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Walsh tops Tournament of Champions

 LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – P. Chet Walsh of Philadelphia CC took the 51st running of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Tournament of Champions at The ACE Club (par 72, 6,873 yards) Friday with a 1-under-par 71.

  Walsh, who lost in a playoff in last year’s contest at Coatesville CC, said he shanked his tee ball on No. 14 (par 3, 183 yards) and carded four bogeys. But he still managed to card five birdies on the day good for the win over the 103-player field.

  “I redeemed myself today,” said Walsh. “It’s great [to win] especially after losing in a three-hole playoff last year.”

  Walsh came on strong after last season’s result with birdies on hole Nos. 1 (par 4, 367 yards), 4 (par 3, 145 yards), 6 (par 3, 185 yards), 17 (par 4, 381 yards) and 18 (par 5, 558 yards) today.

  “I’m happy I finished strong,” said Walsh who raced right over to tee it up at the Flynn Cup at Bala GC immediately after he finished up at The ACE. “It’s a nice way to finish the year.”

  Howard Lazarus of Radnor Valley CC took the Senior flight with a 3-under par 69.

  “I missed one shot the entire day,” said Lazarus of his approach shot on No. 18 (par 5, 542 yards). “But I still managed to get it up-and-down to save par.

  “It was a beautiful day on a beautiful course,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Notes:
  Open to current Member Club amateur champions, senior amateur champions and previous winners, the Tournament of Champions was initiated in 1962 in memory of Larry Malmed. The Association then accepted the event in 1984 after Al Porter, the tournament’s coordinator, was forced to retire due to illness. The Association also added a senior division in 1992.

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Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Results
Amateur Flight
Name Club Total
P. Chet Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 71
Michael Vassil Country Club of Scranton 72
Robert Bechtold Fieldstone Golf Club 72
John Brennan Spring Ford Country Club 73
Alan Borowsky White Manor Country Club 74
Michael Moffat Commonwealth National Golf Club 74
Ryan Jordan Tavistock Country Club 74
Sean Seese Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Zachary Herr Jericho National Golf Club 74
David Richards Bent Creek Country Club 75
John Ward Ballamor Golf Club 76
David West Whitford Country Club 77
Michael Walker Wyncote Golf Club 77
Scott Klee Indian Valley Country Club 77
Brian Rothaus Philmont Country Club 78
Robert Gill Fox Hill Country Club 78
Thomas Soares Moselem Springs Golf Club 78
Travis Gahman Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Christopher Thude Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 79
David Liotta Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Frank Rapone The Springhaven Club 79
L.J. Georgetti Wildwood Golf & Country Club 79
Richard Blash, Jr. Riverton Country Club 79
Vinny Alessi Penn Oaks Golf Club 79
Frank Natale Sunnybrook Golf Club 80
Geoffrey Cooper Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Jim Simmons Stonewall 80
Charles Scalzott Talamore Country Club 81
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 81
Paul Stuhlmiller Golf Course at Glen Mills 81
Steve Kim Blue Bell Country Club 81
Chris Terebesi Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Vince Boyle JC Melrose Country Club 82
Kevin Weeks Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 83
Tyler Canfield Downingtown Golf Club 83
Edward Woehlcke Cedarbrook Country Club 84
James Macallister Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 84
Jeff Rogatz Fieldstone Golf Club 84
Jonathan Ross Gulph Mills Golf Club 84
Joseph Henkel The ACE Club 84
Tom Piersanti Applebrook Golf Club 84
Anthony DeNicco Brookside Country Club 85
Kevin Bair Wyncote Golf Club 85
Jeff LeFevre, Jr. Linwood Country Club 88
David Cox Lehigh Country Club 89
Brian Demby Bucks County Golf Club 90
John MacDonald Medford Lakes Country Club 90
Michael Axelrod Meadowlands Country Club 90
Cameron Campbell McCall Golf & Country Club 91
David Reinhart French Creek Golf Club 91
Brian Kreamer Bala Golf Club 93
Philip Potter Radley Run Country Club 97
Ajai Sirohi Mercer Oaks Golf Course DQ
Chick Downey North Hills Country Club DQ
Chris Grant Bellewood Golf Club NS
David Taraschi Merchantville Country Club WD
Oscar Mestre, Jr. Overbrook Golf Club DQ
Senior
Name Club Total
Howard Lazarus Radnor Valley Country Club 69
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 71
Charles Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Scott Shafer Coatesville Country Club 74
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 74
David Taylor Stone Harbor Golf Club 75
John Rowe Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 75
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 76
John Carullo Penn Oaks Golf Club 76
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 76
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 76
Bill Cregar Wedgwood Country Club 77
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 78
Alan Van Horn Sandy Run Country Club 79
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 79
John Kernan Merchantville Country Club 79
Edward Purdy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 80
Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club 80
Edward Pappas, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 81
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 81
Kenneth Olinick Spring Ford Country Club 81
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Ron Mittendorf Blue Bell Country Club 81
William Schmidt Indian Valley Country Club 81
Art Brosius DuPont Country Club 83
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 83
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 83
Gary Gordon Talamore Country Club 84
Glenn Davis Sand Barrens Golf Club 84
Jeffrey Cooper Meadowlands Country Club 84
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 84
Rich Myslinski Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club 84
Thomas Conboy Sandy Run Country Club 84
William McCabe, Jr. McCall Golf & Country Club 84
Robert Thornton, Jr. Riverton Country Club 87
William Schroeder Bucks County Golf Club 87
Ernest Eichenberg, III Waynesborough Country Club 88
Richard Arscott West Chester Golf & Country Club 91
Richard Forbes, Sr. North Hills Country Club 91
Peter Stanley Sunnybrook Golf Club 93
Richard Bourassa McCall Golf & Country Club 95
Milton Hartley Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 96
Daniel Casullo Bala Golf Club 97
Robert Potter Radley Run Country Club 99
DQ-disqualified; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal