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The Ridge at Back Brook’s Kosup wins Chapman (Gross) in playoff

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  WALLINGFORD, Pa. — Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. convinced good friend and golf compatriot Bert Kosup to participate in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at The Springhaven Club (par 70, 6,411 yards) Monday. He’s glad that he did.

  Well, sort of.

  Playing the same group, both Bartolacci and Kosup carded 1-over-par 71s in regulation to finish tied atop the Senior Division leaderboard. The latter, who plays out of The Ridge at Back Brook, then defeated his persuasive pal in a sudden-death playoff to prevail.

  “I wouldn’t be here if Tommy didn’t insist that I get involved with the Golf Association of Philadelphia and play in some of these events, so I have to thank him,” Kosup, 59, of Flemington, N.J., said. “I had a chance to play with two really good guys today [Bartolacci and Roc Irey of Lookaway Golf Club], so when you play with them, your head’s in the game and you’re thinking about every shot. It’s so special to win considering the quality of players in the field. To win in your first time out like this is so special, but it’s golf. It’s a crazy game.”

  “I lost to a good friend,” Bartolacci, 63, of Washington Crossing, Pa., said. “Honestly, all I had to do was two-putt the first playoff hole. He hit a heck of a shot. I’m happy for him. He’s a really good player. It was a lot of fun.”

  On the aforementioned No. 1 (par 4, 418 yards), Bartolacci reached the green in regulation while Kosup steered his drive into the right tree-line. Cue the spectacular second shot from the latter.

  “It was up against the root of a tree, but the tree was kind of cut up so I could get a swing at it,” Kosup said. “I hit a 4-iron right where I wanted to hit it; it just didn’t end up on the green.”

  After Bartolacci and Kosup essentially halved the first playoff hole with bogeys, both hammered identical drives on No. 8 (par 5, 515 yards). Bartolacci attempted to snipe a 3-wood around a corner on the dogleg left, but flushed it right and stood blocked out by a pine tree for his third shot. Kosup reached the green in regulation; Bartolacci attempted to flight his approach over the imposing obstacle, only to watch it deflect off the bark. A Kosup two-putt prompted a handshake and a hug among buddies.

  The two traveled to and from The Springhaven together as well.

  “We’ve been friends for a long, long time,” Kosup said. “I’m sure that he’s disappointed. I would be disappointed if it turned out differently or had gone the other way. We always rival playing against other each other. We go on trips together. We’re friends not only on the golf course, but afterwards as well.”

  Both Bartolacci and Kosup posted subpar scores on their inward tours to climb the leaderboard. The two fired birdies on No. 10 (par 4, 424 yards) with a pair of 5-irons 15 and 12 feet, respectively. On No 12 (par 5, 513 yards), Kosup drilled a 7-iron 152 yards to 15 feet for a 4. Bartolacci hit an 8-iron 140 yards to six feet and dropped the ensuing downhill putt on No. 18 (par 4, 377 yards). Kosup missed a 12-footer to match his friend’s 3 after knocking an 8-iron from 140 yards.

  Success isn’t entirely evasive for Bartolacci at The Springhaven. He captured his first Senior Amateur Championship in 2008 on the track.

  “The Springhaven’s a tough little golf course,” Bartolacci, the reigning Senior Amateur titleholder, said. “There are a lot of double bogeys out there if you don’t hit it straight. The fairways are tough. They’re almost like clay, so you really need to catch your club. I’ll take 71 playing here anytime.”

  Kosup retired from Johnson & Johnson in December 2013 after spending 30 years in its sales and marketing department. With business on the backburner, he hopes to increase his competitive golf schedule. Kosup is a member of the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame. He played quarterback on the school’s football team from 1973-76 and led the Scarlet Knights to a perfect season in 1976.

Super-Senior

Curt Fromal of the host club drained a 35-footer for birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 405 yards) to defeat Chester Valley Golf Club’s Thomas O’Rourke for the event’s Super-Senior title. Playing the same group in regulation, both players filed respective 3-over-par 73s. Jericho National Golf Club’s Richard Speranza, a Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine Player to Watch in 2014, also finished at 73, but was unavailable for the playoff.

  “It’s kind of crazy. It’s been a long while,” Fromal, 73, of Folsom, Pa., said. “I haven’t played in many GAP tournaments lately. I had a hip replacement and I wasn’t playing very well. Everything just happened to fall in place today, for some reason.”

