May 26, 2009

O’Rourke takes Warner Cup (Net)

   HELLERTOWN, Pa. – John O’Rourke, a 23 handicap from McCall Golf & Country Club, logged a net 7-under-par 65 to win the Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) Tuesday at Silver Creek CC (par 72, 6,067 yards) by a stroke.

   O’Rourke, 58, assessed two keys to his success on a cool and rainy day.

  Prior to competing in the Warner Cup, O’Rourke, of Cherry Hill, N.J., paid a 5 a.m. visit to his home course.

   “I played 15.5 holes to warm-up,” he said. “I would’ve played 18, but I was a little nervous about the ride, so I skipped two holes and hit a tee ball on the one hole. It gets me swinging. The guys that know me know that’s what I do.”

   At first, O’Rourke, a GAP volunteer, didn’t feel that his early morning preparation paid off. He triple-bogeyed No. 1 (par 4, 333 yards).

   “I absolutely flogged the first hole. I triple bogeyed,” he said. “After that, I calmed down a little bit. Things got better.”

   Although he didn’t fire any net birdies, O’Rourke made five pars, including crucial saves on Nos. 8 (par 3, 148 yards) and 16 (par 3, 140 yards). On No. 8, he hit 6-iron off the tee and landed in the left bunker. O’Rourke then chipped out to about three-feet and made the following putt.

   On No. 16, O’Rourke again found himself in the bunker after using an 8-iron off the tee. He chipped it up to about three-feet and made par.

   “Those felt pretty good,” O’Rourke said off his bunker saves.

   O’Rourke closed out his round by making net par on No. 18 (par 4, 364 yards). He hit driver off the tee, and at 138 yards from the pin, O’Rourke hit a 7-iron over 20 yards. He then hit 9-iron left over the green, but O’Rourke chipped it in for par.

   “It was a great way to end the day,” he said.

   Steady winds and intermittent rain didn’t affect O’Rourke’s play, but it did hamper his attire.

   “The only thing is I like to play in short sleeves, so I started out in them,” he said. “When it started to rain, I put the windbreaker on. I took it off going into No. 10, and it was cold, and even though it wasn’t raining at that time, I had to put it back on again.”

   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.

Results: Overall Net Winners
1st: John O’Rourke
2nd: Raymond Lyons
T-3rd: Joseph McClane, Dan Gansz
1st Flight: Francis Sbandi
2nd Flight: Clinton Alexander
3rd Flight: Harold Matthews

1st Flight (7-13 handicap)
Name Club Net
Francis Sbandi, Esq. Edgmont Country Club 70
Joseph McLane JC Melrose Country Club 70
Bob Abramski Talamore Country Club 71
Don Neill Lu Lu Country Club 71
Vincent Kraft, Jr. Lehigh Country Club 71
Bill Smith Sandy Run Country Club 72
Kevin Merlini Sandy Run Country Club 72
Jerry Barr Lehigh Country Club 73
Joseph DeAngelis Jericho National Golf Club 73
Steve Rathman Heidelberg Country Club 73
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 74
Bill Smith Downingtown Golf Club 75
R. Lamar Kilgore Stonewall 75
Thomas Brennan, Sr. Blue Bell Country Club 75
Todd Kennedy Five Ponds Golf Club 75
Bruce Godick Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Lawrence Dolan Sandy Run Country Club 77
James Wiley Lu Lu Country Club 78
Rick Ames Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Ronald Hooven Talamore Country Club 78
William Greenway Sandy Run Country Club 78
Donald Galbraith Stonewall 79
Joe Wolos JC Melrose Country Club 79
Kenneth Prince DuPont Country Club 79
Stanley Engle Philadelphia Country Club 79
Thomas Kanyok Makefield Highlands Golf Club 80
Robert Agran Wyncote Golf Club 83
David Steele Lancaster Country Club 86
Terry Radcliffe Lancaster Country Club WD
2nd Flight (14-16 handicap)
Name Club Net
Clinton Alexander Downingtown Golf Club 70
Dan Gansz Sandy Run Country Club 70
Henry Kerth DuPont Country Club 71
Morris Rorer DuPont Country Club 71
Rick Coroniti Spring Ford Country Club 71
Robert Jenkins Spring Ford Country Club 73
Carmen Giannascoli Lehigh Country Club 77
Dale Smith Lehigh Country Club 77
Ed Rogers Concord Country Club 77
Mark Sokoloff Lu Lu Country Club 77
Mike Kyle Bala Golf Club 77
Stel Apsokardu Galen Hall Golf Club 77
Aaron Rosenzweig Five Ponds Golf Club 79
Francis Melvin Lu Lu Country Club 79
Joseph Funk The Bucks Club 79
Carmen Caruso Spring Ford Country Club 80
Jay Scattergood Heidelberg Country Club 80
Robert Girvin Schuylkill Country Club 80
George Hilley McCall Golf & Country Club 84
Edward Godshall Heidelberg Country Club 85
John DeCarlo, M.D. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club DQ
Kyran Connelly Makefield Highlands Golf Club WD
3rd Flight (17-29 handicap)
Name Club Net
John O’Rourke McCall Golf & Country Club 65
Raymond Lyons Trenton Country Club 66
Harold Mathews Bala Golf Club 70
Glenn Camp The Springhaven Club 71
Gus Pedicone Sandy Run Country Club 71
Robert Murray McCall Golf & Country Club 72
Thomas Lee Sandy Run Country Club 75
Edwin Boyd Downingtown Golf Club 76
James Baumbach Lu Lu Country Club 76
Paul Visokey Trenton Country Club 76
Robert Murphy Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
George Harding DuPont Country Club 78
James Leonard Chester Valley Golf Club 78
John Bagger DuPont Country Club 80
Tom Glynn Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
James Katz Five Ponds Golf Club 81
E. Gerald Hurst, Jr. Lookaway Golf Club 84
Alan Kovnot Yardley Country Club WD
Jim Sheppard Makefield Highlands Golf Club WD
John Connelly Sandy Run Country Club WD
Joseph Hannigan Sandy Run Country Club WD
WD – withdrawal; DQ – disqualification

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