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White Clay Creek CC’s Borsello wins Warner Cup (Gross)

  NORTH HILLS, Pa. –Tom Borsello of White Clay Creek CC isn’t a stranger to the winner’s circle in his home state.

  The Wilmington, Del. resident is a former Delaware State Golf Association Amateur and Open Champion. It’s Golf Association of Philadelphia hardware that’s eluded Borsello throughout his golf career.

Tom Borsello pumps his fist
following a birdie on No. 8.

  That all changed Thursday. Borsello, 57, carded a 1-over-par 72 at a cool and windy Lu Lu CC (par 71, 6,386 yards) to win the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross).

  “It feels great,” he said. “We have a great field here. These guys are good players. You have to play good golf to beat them. There are a lot of guts up here. I feel like I’ve had some chances and played good, but got beat. Coming down the stretch, I couldn’t finish the job a couple of times. It’s nice to get your first win. They are always the hardest.”

  Borsello, a GAP fixture and relative Senior rookie, didn’t have any expectations entering Thursday’s tournament.

  “I haven’t played a lot at all this year,” said Borsello. “I’m in the irrigation business, so this is a busy time for me. I felt something good on the range and stuck with it throughout the day. I’m tickled to death. It was very windy and hard to get the right club. To me, I hit a lot of good, pin-high shots. I was very fortunate there.”

  Whatever it was that circulated through Borsello beforehand, it revealed itself on No. 3 (par 4, 424 yards). He powered his 2-hybrid 208 yards to 18-inches behind the flagstick. Borsello capped his outward march with a red figure on the challenging par 4, 312-yard 9th hole. Following an unfriendly tee shot that left Borsello underneath a tree, he punched an 8-iron 90 yards to 18 feet. Borsello drained the right-to-left breaker.

  “It kind of went up the hill and down the hill,” he said. “I got a really good read on it from the other side of the hole. I looked back and said it flattens out maybe 14 or 15 inches before the cup. It went right in the middle. It was tough reading these greens today. You really had to be careful.”

  Borsello overcame tee trouble on No. 11 (par 4, 345 yards) to post his third and final birdie of the day. Standing in the left-side rough, with a mound partially obstructing his view of the flagstick, Borsello stuck his 9-iron 124 yards to 10-feet hole-high on the right. He cleaned up the birdie putt.

  “The wind was coming at my face,” Borsello said of the approach shot. “I wanted to make sure I hit it right of the pin because I couldn’t see what was to the left. I gripped down on a 9-iron and was fortunate enough to get a good read on the putt. It was one that could’ve gotten away from me. I hit it the perfect speed.”

  When Borsello did experience problems, they came in pairs. He registered back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 7 (par 4, 436 yards) and 8 (par 4, 416 yards). On the first, his pitch out of the rough put Borsello 15-feet away from the flagstick, and he failed to save par. A wayward drive on the downhill 8th hole forced Borsello to lay up and wedge onto the green. He then missed a deceiving 15-footer.

  “If I hit it two inches harder, it goes in the middle,” Borsello said. “I just didn’t get the speed right.”

  The bogey twins made an encore appearance on Nos. 13 (par 4, 435 yards) and 14 (par 4, 360 yards). Borsello knocked a 6-iron to the front of the green and left his birdie effort five feet short. He misjudged the speed of the green to card a bogey. Borsello failed to reach the green with his 9-iron approach on No. 14. He again missed a five-footer for par.

  Thursday’s victory officially places Borsello on the Senior Division map. It may set the tone for a successful year, but Borsello is keeping his expectations in check.

  “If it comes my way, great, but if not, I’m not going to sweat it,” he said.

  Gary D. Daniels of Saucon Valley CC carded a 2-over-par 73 to finish second. Daniels, 61, of Center Valley, Pa., fired three birdies on the day. On No. 2 (par 4, 356 yards), he pulverized his hybrid 225 yards and two-putted from 20 feet. Daniels, the 2009 Senior Player of the Year, watched his pitching wedge shot from 65 yards out on No. 17 (par 5, 520 yards) hit the flagstick. Daniels stuck his 9-iron 127 yards to 15-feet on No. 18 (par 4, 406 yards) and converted the left-to-right breaker.

  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, an 18-hole, stroke play Senior event, as an ongoing tribute in his memory. Lu Lu CC has hosted the event five times, most recently in 1997, when St. Davids GC’s Jay Howson, Jr., the 2009 Super-Senior Player of the Year, triumphed with a score of 74.

