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Leta lifts Chapman (Net) hardware at Heidelberg

  BERNVILLE, Pa. – When Blue Bell Country Club’s Antonio Leta was asked to share a thought regarding his Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Net) overall win Tuesday at Heidelberg Country Club (par 70, 5,870 words), he was left speechless. Literally.

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  “I’m shocked. I had no idea the winner even got something like this,” said Leta, pointing to his new piece of hardware. “I came out here to do my best, but that’s all you can ask for, especially in a net event. Playing as a 9 handicap, it’s hard to win against guys that may have higher handicaps than you. To win a net event at my handicap, you can’t be anything but pleased.”

  Leta collected 37 net points, in an 18-hole individual stableford format, en route to the overall title.

  The victorious run began with a 25-foot birdie on the opening hole (par 4, 309 yards), which quickly became the winning round’s ultimate propeller. After a solid drive, Leta’s pitching wedge found a safe resting place on the fringe. Electing to keep the flagstick in, Leta gave it a good look and let it fly.

  “It was a little downhill and I ended up hitting it with speed. If the flag wasn’t in, it might have been eight feet by and maybe I would have made bogey instead. But it fell,” said Leta, of Blue Bell, Pa.

  Despite a few short putts missed on Nos. 3 (par 4, 412 yards) and 7 (par 4, 346 yards), Leta’s game was a model for consistency on a day that teased autumn-like conditions. Overall, he finished with a net eagle, five birdies, seven pars.

  “There really wasn’t that much going great, but also not much going bad. It was pretty solid across the board,” said Leta. “I was able to two putt a lot today which helped a lot. I’m not usually a strong putter.”

  Leta hadn’t played the Bernville, Pa. track in some time. His last remembrance of Heidelberg was in the BMW GAP Team Matches, an event that he has competed in for the past 15 years. His first 13 appearances came while playing for Doylestown Country Club, with his last two coming for Blue Bell. Leta has been a fan of GAP events for all 15 of those playing years.

  “I was always big Marston Cup guy, but I haven’t played in the past five or so. I don’t hit the ball far enough anymore for those [events],” said a joking Leta.

  With the end of the season coming to a near close, Leta wanted a last lick of competition. He says he was motivated to sign up for the Chapman (Net) “to not only play a different course, but I just love competition.”

  Thirty players competed in this year’s event. 2015 champion William Brady of The Springhaven Club finished with 31 net points, placing him 17th overall.

  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 Net tournament is held in his honor.

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Overall
Name, club Points
Antonio Leta, Blue Bell Country Club 37
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 36
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 35
Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 34
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 34
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 34
Edward Brzezowski, Concord Country Club 33
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 33
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 33
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 32
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
Andy McCormick, Lancaster Country Club 32
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 32
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 32
Joseph Martin, Little Mill Country Club 32
Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club 31
William Brady, The Springhaven Club 31
Dirk Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf Club 30
Phillip Jones, Penn Oaks Golf Club 30
Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 29
Steve Backstrom, Little Mill Country Club 28
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 28
Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA 27
Roland Thomas, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 27
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 26
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 25
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 25
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 23
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 23
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 13
Handicap 8.0-11.0
Name, club Points
Antonio Leta, Blue Bell Country Club 37
Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 34
Edward Brzezowski, Concord Country Club 33
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 32
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club 31
Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 29
Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA 27
Roland Thomas, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 27
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club 25
Handicap 12.0-15.0
Name, club Points
Andy McCormick, Lancaster Country Club 32
Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club 32
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 32
Dirk Edmiston, Penn Oaks Golf Club 30
Phillip Jones, Penn Oaks Golf Club 30
Steve Backstrom, Little Mill Country Club 28
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 25
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 23
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 23
Handicap 16.0-24.0
Name, club Points
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 36
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 35
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 34
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 34
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 33
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 33
Joseph Martin, Little Mill Country Club 32
William Brady, The Springhaven Club 31
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 28
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 26
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 13