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Fightin’ Roc: Irey tops Supers in Chapman at Commonwealth

June 6, 2018

HORSHAM, Pa. – Lookaway Golf Club’s Roc Irey has undergone two cancer surgeries over the past four months. His doctors have told him to take it easy on the golf.

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Irey made things look easy at Commonwealth National Golf Club (par 71, 6,071 yards). The 65-year-old, fighting prostate cancer and set to undergo more treatment in a few weeks, fired a 1-under 70 to claim the Frank H. Chapman Cup Super-Senior title.

  It was his first Golf Association of Philadelphia individual trophy. Irey topped a field of 45 Super-Senior hopefuls.

  “It means a lot. I’ve played in GAP events for a long time, but this is my first piece of hardware,” said Irey, of Furlong, Pa. “You guys have made it tough on me.”

  Not on Wednesday.

  The champion’s day started with a red number on No. 1 (par 5, 477 yards). A driver set him with a 5-iron second shot that left him with a wedge shot from 40 yards out. Irey placed the wedge approach to 10 feet, which he drained for 4. Bogey blemishes on Nos. 2 (par 4, 353 yards) and 9 (par 4, 400 yards) – both three putts – left him at 1 over making the turn.

  Commonwealth’s testing back hosted Irey’s championship run. A red number surfaced on No. 11 (par 5, 485 yards), where Irey went 3-wood off the tee, followed by 7-iron and wedge from 80 yards. He jarred a six-footer there to get level.

  It was down the homestretch where the champion claimed the hardware. On No. 16 (par 3, 159 yards), Irey equipped 8-iron. A 20-foot birdie bomb came soon after. The real deciding hole was ultimately No. 17 (par 3, 334 yards). Irey ripped a stinging driver to the left edge of the fairway, leaving him with just 80 yards in. His wedge skipped on the front of the green, settling to six feet. The putt was good.

  Irey bettered Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Buck Jones, last year’s Super-Senior Silver Cross Award winner, by a single stroke.

  As a former member of Commonwealth, in its first four years of existence beginning in 1990, Irey utilized his experience to put himself in position consistently to succeed. The former GAP Executive Committee Member hit 17 greens in regulation.

  “I was all over the flagstick and greens today. I was stuffing almost everything,” he said.

  Doctors have informed Irey his prostate cancer has spread. The next step in his fight with cancer is radiation therapy, which will run two months. As a frequent GAP competitor and friend of all, Irey knows he’ll have support from his fellow competitors and the Association.

  “What else can you do? You go out and play golf. The doctors have told me to take it easy and not to pick up a club at times. But I come out here and play with my buddies. In the Warner Cup, I wasn’t allowed to play, but I came out anyway,” said Irey, who finished tied for second at Concord Country Club with a 4-over 75. “I was just chipping and bumping the ball around. That’s all.”

  Irey is scheduled to play in the GAP Senior Amateur Championship. He says he’ll have to play it by ear depending on how treatment goes.

  “We’ll see what happens. But like I said, what else can you really do,” said Irey. “You just take it day-by-day and keep fighting.”

  Keep fighting, Roc.

  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 11th year, is held in his honor.

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Super-Senior Division results
Name, club Score
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 70
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 71
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 73
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Tom DiCinti, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club 74
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 74
Dan Burton, Lancaster Country Club 75
Gary Gordon, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Bennett Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club 75
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club 75
Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 76
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club 76
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club 77
Drew Swenda, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club 77
Matthew Bellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Richard Krauss, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 78
Terrence Sawyer, Lu Lu Country Club 78
Bernie Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club 79
Joe Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club 79
William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club 79
Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club 79
David Taylor, White Manor Country Club 79
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club 80
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Charles McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Robert Ockenfuss, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
James Prendergast, Spring Ford Country Club 81
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 82
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 83
John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club 83
Jeffrey True, Lebanon Country Club 83
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Mark Monkhouse, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club 86
Gil Golding, Commonwealth National Golf Club 90
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 90
Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club 93
Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 94
Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club WD
WD — withdrawal