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Donatoni defeats Umani in Chapman Cup playoff

  NORTH HILLS, Pa.–Don Donatoni of White Manor CC carded a birdie on the first extra hole to defeat Richard Umani of Philadelphia Publinks GA in a sudden-death playoff for the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at North Hills CC (par 71, 6,436 yards) on Thursday. The victory marked Donatoni’s first Golf Association of Philadelphia individual win.

  “The one thing I enjoy is good competition and I’ve recognized over the years how good senior division players are in the Golf Association of Philadelphia. They were tremendous Amateurs throughout their career who continue to play at a very, very high level. There are guys that can go low out here and just to be in the hunt in some of these GAP events is a thrill for me,” said Donatoni, 60, of Malvern, Pa. “A win puts a cap on my senior division playing. I’ve made Senior Challenge Match teams and had some wonderful accolades playing on the Senior Tour. This validates all the practice I’ve put in and some of the good play I’ve had locally this year.”

  “I’ve rolled the ball well all day,” said Donatoni. “I put it two balls out and it went right where I wanted it to go.”

  Added a disappointed Umani, “I’m happy with the way I hit the ball, unfortunately, the outcome didn’t go my way. I lost to a birdie and three good shots. If I was going to lose, that’s the way to lose.”

Donatoni said he struck it well but used a couple of fortuitous bounces to get home under par. Starting on the back side, No. 10 par 4, 326 yards), Donatoni opened with a birdie after knocking his sand wedge from 95 yards to six feet. He followed that up with a wedge from 100 yards on No. 12 (par 5, 518 yards) to 10 feet to move to 2 under. A three putt on 13 (par 4, 378 yards) resulted in a bogey before Donatoni got lucky on the dogleg right 18th (par 4, 323 yards). Standing at 110 yards to the hole in the middle of the fairway and staring into the wind, he rapped a 9-iron way long and over the green. However, instead of going out of bounds, his ball ricocheted off the tree in back of the green and bounced onto the fringe of the putting surface. He would two putt for par and made the turn at 1 under.

  Donatoni opened his final nine with three straight pars before watching his second shot on No. 4 (par 5, 589 yards) rattle the right trees and come back into the fairway. He would put his approach on and save par once again.

  “Those pars kept my round going,” said Donatoni.

  Four pars and a birdie on No. 7 (par 3, 164 yards), a 7-iron to 15 feet, in his final five holes put Donatoni at 2-under.

  Umani, in search of first Association win since 1996, posted nines of 33 and 36 and he’ll be the first to tell you it should have been better. He bogeyed Nos. 17 (par 4, 419 yards) and 18 (par 4, 323 yards) from the middle of the fairway.

  “I hit a great drive on 17, I had 155 yards in and tried to hit a little 7-iron and I hit it fat,” said Umani. “On 18, I had 100 yards in and tried to hit a little GAP wedge up there and hit it in the front bunker. It came out a little strong and I chipped up to a foot for bogey.”

  Umani birdied No. 6 (par 4, 430 yards) with a fantastic 4-hybrid from 185 yards to 10 feet and then hit the same club on No. 9 (par 3, 189 yards) to 20 feet for a second under-par figure on his front nine. On No. 10 (par 4, 326 yards), Umani continued his strong play with a GAP wedge from 102 yards to three feet for birdie before riding the merry-go-round for the next seven holes.

  He bogeyed No. 12 (par 5, 518 yards) when pushing his drive right; birdied No. 13 (par 4, 378 yards) with a 9-iron from 138 yards to four feet; bogeyed No. 14 (par 3, 223 yards) with a tee ball into the right trees and then responded again on No. 15 (par 5, 515 yards) when he reached the par 5 in two and two putted from 20 feet. Umani added another red figure on No. 16 (par 4, 388 yards) when he hit an 8-iron from 144 yards to 20 feet behind the hole and made the birdie putt. He then finished with those two aforementioned bogeys.

  The Association brought the Chapman to North Hills CC as part of the club’s 100th Anniversary.

