Shaffer, Fairlie top Caddie Tournament at LedgeRock GC - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 06, 2009

Shaffer, Fairlie top Caddie Tournament at LedgeRock GC

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  MOHNTON, Pa. – Jamie Shaffer, a 10-year caddie at Green Valley CC, and T. Jay Fairlie, an eight-year caddie at Aronimink GC, each carded a field-low 2-over-par 74 to top the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 63rd Caddie Tournament at LedgeRock GC (par 72, 6,378 yards).

   In a match of cards, Shaffer, of Conshohocken, Pa., edged Fairlie, of Broomall, Pa., to win the 22-26 year-old division. The 24 year-old felt that he “putted well.” He registered birdies on Nos. 8 (par 5, 513 yards), 12 (par 4, 292 yards), 13 (par 5, 520 yards) and 18 (par 5, 550 yards).

   On No. 8, he struck his 8-iron from 176 yards out two-putted for birdie. Shaffer struck his tee shot – a driver – to the middle of the green on No. 12 and again two-putted for birdie. The very next hole, he admits that he “got lucky” after his rescue off the tee landed about a foot short of hazard. With 210 yards left to the flagstick, Shaffer went back to the rescue and struck it short of the green. He chipped up to about 10-feet and converted the birdie putt.

   Shaffer ended his day by two-putting for birdie on No. 18 after his rescue from 235 yards out found the green.

   “I’m very competitive. I just came to play,” Shaffer said.

   Fairlie, 26, also notched four birdies on the day (Nos. 7,8,11 and 18).

   “I hit a couple of good drives and put myself in good positions to score,” he said. “I missed a couple of putts out there, but other than that, I was pretty solid.”

   With 155 yards left on No. 7, Fairlie knocked his 8-iron to about two feet and converted the ensuing birdie putt. He cleaned up a 6-footer after his GAP wedge traveled 109 yards on No. 8. He drilled his 7-iron 195 yards onto the green on No. 18 and two-putted for birdie.

   This was the first year Fairlie played in the Caddie Tournament.

   “I actually had never been asked,” he said. “This is great. I expected to just put up a good round.”

   Five players carded a 5-over-par 77. Derek Glaser, a three-year caddie at Applebrook GC, to finished first in the 18-21 year-old division in a match of cards.

   Glaser, a senior at West Chester University, felt that he excelled at putting as he registered birdies on Nos. 3 (par 4, 350 yards), 11 (par 4, 380 yards) and 14 (par 3, 143 yards). Glaser drained a 15-footer on No. 11 after striking his 9-iron about 145 yards.

   “That one felt good,” the West Chester, Pa. resident said.

   Glaser, 21, punched his 8-iron to about 15 feet on No. 14. He again converted the birdie putt. Glaser also made a critical save on No. 12 (par 4, 292 yards) after his drive found the fairway bunker. He then knocked his approach – a 54-degree – 75 yards into the woods, but Glaser chipped out of a troublesome spot and two-putted for bogey.

   “That was a key save,” he said. “I didn’t blow up any holes on the back nine.”

   Cris Simanca, a six-year caddie at Commonwealth National GC, finished second in the 18-21 division with a score of 77. Like Glaser, Simanca, of Horsham, Pa., credited his putting. He fired birdies on Nos. 2 (par 3, 136 yards) and 8 (par 5, 513 yards).

   Simanca drained a 5-footer on No. 3 after sticking his 9-iron close to the flagstick. The 20 year-old saw his 7-iron travel about 125 yards on No. 8, and Simanca two-putted for birdie.

   “I never played in the Caddie Tournament because I was always a member at a club (Talamore CC),” he said. “Since I’m no longer a member, I wanted to play. I used to play on the golf team at school (Southeastern University in Florida). I stopped after the first semester of last year, so I haven’t been playing that much.”

   Frank Hosack, a seven-year caddie out of Torresdale-Frankford CC, finished tied for third place in the 22-26 year-old division. The Northeast Philadelphia, Pa. resident fired two birdies on his last five holes.

   Hosack, 23, rebounded from a tough start. He was 3-over through three holes after double-bogeying No. 3 (par 4, 350 yards), where he punched his pitching wedge over 50 yards into the backside bunker.

   “I hit the ball really well, actually,” he said. “I hit a lot of greens. I wasn’t used to the speed of the greens at first. The course played really firm and fast. The greens were rock-hard.”

