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30th Senior Four-Man Team

Detweiler, Lutz, Robinson and Whitman win

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MOHNTON, Pa. — Downpours disintegrated a Senior Four-Man Team scoring record signed by the likes of Marlin Detweiler, Chip Lutz, Scott Mayne and Byron Whitman in July. The washout, however, didn’t discourage the foursome from reuniting for a second try Monday at a pleasant LedgeRock Golf Club (par 72, 6,154 yards).

Detweiler, Lutz, Whitman and Lu Lu Country Club’s John Robinson, Mayne’s replacement, carded a 12-under-par 132 to take the 30th Senior Four-Man Team. The event originally took place on July 18. Severe storms prompted GAP officials to postpone it before the morning wave’s completion, thus erasing the Detweiler and company mark.

In Take One, Lutz, the nine-time reigning GAP Senior Player of the Year, registered eight birdies and an eagle on his own ball, leading his team to an astonishing 17-under-par 127. He proved just as lethal Monday, with six birdies on the card.

Technically seven if his five-footer on No. 6 (par 4, 356 yards) counted.

“We all just watched Chip. The over/under [for his birdies today] was six,” Whitman, 60, of Reading, Pa., said. “We tried to remind him of his quota.”

“A little local knowledge was helpful,” Lutz, a LedgeRock founding member and three-time men’s champion, added.

In accordance with his star stature diagnosis, Lutz initiated the team’s red journey by pouring in an eight-footer for birdie on No. 3 (par 4, 337 yards). Robinson, a Lu Lu Country Club member, and Whitman doubled down on the aforementioned No. 6: a 60-yard wedge to 12 feet for the former, a 75-yard wedge to 11 feet for the latter. Lutz’s five-footer didn’t matter.

“We were actually looking for a ruling to see if we could count three birdies there,” Detweiler, 63, of Akron, Pa., said jokingly.

The team continued its ascension toward leaderboard rulership by logging four birdies in consecutive holes. Powerful 3-woods from Lutz and Robinson on the par 5, 489-yard No. 8 paved the way for laudable up-and-ins. On No. 9 (par 4, 324 yards), Whitman, a Berkshire Country Club member, sunk a left-to-right breaking 20-footer for birdie. Lutz followed with a 10-foot slider of his own. The two also joined birdie forces on the par 4, 264-yard 12th hole: drives into the ditch, pitches eight and six feet, respectively. Lutz also birdied the next hole, a daunting downhill/uphill par 5 measuring 509 yards). A wedge 84 yards to 10 feet told the story there.

The team’s final birdie came courtesy of Whitman. On No. 16 (par 4, 286 yards), the reigning Chapman Cup (Gross) champion knocked a lob wedge 52 yards to eight feet. Lutz preserved 12 under with a spectacular save on the difficult No. 17 (par 4, 369 yards). A runaway, downhill chip shot for birdie suctioned into rough — mere inches from the green’s collar.

“It was clean enough at the back of the ball that I thought, ‘If I pop this thing up, it will jump right out.’ Son of a gun, it just went right into the hole,” Lutz, 64, of Reading, Pa., said. “That was a stroke-saver for sure. John’s eyes were like saucers when I made that.”

‘I had a downhill five-footer that I didn’t have to putt,” Robinson, 61, of North Wales, Pa., added.

Robinson received a text message from Whitman four days ago, asking if he could join the team in Mayne’s absence. Uncertain of Take Two’s status, Lutz texted Whitman last night, asking if he filled Mayne’s vacancy.

Whitman, after all, represents patient zero when it comes to the team’s existence. He initially spoke with Ron Weaver about forming a team. Weaver mentioned Detweiler, a Lancaster Country Club member who finished as runner-up in the 2012 Brewer Cup at LedgeRock, as a starting point. Detweiler obliged — then suggested the next recruit.

“He offered to give me money. I held out for a little bit,” Lutz said.

“Marlin suggested to offer Chip some bitcoin. And then bitcoin went up too high,” Whitman added.

Change of date. Lutz team still money.

