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Yardley’s Petrecco wins Warner Cup (Net) in scorecard playoff

 EXTON, Pa. – Ernest Eichenberg, III of Waynesborough CC and Frank Petrecco of Yardley CC both carded respective 2-under-par 70s (net) in Tuesday’s Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) at a sweltering Whitford CC (par 72, 6,288 yards).

  In a match of cards, Petrecco, a longtime GAP competitor, edged Eichenberg, the tournament’s defending champion, to win the 2011 edition. With his primary driver in the shop, Petrecco dusted off an old one and promptly put it in the bag. The last-minute substitute paid off as Petrecco, of Fallsington, Pa., found the fairway early and often.

  “My driver is being re-shafted, so I used a driver from about eight or 10 years ago that was in the basement,” Petrecco, 64, said. “It’s an old, small-head Cobra. I don’t think it’s going back down in the basement when my re-shafted club [a Ping Rapture] comes back.”

  Three frontside birdies allowed Petrecco, a 10 handicapper, to settle into a rhythm. He stuck an 8-iron 130 yards to five-feet on No. 11 (par 4, 336 yards). On the strenuous par 5, 486-yard 12th hole, Petrecco put his approach into the side of left greenside bunker. He then holed a sand wedge for birdie.

  “It was an impossible shot, and it was one of those days,” Petrecco said. “That green slopes so much back-to-front, it just hit perfect and rolled down the hill and went in the hole. If the ball doesn’t go in the hole, it goes off the green. That was kind of a crazy one.”

  Petrecco, who began on the back nine, registered a red figure on the par 4, 368-yard 18th hole. He drilled his 6-iron 140 yards to three feet.

  “On the front nine, the putter worked really well,” he said. “On the back nine, it left me. I think the heat got to me. I didn’t drink enough water. I was melting. But the woods and the irons were working well for me all day.”

  Petrecco’s inward tour was a struggle. He considered the challenging No. 4 (par 5, 545 yards) to be a key point in his round. Petrecco launched his drive into the left-side rough, hacked out of a difficult lie and came up short of the water hazard with a 9-iron. He then pummeled his 7-wood 160 yards to 10-feet behind the back right hole location. Although Petrecco barely missed the par try, he felt things could’ve unraveled significantly had he not been able to locate his tee shot.

  Tuesday’s performance marked a sigh of relief for Petrecco, who’s struggled to find his game so far this season.

  “My handicap was a six to start the year and it’s a 10 now,” Petrecco said. “Yardley’s been playing really tough. The weather’s been bad, and the rough’s been brutal. Nobody’s scoring well. But today, I hit a lot of fairways. It was a really nice day. The course didn’t play easy today.”

  Open to senior male golfers 55 years of age and over, the Warner Cup (Net) is an 18-hole individual net stroke-play event for players with a 7.1 or higher handicap index. Four overall low net prizes are awarded with net prizes in each of three handicap classes determined by course handicap.

  Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as secretary-treasurer for the Golf Association of Philadelphia for 18 years. The Francis B. Warner Cup (Net), now in its sixth year, is an ongoing tribute to his memory.

