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Anthony, Connell crowned Warner (Net) champs at Yardley

YARDLEY, Pa. – Two champions were crowned in two separate match-of-scorecard finishes Tuesday at Yardley Country Club (par 72, 5,924 yards).

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  The Springhaven Club’s Mike Connell was declared the overall Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) winner thanks to a tiebreaker over Chester Valley Golf Club’s Thomas Schaible. Both players carded net rounds of 3-under 69, including back-nine nets (the USGA’s recommended first tiebreaker) of 2-under 34. Connell was eventually awarded the top honor after finishing 1-under over the last six holes (the second step of determination) compared to Schaible’s even six-hole score.

  On the 285-yard, par-4 6th hole, a nice driver off the tee set Connell up for a short wedge approach to the green. Placing that shot to 12 feet, Connell drained it for the gross – and net – birdie. The biggest swing of the round came just a few holes later, on the par-3, 130-yard 9th hole. It was there where Connell pulled 8-iron from his bag and proceeded to land it just eight feet past the cup. He would go on to jar the downhill birdie look which was jotted down on the card as a net eagle.

  “That was a big one. Hard not to feel good after that one,” said Connell, 63, of Wallingford, Pa.

  He’d eventually record four net birdies on the back to go along with two hard-fought net bogeys on Nos. 12 (par 4, 340 yards) and 14 (par 4, 414 yards). Equaling up to a gross score of 85, it was enough to get the job done his first time on Yardley’s track.

  “The greens were challenging and the course was fun to get around. I had a few bad holes to go along with the good ones, and it worked out in the end,” said Connell, who has been at Springhaven for four seasons.

  When the newly-crowned champion isn’t golfing, Connell spends his time as a private investigator, doing background checks for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

  “I’ll take a look at a new agent’s background, and then give security clearance for them. Then I’ll update backgrounds on current agents every five years or so,” he said. “I take care of that business, and then try to get to the course by noon. That’s always my goal.”

  Connell, a regular competitor in GAP net events, is a big fan of the playing format, especially after today’s victory.

  “I’m always trying to stay with my handicap. I’m always trying to stay even with that, it’s kind of what I strive for,” he said. “But ultimately, if I’m playing against guys in my [Division], I want to stay with them, or better yet, beat them. I have to have that mindset.”

  Today, he beat them with that winner’s mindset.

  The event also included the debut of a Senior Women’s Division in GAP competition. Taking home the inaugural hardware, in result of another match of scorecards, was Josie Anthony of White Manor Country Club.

  Anthony, a GAP volunteer, carded a gross score of 94 en route to a 78 net score. Cherry Valley Country Club’s Monique Allen, playing alongside the eventual champion, also brought in a net score of 78, but lost the tiebreaker because of Anthony’s back-nine net 41 compared to her own back-nine net of 42.

  “I truthfully didn’t know where we stood. I wasn’t out there calculating scores, it was more about having fun, which it really was,” said Anthony, 58, of West Chester, Pa.

  When Anthony was reminded she would go down as the first GAP champion in Senior Women’s competition, she had only one word to give in response: “amazing.”

  “It’s so great that GAP is putting on more events for women. It feels great,” she said. “The word is getting out there, but I’d like to see it spread by the clubs even more. It’s a fantastic opportunity and everyone has fun while playing.”

  Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s secretary-treasurer for 18 years. After his death in 1933, the Association started the Francis B. Warner Cup as an ongoing tribute in his memory.

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Women’s Division
Overall
Name, club Net
Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club 78
Monique Allen, Cherry Valley Country Club 78
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club 81
Christine Mulligan, Downingtown Country Club 84
Betty Satterley, The Bucks Club 87
Faith Dupuis, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Men’s Division
Overall
Name, club Net
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 69
Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club 69
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 70
Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 71
Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 71
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 72
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 72
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club 73
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 73
Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club 73
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 73
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club 73
John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club 74
David Justin, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Brian Behringer, Loch Nairn Golf Club 74
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 74
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club 74
Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Dan Kessler, Bent Creek Country Club 75
Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 75
Curtis Heckman, Moselem Springs Golf Club 76
Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club 76
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club 76
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 76
William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
David Goodwillie, Cherry Valley Country Club 77
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 77
Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club 78
J. Allen Gray, Gulph Mills Golf Club 78
John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club 78
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 79
David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club 79
Frank D’Amore, Merion Golf Club 79
Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 79
James Barton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Kenneth Brown, French Creek Golf Club 79
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club 80
Bill Blackburn, Concord Country Club 80
Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club 81
Tim O’Neill, Flourtown Country Club 81
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 81
Joe Morris, Whitford Country Club 81
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club 81
Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills 82
James Barrett, Cherry Valley Country Club 82
Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club 82
Bryan Connolly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Bob Graham, Downingtown Country Club 85
Scott Ryan, Stonewall 85
Robert McGann, Talamore Country Club 88
Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club 88
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 89
Robert Marshall, Greate Bay Country Club 89
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 90
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 100
Victor Dupuis, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club DQ
Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve NS
Matt Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club NS
Flights
Handicap Index 8-11
Name, club Net
Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club 69
Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 71
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 73
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 74
Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 75
Dan Kessler, Bent Creek Country Club 75
Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club 76
Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 77
J. Allen Gray, Gulph Mills Golf Club 78
John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club 78
David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 79
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club 80
Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club 81
Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club 82
James Barrett, Cherry Valley Country Club 82
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 90
Victor Dupuis, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve NS
Matt Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club NS
Handicap Index 12-16
Name, club Net
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 69
Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 71
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 73
Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club 74
John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club 74
David Justin, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Brian Behringer, Loch Nairn Golf Club 74
Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club 76
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 76
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
David Goodwillie, Cherry Valley Country Club 77
Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club 78
Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club 79
Frank D’Amore, Merion Golf Club 79
James Barton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Bill Blackburn, Concord Country Club 80
Joe Morris, Whitford Country Club 81
Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills 82
Scott Ryan, Stonewall 85
Handicap Index 17-and-over
Name, club Net
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 70
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 72
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 72
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club 73
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club 73
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club 73
Curtis Heckman, Moselem Springs Golf Club 76
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Kenneth Brown, French Creek Golf Club 79
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club 81
Tim O’Neill, Flourtown Country Club 81
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 81
Bryan Connolly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Bob Graham, Downingtown Country Club 85
Robert McGann, Talamore Country Club 88
Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club 88
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 89
Robert Marshall, Greate Bay Country Club 89
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 100
Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club DQ
DQ-disqualification; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal