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Collins claims Chapman (Net) title at Sand Barrens

Cape May Court House, N.J. – Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Hank Collins loves Golf Association of Philadelphia net events for a few reasons. But as of late, it seems he’s enjoyed taking home net event hardware the most.

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  In an 18-hole individual stableford format, Collins fired a gross score of 84 en route to the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Net) overall title with 45 net points. After finishing as runner-up in the event last year at Heidelberg Country Club, Collins bettered a field of 26 players on his way to the winner’s circle at Sand Barrens Golf Club (par 72, 5,816 yards).

  “It was a good day on the golf course. I had a number of good birdies chances, mostly within 10 feet, but only got one to fall,” he said.

  That jarred birdie came on No. 14 (par 3, 125 yards) after a four-hole par stretch that propelled him to the top. His pitching wedge on the short par 3 left him with an eight-foot look. The putt hit nothing but the bottom of the cup.

  “I didn’t have many other standout moments besides that one, to be honest,” said Collins, 78, of Berwyn, Pa. “I kept my ball out of trouble today and hit it straight, for the most part. The last time I played this golf course was 20 years ago, so it was good to come back here.”

  Other than his recent success in the Chapman (Net), Collins was also crowned champion in the Tee it Forward Fall Net Championship at Schuylkill Country Club in August. He posted 43 net points to win that event.

   “Part of the reason I always play in these [net events] is to see and play new golf courses,” said Collins. “We know, every year, that we’re guaranteed entry into the GAP net events. They’re always extremely well run and great events overall. The people are great, the courses are great, and it’s always a pleasure.”

  Collins treasures the memories he has forged through the years playing consistently in the Warner and Chapman (Net) events, in addition to the Tee it Forward Championships. If he keeps up the success at this rate, however, he’ll need to find more storage space.

  “[The trophies] are up there on the bookshelf,” said Collins. “But that’s not what the shelf was made for. I’m not giving up any more books.”

  Taking home the Women’s Division title was Flourtown Country Club’s Alison Kellock . She carded a gross score of 90, good for 37 net points, which bettered LedgeRock Golf Club’s Charlotte Kocher by six.

  “It feels so great [to win],” said Kellock, 51, of Oreland, Pa. “This is my third GAP event, all this year. Seeing new golf courses is great, but playing with my best friends in an official event while representing my club at the same time is just so fun.”

  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 Net tournament is held in his honor.

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Overall
Name, club Points
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 45
Dirk Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf Club 43
Scott Schaffer, Galloway National Golf Club 42
Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club 41
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 40
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 39
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 39
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 38
William Brady, The Springhaven Club 37
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 37
Kenneth Brown, French Creek Golf Club 35
Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 35
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 34
Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club 34
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 34
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 33
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 33
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 32
Roland Thomas, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 30
Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club 30
Michael O’Donnell, Talamore Country Club 29
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 29
Joe Kelly, Deerwood Country Club 27
Dean Rosini, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 24
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 24
Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 21
 
First Flight
Name, club Points
Dirk Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf Club 43
Scott Schaffer, Galloway National Golf Club 42
Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club 41
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 40
Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 35
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 34
Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club 34
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 33
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 33
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 32
Roland Thomas, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 30
Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club 30
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 24
Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 21
 
Second Flight
Name, club Points
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 45
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 39
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 39
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 38
William Brady, The Springhaven Club 37
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 37
Kenneth Brown, French Creek Golf Club 35
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 34
Michael O’Donnell, Talamore Country Club 29
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 29
Joe Kelly, Deerwood Country Club 27
Dean Rosini, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 24
 
Women’s Division
Name, club Points
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club 37
Charlotte Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 31