LedgeRock’s Lutz blitzes Bent Creek CC to top Marston Cup - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 27, 2008

LedgeRock’s Lutz blitzes Bent Creek CC to top Marston Cup

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 LITITZ, Pa.– Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC torched Bent Creek CC (par 71, 6,463 yards) to the tune of eight birdies to top the 77-player field with a 6-under-par 65 at the fourth edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Marston Cup Wednesday.

  Lutz’s field-low round allowed him to bounce back with a win after a somewhat disappointing second-place finish at last year’s event at his home club.

  “I was hopeful to win it [at home] last year, came up short and didn’t really have a good day,” said Lutz, who admitted to thinking about last year’s finish when it came to playing in the event today. “It was in the back of my mind, in a way.”

  But Lutz managed to put 2007 out of his mind as he carded only two bogies on the day.

  “I kept the ball in front of me all day and just hit it solid,” said Lutz, who had three tap-ins for birdie on hole Nos. 1 (par 4, 421 yards), 7 (par 4, 305 yards) and 11 (par 4, 358 yards).

  On each occasion the Wyomissing, Pa., resident knocked his approach shot stiff with a wedge from within 100 yards. And in one of those instances the 53-year-old even hit the flagstick, almost jarring his second shot from 36 yards out with a 60-degree wedge on the par 4, 7th hole.

  “[The ball] hit the stick and almost went in,” he said. “It was a great shot.”

  Added Lutz, “I just had a good ball-striking round, putted well and my distance control was pretty good.

  Although I don’t think it was my best round of all-time, I’m definitely pleased with the score,” he said. “It was one of those rounds where the score was a little better than you actually played.”

  Home-track hopeful David Richards of Bent Creek CC, fired five birdies on the day to finished alone in second place with a 4-under-par 67.

  “It definitely helped,” said Richards of his home course advantage. “There’s a definite comfort level when you play at home. From knowing the green speeds to knowing where to hit it and where not to hit it, it most certainly helps.”

  But for Lutz, the 2007 GAP Mid-Amateur champion, it was about getting back to the top Wednesday.

  “It’s been an off year for me so it’s nice to get back into the winner’s circle,” he said.

Max Marston
  For four months in the summer of 1923, Marston was America’s best amateur golfer. Between mid-May and mid-September, Marston was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events.

  It began with the Walker Cup Matches where Marston won two matches as the Americans successfully retained the Cup. Marston returned home to capture the Patterson Cup and Amateur Championship in successive weeks and, in doing so, earned the Silver Cross Award. In July, he took the Pennsylvania Amateur title and finished as the low amateur in the Philadelphia Open.

  In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago for the U.S. Amateur. He rallied in the second round to defeat tournament favorite Bob Jones, 2&1, before knocking off Francis Ouimet in the semifinals. He stopped defending champion Jess Sweetser in the final on the 38th hole.

  In that four month span, he also captured the Merion Cricket Club championship and Pine Valley GC’s Crump Cup.

  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 135 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.


1. Chip Lutz, LedgeRock GC 65
2. David Richards, Bent Creek CC 67

+4 to 2 Handicaps
T1. Steven Walczak, Wilmington CC 70
T1. Oscar Mestre, Jr., Overbrook GC 70

3 to 11 Handicaps
1. R. Blake Slawecki, Spring Ford CC 77
T2. James Loftus, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 78
T2. John Frampton, Whitemarsh Valley CC 78
T2. Jeff Tetrick, Cavaliers CC 78

+4 to 2 Handicaps
Name Club Total
Chip Lutz LedgeRock Golf Club 65
David Richards Bent Creek Country Club 67
Oscar Mestre, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 70
Steven Walczak Wilmington Country Club 70
Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 71
Tom Borsello Fieldstone Golf Club 71
David West Whitford Country Club 72
Joseph Russo Running Deer Golf Club 72
Kenneth Phillips Lancaster Country Club 72
Byron Whitman Golden Oaks Golf Club 73
Santo Lafoca Huntsville Golf Club 73
David Smith Doylestown Country Club 74
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club 74
Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 74
Buddy Reed DuPont Country Club 75
Jay Desjardins Waynesborough Country Club 75
Mike Owsik Plymouth Country Club 75
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 75
Ron Weaver Meadia Heights Golf Club 75
Tom Piersanti Applebrook Golf Club 75
Bill Turner Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Scott Carney Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Craig Kliewer Meadia Heights Golf Club 77
Francis Hamm Country Club of Scranton 77
Michael Domenick Phoenixville Country Club 77
Anthony Kondracki Fox Hill Country Club 78
Jim Simmons Stonewall 78
John Cattoni Huntsville Golf Club 78
Brian Corbett Huntsville Golf Club 79
Grant Liu Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Marlin Detweiler Lancaster Country Club 80
Jim Yenser Honeybrook Golf Club 81
Joseph Kinsman Sandy Run Country Club 81
Mark Dennish The Ridge at Back Brook 81
Jason Barkley Moselem Springs Golf Club 82
John LeBoeuf Philadelphia Country Club 82
Rick Custer Spring Ford Country Club 83
Graham Desmond Golf Course at Glen Mills 89
Arthur Kania, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club WD
Gary Daniels Applebrook Golf Club WD
3 to 11 Handicaps
Name Club Total
R. Blake Slawecki Spring Ford Country Club 77
James Loftus, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club 78
Jeff Tetrick Cavaliers Country Club 78
John Frampton Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Kevin Bair Wyncote Golf Club 79
Michael Shoup Sandy Run Country Club 79
Cameron Campbell McCall Golf & Country Club 80
George Kerschner Overbrook Golf Club 81
Gregory Sheva North Hills Country Club 81
Kevin McBride Lancaster Country Club 81
Robert Parsons, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Walt Neumann McCall Golf & Country Club 81
Chuck Kraatz Talamore Country Club 82
John Vergari Tavistock Country Club 83
Steve Robinson Lookaway Golf Club 83
Bud Souder Spring Ford Country Club 84
George Steinmetz Spring Ford Country Club 84
Robert Berenholz White Manor Country Club 85
Scott Bryant Greate Bay Country Club 85
Seth Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 87
William Erskine Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Andrew Abrams Rolling Green Golf Club 88
Robert Wheeler Hartefeld National 88
Patrick Cahill, III Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 89
Thomas Craig Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 89
James Blickle LedgeRock Golf Club 91
Paul Coady Aronimink Golf Club 91
Ralph Ierardi White Clay Creek Country Club 91
Vincent Guarino, Jr. Burlington Country Club 91
Frank McLaughlin Cavaliers Country Club 94
Thomas Brennan, Sr. Blue Bell Country Club 94
Dan Farragut Philadelphia Cricket Club 95
Gary Yeager Philadelphia Cricket Club 95
Jules Quinones Blue Bell Country Club 95
Andrew Dietz Laurel Creek Country Club NS
Bryan Clobes Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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