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Back Creek’s McClaskey takes Super-Senior title in Warner (Gross)

NORTH HILLS, Pa. – Back Creek GC’s Charles McClaskey picked up right where he left off.

Charles McClaskey

  The reigning Super-Senior Player of the Year carded a 1-over-par 72 to take the Super-Senior title in the 77th Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu CC (par 71, 6,043 yards) Thursday. McClaskey, of Elkton, Md., is on a mission to retain his 2010 honor.

  “I want to do it again,” he said. “Those were my expectations coming in. They always say it’s lucky the first time and you need to do it a second time to validate it. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

  After registering two bogeys on a four-hole stretch, McClaskey, 72, rebounded with a red figure on No. 6 (par 3, 162 yards). Facing feisty winds, he knocked his 6-iron to six feet.

  “The winds were tough,” McClaskey said. “The greens were tough. It’s hard to figure out the speed of the greens around here. One green you get on, it’ll be slower than the devil and the next one, you get in the wrong place and it’ll be faster than the devil. It’s tricky.”

  McClaskey stayed solid on his inward tour. He converted six consecutive pars before encountering trouble on the elevation-altering No. 16 (par 3, 400 yards). McClaskey steered his tee shot into the left fairway bunker. Seeing a “perfect lie,” he attempted to escape with a pitching wedge, but it didn’t work out as well as he envisioned.

  “I hit it heavy,” McClaskey said. He then knocked a wedge 40 yards to 10 feet, but left his downhill putt short.

  Redemption arrived on the following hole. McClaskey, who also captured the 2010 Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior title and the Super-Senior Silver Cross, drilled his 60-degree wedge 50 yards to 10 feet. He executed the uphill 12-footer for birdie. Despite three offseason surgeries, McClaskey stands poised for another banner year.

  “I had good expectations coming into today, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” he said. “Out here, I hit a lot of good shots.”

  Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as secretary-treasurer for the Golf Association of Philadelphia for 18 years. After his death in 1933, the Association started the Francis B. Warner Cup, an 18-hole, stroke play Senior event, as an ongoing tribute in his memory. Lu Lu CC has hosted the event five times, most recently in 1997, when St. Davids GC’s Jay Howson, Jr., the 2009 Super-Senior Player of the Year, triumphed with a score of 74.

Super-Senior Division
Name, club Score
Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club 72
Robert Housen, Pine Valley Golf Club 76
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 77
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club 78
John Capers, III, Merion Golf Club 79
Ken Gaskill, Rancocas Golf Club 79
Stephen Daley, Lu Lu Country Club 79
David Jordan, Sakima Country Club 80
Gordon Bennett, Northampton Country Club 80
Thomas O’Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club 80
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Edward Pappas, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club 82
Terry Fair, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 82
Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club 83
Herbert Gordon, Doylestown Country Club 83
James Robertson, Saucon Valley Country Club 83
John Owens, Tavistock Country Club 83
John Foore, Brookside Country Club 85
W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club 85
Bill Weinfeld, JC Melrose Country Club 86
Barry Brackenbury, Silver Creek Country Club 87
Bill Smith, Sandy Run Country Club 87
James Barron, Hartefeld National 87
Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club 88
Jim Lloyd, Running Deer Golf Club 88
Joseph Maxwell, Hartefeld National 88
Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club 88
Ronald Schrotberger, Bent Creek Country Club 88
Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia Country Club 89
Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 89
John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club 90
Gregory Gaul, Merion Golf Club 92
Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club 93
Frank Kunze, Spring Ford Country Club WD
Jarrett Kling, Merion Golf Club WD
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