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Baldwin, Marie crowned champs in Spring Net at Coatesville

June 7, 2018

COATESVILLE, Pa.- Five Ponds Golf Club’s Jason Marie played a competitive-best nine holes Thursday at Coatesville Country Club (par 71, 5,822 yards). As a Golf Association of Philadelphia net championship veteran, he made sure to take advantage of it.

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Making the turn with a gross score of 1-over 36 – good enough for 25 Stableford Net points – Marie glided to the overall title in the Tee It Forward — Spring Net Championship. That self-record, paired with a back nine of 8-over 44, translated into 43 overall Stableford Net points and the hardware. He topped a field of 52 net players.

  Philadelphia Country Club’s Marybeth Baldwin, playing in her first GAP event, took home the Women’s Division title with 38 Stableford Net points.

  Marie’s winning round was sparked by what was deemed by the champion a “great bogey” on No. 1 (par 5, 454 yards). After a perfect drive down the center, Marie chunked back-to-back shots in the fairway. He then punched a 5-iron near greenside and chipped up for a relieving tap-in 6.

  A scintillating string of six straight up-and-downs for par on Nos. 3 thru 8 helped the scorecard out. However, that feat would be one-upped when Marie’s lone red number arrived on No. 9 (par 4, 359 yards). He bombed a drive nearly 300 yards, leaving him with a short wedge from 60 yards out that he tossed within inches of the cup.

   “Everything was clicking for me on the front. It was an incredible stretch there just getting up-and-down for some good pars,” said the 40-year-old. “I’ve been playing in GAP net events since 2010, so I had a feeling of where that score stood making the turn. My mindset on the back nine was to keep everything simple and not have any blow-up holes.”

  The champ stayed calm, cool and collected on Coatesville’s back, jarring two gross pars in the final four holes to claim his first GAP victory.

   “Every single year, I religiously follow the net-event schedules. Those are the first things I circle on my calendar,” said Marie. “It’s nice to finally win one.”

  At Coatesville, Marie played as a 16 handicap. It’s the Maple Glen, Pa. resident’s dream to one day get down to a 7 handicap. The logic behind that isn’t just becoming a better golfer.

  It’s becoming a Golf Association of Philadelphia Major competitor.

   “I would really love to play in a GAP Major. It’s definitely a goal of mine and been on my radar for a while now,” said Marie, a believer in course analytics who keeps detailed stats during his rounds. “But until then, the GAP Net events are my majors.”

  In the third year of the Women’s’ Division, Baldwin took home the title in her GAP debut powered by a gross score of 91.

  The Villanova, Pa. resident, playing to a course handicap of 20, utilized five gross pars and a birdie on No. 2 (par 3, 132 yards) en route to the winner’s circle.

   “I’ve never played Coatesville before, so it was a challenge but a nice one, even though I almost got lost pulling in here today,” said Baldwin, 54. “It’s a hilly course but I navigated well. I stayed on track and stayed focused.”

  The former Women’s Golf Chairman at Philadelphia Country enjoys casual golf but is always looking to get better competitively. She took a major step of progress at Coatesville with the title win.

   “It was really fun – I’ll definitely be back to play in more [GAP events],” she said.

  The Spring Net Championship, formerly known as the First Handicap Tournament, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Association adopted the Tee It Forward parameters in 2012. It also changed the scoring format to net stableford.

  The Tee It Forward initiative encourages golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

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Men’s Overall  
Name, club Points
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 43
Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club 39
Tom Minger, Brookside Country Club 38
Robert Kruse, Downingtown Country Club 38
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club 38
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 37
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 37
Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club 36
Bill Smith, Sandy Run Country Club 36
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 36
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 35
Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 35
Michael Benninghoff, Coatesville Country Club 35
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club 35
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 34
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 34
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 34
Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 34
J.T. Clarke, Sakima Country Club 33
Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club 33
Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club 33
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 33
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 33
Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 33
Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club 32
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 32
Brian Exton, Brookside CC of Allentown 32
Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club 32
David Wood, White Manor Country Club 32
Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club 32
William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 32
Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club 32
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 31
Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club 31
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 31
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 31
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 31
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 31
James Konnick, Brookside Country Club 31
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 31
George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club 30
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 30
Richard White, Jericho National Golf Club 30
Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club 30
Brent Alwood, Northampton Valley Country Club 30
James McFadden, Talamore Country Club 28
Jeff Yager, Gulph Mills Golf Club 26
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 26
Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club 26
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 25
Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 24
Handicap Index (5.1-11.6)  
Name, club Points
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 37
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 35
J.T. Clarke, Sakima Country Club 33
Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club 33
Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club 33
Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club 32
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 32
Brian Exton, Brookside CC of Allentown 32
Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club 32
David Wood, White Manor Country Club 32
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 31
Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club 31
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 31
George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club 30
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 30
Richard White, Jericho National Golf Club 30
Jeff Yager, Gulph Mills Golf Club 26
Handicap Index (12.2-15.7)  
Name, club Points
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 43
Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club 39
Tom Minger, Brookside Country Club 38
Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club 36
Bill Smith, Sandy Run Country Club 36
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 36
Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 35
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 34
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 34
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 33
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 33
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 31
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 31
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 31
Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club 30
Brent Alwood, Northampton Valley Country Club 30
Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 24
Handicap Index (15.8-23.3)  
Name, club Points
Robert Kruse, Downingtown Country Club 38
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club 38
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 37
Michael Benninghoff, Coatesville Country Club 35
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club 35
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 34
Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 34
Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 33
Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club 32
William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 32
Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club 32
James Konnick, Brookside Country Club 31
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 31
James McFadden, Talamore Country Club 28
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 26
Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club 26
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 25
Women’s Overall
Name, club Points
Marybeth Baldwin, Philadelphia Country Club 38
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club 33
Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club 29
Muffy McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club 28