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Overbrook's McFadden, CNGC's Sawyer nab Senior 27-Hole Challenge

  ROYERSFORD, Pa. - Francis McFadden of Overbrook GC and Terrence Sawyer of Commonwealth National GC carded a tremendous 5-under-par 139 to triumph in Thursday’s Senior 27-Hole Challenge at Spring Ford CC (par 72, 6,465 yards).

Francis McFadden
  Enduring brutally hot temperatures and a grueling grind of golf, McFadden, of Newtown Square, Pa., and Sawyer, of Yardley, Pa., jockeyed for position early and solidified their play during the event’s final leg to earn a one-stroke victory.

  “We really played great in the select drive/alternate shot,” McFadden said. “Terry made huge putts.”

  Sawyer, 62, and McFadden, 60, posted three birdies in the aforementioned segment. On No. 12 (par 4, 358 yards), both powered their drives to receive friendly yardages into the green. Electing to use Sawyer’s tee shot, McFadden stuck a sand wedge 90 yards to 10 feet. His partner completed the uphill birdie putt. The duo fired back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 (par 5, 490 yards) and 16 (par 3, 196 yards). After Sawyer hit a “miraculous second shot” on No. 15, McFadden knocked a lob wedge 55 yards to 12 feet.

  “We could’ve made six there in a heartbeat,” Sawyer said.

  Sawyer struck his 4-utility to 15 feet on No. 13, and McFadden executed the under-par chance.

  “I didn’t think it was going to get there,” McFadden said.

Terrence Sawyer
  “He hit a great putt. It was in all of the way,” Sawyer added.

  After the first 18 holes, McFadden and Sawyer stood two strokes off the lead. The pair truly mastered its play and ironed out any wrinkles in the aggregate portion.

  “He didn’t miss a golf shot,” Sawyer, a member of the Association’s Executive Committee, said of his partner.

  One of those accurate golf shots occurred on the dogleg left par 4, 393-yard 2nd hole. McFadden smacked his sand wedge 99 yards and sunk a straightaway 12-footer for birdie. Sawyer nearly aced the par 3, 139-yard 4th hole with a 9-iron that landed within inches of the cup. McFadden and Sawyer redeemed a tough bogey on No. 5 (par 5, 521 yards) by posting a birdie on No. 6 (par 4, 312 yards). The team burst to the top of the leaderboard after McFadden carded a sensational eagle on the uphill par 5, 525-yard 9th hole. His second shot fell just shy of the green, and the rest is history.

  “He drove it just short of the collar and pitched it into the hill and it ran in like a putt,” Sawyer said of the eagle. “It ran in on the last roll.” Sawyer converted a 12-footer for par to ensure the eagle remained intact on the scorecard.

  Both McFadden and Sawyer, along with brothers Andy and Raymond Thompson of Overbrook GC, won last year’s Senior Four-Man Team at Meadowlands CC. The two will now set their sights on the Association’s Senior Amateur Championship, set for Sept. 7-8 at Sunnybrook GC.

  “It was great playing with Tommy (Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley CC) and Ray (Thompson of Overbrook GC) because you got something to go on,” Sawyer said.

  Super Senior

  Pine Valley GC’s O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. and Robert Housen compiled a 4-over-par 148 to take the Super Senior Division.

  “As I said to Bob earlier, winning never gets old,” Brewer, of Pine Valley, N.J. said.

O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. & Robert Housen
Pine Valley GC
  “And I told him old people can still win,” Housen, of Brielle, N.J., added.

  Brewer, 73, and Housen, 72, posted two birdies in the aggregate portion. Brewer pierced his pitching wedge to 15 feet on No. 4. Housen returned the red figure favor by whacking his wedge 70 yards to six feet on No. 5. The group’s only stumble, or more apprpriately, catastrophe, came in the select drive/alternate shot segment. Housen detailed a sequence of traumatic events that led to a quadruple bogey on No. 8.

  “Both of us drove it through the fairway and into the woods,” he said. “I proceeded to it out of the woods, but it hit a root and went backwards further into the woods. He chips out, and I chip it into the pond.”

  “Then we one-putted for eight,” Brewer added.

  The Senior 27-Hole Challenge replaced the Senior Net Championship on the tournament schedule in 2008. 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, selective drive — alternate shot and aggregate. 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.

Senior Division

Name, club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

Francis McFadden/Terry Sawyer, Overbrook GC/Commonwealth National GC

34

34

71

139

Gary Daniels/Robin McCool, Saucon Valley CC

33

33

74

140

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr./Ray Thompson, Mercer Oaks GC/Overbrook GC

32

35

74

141

Paul  Koelling/Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay CC

33

40

75

148

Michael Domenick/James Muller, Phoenixville CC/Manufacturers G&CC

31

39

80

150

James Prendergast/Richard Custer, Brookside CC

35

36

79

150

Donald Ashley/Mark Shuman, Philadelphia CC/Whitford CC

35

42

73

150

Tim Simmons/John Gonsior, Limekiln GC

34

42

75

151

Matthew Bellis/Michael Rose, Commonwealth National GC/Philmont CC

34

38

79

151

Craig Scott/David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley CC

35

39

77

151

Charles Jones/Michael Nilon, Blue Bell CC/Philadelphia CC

35

36

80

151

Richard Green/Vince Yost, Cedarbrook CC

34

39

79

152

William March/Mark Szilagyi, Spring Ford CC/Brookside CC

35

39

79

153

Thomas Mallouk/Gregory Gaul, Lookaway GC/Merion GC

33

38

85

156

Thomas Coffey, III/Thomas O'Rourke, Chester Valley GC

35

36

86

157

Ken Gaskill/Jon Mabry, Rancocas GC/Moorestown Field Club

36

38

83

157

John Patton/David Lovitz, Little Mill CC/Lu Lu CC

34

40

85

159

Thomas Stitt/Dave Schindler, Northampton CC

35

40

84

159

Joseph Milutis/Gordon Bennett, Northampton CC

37

40

83

160

Stan Zabytko/Michael Sofranko, Loch Nairn GC

35

42

85

162

Dennis Perna/Frank Kunze, Spring Ford CC

37

40

85

162

Bruce Jackson/Bud Souder, Spring Ford CC

36

40

88

164

Leonard DiDomenilo/Joseph Major, Brookside CC

37

37

90

164

 

Super-Senior Division

Name, Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Total

O. Gordon Brewer, Jr./Robert Housen, Pine Valley GC

34

39

75

148

King Knox/James Sherratt, Lancaster CC/Old York Road CC

35

38

79

152

Charles McClaskey/Richard Smith, Back Creek GC/Philadelphia CC

35

37

84

156

Jack Donnelly/Bill Weinfeld, Bensalem Township CC/JC Melrose CC

33

38

88

159

John Ayres/David Jordan, Woodcrest CC/Sakima CC

36

39

84

159

Louis Pace/Robert Proto, Medford Village CC/Little Mill CC

36

39

84

159

Robert Schiller/Herbert Gordon, Old York Road CC/Doylestown CC

40

39

80

159

Joseph Maxwell/Curt Fromal, Hartefeld National/The Springhaven Club

35

41

84

160

Peter Stanley/Clay von Seldeneck, Sunnybrook GC

37

39

86

162

John Holsten/Michael Higgins, Aronimink GC

38

40

85

163

 

Formats (in order): Better-Ball; Select Drive-Alternate Shot; Aggregate

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