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#BrewerCup: Stroke-play Qualifying

Mack Daddy medalist: Whitman earns #BrewerCup No. 1 seed

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WILMINGTON, Del. – They say it’s not the golf club that makes the golfer. A magical Callaway Mack Daddy made an exception Monday at Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 6,329 yards).

Byron Whitman, the recent Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) Senior champion, translated the power of a new 56-degree sand wedge into an outstanding 2-under 69 in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf. The day’s low number resulted in medal honors and the No. 1 overall match-play seed for the Berkshire Country Club member.

The qualifying round’s cut line stopped at 5-over 76 on the rainy-turned-sunny day. A 6-for-2 playoff decided the final match-play berths. Fox Hill Country Club’s Robert Gill and Laurel Creek Country Club’s Joe Russo both drained birdies on the first playoff hole, hosted on the par-3, 128-yard 16th, to secure the final two spots.

Whitman’s sparkling-new Mack Daddy, a popular Callaway product which he picked up last week, quickly gained favoritism. Starting on the back side, Whitman’s 56-degree approach on No. 10 (par 5, 552 yards) landed within a foot. He’d choose the wedge once again, rocking the flagstick on No. 11 (par 4, 301 yards). A birdie-birdie start brought instantaneous good vibes to the fresh friendship.

“It was the Mack Daddy magic right from the beginning,” said Whitman, 60, of Reading, Pa. “I’m already thinking about adding a 52-degree Mack Daddy to the bag. It just feels different.”

The blossoming affair didn’t end there.

On Fieldstone’s finisher, the par-5, 498-yard 18th, Whitman ripped a driver, 3-wood combination that made for even more Mack Daddy momentum. He lifted the wedge 80 yards to eight feet, draining the putt, and made the turn at 2-under par.

“Famous for big numbers”, Whitman slowly took his foot off the pedal while heading to his second nine, meaning hitting drivers at 80 percent and playing a tad more conservatively. That meant bogeys arrived on Nos. 1 (par 4, 412 yards) and 5 (par 5, 502 yards). It didn’t mean he’d give away his lead.

On No. 3 (par 3, 175 yards), a 7-iron led to a 10-foot birdie conversion. Another one came on yet another par-3, the 174-yard 6th, that hosted Whitman’s 7-iron once again, this time paired with a 25-foot make. Whitman almost got his final putt of the day to fall, but his golf ball decided to travel around the rim of the cup instead. Still, a 2-under round stood tall at the top of the leaderboard at day’s end.

“It’s incredible how different each day is in golf. You can be off by a fraction, or on by a fraction. This past weekend, I shot 80 in Berkshire’s Senior Club Championship. Today I go out and shoot 69,” said the medalist.

Confidence is at an all-time high for Whitman, who says “with the new wedge and irons in my bag that I feel very good with”, anything can happen moving into the next round of match play. His Chapman title at Moselem Springs Golf Club — Whitman’s former home of 10 years — came in early June, and has served as a motivator ever since.

“With my game, and my tendency to have big blow-up holes with big numbers, match play suits me. I can throw those out and move on,” he said. “After that, anything can happen.”

Whitman will square off with Gill, the 16th seed, Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Donatoni begins chase for 6th Brewer win with Supers medal

It was masterful balance that helped Don Donatoni earn medalist honors in the Super-Senior Division of the Brewer Cup on Monday at Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 5912 yards). 

Should he go on to win the Major for the sixth time in the last seven years, Donatoni believes patience will be pivotal. 

Donatoni, the six-time reigning Super-Senior Player of the Year, used an acrobatic birdie on No. 11 (par 4, 281 yards) to fuel his 1-under-par round of 70, the best score in a field of 30 players. The cut line for the eight available match play spots finished at 75.

Donatoni’s 3-wood off the tee on the short par four came to rest on the edge of the treacherous bunkers left of the fairway, putting the 71-year-old in an awkward position for his approach.

