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Applebrook GC duo claims Senior 27-Hole Challenge
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Gary Daniels and Charles Dowds, III of Applebrook GC blazed Cherry Valley CC (par 72, 6,323 yards) to the tune of a 3-under-par 141 and triumphed in the Golf Association of Philadelphiaâ€™s second Senior 27-Hole Challenge Tuesday.
Two phenomenal chip shots in the aggregate portion of the event seemed to cement the duoâ€™s status as victors. Daniels, of Malvern, Pa., chipped in for eagle from the back of the No. 3 (par 5, 490 yards). Dowds did his best to match his partnerâ€™s feat by chipping in for birdie after his 8-iron sailed 45 yards to the front of the green. The Glenside, Pa. resident also fired a birdie on the par 4, 338-yard No. 5 after sticking his pitching wedge 110 yards to five feet.
â€śWe were consistent through all three formats,â€ť Dowds, 55, said. â€śWe were never really in trouble.â€ť
Although Daniels and Dowds shot 1 over in the opening selective drive/alternate shot portion of the event, the duo surged in the better ball of partners format by registering four birdies and two bogeys. Daniels, 55, converted a side-hill 20-footer on No. 18 (par 4, 400 yards).
â€śThat was probably the best of the birdies,â€ť Dowds said. â€śIt was a good putt.â€ť
Tuesday marked a competitive change for the Applebrook GC members. Daniels and Dowds typically play golf against one another throughout the season.
â€śIt was a little different today,â€ť Dowds said. â€śWeâ€™re both at Applebrook, so we play there all of the time.â€ť
Daniels and Dowds met 40 years ago cutting grass at Sandy Run CC.
â€śWeâ€™ve been friends for that long,â€ť Dowds said. â€śWe play a lot of golf.â€ť
Daniels continued his winning ways Tuesday. He captured Applebrookâ€™s Club Championship this past weekend.
â€śIâ€™m just glad to get on the train,â€ť Dowds said.
In the Super Senior division, Herbert Gordon of Doylestown CC and Robert Schiller of Old York Road CC carded a 9-over-par 155 to win their flight by a stroke.
The Senior 27-Hole Challenge replaced the Senior Net Championship on the tournament schedule. An event for players 55 years of age and older, the Senior 27-Hole Challenge is a gross event consisting of three nine-hole stipulated rounds in three different formats: better ball of partners, aggregate and selective drive - alternate shot. The tournament is open to seniors with a USGA Handicap Index of 7.0 or lower. Super-Seniors must have a USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 or less.