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Aug. 25, 2014

Talamore Country Club’s Michael Rose and Applebrook Golf Club’s Gary E. Daniels
carded a 3-over-par 146 to win the Senior 27-Hole Challenge.

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Daniels, Rose claim Senior 27-Hole Challenge at Green Valley

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. — Gary E. Daniels and Michael Rose wanted to get together for a round of golf this year. The Senior 27-Hole Challenge presented a perfect opportunity to do so, and the two made the most of their time on the links. Daniels, of Applebrook Golf Club, and Rose, of Talamore Country Club, carded a 3-over-par 146 to win the tournament’s 7th edition at a gorgeous Green Valley Country Club (par 71, 6,370 yards) Monday.

  Merion Golf Club’s Donald Dissinger and J. Kirk Luntey, and the team of Donald Ashley of Philadelphia Country Club and Michael Domenick of Phoenixville Country Club, finished a shot back at 147.

  “We have so much fun playing together, so I said I’ll go back [to the Senior Division] and see if I can help,” Rose, the 2012 Super-Senior Player of the Year, said. “We had a great time, even with the craziness that happened at the end. We laughed our way through it.”

  The aforementioned craziness unfolded in the aggregate portion, the event’s final leg. On the par 5, 516-yard No. 7, Daniels came up 15 yards short of the green with his second shot. He then thinned a wedge over the surface and double-hit his next shot. Daniels walked away with a triple bogey. On No. 9 (par 4, 379 yards), Rose hit a masterful 7-iron 165 yards to six feet. It wasn’t his golf ball, however. Rose walked away with a double bogey after sending an 8-iron from 165 yards into the right greenside bunker.

  “We thought that we had blown it,” Rose, 67, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. said.

  “I thought you might have pulled a muscle,” Daniels, 60, of Berwyn, Pa., added.

  A pair of birdies earlier in the aggregate leg softened the finishing sting. Daniels eased a wedge to six feet on No. 3 (par 5, 510 yards). Rose drilled a 6-iron from 160 yards on No. 6 (par 4, 379 yards) that ripped out of the cup. He then converted a sidehill six-footer. Birdies in the event’s better-ball portion also stood out as highlights for the Daniels and Rose team. The former chipped in on No. 6 (par 4, 379 yards) and launching a 7-iron into a bed of heavy grass short right of the green. Rose knocked a wedge 119 yards to 10 feet on No. 7.

  Success in the Senior 27-Hole Challenge isn’t new to both players. Daniels teamed with Charles Dowds, III to win in 2009. A year ago, Rose and Charles McClaskey claimed the Super-Senior title at Bala Golf Club.

  “To give away five shots on the last three holes and win is nice,” Rose said.

  “We had 26 great holes of golf,” Daniels added.

Super Senior
  Longtime friends and GAP stalwarts Don Donatoni and Carl Everett filed a 5-over-par 148 to claim the Super-Senior (par 71, 5,987 yards) title. The two also won the event’s inaugural edition in 2008.

Don Donatoni & Carl Everett

  “You couldn’t beat the weather conditions, and the golf course was in good shape,” Donatoni, 66, of Malvern, Pa., said. “We were hitting the ball really well from tee to green, and we just couldn’t make a putt in the first 18 holes. We missed a good eight, 10 makeable birdies. Then Carl came out and birdied the first hole [in the aggregate portion], and I thought maybe that will turn us around a little bit.”

  It sure did. Everett hit an 8-iron 124 yards to six feet for birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 356 yards). On the par 5, 480-yard No. 7, Donatoni powered a 5-wood 219 yards to the middle of the green and nearly canned the eagle attempt. He points to a par save three holes prior as a key to the team’s success. After flying a 7-iron into the back bunker on No. 4 (par 3, 143 yards), Donatoni splashed out to three feet and saved par. A double bogey courtesy of Everett on the final hole (No. 9, par 4, 359 yards) threatened the team’s clubhouse comfort. He tugged a drive into the tree-line, landed a 4-hybrid 50 yards short and bladed a wedge over the green. A poor chip and two-putt made Everett feel like he let Donatoni down.

  “I was so perturbed with myself it was hard to bear down and finish the hole,” Everett, 67, of Havertown, Pa., said. “I was really concerned that I cost us.”   Donatoni cranked a gap wedge 95 yards to six feet for birdie on No. 9 to ease his partner’s pain a bit.

  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: four-ball stoke play, aggregate and selective drive — alternate shot. The tournament is open to seniors with a USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 or lower. Super Seniors must have a USGA Handicap Index of 12.0 or less.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  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 150 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross

Senior Division

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

Gary Daniels/Michael Rose, Applebrook GC/Talamore CC

35-35-76–146

J. Kirk Luntey /Donald Dissinger, Merion Golf Club

34-37-76–147

Donald Ashley/Michael Domenick, Philadelphia CC/Phoenixville CC

37-35-75–147

Ed Chylinski/James Muller, Chester Valley GC/Manufacturers G&CC

32-36-82–150

Bob Majczan/Richard Custer, Lookaway GC/Reading CC

38-34-78–150

Jim Gavaghan/Jim Anthony, IV, Jericho National GC/Bensalem Township CC

36-42-76–154

Richard Lownes/Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

37-39-78–154

Buck Jones/Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Philadelphia CC

35-40-80–155

Thomas Alestock/Rocky Dare, DuPont CC/Running Deer GC

38-36-82–156

Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton

36-41-80–157

Phil Remig/George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

37-39-83–159

Mike Miklinevich/Jerry Rooney, Greate Bay CC/Stone Harbor GC

38-36-86–160

Tom Meyers/Alan Van Horn, Philadelphia CC/Commonwealth National GC

38-38-84–160

Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village CC/Moorestown Field Club

