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Jericho National GC’s Bartolacci wins Warner Cup (Gross)

HAVERTOWN, Pa. – Wayne Bartolacci of Jericho National GC etched the family name on another piece of Golf Association of Philadelphia hardware Thursday.

  He carded a 2-over-par 73 at a gusty and strenuous Llanerch CC Thursday to win the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross). The victory marked Bartolacci’s first-ever victory on the GAP circuit.

  “It is a little surprising,” Bartolacci, of Langhorne, Pa., said. “I played pretty well on the front. The course was set up real difficult. The pins were tough and the wind was blowing. I just held it in there. If you don’t make good putts out here, you’re not going to score.”

  Bartolacci, who started on the back nine, drained a left-to-right three-footer for birdie on No. 12 (par 3, 164 yards), which was set up by his 5-iron tee shot. He chipped in for a second birdie on No. 15 (par 4, 317 yards) after hitting his approach 9-iron into the rough. Before making the turn, Bartolacci further burrowed his score by striking an approach 58-degree wedge 68 yards and draining a two-footer for birdie.

  A hiccup revealed its unwanted presence on No. 2 (par 4, 430 yards) as Bartolacci, 56, failed to convert a five-footer for par. He also carded a bogey on the par 3, 196 yard 4th hole. He boomed his 5-iron over the green and neglected to get up-and-down.

  “I’m saying it’s alright, it’s not easy,” Bartolacci said.

  That reassurance proved vital as Bartolacci carded a birdie on No. 5 (par 5, 540 yards). He crushed his 3-rescue 230 yards to within 15-feet and two-putted. Two solid pars later, Bartolacci stood at 1 under and seemingly put a stamp on a victory. However, an errant 3-rescue on No. 8 (par 3, 203 yards) settled to the right of the green. He chipped onto to the green, but it rolled back and Bartolacci three-putted for double bogey. He then noticed his brother Thomas of Saucon Valley CC, a multiple-time GAP Senior champion and former Senior Player of the Year, who came out to show his support.

  “Usually, when he shows up, he’s the cat. He says, ‘Do you want me to leave?” Wayne Bartolacci said. “When he comes around, sometimes things don’t happen. But I said, ‘No, you stay.’ I asked him what was leading, and he said 74, so I knew I could make bogey. But sometimes playing for bogey is worse.”

  If Bartolacci was playing for bogey, he attained it on No. 9 (par 5, 489 yards), his final hole. He laid up with a 5-iron, but it landed in the rough, 80 yards away from the flagstick. He didn’t reach the green with his ensuing chip and went on to two-putt for bogey. But it didn’t prove costly in the end.

  Bartolacci, who has dealt with a few physical problems in recent years, considers Thursday’s victory to be a rewarding one.

  “It’s been a struggle, but it feels good,” Bartolacci said.

  Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC, playing in his first event in the GAP Senior Division, carded a 3-over-par 74 to finish second.

  “It was a little sketchy starting. I only hit two greens in regulation,” Lutz said. “I struggled keeping the ball on the fairway, and if you miss it here, it was really troublesome. The rough was so thick, and if the ball found the bottom, it was get it out and control it,” he said. “And with the greens being as firm as they were, it was really difficult.”

  Lutz, 55, started his round by making a critical save on No. 1 (par 4, 397 yards). His drive found the left-side rough, and Lutz then nuked his approach pitching wedge over the green.

  “That’s almost death back there, but I hit a wonderful shot and made a 15-footer for par,” he said.

  On the following hole, the par 3, 196-yard 4th, Lutz launched his 6-iron over the green again, but chipped it to within eight feet from the flagstick and converted his par putt. The par 5, 540-yard 5th hole marked one of Lutz’s many obstacles. He blasted his rescue 235 yards into the left-side bunker, but extricated himself successfully and two-putted to make par.

