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June 3, 2015

Don Donatoni secured his second-straight GAP Super-Senior Major title of 2015.

Chapman (Gross): Donatoni takes home another Super-Senior title

  READING, Pa. – Don Donatoni, the two-time reigning Super-Senior Player of the Year, added to his argument for a three-peat on Wednesday at Berkshire Country Club (par 71, 5,909 yards). He fired an even-par 71 and took home the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) Super-Senior title in convincing fashion.

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  On a day that contradicted everything about the Philadelphia region’s current summer conditions, Donatoni utilized his newly-modified putter to card four birdies and 11 pars and to finish three shots clear of a 41-player field. He also won in 2013.

  “It's great to win one major. It's even better to win two,” said Donatoni, who recently won the Warner Cup (Gross) Super-Senior title at Little Mill Country Club. “I did it in 2013 when I swept everything, and if I continue to play the way I’ve been playing this year, I’d say my chances are decent at doing it again. Wherever the chips fall, they fall, and they’ve been falling in my favor again this year.”

  Chips weren’t the only thing falling on the day for the Malvern, Pa. resident. On No. 12 (par 5, 481 yards), his third hole, Donatoni hit a big drive to the left-center of the fairway. He muscled his 3-wood 245 yards short of the green and flopped a wedge to six feet for birdie. He wasn’t done there.

  Birdies on Nos. 1 (par 5, 470 yards) and No. 2 (par 4, 270 yards) put Donatoni on the path toward victory. The short par 4 second (270 yards) included a perfect 58-degree wedge and a long 20-footer for a crucial red number.

  “I just felt good today. With the competition the way it is, you need to come out here and make shots,” said Donatoni. “If you do, there will be good results. All I try to do is come out here and play to my strengths.”

  One of the 67-year-old’s newest strengths may be his club that recently went on an “emergency mission”: an Odyssey mallet putter.

  “Just yesterday, I had my putter tweaked in Ardmore. When I used to set it down, the heel was in the air and I felt like I had to manipulate my stroke,” said Donatoni. “Today was the first time I tried the new alignment and I just felt much more confident form the first stroke I took today on the green. It helped me make some critical putts on some very critical greens.”

  Donatoni faces his next test at the Brewer Cup, which will be played July 13-15 on the Weyhill Course at Saucon Valley Country Club. But until then, he says he will step back and enjoy his success while he can.

  “I don’t want to look ahead and I want to enjoy this one, as well as my Warner victory. I look forward to the next event and to tee it up with the guys and go out and have fun,” Donatoni said. “But if I’m fortunate to go out on top … even better.”

  Frank H. Chapman, a Whitemarsh Valley Country Club member, served as the Association’s secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He died on June 7, 1955 at the age of 88. The Gross tournament, now in its ninth year, is held in his honor.

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Name, club

Score

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

71

Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club

74

Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

74

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

James Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club

78

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

79

Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

79

Terry Fair, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

80

Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club

81

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

81

Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club

81

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

81

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

82

David Jordan, Sakima Country Club

82

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

82

Michael Rowland, Lehigh Country Club

82

Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

83

Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club

83

Matthew Bellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Terry Law, Yardley Country Club

85

William Kufta, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

86

Frank Treml, Philadelphia Publinks GA

87

Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

87

Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club

88

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

88

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

88

Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

88

John Patton, Little Mill Country Club

89

Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club

90

Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

90

Thomas O'Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club

91

Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

92

Edward Pappas, Rolling Green Golf Club

93

James Barron, Hartefeld National

95

John Owens, Tavistock Country Club

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