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A Family Affair; Another Thompson takes Chapman Cup

BRYN MAWR, Pa.– Same name. Same result. Different player.

 “Having my brother win it last year and myself win it this year, to see Thompson on [the trophy] two years in a row is a nice thing,” said Thompson, the 2007 Warner Cup Champion. “It’s always nice to get to the winner’s circle. You never know when you’ll get back there again so you have to take advantage when you can.”

  Thompson, the current Senior Player of the Year points leader, carded six birdies on the afternoon to best the 123-player field on familiar territory.

  “You want to play well on your home course and that maybe put a little extra pressure on me,” said Thompson, who recently won his 10th Overbrook GC Club Championship.

  And despite some troubles early with back-to-back bogeys on hole Nos. 3 (par 3, 204 yards) and 4 (par 4, 407 yards), the 1972 GAP Amateur Champion finished the front side in 2-under par. His front nine included a spectacular 30-foot birdie putt on the 5th hole (par 5, 535 yards) followed by two more consecutive birdies on hole Nos. 6 (par 4, 452 yards) and 7 (par 3, 196 yards).

  “I just made two bogeys in a row, so I just wanted to just make par and get the ship back on track,” said Thompson of his mindset on the 5th hole. “Fortunately I made a 30-footer [for birdie]. That was big.”

  On his back nine, Thompson birdied No. 10 (par 3, 179 yards) and remained under par despite another round of back-to-back bogeys on hole Nos. 13 (par 4, 384 yards) and 14 (par 4, 306 yards). But his field-low round was seriously threatened on the par 4 16th hole (405 yards) when he sent his approach shot from behind a tree in the right rough over the tricky green. From there he made a great chip and an even greater putt to remain at 1 under.

  “My ball striking was OK but my putting was really good,” he said. “I got it around and made some really good putts today.”

  “That gave me a big cushion going to No. 18 (par 4, 388),” said Thompson, who has been a member at the Bryn Mawr-area club since his parents joined in 1957.

  And it would appear that he needed that two-stroke lead as his tee shot on No. 18 found the difficult fairway bunker.

  “That was the first time I hit 5-wood there in about 30 years,” he said. “I actually didn’t think I could get it to that right bunker and that’s why I hit it.”

  His ensuing shot out of the bunker appeared to get him out of trouble that was until the ball trickled through the green and into and even more difficult greenside bunker. Now faced with a downhill lie and an awkward stance, Thompson muscled out the shot, slammed it off the flagstick and was then able to save par.

 Fellow Overbrook GC member Frank McFadden finished second and was atop the leaderboard most of the day with an even-par 70.

  “It wasn’t real pretty but it’s typical,” McFadden said. “When you shoot a good score you miss a couple putts and that’s what I did today. I definitely enjoyed some home cooking, though, being at Overbrook. Local knowledge was huge for me today.”

  Added McFadden on Thompson’s play as of late, “he’s been playing so good it’s scary.”

  “It’s been an awesome year for me,” Thompson said. “I feel fortunate that my game has held together.”

  Last year the Chapman Cup was split into two divisions, Gross and Net, to accomodate more players. The Net Tournament is set for Sept. 20 at Linwood CC.

  The Chapman Memorial Cup, a senior tournament for players 55 years of age and older, is named for Frank H. Chapman, who served as the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer for 23 years. Players with a USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower were eligible to compete in today’s tournament.

  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 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Overall
1. Ray Thompson, Overbrook GC, 68
2. Francis McFadden, Overbrook GC, 70
T3. Roc Irey, Cedarbrook CC, 73
T3. Neil McDermott, Llanerch CC, 73
T3. Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley CC, 73

Ages (55-59)
T1. Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley CC, 74
T1. Don Donatoni, White Manor CC, 74

Ages (60 & over)
1. William Lawler, Fox Hill CC, 75
T2. Michael Rowland, Lehigh CC, 77
T2. Carl Everett, Merion GC, 77
T2. Ken Gaskill, Philadelphia Publinks GA, 77

