Jul 30, 2009

Saucon Valley CC’s Daniels takes Frank H. Chapman Memorial (Gross)

 GLADWYNE, Pa.–Gary Daniels of Saucon Valley CC formally carved his name back into the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s senior circuit Thursday by capturing the Frank H. Chapman Memorial (Gross) at Philadelphia CC (par 71, 6,597 yards).

   Hecarded a 1-under-par 70 to best the 148-player field. The Center Valley, Pa., resident returned to competitive golf in 2008 after a three-year hiatus.

   “It’s a culmination of a lot of work and a lot of help from other people,” Daniels said. “I’ve been working on my game, and to be among the great players of the GAP and to win this tournament is a real honor. It’s shown me that I’ve been able to persevere through dealing with nerves and bad shots. It’s been a long time since I’ve been playing half-decent.”

   Business priorities had kept Daniels, 59, away from the sport.

   “When you start to get back into it at the age I am, it’s not that easy,” he said. “Last year was a tough year for me because my confidence wasn’t there. Now I’m starting to see things click a little bit better, and I’m starting to play pretty good. It feels nice.”

   Daniels registered five birdies on the day. After chipping in on No. 2 (par 4, 342 yards), he accounted for a slight wind and drove his 4-wood about 207 yards to the back of the green on No. 6 (par 5, 492 yards). Daniels then two-putted for birdie.

   Another Daniels’ birdie came on No. 7 (par 3, 193 yards) after his smooth 4-iron landed a foot from the flagstick. From the fairway on No. 17 (par 4, 435 yards), Daniels’ drilled his 6-iron from 163 yards out to about 12 feet and drained the ensuing birdie putt.

   Daniels didn’t allow a tough three-putt for bogey on No. 13 (par 4, 365 yards) shellshock his round.

   “I bounced back from that, which gave me a lot of confidence,” he said.

   Matthew Bellis of Commonwealth National GC and Francis McFadden of Overbrook GC each carded an even-par 71. Bellis, of Ambler, Pa., entered No. 14 (par 4, 435 yards) at 2 under but bogeyed the hole as his 15-footer for par drifted past the cup. He nuked his 5-wood off the tee on the uphill, par 3 15th hole (215 yards), chipped onto the green and missed a 10-footer for par.

   “I gagged it coming in here. I hung in, though,” he said. “I got it up-and-down a lot. It was just a good, solid round.”

   On his final hole, Bellis, 60, had an opportunity to enter the clubhouse with a subpar score. He punched an 8-iron about 137 yards uphill into the wind on No. 18 (par 4, 371 yards), but his ensuing 18-footer for birdie swung on the edge of the cup. Earlier in the round, Bellis registered birdies on Nos. 1 (par 4, 320 yards), 7 (par 3, 193 yards), 9 (par 4, 404 yards) and 13 (par 4, 365 yards). He stuck a 60-degree wedge over 50 yards and drained a 15-footer on No. 1. His 5-wood put Bellis on the fringe of the No. 7, but Bellis sank the ensuing birdie putt.

   On No. 9, he stuck his approach 8-iron to about 15 feet, and on No. 13, Bellis drained a 10-footer for birdie after his 9-iron traveled 130 yards and rested on the green.

   “I’m very pleased,” Bellis said. “When it’s warm, it helps. I haven’t really been playing well this year. It’s been a tough year for me physically.”

   McFadden, 59, ignited to a quick start by firing a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 320 yards). Although his drive settled in the bunker, McFadden, of Newtown Square, Pa., chipped up to about 10 feet and converted his birdie try. His 3-wood fell short of the green on No. 3 (par 5, 531 yards), but McFadden chipped up to about eight feet and drained his birdie putt.

   “I hit the ball good and I putted pretty good,” he said. “I hit all of my four and 5-footers, which is good for me. It was pretty steady, uneventful round.”

   McFadden had two birdie opportunities down the stretch. He struck his 7-iron 165 yards to about eight feet on No. 17 (par 4, 435 yards), but missed the ensuing birdie putt. He drilled a wedge 128 yards onto the green on No. 18 (par 4, 371 yards), but didn’t convert a 6-footer for birdie.

   “That was painful,” McFadden said.

   McFadden attributed such a strong round to his experience on the track.

   “This is maybe my favorite course in the city of Philadelphia. It’s a wonderful day-in, day-out golf course. It’s always in good shape. It’s fun.”

   In the Super-Senior Division, Jay Howson, Jr. of St. Davids GC earned flight honors by defeating O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. of Pine Valley GC in a sudden-death playoff. Both players finished deadlocked at 2-over-par 73. On the first playoff hole (No. 10), Howson escaped the bunker and then chipped up to about two feet from the flagstick.

   “It’s always nice to win,” Howson, who the the Super-Senior Division of the Brewer Cup a few weeks ago, said. “It’s a great opportunity for competition that is sponsored by the Golf Association of Philadelphia. Just being a part of it is great.”

