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White Manor’s Wood walks away with Spring Net crown

 ROYERSFORD, Pa.- After a recent knee-replacement surgery, David Wood of White Manor Country Club proved to himself that all of the hard work and rehabilitation was worth it. Wood walked away from the Tee It Forward — Spring Net Championship at Spring Ford Country Club on Thursday with the winning hardware, a personal-best on his scorecard, and most importantly, a healthy left knee. | Scorecards | History |

  Wood, playing from the white tees (par 72, 6,267 yards), broke 80 for the first time en route to 45 stableford points and his first victory in a Golf Association of Philadelphia event. He collected 13 gross pars on the autumn-like day, which helped propel him to the top of a 46-player leaderboard.

  “My knee was replaced in early December and then it had complications. In February, I went back in and I started feeling good after that. For five or six years, it was nothing but bone on bone. I couldn’t even finish rounds,” Wood recalled. “But I’m totally healthy now. My scores are really coming down and soon my handicap will too.”

  The Glen Mills, Pa. resident was the master of par 3s at Spring Ford, paring all four of them on Thursday with solid iron play and timely putting.

  No. 15 (par 5, 485 yards) proved to be another highlight of Wood’s round. After a drive that ended up in the trees off the tee, he punched out into a bunker across the fairway. Wood played it safe out of the fairway bunker, then placed a sand wedge behind the hole. He jarred the 15-footer for a crucial par save, and finished his remaining three holes with consistency and bogey-free numbers.

  “I’ve never putted like I have today. To save pars, to save bogeys, to save double bogeys … you name it,” said the 46-year-old. “When I got in trouble, I made putts to stop the bleeding.”

  Due to his knee injury, Wood was forced to take a hiatus from his coaching position on the University of Pennsylvania’s football team, where he had been on staff for the last five years. Prior to UPenn, he was the head coach at Widener University. The recent time away from football has not only allowed Wood to spend more time with his four children, but also more time to spend on his golf swing.

  “I’ve been playing with a bunch of guys on Wednesdays at White Manor, which has helped me really gain confidence in getting down thru the ball with my driver and long irons. When I first came back from my injury, probably my first five to 10 rounds, I was real cautious on going down on my wedges and long irons and kept leaving everything right,” Wood said. “This confidence I’ve gotten back is helping me find consistency again.”

  The Spring Net Championship, formerly known as the First Handicap Tournament, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Association adopted the Tee It Forward parameters in 2012. It also changed the scoring format to net stableford.

  The Tee It Forward initiative encourages golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

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Name, club Points
David Wood, White Manor Country Club 45
Terrence Kyle, Concord Country Club 44
Eamonn Logue, Gilbertsville Golf Club 43
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 43
Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club 41
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 39
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 39
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 39
Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club 38
Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 38
James Margerison, Overbrook Golf Club 36
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 36
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 35
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 35
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 35
Robert Logan, Overbrook Golf Club 35
C. Michael Conway, Plymouth Country Club 34
Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA 34
Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club 34
Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills 33
Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 33
John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club 32
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 32
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 31
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club 31
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 31
Corey Betham, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State 29
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 29
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 29
Henry Wadsworth, Blue Bell Country Club 28
Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club 28
Mike Krantz, Middletown Country Club 27
Michael Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club 27
Neil Fine, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 27
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 26
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 25
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 25
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 25
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 25
Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club 24
W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club 23
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 23
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 22
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club 21
James Generoso, Silver Creek Country Club 21
Keith McQueen, Lookaway Golf Club NS
Handicap 5.6-9.6
Name, club Points
James Margerison, Overbrook Golf Club 36
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 35
John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club
Corey Betham, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 29
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 29
Henry Wadsworth, Blue Bell Country Club 28
Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club 28
Mike Krantz, Middletown Country Club 27
Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club 24
W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club 23
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club 21
James Generoso, Silver Creek Country Club 21
Handicap 10-13.0
Name, club Points
Eamonn Logue, Gilbertsville Golf Club 43
Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club 38
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 36
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 35
C. Michael Conway, Plymouth Country Club 34
Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA 34
Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills 33
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 31
Michael Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club 27
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 26
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 25
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 23
Handicap 13.2-15.6
Name, club Points
David Wood, White Manor Country Club 45
Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club 41
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 39
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 39
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 39
Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 38
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 32
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 29
Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club 25
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 25
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 22
Keith McQueen, Lookaway Golf Club NS
Handicap 15.9-23.6
Name, club Points
Terrence Kyle, Concord Country Club 44
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 43
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 35
Robert Logan, Overbrook Golf Club 35
Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club 34
Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 33
Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club 31
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 31
Neil Fine, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 27
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 25