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Francis B. Warner Cup (Net): French Creek

Pilla, Williams-Woodward catch lightning in Warner Cup (Net) at French Creek

ELVERSON, Pa. – Two days, two rain delays, two match-of-scorecards, and finally, two champions.

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That was the tale of the Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) held at French Creek Golf Club (par 70, 5, 541 yards) on Wednesday… and eventually Thursday, too.

Taking home the overall title was Bellewood Country Club’s Terry Williams-Woodward. His 6-under 64 net score propelled him to the trophy after a match of scorecards with Talamore Country Club’s Mark Angel. The tiebreaker came down to the net back-nine scores, the USGA’s recommended method, where Williams-Woodward went 2-under par bettering Angel’s 1-under total.

The overall champ’s day was over early, getting off the course before the first delay of 50 minutes arrived at 2:05 p.m., putting a damper on the day’s outlook. A second severe weather delay arrived at 4:45 p.m. and suspended Wednesday’s action for good. Thunderstorms and tornado warnings were abundant throughout the area at that point.

“I was happy to be one of the first groups of the course, for sure. It was definitely an advantage,” said Williams-Woodward, 63, of Collegeville, Pa. “I was even done with lunch before the first delay. It was a beautiful morning for me, but unfortunately not so great for the rest of the [afternoon wave].”

While no gross birdies were jarred during his round, Williams-Woodward entrusted steady, consistent golf en route to the winner’s circle. Playing as an 11-handicap, his gross score of 75 speaks testament to his Warner (Net) performance.

“This was only the second round I’ve carded in the 70s this season, so it was honestly a big round for me. I didn’t have many highlights out there, but I was hitting and putting the ball well overall,” he said.

Eight players traveled back to French Creek Thursday to resume play at 9 a.m. A phone call later in the morning informing Williams-Woodward of his victory came as a welcomed surprise.

“I had my playing partner, John Lobb, sending me updates on the leaderboard. But I wasn’t sure where I stood this morning after not hearing anything last night,” said Williams-Woodward. “Winning a trophy in a GAP event like this is the biggest golfing achievement of my 37 years of playing.”

While Williams-Woodward can thank Mother Nature for some support, ultimately it was a career round that brought the sun back out and a champion his crown.

In the Women’s Flight, Kathy Pilla took home the top spot with a 3-over 73 net score. Pilla, of Avondale, Pa., won a scorecard playoff over fellow Fieldstone Golf Club member Dawn Welte to pick up the win. Pilla’s net back-nine score of 39 was three better than Welte’s 42.

“I had really bad holes and some really awesome holes,” said the 58-year-old Pilla.  “[With the scorecard playoff], it was just a matter of what holes I played better on.”

Having completed the entirety of her round on Wednesday, Pilla did not find out about her victory until after play was completed Thursday.

“I was actually surprised,” said Pilla. “When I got [the] message earlier I was on the golf course.”

Pilla and Welte have long been golf partners, having both been members of Hartefeld National before moving to Fieldstone together. Along with Diane Ogorek, Pilla and Welte formed a trio of players from Fieldstone competing in the third year of the Women’s Flight.

“We like to try and support some of the GAP events as much as we can,” Pilla said. “We have a good group of girls here [at Fieldstone], and we really work hard at it.”

