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Loch Nairn’s Watterson wins Fall Net title at Brookside

Aug. 23, 2018

 POTTSTOWN, Pa. — “Shocked. Amazed. Humbled.”

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  That was the short-but-sweet reaction from Loch Nairn Golf Club’s Tom Watterson upon learning he had taken his first Golf Association of Philadelphia title in just his third try. Watterson got the job done with 42 Stableford points, winning the overall title in the Tee it Forward – Fall Net Championship at beautiful Brookside Country Club.

  Watterson, who played from the forward Red tees (par 72, 5,359 yards), utilized a gross score of 87 to better the net stableford leaderboard of 40 individuals.

  It was eight net birdies that garnered the winning points Watterson needed. Playing to a 21 handicap, he took advantage of a solid round of golf – ones that have been hit or miss this summer – on Thursday.

  “Getting the ball off the tee was the key for me today. I was able to do that, leading to easier approach shots, which left me in good position coming in,” said Watterson, 61, of Avondale, Pa. “The well-positioned drives, then solid approach shots, left me with a fair amount of two putts and easy chips. I was able to convert those today, whereas the rest of the summer, it’s either been really up-and-down for my game.”

  Two gross pars on Brookside’s finishing par 3s were crucial. On No. 15 (par 3, 155 yards), Watterson blasted 8-iron to 10 feet and two putted for the 3. On the par-3, 100-yard 17th, a wedge tee shot came up short after a duffed swing. A clutch chip to a foot came next, leading to the gross par and three net points.

  “This is the first time I’ve played here. To be honest with you, I wasn’t going for anything but pars and bogeys,” said Watterson. “I’m glad it worked out for me.”

  Watterson, a recent retiree who worked in the IT business, had one goal in mind entering today: enjoy it to the fullest. The playing experience was priority number one, while attaining the trophy came next. Watterson can now put a checkmark next to both.

  “This is the third time I’ve played in one of the GAP net events. The highlight for me today, even with the win, was just playing in the championship, and I’m dead serious on that. Now that I’ve been to a few of these, I feel more comfortable out here,” he said. “The players are just nice people. As an individual, playing well is nice, but having a good time was even better.”

  It was clubmate and playing partner Ed Osciak, Jr. who suggested Watterson joined him this year in the Francis B. Warner Net at White Manor Country Club. The champion obliged. He’s been hooked on the relaxed-yet-competitive events ever since.

  “I have to thank him, because he was the one who got me out here,” said Watterson. “I’m sure he will be joking about my win now all the time back at [Loch Nairn.]

Women’s Flight


  In a competitive field of eight Women competitors, it was a new, smiling face emerging with the hardware when all was said and done.

  Philadelphia Country Club’s Eva Mckendrick posted 38 Stableford points for the victory. Two gross birdies propelled her to the top position.

  “It was a good round of golf for me today. I hit some really nice shots,” said Mckendrick, who shot a 14-over 86 from the Yellow tees (par 72, 4,960 yards). “I’m one of those people that can shoot anywhere from 85 to 105, so today was a good one for sure.”

  It was an ideal GAP playing debut for the mother of five daughters. She headed home with something special to remember it by.

  “Of course, it feels nice to bring home a trophy,” said Mckendrick. “I’m looking forward to getting home and putting it right in front of my husband for him to see!”

  Last year’s champion, Lucia Simon of Saucon Valley Country Club, finished tied for the runner-up position with 34 points. Matching that number was Philadelphia Country’s Marybeth Baldwin, the winner of this year’s Tee it Forward – Spring Net Championship at Coatesville Country Club.

  The Tee It Forward — Fall Net Championship, formerly known as the Second Handicap, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Golf Association of Philadelphia adopted the Tee It Forward parameters and changed the scoring format to net stableford in 2012.

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Men’s Overall
Name, club Stableford
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club 42
Monte Ross, Wilmington Country Club 41
Paul Visokey, Yardley Country Club 40
Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club 40
James Konnick, Brookside Country Club 39
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 39
Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club 39
Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club 38
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 37
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 37
Trent Thompson, Bala Golf Club 36
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 36
Bruce Berger, M.D., Philmont Country Club 36
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 35
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 35
William Foley, Philmont Country Club 34
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 34
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 34
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 34
George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club 33
Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club 33
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 33
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
Tim O’Neill, Flourtown Country Club 32
Mike Krantz, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 32
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club 31
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 31
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 31
Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club 31
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club 30
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 30
John Wilson, Sunnybrook Golf Club 30
Arthur Frankel, Philmont Country Club 29
Charles Gallagher, III, Flourtown Country Club 28
Charles Carter, Sunnybrook Golf Club 28
Nicholas Dalessandro, Little Mill Country Club 26
Perry Kruse, Downingtown Country Club 25
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 25
Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
First Flight (2.6 – 10.0 handicap)
Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club 39
Bruce Berger, M.D., Philmont Country Club 36
Trent Thompson, Bala Golf Club 36
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 34
Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club 33
George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club 33
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 33
Mike Krantz, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 32
Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club 31
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club 30
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 30
Arthur Frankel, Philmont Country Club 29
Charles Carter, Sunnybrook Golf Club 28
Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
Second Flight (10.1 – 14.1)
Monte Ross, Wilmington Country Club 41
Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club 40
Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club 38
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 37
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 35
William Foley, Philmont Country Club 34
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 34
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club 31
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 31
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 31
Nicholas Dalessandro, Little Mill Country Club 26
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 25
Third Flight (14.4 – 22.3)
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club 42
Paul Visokey, Yardley Country Club 40
James Konnick, Brookside Country Club 39
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 39
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 37
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 36
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 35
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 34
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
Tim O’Neill, Flourtown Country Club 32
John Wilson, Sunnybrook Golf Club 30
Charles Gallagher, III, Flourtown Country Club 28
Perry Kruse, Downingtown Country Club 25
Women’s Flight
Eva Mckendrick, Philadelphia Country Club 38
Marybeth Baldwin, Philadelphia Country Club 34
Lucia Simon, Saucon Valley Country Club 34
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club 33
Pam Kennedy, Saucon Valley Country Club 31
Muffy McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club 28
Tracey MacGown, Saucon Valley Country Club 27
Kim Watts, Saucon Valley Country Club 25
WD – withdrawal