  “It could’ve been mayhem. It was a really difficult day to play,” Lutz, of Wyomissing, Pa., said. “I only made three bogeys on the front nine, but I was really pleased with three bogeys, because it could’ve been an ugly nine. The par saves kept me in the round today.”

  Lutz’s first red figure of the day came on No. 11 (par 4, 412 yards). With a downwind approach, he stuck his 60-degree wedge 92 yards to three feet and drained the ensuing birdie putt. But Lutz went on to card a bogey on No. 12 (par 3, 151 yards) after his 7-iron from 176 yards out settled 20-feet below the flagstick. His uphill birdie attempt stopped two-feet short of the cup, and Lutz failed to convert his next putt for par.

  “The wind gusted, and it knocked me off balance to the point where I missed the putt,” he said.

  A second “disappointing” bogey occurred on No. 16 (par 5, 500 yards) thanks to a three-putt after his approach 52-degree gap wedge hit the green and retracted backwards. But Lutz rallied and converted a downhill 10-footer for birdie on No. 17 (par 3, 148 yards) after a solid 8-iron off the tee. He finished with a par on No. 18 (par 4, 296 yards) after reaching the green with a lob wedge from 50 yards out.

  “It was really an unusual day,” Lutz said. “You needed to stay patient, but that was hard to do. There’s always that extra pressure when you come out in your first event. It was a great way for me to get started. It’s nice to be competitive after a challenging day.”

  Super-Senior Division
  O. Gordon Brewer of Pine Valley GC rebounded from early struggles to card a 4-over-par 75 and top the Super-Senior Division. He bogeyed his first six holes.

  “I hit a lot of good shots. It was just difficult to judge in this wind,” Brewer, 73, said.

  Brewer’s score began its downward drift on No. 14 (par 4, 402 yards). His approach 9-iron left Brewer 10-feet from the flagstick, and he cleaned up the birdie putt. On the monstrous par 5, 483-yard 16th hole, Brewer discovered the front of the green in two strokes courtesy of his 3-wood He then chipped up to two-feet and knocked in his birdie putt. On No. 18 (par 4, 286 yards), Brewer launched his drive just short of the green, chipped up and sunk a 14-footer to close his round with a birdie.

  “On the back, I made a lot of 5-footers,” Brewer said.

  After a challenging 2009 campaign, Brewer feels pleased to start this season with a victory.

  “It’s spectacular. At 73 years of age, any time you can play well in a Golf Association (of Philadelphia) event, you consider yourself very fortunate,” Brewer said.

  Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as secretary-treasurer for the Golf Association of Philadelphia for 18 years. After his death in 1933, the Association started the Francis B. Warner Cup, an 18-hole, stroke play Senior event, as an ongoing tribute in his memory. Llanerch CC hosted the event in 1959, when John Strain of Sandy Run CC won with a score of 71.