Overall
Name, club Score
Tom Borsello, White Clay Creek Country Club 72
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Charles Jones, Blue Bell Country Club 74
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 74
Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club 75
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 75
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 76
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 76
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club 76
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 77
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club 78
Gary Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club 78
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 78
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 78
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 79
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 79
Marty Dorminy, Golden Oaks Golf Club 79
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 79
Harry Gianetti, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 80
Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club 80
Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Daniel Burton, Bent Creek Country Club 80
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 80
Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 80
Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club 80
Steve Kyriakodis, Lu Lu Country Club 80
William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club 80
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 81
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Martin Klagholz, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 81
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 82
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club 82
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club 82
Richard Custer, Brookside Country Club 82
Richard Timbrell, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Walter Wolfe, Stone Harbor Golf Club 82
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club 82
John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Mark Shuman, Whitford Country Club 82
Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Thomas Mallouk, Ph.D., Lookaway Golf Club 82
Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club 83
Michael Bohardt, Jericho National Golf Club 83
Pete Widdoes, Loch Nairn Golf Club 83
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Tom Cohen, Running Deer Golf Club 83
Frank Shuman, Lehigh Country Club 83
James Haynie, Lu Lu Country Club 83
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Stephan Whitenack, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
James Prendergast, Brookside Country Club 84
Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 84
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 84
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 84
Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Alan Van Horn, Lu Lu Country Club 84
George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 84
Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club 84
Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club 84
Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club 85
Michael Fox, Hartefeld National 85
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 85
Robert Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club 85
Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Craig Aronchick, Rolling Green Golf Club 86
Lee King, Heidelberg Country Club 86
Michael Rose, Meadowlands Country Club 86
Robert Fritz, Blue Bell Country Club 86
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 87
Brian Sexton, Seaview Resort & Spa 87
Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club 87
Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Tim Simmons, Limekiln Golf Club 87
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 87
Gary Gordon, Talamore Country Club 87
Gary McNutt, Loch Nairn Golf Club 87
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club 87
Matthew Bellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 87
Robert Murphy, Wilmington Country Club 87
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club 88
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club 88
Pete Ervin, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
John Cech, Riverton Country Club 88
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 89
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 89
Lawrence Paster, Philmont Country Club 89
Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 90
Dave Jacobson, JC Melrose Country Club 90
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 91
Fred Giblin, Merchantville Country Club 93
Rick Gaydos, Sakima Country Club 94
Frederick Banta, Running Deer Golf Club 97
Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club 98
Deane Haase, Edgmont Country Club DQ
Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club NC
Mark Rauch, Radnor Valley Country Club WD
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club WD
Henry McCullough, Rolling Green Golf Club WD
Peter Emigh, Lehigh Country Club WD
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club WD
Ages 55-59
Name, club Score
Tom Borsello, White Clay Creek Country Club 72
Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club 75
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 75
Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 76
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 76
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 77
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club 78
Gary Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club 78
Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 79
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 79
Marty Dorminy, Golden Oaks Golf Club 79
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 79
Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 80
Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club 80
Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 81
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club 82
John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club 82
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club 82
Richard Custer, Brookside Country Club 82
Richard Timbrell, Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Walter Wolfe, Stone Harbor Golf Club 82
Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club 83
Michael Bohardt, Jericho National Golf Club 83
Pete Widdoes, Loch Nairn Golf Club 83
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Tom Cohen, Running Deer Golf Club 83
James Prendergast, Brookside Country Club 84
Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 84
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 84
Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club 84
Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
William Kovach, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club 85
Michael Fox, Hartefeld National 85
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 85
Robert Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club 85
Craig Aronchick, Rolling Green Golf Club 86
Lee King, Heidelberg Country Club 86
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 87
Brian Sexton, Seaview Resort & Spa 87
Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club 87
Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
Tim Simmons, Limekiln Golf Club 87
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club 88
John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club 88
Pete Ervin, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 89
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 89
Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 90
Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club 91
Fred Giblin, Merchantville Country Club 93
Rick Gaydos, Sakima Country Club 94
Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club NC
Deane Haase, Edgmont Country Club DQ
Mark Rauch, Radnor Valley Country Club WD
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club WD
Ages 60 and over
Name, club Score
Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club 73
Charles Jones, Blue Bell Country Club 74
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 74
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club 76
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 78
Harry Gianetti, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Daniel Burton, Bent Creek Country Club 80
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 80
Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 80
Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club 80
Steve Kyriakodis, Lu Lu Country Club 80
William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club 80
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 81
Martin Klagholz, Applebrook Golf Club 81
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 81
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club 82
John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Mark Shuman, Whitford Country Club 82
Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 82
Thomas Mallouk, Ph.D., Lookaway Golf Club 82
Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Frank Shuman, Lehigh Country Club 83
James Haynie, Lu Lu Country Club 83
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Stephan Whitenack, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Alan Van Horn, Lu Lu Country Club 84
George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 84
Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club 84
Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club 84
Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Michael Rose, Meadowlands Country Club 86
Robert Fritz, Blue Bell Country Club 86
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 87
Gary Gordon, Talamore Country Club 87
Gary McNutt, Loch Nairn Golf Club 87
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club 87
Matthew Bellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 87
Robert Murphy, Wilmington Country Club 87
John Cech, Riverton Country Club 88
Lawrence Paster, Philmont Country Club 89
Dave Jacobson, JC Melrose Country Club 90
Frederick Banta, Running Deer Golf Club 97
Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club 98
Henry McCullough, Rolling Green Golf Club WD
Peter Emigh, Lehigh Country Club WD
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club WD
DQ-disqualification; NC-no card; WD-withdrawal