39-39-82–160

Rick Gaydos/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

40-39-83–162

Robert Wagner/Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

40-45-81–166

Jim Frain/Blake Campbell, Northampton Valley Country Club

37-43-87–167

Bill Hayes/John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

42-38-87–167

Gary Yeager/Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

36-42-90–168

Matthew Manfred/Bob Harris, Blue Bell Country Club

37-41-93–171

James Gillespie/David Macesic, Cedarbrook CC/Lu Lu CC

46-42-90–178

 

Super-Senior Division

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

Don Donatoni/Carl Everett, White Manor CC/Merion GC

37-37-74–148

Bill Tierney/Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

35-38-78–151

Craig Scott/Peter McCombs, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

37-37-78–152

Thomas Mohr/Thomas Isola, Whitford Country Club

35-37-81–153

Charles McClaskey/Jay Howson, Jr., Back Creek GC/St. Davids GC

37-38-78–153

O. Gordon Brewer, Jr./Robert Housen, Pine Valley Golf Club

38-36-79–153

Norman Jester/Curt Fromal, Downingtown CC/The Springhaven Club

36-38-81–155

Thomas Mallouk/Gregory Gaul, Lookaway GC/Merion GC

40-38-81–159

Barry Emich/Gerald Eckert, Bent Creek Country Club

35-38-88–161

Walter Lenhard, III/Richard Smith, Stonewall/Philadelphia CC

36-39-86–161

Andrew Sivak/Herbert Gordon, Doylestown Country Club

40-39-84–163

James Wiley/John Patton, Old York Road CC/Little Mill CC

39-40-87–166

Edward Roberts/George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

41-35-91–167

John Ayres/David Jordan, Trump National GC - Philadelphia/Sakima CC

41-41-86–168

Thomas Kelly/Brad Goughler, Northampton Valley Country Club

41-41-88–170

 

Net

Senior Division

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

J. Kirk Luntey/Donald Dissinger, Merion Golf Club

32-36-73–141

Donald Ashley/Michael Domenick, Philadelphia CC/Phoenixville CC

36-34-73–143

Gary Daniels/Michael Rose, Applebrook GC/Talamore CC

34-35-75–144

Bob Majczan/Richard Custer, Lookaway GC/Reading CC

37-33-76–146

Jim Gavaghan/Jim Anthony, IV, Jericho National GC/Bensalem Township CC

34-41-73–148

Ed Chylinski/James Muller, Chester Valley GC/Manufacturers G&CC

32-36-81–149

Richard Lownes/Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

35-38-76–149

Buck Jones/Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Philadelphia CC

33-39-77–149

Phil Remig/George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

34-37-78–149

Mike Miklinevich/Jerry Rooney, Greate Bay CC/Stone Harbor GC

35-34-80–149

Thomas Alestock/Rocky Dare, DuPont CC/Running Deer GC

36-35-79–150

Tom Meyers/Alan Van Horn, Philadelphia CC/Commonwealth National GC

35-36-79–150

Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton

34-40-77–151

Rick Gaydos/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

37-37-79–153

Jim Frain/Blake Campbell, Northampton Valley Country Club

33-40-80–153

Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village CC/Moorestown Field Club

38-38-79–155

Robert Wagner/Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

38-43-77–158

Bill Hayes/John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

40-36-82–158

Gary Yeager/Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

34-40-85–159

Matthew Manfred/Bob Harris, Blue Bell Country Club

34-39-87–160

James Gillespie/David Macesic, Cedarbrook CC/Lu Lu CC

41-39-82–162

 

Super-Senior Division

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

Bill Tierney/Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

32-35-70–137

Don Donatoni/Carl Everett, White Manor CC/Merion GC

36-36-72–144

Craig Scott/Peter McCombs, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

35-36-76–147

Thomas Mohr/Thomas Isola, Whitford Country Club

33-36-78–147

Charles McClaskey/Jay Howson, Jr., Back Creek GC/St. Davids GC

35-37-75–147

Andrew Sivak/Herbert Gordon, Doylestown Country Club

35-36-76–147

James Wiley/John Patton, Old York Road CC/Little Mill CC

33-36-78–147

O. Gordon Brewer, Jr./Robert Housen, Pine Valley Golf Club

37-35-76–148

Norman Jester/Curt Fromal, Downingtown CC/The Springhaven Club

35-36-77–148

Thomas Mallouk/Gregory Gaul, Lookaway GC/Merion GC

37-36-76–149

Walter Lenhard, III/Richard Smith, Stonewall/Philadelphia CC

34-37-81–152

Barry Emich/Gerald Eckert, Bent Creek Country Club

33-36-84–153

John Ayres/David Jordan, Trump National GC - Philadelphia/Sakima CC

37-38-78–153

Thomas Kelly/Brad Goughler, Northampton Valley Country Club

37-38-80–155

Edward Roberts/George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

38-33-85–156

 

R1-Better-Ball; R2-Selective Drive, Alternate Shot; R3-Aggregate.

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