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Edgmont’s Clossick repeats; tops Chapman (Net)

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – Jim Clossick of Edgmont CC repeated as the Chapman Memorial (Net) champion Wednesday on the strength of a 41-point total under the Stableford point format at Green Valley CC (par 71, 6,163 yards).

  Clossick’s 3-under-par net score of 68 allowed him to top the 94-player field under ideal tournament conditions.

  “I was very surprised [to win],” said Clossick, who carded a gross birdie on the par 5, 3rd hole (480 yards). “I had some trouble out there at times but I played a little better on the back nine.”

  After a miscue on the par 5, 11th hole (478 yards) caused Clossick to make a quadruple bogey, the 64-year old calmed down and played the final seven holes in 3-over-par.

  “My putting definitely helped me out,” he said. “I was able to scramble out there for a lot of pars, especially from some long distances.”

  One of those long putts came on No. 13 (par 4, 353 yards) when the Newtown Square, Pa., resident sent in a 25-foot, downhill, left-to-right-breaking bomb that slammed into the back of the cup, bounced up into the air and dropped in for a remarkable 4.

  “In cases like that, when you’re not playing as well as you could be, it’s great because you still pick up a good score,” he said. “It was a lucky roll.”

  Lucky or not the Edgmont CC member bested the field with his decent play.

  “It’s crazy to win this again,” said Clossick, who took last year’s contest at Linwood CC with a net score of 64. “It was a shock last year, too. I’m absolutely elated.”

  Finishing in a close second place with 40 points was Bill Smith of Sandy Run CC who torched the front nine with four consecutive gross birdies to start his day.

  “It was unbelievable, I was just putting it together,” he said of his 4-under-par start. “My drives were all straight and my irons were perfect and close. I think the [longest] putt I had was 12 feet.”

  Smith could have kept it going but got a little too risky with his putting and unfortunately four putted the par 3, 8th hole (137 yards).

  “I got a little aggressive,” he joked. “I was making the birds so I got a little too aggressive, lipped it out and rolled it six feet by [the hole].

  “Oh well, I guess I came back to reality.”

  The Chapman Memorial Net was changed to an individual Stableford format this year after two years as an individual net stroke play event.

  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 gross portion of Chapman Memorial Cup held at North Hills CC this past July.

  The Chapman Memorial Cup is named for Frank H. Chapman, who served as the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer for 23 years. Players with a USGA Handicap Index of 7.1 and above were eligible to compete in today’s tournament.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Results
Net Stableford Points
Overall

1. Jim Clossick, Edgmont Country Club 41

T2. Bill Smith, Sandy Run CC 40

T2. Brendan Kearney, Sandy Run CC 40

4-11 Handicap
1. Robert Zowney, Sandy Run CC 37

12-15 Handicap
1. Charles White, Merion GC 37

16 & Over Handicap
1. Gus Pedicone, Sandy Run CC 36

Results
First Flight (4-11 Hdcp)
Name Club Points
Bill Smith Sandy Run Country Club 40
Robert Zowney Sandy Run Country Club 37
Curtis Young Merion Golf Club 36
Don Neill Talamore Country Club 35
Frank Petrecco Yardley Country Club 35
John DePaul Sandy Run Country Club 35
Norman Strobel Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 35
Steven Owens JC Melrose Country Club 35
Fred Schrader Merion Golf Club 34
Irving Kraft Philmont Country Club 34
Laurence Darnell St. Davids Golf Club 34
Robert Agran Wyncote Golf Club 34
Frederick Hirsekorn Tavistock Country Club 33
Daniel Flynn Sandy Run Country Club 32
James Jennings Wedgwood Country Club 32
Morgan Maxwell Chester Valley Golf Club 32
Bob Abramski Talamore Country Club 31
John Filmyer Lu Lu Country Club 31
Joseph Herzog Sandy Run Country Club 31
Lloyd McGinley Lu Lu Country Club 31
Michael McCorriston Jericho National Golf Club 31
Bill Kovach Mercer Oaks Golf Course 30
James Wiley Lu Lu Country Club 30
Rich Bernat Sandy Run Country Club 29
Ronald Vogel Sandy Run Country Club 28
James Rocks Wedgwood Country Club 27
Joe Wolos JC Melrose Country Club 27
Donald Logan Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 26
John Patton Medford Lakes Country Club 26
Charles Loughery, Jr. Sandy Run Country Club 25
Tom Polinski Downingtown Golf Club 25
Bob Cerulli Sandy Run Country Club 24
Jack Endicott Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 24
Michael Connor Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 22
Felton Walker Little Mill Country Club DQ
Second Flight (12-15Hdcp)
Name Club Points
Brendan Kearney Sandy Run Country Club 40
Charles White Merion Golf Club 37
Edward Godshall Heidelberg Country Club 36
Larry Bergman JC Melrose Country Club 36
Jay Scattergood Heidelberg Country Club 35
George Connell Overbrook Golf Club 33
James Cardano Cedarbrook Country Club 33
Ronald Hooven Talamore Country Club 33
Edward Noble Tavistock Country Club 32
Robert Hennessy Wedgwood Country Club 32
Ronald Rice Lu Lu Country Club 32
Samuel Allen, M.D. Merion Golf Club 32
William Weihenmayer Huntingdon Valley Country Club 32
Michael Hannigan Sandy Run Country Club 31
Richard Taylor, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 31
Albert Cupo Sandy Run Country Club 30
John DeCarlo, M.D. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 29
Joseph McLane JC Melrose Country Club 29
David Cagnetti Lu Lu Country Club 28
Robert Heaton Makefield Highlands Golf Club 28
Francis Sbandi, Esq. Edgmont Country Club 27
David Steele Lancaster Country Club 26
Mike Kyle Bala Golf Club 26
Jay Guben JC Melrose Country Club 25
Joseph Hannigan Sandy Run Country Club 25
Paul Watson Makefield Highlands Golf Club 25
Kyran Connelly Makefield Highlands Golf Club 23
Thomas Lee Sandy Run Country Club 23
George Becker, Jr. Doylestown Country Club 22
Frederick Weiler Sandy Run Country Club 21
Joseph Howson St. Davids Golf Club 20
Third Flight (16 & Over Hdcp)
Name Club Points
Jim Clossick Edgmont Country Club 41
Gus Pedicone Sandy Run Country Club 36
E. Gerald Hurst, Jr. Lookaway Golf Club 35
Ray Rittersbach Cedarbrook Country Club 35
John Sly, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 34
Vincent Torno McCall Golf & Country Club 33
Barrie Cole Llanerch Country Club 32
Francis Burns Sandy Run Country Club 32
Thomas Connolly Medford Lakes Country Club 32
Tom Glynn Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 32
James Hatch, Jr. Lu Lu Country Club 31
Brian Mulvenna Greate Bay Country Club 30
James Yackamovitch Sandy Run Country Club 30
Bill Gonzalez Rolling Green Golf Club 29
Bucky Mansuy Plymouth Country Club 29
Jim Sheppard Makefield Highlands Golf Club 29
James Flick The Springhaven Club 28
Robert Logan Overbrook Golf Club 28
Robert Murphy Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 28
Jim Carrigan Moselem Springs Golf Club 27
John Long Edgmont Country Club 27
George Hilley McCall Golf & Country Club 26
Howard Hansell McCall Golf & Country Club 26
Thomas Laudenslager Hershey’s Mill Golf Club 25
William Carr, Jr. Merion Golf Club 24
John Madara, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 22
Bill Arent Makefield Highlands Golf Club 21
Victor Dunphy Lu Lu Country Club NS
DQ-disqualified; NS-no show