“As I was taking my stance, it [the hill] was so steep that I fell into the bunker,” Donatoni, of Malvern, Pa., said. “I had to position myself on my toes. The ball was at my belly button. I was just trying to maintain my balance.”

As it turned out, the White Manor Country Club member did more than stay on his feet, his 52-degree wedge from 60 yards would finish just three feet from the hole, resulting in a remarkable birdie. 

Although No. 11 undoubtedly proved to be a wild ride, Donatoni’s play was, unsurprisingly, incredibly consistent overall. Using a recently de-lofted driver, he continually found fairways and put himself in good position off the tee. It is a trend Donatoni hopes will continue when match play begins Tuesday.

“I do realize that I could get knocked out in the first round and that could be it,” Donatoni said. “Anything can happen in 18 holes of match play. I’ll try to hit in in the middle of the fairways and try to hit it in the middle of greens and see what happens.” 

In a rematch of the 2017 Super-Senior Final, Donatoni will take on Thomas Humphrey of Wilmington Country Club in the Quarterfinals at 9 a.m.

Last year’s medalist, Robin McCool of Saucon Valley Country Club finished second in this year’s Super-Senior qualifying round. McCool, who won the Super-Senior title in 2016, fired a 2-over round of 73. He also claimed Senior titles in 2010 and 2013.

The Brewer Cup is named in honor of O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., the former president of Pine Valley Golf Club. He is a two-time U.S. Senior Amateur Champion and veteran of 42 USGA Championships. He’s captured two Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles (1967, 1976), a GAP Senior Amateur Championship crown (1997) and a Senior Player of the Year (1997) as well as countless invitational titles. Seven years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 274 Full Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Senior Division
Qualifiers
Name, clubScore
Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club69
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club70
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club72
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club72
William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club73
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club73
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club74
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club74
Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club74
Thomas Soares, Lehigh Country Club74
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton74
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club75
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club75
Rufino Rosal, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club75
*Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club76
*Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club76
Failed to qualify
*Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club76
*Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club76
*Adam Armagost, Philadelphia Publinks GA76
*David Blichar, Olde Homestead Golf Club76
*George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club76
*Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club76
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club77
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club77
Craig Kliewer, Lebanon Country Club77
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club77
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club77
Jay Desjardins, Waynesborough Country Club78
David West, Wyncote Golf Club78
Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club79
Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club80
Denis Darragh, Olde Homestead Golf Club80
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club80
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club80
Robert Harrington, Merion Golf Club80
John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club80
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club81
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club81
Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club81
Jim Yenser, Raven s Claw Golf Club81
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club82
Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course82
Andy Lykon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club82
Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club82
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA82
Jeff Rogatz, Wilmington Country Club82
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club82
Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton83
John Donnelly, Concord Country Club83
Peter Ierardi, Jr., Old York Road Country Club83
James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club83
Kevin Sartell, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club83
Steven Welte, Fieldstone Golf Club84
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club86
Greg Mitchell, Fieldstone Golf Club86
Steven Lucas, Wilmington Country Club87
Vincent Guarino, Sea Oaks Country Club88
Paul Berg, The Springhaven Club89
Scott Mayne, LedgeRock Golf ClubWD
Buddy Reed, Loch Nairn Golf ClubWD
Harold Schweitzer, Jr., Broad Run Golfer s ClubWD
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country ClubWD
Super-Senior Division
Qualifiers
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club70
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club73
Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club74
Joe Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club74
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club74
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club75
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club75
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club75
Failed to qualify
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National76
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club76
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Charles McDowell, Wilmington Country Club77
Vincent Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club77
Tom DiCinti, Mercer Oaks Golf Course78
Bennett Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club78
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club80
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club80
Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club81
Terrence Sawyer, Lu Lu Country Club81
John Owens, Tavistock Country Club82
Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club82
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club84
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club84
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club86
Charles McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks GA90
James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club91
Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf ClubWD
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country ClubWD
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country ClubWD
Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country ClubWD
WD – withdrawal
* – decided in playoff