   Hosack soon became accustomed to the greens. On No. 14 (par 3, 143 yards), he stuck his 8-iron to about two feet and converted the birdie putt. He knocked his approach – a 56-degree sand wedge – on No. 16 (par 4, 300 yards) to about 15 feet and again drained the ensuing birdie putt.

   “One of the few putts that I actually made,” Hosack said.

   Hosack, a senior at Florida Atlantic University, spends his summers caddying at Torresdale-Frankford CC and plays golf about twice a week. The venue of this year’s Caddie Tournament appealed to Hosack.

   “I knew it was at a nice place, and I wanted to play a competitive round. I haven’t really played competitively in awhile,” he said.

   Marc Grabuski, an eight-year caddie at St. Davids GC, also finished tied for third place in the 22-26 year-old division.

   “I was pretty happy with what I ended up with. I started off with a triple-bogey,” the Collegeville, Pa. resident said. “I could’ve just blown up, but I was pretty happy.”

   Grabuski, 22, notched an even-par 36 on his final nine holes. Overall, he fired birdies on Nos. 8 (par 5, 513 yards), 11 (par 4, 380 yards), 14 (par 3, 143 yards) and 16 (par 4, 300 yards). After his drive found the bunker on No. 8, Grabuski drilled his 3-wood over 250 yards and landed in front of the green. He then chipped up to two feet and drained the birdie putt.

   Grabuski struck a 56-degree wedge to seven feet on No. 11 and converted the ensuing putt. He sunk a 5-footer on No. 14 after his 8-iron tee shot found the green.

   Robert Clark, Jr., a 28-year caddie at Saucon Valley CC, won the over 46 year-old division with his round of 5-over-par 77. Clark, of Salsbury Township, Pa., fired birdies on Nos. 3 (par 4, 350 yards) and 13 (par 5, 520 yards). On No. 3, with about 100 yards left to the flagstick, Clark, 55, knocked his sand wedge to about two feet and converted the birdie putt. He put himself in a great spot for birdie on No. 13 after his approach hybrid traveled about 230 yards.

   “It was just a lay-up shot to keep it up in the fairway,” Clark said. “I chipped up to the upper deck of the green to about two feet.”

   This marks Clark’s eighth appearance in the Caddie Tournament, which he won in 2002.

   Originating in 1928, the first Caddie tournament was held at Whitemarsh Valley CC. This year’s Tournament presented a field of 106 players.

17 & Under
1. William Peuser, Whitemarsh Valley CC, 91
T2. Michael Grady, Tavistock CC, 91
T2. Sam Goldstein, Philadelphia CC, 91

18 to 21 years
1. Derek Glaser, Applebrook GC, 77
2. Cris Simanca, Commonwealth National GC, 77
3. James Pokorny, Merion GC, 81

22 to 26 years
1. Jamie Shaffer, Green Valley CC, 74
2. T. Jay Fairlie, Aronimink GC, 74
T3. Frank Hosack, Torresdale-Frankford CC, 77
T3. Marc Grabuski, St. Davids GC, 77

27 to 45 years
1. Brad Burdette, Applebrook GC, 78
2. Matthew Hildenbrand, Stonewall, 80
3. Michael Quinn, Philadelphia CC, 80

46 & Over
1. Robert Clark, Jr., Saucon Valley CC, 77
2. Jack Lukens, Lookaway GC, 78
3. Tom Zaccanini, The Springhaven Club, 79

