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16th Chapman Cup (Gross)

Olde Homestead’s Hudson shoots 64, sets record

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — There’s Historic Hudson Valley. Then there’s historic Jeff Hudson in Lehigh Valley.

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The Olde Homestead Golf Club member became the first player to repeat as Senior Division champion in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross). He did so by carding a 6-under-par 64, an event scoring record, Wednesday at Lehigh Country Club (par 70, 6,474 yards).

Hudson, playing in the day’s first group, made his mark before Mother Nature intervened. GAP officials suspended play Wednesday at 3:06 p.m. due to lightning in the area. It resumed at 3:58 p.m. However, the horn sounded — this time for good — at 5:12 p.m.

Play resumed at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Carlisle Country Club’s Jeff Frazier, the reigning Brewer Cup champion, returned to seize runner-up honors at 2-under-par 68.

“No way,” a humble Hudson uttered once he learned of his historic achievement. A brief pause before gravity sets in.

“Making eight birdies … it certainly doesn’t happen every day.”

Jeff Hudson

“Winning any GAP event is huge. You’re playing against the best golfers in the region. So, when I won [the Chapman] last year, it was a huge accomplishment,” Hudson, 56, of Center Valley, Pa., said. “I never thought about repeating. But Scott McNeil, who just won the GAP Middle-Amateur, talked about how winning a second [Middle-Amateur] gives you validation that you belong. It’s not a flash in the pan or a one-hit wonder.”

Eight hits as in birdies at Lehigh. Hudson registered 17 greens in regulation, mastering its topography like a singer hitting every note in the recording studio.  

“I’m very comfortable at Lehigh. The course is only 10 miles from my house, so I’ve been able to play in several Member-Guest events here,” Hudson, who captured last year’s Chapman (Gross) at Yardley Country Club, said. “I know all of the lines off the tee. The course was gettable. Soft greens, soft conditions, no wind. The greens were just absolutely perfect. It took a little while to get used to the speed early on. But obviously, I found it.”

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Starting on the back nine, Hudson grabbed his first birdie on No. 15 (par 4, 392 yards) by hitting a 6-iron 158 yards to six inches. Despite a three-putt bogey on No. 12 (par 4, 370 yards), Hudson managed to close his outward nine in red. That’s because he drilled a 6-iron to five feet on No. 18 (par 4, 413 yards) for birdie.

Then came Hudson’s historic march.

“The front nine was good,” Hudson, a Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame inductee, said.

Let’s discard a three-putt from 15 feet for bogey on No. 6 (par 5, 540 yards). Let’s instead get to the birdie barrage. Two barrages, to be exact.

On No. 2 (par 4, 357 yards), Hudson knocked a wedge 120 yards to 12 feet below the hole location. He canned an unthinkable uphill 35-footer on No. 3 (par 3, 209 yards) following a pinpoint hybrid. After a textbook drive on No. 4 (par 4, 343 yards), Hudson’s sand wedge from 65 yards settled above the flagstick. His birdie attempt from 15 feet caught the hole.

On the downhill par 3, 208-yard No. 7, Hudson’s 5-hybrid stopped 15 feet below a middle-right hole location. Birdie. A 7-iron from 148 yards to six inches on No. 8 (par 4, 383 yards). Birdie. A 7-iron from 155 yards to 20 feet on No. 9 (par 4, 420 yards). Birdie.

“Making eight birdies … it definitely doesn’t happen every day,” Hudson said. “Lehigh is such a great track. It didn’t have its normal teeth today. The greens were absolutely perfect, but they were slower than normal. You could get above the hole. It was throwing darts. The ball stopped where you aimed. I’m happy with the way I played, but the course didn’t show its true teeth. This course is not eight birdies easy, without a doubt.”

For context, Lehigh absorbed less than half an inch of rain the day prior. The field scoring average was 76.8.

In relation to par, Hudson posted a personal best 7-under-par 65 en route to victory in the 2014 Lehigh Valley Mid-Amateur Championship at Wedgewood Golf Course. His 64 at Lehigh is a competitive low, in terms of number.

