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Philly Publinks’ Collins captures Fall Net Championship at Schuylkill

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. — “Ugly” is how Hank Collins describes his golf game this summer. The rounds he’s played left the Philadelphia Publinks GA member discouraged and frustrated.

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  Any antonym for ugly is a fitting descriptor for his performance in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Tee It Forward — Fall Net Championship at a splendid Schuylkill Country Club Wednesday. Collins, who competed from the forward tees (par 72, 5,688 yards), posted 43 points in the net stableford format.

  “It was the first time I’ve broken 95 all year,” Collins, 78, of Berwyn, Pa., said. “Everything just kind of worked. It was a combination of a lot of different things. It just worked out.”

  How’s this for a combination: a four-putt, two three-putts, a bunch of one-putts, a sand save for par and a chip-in birdie? Collins, who fared well on Schuylkill’s undulating greens, ran the gamut Wednesday. The aforementioned chip-in occurred on the par 3, 118-yard 11th hole after he landed a 9-iron short of the putting surface. A bunker blast and mid-range putt on the 16th hole (par 3, 120 yards) meant a net birdie on the scorecard.

  “Ugly” did appear on a couple of occasions at Schuylkill, but left no permanent scars.

  “Skulling a wedge or a 9-iron a few times. The only thing good about it was the direction,” Collins said.

  Collins, who worked for a truck manufacturer, frequently competes alongside friend Timothy Joyce, the 2013 Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) champion. The two check off a pair of important boxes: having fun and enjoying new courses.

  “Let me just say this. There’s nothing I don’t enjoy about playing in a GAP event,” Collins said. “We get into everything we can.”

  A stop at Dairy Queen is a must for Collins and Joyce, too. They scout for a planned stop on the way home. Add Collins’ trophy to the treat list.

Women’s Division
Lucia Simon drove past Schuylkill Country Club en route to her son Joshua’s wedding a year ago. The roadside view beckoned a firsthand visit.

  “I never knew of the club. The next day, I got an e-mail about an event here, but I couldn’t play in it,” Simon, 60, of Center Valley, Pa., said. “So when this one came up, I knew I wanted to play the course. I went online and read about Schuylkill. I needed to go and see it.”

  The course met Simon’s expectations and then some. She points to a chip-in birdie on the par 5, 450-yard 17th hole as a highlight. She left a 7-wood short of the putting green and sent straight tracker into the jar.

  Simon classified her GAP debut as “awesome.”

  “Easy to sign up, easy to be here. I’m sorry to see such a small field of women. I’d like to say I beat a field of 50,” she said jokingly. “I had a great time.”

  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.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 153 Full Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Overall results
Men’s Division
Name, club Points
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 43
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 40
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 40
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 40
Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club 39
Stephen Maakestad, Five Ponds Golf Club 39
Daniel Keenan, Woodcrest Country Club 39
Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club 38
John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club 37
Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club 36
Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club 35
Lester Michael, Lehigh Country Club 34
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 34
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 34
Dennis O’Donnell, Old York Road Country Club 34
Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club 34
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 34
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 33
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 32
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 32
Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club 31
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 31
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 31
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 31
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 31
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 31
Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club 30
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 30
Douglas Braunsdorf, Greate Bay Country Club 30
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 30
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 29
Casey Lyons, Medford Village Country Club 21
Zachary Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club NS
 
First Flight (Handicap Index 2.1-8.9)
Name, club Points
Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club 39
Daniel Keenan, Woodcrest Country Club 39
John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club 37
Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club 35
Lester Michael, Lehigh Country Club 34
Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club 34
Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club 34
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 32
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 31
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 31
Casey Lyons, Medford Village Country Club 21
 
Second Flight (Handicap Index 9.3-12.9)
Name, club Points
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 40
Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club 36
Dennis O’Donnell, Old York Road Country Club 34
John Sly, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 34
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 32
Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club 32
Michael Lentz, Lehigh Country Club 31
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 31
Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club 30
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 30
Douglas Braunsdorf, Greate Bay Country Club 30
Zachary Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club NS
 
Third Flight (Handicap Index 13.9-23.2)
Name, club Points
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 43
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 40
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 40
Stephen Maakestad, Five Ponds Golf Club 39
Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club 38
Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club 34
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 33
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 31
Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club 31
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 30
Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club 29
Women’s Division
Name, club Points
Lucia Simon, Saucon Valley Country Club 36
Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club 34
Erin Mckarski, Saucon Valley Country Club 30
Sarah Reese, French Creek Golf Club 28
Nancy Brandi, Berkshire Country Club 27
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club 22
NS — no show