Super Senior (65 & over)
1. Richard Smith, Philadelphia CC, 73
2. Robert Proto, Little Mill CC, 77
T3. Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club, 79
T3. Louis Pace, Medford Village CC, 79

Results
(55-59)
Name Club Name Total
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 68
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 70
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 73
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 73
Robert Ockenfuss Indian Valley Country Club 74
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 74
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 75
Charles Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Craig Scott Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 76
Joel McFadden Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Daniel Burton Bent Creek Country Club 77
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 77
John Gonsior The ACE Club 77
Jack Holland Whitford Country Club 77
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 78
Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 78
Richard Bunn, Sr. McCall Golf & Country Club 78
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 78
William Vostinak Lehigh Country Club 79
Bill Kovach Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 79
Charles Johanson Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
James Prendergast Spring Ford Country Club 79
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Bill Milner Wedgwood Country Club 80
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 81
David Kearney Lehigh Country Club 81
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Terrence Sawyer Yardley Country Club 81
Bob Majczan Lookaway Golf Club 82
Frank Treml Sandy Run Country Club 82
John Turner The Springhaven Club 82
Andrew Guinan Applebrook Golf Club 83
Michael Egan Lookaway Golf Club 83
Ted Beringer Philadelphia Country Club 83
Robert Murphy Wilmington Country Club 83
Jim Soukup Burlington Country Club 84
Edward Bondi Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Chuck Wilkins Little Mill Country Club 84
David Taylor Radley Run Country Club 84
Bernie Zbrzeznj Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Michael Howanski DuPont Country Club 86
Andy Goldman Philadelphia Cricket Club 86
William Gordon Wilmington Country Club 87
Joseph Dulka DuPont Country Club 89
Jeb Baker DuPont Country Club 90
Dave Jacobson JC Melrose Country Club 90
Frank Shuman Lehigh Country Club 90
Stephen Kocinski Woodbury Country Club 91
James Taormina Running Deer Golf Club 92
Richard Corr Cavaliers Country Club 96
James Sullivan, Sr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Thomas Mairone McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Willard Woolbert Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
Larry Paster Philmont Country Club WD
Martin Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club NS
(60 &over)
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 73
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 75
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 77
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 77
Ken Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 78
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 78
George Carr Running Deer Golf Club 79
Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club 80
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 81
Don Neill Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 81
George May Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 82
John Siegrist Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 82
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 83
Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 83
Byron Milner Overbrook Golf Club 84
John Rowe Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 85
Charles Caparo Plymouth Country Club 85
Gibby Young Hartefeld National 86
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 86
Charles Whipple Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club 87
John O’Sullivan Phoenixville Country Club 87
Jay McLaughlin Stone Harbor Golf Club 87
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 87
Conrad Gack Jericho National Golf Club 88
John MacDonald Medford Lakes Country Club 88
Stephan Whitenack Philadelphia Cricket Club 89
Thomas O’Rourke Chester Valley Golf Club 90
J. Peter Pierce Philadelphia Country Club 90
Michael McNichol The Springhaven Club 90
Willie Wang Jericho National Golf Club NC
Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve WD
Ernest Eichenberg, III Waynesborough Country Club WD
Super Senior (65+)
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 73
Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club 77
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 79
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 79
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 80
Ben Sack Overbrook Golf Club 80
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 80
Thomas Morgan Riverton Country Club 82
Larry Loughner Bent Creek Country Club 83
Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club 83
James Dever, Jr. Wildwood Golf & Country Club 83
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 84
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 84
Ralph Neild Edgmont Country Club 85
Eric Norlin Coatesville Country Club 86
Richard Genoni Waynesborough Country Club 86
Charles McDowell Wilmington Country Club 86
Jim Callaghan Rolling Green Golf Club 87
James Hilty Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 87
Harvey McCumber Wilmington Country Club 87
Jim Curvan Phoenixville Country Club 88
A. Kent Weymouth, Jr. Lu Lu Country Club 89
Thomas Conboy Sandy Run Country Club 89
Roland Schrader Doylestown Country Club 90
Donald Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 91
James O’Brien Cedarbrook Country Club 93
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club WD
NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal