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St. Davids GC's Jay Howson, Jr. caps Super season

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia 2009 Super-Senior calendar will be remembered as the Year of Howson.

  Jay Howson, Jr. of St. Davids GC completed a dominant campaign, winning both the Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior Division and Super-Senior Silver Cross Award on Tuesday at Jericho National GC (par 72, 6,154 yards). Those two victories, combined with Super-Senior wins in the Chapman Cup (Gross) and Brewer Cup, also propelled Howson to Super-Senior Player of the Year honors.

  Howson posted a two-round total of 3-over-par 147 en route to the victory. David Jordan of Woodbury CC and Charles McClaskey and Michael Sofranko of Wyncote GC, each finished three shots back.

  It feels great. This is the best year Ive ever had playing golf, said an emotional Howson, 71, of Malvern, Pa. Two or three years ago this wouldnt have happened because there was no Super-Senior [Division]. Im just so appreciative of the Golf Association for creating this division for those of us moving along in time.

  My primary goal today was to win the Player of the Year and the Silver Cross. Thats what I was really focused on. If I won the tournament today that was a bonus. So I got the bonus. I played pretty well. I didnt putt terribly well but I hit the ball just really terrific.

  Howson carded a second-round 74, doing what hes done all year playing consistent golf.

  Howson opened the day with a one-stroke lead and posted eight straight pars to extend that edge to three shots with 10 holes to go. A bogey on No. 9 (par 4, 380 yards) after an errant 8-iron approach found the greenside bunker and another on No. 11 (par 4, 300 yards) as a result of a three putt reduced his advantage to one, over Jordan at the time. Jordan and Howson exchanged bogeys on No. 13 (par 4, 382 yards) and No. 15 (par 3, 177 yards), respectively, before Howson, in essence, clinched the victory with a birdie on No. 16 (par 4, 385 yards). Howson knocked a 6-iron from 171 yards to 15 feet and made the putt. Howson then parred the final two holes.

  He posted 14 pars, three bogeys and one birdie on his final round.

  Jordan carded a closing 76.

  Sofranko, playing two groups in front of Howson, applied a smidge of pressure, closing with a days best of even-par 72. McClaskey, in the final group with Howson and Jordan, birdied the final hole to also finish with a 76.

  I stayed within a shot or two of Jay all day until the last hole, said Jordan, 66, of Swedesboro, N.J. Jay is so consistent, hes tough to beat. I consider myself one of those fringe guys. To be in the last group today was special.

  The three-way tie for second was the best finish by all three competitors.

  Sofranko, 65, of Coatesville, Pa., just turned Super-Senior age. McCaskey, 70, of Elkton, Md., only recently started competing in the Super-Senior Division. He was a Senior Division regular.

  The Super-Senior Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman Cup (Gross) and Senior Amateur Championship rounds.

  I think the Silver Cross to me is the ultimate trophy for the Golf Association, said Howson. Its 72 holes of stroke play. Its challenging. I just think its an accomplishment to get through 72 holes and be the low guy.

  Howson is no stranger to Golf Association of Philadelphia success, though. He was the Senior Player of the Year in 2000-01.

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Jay Howson, Jr. St. Davids Golf Club

73

74

147

Charles McClaskey Wyncote Golf Club

74

76

150

David Jordan Woodbury Country Club

74

76

150

Michael Sofranko Wyncote Golf Club

78

72

150

Jarrett Kling Merion Golf Club

74

79

153

Bill Weinfeld JC Melrose Country Club

77

77

154

John Owens

Tavistock Country Club

77

78

155

Joseph Maxwell

Hartefeld National

78

77

155

Jay Kocher Wilmington Country Club

80

76

156

Bud MacAvoy Running Deer Golf Club

83

74

157

Richard Smith Philadelphia Country Club

79

78

157

Curt Fromal The Springhaven Club

84

75

159

Robert Proto Little Mill Country Club

80

79

159

Terry Fair

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

83

76

159

James Sherratt Old York Road Country Club

82

79

161

Barry Brackenbury Silver Creek Country Club

82

80

162

Thomas O'Rourke Chester Valley Golf Club

82

80

162

Charles Carter Sunnybrook Golf Club

81

83

164

Steven Gordon

Olde York Country Club

78

86

164

Thomas Mercaldo Sandy Run Country Club

84

80

164

Clay von Seldeneck Sunnybrook Golf Club

85

80

165

Herbert Gordon Doylestown Country Club

85

82

167

Louis Pace Medford Village Country Club

83

84

167

Jim Lloyd Running Deer Golf Club

81

87

168

Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr. Rolling Green Golf Club

87

82

169

Joe Wolos JC Melrose Country Club

86

84

170

Warren Deakins Philadelphia Country Club

84

86

170

John Ayres Woodbury Country Club

89

86

175

Francis Sbandi

Edgmont Country Club

98

82

180

Walt McGuinness Running Deer Golf Club

93

90

183

Joseph Virdone Philadelphia Country Club

85

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