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Diorio dominates front nine at Old York, wins Warner (Net)

  CHESTERFIELD, N.J. – The Warner Cup (Net) was a tale of two drastically different nines – and two brothers – for The Springhaven Club’s R.B. Diorio, Jr. | Scorecards | History |

  Playing alongside his younger sibling, and runner-up, Dwight, the eldest Diorio fired a net 5-under 66 to firmly grab the Warner (Net) title Tuesday at Old York Country Club (par 71, 5,750 yards). His wide-ranging net splits of 8-under on the front and 3-over on the back equaled a natural score of 8-over 79 while playing under a 13 handicap.

  The win marks the first individual GAP title for Springhaven’s former president of four years.

  The title was the 59-year-old’s to lose after just a few holes. R.B. converted up-and-down pars on Nos. 1 (par 4, 361 yards) and 3 (par 5, 465 yards) to pair with a solid birdie on No. 2 (par 3 157 yards). Then, a major propeller of R.B.’s 1-under gross front nine, which he called a personal record, arrived on the par-3, 109-yard 5th.

  With confidence stemming from a great start, R.B. selected wedge there and flipped it to 25 feet above the hole, then made the sliding putt for his second birdie of the day. But he wasn’t done there. After a phenomenal drive on the par-4, 275-yard 6th, R.B. again nestled a wedge approach safely on the green. He drained that 8-foot attempt for his third and final natural red number of the round.

  “I was feeling pretty good because I had a good swing going, and I usually struggle with tempo. I kept it going for the first 13 holes,” said R.B. “Then it was a different story.”

  On No. 14, R.B. says his “bad swing came back”, eventually leading to tough triples on Nos. 16 (par 5, 543 yards) and 17 (par 4, 342 yards). It didn’t matter in the end, though. R.B. finished two shots clear of Dwight, and most importantly, on top of the 56-player leaderboard.

  After the round, Dwight, a member of Rolling Green Golf Club, had plenty of high post-round praise for his playing partner. He says he and his brother play a ton of golf together, and usually share success. R.B, however, did give Dwight a nod of approval despite who won title today.

  “For years I had the upper hand. Now he’s the better player,” said R.B. “He hits the ball far, and the older I get, I’m happier to just get the ball straight and in the fairway.”

  “Yeah, but you won a GAP event! I can’t believe it,” said Dwight, 55, of Media, Pa., while embracing his newly-crowned brother.

  “I’ll probably catch a lot of flak from the members, but it’s nice,” said R.B., glancing at his newest piece of hardware. “I think its recognition for not only myself, but also the club. I’m thrilled.”

  Last year’s champion William McCabe, Jr. of McCall Golf & Country Club carded an even-par 71, placing him tied for fifth.

  Today’s event marked the rescheduled date of the Warner Cup from earlier this season. The original date in late May was rained out.

  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
R. B. Diorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club 66
Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club 68
James Barron, Hartefeld National 70
Aaron Rosenzweig, PineCrest Country Club 70
George Marshalek, Coatesville Country Club 71
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 71
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 71
Steve Backstrom, Little Mill Country Club 71
Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club 72
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club 72
Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club 72
John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club 73
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club 73
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 73
Bruce Iacobucci, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club 75
David Pullen, Burlington Country Club 75
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 76
John Patton, Little Mill Country Club 76
John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 77
Bernie Grossman, Yardley Country Club 77
Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf Club 77
Jim MacFarlane, Merchantville Country Club 78
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club 78
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club 79
Vincent Torno, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Richard Hunt, Medford Lakes Country Club 79
Paul Visokey, Yardley Country Club 79
Basil Gilfillian, Little Mill Country Club 80
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Jan Daniels, Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 81
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club 81
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 81
Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club 82
Richard Ogorek, Fieldstone Golf Club 82
Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club 82
Dennis McCarty, Little Mill Country Club 82
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 82
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Greg Duffy, Indian Valley Country Club 83
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 83
Bryan Connolly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 83
Joseph Cody, Talamore Country Club 85
Brian Mulvenna, White Oaks Country Club 85
Robert Konczyk, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 92
Patrick Riley, The Bucks Club 101
Brian Fiala, Concord Country Club NS
Richard Sperry, Merion Golf Club NS
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club WD
James Ruddy, Sr., Spring Mill Country Club WD
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
6-10 Handicap
Name, club Net
Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club 68
James Barron, Hartefeld National 70
George Marshalek, Coatesville Country Club 71
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 71
Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club 72
John Martinson, Saucon Valley Country Club 73
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 76
John Patton, Little Mill Country Club 76
Jim MacFarlane, Merchantville Country Club 78
John Riccio, Jericho National Golf Club 77
Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 81
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club 79
Basil Gilfillian, Little Mill Country Club 80
Greg Duffy, Indian Valley Country Club 83
Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club 82
Richard Ogorek, Fieldstone Golf Club 82
Robert Konczyk, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Brian Fiala, Concord Country Club NS
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
11-15 Handicap
Name, club Net
R. B. Diorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club 66
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 71
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club 72
Steve Backstrom, Little Mill Country Club 71
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club 73
Bruce Iacobucci, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club 75
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 73
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club 78
Vincent Torno, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 77
Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club 82
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club 81
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Dennis McCarty, Little Mill Country Club 82
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 83
Bryan Connolly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 83
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 83
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 92
Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club WD
James Ruddy, Sr., Spring Mill Country Club WD
16-24 Handicap
Name, club Net
Aaron Rosenzweig, PineCrest Country Club 70
Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club 72
David Pullen, Burlington Country Club 75
Bernie Grossman, Yardley Country Club 77
Jan Daniels, Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Richard Hunt, Medford Lakes Country Club 79
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 81
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 82
Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf Club 77
Paul Visokey, Yardley Country Club 79
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Joseph Cody, Talamore Country Club 85
Brian Mulvenna, White Oaks Country Club 85
Patrick Riley, The Bucks Club 101
Richard Sperry, Merion Golf Club NS
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD