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Edgmont’s Quinn claims Senior crown in Chapman Cup (Gross)

READING, Pa. — The treacherous par 4, 405-yard 15th hole at Berkshire Country Club (par 71, 6,269 yards) gave the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) field fits Wednesday. Michael Quinn mastered its complexity with a rousing birdie — a critical conversion in his eventual conquest.

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  The Edgmont Country Club member carded a 2-under-par 69 to claim the tournament’s Senior title. Quinn, 65, of East Fallowfield, Pa., also won in 2011 at Little Mill Country Club. He defeated Craig Scott in a playoff that year.

  “It’s phenomenal to be in the winner’s circle again,” a thrilled Quinn said. “I put enough work in on my golf, and it paid off today. It’s hard to bring your practice work onto the golf course and maintain your equilibrium and emotions. It’s really gratifying, especially playing against Ray Thompson, Chip Lutz and a whole lot of other great players.”

  The aforementioned Thompson, an Overbrook Golf Club member, carded a 1-over-par 72 to finish second. The Ridge at Back Brook’s Bert Kosup, the tournament’s defending champion, tied for fourth at 75.

  Touting a lethal putting surface with little margin for error, the 15th hole played nearly two strokes over par Wednesday. A downhill 20-footer for birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 423 yards) primed Quinn for the tough task ahead. He slung a drive down the left side of No. 15, setting up an ideal yardage of 167 to a back left hole location.

  “It was a perfect 6-iron for me — slightly uphill, slightly into the breeze, all carry because of the false front,” Quinn said. “I looked at my ballmark when I got up there, and I hit four feet in front of the hole. It danced around and ended at a foot. It was nice to have a tap-in there. I knew that was absolutely huge.”

  Was it ever. Quinn gained a three-stroke edge with three holes remaining. He followed pars on Nos. 16 (par 3, 176 yards) and 17 (par 4, 367 yards) with a celebratory 3 on the 18th hole (par 4, 318 yards). With 123 yards to a back hole location, Quinn knocked a wedge to 20 feet and canned a left-to-right breaker.

  “Just the setting of all of my peers looking down [from the deck behind the 18th green] … to roll that putt in was a highlight,” Quinn said.

  Quinn, playing in the event’s final group, began his championship bid with a pair of highlights. A 20-yard pitch to six feet resulted in a birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 485 yards). Quinn played the tempting par 4, 270-yard No. 2 conservatively, laying up with a 3-iron hybrid and smacking a three-quarter sand wedge 82 yards. He deposited a quick seven-footer for birdie. Back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 7 (par 4, 320 yards) and 8 (par 4, 302 yards) tampered with Quinn’s fiery start. On the first, he left a gap wedge from 115 yards on the middle edge of a three-tiered green. Quinn rolled an aggressive putt to four feet and missed the ensuing par attempt. He babied a wedge on No. 8, chipped out of an elevated sidehill lie and failed to execute a six-footer.

  A birdie on the par 3, 125-yard No. 9 allowed Quinn to turn in even. He pured a wedge to seven feet above the flagstick.

  “That putt was really quick coming down. I was a little frisky with it, but it hit the middle of the hole and went in,” Quinn said. “If it didn’t go in the hole, it was going to be six or seven feet by.”

  Quinn’s position heading in put him in select company. Only a handful of competitors stood at level par thru nine holes Wednesday. The field scoring average settled at 82 on a cool and overcast day.

  “It was a good test,” Thompson, 63, of Drexel Hill, Pa., said. “The greens are challenging. You really needed to know where to land it. You had your hands full if you missed on the wrong side. All in all, I hit the ball pretty well, so I can’t complain. Michael played great.”

  “Even though I’m 65, I plan on playing in the Senior Division,” Quinn said. “I’m playing in the [BMW Philadelphia] Amateur in a couple of weeks. It’d be phenomenal just to make the cut, to play with the young guys and be inspired. That’s kind of my goal.”

  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 ninth year, is held in his honor.

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Name, club Score
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 69
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
David West, Whitford Country Club 75
Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook 75
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 75
Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club 76
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 76
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 76
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 77
Hee Yoo, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 78
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 78
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 78
Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club 78
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 78
Buddy Reed, Back Creek Golf Club 79
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 79
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 79
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 79
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 79
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Dave Caldwell, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Jim Simmons, Stonewall 80
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 80
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 80
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 80
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National 81
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 81
Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club 81
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 81
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 81
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 81
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Scott Orr, Bellewood Country Club 82
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 82
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 83
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 83
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 83
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 83
Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 84
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 84
Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook 84
Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 84
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 84
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 84
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 84
Tom Coffey, Sr, Chester Valley Golf Club 84
Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club 85
Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club 85
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 85
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 85
Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club 85
Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 85
John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club 86
Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club 86
Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club 86
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 86
Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club 87
Michael Brady, Jericho National Golf Club 87
Ward Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook 88
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 88
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 88
Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 89
Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
Bob Enders, Running Deer Golf Club 92
John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 96
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club NS
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club WD
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club WD
Neal Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club WD
Ages 55-59
Name, club Score
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
David West, Whitford Country Club 75
Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club 76
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 76
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Hee Yoo, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 78
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 78
Buddy Reed, Back Creek Golf Club 79
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 79
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 79
Dave Caldwell, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Jim Simmons, Stonewall 80
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 80
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National 81
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 81
Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Scott Orr, Bellewood Country Club 82
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 82
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 83
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 83
Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 84
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 84
Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook 84
Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 84
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club 85
Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club 85
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 85
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 85
Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club 85
Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Ward Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook 88
Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
Bob Enders, Running Deer Golf Club 92
John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 96
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club WD
Neal Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club WD
Ages 60 & over
Name, club Score
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 69
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook 75
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 75
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 76
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 77
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 78
Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club 78
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 78
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 79
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 79
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 80
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 80
James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club 81
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 81
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 81
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 81
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 83
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 83
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 84
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 84
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 84
Tom Coffey, Sr, Chester Valley Golf Club 84
Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 85
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club 86
Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club 86
Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club 86
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 86
Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club 87
Michael Brady, Jericho National Golf Club 87
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 88
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 88
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 89
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club NS
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club WD
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club WD