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Chapman (Gross): Huntingdon Valley’s Whipple wins Super-Senior

 NEW HOPE, PA. — Charles Whipple of Huntingdon Valley Country Club canned a downhill 25-footer for birdie on No. 10, the first playoff hole, to best Herbert Gordon of Doylestown Country Club for the Super-Senior title in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Jericho National Golf Club (par 72, 6,217 yards) Thursday. Both players finished regulation in a 2-over-par 74 deadlock.

   “It feels fabulous,” Whipple, 65, of Meadowbrook, Pa., said. “I didn’t think I was playing well enough to win, and then I realized I was playing well. I went home, looked at live scoring and saw there were five or six really good players in front of me [scoring well]. I lucked out. I got the win.”

  In the playoff, Whipple carried the fairway bunkers with a towering drive and knocked a wedge 100 yards to 25 feet above the flagstick. Gordon missed the green right with a wedge from 110 yards. He chipped up to six feet. Start Whipple’s fireworks.

   “One of the guys I played with this morning had a similar putt,” he said. “I knew it didn’t do much. I just hit it right at the hole. It didn’t break. I didn’t do too much thinking.”

  In regulation, Whipple relished in the morning breeze and avoided trouble throughout his round.

   “I didn’t make any mistakes,” Whipple, 65, of Meadowbrook, Pa., said. “I kept it in play and got up-and-down when I needed to.”

  Starting on the back nine, Whipple wobbled on the uphill No. 11 (par 4, 335 yards). He logged a double bogey courtesy of a lethal missed green/three-putt combination. Poor approaches also led to bogeys on Nos. 1 (par 5, 536 yards) and 16 (par 4, 383 yards). Whipple birdied two par 5s to soften the mistakes. Close chips supplemented strong 5-woods on Nos. 7 (505 yards) and 14 (524 yards).

  Playing in the afternoon, Gordon, who also started on the back nine, began with a bogey on No. 10 (par 4, 371 yards) after a three-putt from 35 feet. He dropped back to even with a birdie on No. 14 (par 5, 524 yards), sticking a wedge to eight feet. Gordon also birdied the 18th hole (par 4, 369 yards) following a 140-yard 8-iron shot to four feet. He dumped an 8-iron approach into the right greenside bunker and bogeyed No. 1 (par 5, 536 yards). Gordon followed a rousing eagle on the par 5, 505-yard No. 7 with consecutive bogeys to finished chained with Whipple atop the Super-Senior leaderboard.

  Ultimately, Gordon, 72, of Doylestown, Pa., felt fortunate to be in a position to triumph.

   “I got very lucky today,” he said.

  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 seventh year, is held in his honor.

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Name, club Score
*Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Herbert Gordon, Doylestown Country Club 74
Art Brosius, Golf Course at Glen Mills 75
Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club 75
Mark Shuman, Whitford Country Club 75
George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 76
John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club 76
Ken Gaskill, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 76
Edward Pappas, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
George McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club 78
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club 78
Raymond Fuller, Running Deer Golf Club 78
Ronaldo Gunn, Pine Valley Golf Club 78
James Haynie, Lu Lu Country Club 79
John Cech, Riverton Country Club 79
Michael Rowland, Lehigh Country Club 79
Terry Fair, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club 80
Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club 80
Terry Law, Yardley Country Club 81
Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 82
David Jordan, Sakima Country Club 83
Fred Jones, Merion Golf Club 83
George Carr, Running Deer Golf Club 83
Jim Lloyd, Running Deer Golf Club 83
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 86
Jim Robertson, Saucon Valley Country Club 86
John Patton, Little Mill Country Club 87
John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club 87
Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club 89
Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club 90
Gary Gordon, Talamore Country Club 91
John Paul, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia Country Club WD