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Running Deer’s Charlesworth charges to Warner Cup (Gross) crown

 MARLTON, N.J. — Competitive golf is an afterthought for Norman Charlesworth. A demanding work schedule keeps the delivery driver in the truck and off the course during the summers. | History | Scorecards | Photo gallery | Senior POY standings |
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  A rare vacation day — and a convenient location — allowed Charlesworth, 56, of Gloucester Township, N.J., to participate in the 81st Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) Thursday at Little Mill Country Club (par 71, 6,609 yards).He made the experience a triumphant one.

  Playing in only his third golf tournament over the last decade, the Running Deer Golf Club member carded a 3-under-par 68, the day’s lone subpar score, to win the tournament’s Senior Division by six strokes. Mercer Oaks Golf Course’s Ray Pyontek, who teed off in the morning, placed second.

  “It’s the first time I ever won anything golf related. It feels really good,” a soft-spoken Charlesworth said.

  Charlesworth, who works for a beer distributor, dedicated a day off to his former home. He held membership at Little Mill for 10 years.

  “Course knowledge was definitely a factor. I feel like I hit it in the right spots,” Charlesworth said. “I missed three greens and hit a lot of fairways.

  Familiarity, finely tuned approaches and a fierce flatstick factored into a winning equation. Starting on the back nine, Charlesworth inked four birdies against a bogey to turn in 33. On the lengthy par 5, 505-yard 13th hole, he knocked an L-wedge 66 yards to six feet. Charlesworth rolled in a five-footer for birdie on No. 15 (par 4, 400 yards) after an 8-iron set-up from 140 yards. He went back-to-back on Nos. 17 (par 3, 185 yards) and 18 (par 4, 393 yards). On the former, Charlestown deposited a downhill 12-footer following a crisp 5-iron. He navigated the testy uphill 18th hole by smacking a gap wedge 117 yards to five feet flag-high left for another red figure. A three-putt from 20 feet on No. 14 (par 4, 434 yards) marked Charlesworth’s lone hiccup heading out.

  With a bit of scoreboard distance, a bogey on the dogleg left par 4, 378-yard No. 1 didn’t prove detrimental. Charlesworth tugged his drive into the right rough and attacked a buried lie from 165 yards with a 7-iron. A flyer forced a chip from behind the green, and Charlesworth then missed an uphill 10-footer. Such an error seemed subterranean on this day, though. Charlesworth stopped an L-wedge from 80 yards at 10 feet for a 4 on the par 5, 541-yard No. 4. He sunk a straight 25-footer for birdie on the next hole (par 4, 400 yards).

  Charlesworth’s round Thursday drastically differs from the one played last night with friend Bob Enders. He struggled throughout and lost, 5&4.

  “I wasn’t too happy about showing up today after that,” Charlesworth said jokingly.

  Adding intrigue to Charlesworth’s first victory is his golf history. He played competitive baseball into his late 30s and pitched for Glassboro State College during its Division III National Championship runs in 1978 and 1979. Charlesworth dedicated more time to the links at age 39, but professional obligations prohibited tournament participation. Aside from the BMW GAP Team Matches, only an appearance in last year’s Chapman (Gross) and a U.S. Senior Open Qualifier in 2009 occupy his competitive checklist.

  A new piece of hardware may change that.

   “If work sees this, maybe they’ll let me take off,” Charlesworth said. “I would like to play in a lot more events, but I just don’t have the opportunity to. It’s very hard to get off of work when you’re in the beer business.”

  Pyontek, 55, of Hamilton, N.J., posted a 3-over-par 74 to earn runner-up honors. Course knowledge also contributed to the Senior rookie’s effort. He’s logged at least 10 rounds at Little Mill.

  “I’ve played here enough to know the golf course. I know the trickiness of it,” Pyontek, a realtor, said. “I handled it pretty well. I haven’t played much this year, so my expectations were low. I haven’t had much time to practice. I’ve played some good rounds, but I’ve played some bad ones too. I just don’t know what I’m going to have that day, and today was pretty good.”

  Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as secretary-treasurer for the Golf Association of Philadelphia for 18 years. After his death in 1933, the Association started the Francis B. Warner Cup as an ongoing tribute in his memory. It is the first Senior Major of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s tournament season.

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Overall
Name, club Score
Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 68
Ray Pyontek, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 76
Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club 77
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 77
Hee Yoo, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 77
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Ward Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook 77
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 77
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 77
Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 78
Tim Sindorf, Laurel Creek Country Club 78
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 78
David West, Whitford Country Club 79
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 79
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 79
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 80
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 80
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 80
Allen Padovano, Yardley Country Club 80
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 80
James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club 80
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club 80
Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 80
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club 81
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club 81
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 81
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 81
Richard Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
Steven Lucas, White Manor Country Club 81
William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club 81
Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club 81
Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club 81
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 81
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 81
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 81
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 82
John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club 82
Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook 82
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 82
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 82
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club 82
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club 82
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 82
Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club 83
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 83
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 83
Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club 83
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 83
Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club 83
David Folkes, Metedeconk National Golf Club 84
Neal Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club 84
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 84
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club 84
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 84
Tom Coffey, Sr., Chester Valley Golf Club 84
Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook Golf Club 85
Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 85
John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 85
Kevin Bair, Hartefeld National 85
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 85
Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 85
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Scott Orr, Reading Country Club 86
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 87
Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 87
Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 87
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 87
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 88
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 89
Michael Brady, Jericho National Golf Club 89
Rich Colaguori, Cedarbrook Country Club 89
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 89
Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 90
Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club 90
Jim Simmons, Stonewall 92
Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club 95
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 95
Gary Shearman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 96
Edward Shearon, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club WD
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club WD
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club WD
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA DQ
John Manfredi, Woodcrest Country Club WD
John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Ages 55-59
Name, club Score
Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 68
Ray Pyontek, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 74
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club 77
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 77
Hee Yoo, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 77
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 77
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Ward Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook 77
Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 78
Tim Sindorf, Laurel Creek Country Club 78
David West, Whitford Country Club 79
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 80
John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 80
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 80
Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club 81
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club 81
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 81
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 81
Richard Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
Steven Lucas, White Manor Country Club 81
William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club 81
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 82
John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club 82
Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook 82
Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club 83
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 83
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 83
David Folkes, Metedeconk National Golf Club 84
Neal Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club 84
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 84
Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook Golf Club 85
Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 85
John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 85
Kevin Bair, Hartefeld National 85
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
Scott Orr, Reading Country Club 86
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 87
Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 87
Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 87
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 89
Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA 90
Jim Simmons, Stonewall 92
Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club 95
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA DQ
John Manfredi, Woodcrest Country Club WD
John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Ages 60 & Over
Name, club Score
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 76
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 77
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 77
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 78
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 79
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 79
Allen Padovano, Yardley Country Club 80
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 80
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 80
James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club 80
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club 80
Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 80
Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club 81
Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club 81
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 81
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 81
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 81
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 82
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 82
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club 82
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club 82
Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 82
Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club 83
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 83
Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club 83
Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club 84
Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National 84
Tom Coffey, Sr., Chester Valley Golf Club 84
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 85
Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 85
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 87
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 88
Michael Brady, Jericho National Golf Club 89
Rich Colaguori, Cedarbrook Country Club 89
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 89
Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 90
Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club 90
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 95
Gary Shearman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 96
Edward Shearon, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club WD
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club WD
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club WD