Sep 03, 2008

O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. caps fantastic year with another Super-Senior title

WALLINGFORD, Pa.–O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. of Pine Valley GC made it three wins in three Super-Senior tournament tries with a resounding five-shot Senior Amateur Championship victory on Wednesday at The Springhaven Club.

 Brewer finished at 1-under par for the 36 holes after carding a second-round, 1-over 71. Richard Smith of Philadelphia CC placed second with a 4-over total of 144 and Curt Fromal of The Springhaven Club was third at 10 over.

  The victory was Brewer’s third Golf Association of Philadelphia Super-Senior title this year. The 71-year-old resident of Pine Valley, N.J., also captured the Chapman Cup and the Brewer Cup, an event named in his honor, in his other two 2008 tournament appearances.

  “It was a very special year,” said the soft-spoken Brewer. “I don’t think I’ve ever won three events with the Golf Association in a given year. It’s a tremendous honor especially because you don’t know how many more opportunities you are going to have.”

  Brewer opened bogey-birdie before registering seven consecutive pars to make the turn at even-par 35. He opened the back nine in the same manner he did the front, with a bogey on No. 10 (par 4, 396 yards) and a birdie on No. 11 (par 4, 429 yards) – with a 6-iron to three feet – before settling down heading home. He later three-putted No. 14 (par 4, 334 yards) for bogey but registered four pars in his final four holes to secure his first Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior title.

  The Senior Amateur Championship also serves as the final two rounds of the Super-Senior Silver Cross Award. The Springhaven Club’s own Fromal earned his first Cross this year.

  Fromal carded scores of 74 and 76 for the two days en route to an eventual three-shot victory over Bob Wicker of Little Mill CC.

  “It means that in all three tournaments you grinded out everything and never gave up,” said Fromal, 67, of Folsom, Pa. “I knew coming in, and I was fortunate to be playing my home course, that if I could shoot two halfway decent rounds I would have a chance.”

  The Super-Senior Silver Cross goes to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman Cup (Gross) and two rounds of the Senior Amateur Championship.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 135 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Name Club Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. Pine Valley Golf Club 68 71 139
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 73 71 144
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 74 76 150
Bob Wicker Little Mill Country Club 76 75 151
Jarrett Kling Merion Golf Club 72 79 151
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 75 76 151
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 76 76 152
John MacDonald Medford Lakes Country Club 76 78 154
Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 79 75 154
Art Brosius DuPont Country Club 79 76 155
Joseph Scott, Jr. Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 79 76 155
Andrew Hamilton, III The Springhaven Club 76 80 156
Thomas O’Rourke Chester Valley Golf Club 78 78 156
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 80 77 157
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 79 79 158
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 81 78 159
Richard Genoni Waynesborough Country Club 77 83 160
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 88 73 161
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 81 81 162
Joseph Maxwell Hartefeld National 79 83 162
Edward Noble Tavistock Country Club 80 83 163
Thomas Morgan Riverton Country Club 83 84 167
John Ayres Woodbury Country Club 89 80 169
Robert Zowney Sandy Run Country Club 94 79 173
Clay von Seldeneck Sunnybrook Golf Club 88 86 174
Christopher Frazier Sunnybrook Golf Club 87 88 175
Donald Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 90 86 176
Ernest Eichenberg, III Waynesborough Country Club 89 88 177
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 78 DQ DQ


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