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.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 274 Full Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Overall
Name, clubNet
*Terry Williams-Woodward, Bellewood Country Club64
Mark Angel, Talamore Country Club64
Dirk Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf Club65
Michael Maro, Laurel Creek Country Club67
Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club67
Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club67
Richard Sperry, Merion Golf Club67
Steve Backstrom, Little Mill Country Club68
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club68
Mike Schuster, Applebrook Golf Club69
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club69
Jack Polidori, DuPont Country Club69
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club69
Brian Chidester, Chester Valley Golf Club69
John Lobb, Bellewood Country Club70
Robert Smedley, Coatesville Country Club70
Richard Saylor, Coatesville Country Club70
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club71
Dan Kessler, Inniscrone Golf Club71
David Justin, Chester Valley Golf Club71
Rob Ferguson, DuPont Country Club71
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA71
John Paris, Philadelphia Publinks GA72
Vernon Gerety, French Creek Golf Club72
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club73
Ray Klein, Philmont Country Club73
Dennis Gingrich, Bent Creek Country Club74
Steve Senkowski, Lancaster Country Club74
William Strong, Sunnybrook Golf Club74
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club74
Steve Buck, Laurel Creek Country Club75
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club75
Ed Huston, Applecross Country Club75
Dennis McCarty, Little Mill Country Club75
R.B. D’iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club75
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club76
Ed Trachtenberg, Philmont Country Club76
Steve Wilkins, Applecross Country Club77
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf Club77
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Martin Summers, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club78
William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club78
Bearge Miller, Radley Run Country Club78
James Nesbitt, Merion Golf Club79
Roland Thomas, Jr., McCall Golf Club81
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club81
Russell Amen, Jr, Coatesville Country Club82
Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club82
Colin Hanna, Radley Run Country Club83
William Blowert, Stone Harbor Golf Club84
David Myers, Chester Valley Golf Club85
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf Club87
Steven Tyre, Gulph Mills Golf ClubNS
Charles Caparo, The 1912 ClubWD
Jeff Romano, Links Golf ClubWD
Steven Alger, Lebanon Country ClubWD
James Barron, Hartefeld NationalWD
David Berger, White Clay Creek Country ClubWD
Edward Brzezowski, Concord Country ClubWD
James Conway, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf ClubWD
Pete Farina, Philadelphia Publinks GAWD
William Fawley, The Springhaven ClubWD
Charles Johanson, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf ClubWD
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country ClubWD
Hal Morris, Talamore Country ClubWD
Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen MillsWD
Doug Putnam, Talamore Country ClubWD
Robert Silsbe, Downingtown Country ClubWD
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country ClubWD
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country ClubWD
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country ClubWD
Chris Hogg, Overbrook Golf ClubWD
Paul DePaoli, Honesdale Golf ClubWD
William Friel, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country ClubWD
James McFadden, Talamore Country ClubWD
Frank W. Skilton, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country ClubWD
Charlie Dielmann, Lebanon Country ClubWD
Domenick Pendino, Tavistock Country ClubWD
John Saling, Radley Run Country ClubWD
Ed Russell, Spring Ford Country ClubWD
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf ClubWD
Tom Betley, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Larry Pavlinko, Tavistock Country ClubWD
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GAWD
Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf ClubWD
Jeffrey Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf ClubWD
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country ClubWD
John Kyle, Philadelphia Publinks GAWD
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country ClubWD
Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf ClubWD
Ned Moore, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country ClubWD
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf ClubWD
Terry Radcliffe, Overlook Golf CourseWD
First flight (Handicap Index 6.9-10.6)
Name, clubNet
*Mark Angel, Talamore Country Club64
Terry Williams-Woodward, Bellewood Country Club64
Michael Maro, Laurel Creek Country Club67
Mike Schuster, Applebrook Golf Club69
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club69
Jack Polidori, DuPont Country Club69
Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club69
John Lobb, Bellewood Country Club70
Robert Smedley, Coatesville Country Club70
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club71
Dan Kessler, Inniscrone Golf Club71
John Paris, Philadelphia Publinks GA72
Dennis Gingrich, Bent Creek Country Club74
Steve Senkowski, Lancaster Country Club74
William Strong, Sunnybrook Golf Club74
Steve Wilkins, Applecross Country Club77
Martin Summers, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club78
James Nesbitt, Merion Golf Club79
Roland Thomas, Jr., McCall Golf Club81
Russell Amen, Jr, Coatesville Country Club82
Charles Caparo, The 1912 ClubWD
Jeff Romano, Links Golf ClubWD
Steven Alger, Lebanon Country ClubWD
James Barron, Hartefeld NationalWD
David Berger, White Clay Creek Country ClubWD
Edward Brzezowski, Concord Country ClubWD
James Conway, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf ClubWD
Pete Farina, Philadelphia Publinks GAWD
William Fawley, The Springhaven ClubWD
Charles Johanson, Philadelphia Cricket ClubWD
William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf ClubWD
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country ClubWD
Hal Morris, Talamore Country ClubWD
Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen MillsWD
Doug Putnam, Talamore Country ClubWD
Robert Silsbe, Downingtown Country ClubWD
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country ClubWD
Second flight (Handicap Index 11.9-15.1)
Name, clubNet
*Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club67
Gary Crompton, Limekiln Golf Club67
Steve Backstrom, Little Mill Country Club68
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club68
Richard Saylor, Coatesville Country Club70
David Justin, Chester Valley Golf Club71
Rob Ferguson, DuPont Country Club71
Vernon Gerety, French Creek Golf Club72
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club73
Ray Klein, Philmont Country Club73
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club74
Steve Buck, Laurel Creek Country Club75
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club75
Ed Huston, Applecross Country Club75
Dennis McCarty, Little Mill Country Club75
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club76
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf Club77
William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club78
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club81
William Blowert, Stone Harbor Golf Club84
Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country ClubWD
Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country ClubWD
Chris Hogg, Overbrook Golf ClubWD
Paul DePaoli, Honesdale Golf ClubWD
William Friel, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country ClubWD
James McFadden, Talamore Country ClubWD
Frank W. Skilton, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country ClubWD
Charlie Dielmann, Lebanon Country ClubWD
Domenick Pendino, Tavistock Country ClubWD
John Saling, Radley Run Country ClubWD
Ed Russell, Spring Ford Country ClubWD
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf ClubWD
Tom Betley, Tavistock Country ClubWD
Larry Pavlinko, Tavistock Country ClubWD
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GAWD
Steven Tyre, Gulph Mills Golf ClubNS
Third flight (Handicap Index 15.4-24.4)
Name, clubNet
Dirk Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf Club65
Richard Sperry, Merion Golf Club67
Brian Chidester, Chester Valley Golf Club69
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA71
R.B. D’iorio, Jr., The Springhaven Club75
Ed Trachtenberg, Philmont Country Club76
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Bearge Miller, Radley Run Country Club78
Julian Sur, Waynesborough Country Club82
Colin Hanna, Radley Run Country Club83
David Myers, Chester Valley Golf Club85
Victor Donnay, McCall Golf Club87
Michael Blaustein, Penn Oaks Golf ClubWD
Jeffrey Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf ClubWD
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country ClubWD
John Kyle, Philadelphia Publinks GAWD
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country ClubWD
Jerry Maxwell, Jr., Five Ponds Golf ClubWD
Ned Moore, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country ClubWD
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf ClubWD
Terry Radcliffe, Overlook Golf CourseWD
Women’s Flight
Name, clubNet
*Kathy Pilla, Fieldstone Golf Club73
Dawn Welte, Fieldstone Golf Club73
Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club74
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club76
Diane Ogorek, Fieldstone Golf Club77
Wynn Harris, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
*-decidedscorecard playoff
NS–no show; WD–withdrawal