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O'Rourke takes Warner Cup (Net)

   HELLERTOWN, Pa. – John O’Rourke, a 23 handicap from McCall Golf & Country Club, logged a net 7-under-par 65 to win the Francis B. Warner Cup (Net) Tuesday at Silver Creek CC (par 72, 6,067 yards) by a stroke.

   O’Rourke, 58, assessed two keys to his success on a cool and rainy day.

John O'Rourke
   “Recovery shots and I only had 29 putts today,” he said.

   Prior to competing in the Warner Cup, O’Rourke, of Cherry Hill, N.J., paid a 5 a.m. visit to his home course.

   “I played 15.5 holes to warm-up,” he said. “I would’ve played 18, but I was a little nervous about the ride, so I skipped two holes and hit a tee ball on the one hole. It gets me swinging. The guys that know me know that’s what I do.”

   At first, O’Rourke, a GAP volunteer, didn’t feel that his early morning preparation paid off. He triple-bogeyed No. 1 (par 4, 333 yards).

   “I absolutely flogged the first hole. I triple bogeyed,” he said. “After that, I calmed down a little bit. Things got better.”

   Although he didn’t fire any net birdies, O’Rourke made five pars, including crucial saves on Nos. 8 (par 3, 148 yards) and 16 (par 3, 140 yards). On No. 8, he hit 6-iron off the tee and landed in the left bunker. O’Rourke then chipped out to about three-feet and made the following putt.

   On No. 16, O’Rourke again found himself in the bunker after using an 8-iron off the tee. He chipped it up to about three-feet and made par.

   “Those felt pretty good,” O’Rourke said off his bunker saves.

   O’Rourke closed out his round by making net par on No. 18 (par 4, 364 yards). He hit driver off the tee, and at 138 yards from the pin, O’Rourke hit a 7-iron over 20 yards. He then hit 9-iron left over the green, but O’Rourke chipped it in for par.

   “It was a great way to end the day,” he said.

   Steady winds and intermittent rain didn’t affect O’Rourke’s play, but it did hamper his attire.

   “The only thing is I like to play in short sleeves, so I started out in them,” he said. “When it started to rain, I put the windbreaker on. I took it off going into No. 10, and it was cold, and even though it wasn’t raining at that time, I had to put it back on again.”

   Open to senior male golfers 55 years of age and over, the Warner Cup (Net) is an 18-hole individual net stroke-play event for players with a 7.1 or higher handicap index. Four overall low net prizes are awarded with net prizes in each of three handicap classes determined by course handicap.

Results: Overall Net Winners
1st: John O'Rourke
2nd: Raymond Lyons
T-3rd: Joseph McClane, Dan Gansz
1st Flight: Francis Sbandi
2nd Flight: Clinton Alexander
3rd Flight: Harold Matthews

1st Flight (7-13 handicap)

Name

Club

Net

Francis Sbandi, Esq.

Edgmont Country Club

70

Joseph McLane

JC Melrose Country Club

70

Bob Abramski

Talamore Country Club

71

Don Neill

Lu Lu Country Club

71

Vincent Kraft, Jr.

Lehigh Country Club

71

Bill Smith

Sandy Run Country Club

72

Kevin Merlini

Sandy Run Country Club

72

Jerry Barr

Lehigh Country Club

73

Joseph DeAngelis

Jericho National Golf Club

73

Steve Rathman

Heidelberg Country Club

73

Jay Kocher

Wilmington Country Club

74

Bill Smith

Downingtown Golf Club

75

R. Lamar Kilgore

Stonewall

75

Thomas Brennan, Sr.

Blue Bell Country Club

75

Todd Kennedy

Five Ponds Golf Club

75

Bruce Godick

Rolling Green Golf Club

77

Lawrence Dolan

Sandy Run Country Club

77

James Wiley

Lu Lu Country Club

78

Rick Ames

Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Ronald Hooven

Talamore Country Club

78

William Greenway

Sandy Run Country Club

78

Donald Galbraith

Stonewall

79

Joe Wolos

JC Melrose Country Club

79

Kenneth Prince

DuPont Country Club

79

Stanley Engle

Philadelphia Country Club

79

Thomas Kanyok

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

80

Robert Agran

Wyncote Golf Club

83

David Steele

Lancaster Country Club

86

Terry Radcliffe

Lancaster Country Club

WD

2nd Flight (14-16 handicap)

Name

Club

Net

Clinton Alexander

Downingtown Golf Club

70

Dan Gansz

Sandy Run Country Club

70

Henry Kerth

DuPont Country Club

71

Morris Rorer

DuPont Country Club

71

Rick Coroniti

Spring Ford Country Club

71

Robert Jenkins

Spring Ford Country Club

73

Carmen Giannascoli

Lehigh Country Club

77

Dale Smith

Lehigh Country Club

77

Ed Rogers

Concord Country Club

77

Mark Sokoloff

Lu Lu Country Club

77

Mike Kyle

Bala Golf Club

77

Stel Apsokardu

Galen Hall Golf Club

77

Aaron Rosenzweig

Five Ponds Golf Club

79

Francis Melvin

Lu Lu Country Club

79

Joseph Funk

The Bucks Club

79

Carmen Caruso

Spring Ford Country Club

80

Jay Scattergood

Heidelberg Country Club

80

Robert Girvin

Schuylkill Country Club

80

George Hilley

McCall Golf & Country Club

84

Edward Godshall

Heidelberg Country Club

85

John DeCarlo, M.D.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

DQ

Kyran Connelly

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

3rd Flight (17-29 handicap)

Name

Club

Net

John O'Rourke

McCall Golf & Country Club

65

Raymond Lyons

Trenton Country Club

66

Harold Mathews

Bala Golf Club

70

Glenn Camp

The Springhaven Club

71

Gus Pedicone

Sandy Run Country Club

71

Robert Murray

McCall Golf & Country Club

72

Thomas Lee

Sandy Run Country Club

75

Edwin Boyd

Downingtown Golf Club

76

James Baumbach

Lu Lu Country Club

76

Paul Visokey

Trenton Country Club

76

Robert Murphy

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

George Harding

DuPont Country Club

78

James Leonard

Chester Valley Golf Club

78

John Bagger

DuPont Country Club

80

Tom Glynn

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

James Katz

Five Ponds Golf Club

81

E. Gerald Hurst, Jr.

Lookaway Golf Club

84

Alan Kovnot

Yardley Country Club

WD

Jim Sheppard

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

John Connelly

Sandy Run Country Club

WD

Joseph Hannigan

Sandy Run Country Club

WD

WD - withdrawal; DQ - disqualification

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