May 07, 2008

Yet another Thompson nabs Warner Cup

EXTON, Pa.– It’s like deja vu all over again.

OK, so maybe one of Yogi Berra’s most famous quotes doesn’t quite apply here, but it sure is close.

  This time, Andy Thompson of Overbrook GC beat out Neil McDermott of Llanerch CC in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff Wednesday at Whitford CC (par 72, 6,503 yards) to take the 74th running of the Francis B. Warner Cup.

  Andy became the second consecutive Thompson to win the Cup after his brother, Ray, the 2007 Senior Player of the Year, won last year’s event at Bent Creek CC by defeating Charles “Buck” Jones of Philadelphia Publinks GA in a six-hole playoff.

  But unlike last year’s six-hole marathon, Thompson and McDermott only needed one extra hole to determine the winner after each player carded a pair of 2-under-par 70s in regulation play.

  “There’s not that many days when you play golf and feel comfortable and I felt comfortable today,” Thompson said. “I knew that my game was OK [coming off the GAP Team Matches], so I felt pretty good about coming here today.”

  “I played very well today,” McDermott said. “To shoot 70, when you look at the full field of scores, what Andy and I did was a good solid round of golf.”

  But the playoff was a different story for both competitors.

  Although both found the fairway off the tee, McDermott pulled his second shot into the left greenside bunker where he was left with a nasty lie on the down slope of the bunker and well below his feet. But somehow, he was able to get it up onto the green.

  But Thompson had troubles of his own. Although safely on in two, he struggled with the flat stick and suffered a rare three-putt to card a bogey.

  For McDermott, who was now lying three on the apron of the green, there was still a chance to get out of the situation unscathed if he could make bogey and move on to a second playoff hole.

  McDermott’s fourth stroke ran by the hole leaving him a tricky six-footer for five. From there, the Newtown Square, Pa., resident unfortunately burned the left edge, giving Thompson the win.

  “I was disappointed to see Neil miss hit his putt,” Thompson said. “I expected him to make it but the greens were tough today. I think everybody had a tough day on these greens.”

  “It just so happened that in the playoff hole I had the worst hole of the day,” McDermott commented. “It was unfortunate but Andy played solid and I’m very happy for him.”

  Thompson played the first 17 holes of the day in 4 under with birdies on hole Nos. 10 (par 4, 353 yards), 12 (par 5, 500 yards), 13 (par 3, 150 yards) and 17 (par 3, 178 yards). But his final two holes of the day resulted in a double bogey on No. 18 (par 4, 390 yards) and a bogey on the first playoff hole (No. 1, par 4, 377 yards), the only mistakes he made all day, a fact that almost came back to haunt him.

  “I would have been really disappointed if I had lost given the fact that I double bogeyed the 18th hole,” he said. “I wish I had not finished things off by three putting my last hole and the playoff hole, but I got a win.”

  Added Thompson, “I just really wanted to come out here and hit some really good shots today. I really wasn’t thinking much about wining.”

Super Senior
  Kent Weymouth, Jr. of Philadelphia Publinks GA took the Super-Senior flight with a 3-over-par 75 at Whitford CC (par 72, 6,052 yards). The Wayne, Pa., resident carded birdies on hole Nos. 5 (par 3, 102 yards), 7 (par 4, 308 yards) and 10 (par 4, 335 yards) en route to his division-leading score.

  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.


1. *Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 70
2. Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club 70
3. Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club 72

Ages 60 and over
T1. Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club 76
T1. Mark Shuman, Whitford Country Club 76
T1. Michael Rowland, Lehigh Country Club 76
T1. Stephen Daley, Lu Lu Country Club 76

Super Senior
1. Kent Weymouth, Jr. of Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
T2. Bob Wicker, Little Mill Country Club 78
T2. Christopher Frazier, Sunnybrook Golf Club 78
T2. Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club 78
T2. Jay Kocher, Wilmington Country Club 78
T2. John Owens, Tavistock Country Club 78

