Aug 25, 2014

Daniels, Rose claim Senior 27-Hole Challenge at Green Valley

*Photo gallery
*Senior Division scorecards
*Super-Senior Division scorecards
*History

 LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. — Gary E. Daniels and Michael Rose wanted to get together for a round of golf this year. The Senior 27-Hole Challenge presented a perfect opportunity to do so, and the two made the most of their time on the links. Daniels, of Applebrook Golf Club, and Rose, of Talamore Country Club, carded a 3-over-par 146 to win the tournament’s 7th edition at a gorgeous Green Valley Country Club (par 71, 6,370 yards) Monday.

  Merion Golf Club’s Donald Dissinger and J. Kirk Luntey, and the team of Donald Ashley of Philadelphia Country Club and Michael Domenick of Phoenixville Country Club, finished a shot back at 147.

  “We have so much fun playing together, so I said I’ll go back [to the Senior Division] and see if I can help,” Rose, the 2012 Super-Senior Player of the Year, said. “We had a great time, even with the craziness that happened at the end. We laughed our way through it.”

  The aforementioned craziness unfolded in the aggregate portion, the event’s final leg. On the par 5, 516-yard No. 7, Daniels came up 15 yards short of the green with his second shot. He then thinned a wedge over the surface and double-hit his next shot. Daniels walked away with a triple bogey. On No. 9 (par 4, 379 yards), Rose hit a masterful 7-iron 165 yards to six feet. It wasn’t his golf ball, however. Rose walked away with a double bogey after sending an 8-iron from 165 yards into the right greenside bunker.

  “We thought that we had blown it,” Rose, 67, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. said.

  “I thought you might have pulled a muscle,” Daniels, 60, of Berwyn, Pa., added.

  A pair of birdies earlier in the aggregate leg softened the finishing sting. Daniels eased a wedge to six feet on No. 3 (par 5, 510 yards). Rose drilled a 6-iron from 160 yards on No. 6 (par 4, 379 yards) that ripped out of the cup. He then converted a sidehill six-footer. Birdies in the event’s better-ball portion also stood out as highlights for the Daniels and Rose team. The former chipped in on No. 6 (par 4, 379 yards) and launching a 7-iron into a bed of heavy grass short right of the green. Rose knocked a wedge 119 yards to 10 feet on No. 7.

  Success in the Senior 27-Hole Challenge isn’t new to both players. Daniels teamed with Charles Dowds, III to win in 2009. A year ago, Rose and Charles McClaskey claimed the Super-Senior title at Bala Golf Club.

  “To give away five shots on the last three holes and win is nice,” Rose said.

  “We had 26 great holes of golf,” Daniels added.

Super Senior
  Longtime friends and GAP stalwarts Don Donatoni and Carl Everett filed a 5-over-par 148 to claim the Super-Senior (par 71, 5,987 yards) title. The two also won the event’s inaugural edition in 2008.

  “You couldn’t beat the weather conditions, and the golf course was in good shape,” Donatoni, 66, of Malvern, Pa., said. “We were hitting the ball really well from tee to green, and we just couldn’t make a putt in the first 18 holes. We missed a good eight, 10 makeable birdies. Then Carl came out and birdied the first hole [in the aggregate portion], and I thought maybe that will turn us around a little bit.”

  It sure did. Everett hit an 8-iron 124 yards to six feet for birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 356 yards). On the par 5, 480-yard No. 7, Donatoni powered a 5-wood 219 yards to the middle of the green and nearly canned the eagle attempt. He points to a par save three holes prior as a key to the team’s success. After flying a 7-iron into the back bunker on No. 4 (par 3, 143 yards), Donatoni splashed out to three feet and saved par. A double bogey courtesy of Everett on the final hole (No. 9, par 4, 359 yards) threatened the team’s clubhouse comfort. He tugged a drive into the tree-line, landed a 4-hybrid 50 yards short and bladed a wedge over the green. A poor chip and two-putt made Everett feel like he let Donatoni down.

  “I was so perturbed with myself it was hard to bear down and finish the hole,” Everett, 67, of Havertown, Pa., said. “I was really concerned that I cost us.”   Donatoni cranked a gap wedge 95 yards to six feet for birdie on No. 9 to ease his partner’s pain a bit.

  The Senior 27-Hole Challenge replaced the Senior Net Championship on the tournament schedule in 2008. An event for players 55 years of age and older, the Senior 27-Hole Challenge is a gross event consisting of three nine-hole stipulated rounds in three different formats: four-ball stoke play, aggregate and selective drive — alternate shot. The tournament is open to seniors with a USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 or lower. Super Seniors must have a USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 or less.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 150 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross
Senior Division
Name, club R1-R2-R3–Total
Gary Daniels/Michael Rose, Applebrook GC/Talamore CC 35-35-76–146
J. Kirk Luntey /Donald Dissinger, Merion Golf Club 34-37-76–147
Donald Ashley/Michael Domenick, Philadelphia CC/Phoenixville CC 37-35-75–147
Ed Chylinski/James Muller, Chester Valley GC/Manufacturers G&CC 32-36-82–150
Bob Majczan/Richard Custer, Lookaway GC/Reading CC 38-34-78–150
Jim Gavaghan/Jim Anthony, IV, Jericho National GC/Bensalem Township CC 36-42-76–154
Richard Lownes/Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 37-39-78–154
Buck Jones/Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Philadelphia CC 35-40-80–155
Thomas Alestock/Rocky Dare, DuPont CC/Running Deer GC 38-36-82–156
Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton 36-41-80–157
Phil Remig/George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 37-39-83–159

