Oct 09, 2006

Moffat, McCool take Tournament of Champions titles

  The 38-year-old from Warrington, Pa. started strong and carded his first birdie on No. 4 (par 4, 435 yards) after a 300-yard drive and sharp pitching wedge from 135 yards out left him a three-footer for birdie.

  Moffat fittingly began his par 5-birdie streak on the fifth hole (par 5, 530 yards) when he wisely hit a 4-iron to lay up and leave himself a manageable sand wedge from 90 yards out.

  “I hit a pretty good drive and didn’t think I should go for it so I laid it up,” Moffat said.

  The strategy paid off for Moffat as his third shot landed just two feet shy of the hole.

  “I hit it very solid all day and really only made one bad stroke in the bunker on No. 6 (par 3, 221 yards), he said. “It was just a bad shot. I hit it over the green and I couldn’t get up and down.”

  Fortunately for Moffat, he quickly recovered and to finish the remaining 12 holes 1-under par, including reaching two of the remaining three par 5s in two strokes.

  The Tournament of Champions is open to all current club champions and past event champions.

Senior Champions
  Senior Amateur Champion Robin McCool of Saucon Valley CC defeated the reigning Senior Amateur Division Champion Dan Burton of Bent Creek CC and Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley GC in a two-hole playoff for the Senior Amateur Division championship (par 72, 6,380 yards).

 “The absolute key in a playoff is to hit your ball off the tee in play,” McCool said.

  Putting the heat on his competition, McCool made an easy two put for par while Burton sunk a clutch, uphill 14-footer to extend the sudden death playoff one more hole. Chylinski carded a bogey and was eliminated.

  On the second playoff hole (No. 7, par 4, 357 yards) McCool’s drive in the right rough left him 81 yards to the hole while Burton was in the left rough about 96 yards out.

  Burton then hit a pitching wedge to the center back collar, 20 feet past the hole.

  Feeling extremely comfortable with his lie, McCool knocked his approach shot to within 18-inches of the hole.

  “That’s the shot that I practice,” McCool stated. “I must hit a hundred shots from that exact same distance when I’m practicing my short game.”

  Down but not out, Burton skirted his 20-foot birdie putt just left of the hole, while McCool tapped in for birdie to with the playoff.

  “He’s a tough competitor,” said McCool of Burton.

1 Michael Moffat Commonwealth National Golf Club 71
T2 Dave Smith Doylestown Country Club 73
T2 David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 73
T4 James Macallister Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 74
T4 Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 74
T6 Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 75
T6 Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 75
T6 Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 75
T6 Richard Blash, Jr. Riverton Country Club 75
T10 Craig Kliewer Meadia Heights Golf Club 76
T10 Chris Gallagher Penn Oaks Golf Club 76
T12 Michael J. Vassil Country Club of Scranton 77
T12 Brett Falkoff Green Valley Country Club 77
T12 Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 77
T12 P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 77
T12 Brian Rothaus Philmont Country Club 77
T17 Douglas G. Zelner Coatesville Country Club 78
T17 Alan Skoritowski Glen Oak Country Club 78
T17 Sam Lewis Huntsville Golf Club 78
T17 Jim Kelleher Links Golf Club 78
T17 Cameron Campbell McCall Golf & Country Club 78
T17 Leonard Pearson Philmont Country Club 78
T17 Tom Piersanti Saucon Valley CC 78
T17 Drew Panebianco Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 78
T25 Gary E. Daniels Applebrook Golf Club 79
T25 Andy Muzyka Hersheys Mill Golf Club 79
T25 Kevin DeHaven Hopewell Valley Golf Club 79
T25 David Sanders Laurel Creek Country Club 79
T29 Geoff Moulton, Jr. Sunnybrook Golf Club 80
T29 Andrew Harmer The Springhaven Club 80
T29 Joe Morrissey Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 80
T29 Rob Kusek Trenton Country Club 80
T29 Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
29 Bruce Jackson Ravens Claw Golf Club 81
T34 John Carullo Penn Oaks Golf Club 82
T34 Robert Frankil Spring Ford Country Club 82
T34 Edward Erickson Yardley Country Club 82
37 Christopher Clark Old York Road Country Club 84
38 Alex Cameron Merchantville Country Club 89
T40 Peter Mimmo North Hills Country Club WD
T40 Sean Clifford Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
T40 Thomas Gramigna Tavistock Country Club WD
T1 *Robin S. McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 71
T1 *Daniel Burton Bent Creek Country Club 71
T1 *Edmund Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 71
T4 William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 72
T4 Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 72
T6 Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 75
T6 Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 75
T8 Keith Li Heidelberg Country Club 76
T8 George May Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 76
T8 Gordon Schafer Woodcrest Country Club 76
T11 David Penske Aronimink Golf Club 77
T11 Doug Cowan Deerwood Country Club 77
T11 Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 77
T14 Pete Betz French Creek Golf Club 78
T14 James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 78
T14 John Capers, III Merion Golf Club 78
T14 Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 78
T18 Leonard DiDomenilo Brookside Country Club 79
T18 Richard Bunn, Sr. McCall Golf & Country Club 79
T18 Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 79
T18 Dennis Fellona Merchantville Country Club 79
T18 James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 79
T18 Ken Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
T24 Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
T24 David Davis Huntsville Golf Club 80
T24 Robert DeWitt Links Golf Club 80
T24 Rick Forbes North Hills Country Club 80
T24 Chris Gallagher West Chester Golf & Country Club 80
30 Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 82
T31 Tim Moore Brandywine Country Club 83
T31 Vernon Kelly, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
33 Philip Dodd Hersheys Mill Golf Club 84
34 Michael Stanco Glen Oak Country Club 85
T35 A. Fred Rudy, Jr. Lancaster Country Club 86
T35 Richard Bourassa McCall Golf & Country Club 86
T35 Dominic Marziani Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 86
38 Edward Purdy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 87
39 Charles Laspada The Springhaven Club 88
40 Lawrence Capuzzi ,Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 89
39 Jim Campbell Ravens Claw Golf Club 90
41 John Cech Riverton Country Club 92
T42 Charles Rogalla Country Club of Scranton WD
T42 Clifford Kenneck Radley Run Country Club DQ
*Decided in a playoff
WD-withdrawal; DQ-disqualified

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