Aug 29, 2007

Overbrook GC’s Thompson tops Senior leaderboard; looks for sweep

  PAOLI, Pa.–Ray Thompson of Overbrook GC moved to within a round of sweeping all three Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Major tournaments after opening the 37th Senior Amateur Championship on Wednesday at Waynesborough CC (par 71, 6,625 yards) in 1-under-par 70. The 55-year-old, who already holds the organization’s 2007 Warner Cup and Chapman Cup titles, is looking to become the first individual in the Association’s history to possess all three titles simultaneously.

 The Warner Cup is the oldest of the Championships, dating back to 1933.

  Thompson begins the Senior Amateur’s second and final round three strokes clear of his nearest pursuers, Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley GC; Hugh Kenworthy, III of Gulph Mills GC and Frank Treml of Sandy Run CC. A field of 122 players started the day.

  The final group of Chylinski, Kenworthy and Thompson will begin their final 18 holes at 1:20 p.m. tomorrow. Second-round tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.

  The red-hot Thompson, who also captured the State Senior Amateur Championship as well as his 10th Overbrook GC Club Championship in the past couple of weeks, opened in style on Wednesday.

 Was it going to be a round to remember?

  “It crossed my mind but I was probably getting ahead of myself,” said Thompson, when asked if he thought this was going to be a really low round after such a fantastic beginning. “That was probably a mistake. I’m always looking to make a statement but I’m not sure it always works out that way.”

  A pair of three-putt bogeys on Nos. 6 (par 3, 199 yards) and 11 (par 4, 397 yards) followed but Thompson righted the ship on No. 12 (par 4, 335 yards) with a sand wedge from 47 yards to 15 feet for birdie.

  That was just the start of Thompson’s adventurous back nine. A side in which he carded four bogeys, three birdies and only two pars.

  “It is what it is,” said Thompson.

  He bogeyed No. 13 (par 4, 396 yards) when he failed to get up-and-down from the left greenside rough but followed with another birdie on No. 14 (par 3, 147 yards) with a 9-iron to three feet. Two more bogeys followed as a result of two poor approach shots, but Thompson responded with a birdie on No. 17 (par 3, 176 yards) with a 7-iron to three feet.

  “Everyone would like to take it as low as they can,” said Thompson, who carded the day’s lone under-par round. “I wasn’t just trying to guide it around, I was looking to go it as low as I could.”

  Treml, like the others, knows overtaking Thompson will be a daunting task tomorrow.

  “I’ll just play my own game,” said Treml, 58, of Skippack, Pa. “He deserves everything he’s getting.”

  Chylinski, 57, is from King of Prussia, Pa., and Kenworthy, 60, is a resident of Newtown Square, Pa.

  The Senior Amateur also serves as the final two rounds of the Senior Silver Cross (the aggregate score in the Warner Cup, Chapman Cup and Senior Amateur). Thompson holds an overwhelming 11-shot lead in that competition.

  David Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley CC has captured all three prior Senior Silver Cross titles. Brookreson, however, who qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur at Flint Hills National GC in Andover, Kan., starting on Sept. 1, is not competing in this year’s Senior Amateur due to that competition.

Super-Senior Division
  Robert Proto of Little Mill CC carded an even-par 71 (6,038 yards) and holds a two-shot advantage on Jay Howson, Jr., of St. Davids GC and Joseph Scott, Jr., of Kennett Square G&CC. Proto birdied his final hole to secure the top spot as he looks for his first Super-Senior Division title.

  The 69-year-old resident of Medford, N.J., is a past Senior Amateur Championship titleholder, though. He took that crown in 2001.

  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 60,000 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.

Senior Division
Name Club Total
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 70
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 73
Frank Treml Sandy Run Country Club 73
Hugh Kenworthy, III Gulph Mills Golf Club 73
Charles Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 74
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 74
Bo Dixon Gulph Mills Golf Club 74
Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 74
Andy Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 75
Bob Majczan Lookaway Golf Club 75
Craig Scott Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 75
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 75
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 75
James Prendergast Spring Ford Country Club 76
John Gonsior The ACE Club 76
Michael Egan Lookaway Golf Club 76
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 76
William Vostinak Lehigh Country Club 76
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
George Carr Running Deer Golf Club 76
Thomas O’Rourke Chester Valley Golf Club 76
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 76
James Sullivan, Sr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Ted Beringer Philadelphia Country Club 77
Art Brosius DuPont Country Club 77
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 77
Daniel Burton Bent Creek Country Club 78
Donald Mackelcan Wilmington Country Club 78
Jack Holland Whitford Country Club 78
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club 78
Robert Billings Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 78
Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 78
Chuck Wilkins Little Mill Country Club 79
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 79
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 79
Frank Kunze Spring Ford Country Club 79
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 80
Carlyle Robinson Fox Hill Country Club 80
Gibby Young Hartefeld National 80
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 80
David Taylor Radley Run Country Club 81
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 81
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 81
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 81
Ron Ryll Jericho National Golf Club 81
Charles Caparo Plymouth Country Club 81
Charles McDowell Wilmington Country Club 81
John Rowe Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 81
Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club 81
Andy Goldman Philadelphia Cricket Club 82
Dave Jacobson JC Melrose Country Club 82
David Kearney Lehigh Country Club 82
David Swiderski Merchantville Country Club 82
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 82
Naz Gagliardi Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Andrew Guinan Applebrook Golf Club 83
Joel McFadden Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Willard Woolbert Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Dennis Perna Spring Ford Country Club 83
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 83
Martin Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Steve Broome Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Charles Johanson Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
James Coleman Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Larry Paster Philmont Country Club 85
John Siegrist Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 85
Stephan Whitenack Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
John Pagana Huntsville Golf Club 86
Jeb Baker DuPont Country Club 87
Leonard Travagline Makefield Highlands Golf Club 87
Robert Murphy Wilmington Country Club 87
Byron Milner Overbrook Golf Club 87
James Barron Hartefeld National 88
Jay McLaughlin Stone Harbor Golf Club 88
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club 90
Charles Whipple Huntingdon Valley Country Club 91
Thomas O’Rourke Moorestown Field Club 92
J. Peter Pierce Philadelphia Country Club 92
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 94
Ken Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks GA DQ
Thomas Kaczor Yardley Country Club WD
Super-Senior Division
Name Club Total
Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club 71
Jay Howson, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 73
Joseph Scott, Jr. Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 73
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 75
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 77
Bill Wolhar Wilmington Country Club 78
Jim Callaghan Rolling Green Golf Club 78
John O’Sullivan Phoenixville Country Club 79
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 79
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 80
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 80
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 80
Larry Loughner Bent Creek Country Club 80
Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club 81
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 81
Ernest Eichenberg, III Waynesborough Country Club 82
G. Clay von Seldeneck Sunnybrook Golf Club 82
Harvey McCumber Wilmington Country Club 82
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 82
Richard Genoni Waynesborough Country Club 82
Walter Lenhard, III Stonewall 82
A. Fred Rudy, Jr. Lancaster Country Club 83
Ben Sack Overbrook Golf Club 83
Robert Bower Merion Golf Club 84
William Cummins Jericho National Golf Club 84
Richard Kenville Burlington Country Club 85
Eric Norlin Coatesville Country Club 87
Edward Noble Tavistock Country Club 89
R. Lamar Kilgore Stonewall 89
Donald Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 91
Barry Kimes Coatesville Country Club NS
Curtis Young Merion Golf Club WD
WD-withdrawal; NS-no show; DQ-disqualification

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