Mike Miklinevich/Jerry Rooney, Greate Bay CC/Stone Harbor GC 38-36-86–160
Tom Meyers/Alan Van Horn, Philadelphia CC/Commonwealth National GC 38-38-84–160
Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village CC/Moorestown Field Club 39-39-82–160
Rick Gaydos/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 40-39-83–162
Robert Wagner/Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 40-45-81–166
Jim Frain/Blake Campbell, Northampton Valley Country Club 37-43-87–167
Bill Hayes/John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club 42-38-87–167
Gary Yeager/Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club 36-42-90–168
Matthew Manfred/Bob Harris, Blue Bell Country Club 37-41-93–171
James Gillespie/David Macesic, Cedarbrook CC/Lu Lu CC 46-42-90–178
Super-Senior Division
Name, club R1-R2-R3–Total
Don Donatoni/Carl Everett, White Manor CC/Merion GC 37-37-74–148
Bill Tierney/Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 35-38-78–151
Craig Scott/Peter McCombs, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 37-37-78–152
Thomas Mohr/Thomas Isola, Whitford Country Club 35-37-81–153
Charles McClaskey/Jay Howson, Jr., Back Creek GC/St. Davids GC 37-38-78–153
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr./Robert Housen, Pine Valley Golf Club 38-36-79–153
Norman Jester/Curt Fromal, Downingtown CC/The Springhaven Club 36-38-81–155
Barry Emich/Gerald Eckert, Bent Creek Country Club 35-38-88–161
Walter Lenhard, III/Richard Smith, Stonewall/Philadelphia CC 36-39-86–161
Andrew Sivak/Herbert Gordon, Doylestown Country Club 40-39-84–163
James Wiley/John Patton, Old York Road CC/Little Mill CC 39-40-87–166
Edward Roberts/George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 41-35-91–167
John Ayres/David Jordan, Trump National GC – Philadelphia/Sakima CC 41-41-86–168
Thomas Kelly/Brad Goughler, Northampton Valley Country Club 41-41-88–170
Net
Senior Division
Name, club R1-R2-R3–Total
J. Kirk Luntey/Donald Dissinger, Merion Golf Club 32-36-73–141
Donald Ashley/Michael Domenick, Philadelphia CC/Phoenixville CC 36-34-73–143
Gary Daniels/Michael Rose, Applebrook GC/Talamore CC 34-35-75–144
Bob Majczan/Richard Custer, Lookaway GC/Reading CC 37-33-76–146
Jim Gavaghan/Jim Anthony, IV, Jericho National GC/Bensalem Township CC 34-41-73–148
Ed Chylinski/James Muller, Chester Valley GC/Manufacturers G&CC 32-36-81–149
Richard Lownes/Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 35-38-76–149
Buck Jones/Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Philadelphia CC 33-39-77–149
Phil Remig/George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 34-37-78–149
Mike Miklinevich/Jerry Rooney, Greate Bay CC/Stone Harbor GC 35-34-80–149
Thomas Alestock/Rocky Dare, DuPont CC/Running Deer GC 36-35-79–150
Tom Meyers/Alan Van Horn, Philadelphia CC/Commonwealth National GC 35-36-79–150
Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton 34-40-77–151
Rick Gaydos/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 37-37-79–153
Jim Frain/Blake Campbell, Northampton Valley Country Club 33-40-80–153
Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village CC/Moorestown Field Club 38-38-79–155
Robert Wagner/Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 38-43-77–158
Bill Hayes/John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club 40-36-82–158
Gary Yeager/Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club 34-40-85–159
Matthew Manfred/Bob Harris, Blue Bell Country Club 34-39-87–160
James Gillespie/David Macesic, Cedarbrook CC/Lu Lu CC 41-39-82–162
Super-Senior Division
Name, club R1-R2-R3–Total
Bill Tierney/Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 32-35-70–137
Don Donatoni/Carl Everett, White Manor CC/Merion GC 36-36-72–144
Craig Scott/Peter McCombs, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 35-36-76–147
Thomas Mohr/Thomas Isola, Whitford Country Club 33-36-78–147
Charles McClaskey/Jay Howson, Jr., Back Creek GC/St. Davids GC 35-37-75–147
Andrew Sivak/Herbert Gordon, Doylestown Country Club 35-36-76–147
James Wiley/John Patton, Old York Road CC/Little Mill CC 33-36-78–147
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr./Robert Housen, Pine Valley Golf Club 37-35-76–148
Norman Jester/Curt Fromal, Downingtown CC/The Springhaven Club 35-36-77–148
Thomas Mallouk/Gregory Gaul, Lookaway GC/Merion GC 37-36-76–149
Walter Lenhard, III/Richard Smith, Stonewall/Philadelphia CC 34-37-81–152
Barry Emich/Gerald Eckert, Bent Creek Country Club 33-36-84–153
John Ayres/David Jordan, Trump National GC – Philadelphia/Sakima CC 37-38-78–153
Thomas Kelly/Brad Goughler, Northampton Valley Country Club 37-38-80–155
Edward Roberts/George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 38-33-85–156
R1-Better-Ball; R2-Selective Drive, Alternate Shot; R3-Aggregate.

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