  “Curt played so well all day long,” O’Rourke, 70, of Malvern, Pa., said. “He made two chip-in birdies, which were really hard to beat. I had no birdies, just three bogeys. I felt good. I hit it solid all day long. Curt and I both finished ahead of a lot of great players, and that’s satisfying. It makes you want to come back out and do it again.”

  The aforementioned chip-ins essentially brought Fromal into the fold. He holed an l-wedge from the left greenside bunker on No. 18 (par 4, 363 yards) for a 3, and on No. 1 (par 4, 405 yards), jarred a 10-yard wedge shot following a fierce 5-wood. The same club, this time from 185 yards, set Fromal up for his triumphant birdie. In the playoff, O’Rourke, too, found the fairway, but a heavy approach spelled trouble.

  “I just chunked it, and then I tried to hit 6-iron, and I hit it to six or seven feet, which I thought I could make,” O’Rourke said. “I didn’t have to.”

  Fromal secured his first piece of Super-Senior hardware, the Division’s Silver Cross Award, in 2008 on his home course. His second comes at the same site.

  “I’m starting to feel healthy now and play a little better,” Fromal said. “This is a confidence builder.”

  Frank H. Chapman, a Whitemarsh Valley Country Club member, served as the Association’s secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He died on June 7, 1955 at the age of 88. The Gross tournament, now in its eighth year, is held in his honor.

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Overall results
Senior Division
Name, club Score
*Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook 71
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 71
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 73
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 73
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 74
Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 74
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 74
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 75
James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club 75
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club 75
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 75
Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club 76
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 76
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club 77
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 77
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 77
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 77
Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 77
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 77
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 77
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 77
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 78
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club 78
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club 78
Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club 79
Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Roy Gagne, Yardley Country Club 79
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 79
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 79
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 79
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 80
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 80
John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 80
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 80
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
John Turner, The Springhaven Club 80
John Turner, The Springhaven Club 80
Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 80
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 80
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 80
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 80
Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club 81
Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club 81
Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club 82
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 82
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 82
Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club 83
Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club 83
Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 84
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club 84
Joe Tague, III, Old York Road Country Club 84
Joe Tague, III, Old York Road Country Club 84
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 84
Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 85
Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club 86
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 86
James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club 90
Bob Enders, Running Deer Golf Club 95
Harold Schweitzer, Broad Run Golfers Club WD
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club WD
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club WD
Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club WD
55-59
Name, club Score
Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook 71
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 73
Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 73
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 74
Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club 74
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 74
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 75
Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club 76
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 76
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club 77
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 77
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 77
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 77
Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 77
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 77
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 78
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club 79
Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Roy Gagne, Yardley Country Club 79
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 80
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 80
John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 80
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 80
Alan Lazzarino, DuPont Country Club 81
Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club 82
Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 84
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club 84
Joe Tague, III, Old York Road Country Club 84
John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club 84
Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 85
Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club 90
Bob Enders, Running Deer Golf Club 95
Harold Schweitzer, Broad Run Golfers Club WD
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club WD
60 & over
Name, club Score
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 71
James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club 75
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club 75
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 75
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 77
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 77
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club 78
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club 78
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 79
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 79
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club 79
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 79
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA 80
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
John Turner, The Springhaven Club 80
Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 80
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 80
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 80
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 80
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club 81
Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 82
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 82
Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club 83
Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club 83
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club 86
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 86
James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club WD
Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club WD
Super-Senior Division
Name, club Score
*Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club 73
Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club 73
Thomas O’Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club 73
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 74
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 75
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 76
John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club 76
William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club 76
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club 77
Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club 77
Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club 77
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club 77
Raymond Fuller, Running Deer Golf Club 77
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club 78
Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club 78
Terry Fair, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 78
Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 79
Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club 80
Gregory Gaul, Merion Golf Club 80
Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club 80
Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club 80
Art Brosius, Golf Course at Glen Mills 81
George Carr, Wedgwood Country Club 81
George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 81
Paul Koelling, Greate Bay Country Club 81
Ralph Bincarowsky, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 81
Steve Broome, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Bob Harris, Blue Bell Country Club 84
Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club 84
Frank Shuman, Lehigh Country Club 84
Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 85
Lawrence Harrison, Hidden Creek Golf Club 87
David Jordan, Sakima Country Club NC
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal
*-won in playoff