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14th Francis B. Warner Cup Super Senior

Overlook’s Osborne opens up Super-Senior circuit with W

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Super Seniors stood alone for the first time Tuesday in the Francis B. Warner Cup at Bala Golf Club. Of those in the field, only one of them stood alone at the top of the leaderboard, clasping the first-ever independent Super-Senior event’s hardware.

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That Super-Senior champion was Gregory Osborne of Overlook Golf Course, who battled the mid-90s temperatures at Bala (par 68, 5,184 yards), besting a field of 69 Supers to win the overall hardware in the 14th Francis B. Warner Cup Super-Senior. His 2-under 66 got the job done — the first time the 68-year-old has bettered his age in a competitive round. He also bested the rest of the field by a startling six strokes.

To meet the needs of its members, GAP instituted a separation of the Senior and Super-Senior Divisions in Major competitions. The 88th Francis B. Warner Cup for Seniors was played May 5 at 1912 Club. Galloway National Golf Club’s Bill Burke fired a 2-under 69 to take the trophy that day.

In addition to the overall title, today’s competition was split into Divisions: 65 years of age or older (Super-Senior) and 70 years of age or older (Legends). The Bucks Club’s John Gonsior claimed the Legends crown in a match of scorecards versus Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Buck Jones at 6-over 74.

Osborne, who last fall won the 2021 Super-Senior Amateur Championship at Country Club of Scranton, sizzled once again Tuesday. Starting on Bala’s challenging front side, he’d grab back-to-back birdies to kickstart his round. On No. 3 (par 4, 328 yards), he pured a 3-wood and his sand wedge approach landed eight feet short of the hole, followed by the make for 3. A tap-in followed next on the par-3, 188-yard 4th after a 5-iron rolled down the slope to a foot.

“I hadn’t played here before, so to get going early was nice. It’s such a fascinating golf course,” said Osborne, of Lititz, Pa. “The course was set up perfect for us Super Seniors. The yardage was a long 5,100 yards, so there was challenges there. It’s a fun golf course. It really is.”

After making the turn at 1 under, five pars arrived to start the second side. A birdie would drop on the short, downhill 16th (par 3, 94 yards) after Osborne landed a gap wedge to eight feet and drained it. On Bala’s closer (par 4, 354 yards), his best drive of the day only left him with 105 yards coming in. He tossed a gap wedge to six feet and walked it in. Two-under par, signed, sealed and delivered.

“Really happy the way I played all around today. This is the first time I’ve shot my age in a competitive round, so I’d call that a success in itself,” said Osborne. “And I beat it by two.”

As the season’s first Super-Senior Major, there’s plenty of golf left to be played this summer. Osborne will be on the tee sheets for anything and everything offered, whether it be GAP Majors, Pennsylvania Golf Association competitions, Philadelphia Publinks events or Lancaster County tournaments.

Osborne’s playing resume speaks for itself. He appeared in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in 2011 and 2012. Locally, he’s won multiple Lancaster County Golf Association titles, including the Senior Championship in 2010 and 2015. In 2016, he tied for third in the Pennsylvania Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at Lancaster Country Club. He’s now won back-to-back Super-Senior Majors in GAP, dating back to his 2021 Super-Senior win at Scranton.

“I’m going to be playing a lot. Everything I can play in. Even if there are events that I don’t think I can win, I’m going to try and compete. You just never know how long you can play this game for, so I’m going to play until I can’t,” said the champion.

Osborne can still play, that’s for sure. And he can still raise trophies, too.

Francis B. Warner of Philadelphia Cricket Club served as GAP 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. It is traditionally the first Senior Major of the GAP tournament season.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 330 Member Clubs and 90,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Overall 
Name, clubScore
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course66
Tom Borsello, Wyncote Golf Club72
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club72
John Gonsior, The Bucks Club74
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74
Joe Duhack, LuLu Country Club75
Mike Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club75
Mike Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club75
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club75
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club75
Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club75
Bernie Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club75
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
Dennis Konczyk, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale76
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association76
Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club76
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club76
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club77
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club77
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club77
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club77
Bob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club78
Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club78
Chuck Dowds, Applebrook Golf Club78
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club78
Archie Struthers, The Shore Club78
William Chase, Regents’ Glen Country Club79
Paul Cornely, McCall Golf Club79
Drew Harmer, The Springhaven Club79
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club79
Al van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club80
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club80
Mike Farlling, Carlisle Country Club80
Tom Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club80
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course80
Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club80
Jim Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
Brian Sexton, Greate Bay Country Club80
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton80
John Ward, Atlantic City Country Club80
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club81
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club81
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club81
Jim Finlan, Penn Oaks Golf Club81
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81
Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club81
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club81
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club81
Matthew Bellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club82
Larry Borowsky, White Manor Country Club82
Charlie McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association82
Stephen Lyons, Applecross Country Club83
Larry Seltzer, Commonwealth National Golf Club83
Chuck Caparo, The 1912 Club84
Mark Monkhouse, Makefield Highlands Golf Club84
Keith Wilson, Play Golf Delaware85
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club86
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club86
Robert Schubach, Wedgewood Golf Course86
Gary Sutton, Regents’ Glen Country Club89
Eric Lamm, Schuylkill Country Club90
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club92
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club93
Mike Anton, Lookaway Golf ClubWD
Robert Brusco, Medford Village Country ClubNS
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf ClubWD
Fredrick Wass, Mercer Oaks Golf CourseWD
Super-Senior Flight (65-69 years old) 
Gregory Osborne, Overlook Golf Course66
Tom Borsello, Wyncote Golf Club72
Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club72
Joe Duhack, LuLu Country Club75
Mike Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club75
Mike Owsik, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club75
Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club75
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club75
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club75
Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
Dennis Konczyk, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale76
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club76
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club77
Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club77
Chuck Dowds, Applebrook Golf Club78
Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club78
Archie Struthers, The Shore Club78
William Chase, Regents’ Glen Country Club79
Paul Cornely, McCall Golf Club79
Drew Harmer, The Springhaven Club79
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club79
Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club80
Bob Dorsey, Medford Lakes Country Club80
Mike Farlling, Carlisle Country Club80
Jim Mastromatteo, Overlook Golf Course80
Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club80
Brian Sexton, Greate Bay Country Club80
Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton80
John Ward, Atlantic City Country Club80
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club81
Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club81
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club81
Jim Finlan, Penn Oaks Golf Club81
George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81
Vince Yost, Cedarbrook Country Club81
Larry Borowsky, White Manor Country Club82
Stephen Lyons, Applecross Country Club83
Mark Monkhouse, Makefield Highlands Golf Club84
Keith Wilson, Play Golf Delaware85
Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club86
Robert Schubach, Wedgewood Golf Course86
Eric Lamm, Schuylkill Country Club90
Robert Brusco, Medford Village Country ClubNS
Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf ClubWD
Fredrick Wass, Mercer Oaks Golf CourseWD
Legends Flight (70 years or older) 
John Gonsior, The Bucks Club74
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74
Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club75
Bernie Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club75
Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association76
Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club76
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club77
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club77
Bob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club78
Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club78
Al van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
Tom Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club80
Jim Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club81
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club81
Matthew Bellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club82
Charlie McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association82
Larry Seltzer, Commonwealth National Golf Club83
Chuck Caparo, The 1912 Club84
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club86
Gary Sutton, Regents’ Glen Country Club89
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club92
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club93
Mike Anton, Lookaway Golf ClubWD
WD – withdrawal; NS – no show