Past champions share medalist honors in Brewer Cup Qualifier - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 07, 2014

Past champions share medalist honors in Brewer Cup Qualifier

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  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. — En route to securing his second Brewer Cup title a year ago at Lookaway Golf Club, Robin McCool cited a 2&1 victory over Chip Lutz in the event’s opening round as a confidence genesis. The moment made McCool’s trophy prospects even more of a possibility in his mind.

  Lutz and McCool met again Monday, this time side-by-side and paired together in the tournament’s stoke-play qualifier at a breezy Whitemarsh Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,601 yards). Both players carded even-par 72s to share medalist honors.

  As a result of their respective performances, the next meeting between the two GAP proponents can only occur in the Final. Lutz is seeded No. 1, McCool No. 2 based on order of scorecard return. Lutz will face Reading Country Club’s Richard Custer when match play begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. McCool opposes Manufacturers Golf & Country Club’s Jim Macallister at 8:30 a.m.

  The cut line stopped at 77, with 16 players advancing.

  “We’ve been friends and partners in tournaments for a longtime,” Lutz, 59, of Reading, Pa., said. “We served on the [Golf Association of Philadelphia] Executive Committee together. We won the [Pennsylvania Golf Association] Senior Better-Ball last year. Now we’re in opposite brackets. Maybe if we’re both fortunate enough, we’ll see each other in the final.”

  A “lost and found” theme highlighted the co-medalists Monday. Lutz realized his gap wedge was missing when he faced a 112-yard shot on his first hole.

  “The lost wedge threw a wrinkle at me early on,” the LedgeRock Golf Club member said. “That was a bit of a challenge. I needed to use some creative thinking throughout the round.”

  McCool, who hails from Saucon Valley Country Club, found his golf game over the weekend as he captured Bethlehem Golf Club’s stroke-play championship.

  “I felt pretty good about that. However, playing more than three days in a row isn’t good for my back,” McCool, who is nearly three years removed from spinal fusion surgery, said. “I came in here today and felt like I had control of my ball flight. The objective was to hit a lot of greens and make a lot of pars.”

  Objective achieved. McCool, 63, of Bethlehem, Pa., carded two birdies against two bogeys on the day. He stopped a 3-wood at 15 feet on the difficult par 3, 230-yard No. 4 for a terrific 2. McCool immediately relinquished the stroke on the next hole (par 5, 506 yards), where he misread a three-footer for par. He also bogeyed the uphill par 3, 140-yard 16th hole after his low 6-iron crashed into the green’s front and rolled down the slope. His other birdie occurred on No. 10 (par 4, 375 yards). McCool manufactured a half 7-iron upwind from 128 yards to 15 feet.

  McCool is the only two-time Brewer Cup winner in the event’s seven-year history (2010, 2013). He’s far from letting thoughts of a third clout his quest this year.

  “I don’t want to sound trite, but it’s really just one shot at a time,” McCool said. “That’s all I can do. I like my chances if I just do that.”

  A shaky front nine didn’t leave Lutz entirely enthusiastic about his qualifying chances. Starting on No. 1 (par 4, 354 yards), the four-time reigning GAP Senior Player of the Year turned in 2 over, but quickly erased any doubt with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 (par 5, 501 yards). On the first, he compensated for the lost gap wedge by executing a modified pitching wedge shot to 18 feet. Lutz reached the right greenside bunker on No. 11 in two strokes and splashed into kick-in range. A powerful 7-iron from 180 yards on the par 5, 482-yard 17th hole set up a two-putt birdie.

  “Overall, I was pleased to play a reasonable round,” Lutz, the 2011 Brewer Cup Champion, said. “In these tournaments, you want to play well enough to get into match play.”

Super Senior
  Chester Valley Golf Club’s Thomas O’Rourke seized the Super-Senior Division medal with a score of 3-over-par 75. The recent Chapman Cup (Gross) runner-up settled into solid play after opening his qualifying bid with two straight bogeys. Interesting enough, it was a bogey on No. 11 (par 5, 480 yards) that kept O’Rourke’s match play hopes intact.

  “I was on my way to making an 8 and somehow made a 6. That saved the round,” O’Rourke, 70, of Malvern, Pa., said. “I was in the fairway bunker, barely got it out, laid it up and was in the bunker again. It was a bad lie and a long bunker shot. I barely got it to the top of the hill. I chipped it up three feet and made the downhill putt for 6.”

  O’Rourke followed that bogey save with a pair of birdies on Whitemarsh Valley’s back nine. He drilled a pitching wedge 118 yards to 20 feet on No. 13 (par 4, 350 yards) and nudged a chip to three feet on No. 17 (par 5, 456 yards) after almost reaching the green in two strokes with a 3-wood. Overall, O’Rourke registered 11 fairways — also a key to his medalist performance.

  “I drove it really well today,” he said.

  O’Rourke will face White Manor Country Club’s Don Donatoni, the Division’s reigning champion, at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The Super-Senior cut line fell to 78.

  The Brewer Cup is named in honor of O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., the former president of Pine Valley Golf Club. He is a two-time U.S. Senior Amateur Champion and veteran of 42 USGA Championships. He’s captured two Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles (1967, 1976), a GAP Senior Amateur Championship crown (1997) and a Senior Player of the Year (1997) as well as countless invitational titles. Five years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

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Senior Division
Name, club Scores
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club 72
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club 72
James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 74
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club 74
Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club 75
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club 75
Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 75
Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club 76
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield 76
Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club 77
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club 77
Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 77
Richard Custer, Reading Country Club 77
Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club 77
Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club 77

Failed to qualify
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Joseph Marucci, Saucon Valley Country Club 78
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club 78
Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club 78
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club 78
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club 78
Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club 79
Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club 79
Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club 79
Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club 79
Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club 80
Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 80
Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club 80
Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 81
James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 81
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 81
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 81
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club 82
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club 82
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton 82
Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club 83
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 83
Thomas Alestock, DuPont Country Club 83
Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club 84
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 84
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club 85
Jim Anthony, IV, Bensalem Township Country Club 85
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 85
Michael Anderson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club 85
John Brown, Rolling Green Golf Club 86
John Manfredi, Woodcrest Country Club 86
John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 86
John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club 86
Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club 86
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club 86
Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club 87
Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club 87
Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club 88
Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club 89
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Super-Senior Division
Name, club Scores
Thomas O’Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club 75
Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club 76
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club 77
William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club 77
*Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 78
*Hugh Kenworthy, III, Gulph Mills Golf Club 78
*John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club 78
Failed to qualify
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 78
Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Frank Shuman, Lehigh Country Club 79
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club 79
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club 80
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club 80
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club 81
Fred Jones, Merion Golf Club 82
Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club 83
James (Jay) Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club 84
David Jordan, Sakima Country Club 85
Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club 86
Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club 86
Steve Yassky, Edgmont Country Club 86
Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 87
Art Brosius, Golf Course at Glen Mills 90
John Patton, Little Mill Country Club 93
George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club WD
* – advanced in playoff; WD – withdrawal

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