Overall
Name, club Net
*Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club 70
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club 70
Mike Connell, Downingtown Country Club 72
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 72
William Penney, Spring Ford Country Club 73
Bruce Heugel, Lehigh Country Club 73
Anthony Genesio, Spring Mill Country Club 74
Edwin Boyd, Downingtown Country Club 74
Robert Noon, Sakima Country Club 75
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Ken Hayman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club 75
Richard Turner, Edgmont Country Club 75
John Prestwood, St. Davids Golf Club 75
John Holsten, Aronimink Golf Club 75
Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Michael Connor, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Nick Pompo, Edgmont Country Club 76
Mike Kyle, Bala Golf Club 76
Scott Ryan, Llanerch Country Club 76
Joe Roe, Reading Country Club 76
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 76
Bob Abramski, Talamore Country Club 77
Robert Jenkins, Spring Ford Country Club 77
John Long, Edgmont Country Club 77
Morgan Maxwell, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 78
Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford Country Club 78
Keith Furuya, The Ridge at Back Brook 78
Aaron Rosenzweig, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Bob Silsbe, Downingtown Country Club 79
Vincent Kraft, Jr., Lehigh Country Club 79
James Wiley, Lu Lu Country Club 79
Mike Noles, Penn Oaks Golf Club 79
Fred Schrader, Merion Golf Club 80
Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 80
Howard Mawby, Downingtown Country Club 80
Paul Watson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 80
Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club 80
Paul Visokey, Trenton Country Club 80
Kevin Mailey, Whitford Country Club 81
David Myers, Chester Valley Golf Club 81
Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Charles White, Merion Golf Club 82
Ronald Hooven, Talamore Country Club 82
James Leonard, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 83
Bill Casey, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 83
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club 84
Jim Campbell, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 84
Carmen Giannascoli, Lehigh Country Club 84
Francis Sbandi, Edgmont Country Club 86
Zane Moore, Yardley Country Club 86
David Steele, Lancaster Country Club 86
Tom Glynn, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Stephen Moynahan, Overbrook Golf Club 86
Robert Marion, Yardley Country Club 87
Alan Kovnot, Yardley Country Club 88
George Hilley, McCall Golf & Country Club 88
Fred Brodzinski, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 88
Joseph Funk, The Bucks Club 89
Andrew Hamilton, III, The Springhaven Club 90
Edward Shields, Flourtown Country Club 91
Robert Agran, Reading Country Club 92
Steve Gelardi, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 92
Howard Hansell, McCall Golf & Country Club 95
Bill Arent, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 101
Andre Van As, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club NS
Jozef Swatowski, Seaview Resort & Spa NS
Bill Smith, Downingtown Country Club WD
Curtis Young, Merion Golf Club WD
Clair Myers, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Ed Rogers, Concord Country Club WD
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Kerk Farrell, Rolling Green Golf Club WD
R. Lamar Kilgore, Stonewall WD
Richard Fleck, Trenton Country Club WD
Robert Murray, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club WD
Handicap: 8-12
Name, club Net
Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club 70
Anthony Genesio, Spring Mill Country Club 74
Robert Noon, Sakima Country Club 75
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Ken Hayman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Bob Abramski, Talamore Country Club 77
Morgan Maxwell, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Bob Silsbe, Downingtown Country Club 79
Vincent Kraft, Jr., Lehigh Country Club 79
James Wiley, Lu Lu Country Club 79
Fred Schrader, Merion Golf Club 80
Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 80
Howard Mawby, Downingtown Country Club 80
Kevin Mailey, Whitford Country Club 81
John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 83
Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club 84
Jim Campbell, Raven’s Claw Golf Club 84
Francis Sbandi, Edgmont Country Club 86
Robert Agran, Reading Country Club 92
Steve Gelardi, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 92
Bill Smith, Downingtown Country Club WD
Curtis Young, Merion Golf Club WD
Handicap: 13-17
Name, club Net
*Mike Connell, Downingtown Country Club 72
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 72
Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club 75
Richard Turner, Edgmont Country Club 75
John Prestwood, St. Davids Golf Club 75
Michael Connor, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Nick Pompo, Edgmont Country Club 76
Mike Kyle, Bala Golf Club 76
Robert Jenkins, Spring Ford Country Club 77
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 78
Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford Country Club 78
Keith Furuya, The Ridge at Back Brook 78
Paul Watson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 80
Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Charles White, Merion Golf Club 82
Ronald Hooven, Talamore Country Club 82
Bill Casey, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 83
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Carmen Giannascoli, Lehigh Country Club 84
Zane Moore, Yardley Country Club 86
David Steele, Lancaster Country Club 86
Robert Marion, Yardley Country Club 87
Joseph Funk, The Bucks Club 89
Andrew Hamilton, III, The Springhaven Club 90
Edward Shields, Flourtown Country Club 91
Andre Van As, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club NS
Jozef Swatowski, Seaview Resort & Spa NS
Clair Myers, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Ed Rogers, Concord Country Club WD
Handicap: 18 and over
Name, club Net
Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club 70
William Penney, Spring Ford Country Club 73
Bruce Heugel, Lehigh Country Club 73
Edwin Boyd, Downingtown Country Club 74
John Holsten, Aronimink Golf Club 75
Scott Ryan, Llanerch Country Club 76
Joe Roe, Reading Country Club 76
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 76
John Long, Edgmont Country Club 77
Aaron Rosenzweig, Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Mike Noles, Penn Oaks Golf Club 79
Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club 80
Paul Visokey, Trenton Country Club 80
David Myers, Chester Valley Golf Club 81
James Leonard, Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Tom Glynn, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Stephen Moynahan, Overbrook Golf Club 86
Alan Kovnot, Yardley Country Club 88
George Hilley, McCall Golf & Country Club 88
Fred Brodzinski, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 88
Howard Hansell, McCall Golf & Country Club 95
Bill Arent, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 101
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Kerk Farrell, Rolling Green Golf Club WD
R. Lamar Kilgore, Stonewall WD
Richard Fleck, Trenton Country Club WD
Robert Murray, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Wayne Yetter, Lookaway Golf Club WD
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal
*-determined in scorecard playoff