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Applebrook’s Daniels claims Frank H. Chapman Cup (Gross)

 NEW HOPE, PA. — There isn’t any middle ground in Gary E. Daniels’ golf game. He plays either “really good or not really good” on the competitive circuit. Consider Thursday one of those really good days.

  Daniels blitzed Jericho National Golf Club (par 72, 6,646 yards), carding a fierce 4-under-par 68 to take the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross). In doing so, the Berwyn, Pa. resident toppled a pair of resonating runner-up finishes. He finished second in the 2010 Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship.

  ”It feels very good,” Daniels said. “The last time I won [a Golf Association of Philadelphia event] was the Mid-Am 32 years ago.”

  Daniels delivered a winning parcel that included six birdies and 16 greens in regulation.

   “All in all, I hit the ball well today,” Daniels, 58, said. “I had short shots into the par 5s — less than 200 yards, and I putted well.”

  One of those short shots occurred on Daniels’ first hole of the day (par 5, 559 yards). He smacked a sand wedge 70 yards to eight feet and drained the birdie putt. Daniels also birdied the par 3, 179-yard No. 5, stopping a 7-iron at 15 feet and sending the straightaway putt into the jar. He mixed both red figures with seven pars to make the turn at 2 under.

  Playing in the second group of the day, Daniels scribed his name atop the Senior Division leaderboard and never erased it. He withstood a turbulent six-hole stretch to secure a subpar score. Daniels hit a sand wedge 110 yards out of the right rough to 10 feet above the No. 13 (par 4, 401 yards) flagstick and drained the birdie putt. He smashed a 7-iron 150 yards to six feet for a 4 on the par 5, 567-yard 14th hole.

  Daniels committed scorecard sins on Nos. 15 (par 3, 216 yards) and 16 (par 4, 414 yards). On the first, he missed a 10-footer to save par after steering his tee shot far left of the hole location. Daniels caught the bunker on the 16th hole with a 25-degree rescue, splashed out to five feet and missed the par putt.

  His final two holes served as Daniels’ confession. Although Daniels missed the No. 17 (par 5, 510 yards) green with a thunderous 25-degree rescue from 190 yards, he lofted a chip over the right greenside bunker to three feet and cleaned up the birdie putt. Daniels completed his penance with a fantastic birdie on the par 4, 403-yard 18th hole. After pushing his drive onto the adjacent No. 1 fairway, Daniels, using a tree as a sightline, drilled a 9-iron sail 120 yards to 18 inches.

  Daniels entered the Chapman (Gross) with a dose of momentum. He was medalist in a club championship qualifier at Aronimink Golf Club. With a Major victory now on his belt, Daniels appears poised to make noise in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Senior Division.

   “I usually play my best golf later in the season,” Daniels said.

  Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley Country Club and Steve Javie of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club registered respective 2-under-par 70s to share runner-up honors.

  Frank H. Chapman, a Whitemarsh Valley Country Club member, served as the Association’s secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He died on June 7, 1955 at the age of 88. The Gross tournament, now in its seventh year, is held in his honor.

  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 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Overall
Name, club Score
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 68
Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 70
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 70
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 71
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 71
Richard Custer, Brookside Country Club 73
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 73
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club 73
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 74
Allen Padovano, Yardley Country Club 75
Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 75
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 75
Robert VanEtten, Laurel Creek Country Club 75
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 75
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club 76
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 76
Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 76
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 76
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 76
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Rich Colaguari, Talamore Country Club 76
Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club 76
Fred Giblin, Links Golf Club 77
Marty Dorminy, Golden Oaks Golf Club 77
Michael Bohardt, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Pete Widdoes, Inniscrone Golf Club 77
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 78
James McGlynn, M.D., Aronimink Golf Club 78
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 78
James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 78
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club 79
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 79
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Mark Quigley, Blue Bell Country Club 79
Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club 79
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 80
Lee King, Heidelberg Country Club 80
Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 80
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club 80
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 80
Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 81
Dave Jacobson, JC Melrose Country Club 81
William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club 81
Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 82
Mark Metaxas, Jericho National Golf Club 82
Bernard Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 82
Robert Fritz, Blue Bell Country Club 82
Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 83
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club 83
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 84
Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club 84
Steve Broome, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Thomas Mallouk, Ph.D., Lookaway Golf Club 84
Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 85
Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 85
Christopher Cull, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 86
Rick Gaydos, Sakima Country Club 87
Rick Bunn, McCall Golf & Country Club 87
Tony Verde, Bellewood Golf Club 91
Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 92
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club NS
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club WD
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club WD