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Huntingdon Valley CC’s Brookreson blitzes Senior Amateur field

  NEW HOPE, Pa.–David Brookreson ended a quiet summer with an emphatic statement. Brookreson, a top Golf Association of Philadelphia senior since turning 55 years old, recorded a stellar final-round, 2-under-par 70 to lap the field in the 39th Senior Amateur Championship on Wednesday at Jericho National GC. Brookreson finished at 3 under for the two days, five shots clear of second-place finisher Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley CC, the defending champion. Roc Irey of Lookaway GC and Ray Thompson of Overbrook GC tied for third.

  “It’s been a quiet two years for me. Ever since the [Senior] Amateur in 2007, my game went south,” said Brookreson, 61, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. “I’ve really been totally non-competitive. All of a sudden my son [Jesse] talked to me about my iron-game plus when I watched Steve Stricker this weekend I saw some things in his swing that made sense to me. Even though I can’t swing it as well as he does, just getting the thoughts in my mind and the visualization, I just hit some wonderful irons compared to how I’ve been hitting them. I always drive the ball well. My putter was pretty good to me this time. I made a few long putts and a lot of short putts.”

  The way Brookreson hit it early, Stricker would have been envious.

  On No. 1 (par 5, 559 yards), he knocked a 70-yard wedge to four feet for birdie. He made a fantastic par save on No. 2 (par 3, 201 yards) after finding the left greenside bunker and then birdied three of his final four front side holes to make the turn in 4 under for the day. On No. 6 (par 4, 367 yards), Brookreson knocked an 80-yard wedge to 15 feet and drained the putt; on No. 7 (par 5, 505 yards) he reached the par 5 in two with a driver and 3-wood from 246 yards before two putting; and on No. 9 (par 4, 408 yards) rolled in a 55-footer from the back of the green.

  “It means everything to win it. Anytime you can get your name on a trophy that will always be there because of the strength of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, it just means everything,” said Brookreson. “As you get older, there comes a point in your life where your say, ‘Am I ever going to win again’. I’ve been thinking that way the past year, sure enough, now I can start thinking about it again. That’s the first time it even entered my mind.”

  Brookreson bogeyed Nos. 10 (par 4, 438 yards), 11 (par 4, 335 yards) and 13 (par 4, 404 yards) after losing a bit of focus, but birdied No. 16 (par 4, 416 yards) and No. 17 (par 5, 540 yards) to reinstate his intentions. Bartolacci was the closest pursuer, standing two shots back after 13, before Brookreson took off again.

  “I was staying out of David Brookreson’s way,” said Bartolacci, 58, of Washington Crossing, Pa. “My hat is off to him. He shot 70 with that little hiccup on the last hole. He played great. He deserved to win. The rest of us were a distant second.”

  This was Brookreson's second Senior Amateur title (2005). Brookreson’s surge up the leaderboard also launched him to his third Senior Silver Cross Award.

55 to 59 years

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

71

75

146

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

73

74

147

Roc Irey

Lookaway Golf Club

72

75

147

Gary Daniels

Saucon Valley Country Club

73

75

148

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

73

76

149

Richard Umani

Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

76

150

Mark Quigley

Lu Lu Country Club

80

71

151

Tom Borsello

Cavaliers Country Club

75

76

151

Wayne Bartolacci

Jericho National Golf Club

76

75

151

Ed Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

77

75

152

John Gonsior

Five Ponds Golf Club

74

78

152

Alan Van Horn

Lu Lu Country Club

80

74

154

Allen Padovano

Yardley Country Club

76

78

154

Gary Daniels

Applebrook Golf Club

76

78

154

Michael Moser

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

78

154

Lee King

Berkshire Country Club

80

75

155

Charles Dowds, III

Applebrook Golf Club

75

81

156

Rick Custer

Spring Ford Country Club

76

80

156

Robert Lodovici

Little Mill Country Club

79

77

156

James Prendergast

Brookside Country Club

80

77

157

Joe Olin

Little Mill Country Club

79

78

157

Bennett Meyer

Philmont Country Club

80

78

158

Charles Jones

Blue Bell Country Club

85

73

158

Jeff Ranck

Huntsville Golf Club

78

81

159

Michael Quinn

Edgmont Country Club

75

85

160

Stan Zabytko

Loch Nairn Golf Club

80

80

160

Bob Majczan

Lookaway Golf Club

82

80

162

Martin Klagholz

Rolling Green Golf Club

84

79

163

Robert Billings

Rolling Green Golf Club

82

81

163

Thomas Greenwood

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79

85

164

Donald Ashley

Philadelphia Country Club

81

84

165

Michael Harms

Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

83

166

Mark Battista

Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

89

167

Mike Barton

Philadelphia Country Club

82

85

167

Pete Widdoes

Loch Nairn Golf Club

85

82

167

Joseph Reaney

Wyncote Golf Club

84

84

168

Thomas Mairone

McCall Golf & Country Club

83

85

168

Fred Banta

Running Deer Golf Club

85

84

169

Stephen Crescenzo

Wyncote Golf Club

88

86

174

60 and over

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

David Brookreson

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71

70

141

Daniel Burton

Bent Creek Country Club

76

74

150

Michael Rose

Talamore Country Club

74

78

152

Thomas DiCinti

Links Golf Club

75

77

152

Andy Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

76

77

153

Michael Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

73

154

Terrence Sawyer

Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

77

154

Wally Swiger

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

79

154

Carl Everett

Merion Golf Club

77

78

155

Ken Gaskill

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

79

155

Michael Nilon

Philadelphia Country Club

79

76

155

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

80

75

155

James Goldstein

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

77

156

John Emmel, Jr.

Links Golf Club

74

83

157

John Rowe

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

77

158

Michael Egan

Lookaway Golf Club

77

81

158

Richard Speranza

Jericho National Golf Club

77

81

158

Charles Whipple

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

81

161

Matthew Bellis

Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

80

161

Michael Rowland

Lehigh Country Club

78

83

161

James Haynie

Lu Lu Country Club

84

78

162

Ron Mittendorf

Blue Bell Country Club

77

85

162

Ron Ryll

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

83

79

162

Bo Dixon

Gulph Mills Golf Club

82

81

163

Edward Pappas, Sr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

82

82

164

Jack Holland

Whitford Country Club

83

82

165

Jon Mabry

Moorestown Field Club

84

81

165

Stephen Daley

Lu Lu Country Club

86

79

165

Thomas Mallouk

Lookaway Golf Club

81

85

166

Terry Law

Yardley Country Club

86

81

167

Dennis Perna

Spring Ford Country Club

86

82

168

Richard Franklin

Stonewall

82

87

169

Steve Kyriakodis

Lu Lu Country Club

85

84

169

Bob Huffman

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

88

82

170

John Patton

Links Golf Club

80

90

170

Dave Jacobson

JC Melrose Country Club

86

85

171

Robert Brooker

Blue Bell Country Club

84

88

172

James Barron

Hartefeld National

89

84

173

J. Peter Pierce

Philadelphia Country Club

87

87

174

Frank Kunze

Spring Ford Country Club

86

89

175

William Kufta

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

94

87

181

John Snyder

Waynesborough Country Club

87

95

182

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