Ages 17 & under
Name Club Scores
Michael Grady Tavistock Country Club 91
Sam Goldstein Philadelphia Country Club 91
William Peuser Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 91
Ryan Remely North Hills Country Club 92
Jay Fisher Huntingdon Valley Country Club DQ
Ages 18-21
Cris Simanca Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Derek Glaser Applebrook Golf Club 77
James Pokorny Merion Golf Club 81
Samuel Spuhler Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
David Rooney Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Michael Logue Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Andrew Pierson Tavistock Country Club 85
Benjamin Horst Lancaster Country Club 85
Chris Knee Applebrook Golf Club 85
Dennis Jablonoski Tavistock Country Club 85
Graig Fisher, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Kevin Opdyke Meadowlands Country Club 88
Nick Lanzilotti RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 88
Bob Nicholas The Springhaven Club 89
Brian McCulla Commonwealth National Golf Club 89
Anthony Jablonoski Tavistock Country Club 91
Joe Perese Philmont Country Club 92
Kevin Dick Philadelphia Cricket Club 92
Mitchell Witman Lancaster Country Club 92
Patrick Brownsey Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 94
John Burns Philmont Country Club 95
Matt Snyder LedgeRock Golf Club 96
Nick Menta Philmont Country Club 98
Adam Cohen Philmont Country Club 103
Timothy Feehery The Springhaven Club 103
Paul Nordeman Huntingdon Valley Country Club 107
Kenny Gehlhaus Commonwealth National Golf Club 108
Chris Mallowe St. Davids Golf Club 111
Thomas Brown Philadelphia Country Club WD
Ages 22-26
Jamie Shaffer Green Valley Country Club 74
T. Jay Fairlie Aronimink Golf Club 74
Frank Hosack Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 77
Marc Grabuski St. Davids Golf Club 77
Chris Sylvia Pine Valley Golf Club 79
Dennis Cooke, Jr. Llanerch Country Club 79
Mark Grilli Philmont Country Club 79
John Salamone The ACE Club 81
Mark Baker St. Davids Golf Club 81
Albert Aldana Philadelphia Country Club 84
Steve Curry Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Brandon Cooke Llanerch Country Club 87
David Malone, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 87
Ryan Jones The ACE Club 87
Andrew Fox Merion Golf Club 88
Daniel Metzger Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 88
Scott Hilary North Hills Country Club 88
Drew Anders Pine Valley Golf Club 89
Zachary Serabian Meadowlands Country Club 89
Charles Knapp, III North Hills Country Club 90
Joe DiMenna The Springhaven Club 93
Ray Church Philadelphia Country Club 99
Ryan Sensenig Lancaster Country Club 107
Joe Cesario RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 109
George Turbett, III Philadelphia Country Club 110
Ages 27-45
Brad Burdette Applebrook Golf Club 78
Matthew Hildenbrand Stonewall 80
Michael Quinn Philadelphia Country Club 80
Ellis Chandler Aronimink Golf Club 81
Jack Hopkins Merion Golf Club 81
Gerald Kendra, Jr. Pine Valley Golf Club 82
Rick Kerr Pine Valley Golf Club 84
Justin Smith Whitford Country Club 86
Joe Natale Green Valley Country Club 88
Jay Hammond Meadowlands Country Club 90
Jim Greenberg Huntingdon Valley Country Club 90
Charles Yang Merion Golf Club 91
Matthew Reusche Llanerch Country Club 91
Michael Mariani Philadelphia Cricket Club 92
Nathan Dougherty Stonewall 94
Ryan Cosden Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 94
Tom McNicholas Green Valley Country Club 94
Herb Scrivener Lancaster Country Club 95
Ronald Sharrar Rolling Green Golf Club 95
Kevin Smith Meadowlands Country Club 102
Steve D. Jones, Jr. Whitford Country Club 107
Matthew Jankowski Lookaway Golf Club WD
Tom Guinan Philmont Country Club DQ
Ages 46 & over
Robert Clark, Jr Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Jack Lukens Lookaway Golf Club 78
Tom Zaccanini The Springhaven Club 79
Doug Thompson Applebrook Golf Club 81
Herman Fry Stonewall 81
David Powell Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Stanley Saunders Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Thomas McCarthy Saucon Valley Country Club 86
John Foley Philadelphia Cricket Club 87
Tom Burke Saucon Valley Country Club 88
Craig Gemmill Lancaster Country Club 90
Gregory Greenberg Huntingdon Valley Country Club 90
Steve Gallagher Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 90
Darby Callahan Sunnybrook Golf Club 92
Gerald Parisi Philadelphia Cricket Club 93
John Egan Pine Valley Golf Club 93
Jim Holden Aronimink Golf Club 95
Raymond McClarin Old York Road Country Club 96
Brian Straub Pine Valley Golf Club 103
Robert Stanford Sunnybrook Golf Club 110
Thom Cooper Lancaster Country Club 152
Billy Erskine Green Valley Country Club NC
Pancho Thornton Merion Golf Club WD
Richard Brown Llanerch Country Club WD
WD – withdrawal; NC – no card; DQ – disqualification

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