Golf Club (par 70, 5,686 yards).

  Humphrey set himself up for qualifying success with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 (par 4, 362 yards) and 8 (par 5, 459 yards) that turned his round around.

  Standing at 1-over par, on No. 7 Humphrey knocked a wedge from 120 yards to 20 feet and drained the sliding left to right breaker. On the ensuing hole, Humphrey hit a 5-iron from 185 yards onto the putting surface in two. He tapped in a birdie after missing a 15-foot eagle try.

  “That’s always a good thing,” said Humphrey of taking medal honors. “Now I have to do something after that to be meaningful.”

  Humphrey faces Buck Jones of Philadelphia Publinks GA in a first-round matchup. Jones advanced in a playoff. There was a six-man playoff for three match-play spots. Dan Burton of Lancaster Country Club and Robert Billings of Rolling Green Golf Club also advanced. Humphrey’s match begins at 9 a.m.

  “I hit a few bad shots off the tee, but when I did get off track, I minimized the damage,” said Humphrey, who retired from DuPont in 2002. “I like match play. It should be fun especially on a course like St. Davids.”

  This is Humphrey’s fourth Brewer Cup. He competed in the Senior Division the other three years, twice making Day 2. The farthest he advanced was in the 2014 Brewer. Humphrey made it to the Quarterfinals that summer. James Muller of Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club defeated him in 19 holes that year.

  Also, advancing into the match-play draw is three-time Brewer Cup Champion Don Donatoni of White Manor Country Club (2013-15). Donatoni, the supernova of the Super-Senior Division, hasn’t been pleased with his game recently, including a tie for 17th in the Chapman Memorial (Gross).

  “I turned the corner in the last week or so. I figured it out. I decided to put the clubs away for a week to 10 days. Sometimes you have to put them in the timeout corner and stay away from the game. I was overthinking, overanalyzing and worrying too much about technique. As a result, I was not hitting solid, crisp shots,” said Donatoni, 69, of Malvern, Pa.

  Donatoni’s game was strong today. He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and 12 of 13 fairways. If a couple more putts would have fallen, Donatoni would have earned medalist honors for a third time in this event. He tied for low qualifier in both 2013 and 2015.

  The Brewer Cup is named in honor of O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., the former president of Pine Valley Golf Club. He is a two-time U.S. Senior Amateur Champion and veteran of 42 USGA Championships. He’s captured two Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles (1967, 1976), a GAP Senior Amateur Championship crown (1997) and a Senior Player of the Year (1997) as well as countless invitational titles. Seven years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

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Senior Division
Name, club Score
David West, Whitford Country Club 67
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club 72
Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook 72
Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club 72
William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club 72
Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Scott Mayne, LedgeRock Golf Club 73
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 73
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 73
Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club 74
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 74
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club 74
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club 74
Failed to qualify
Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 75
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 75
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club 75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 75
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 75
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 75
Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 76
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 76
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 76
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 76
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 76
Michael Lewers, Aronimink Golf Club 77
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club 77
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 77
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club 78
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 78
Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club 78
Kirk Larsen, St. Davids Golf Club 78
Richard Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 78
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 78
John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club 78
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 78
Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 78
Jeff Poet, Country Club of York 79
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club 79
Joe Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 79
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 79
Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club 79
Michael Stanley, Aronimink Golf Club 79
Doug Jones, Little Mill Country Club 80
Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 80
Jim Simmons, Stonewall 80
Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club 80
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club 81
George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club 81
Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club 81
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 82
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 82
Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club 82
Thomas Alestock, Running Deer Golf Club 82
Andy Lykon, Talamore Country Club 83
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 83
Robert Wojczak, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 84
Harold Schweitzer, Jr., Broad Run Golfer’s Club 84
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club 84
Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club 84
Mike Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 85
Barry Westington, Country Club of Scranton 85
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 86
Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club 87
Mark Quigley, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 88
Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club 90
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 90
Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club WD
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National WD
James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club WD
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club WD
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
Super Senior
Name, club Score
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club 72
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 73
Charles McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club 74
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club 74
*Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 75
*Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club 75
*Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Failed to qualify
*Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
*Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club 75
*Charles McDowell, Wilmington Country Club 75
Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club 76
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 76
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Hugh Kenworthy, III, Gulph Mills Golf Club 77
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 77
James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club 77
John Cech, Riverton Country Club 77
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 78
Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club 79
Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club 79
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 79
Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club 79
John Owens, Tavistock Country Club 79
Jay Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club 80
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club 82
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 83
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 83
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 83
John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Robert Hackett, Jr., Wilmington Country Club WD
*-advanced in playoff

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