Overall
NameClubScore
Wayne BartolacciJericho National Golf Club73
Chip LutzLedgeRock Golf Club74
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club75
Drew PanebiancoTalamore Country Club75
Raymond ThompsonOverbrook Golf Club76
Steve JavieWhitemarsh Valley Country Club76
Francis McFaddenOverbrook Golf Club77
Martin KlagholzAronimink Golf Club78
Joe ViechnickiSaucon Valley Country Club79
Mike OwsikPhiladelphia Publinks GA79
Pete WiddoesLoch Nairn Golf Club79
Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club79
Don DonatoniWhite Manor Country Club79
Michael EganLookaway Golf Club79
Michael RosePhilmont Country Club79
Lee KingHeidelberg Country Club80
Ed GregorczykGlenmaura National Golf Club80
Gary DanielsSaucon Valley Country Club80
Michael DoughertyHuntingdon Valley Country Club80
Robert OckenfussIndian Valley Country Club80
Charles JonesBlue Bell Country Club81
Robert DwyerSaucon Valley Country Club81
Robert LodoviciLittle Mill Country Club81
Tom BorselloWhite Clay Creek Country Club81
Alan Van HornLu Lu Country Club81
David BrookresonHuntingdon Valley Country Club81
Stephen DaleyLu Lu Country Club81
Bob MajczanLookaway Golf Club82
Gary DanielsAronimink Golf Club82
Mark QuigleyLu Lu Country Club82
Paul KeatingAronimink Golf Club82
Andy ThompsonOverbrook Golf Club82
Richard CusterBrookside Country Club83
Richard UmaniGolf Course at Glen Mills83
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club83
John RoweWhitemarsh Valley Country Club83
Neil McDermottLlanerch Country Club83
John TurnerThe Springhaven Club84
Michael MoserKennett Square Golf & Country Club84
Robin McCoolSaucon Valley Country Club84
Frank PolizziWhitemarsh Valley Country Club84
Frank ShumanLookaway Golf Club84
Ken GaskillRancocas Golf Club84
Michael NilonPhiladelphia Country Club84
William LawlerFox Hill Country Club84
Roc IreyLookaway Golf Club85
Charles WhippleHuntingdon Valley Country Club85
Frank PetreccoYardley Country Club85
Terrence SawyerCommonwealth National Golf Club85
Charles Dowds, IIIApplebrook Golf Club86
Keith LiHeidelberg Country Club86
Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club86
Rob CookDuPont Country Club86
Carl EverettMerion Golf Club86
Daniel BurtonBent Creek Country Club86
Ed ChylinskiChester Valley Golf Club86
James BarronHartefeld National86
John SnyderWaynesborough Country Club86
Joseph MarucciSaucon Valley Country Club86
Thomas MalloukLookaway Golf Club86
Andrew HarmerThe Springhaven Club87
Bob AbramskiTalamore Country Club87
Craig ScottHuntingdon Valley Country Club87
Gregory GaulMerion Golf Club87
Michael QuinnEdgmont Country Club87
Richard SperanzaJericho National Golf Club87
Tom DiCintiLinks Golf Club87
Bennett MeyerPhilmont Country Club88
Donald MacKelcanWilmington Country Club88
Eugene Maginnis, Jr.Whitemarsh Valley Country Club88
Joe OlinLittle Mill Country Club88
Laurence HirshPlymouth Country Club88
Dave JacobsonJC Melrose Country Club88
Gordon JamiesonMerion Golf Club89
Robert BillingsRolling Green Golf Club89
Donald AshleyPhiladelphia Country Club89
John PattonLittle Mill Country Club89
Wally SwigerHuntingdon Valley Country Club89
Craig Aronchick, M.D.Rolling Green Golf Club90
J. Daniel FarragutPhiladelphia Cricket Club90
Carlyle RobinsonFox Hill Country Club90
James HaynieLu Lu Country Club90
John Emmel, Jr.Links Golf Club90
Stephan WhitenackPhiladelphia Cricket Club90
Theodore BeringerPhiladelphia Country Club90
Deane HaaseEdgmont Country Club91
William VostinakLehigh Country Club91
Alan OverBent Creek Country Club91
Michael McNicholThe Springhaven Club91
