Jul 07, 2004

Peyre-Ferry, Yost qualify for USGA Senior Open

Ken Peyre-Ferry, a professional from Marlton, N.J., and Vince Yost, an amateur from Harleysville, Pa., each carded a 2-under-par 69 to lead a field of 65 players attempting to qualify for the Senior Open, which will be held July 29–August 1 at Bellerive CC, in St. Louis, Mo.

  Four players earned alternate status. Bob Hibschman, a professional from Hatboro, Pa., posted a 70 for the first alternate spot. Robin McCool, an amateur from Bethlehem, Pa. (71), Drew Panebianco, an amateur from Dresher, Pa (71), and Craig Kealey, a professional from Wallingford, Conn. (71), took second, third and fourth alternates in a four-man playoff for the three spots.

  Yost took the low amateur award.

  Peyre-Ferry characterized his 69 as “ho hum, boring.” “I missed one fairway and one green, three-putted twice, bogeyed the last hole. Cut it well off the tee all day. Pulled it left into the trees on 18. Only bogey of the day.

  “I hit it really solid,” he added. “Ever since I quit playing for a living, I’ve played better.”

  Peyre-Ferry, 55, was the head professional at Little Mill CC for 23 years. He tried Senior Tour Qualifying School four times, made the finals twice, and missed qualifying one time by a stroke.

  At the end of last August, he said, “I hung up my clubs. “I just quit. I became a real estate appraiser. There’s a heck of a lot less stress and aggravation. I haven’t practiced since last August. Didn’t play all winter. Didn’t go to Florida, first time in 20 years.”

  But this spring, the golf bug came back. He began playing a few holes in the evening in April and May, he said, and found “a desire to play by not being able to play.” Now, he said, without practice, “I’m playing as well as I ever did.

  “I thought I’d really like to qualify for the Senior Open.” So now that he has, does he have any thoughts of another shot at the Senior Tour? The answer was quick and emphatic. “Absolutely not! No way!”

  Yost, 51, a twice-a-week, 2-handicap golfer at Cedarbrook CC, who for 40 years concentrated on playing baseball rather than golf, said he was shocked to being headed for the Senior USGA Open.

  “I came here with very low expectations,” he said, since his life, until three years ago, revolved around baseball rather than golf. He pitched in Little League, high school, college, the semi-professional PennDel league and a 30-and-over league in Montgomery County, “until I had to ice my arm for two days every time I pitched.”

  Starting on the back nine on a course he’d never played before, he went out in 2-under 33 and came back in even-par 26. He had 4 birds and an eagle. “I putted really well,” he said. “I’ve never seen so much putting acreage. This is a putter’s course.”

  Still somewhat dazed, Yost, president of a small technology business, had to ask where the Senior Open was, and when. When told it was later this month in St. Louis,” he blinked and said, “I hope my investors are understanding.”

Name City, State Out In Total
T1 Vincent Yost Harleysville, PA 36 33 69
T1 Ken Peyre-Ferry Marlton, NJ 35 34 69
Alternates (in order)
3 *Bob Hibschman Hatboro, PA 33 37 70
T4 *Robin Mc Cool Bethlehem, PA 33 38 71
T4 *Drew Panebianco Dresher, PA 36 35 71
T4 *Craig Kealey Wallingford, CT 38 33 71
Failed to qualify
T4 Billy Ziobro Brigantine, NJ 35 36 71
8 Jim Booros Allentown, PA 37 35 72
T9 Larry Silk Atlantic City, NJ 36 38 74
T9 Roc Irey Doylestown, PA 36 38 74
T9 Charles Dowds Glenside, PA 37 37 74
T9 Don Brigham Rumson, NJ 38 36 74
T13 Charles Mc Claskey Elkton, MD 39 36 75
T13 David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley, PA 37 38 75
T13 Dan Wood Orlando, FL 36 39 75
T13 Thomas Borsello Wilmington, DE 37 38 75
T17 Gary Hardin Bethlehem, PA 36 40 76
T17 Rick Osberg Chester Springs, PA 35 41 76
T17 Donald Larcher Dorothy, NJ 37 39 76
T17 Steve Smyers Lakeland, FL 37 39 76
T17 Lawrence Harrison Margate, NJ 38 38 76
T17 Andy Thompson Newtown Square, PA 34 42 76
T23 Michael Thompson Exton, PA 39 38 77
T23 Michael Rose Huntingdon Valley, PA 37 40 77
T23 Ronald Cusick Marlton, NJ 42 35 77
T23 Fred Robinson North Wales, PA 38 39 77
T23 Spike Smith Pinehurst, NC 39 38 77
T23 Nick Paolucci Pottstown, PA 38 39 77
T23 Michael Nilon Wallingford, PA 40 37 77
T30 William B Johnson Baltimore, MD 40 38 78
T30 Gary Daniels Berwyn, PA 36 42 78
T30 Joe Viechnicki Bethlehem, PA 40 38 78
T30 Pete Widdoes Landenberg, PA 40 38 78
T30 Dan Haskell Medford, NJ 38 40 78
T30 Michael Dougherty Warrington, PA 37 41 78
T36 John Kulhamer Bethlehem, PA 37 42 79
T36 Jeffrey Osberg Elkton, MD 40 39 79
T36 Rick Woulfe Ft Lauderdale, FL 39 40 79
T36 Don Deangelis Skippack, PA 38 41 79
T36 Thomas Dicinti Voorhees, NJ 39 40 79
T41 Charles Ebner Baltimore, MD 38 42 80
T41 Larry Wise Center Valley, PA 40 40 80
T41 Ronald Vannelli Edison, NJ 38 42 80
T41 James Castagna Sandy Spring, MD 42 38 80
T41 Raymond Thompson Springfield, PA 38 42 80
T46 Clark Hargrove Haverford, PA 41 40 81
T46 Francis Mc Fadden Newtown Square, PA 39 42 81
T46 Bruce Hovis Smyrna, DE 41 40 81
T49 Robert Dietrich Colts Neck, NJ 42 40 82
T49 Thomas Kersch Lutherville, MD 41 41 82
T49 Jay Howson Malvern, PA 42 40 82
T49 Jarrett Kling Radnor, PA 41 41 82
T49 Terrence J. Sawyer Yardley, PA 43 39 82
T54 Roger Simpkins Bethlehem, PA 44 39 83
T54 Frank Polizzi Bryn Mawr, PA 40 43 83
T54 Richard Custer Royersford, PA 44 39 83
57 Richard Kovacs Bethlehem, PA 42 42 84
T58 Alvin Medlin Baltimore, MD 41 44 85
T58 John Tyrell Mt Laurel, NJ 43 42 85
T60 Charlie Naspinski Frackville, PA 45 41 86
T60 Bob Majczan Richboro, PA 40 46 86
62 Greg Ruark Cockeysville, MD 43 44 87
T63 Michael Hayes Mays Landing, NJ 44 44 88
T63 John Piotrowski Robbinsville, NJ 42 46 88
T65 James Matthias Bear, DE WD WD WD
T65 Robert Currey Boston, MA WD WD WD
T65 Thomas Mallouk Doylestown, PA WD WD WD
T65 Lee Cook Moorestown, NJ WD WD WD
T65 Monte Roe North Brunswick, NJ WD WD WD
T65 Francis Doroba Philadelphia, PA WD WD WD
T65 Larry Hall Wayne, NJ NC NC NC
WD-withdrawal; NC-no card

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