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Castaldi, O’Rourke take titles in Warner (Net) at White Manor

MALVERN, Pa. – John O’Rourke already had a few Golf Association of Philadelphia titles stemming from his days served as a versatile volunteer. After Tuesday’s standout performance, he can add “two-time champion” into the mix.

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  O’Rourke, a volunteer with the Association since 2003, took home the overall Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) title – his second in the event – at White Manor Country Club (par 71, 5,680 yards).

In regulation, O’Rourke’s 7-under 64 net was equaled by Jericho National Golf Club’s Joe DeAngelis. The eventual champion was awarded the win in a match-of-cards after O’Rourke’s 5-under net back nine bettered DeAngelis’ 3-under score. O’Rourke’s gross score of 83 helped propel him to the top of a large leaderboard of 96 net players.

Stephanie Castaldi took home the top spot in the second-ever rendition of the Women’s Division. The Hershey Country Club member fired a 5-under 66 net round to better defending champion Josie Anthony of the home club by three net strokes.

O’Rourke carded three straight net birdies to finish the winning round. The closing clutch streak began with a chip-in from off the front of the green on No. 16 (par 4, 366 yards). On No. 17 (par 5, 399 yards), O’Rourke hit a decent drive near the right fringe, lifted a 5-wood to 130 yards out, then placed an 11-wood approach to 10 feet. A two-putt gross par kept the rally alive.

On White Manor’s finisher (par 4, 320 yards), O’Rourke blasted a drive past the left fairway bunker and into the first cut. Again he entrusted his 11-wood, nestling the approach up to eight feet. A two-putt sealed the deal.

“I wasn’t sure if I was hitting the ball well enough to enter today,” said the 67-year-old retiree, winner of the 2009 Warner (Net) at Silver Creek Country Club. “I was hoping just to place in my Flight, but it turns out some of my shots were paying off. It feels great to get my first trophy in nine years.”

O’Rourke is a fan of net events – both Stableford and stroke play formats. Take a glance at a GAP tee sheet during a net championship and you’ll see that familiar name.

“I’m a fan of both the playing formats, but no matter which one we are playing in, the net championships run by the GAP are a great way to get out on other courses and play with the guys while also competing. Everyone has fun during them – we’re really glad the GAP runs them.”

The Cherry Hill, N.J. resident sees these events from a few different perspectives, too. As a course rating and tournament volunteer, O’Rourke has seen and done it all.

“My good friend, Bob Murray, who I played with today, had already been volunteering for a number of years, and called me up and said, ‘They’re looking for volunteers from New Jersey. Some of the guys don’t want to travel that far,’ and asked if I was interested,” said O’Rourke. “And I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Castaldi, who carded a gross score of 87, was ecstatic to be playing in her first GAP competition. Hershey joined GAP as a Member Club in 2018, opening the door for more playing opportunities.

Castaldi was even more thrilled making the drive home as a champion.

“When (groupmate Susan Engle) and I saw this tournament was open to [Hershey members], we decided to come out and play. And, oh my god, it was just an amazing day and tournament,” said Castaldi, 57, of Hummelstown, Pa.

Today’s event hosted the largest field ever – 20 players – in a GAP Women’s competition.

“I’m going to do my best to get other ladies involved as well after my first playing experience here,” said the winner after her round. “It’s great to hear about the (participation numbers) increasing. White Manor was a beautiful golf course and it’s just a nice opportunity to play in events like this.”

