EXTON, Pa. – Robin McCool of Saucon Valley Country Club encompasses everything the Golf Association of Philadelphia is all about. Not only is McCool one of the more accomplished players in the region, but he has given back to the game more than just about anyone, including nine years (2004-2012) of service on the GAP Executive Committee. | Scoresheets | History | Lu Lu’s Smeraglio snags Senior title |
On Thursday at Whitford Country Club (par 72, 6,180 yards) the game he loves gave back to him. McCool added another piece of winning hardware to his trophy case in result of posting an impressive 3-over-par round of 75 to top a field of 40 Super-Senior Division players in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross).
The Bethlehem, Pa. resident was crowned the winner after Pine Valley Golf Club’s O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., a 2011 GAP Hall of Fame inductee, was unavailable for the playoff. Brewer, a two-time U.S. Senior Amateur champion and friend of McCool’s, left the course early in order to catch an escaping flight to Florida’s warmer weather.
McCool ignited a hot stretch on No. 5 (par 3, 122 yards) with a sloping 12-foot birdie conversion. After four consecutive pars, McCool struck again on the 10th, a 351-yard par 4. He pushed his driver out to the right but was gifted a generous angle. McCool flushed a 6-iron to eight feet and sunk it.
The winning round hit somewhat-rocky waters near the finishing stretch due McCool’s shaky short-distance putting. His biggest challenge of the day arrived on No. 18 (par 4, 376 yards) after McCool left a birdie attempt roughly eight feet short of the cup.
“I misjudged my birdie putt as going downhill, but it ended up being level. I didn’t know if anyone had bettered Gordon’s early score, but I knew I had to make that next one,” said McCool, 65. ”I made that last putt on the 18th when I knew I needed it, so that had to be my best shot of the day.”
In addition to today’s victory, McCool has won the Silver Cross Award twice (1990-91), the Brewer Cup Senior Division twice (2010, 2013), a Senior Amateur Championship (2006), and the Tournament of Champions three times (2006-07, 2012). Most recently, McCool claimed the Pennsylvania State Senior Amateur Championship in back-to-back years (2013-14).
Another title McCool added to his legacy as of late was “author.” In December, he published his first book, titled “Once Upon A September: Saucon Valley and the 1951 U.S. Amateur”.
It’s quite the résumé, to say the least. But at some point in the near future, don’t be surprised if you see that widely-respected résumé expand.
McCool is now 1-for-1 in the new territory after making his Super-Senior Division debut at Whitford. He hopes to conquer that territory, just like he has consistently throughout his lengthy GAP career.
“I’ve had success at every [GAP] Division growing up. Obviously, I was hoping to have success at this level, and perhaps I will,” he said. “This Association has been a big part of my life. It’s one of the best in the country, and it feels great getting back into the GAP winner’s circle today.”
Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s secretary-treasurer for 18 years. After his death in 1933, the Association started the Francis B. Warner Cup as an ongoing tribute in his memory. The event marks the first Senior Major of the organization’s tournament season.
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|*Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club||75|
|O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club||75|
|Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club||77|
|William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club||79|
|Charles McClaskey, Loch Nairn Golf Club||81|
|Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club||81|
|Frank Treml, Philadelphia Publinks GA||81|
|John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||81|
|Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club||81|
|Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club||82|
|Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||82|
|Edward Pappas, Rolling Green Golf Club||82|
|Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club||82|
|Jay Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club||83|
|Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club||84|
|Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||84|
|Gary Gordon, Philadelphia Cricket Club||84|
|Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club||84|
|David Jordan, Sakima Country Club||85|
|Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club||85|
|Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||85|
|Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club||85|
|Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club||85|
|Thomas O’Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club||85|
|James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club||86|
|Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course||87|
|Frank Shuman, Lehigh Country Club||88|
|Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club||88|
|Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club||88|
|Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||88|
|John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club||89|
|John Patton, Little Mill Country Club||89|
|Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club||90|
|Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club||90|
|Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club||91|
|Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club||91|
|Ken Hayman, Philadelphia Publinks GA||92|
|Michael Rowland, Lehigh Country Club||92|
|Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club||94|
|Fred Jones, Merion Golf Club||95|
|Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club||WD|
|Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club||WD|
|David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||WD|
|James Haynie, Commonwealth National Golf Club||WD|
|Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club||WD|