Edward BondiHuntingdon Valley Country Club92
Gary GordonTalamore Country Club92
Peter EmighLehigh Country Club92
Michael BergerKennett Square Golf & Country Club93
Robert DewittLinks Golf Club93
Rick BunnMcCall Golf & Country Club93
Bill KovachMercer Oaks Golf Course94
Bud SouderSpring Ford Country Club94
Mike MiklinevichGreate Bay Country Club94
Charles CaparoPlymouth Country Club94
Larry PasterPhilmont Country Club94
Mark ShumanWhitford Country Club94
Gary YeagerPhiladelphia Cricket Club95
John GonsiorLimekiln Golf Club95
Rick GaydosSakima Country Club95
Jon MabryMoorestown Field Club95
Thomas MaironeMcCall Golf & Country Club95
Michael HarmsPhiladelphia Publinks GA96
Frank TremlPhiladelphia Publinks GA96
John CechRiverton Country Club96
Joseph McLaneJC Melrose Country Club96
James PrendergastBrookside Country Club97
Ron MittendorfBlue Bell Country Club97
Frederick BantaRunning Deer Golf Club103
Jay McLaughlinStone Harbor Golf ClubNS
Arthur Kania, Jr.Merion Golf ClubWD
Matthew BellisCommonwealth National Golf ClubWD
Flight: 55-59 Years
NameClubScore
Wayne BartolacciJericho National Golf Club73
Chip LutzLedgeRock Golf Club74
Christopher LangeOverbrook Golf Club75
Drew PanebiancoTalamore Country Club75
Raymond ThompsonOverbrook Golf Club76
Steve JavieWhitemarsh Valley Country Club76
Martin KlagholzAronimink Golf Club78
Joe ViechnickiSaucon Valley Country Club79
Mike OwsikPhiladelphia Publinks GA79
Pete WiddoesLoch Nairn Golf Club79
Rich ThonThe Springhaven Club79
Lee KingHeidelberg Country Club80
Charles JonesBlue Bell Country Club81
Robert DwyerSaucon Valley Country Club81
Robert LodoviciLittle Mill Country Club81
Tom BorselloWhite Clay Creek Country Club81
Bob MajczanLookaway Golf Club82
Gary DanielsAronimink Golf Club82
Mark QuigleyLu Lu Country Club82
Paul KeatingAronimink Golf Club82
Richard CusterBrookside Country Club83
Richard UmaniGolf Course at Glen Mills83
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club83
John TurnerThe Springhaven Club84
Michael MoserKennett Square Golf & Country Club84
Robin McCoolSaucon Valley Country Club84
Roc IreyLookaway Golf Club85
Charles Dowds, IIIApplebrook Golf Club86
Keith LiHeidelberg Country Club86
Michael DomenickPhoenixville Country Club86
Rob CookDuPont Country Club86
Andrew HarmerThe Springhaven Club87
Bennett MeyerPhilmont Country Club88
Donald MacKelcanWilmington Country Club88
Eugene Maginnis, Jr.Whitemarsh Valley Country Club88
Joe OlinLittle Mill Country Club88
Laurence HirshPlymouth Country Club88
Gordon JamiesonMerion Golf Club89
Robert BillingsRolling Green Golf Club89
Craig Aronchick, M.D.Rolling Green Golf Club90
J. Daniel FarragutPhiladelphia Cricket Club90
Deane HaaseEdgmont Country Club91
William VostinakLehigh Country Club91
Michael BergerKennett Square Golf & Country Club93
Robert DewittLinks Golf Club93
Bill KovachMercer Oaks Golf Course94
Bud SouderSpring Ford Country Club94
Mike MiklinevichGreate Bay Country Club94
Gary YeagerPhiladelphia Cricket Club95
John GonsiorLimekiln Golf Club95
Rick GaydosSakima Country Club95
Michael HarmsPhiladelphia Publinks GA96
James PrendergastBrookside Country Club97
Frederick BantaRunning Deer Golf Club103
Arthur Kania, Jr.Merion Golf ClubWD
Flight: 60 and over
NameClubScore
Francis McFaddenOverbrook Golf Club77
Don DonatoniWhite Manor Country Club79
Michael EganLookaway Golf Club79
Michael RosePhilmont Country Club79
Ed GregorczykGlenmaura National Golf Club80
Gary DanielsSaucon Valley Country Club80
Michael DoughertyHuntingdon Valley Country Club80