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 274 Full Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross results
Name, club, score
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club; Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club; John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club & Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club132
Brian Corbett, Timothy Burns & Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton & Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club133
Christopher Fieger, Sr. & Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Brian Rothaus, Philmont Country Club & Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club133
Gregory Buliga & Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club & Ed Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club133
Bob Arthur & William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club & James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club135
Kenneth Bolcavage & Michael Heck, Elkview Country Club; Robert Andrejko, Scranton Municipal Golf Course & Kenneth Nestor, Sr., Country Club of Scranton137
Mark Cubberley & Tom DiCinti, Mercer Oaks Golf Course; Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club & George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club139
Rick Goracy, Tom Madden, Ted Wiedemann & Luke Wozniak, Fieldstone Golf Club139
Richard Holstein, Jon Lavin, Bennett Meyer & Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club139
Chris Smedley, Paul Hess, Bill Looney & Joseph Viscuso, Hartefeld National139
Dennis Campbell, Dan Sippie & Mike Muncy, Schuylkill Country Club & Tom Fudge, Jr., Olde Homestead Golf Club139
John Gross, Craig Kliewer & Doug Meyer, Lebanon Country Club & Gregory Weidman, Meadia Heights Golf Club139
Scott Christie, Ralph Klinepeter, Robert Latham & Hank Seidel, West Shore Country Club140
Thomas Finn, Buddy Reed & Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club & David West, Philadelphia Publinks GA141
John Alterman, Jim Gavaghan, John Nottage & Jim Witt, Commonwealth National Golf Club141
Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Brett Koelle & Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club141
Jim Muehlbronner, Michael Shoup & Lee Tolton, Sandy Run Country Club & John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club141
Scott Brittingham, Alan Lazzarino & Steve Steinwedel, DuPont Country Club & Mark Scott, Fieldstone Golf Club144
Matthew Bellis & Edward Yamasaki, Commonwealth National Golf Club; Gary Gordon & Arthur Jacoby, Philadelphia Cricket Club145
Roy Bell, Joe Culley & R. B. D’iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club & Dwight D’Iorio, Rolling Green Golf Club147
Don Uhrig, Jr. & Joseph Witkowski, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club; Bob Jardine, Willow Hollow Golf Course & Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club147
Jim Boyce, Frank Kovalcheck, Tom Schmidt & Jeff Denbigh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club148
Ron Derksen & Joseph Jasinski, Olde Homestead Golf Club; Joseph Brita, Lehigh Country Club & Glen McCartney, Schuylkill Country Club150
Joseph DeAngelis, Brian Jasperse & Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club & John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club151
Scott Case & John Marshalek, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Jeff Evons, Whitford Country Club & Robert Gretz, Aronimink Golf Club151
Jack Kostrab, Mark Kunkle, Eric Longacre & Bob Yeager, Heidelberg Country Club152
Tom Connors, Paupack Hills Golf & CC; Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club; John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club & Brian Tidwell, Trump National – Philadelphia152
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Gary Tiller, Talamore Country Club153
Andre Ferber, Radnor Valley Country Club; Jonathan Kolle, Fieldstone Golf Club; Christofer Wilhelm, Little Mill Country Club & Kenneth Wortley, Bala Golf Club153
James Adams, Peter Altimare, Steven Crognale & Andrew Wesler, Conestoga Country Club155
Rodger Gottlieb, Stephen Kay & Robert Luderitz, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club & Philip Sokol, PineCrest Country Club157
Timothy Kiorpes, Hud Manion, Roy Reinard & Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club158
Michael Murphy & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club; Kevin Mailey, Stonewall & William Pocklington, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club158
John DeStefano, Tom Petroni, DJ Spoltore & Dan Vernon, Old York CC at Chesterfield158
Edward Brzezowski, Joseph Gibley & Bob Haggerty, Concord Country Club & Bob Harris, Commonwealth National Golf Club162
James Burns, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club & John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA162
Joe Balkovec, Bill Flavell, Ben Jones & John McKee, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club163
Steve Kangisser, Tom Klingensmith, Chuck Lepisto, III & Chic Rhoads, Conestoga Country Club165
Jeff Brodsky, French Creek Golf Club; Dave Burchmore, Inniscrone Golf Club; David Neder, LedgeRock Golf Club & Andrew Repetto, Cobbs Creek Golf Club170
Robert Delong, Radnor Valley Country Club; Bob Krotee, Willow Hollow Golf Course; Joseph Lunardi, Llanerch Country Club & Mike Pierce, The Springhaven Club175
