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Chapman Cup (Gross): Little Mill’s Roeder lands first Senior title

GLENSIDE, Pa. — Joseph Roeder played the worst golf of his career last spring. It’s an about-face in 2017.

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  Roeder, coming off a co-runner-up performance in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross), captured the Senior crown in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu Country Club (par 71, 6,308 yards) Thursday. He and Tavistock Country Club’s Michael Tash finished regulation tied at even-par 71. Tash wasn’t available for a sudden-death playoff.

  “In any GAP tournament, there’s so much good competition. It feels really good to be able to just compete with all of the guys who play here and even better to win,” Roeder, 56, of Marlton, N.J., said. “I usually shoot 80 in GAP events, so having two good ones in a row feels good. I’m playing well this year finally. It does mean a lot. I don’t really think about winning; I just kind of think about trying to play as good as I can play. Let the chips fall where they fall.”

  They fell in Roeder’s favor on Thursday.

  An atypical start to the season, an atypical start to his round at Lu Lu. Roeder, an imposing ball-striker at 6’4”, didn’t register his first par until the 171-yard No. 6 (par 3, 171 yards), an uphill par 3 with a demanding two-tier green. Roeder left his hybrid on the lower shelf and rolled his par putt into tap-in territory.

  Three squares and two circles filled the scorecard prior. Roeder, a retired Air Force pilot who works in flight simulation at Fort Dix, opened with a birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 475 yards) by knocking a sand wedge 85 yards to five feet. Roeder also birdied the distinguished No. 4 (par 3, 116 yards), stopping a gap wedge at 10 feet. A three-putt from 30 feet on No. 2 (par 4, 353 yards), and a pair of wayward drives and forced punch-outs on Nos. 3 (par 4, 424 yards) and 5 (par 4, 429 yards), led to bogeys.

  Relying on a steady putter to overshadow an inconsistent driver, Roeder soon settled from a wild start. He registered 14 greens in regulation to remain on the leaderboard.

  On the par 4, 345-yard 11th hole, Roeder returned to even thanks to a five-foot birdie. He hit a sand wedge from 70 yards and learned his line from playing partner Mark Cubberley, who faced an identical downhill putt. Seemingly cleared for championship takeoff, a three-putt on the par 4, 360-yard 14th kept Roeder on the runway. He redeemed the error with a feel-good birdie on the par 4, 333-yard 16th hole. Roeder knocked a sand wedge 80 yards to four feet.

  When asked to cite a reason for a turnaround in 2017, Roeder first credits his equipment. He’s finally getting comfortable with a set of Mizuno irons acquired a year ago. Roeder quickly adds his clubmates to the list.

  “Playing all of those games at Little Mill has made me play better. Either you play well or you lose money,” he said. “There’s a lot of good competition there. Playing with those guys, I think that’s really helped me.”

  Roeder and his Little Mill friends also played a practice round at Lu Lu last week. He dutifully jotted down notes that proved beneficial.

  “There are some pins out here that you don’t want to be above. There are spots where you don’t want to miss,” Roeder said.

  It’s been a series of missed cuts and opportunities for Roeder over the years. He finally arrived at a victorious Senior destination Thursday.

  Tash, who played in the morning, carded 16 pars, a birdie and a bogey in regulation.

  “My round was good but I didn’t hit anything close at all. I really had one opportunity for birdie today and I made it,” Tash, 55, of Thorofare, N.J., said. “Most of my [birdie putts] were 30 feet today. But I putted the ball well enough not to make any mistakes.”

  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 11th year, is held in his honor.

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Overall
Name, club Score
*Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club 71
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club 71
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 72
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 73
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 73
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club 74
Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 74
J.R. Cattoni, Huntsville Golf Club 74
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 74
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 74
Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club 75
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 75
Frank Brigidi, III, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
David West, Whitford Country Club 75
Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club 76
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club 76
Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 76
Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton 76
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook 76
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club 77
Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club 77
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 77
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 77
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club 78
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 78
Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club 78
Cameron Campbell, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 79
Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club 79
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club 79
Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 80
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 80
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 80
Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club 81
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 81
Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers  Golf & Country Club 82
Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 82
Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club 82
George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 82
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National 82
Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 82
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 82
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Jim Dalzell, Linwood Country Club 82
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 83
John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club 83
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 83
Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 83
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 83
Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club 83
Lawrence Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club 83
Bob Walsh, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 83
Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club 84
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club 84
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 85
Robert Yermish, Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Jeff Lysek, Five Ponds Golf Club 86
Jim Simmons, Stonewall 86
Stew Butler, Indian Valley Country Club 86
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 86
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club 86
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 87
Gary Shearman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 88
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 89
Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 92
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 94
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club WD
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA DQ
Ages 55-59
Name, club Score
Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club 71
Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club 71
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 72
Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 73
Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club 74
J.R. Cattoni, Huntsville Golf Club 74
Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club 75
Frank Brigidi, III, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
David West, Whitford Country Club 75
Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club 76
Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club 76
Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton 76
Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook 76
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club 77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 77
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Patrick O’Brien, North Hills Country Club 78
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 78
Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club 78
Cameron Campbell, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Buddy Reed, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 79
Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club 79
John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club 79
Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club 82
George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 82
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National 82
Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 82
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 82
Jim Dalzell, Linwood Country Club 82
John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club 83
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club 83
Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 83
Lawrence Piekarsky, Hidden Creek Golf Club 83
Bob Walsh, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club 84
Robert Yermish, Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Jeff Lysek, Five Ponds Golf Club 86
Jim Simmons, Stonewall 86
Stew Butler, Indian Valley Country Club 86
Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 92
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 94
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA DQ
Ages 60 and over
Name, club Score
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 73
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 74
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 74
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 74
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 75
Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club 76
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club 77
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 77
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 78
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 80
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 80
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 80
Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club 81
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 81
Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 81
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers  Golf & Country Club 82
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 82
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 83
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 83
Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club 83
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 83
Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club 84
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 85
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 86
Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club 86
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 87
Gary Shearman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 88
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 89
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club WD
*-determined in playoff
DQ-disqualificiation; WD-withdrawal