55-59 years
Name Club Scores
Gary Daniels Saucon Valley Country Club 70
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 71
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 72
Rick Custer Spring Ford Country Club 72
James Muller Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 74
Joe Olin Little Mill Country Club 74
Roc Irey Lookaway Golf Club 74
Wayne Bartolacci Jericho National Golf Club 74
Gary Daniels Applebrook Golf Club 75
Mark Quigley Lu Lu Country Club 75
Martin Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 75
Richard Umani Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Tom Borsello Fieldstone Golf Club 75
William Vostinak Lehigh Country Club 75
Bill Henry Olde York Country Club 76
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Michael Moser Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 76
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Andrew Guinan Applebrook Golf Club 77
Charles Jones Blue Bell Country Club 77
James Prendergast Brookside Country Club 77
John Gonsior Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Joseph Reaney Wyncote Golf Club 77
Alan Bernabei Doylestown Country Club 78
Bob Majczan Lookaway Golf Club 78
Robert VanEtten, Jr. Laurel Creek Country Club 78
Anthony Kondracki Fox Hill Country Club 79
Bob Stewart Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Jeb Baker DuPont Country Club 79
John Kernan Merchantville Country Club 79
Larry Paster Philmont Country Club 79
Charles Dowds, III Applebrook Golf Club 80
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
James Finegan, Jr. Philadelphia Country Club 80
James Sullivan, Sr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Paul Keating Aronimink Golf Club 80
Drew Panebianco Talamore Country Club 81
Stan Zabytko Loch Nairn Golf Club 81
Fred Banta Running Deer Golf Club 82
Mark Szilagyi Brookside Country Club 82
Robert Billings Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Bennett Meyer Philmont Country Club 83
David Taylor Radley Run Country Club 83
Robert Dewitt Links Golf Club 83
Robert Lodovici Little Mill Country Club 83
Thomas Mairone McCall Golf & Country Club 83
Mike Miklinevich Greate Bay Country Club 84
Gregory Sheva North Hills Country Club 85
Lee King Berkshire Country Club 85
Joe Culley The Springhaven Club 86
Tom Cohen Running Deer Golf Club 86
James Lamar Coatesville Country Club 87
Alan Van Horn Lu Lu Country Club WD
Chuck McGilloway Moselem Springs Golf Club WD
James Taormina Wyncote Golf Club WD
60 & Over
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 71
Andy Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 72
David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 74
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 75
Mark Shuman Whitford Country Club 75
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 75
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Robert Ockenfuss Indian Valley Country Club 76
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 77
Frank Kunze Spring Ford Country Club 77
Jack Holland Whitford Country Club 77
Michael Rose Talamore Country Club 77
Edward Gregorczyk Glenmaura National Golf Club 78
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 79
Charles Whipple Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 80
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 80
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 80
Craig Scott Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Dennis Perna Spring Ford Country Club 81
Frank Treml Sandy Run Country Club 81
J. Peter Pierce Philadelphia Country Club 81
Kevin Scanlon Stonewall 81
Terrence Sawyer Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
W. Scott Yard Whitford Country Club 81
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 81
Andrew Beechko Country Club of Scranton 82
Bernie Zbrzeznj Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
Gibby Young Hartefeld National 82
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 82
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 82
Theodore Beringer Philadelphia Country Club 82
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 82
James Barron Hartefeld National 83
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 83
Robert Brooker Blue Bell Country Club 83
Bill Smith Sandy Run Country Club 84
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 84
Rick Bunn McCall Golf & Country Club 84
James Coleman Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Ron Mittendorf Blue Bell Country Club 85
Steve Kyriakodis Lu Lu Country Club 86
Mike Corcoran Whitford Country Club 87
John Cech Riverton Country Club 90
Ed Camm Golf Course at Glen Mills 93
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club WD
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Robert Murphy Wilmington Country Club WD
Super Senior
# Jay Howson, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club 73
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. Pine Valley Golf Club 73
Byron Milner Overbrook Golf Club 77
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 77
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 77
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 78
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 78
Lawrence Harrison Hidden Creek Golf Club 78
Bill Kaufmann Running Deer Golf Club 79
Joe Wolos JC Melrose Country Club 79
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 80
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 80
Barry Brackenbury Silver Creek Country Club 81
Hal Ruff Moorestown Field Club 81
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 81
Joseph Maxwell Hartefeld National 81
Thomas Morgan Riverton Country Club 81
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 83
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 83
Lawrence Capuzzi ,Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Robert Davy Medford Village Country Club 83
Kent Weymouth, Jr. Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club 84
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 85
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 85
Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 85
Robert Felter Lancaster Country Club 86
James Callaghan Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Thomas O’Rourke Chester Valley Golf Club 87
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 88
Walt McGuinness Running Deer Golf Club 88
Jim Lloyd Running Deer Golf Club 89
James Ruddy, Sr. Spring Mill Country Club 90
Terry Radcliffe Lancaster Country Club 90
Thomas Mercaldo Sandy Run Country Club 90
Bob Killian Links Golf Club 92
James Hilty Talamore Country Club 92
Bob Wicker Little Mill Country Club 93
John Ayres Woodbury Country Club 94
Curtis Young Merion Golf Club WD
# – won in playoff; WD – withdrawal

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