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Ray Thompson keeps family tradition alive; triumphs in Warner (Gross)

  HOPEWELL, N.J.–For the third consecutive year, a member of the Thompson family has captured the Francis B. Warner Cup.

  This time, Raymond Thompson of Overbrook GC will have his name engraved on the trophy. The Drexel Hill, Pa. resident carded a 1-under-par 71 to win the 75th Francis B. Warner Cup at Hopewell Valley GC (par 72, 6,577 yards) Thursday. Thompson also took the title in 2007, and last year, his brother Andy, also of Overbrook GC, edged Neil McDermott of Llanerch CC in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff to emerge as the victor.

 “It’s nice to keep the Thompson name on the trophy,” Raymond Thompson, 57, said. “My game has been back and forth all year. I’m starting to feel like it’s coming around. I can’t complain.”

  Thompson, the 2007 Senior Player of the Year, felt that his ball-striking contributed to his success on a slick course.

  “I was driving the ball really good,” he said. “I drove the ball in the fairway, which I thought was key around here. My irons were halfway decent. I made some good putts. I missed a couple that I thought I should make, and I made a couple that I didn’t think I should make.”

  After making the turn at 1-over-par 37, Thompson turned it up by firing birdies on Nos. 11 (par 4, 400 yards) and 17 (par 3, 200 yards). He also registered an eagle on No. 16 (par 5, 491 yards) by knocking his hybrid to about seven feet and making the ensuing putt.

  On No. 17, Thompson’s hybrid proved critical again as he knocked it to about 30 feet and drained the ensuing birdie putt.

  “Those two holes (Nos. 16 and 17) did the deal for me,” he said. “I knew 74 was low, so I figured anything around even or under was going to have a good shot at (winning) it.”

  Lee Cook of Laurel Creek CC registered a 1-over-par 73 to place second. Scattered showers and cool temperatures didn’t seem to fry the Moorestown, N.J. resident, who played consistently throughout the day.

  “I never hit it out of play,” Cook said. “I didn’t short-sight anything. I kept it in front of me. I hit a lot of greens, and when I missed a green, I kept it five feet in front of me.”

  Cook, 60, also felt that his short game contributed to his success.

  “Surprisingly for me, I rolled it in from five feet, which is not my game,” he said. “I use a long putter for a reason.”

  And Cook’s final key to a strong outing?

  “A comfortable pairing,” he said, referring to tee-mates John Emmel, Jr. of Philadelphia Publinks GA and Michael Nilon of Philadelphia CC. “That makes a difference. We were just out there having fun.”

  Cook fired birdies on Nos. 9 (par 3, 126 yards), 13 (par 3, 175 yards) and 16 (par 5, 491 yards). His smooth 8-iron landed about two feet short of the flagstick on No. 9, and Cook made the ensuing birdie putt.

  On No. 13, Cook knocked a 5-iron to about 12 feet and made the putt. His tee shot on No. 16 landed within the right tree-line, but Cook rebounded by hitting a 5-iron to 100 yards and carding a birdie.

  “It wasn’t a miracle. It was a routine golf shot,” Cook said.

   Super Senior

  Jay Kocher of Wilmington CC carded a 3-over-par 75 to win the Super-Senior flight.

  “I had a lot of one putts,” the Hockessen, Del. resident said. “I saved a ton of pars with one putts. That’s basically it.”

  Kocher, 67, posted birdies on Nos. 2 and 18 (par 5, 550 yards). Standing 200 yards away from the flagstick on No. 2 (par 4, 352 yards) Kocher knocked a hybrid to about six feet and made the ensuing birdie putt.