Net results
Name, club, score
Dennis Campbell, Dan Sippie & Mike Muncy, Schuylkill Country Club & Tom Fudge, Jr., Olde Homestead Golf Club123
Joseph DeAngelis, Brian Jasperse & Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club & John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club125
Rick Goracy, Tom Madden, Ted Wiedemann & Luke Wozniak, Fieldstone Golf Club127
Jack Kostrab, Mark Kunkle, Eric Longacre & Bob Yeager, Heidelberg Country Club127
Gregory Buliga & Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club & Ed Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club127
Tom Connors, Paupack Hills Golf & CC; Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club; John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club & Brian Tidwell, Trump National – Philadelphia127
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club; Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club; John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club & Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club128
Ron Derksen & Joseph Jasinski, Olde Homestead Golf Club; Joseph Brita, Lehigh Country Club & Glen McCartney, Schuylkill Country Club128
Scott Christie, Ralph Klinepeter, Robert Latham & Hank Seidel, West Shore Country Club128
Jim Muehlbronner, Michael Shoup & Lee Tolton, Sandy Run Country Club & John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club128
Andre Ferber, Radnor Valley Country Club; Jonathan Kolle, Fieldstone Golf Club; Christofer Wilhelm, Little Mill Country Club & Kenneth Wortley, Bala Golf Club128
Roy Bell, Joe Culley & R. B. D’iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club & Dwight D’Iorio, Rolling Green Golf Club129
Chris Smedley, Paul Hess, Bill Looney & Joseph Viscuso, Hartefeld National129
Brian Corbett, Timothy Burns & Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton & Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club130
Bob Arthur & William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club & James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club130
Kenneth Bolcavage & Michael Heck, Elkview Country Club; Robert Andrejko, Scranton Municipal Golf Course & Kenneth Nestor, Sr., Country Club of Scranton130
Mark Cubberley & Tom DiCinti, Mercer Oaks Golf Course; Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club & George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club131
Richard Holstein, Jon Lavin, Bennett Meyer & Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club131
Scott Brittingham, Alan Lazzarino & Steve Steinwedel, DuPont Country Club & Mark Scott, Fieldstone Golf Club131
Scott Case & John Marshalek, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Jeff Evons, Whitford Country Club & Robert Gretz, Aronimink Golf Club131
Christopher Fieger, Sr. & Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Brian Rothaus, Philmont Country Club & Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club131
Timothy Kiorpes, Hud Manion, Roy Reinard & Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club132
John Gross, Craig Kliewer & Doug Meyer, Lebanon Country Club & Gregory Weidman, Meadia Heights Golf Club132
James Adams, Peter Altimare, Steven Crognale & Andrew Wesler, Conestoga Country Club133
John DeStefano, Tom Petroni, DJ Spoltore & Dan Vernon, Old York CC at Chesterfield133
Thomas Finn, Buddy Reed & Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club & David West, Philadelphia Publinks GA134
Don Uhrig, Jr. & Joseph Witkowski, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club; Bob Jardine, Willow Hollow Golf Course & Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club134
John Alterman, Jim Gavaghan, John Nottage & Jim Witt, Commonwealth National Golf Club134
James Burns, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club & John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA134
Jim Boyce, Frank Kovalcheck, Tom Schmidt & Jeff Denbigh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club135
Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Brett Koelle & Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club135
Matthew Bellis & Edward Yamasaki, Commonwealth National Golf Club; Gary Gordon & Arthur Jacoby, Philadelphia Cricket Club135
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Gary Tiller, Talamore Country Club138
Joe Balkovec, Bill Flavell, Ben Jones & John McKee, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club138
Rodger Gottlieb, Stephen Kay & Robert Luderitz, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club & Philip Sokol, PineCrest Country Club138
Michael Murphy & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club; Kevin Mailey, Stonewall & William Pocklington, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club139
Steve Kangisser, Tom Klingensmith, Chuck Lepisto, III & Chic Rhoads, Conestoga Country Club139
Jeff Brodsky, French Creek Golf Club; Dave Burchmore, Inniscrone Golf Club; David Neder, LedgeRock Golf Club & Andrew Repetto, Cobbs Creek Golf Club139
Edward Brzezowski, Joseph Gibley & Bob Haggerty, Concord Country Club & Bob Harris, Commonwealth National Golf Club140
Robert Delong, Radnor Valley Country Club; Bob Krotee, Willow Hollow Golf Course; Joseph Lunardi, Llanerch Country Club & Mike Pierce, The Springhaven Club142