Oct 06, 2005

Thompson, Burton take Tournament of Champions titles

  Huntingdon Valley, Pa.–Ray Thompson of Overbrook GC repeated as the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Tournament of Champions winner. Firm and fast greens did not stop the 53-year-old resident of Springfield, Pa. from carding a 3-under-par 67 on the William Flynn designed (par 70, 6764 yard), Huntingdon Valley CC.

  Thompson won the event last year on the North Course of Philmont CC, shooting a 1-over-par 71. He is also a former Amateur champion (1972, Aronimink GC).

  Thompson tied Robert Bechtold of Inniscrone GC, but was named winner when Bechtold failed to show for the playoff.

  A front nine of 32 put Bechtold in prime position for the title, but two bogeys coming home, one on the 201-yard, par-3 17th and another one on the 434-yard, par4 18th cost him the outright title.

  Thompson started his round strong, registering a birdie on Nos. 1 (par 4, 385 yards) and 3 (par 3, 182 yards). One bogey on No. 7 caused a minor slip up in his round, but it did not take him long to get back on track with a birdie on No. 9 (par 4, 424 yards). On the back nine, he recorded bogeys on Nos. 10 (par 4, 400 yards) and 17 (par 3, 201 yards) as well as birdies on Nos. 15 (par 5, 571 yards), 16 (par 4, 400 yards) and the difficult (par 4, 434 yard) finishing hole.

  The Tournament of Champions is open to all current club champions and past event champions.

Senior Champions
  Dan Burton of Bent Creek CC carded a 1-under par 69 to take the Senior Amateur Division championship (par 70, 6308 yards).

  Burton had two birdies and two bogeys to round out an even-par 35 front nine.

  He heated up on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 12 (par 4, 355 yards), 13 (par 3, 162 yards) and 15 (par 5, 553 yards). Two bogeys coming home on Nos. 16 (par 4, 363) and 17 (par 3, 194) did not keep Burton from winning by two strokes over Michael Dougherty of Huntingdon Valley CC and Frank Polizzi of Whitemarsh Valley CC, who each carded 1-over par 71s.

*Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 67
Robert Bechtold Inniscrone Golf Club 67
Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 71
Edmund Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 72
Sam Lewis Huntsville Golf Club 72
Thomas Hyland Little Mill Country Club 72
Christopher Lange Pine Valley Golf Club 72
Gary Daniels Applebrook Golf Club 73
Sean Clifford Ashbourne Country Club 73
Mike Danner Lu Lu Country Club 73
Zach Smith Doylestown Country Club 74
Gregg Angelillo Moselem Springs Golf Club 74
John Simkins Squires Golf Club 74
Andrew Harmer The Springhaven Club 74
Alan Skoritowski Glen Oak Country Club 75
Brian Rothaus Philmont Country Club 75
Steven Walczak Wilmington Country Club 75
Silvio Martel Brookside C.C. of Allentown 76
Doug Domeshek Heidelberg Country Club 76
Gerard Ascolese North Hills Country Club 76
Kevin Kelly Old York Road Country Club 76
Robin McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 76
Kevin Coleman Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 76
Thomas Finn Cavaliers Country Club 77
David Brookreson Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Cameron Campbell McCall Golf & Country Club 77
Michael Rose Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 77
Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club 77
David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77
Marc Delong Golden Oaks Golf Club 78
David Reinhart French Creek Golf Club 79
Jonathan Ross Gulph Mills Golf Club 79
James O’Connor Penn Oaks Golf Club 79
Marc Mandel White Manor Country Club 79
Jerry Donofrio Sandy Run Country Club 80
John Peters Wren Dale Golf Club 80
Scott Shore Aronimink Golf Club 81
Joseph Costanzo Blue Bell Country Club 81
Douglas Zelner Coatesville Country Club 81
David Seshens Green Valley Country Club 81
Sean Seese Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Chris Thude JC Melrose Country Club 81
Chris Maxwell Sakima Country Club 81
Tony Lepre Galloway National Golf Club 82
Jim Decker Gulph Mills Golf Club 82
John Carullo Penn Oaks Golf Club 82
William Schmidt Indian Valley Country Club 83
Joseph Roeder Links Golf Club 83
Jason Loehrs Philadelphia Publinks GA 83
Jim Gavaghan Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 83
Kevin Frank Medford Village Country Club 84
Terry Sandercock Silver Creek Country Club 84
David Swiderski Merchantville Country Club 85
James Finnerty Radley Run Country Club 85
James Dalzell Linwood Country Club 86
Brian Myers Old York Road Country Club 86
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 87
Paul Stewart Pine Hill Golf Club 87
Keith Cope Wildwood Golf & Country Club 89
Alan Brody Bala Golf Club 90
Austin Wolf Bent Creek Country Club WD
David Goodman Bucks County Country Club WD
Steve Harris Greenacres Country Club WD
Jeffrey Michner Sand Barrens Golf Club WD
Robert Dziak Spring Ford Country Club WD
Anthony Apostolico Hartefeld National NS
Senior Champions
Daniel Burton Bent Creek Country Club 69
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 71
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 71
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 74
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 75
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Thomas DiCinti Little Mill Country Club 76
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 76
Howard Lazarus Radnor Valley Country Club 76
Kevin Scanlon Stonewall 76
Michael Stanco Glen Oak Country Club 77
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 78
Rick Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 78
Eliot Weinberg White Manor Country Club 78
Edward Gregrczyk Glenmaura National Golf Club 79
Robert Ockenfuss Indian Valley Country Club 79
William Whitman Moselem Springs Golf Club 79
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 79
William Englesbe Pine Hill Golf Club 79
John Foore Brookside Country Club 80
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 80
George May Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 80
Dennis Fellona Merchantville Country Club 80
Edward Pappas Rolling Green Golf Club 80
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 80
Keith Li Heidelberg Country Club 81
Paul Erhardt Cavaliers Country Club 82
Scott Shafer Coatesville Country Club 82
Philip Dodd Hersheys Mill Golf Club 83
Jack O’Donnell North Hills Country Club 84
Patrick McCarthy Spring Ford Country Club 85
Larry Walker Hartefeld National 86
Richard Bourassa McCall Golf & Country Club 86
Gregory Gaul Stone Harbor Golf Club 86
Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club 86
Mike Quinn Edgmont Country Club 87
Michael Anton Lookaway Golf Club 87
Thomas Stitt Northampton Country Club 87
Fran Tusak Silver Creek Country Club 88
Al Cathers Links Golf Club 90
Robert Brooker Blue Bell Country Club 91
George Gibson Riverton Country Club 91
William Sylvester Radley Run Country Club 93
Theodore Hagedorn Old York Road Country Club 94
John Mcaneney JC Melrose Country Club 96
A. Fred Rudy, Jr. Lancaster Country Club 99
George Becker, Jr. Doylestown Country Club 100
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Walter Bachman, III St. Davids Golf Club WD
John Owens Tavistock Country Club WD
Dominic Marziani Torresdale-Frankford Country Club WD
James Dever, Jr. Wildwood Golf & Country Club WD
Chris Gallagher West Chester Golf & Country Club NC
*-won in playoff
WD-withdrawal; NS-no show; NC-no card

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