55-59 years-old
Name Club Scores
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 71
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 73
Gary Daniels Applebrook Golf Club 74
Charles Jones Blue Bell Country Club 75
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Michael Moser Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 75
Roc Irey Lookaway Golf Club 75
Alan Van Horn Lu Lu Country Club 76
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 76
Gary Daniels Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Anthony Kondracki Fox Hill Country Club 77
Bob Majczan Lookaway Golf Club 77
Dave Jacobson JC Melrose Country Club 77
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Robert Billings Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Joe Marucci Saucon Valley Country Club 78
James Prendergast Spring Ford Country Club 79
James Sullivan, Sr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
John Gonsior Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 79
Richard Umani Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Wayne Bartolacci Jericho National Golf Club 80
Alan Bernabei Doylestown Country Club 81
Stan Zabytko Loch Nairn Golf Club 81
William Vostinak Lehigh Country Club 81
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 82
Drew Panebianco Talamore Country Club 82
Fred Banta Running Deer Golf Club 82
Rick Custer Spring Ford Country Club 82
Bill Henry Olde York Country Club 83
Craig Aronchick, M.D. Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Mike Miklinevich Greate Bay Country Club 83
Larry Paster Philmont Country Club 84
Pete Widdoes Loch Nairn Golf Club 84
Robert Lodovici Links Golf Club 84
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 84
Robert Dewitt Links Golf Club 85
Tom Borsello Fieldstone Golf Club 85
Martin Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club 86
William Kovach Mercer Oaks Golf Course 86
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 88
Chuck McGilloway Moselem Springs Golf Club 90
Joe Olin Little Mill Country Club 90
Thomas Mairone McCall Golf & Country Club 90
David Taylor Radley Run Country Club NC
James Taormina Wyncote Golf Club NC
Paul Keating Aronimink Golf Club WD
60 & Over
Name Club Scores
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club 73
Terrence Sawyer Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 76
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Edward Pappas, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 77
Andy Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 78
Charles Whipple Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 78
John Emmel, Jr. Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Meredith Henry, Sr. Hidden Creek Golf Club 79
Robert Ockenfuss Indian Valley Country Club 79
Stephan Whitenack Pine Valley Golf Club 79
Bernie Zbrzeznj Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 80
Daniel Burton Bent Creek Country Club 80
Michael Egan Lookaway Golf Club 80
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 80
Carlyle Robinson Fox Hill Country Club 81
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 81
Theodore Beringer Philadelphia Country Club 81
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Frank Treml Sandy Run Country Club 82
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 82
Frank Shuman Lehigh Country Club 83
Gibby Young Hartefeld National 83
Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club 83
Gary Gordon Talamore Country Club 84
Gordon Bennett Northampton Country Club 84
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 84
Jack Holland Whitford Country Club 85
Richard White Jericho National Golf Club 85
Rick Pogany Little Mill Country Club 85
Ron Mittendorf Blue Bell Country Club 85
Dennis Perna Spring Ford Country Club 86
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 86
Robert Murphy Wilmington Country Club 86
John Siegrist Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 87
Charles Caparo Plymouth Country Club 88
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 88
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 88
Stephen Pence Little Mill Country Club 88
Edward Gregorczyk Glenmaura National Golf Club 89
Rick Bunn McCall Golf & Country Club 89
Bill Smith Sandy Run Country Club 90
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club 90
John Patton Links Golf Club 90
John Cech Riverton Country Club 93
Jay McLaughlin Mercer Oaks Golf Course 94
Frank Kunze Spring Ford Country Club NC
Frank Petrecco Yardley Country Club WD
Michael Anton Lookaway Golf Club WD
Peter McCombs Huntingdon Valley Country Club NS
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club WD
Super Senior
Name Club Scores
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 75
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 76
Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 78
Joseph Maxwell Hartefeld National 79
Barry Brackenbury Silver Creek Country Club 80
Bob Wicker Little Mill Country Club 80
Jay Howson, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 80
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 80
Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club 80
Art Brosius DuPont Country Club 82
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 82
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 83
Fran Tusak Silver Creek Country Club 83
Joseph Scott, Jr. Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 83
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 84
Jim Lloyd Running Deer Golf Club 84
Thomas ORourke Chester Valley Golf Club 84
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 85
John Ayres Woodbury Country Club 85
Lawrence Capuzzi ,Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 86
Kent Weymouth, Jr. Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. Pine Valley Golf Club 86
Bob Killian Links Golf Club 87
Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club 87
James Callaghan Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 87
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 89
Robert Davy Medford Village Country Club 89
John Holsten Aronimink Golf Club 90
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 90
William Cummins Jericho National Golf Club 90
Christopher Frazier Sunnybrook Golf Club 91
Clay von Seldeneck Sunnybrook Golf Club 91
Donald Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 93
John MacDonald Medford Lakes Country Club 94
William Jensen Medford Village Country Club 94
James Ruddy, Sr. Spring Mill Country Club 99
Hal Ruff Moorestown Field Club 100
Chuck Baker Cherry Valley Country Club WD
Jay Guben JC Melrose Country Club WD
NS – no show; WD – withdrawal; NC – no card