  In the Super-Senior Division, O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. of Pine Valley GC continued his strong play in earning flight honors. Brewer finished at 2-over-par 73 (par 71, 6,051 yards), two clear of his nearest rival James Sherratt of Old York Road CC.

Overall
Senior Division
*1. Don Donatoni, White Manor CC, 69
2. Richard Umani, Philadelphia Publinks GA, 69

Super-Senior Division
1. O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley GC, 73
2. James Sherratt, Old York Road CC, 75
*-won in playoff

55-59 years
Name Club Score
Richard Umani Philadelphia Publinks GA 69
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 70
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 72
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 72
Daniel B. Burton Bent Creek Country Club 73
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 73
Andy Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 74
Craig Scott Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
James Sullivan, Sr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
John Gonsior Five Ponds Golf Club 74
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Robert Lodovici Links Golf Club 74
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 74
Alan Van Horn Lu Lu Country Club 75
Martin Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 75
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Gary Daniels Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Larry Paster Philmont Country Club 76
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 76
Frank Treml Sandy Run Country Club 77
Robert Ockenfuss Indian Valley Country Club 77
Andy Goldman Philadelphia Cricket Club 78
Bill Milner Wedgwood Country Club 79
Joseph Shevlin North Hills Country Club 79
Robert Billings Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Andrew Guinan Applebrook Golf Club 80
David Taylor Radley Run Country Club 80
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 80
James Prendergast Spring Ford Country Club 80
Robert Dewitt Links Golf Club 80
Charles Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Chuck McGilloway Moselem Springs Golf Club 81
Jeb Baker DuPont Country Club 81
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club 82
Robert Murphy Wilmington Country Club 82
Thomas Mairone McCall Golf & Country Club 82
Dennis Durkin Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 83
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 83
Bob Harris Blue Bell Country Club 84
Charles Johanson Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Bernie Zbrzeznj Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Bob Majczan Lookaway Golf Club 85
John Samerjan Hopewell Valley Golf Club 86
Joseph DeAngelis Jericho National Golf Club 86
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 86
Vince Yost Cedarbrook Country Club 86
Bill Kovach Mercer Oaks Golf Course 89
Paul Keating Aronimink Golf Club NC
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club WD
60 and over
Name Club Score
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 69
Charles Whipple Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Alan Over Bent Creek Country Club 75
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 75
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Jack Holland Whitford Country Club 77
John Rowe Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77
Ken Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 77
Ted Beringer Philadelphia Country Club 77
Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club 78
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 78
Ron Mittendorf Blue Bell Country Club 78
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 78
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 79
Stephan Whitenack Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
John Cech Riverton Country Club 81
Terrence Sawyer Yardley Country Club 81
Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 81
Frank Kunze Spring Ford Country Club 82
Frank Petrecco Yardley Country Club 82
Thomas Morgan Riverton Country Club 82
Carlyle Robinson Fox Hill Country Club 83
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 83
George May Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 84
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 84
Rick Bunn McCall Golf & Country Club 86
Jim Lloyd Running Deer Golf Club 88
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 88
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club 90
Dennis Perna Spring Ford Country Club WD
Gary Gordon Talamore Country Club WD
Super Senior
Name Club Score
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. Pine Valley Golf Club 73
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 75
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 76
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 76
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 76
Jay Howson, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 76
Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club 76
Fred Jones Merion Golf Club 77
Bob Wicker Little Mill Country Club 78
Kent Weymouth, Jr. Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
James Hilty Talamore Country Club 80
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 80
Lawrence Capuzzi ,Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 80
Andrew Hamilton, III The Springhaven Club 81
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 81
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 81
Bob Killian Links Golf Club 82
Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club 82
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 82
Christopher Frazier Sunnybrook Golf Club 85
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 85
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 86
John MacDonald Medford Lakes Country Club 87
Jay Guben JC Melrose Country Club 88
Donald Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 90
Ernest Eichenberg, III Waynesborough Country Club 90
Edward Noble Tavistock Country Club 92
John Ayres Woodbury Country Club 94
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal