LedgeRock’s Lutz finishes at 6 under, takes Warner Cup (Gross) - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 04, 2012

LedgeRock’s Lutz finishes at 6 under, takes Warner Cup (Gross)

  CONCORDVILLE, Pa. — LedgeRock Golf Club’s Chip Lutz is up to his old tricks again. Tricks as in birdies, eagles, subpar scores and tournament victories.

  The two-time reigning Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Player of the Year continues to validate and expand his stellar senior résumé. Lutz continued his superb play Thursday by carding a sensational 6-under-par 65 to win the 78th Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Concord Country Club (par 71, 6,583 yards) by six strokes. Three years into his Senior Division tenure, Lutz now holds three Senior titles. He is the 2010 Chapman Memorial (Gross) Champion and reigning Brewer Cup Champion.

   “I love winning GAP events. It’s one of the best associations that I know of and get to play in,” Lutz, 57, of Reading, Pa., said. “We have a great group of people and the tournaments are run so well. I enjoy it, and it’s a thrill to win in my own backyard.”

  Fresh off a runner-up finish in Golfweek’s George L. Coleman Invitational, Lutz tapped into his red figure reservoir early with a birdie on No. 2 (par 4, 315 yards). He nuzzled a 60-degree wedge 30 yards to three feet. Lutz stopped a 5-iron 15 feet below the flagstick on the par 3, 183-yard No. 4 and converted the right-to-left breaker to move to 2 under. Lutz added a third birdie to the collection on No. 7 (par 4, 425 yards), sending a 6-iron 170 yards to 20 feet.

   “The keys were trying to stay patient because you’re going to miss greens, and fortunately, I made nice recoveries,” Lutz, a member of the Association’s Executive Committee and one of LedgeRock’s founding members, said. “The putter was working well for me. I had a great degree of confidence with it. I felt pretty well balanced today. I mishit some shots, but the key was missing in the correct direction and with a reasonable distance. I was pleased with my overall game.”

  From tee to green, Lutz was an exceptional case study. His performance on the par 4, 357-yard 10th hole is evidence. After striping his drive down the middle of the fairway, Lutz knocked a 56-degree wedge 70 yards to seven feet below the flagstick and deposited the straightaway putt for birdie. Following a critical two-putt for par on the uphill No. 11 (par 3, 185 yards), Lutz stepped off the subpar street and carded consecutive bogeys on Nos. 12 (par 4, 435 yards) and 13 (par 4, 420 yards).

   “I drifted a little bit there,” he said. “I sort of lost my concentration.”

  On No. 12, he missed the green left, chipped on to four feet and failed to execute the short putt. Lutz reached the 13th green with a 7-iron from 163 yards, but misjudged its make-up.

   “I was on the green, but I didn’t pick up the fact that it was a downhill putt,” he said. “It ran by probably a good eight feet. I had a long putt coming back that I didn’t make.”

  Lutz showed his championship resolve on the next hole (par 5, 543 yards). He hit an uphill 52-degree wedge 106 yards to three feet and tapped-in for birdie. A birdie-eagle finish formally solidified Lutz’s place in the winner’s circle. He stuffed a 60-degree wedge 70 yards to two feet on the uphill par 4, 332-yard 17th hole. Lutz’s drive on No. 18 (par 5, 521 yards) caught the left rough.

   “At first, I had a 5-iron in my hand and was thinking I had a little bit of a jumper there with a flier lie,” Lutz said of the ensuing approach. “Then I saw [playing partner] Don (Donatoni) come up short on his shot, and I thought he hit it decently good. So I decided on the 4-iron, knowing it was the right club for the distance. Then I just settled in and hit it good.”

  Good indeed. His golf ball traveled 190 yards and settled 20 feet right of the flagstick. Lutz answered the eagle call.

   “I actually got a little aggressive with it,” Lutz said. “I was on a great line and it just went dead-center. It was a perfect putt, a great way to finish.”

  Lutz’s success is widespread. He is the reigning R&A Seniors Open Amateur Champion and Canadian Men’s Senior Amateur Champion. He is a two-time Golfweek/Wilson Senior Player of the Year. How has Lutz maintained such a high level of play?

   “That’s a great question. I really couldn’t tell you,” Lutz said. “It’s a small miracle in some regards. I don’t know what to attribute it to. I’ve stayed in good physical shape. I like to work on my game and do it when I can. I’ve been consistent and enjoying scoring well. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself.”

   “If you play well, you have some personal expectations, but then you also have to think about the other guys who are thinking you’re going to play well. It’s an interesting balance to hold onto.”

  Four players finished at even par to share runner-up honors. They included Tom DiCinti of Links Golf Club, William Lawler of Fox Hill Country Club, Rich Thon of The Springhaven Club and Michael Vassil of the Country Club of Scranton.

  Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as secretary-treasurer for the Golf Association of Philadelphia for 18 years. After his death in 1933, the Association started the Francis B. Warner Cup, an 18-hole, stroke play Senior event, as an ongoing tribute in his memory.

  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 145 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.

Name, club Score
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 65
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 71
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 71
Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club 71
William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club 71
Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club 72
Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 72
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 73
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 73
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 73
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 73
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 74
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Robert VanEtten, Laurel Creek Country Club 74
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 75
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 75
Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 75
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 76
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 76
Pete Widdoes, Inniscrone Golf Club 76
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club 77
Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club 77
Michael Bohardt, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 77
Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club 77
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 77
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 78
Joe Wintsch, Bellewood Golf Club 78
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 78
Kevin McGrain, Old York CC at Chesterfield 78
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 78
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 78
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 78
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 79
Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Rick Gaydos, Sakima Country Club 79
Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club 79
Steven Lucas, Concord Country Club 79
Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club 79
Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Allen Padovano, Yardley Country Club 80
Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 80
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 80
Alan Bernabei, Doylestown Country Club 80
Dave Jacobson, JC Melrose Country Club 80
Joseph Cala, LedgeRock Golf Club 80
Joseph Reaney, Loch Nairn Golf Club 80
Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club 80
Gary Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club 81
Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 81
Matt Froncek, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
Richard Custer, Brookside Country Club 81
Bernard Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
James Prendergast, Gilbertsville Golf Club 81
John Hollingsworth, Sr., Concord Country Club 81
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club 81
James Lewis, Little Mill Country Club 82
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club 82
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 82
Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club 82
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 82
Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
William Stanley, Old York CC at Chesterfield 82
Ralph Bincarowsky, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Walter Wolfe, Stone Harbor Golf Club 83
Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Kevin Scanlon, Stonewall 83
Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club 83
Thomas Mohr, Whitford Country Club 83
Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club 84
Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 84
Roy Gagne, Yardley Country Club 84
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 84
Joseph Marucci, Saucon Valley Country Club 84
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 85
Michael Ryan, Coatesville Country Club 85
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club 85
Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club 85
Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Antonio Leta, Doylestown Country Club 86
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 86
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 86
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 86
Lawrence Paster, Philmont Country Club 86
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Rick Bunn, McCall Golf & Country Club 87
Sean Duffy, Moselem Springs Golf Club 87
Dennis Tadeo, Philadelphia Publinks GA 89
Albert Hazzouri, Jr., Country Club of Scranton 90
Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 90
George Collins, Sand Barrens Golf Club 92
David Martin, Five Ponds Golf Club 95
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club DQ
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club WD
Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club WD
John Dickinson, Sr., Hartefeld National WD
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club WD
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club WD
Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club WD

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