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Donatoni, Everett nab inaugural Senior 27-Hole Challenge

  CONCORDVILLE, Pa. – Don Donatoni of White Manor CC and Carl Everett of Merion GC rode a spectacular start and held on late to take the inaugural running of the Senior 27-Hole Challenge at Concord CC Monday with an even-par score of 142.

  “It’s always nice to win, especially with the senior fields that we have in the Golf Association of Philadelphia,” Donatoni said. “And to be crowned the first champions of this event means we will always have our names first in line, even years from now.”

  “This is a special win for us being that it’s a GAP event and that it’s the inaugural 27-Hole Challenge,” Everett said. “I hope this event really catches on in the future.”

  The veteran pair managed to card six birdies in the four-ball stroke play portion of the event to take a two-stroke lead on the field heading into the aggregate segment. And although they finished 3-over par in that span, Donatoni and Everett still managed to hold onto the lead heading into the final stretch.

  “We stared out great and just kind of held it together,” Everett said.

  Added his partner Donatoni, “It was important for us to get off to a good start in our morning round and the six birdies between us gave us a nice cushion going into the aggregate round.”

  Although a par, birdie start in the selective drive – alternate shot round made it look as if the duo would cruise on to an easy victory, some costly final-round mistakes almost derailed their shot at the crown.

  After registering a double-bogey on the par 4, 3rd hole (334 yards) Donatoni and Everett made four consecutive pars before sending in a crucial birdie on the par 3, 8th hole (175 yards) to stop the their slide.

  Everett struck a smooth 6-iron to 12 feet past the hole where Donatoni then snuck in the left-to-right slider for a 2.

  “I thought that was the key for us,” Donatoni said of the birdie. “I thought that we need that birdie for us to win the tournament.”

  “We didn’t know where we stood at the time so it was big to make that [birdie],” Everett said.

  But on final hole of the day, the pair gave it right back and made what seemed like a deal-breaking double bogey.

  “Since we didn’t know where we stood we thought that was it,” said Donatoni, who was playing alongside Eugene Maginnis, Jr., of Whitemarsh Valley CC and John Gonsior Five Ponds GC who finished one stoke back with a 1-over-par 143. “We thought we had blown it but obviously we didn’t.”

  In the Super Senior division, Richard Smith of Philadelphia CC and Charles McClaskey of Wyncote GC blitzed the field by seven strokes to the tune of a 3-over-par 145 to take the division.

  The inaugural Senior 27-Hole Challenge replaced the Senior Net Championship on the tournament schedule. 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 7.0 or lower. Super-Seniors must have a USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 or less.

  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 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Results
Senior flight Total Gross Scores
Don Donatoni / Carl Everett White Manor CC/ Merion GC 30-75-37—142
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. / John Gonsior Whitemarsh Valley/Five Ponds GC 37-73-33—143
Terrence Sawyer / Roc Irey Yardley CC/Cedarbrook CC 33-76-35—144
Craig Scott / Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Huntingdon Valley CC/Saucon Valley CC 32-75-37—144
Neil McDermott / Daniel Burton Llanerch CC/Bent Creek CC 34-75-37—146
Ted Beringer / Donald Ashley Philadelphia CC (2) 36-75-37—148
Matthew Bellis / Michael Rose Commonwealth National GC/Philmont CC 35-78-35—148
Naz Gagliardi / Bill Weinfeld Phila. Publinks GA/JC Melrose CC 38-80-36—154
Barry Emich / Ronald Yarnell Bent Creek CC 33-87-34—154
Vernon Kelly, Jr. / Robert Patrylo Philadelphia Cricket Club 36-81-38—155
Mike Miklinevich / Paul Koelling Greate Bay CC 36-84-35—155
Gordon Bennett / Joseph Milutis Northampton CC 36-78-41—155
Jon Mabry / Ken Gaskill Moorestown Field Club/Phila. Publinks GA 36-83-37—156
Ed Roberts / Vince Yost Manufacturers G&CC/Cedarbrook CC 34-82-42—158
Gibby Young / Jim Thomas Hartefeld National 36-84-40—160
William Casto / Mike Sofranko Coatesville CC/Wyncote GC 37-84-39—160
Stuart Shears / William Gordon Wilmington CC 38-89-36—163
Frank Kunze / Dennis Perna Spring Ford CC 36-85-42—163
Bill Kovach / Gregory Gaul Mercer Oaks/Merion GC 41-85-38—164
Ed Brzezowski / Mike Crowley Concord CC 40-88-40—168
Thomas O’Rourke / John Snyder Chester Valley GC/Waynesborough CC 41-91-39—171
Super Senior flight Total Gross Scores
Richard Smith / Charles McClaskey Philadelphia CC/Wyncote GC 34-76-35—145
Curt Fromal / Joseph Maxwell The Springhaven Club/Hartefeld National 35-83-34—152
Dan Ward / Art Brosius DuPont CC 38-80-34—152
Warren Deakins / Jay Howson, Jr. Philadelphia CC/St. Davids GC 36-83-37—156
Louis Pace / Robert Proto Medford Village CC/Little Mill CC 39-79-39—157
Jay Kocher / Bill Wolhar Wilmington CC (2) 38-79-42—159
Robert Schiller / James Sherratt Old York Road CC 37-86-38—161
John Grim / Richard Taylor, Jr. Saucon Valley CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club 36-86-42—164
Charles Carter / Christopher Frazier Sunnybrook GC 40-84-41—165
Clay von Seldeneck / Peter Stanley Sunnybrook GC (2) 41-86-41—168
Herb Gordon / Milton Hartley Doylestown CC/Manufacturers G&CC 39-92-39—170
David Jordan / John Ayres Woodbury CC 40-91-40—171
Thomas Huder / Robert Deacon, II Merchantville CC 39-95-38—172
Edward Noble / Ed Strow, Jr., D.D.S Tavistock CC 38-94-44—176
Joe Frawley / Thomas Morgan Riverton CC WD
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