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Overbrook GC’s Thompson heads U.S. Senior Open Qualifier

  DOYLESTOWN, Pa.–Andy Thompson of Newtown Square, Pa. carded an even-par 72 at Doylestown CC (par 72, 6,514 yards) on Friday to earn medallist honors in a Qualifier for the U.S. Senior Open Championship. George Forster of Villanova, Pa. would be the second qualifier earning a spot after surviving a six-hole, four-man playoff.

  A field of 73 players (23 pros, 50 amateurs) competed in the qualifier with hopes of advancing to the U.S. Senior Open Championship set for July 6-9 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

  An amateur from Overbrook GC, Thompson now sets his sights on his first appearance at the Championship next month.

  Riding his accurate play off the tees, the 57-year-old would hit all but three fairways, carding two birdies and as many bogeys during his field-low round.

  “There’s a premium to hitting the ball in the fairway here,” Thompson said. “That’s probably one of my strengths. [Accuracy] is obviously a necessity here with the rough being as thick as it is.”

  Even on that rare occasion when Thompson found himself in the thick rough, lady luck would come to his aid.

  With his ball in the rough 175 yards from the pin on No. 7 (par 4, 381 yards), Thompson would lace a 5-iron that skipped across the water hazard much like a rock on a calm lake.

  “I caught a huge break there,” he exclaimed.

 And although he avoided penalty there, the hole would still prove to be a challenge, as his third shot sailed over the green leaving him a difficult chip. A shot that he would then drain for par.

  Forster, 50, of Radnor Valley CC, who said he has never had much luck in playoffs, outlasted a feisty Robin McCool of Bethlehem, Pa., in a six-hole playoff for the final qualifying spot.

  “I really just felt like if I hit the fairway and kept the ball below the hole I would have a shot,” Forster said.

  Forster earned a spot in the Championship after he birdied the sixth playoff hole (No. 18, par 5, 519 yards) when he hit his 9-iron from 129 yards out to within 5-feet of the pin.

  The U.S. Senior Open dates back to 1980 on the East Course of Winged Foot Golf Club. The event is open to any professional or amateur with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4, who turns 50 on or before the first day of the championship.

Qualifiers
Rank Name Hometown Total
1 Andy Thompson Newtown Square, PA 72
T2 George Forster* Villanova, PA 75
Alternates (in order)
T2 Robin McCool* Bethlehem, PA 75
T2 Warren Choate* Montoursville, PA 75
Failed to qualify
T2 Kevin Scanlon Media, PA 75
T2 Drew Panebianco Dresher, PA 75
T7 Chip Lutz Reading, PA 76
T7 Don Deangelis Skippack, PA 76
T7 Ed Chylinski Gulph Mills, PA 76
T7 Ken Peyre-Ferry Marlton, NJ 76
T7 Mark Aebli Crystal River, FL 76
T7 Rick Vershure Armonk, NY 76
T13 Joe Sommers Stamford, CT 77
T13 John Kulhamer Bethlehem, PA 77
T13 Richard Stevens Middlebury, CT 77
T13 Thomas Bartolacci Washington Crossing, PA 77
T17 Brian Rothaus Huntingdon Valley, PA 78
T17 Donald Ashley King of Prussia, PA 78
T17 Francis Mc Fadden Newtown Square, PA 78
T17 Scott Carney Hatboro, PA 78
T17 Tom Borsello Wilmington, DE 78
T22 Chris Lange Bryn Mawr, PA 79
T22 David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley, PA 79
T22 Michael Thompson Exton, PA 79
T22 Michael Tucci Erial, NJ 79
T26 Fred Robinson North Wales, PA 80
T26 Kerry Johnston Indio, CA 80
T26 Thomas Dicinti Voorhees, NJ 80
T26 Tom Yellin New York, NY 80
T30 Bruce Eck Macungie, PA 81
T30 Chick Kozloff Hobe Sound, FL 81
T30 Chuck Tait Harrisburg, PA 81
T30 J R Delich Newtown Square, PA 81
T30 John Bodin Falls, PA 81
T30 Roger Simpkins Bethlehem, PA 81
T30 William Holmberg New York, NY 81
T37 Blake Campbell Langhorne, PA 82
T37 Bob Hibschman Hatboro, PA 82
T37 James Graham Rye, NY 82
T37 Jeffrey Ranck Lewisburg, PA 82
T37 Jim Haynie North Wales, PA 82
T37 Michael Domenick Phoenixville, PA 82
T43 Bill Gordon Chadds Ford, PA 83
T43 Frank Polizzi Bryn Mawr, PA 83
T43 Gerald Garrison Little Rock, AR 83
T43 Jerry Janeski Lititz, PA 83
T43 Michael Rose Huntingdon Valley, PA 83
T43 Rich Thon Swarthmore, PA 83
T43 Richard Custer Royersford, PA 83
T43 Roc Irey Furlong, PA 83
T43 Thomas Mallouk Doylestown, PA 83
T43 Vince Scarpetta Moosic, PA 83
T53 Gary Daniels Berwyn, PA 84
T53 Raymond Thompson Springfield, PA 84
T55 Charles Dowds Glenside, PA 85
T55 Joe Viechnicki Bethlehem, PA 85
T57 Geoffrey Jones Wescosville, PA 86
T57 Nick Paolucci Pottstown, PA 86
59 Bruce Tripp Bridgeport, PA 88
T60 George Petrole Lehighton, PA 89
T60 Vince Yost Harleysville, PA 89
T62 Bob Howe Larchmont, NY DQ
T62 David Braham Chappaqua, NY DQ
T62 David Robie Lancaster, PA WD
T62 Donald Larcher Dorothy, NJ NC
T62 Gary Daniels Center Valley, PA WD
T62 Greg Doughty Wayne, PA WD
T62 James Prendergast Limerick, PA NC
T62 Jeffery Edmonds Carlisle, PA WD
T62 Matt Froncek Greenfield Twp, PA DQ
T62 Monte Roe North Brunswick, NJ NC
T62 Robert Falls West Chester, PA WD
T62 Ron Cusick Marlton, NJ NC