DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.– Donald Galbraith of Stonewall defeated a field of 57 players at the Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) on Tuesday at Downingtown Country Club (par 72, 6,008 yards).
Galbraith, 59, would card a 3-under-par 33 on the back nine to finish the day with a 65 (net).
He would end his round on a torrid pace birding four of the last five holes; No. 14 (par 4, 351 yards), No. 15 (par 3, 131 yards), No.16 (par 5, 495 yards) and No. 18 (par 5, 501 yards). However, his day did not begin in the same fashion.
“The greens looked slow but they putted fast,” said Galbraith of his difficulties during the first half of his round. “The green’s subtle breaks killed me. I had a really tough time getting my speed right on the front nine.”
When it was all said and done, his performance on the back nine would prove to be quite a turnaround from his 6-over-par 42 on the front.
Galbraith commented that once he finally got the green speeds down, things worked out all right. A statement that obviously proved to be true on the last five holes.
It was during that five-hole stretch that Galbraith birdied No. 16 when he hit a wedge from 61 yards out to within two inches behind the cup.
In addition to his improvement on reading the greens, he also attributed the difference between his front and back nine scores to a change in his mindset.
“I just started to feel confident with my wedges and my short game,” said the resident of Malven, Pa.
Michael Connor, 58, of Whitemarsh Valley CC was the next closest player with a score of 69 (net).
“I really drove the ball pretty well all day,” he commented. “I think I hit all but two fairways.”
Connor would birdie in two back-to-back sets, helping him keep his momentum through the turn when he birdied No. 8 (par 5, 478 yards), No. 9 (par 4, 345 yards), No.12 (par 3, 139 yards) and No. 13 (par 5, 467 yards).
1. Donald Galbraith, Stonewall 65
2. Michael Connor, Whitemarsh Valley CC 69
3. James Wiley, Lu Lu CC 70
1. Andrew Hamilton, The Springhaven Club 72
1. Robert King, Whitemarsh Valley CC 80
1. Mike Kyle, Bala GC 71
1. Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster CC 71
1. Jay Scattergood, Heidelberg CC 85
1. William Taylor, The Springhaven Club (Net) 70
1. Thomas Laudenslager, Hershey’s Mill GC 89
|2||Michael Connor||Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||78||69|
|3||Robert King||Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||80||72|
|T4||Andrew Hamilton, III||The Springhaven Club||82||72|
|T4||Steven Owens||Lu Lu Country Club||82||73|
|6||George Manos||Riverton Country Club||83||75|
|7||Vincent Kraft||Lehigh Country Club||84||74|
|8||John Sperone||Downingtown Golf Club||85||74|
|9||G. Clay von Seldeneck||Sunnybrook Golf Club||87||75|
|10||Kenneth Prince||DuPont Country Club||88||76|
|T11||Murray Felzer||White Manor Country Club||89||77|
|T11||Robert Felter||Lancaster Country Club||89||81|
|13||Richard Vento||Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club||91||83|
|14||Bob Silsbe||Downingtown Golf Club||92||82|
|15||Frederick Weiler||Sandy Run Country Club||93||82|
|T16||Bill Kaufmann||Woodbury Country Club||WD||WD|
|T16||Peter Shreffler||Chester Valley Golf Club||WD||WD|
|T16||Rick Ames||Wyncote Golf Club||WD||WD|
|T16||William Kufta||Jericho National Golf Club||WD||WD|
|1||James Wiley||Lu Lu Country Club||83||70|
|T2||Jay Scattergood||Heidelberg Country Club||85||72|
|T2||Mike Kyle||Bala Golf Club||85||71|
|4||Terry Radcliffe||Lancaster Country Club||86||71|
|5||Frederick Hirsekorn||Tavistock Country Club||87||74|
|T6||Clair Myers||Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||88||74|
|T6||Clinton Alexander||Downingtown Golf Club||88||73|
|T6||Jack Collins||Woodbury Country Club||88||74|
|T6||Norman Wilde, Jr.||Sunnybrook Golf Club||88||73|
|10||Charles Minter||Trenton Country Club||89||75|
|11||Bruce Birkholz||Links Golf Club||90||77|
|T12||Brendan Kearney||Sandy Run Country Club||91||78|
|T12||Edward Godshall||Heidelberg Country Club||91||78|
|T14||Richard Wood, Jr.||Gulph Mills Golf Club||93||80|
|T14||Tom Glynn||Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||93||78|
|T16||Francis Sbandi, Esq.||Edgmont Country Club||95||82|
|T16||Scott Dichter||Meadia Heights Golf Club||95||81|
|T18||David Steele||Moselem Springs Golf Club||98||85|
|T18||Howard Podgurski||Spring Mill Country Club||98||83|
|20||Carmen Caruso||Ballamor Golf Club||100||85|
|21||William Greenway||Sandy Run Country Club||WD||WD|
|16 and Over Handicap|
|1||Thomas Laudenslager||Hershey’sMill Golf Club||89||71|
|T2||E. Gerald Hurst, Jr.||Lookaway Golf Club||90||73|
|T2||Frederick Stark||St. Davids Golf Club||90||74|
|T4||Howard Hansell||McCall Golf & Country Club||91||71|
|T4||John O’Rourke||McCall Golf & Country Club||91||73|
|T4||William Kramer||Spring Mill Country Club||91||71|
|T7||Dave Owens||JC Melrose Country Club||92||75|
|T7||Joe Dowling||Concord Country Club||92||74|
|T9||J. Pete Powers||Chester Valley Golf Club||95||77|
|T9||Marty Brickner||Links Golf Club||95||78|
|11||John Long||Edgmont Country Club||97||79|
|T12||James Leonard||Chester Valley Golf Club||98||82|
|T12||William Taylor||The Springhaven Club||98||70|
|14||Jim Carrigan||Moselem Springs Golf Club||99||77|
|15||Stephen Cooper||Ballamor Golf Club||103||83|
|T16||George Hilley||McCall Golf & Country Club||DQ||DQ|
|T16||Stanley Nash||Merion Golf Club||WD||WD|