LedgeRock's Lutz tops Brewer Cup Qual.; Howson heads Super-Seniors - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 11, 2011

LedgeRock’s Lutz tops Brewer Cup Qual.; Howson heads Super-Seniors

  POTTSTOWN, Pa. — Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC is considered “the hunted” within the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Senior (55 years of age and older) circuit.

Chip Lutz birdies No. 15 (par 4, 383 yards).

  He is the reigning Senior Player of the Year and current points leader for 2011. Now, Lutz will play the prey role in the Brewer Cup after qualifying as the No. 1 seed Monday at Bellewood GC (par 71, 6,465 yards). Lutz, of Reading, Pa., carded a 3-under-par 68, the day’s lone subpar score, to earn medalist honors.

  The first round of the Brewer Cup begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday with the second round to follow.

  “Today was about getting into match play,” Lutz, 56, said. “It’s nice to play well and be seeded nicely, but it doesn’t matter from here. It’s all match-to-match. Anything can happen.”

  Lutz declared his qualifying intentions early by firing back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 (par 4, 370 yards) and 2 (par 5, 505 yards). On the first, he slapped a 60-degree wedge 80 yards to 10 feet. Lutz powered a rescue club 230 yards to the back of the No. 2 green and two-putted. That same club nearly did an about-face on the next par 5 (No.7, 530 yards). Lutz again hammered it 230 yards but it caught the left greenside bunker. A superb sand shot guided Lutz into tap-in territory.

  Lutz carded consecutive bogeys to close his outward campaign. A wrong club selection on No. 8 (par 3, 198 yards) and a poor approach on No. 9 (par 4, 424 yards) halted his momentum. But Lutz showed his championship-chops with a birdie on the difficult No. 13 (par 4, 340 yards). His 69-yard approach shot flew to the back of the downhill green.

  “It was just a little pitch, and I knew I had to hit it to the front-side of the green,” he said. “It checked nicely but released out the back edge.” Lutz sunk an uphill eight-footer for birdie from the fringe.

  With a mere 40 yards to the No. 15 (par 4, 383 yards) flagstick, Lutz flipped it to five feet below the cup. Lutz bogeyed the uphill par 4, 380-yard 16th hole following a wayward tee shot that forced the Senior Division sophomore to take relief from the cart path. Lutz didn’t let it kill the mood, though. He knocked a 6-iron to 15 feet on No. 17 (par 3, 155 yards) and canned a right-to-left breaker for birdie.

  “I stayed patient and let the rest of the round come to me,” he said. “I was under par early and kind of drifted in the middle of the round. I didn’t let it get away from me. I made some putts down the stretch.”

  Schedule conflicts prevented Lutz from participating in last year’s Brewer Cup at Sandy Run CC. It didn’t prevent him from conquering the Senior Division, though. Lutz won the Chapman Memorial (Gross) at Burlington CC, finished second in the Warner Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu CC and advanced to the semifinals in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. This year, he was a quarterfinalist in the GAP Amateur Championship and finished tied for third in the Middle-Amateur Championship.

  Lutz will face No. 16 seed Archie Struthers of Greate Bay CC, the final survivor of a six-for-four frenzy for the remaining match play spots.


  Jay Howson, Jr. of St. Davids GC carded a 1-over-par 72 to earn medalist honors in the Super-Senior Division (for players 65 years of age or older). The Malvern, Pa. resident has been “playing really well over the last 10 days,” and Monday was certainly no exception.

  “My swing is just really in a groove,” Howson, the 2009 titleholder and 2010 runner-up, said. “I’m hitting the ball really well. I don’t know how long it will last.”

Jay Howson, Jr.

  Three back-nine birdies shaped Howson’s qualifying bid. With a favorable wind to his back, Howson, 73, whacked a wedge 130 yards to 10 feet on No. 11 (par 4, 361 yards). He stuck an 8-iron 130 yards to a foot on No. 16 (par 4, 365 yards). Howson’s wedge game stayed sharp on the par 5, 507-yard 18th hole. He hit it 100 yards to 18 feet and converted the birdie try.

  “It feels good to get into match play again,” Howson, the 2009 Super-Senior Player of the Year, said.

  This is the fourth annual Brewer Cup.

  The tournament is named in honor of O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., the former president of Pine Valley GC, 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. And two years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

  The Brewer Cup is open to Senior players with a handicap index of 7.0 or less and Super Seniors with an index of 12.0 or less.

Senior Division
Name, club Scores
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 68
Charles Jones, Blue Bell Country Club 73
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 73
Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Lee King, Heidelberg Country Club 74
Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 74
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 75
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club 75
Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club 75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 75
Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club 75
*Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club 76
*Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club 76
*Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 76
*Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Failed to qualify
*Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 76
*Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club 78
Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 78
Michael Rose, Meadowlands Country Club 78
Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 78
Kevin McGrain, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 79
Dave OBrien, Cedarbrook Country Club 80
Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club 80
Harry Gianetti, Jericho National Golf Club 80
Joseph Marucci, Saucon Valley Country Club 80
Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 80
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 80
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Thomas Mallouk, Ph.D., Lookaway Golf Club 81
Craig Aronchick, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club 83
James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club 84
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Richard Timbrell, Philadelphia Publinks GA 88
Steve Kyriakodis, Lu Lu Country Club 88
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 89
John Patton, Little Mill Country Club 95
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club WD
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club WD
Gary Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club WD
Super-Senior Division
Name, club Scores
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 72
Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club 75
Edward Pappas, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club 75
James Robertson, Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club 76
Ken Gaskill, Rancocas Golf Club 76
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club 77
Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 77
Failed to qualify
Dennis Perna, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 78
Jay Kocher, Loch Nairn Golf Club 79
John Owens, Tavistock Country Club 79
John Capers, III, Merion Golf Club 80
Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club 80
A. Richard Bailey, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Kent Weymouth, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club 82
Michael Sofranko, Loch Nairn Golf Club 83
Gordon Bennett, Northampton Country Club 84
Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club 84
Jim Lloyd, Running Deer Golf Club 85
Thomas O’Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club 85
David Jordan, Sakima Country Club 86
Robert Agran, Reading Country Club 94
Stephen Daley, Lu Lu Country Club WD
*-determined in playoff; WD-withdrawal

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