WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Jerry Maxwell of Spring Mill CC received quite the birthday gift Tuesday: the Chapman Memorial (Net) trophy.
The Warminster, Pa. resident outlasted the 55-player field and logged a 44-point total under the Stableford format at Radley Run CC (par 72, 6,083 yards). Maxwell turned 55 Tuesday, making him freshly eligible to compete in the tournament.
“My wife said you’re almost guaranteed to be the youngest guy in the field,” Maxwell said.
Great camaraderie, nice course conditions and flatstick efficiency each contributed to Maxwell’s success.
“It was a putting exhibition that I dreamed of,” he said.
One of those spectacular putts came on No. 10 (par 4, 340 yards). Maxwell, a 19 handicap, drilled his 9-iron 120 yards to the back of the fringe and then converted a challenging birdie putt. He again fired a birdie from the fringe after sticking his 7-iron to 25-feet on No. 13 (par 3, 151 yards). Maxwell flubbed a 5-iron on No. 11 (par 3, 167 yards), but rebounded by rolling in an uphill 20-footer for par.
Maxwell didn’t spend much time preparing for Tuesday’s tournament. He, along with tee-mate James Wiley of Lu Lu CC, hit about seven wedge shots before taking to the course.
“We were both running a little late, but we got those swings in by gratis of the (tee) times being a little late,” Maxwell said.
Nevertheless, Maxwell started his senior career in memorable fashion.
“It was a wonderful birthday,” he said.
Brendan Kearney of Sandy Run CC earned 43-points to finish second. Wiley attained third place overall with a 41-point total.
The Chapman Memorial Net was changed to an individual Stableford format in 2008 after two years as an individual net stroke play event. Gary Daniels of Saucon Valley CC won the gross portion of Chapman Memorial Cup held at Philadelphia CC this past July.
The Chapman Memorial Cup is named for Frank H. Chapman, who served as the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer for 23 years. Players with a USGA Handicap Index of 7.1 and above were eligible to compete in today’s tournament.
Vincent Kraft, Jr. of Lehigh CC, 39 points
James Cardano of Cedarbrook CC, 39 points
John O’Rourke, McCall G&CC, 38 points
|First Flight (7-11 hdcp)|
|James Wiley, Lu Lu Country Club||41|
|Vincent Kraft, Jr., Lehigh Country Club||39|
|Steve Rathman, Heidelberg Country Club||36|
|Joe Wolos, JC Melrose Country Club||36|
|John Ayres, Woodbury Country Club||36|
|Thomas Brennan, Sr., Blue Bell Country Club||36|
|Lloyd McGinley, Lu Lu Country Club||34|
|James Jennings, Wedgwood Country Club||33|
|Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club||32|
|Francis Sbandi, Esq., Edgmont Country Club||31|
|Robert Felter, Lancaster Country Club||30|
|Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club||30|
|Ronald Hooven, Talamore Country Club||30|
|Jerry Barr, Lehigh Country Club||29|
|Frederick Weiler, Sandy Run Country Club||29|
|Edward Yamasaki, Commonwealth National Golf Club||29|
|Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club||28|
|Stel Apsokardu, Galen Hall Golf Club||24|
|James Rocks, Wedgwood Country Club||21|
|Robert Agran, Wyncote Golf Club||WD|
|Second Flight (12-16 hdcp)||Scores|
|Brendan Kearney, Sandy Run Country Club||43|
|James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club||39|
|Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club||35|
|Carmen Giannascoli, Lehigh Country Club||35|
|William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club||34|
|Richard Turner, Edgmont Country Club||34|
|Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA||34|
|Edward Godshall, Heidelberg Country Club||33|
|Robert Jenkins, Spring Ford Country Club||32|
|George Hilley, McCall Golf & Country Club||32|
|Dale Smith, Lehigh Country Club||30|
|Mike Kyle, Bala Golf Club||30|
|Jim Clossick, Edgmont Country Club||30|
|Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster Country Club||29|
|John DeCarlo, M.D., Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||28|
|Robert Heaton, Makefield Highlands Golf Club||28|
|Mark Sokoloff, Lu Lu Country Club||26|
|Joseph Gindhart, Greate Bay Country Club||DQ|
|Third Flight (17-27 hdcp)||Scores|
|Jerry Maxwell, Spring Mill Country Club||44|
|John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club||38|
|Robert Murray, McCall Golf & Country Club||37|
|Jay Scattergood, Heidelberg Country Club||36|
|E. Gerald Hurst, Jr., Lookaway Golf Club||35|
|Gus Pedicone, Sandy Run Country Club||35|
|Brian Mulvenna, Greate Bay Country Club||34|
|Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford Country Club||33|
|Ronald Rice, Lu Lu Country Club||31|
|James Leonard, Chester Valley Golf Club||31|
|Duke Rittersbach, Five Ponds Golf Club||30|
|James Flick, The Springhaven Club||30|
|James Baumbach, Lu Lu Country Club||30|
|Francis Melvin, Lu Lu Country Club||28|
|James Katz, Five Ponds Golf Club||27|
|Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club||25|
|Glenn Camp, The Springhaven Club||23|
|WD – withdrawal; DQ – disqualification|