Hudson, a Houston, Texas native, feels a nice balance in life right now. His professional career “came full circle” in September 2020. After working 30-plus years for Skee-ball, Hudson became a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. He then entered the golf industry as general manager of Wedgwood. Hudson returned to the amusement park realm as CEO of North American Operations for HB Leisure, a company that operates skills games in more than 90 major theme parks and entertainment attractions worldwide.

Hudson’s phone kept buzzing once his performance at Lehigh went official. But it wasn’t congratulatory texts from family and friends.

“Somebody dropped a bombshell on me last night. I’m setting up the installation of an arcade [at LEGOLAND New York Theme Park & Resort in Goshen, N.Y.] with a lot of outside vendors. It was supposed to happen this coming Monday,” Hudson said. “I get an email at 8:30 last night that says, ‘We just blew up the parking lot, so you need to delay two weeks.’ So that’s what I’m going to work on this afternoon.”

After dropping a bombshell at Lehigh, no less.

Commonwealth’s Carney takes home Super-Senior trophy

Lightning lived above Lehigh Country Club’s skies (par 70, 5,828 yards) on Wednesday. Scott Carney captured some of it in a bottle with his golf game, carding an even-par 70 to take the Super-Senior title in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross).

The Commonwealth National Golf Club member endured two dangerous-weather delays yesterday, returning to Lehigh on Thursday in order to eventually be deemed champion.

Three birdies in the first six holes to begin his round Wednesday was the electric start Carney needed. However, a triple bogey on No. 8 (par 4, 368 yards) washed all that good away. It was there where his pulled drive nestled under a fairway bunker’s lip and forced him to take three shots just to escape the sand. He’d go on to make the turn at 2-over par while slipping down the crowded Super-Senior leaderboard.

“When we were playing No. 9, it was torrential downpouring, so I just wanted to [make the turn] with a par. After that, we had the first delay, so I just started thinking about what I was going to do on the back nine and where I stood,” said Carney, 65, of Hatboro, Pa.

After switching sides, Carney turned into winning player he proved to be this week. A pair of birdies arrived on Nos. 11 (par 5, 482 yards) and 12 (par 4, 344 yards). On the 11th, a lob wedge approach from 60 yards left Carney in his comfort zone of 15 feet, which he jarred. Another 15 footer fell on the 12th for birdie. After a bogey blemish on the par-3, 148-yard 13th hole, Carney knew he needed one more to get back to level par. That didn’t take long, as his birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 332 yards) from — you guessed it — 15 feet would do just that.

And then came the second delay.

“I had hit my tee shot on [No. 16] and then we got called off [for the day],” said Carney, a member of Commonwealth’s winning 2007 BMW GAP Team Matches team. “Overnight, I was definitely thinking about the trophy and all of that. And then I had to tell myself to stop thinking about it.”

Apparently that self-constraint method worked, as Carney wasn’t fazed much by the overnight delay. Instead, the champion came back and carded three easy pars on Thursday, finishing at the coveted even-par number. Carney, crowned.

This season marks Carney’s Super-Senior debut as he just celebrated his 65th birthday in March. He says he’s been looking forward to competing in this Division, as the competition is fierce yet fair. Now, he’s put that same Super-Senior field on watch.

“Some of the Seniors nowadays, they really hit the ball far. So to play in the Super-Senior [Division], it helps my game,” said Carney. “It also helps that the Supers field is going better and better each year. It’s just really good competition. So for me, it feels great to take home my first [individual] GAP trophy this week.”