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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Overall  
Name, club Net score
*John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 64
*Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 64
Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club 65
Tony Minervini, Old York CC at Chesterfield 66
Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 66
David Pierce, DuPont Country Club 67
Richard Saylor, Coatesville Country Club 67
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club 67
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 68
John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club 68
Robert McCole, The Springhaven Club 68
John Lobb, Bellewood Country Club 69
Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf Club 70
Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club 70
Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club 70
Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club 70
Robert Harrell, Little Mill Country Club 70
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 70
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 71
Michael Eckrich, DuPont Country Club 71
Jim Lowthert, French Creek Golf Club 71
Frank Dehaut, Jr., Coatesville Country Club 72
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 72
James Seward, Jr., Limekiln Golf Club 72
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club 72
Jim Delfidio, Talamore Country Club 72
Steven Gordon, Old York CC at Chesterfield 72
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 72
James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club 73
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 73
Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club 73
R. B. D’iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club 73
Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club 73
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 73
Chris Braun, West Shore Country Club 73
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 73
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club 74
Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 74
Kent Spade, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 74
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club 74
Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club 74
Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Jeffrey Pelesh, Rolling Green Golf Club 74
Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 74
Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 74
Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club 75
Mark Edfort, LedgeRock Golf Club 75
Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 75
Tom Seward, Limekiln Golf Club 76
Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club 76
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club 76
Michael Schoedler, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Mark Simpson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
James Barton, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 77
David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Robert DeLong, Radnor Valley Country Club 77
Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
Brian Chidester, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club 78
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
James Barron, Hartefeld National 78
Mike Pierce, The Springhaven Club 79
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 79
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 79
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 79
Chris Meyer, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 79
Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Andy McCormick, Lancaster Country Club 79
Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club 79
Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills 79
J. Frederick Merz, Jr., Merion Golf Club 80
Thomas Frazier, Gulph Mills Golf Club 80
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 80
Bill Nicholson, St. Davids Golf Club 80
Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club 81
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club 81
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club 82
Ned Moore, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 82
Dean Rosini, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club 83
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club 84
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 84
Jack Polidori, DuPont Country Club 84
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
Charles Kane, Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Joseph Funk, The Bucks Club 93
Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 94
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 94
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 97
James Conway, Tavistock Country Club NC
Steven Hashem, Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Robert Murray, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Thomas Barnes, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Patrick Foley, Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course WD
 
*decided in match-of-card playoff (back 9 net)
 
First Flight (8-12 Handicap)
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 64
Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club 65
Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 66
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club 67
Robert McCole, The Springhaven Club 68
John Lobb, Bellewood Country Club 69
Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club 70
Robert Harrell, Little Mill Country Club 70
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 70
Michael Eckrich, DuPont Country Club 71
Jim Lowthert, French Creek Golf Club 71
Jim Delfidio, Talamore Country Club 72
Steven Gordon, Old York CC at Chesterfield 72
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 72
Chris Braun, West Shore Country Club 73
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 73
Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club 74
Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Jeffrey Pelesh, Rolling Green Golf Club 74
Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 74
Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 74
Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 75
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club 76
Michael Schoedler, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
James Barron, Hartefeld National 78
Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Andy McCormick, Lancaster Country Club 79
Kenneth Orner, PineCrest Country Club 79
Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills 79
Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club 83
Jack Polidori, DuPont Country Club 84
Thomas Barnes, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Patrick Foley, Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course WD
 
Second Flight (13-16 Handicap)
Tony Minervini, Old York CC at Chesterfield 66
David Pierce, DuPont Country Club 67
Richard Saylor, Coatesville Country Club 67
John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club 68
Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club 70
Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club 70
James Seward, Jr., Limekiln Golf Club 72
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club 72
Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club 73
R. B. D’iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club 73
Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club 73
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 73
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club 74
Mark Edfort, LedgeRock Golf Club 75
Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club 76
James Barton, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 77
David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Robert DeLong, Radnor Valley Country Club 77
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 79
Chris Meyer, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 79
Thomas Frazier, Gulph Mills Golf Club 80
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 80
Bill Nicholson, St. Davids Golf Club 80
Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club 84
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 84
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
Charles Kane, Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Joseph Funk, The Bucks Club 93
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 94
James Conway, Tavistock Country Club NC
Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
 
Third Flight (17+ Handicap)
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 64
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 68
Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf Club 70
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 71
Frank Dehaut, Jr., Coatesville Country Club 72
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 72
James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club 73
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 73
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club 74
Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 74
Kent Spade, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 74
Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club 75
Tom Seward, Limekiln Golf Club 76
Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Mark Simpson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
Brian Chidester, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club 78
Mike Pierce, The Springhaven Club 79
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 79
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 79
J. Frederick Merz, Jr., Merion Golf Club 80
Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club 81
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club 81
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club 82
Ned Moore, Manufacturers’   Golf & Country Club 82
Dean Rosini, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 94
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 97
Steven Hashem, Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Robert Murray, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
 
Women’s Division
Stephanie Castaldi, Hershey Country Club 66
Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club 69
Charlotte Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 69
Anne Flink, Talamore Country Club 75
Carolyn Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 75
Wynn Harris, Old York Road Country Club 77
Susan Engle, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Cathy Lucas, Wilmington Country Club 78
Jeannie Edfort, LedgeRock Golf Club 79
Rosemary Morrison, Old York Road Country Club 79
Helen Moyer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
Sue Simpson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 79
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club 80
Danielle Carroll, Fieldstone Golf Club 81
Dawn Welte, Fieldstone Golf Club 81
Nancy Antoniuk, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 86
Sarah Reese, French Creek Golf Club 86
Jane Ludlow, Talamore Country Club 92
Rosanne Conway, Tavistock Country Club NC
Mary Conway, French Creek Golf Club WD