*Won in a playoff

55-59 Years Old Total
*Andy Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 70
Michael Quinn Edgmont Country Club 72
Robert Billings Rolling Green Golf Club 74
Bernie Zbrzeznj Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 75
Roc Irey Cedarbrook Country Club 75
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. Saucon Valley Country Club 75
Chris Gallagher West Chester Golf & Country Club 76
Daniel Burton Bent Creek Country Club 76
Donald Ashley Philadelphia Country Club 76
Ed Chylinski Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Eugene Maginnis, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Martin Klagholz Rolling Green Golf Club 76
Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 76
Charles Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Francis McFadden Overbrook Golf Club 77
James Muller Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 77
Raymond Thompson Overbrook Golf Club 77
Richard Umani Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Michael Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Michael Nilon Philadelphia Country Club 78
Pete Widdoes Inniscrone Golf Club 78
John Gonsior Five Ponds 79
Stephen Pence Little Mill Country Club 79
Wally Swiger Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Alan Van Horn Lu Lu Country Club 80
Lee Cook Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Robert Murphy Wilmington Country Club 80
Robert Ockenfuss Indian Valley Country Club 80
Craig Scott Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
David Taylor Radley Run Country Club 81
Donald Mackelcan Wilmington Country Club 81
Mark Quigley Lu Lu Country Club 81
Gus Barber Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Matthew Bellis Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Richard Speranza Jericho National Golf Club 82
Thomas Mallouk Lookaway Golf Club 82
Bill Milner Wedgwood Country Club 83
Jeb Baker DuPont Country Club 83
John Gershey, Jr. Country Club of Scranton 83
John Turner The Springhaven Club 83
Joseph Grubb, III Honeybrook Golf Club 83
Michael Howanski DuPont Country Club 83
Robert Lodovici Links Golf Club 83
Willard Woolbert Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Charles Johanson Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Keith Li Heidelberg Country Club 84
William Vostinak Lehigh Country Club 84
Bennett Meyer Philmont Country Club 85
Glen McCartney Bellewood Golf Club 85
Robert Dewitt Links Golf Club 85
William Gordon Wilmington Country Club 85
Bob Majczan Lookaway Golf Club 87
Bill Kovach Mercer Oaks Golf Course 88
Rick Gaydos Woodbury Country Club 88
John Crowley St. Davids Golf Club 89
Richard Vento Talamore Country Club 89
Thomas Mairone McCall Golf & Country Club 90
Glenn Davis Sand Barrens Golf Club 92
Norman Cote Coatesville Country Club 93
Dennis Durkin Whitemarsh Valley Country Club NC
Gary Daniels Saucon Valley Country Club WD
Paul Keating Aronimink Golf Club WD
60 and Over
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 70
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 76
Mark Shuman Whitford Country Club 76
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 76
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 76
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 77
Gary Gordon Talamore Country Club 77
Scott Yard Whitford Country Club 77
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 77
Edward Pappas, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 78
60 and Over
Neil McDermott Llanerch Country Club 70
Don Donatoni White Manor Country Club 76
Mark Shuman Whitford Country Club 76
Michael Rowland Lehigh Country Club 76
Stephen Daley Lu Lu Country Club 76
Carl Everett Merion Golf Club 77
Gary Gordon Talamore Country Club 77
Scott Yard Whitford Country Club 77
William Lawler Fox Hill Country Club 77
Edward Pappas, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Gibby Young Hartefeld National 78
James Haynie Lu Lu Country Club 78
Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club 78
Ted Beringer Philadelphia Country Club 78
Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club 79
Carlyle Robinson Fox Hill Country Club 80
Jim Lloyd Running Deer Golf Club 80
Alan Over Bent Creek Country Club 81
Bo Dixon Gulph Mills Golf Club 81
Michael Rose Philmont Country Club 81
Norman Jester Downingtown Golf Club 81
Fred Olt Little Mill Country Club 82
Jack Holland Whitford Country Club 82
Joseph Maxwell Hartefeld National 82
Ken Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
Robert Wlotko Llanerch Country Club 82
Thomas O’Rourke Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Dennis Perna Spring Ford Country Club 83
J. Peter Pierce Philadelphia Country Club 83
John Siegrist Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 83
Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 83
Richard Bunn, Sr. McCall Golf & Country Club 84
Terrence Sawyer Yardley Country Club 84
Vernon Kelly, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
John MacDonald Medford Lakes Country Club 85
Charles Rogalla Country Club of Scranton 86
John Cech Riverton Country Club 86
John Snyder Waynesborough Country Club 86
Jon Mabry Moorestown Field Club 86
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 87
Joel McFadden Honeybrook Golf Club 87
Charles Whipple Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
George May Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 88
Charles Caparo Plymouth Country Club 89
Frank Kunze Spring Ford Country Club 89
Stephan Whitenack Philadelphia Cricket Club 89
Walt McGuinness Woodbury Country Club 89
Jay McLaughlin Mercer Oaks Golf Course 90
Frank Shuman Lehigh Country Club 90
Bill Smith Sandy Run Country Club 91
Gregory Gaul Merion Golf Club 91
Marc Rosenberg Blue Bell Country Club 93
Douglas Dick Chester Valley Golf Club WD
George Carr Wedgwood Country Club NC
Richard Holcombe, Jr. Old York Road Country Club NS
Ron Mittendorf Blue Bell Country Club WD
William Casto Coatesville Country Club WD
Super Senior
Kent Weymouth, Jr. Philadelphia Publinks GA 75
Bob Wicker Little Mill Country Club 78
Christopher Frazier Sunnybrook Golf Club 78
Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club 78
Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club 78
John Owens Tavistock Country Club 78
G. Clay von Seldeneck Sunnybrook Golf Club 80
Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club 80
Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club 80
James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club 81
Larry Loughner Bent Creek Country Club 81
Louis Degennaro Country Club of Scranton 81
Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club 82
David Jordan Woodbury Country Club 82
Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club 83
Ernest Eichenberg, III Waynesborough Country Club 83
Terrence Beck Bellewood Golf Club 83
Bob Killian Links Golf Club 85
Lawrence Capuzzi ,Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club 85
Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club 85
Peter Stanley Sunnybrook Golf Club 85
Art Brosius DuPont Country Club 86
Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club 86
John Ayres Woodbury Country Club 86
John O’Sullivan Phoenixville Country Club 86
Jim Callaghan Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Andrew Hamilton, III The Springhaven Club 89
Robert Davy Medford Village 89
Jerry Campbell Woodbury Country Club 91
Jim Curvan Phoenixville Country Club 92
Ralph Giannattasio Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 92
Bill Smith Downingtown Golf Club 93
Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club 93
Donald Hoegel Little Mill Country Club 99
Clinton Alexander Downingtown Golf Club 100
Harvey McCumber Wilmington Country Club WD
*Won in a playoff
WD-withdrawal; NC-no card;NS-no score

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