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 300 Member Clubs and 80,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Results 
Senior Division 
Name, clubScore
Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead Golf Club64
Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club68
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club70
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club70
George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club70
David Richards, Bent Creek Country Club71
Michael Tash, Stone Harbor Golf Club71
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club71
John Gosselin, Aronimink Golf Club72
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club72
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club72
Glenn Smeraglio, LuLu Country Club72
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club73
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club73
Tim Golder, Hartefeld National74
Joe Jasinski, Steel Club74
Craig Kliewer, Lebanon Country Club74
John Quirk, The 1912 Club74
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club74
Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club74
Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club74
Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club75
Stephen Hill, Hershey Country Club75
Alan Kline, Bucknell Golf Club75
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club75
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
David Blichar, Olde Homestead Golf Club76
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club76
Paul Hess, Hartefeld National76
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club76
Stephen McIntyre, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association76
Jack Helms, Rolling Green Golf Club77
Bill McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club77
Michael Reese, Eagle Rock77
Mike Shevlin, LuLu Country Club77
Tom Soares, Lehigh Country Club77
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club78
Christopher Desana, Little Mill Country Club78
Rick James, Doylestown Country Club78
Kenneth Nestor, Sr., Country Club of Scranton78
Denis Darragh, Olde Homestead Golf Club79
Mark Hutchinson, Lookaway Golf Club79
Robert Schubach, Wedgewood Golf Club79
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton79
Mike Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Thomas Krug, Commonwealth National Golf Club80
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club80
Andy Lykon, Wedgewood Golf Club81
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club81
Stephen O’Sullivan, Philadelphia Cricket Club82
Paul Berg, The Springhaven Club83
Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club83
David Strohl, Olde Homestead Golf Club83
Mark Walkush, Sunnybrook Golf Club83
Tom Prestia, Steel Club84
Rob Tredinnick, Five Ponds Golf Club87
Glenn Prokopik, LedgeRock Golf Club88
Johan Scholdstrom, RiverCrest GC & Preserve89
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club93
Jeffrey Allen, Loch Nairn Golf ClubWD
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
Jim Arsenault, Medford Lakes Country ClubWD
Robert Arthur, Tavistock Country ClubWD
John Barry, Lancaster Country ClubWD
J.R. Cattoni, Huntsville Golf ClubWD
Mike Cavanaugh, Jericho National Golf ClubWD
Mark Choi, Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
John Conway, Little Mill Country ClubWD
Frank Corrado, LuLu Country ClubWD
Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf CourseWD
Ronan Culligan, Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country ClubWD
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country ClubWD
Andy Dietz, Laurel Creek Country ClubWD
Robert Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country ClubWD
Nick Dunphy, West Shore Country ClubWD
Jim Gavaghan, Commonwealth National Golf ClubWD
Bob Gill, Fox Hill Country ClubWD
Ron Jamarowicz, DuPont Country ClubWD
Brad Jankowski, Little Mill Country ClubWD
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country ClubWD
Edward Kelly, Old York Road Country ClubWD
Matthew Kohn, White Clay Creek Country ClubWD
Dennis Konczyk, Union League Golf Club at TorresdaleWD
Mark Kosko, Greate Bay Country ClubWD
Michael Lewers, Aronimink Golf ClubWD
Matthew Mingione, The 1912 ClubWD
John Puskar, Kennett Square Golf & Country ClubWD
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country ClubWD
Michael Schoedler, Five Ponds Golf ClubWD
Harold Schweitzer, Broad Run Golfer’s ClubWD
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld NationalWD
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf ClubWD
Alan Wagenschnur, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country ClubWD
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country ClubWD
David West, Wyncote Golf ClubWD
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country ClubWD
Super-Senior Division 
Name, clubScore
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club70
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association71
John Gonsior, The Bucks Club71
Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club71
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club72
Mike Farlling, Carlisle Country Club72
Mike Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club72
Brian Rothaus, Philmont Country Club72
Rick Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club72
Tom Borsello, Wyncote Golf Club73
Chuck Dowds, Applebrook Golf Club73
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club73
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club73
Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club73
Mike Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club74
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club74
Tom Bartolacci, LuLu Country Club75
Wayne Bartolacci, LuLu Country Club75
Rich Colaguori, Moselem Springs Golf Club75
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club75
Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club75
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club75
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club75
Bob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club76
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club76
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club76
Mark Monkhouse, Makefield Highlands Golf Club76
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club76
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club77
Thomas Lusto, Green Pond Country Club78
Chuck Tait, LedgeRock Golf Club78
Thomas White, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club78
Robert Ockenfuss, Makefield Highlands Golf Club79
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club83
Greg Johans, West Shore Country Club86
Gary Yeager, Five Ponds Golf Club88
Matthew Bellis, Commonwealth National Golf ClubWD
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf ClubWD
Art Kania, Merion Golf ClubWD
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field ClubWD
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country ClubWD
Jim Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Terry Sawyer, LuLu Country ClubWD
WD — withdrawal