Robert OckenfussIndian Valley Country Club80
Alan Van HornLu Lu Country Club81
David BrookresonHuntingdon Valley Country Club81
Stephen DaleyLu Lu Country Club81
Andy ThompsonOverbrook Golf Club82
John RoweWhitemarsh Valley Country Club83
Neil McDermottLlanerch Country Club83
Frank PolizziWhitemarsh Valley Country Club84
Frank ShumanLookaway Golf Club84
Ken GaskillRancocas Golf Club84
Michael NilonPhiladelphia Country Club84
William LawlerFox Hill Country Club84
Charles WhippleHuntingdon Valley Country Club85
Frank PetreccoYardley Country Club85
Terrence SawyerCommonwealth National Golf Club85
Carl EverettMerion Golf Club86
Daniel BurtonBent Creek Country Club86
Ed ChylinskiChester Valley Golf Club86
James BarronHartefeld National86
John SnyderWaynesborough Country Club86
Joseph MarucciSaucon Valley Country Club86
Thomas MalloukLookaway Golf Club86
Bob AbramskiTalamore Country Club87
Craig ScottHuntingdon Valley Country Club87
Gregory GaulMerion Golf Club87
Michael QuinnEdgmont Country Club87
Richard SperanzaJericho National Golf Club87
Tom DiCintiLinks Golf Club87
Dave JacobsonJC Melrose Country Club88
Donald AshleyPhiladelphia Country Club89
John PattonLittle Mill Country Club89
Wally SwigerHuntingdon Valley Country Club89
Carlyle RobinsonFox Hill Country Club90
James HaynieLu Lu Country Club90
John Emmel, Jr.Links Golf Club90
Stephan WhitenackPhiladelphia Cricket Club90
Theodore BeringerPhiladelphia Country Club90
Alan OverBent Creek Country Club91
Michael McNicholThe Springhaven Club91
Edward BondiHuntingdon Valley Country Club92
Gary GordonTalamore Country Club92
Peter EmighLehigh Country Club92
Rick BunnMcCall Golf & Country Club93
Charles CaparoPlymouth Country Club94
Larry PasterPhilmont Country Club94
Mark ShumanWhitford Country Club94
Jon MabryMoorestown Field Club95
Thomas MaironeMcCall Golf & Country Club95
Frank TremlPhiladelphia Publinks GA96
John CechRiverton Country Club96
Joseph McLaneJC Melrose Country Club96
Ron MittendorfBlue Bell Country Club97
Jay McLaughlinStone Harbor Golf ClubNS
Matthew BellisCommonwealth National Golf ClubWD
Super Senior
NameClubScore
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr.Pine Valley Golf Club75
Jay Howson, Jr.St. Davids Golf Club81
John OwensTavistock Country Club81
Bob WickerLittle Mill Country Club83
Charles McClaskeyThe ACE Club83
Art BrosiusDuPont Country Club84
Bill WeinfeldJC Melrose Country Club84
Jim LloydRunning Deer Golf Club84
Michael SofrankoLoch Nairn Golf Club84
Robert ProtoLittle Mill Country Club84
Louis PaceMedford Village Country Club85
Bob KillianLinks Golf Club86
James SherrattOld York Road Country Club86
Richard SmithPhiladelphia Country Club86
Thomas O’RourkeChester Valley Golf Club86
David JordanSakima Country Club87
Jarrett KlingMerion Golf Club87
Bill SmithSandy Run Country Club89
Charles CarterSunnybrook Golf Club89
Herbert GordonDoylestown Country Club89
Michael CivitelloChester Valley Golf Club89
James CallaghanRolling Green Golf Club90
Kent Weymouth, Jr.Philadelphia Publinks GA90
Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr.Rolling Green Golf Club91
Terry FairRiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve91
Fred OltLittle Mill Country Club92
Bill KaufmannWedgwood Country Club95
Peter StanleySunnybrook Golf Club96
Walt McGuinnessRunning Deer Golf Club96
Andrew Hamilton, IIIThe Springhaven Club97
Donald HoegelLittle Mill Country Club97
James HiltyTalamore Country Club97
John AyresWoodcrest Country Club99
Richard Taylor, Jr.Saucon Valley Country Club100
Joseph FunkThe Bucks Club113