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Mike Vassil, Country Club of Scranton, on the No. 4 tee (par 3, 149 yards).

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*Senior Player of the Year Standings
*Super-Senior Player of the Year Standings
*Senior Silver Cross Award Standings
*Super-Senior Silver Cross Award Standings

Vassil, Brewer capture Senior Amateur Championship titles

  WILMINGTON, Del.–Presidential duties dulled Mike Vassil’s game early in 2012. The Country Club of Scranton’s leader had to deal with a renovation project until July. Thursday at Wilmington Country Club’s South Course (par 71, 6,641 yards) Vassil’s sharpened talents resulted in the ultimate Senior prize. Vassil upended the world’s top older amateur, Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club, in a playoff for the 42nd Senior Amateur Championship. Vassil birdied the first playoff hole, No. 10 (par 4, 368 yards), with a sand wedge from 87 yards that stopped five feet from the hole. Lutz made a par. Both players carded 1-under 70s in regulation to force the first Senior Amateur playoff since 1992.

  The event was shortened to 18 holes after the week’s earlier wet weather cancelled Wednesday’s first round.

  “It’s very satisfying. To win anything in the Golf Association of Philadelphia is special, especially playing someone like Chip Lutz,” said Vassil. “It’s an honor to be recognized for playing accomplishments in such a strong Association.”

  Lutz, who secured his third consecutive GAP Senior Player of the Year earlier in the season with a string of powerful performances, was trying to complete the organization’s circle of life, so to speak. No player has ever won the Junior Boys’, Amateur and Senior.

  Francis McFadden of Overbrook Golf Club placed third. McFadden stood at 2 under thru 16 but double bogeyed No. 17 (par 3, 176 yards) when he pulled his 6-iron into the water hazard short and left of the green.

  Lutz played in the morning wave and was the first to post his number.

  The 57 year old from Reading, Pa. made eight pars and a double bogey on his front nine. His lone miscue was a thinned 7-iron that found the water on No. 5 (par 4, 413 yards). However, Lutz found his groove on the back nine, netting three birdies and six pars. He hit approach shots on Nos. 10 (par 4, 368 yards), 12 (par 4, 375 yards) and 15 (par 4. 369 yards) all within eight feet for birdie 3s.

  “I was disappointed to start slow,” said Lutz. “I hit a couple of good putts out there that didn’t fall. That’s the way golf is. I played well on the back to get back in it.”

  Vassil played in the afternoon and in direct contrast to Lutz, opened with two birdies and seven pars on his front nine (He started on the back side.) The 55 year old from Clarks Summit, Pa. drained a 30 footer on No. 13 (par 3, 183 yards) after hitting the green with a 3-iron for birdie before hitting No. 14 (par 5, 515 yards) in two and registering a 4.

  Vassil’s front side got ugly quick, though, when he found the bunker on No. 1 (par 4, 421 yards) and then the trees on No. 3 (par 5, 585 yards) for bogeys. However, he rebounded with a birdie on No. 5 (par 4, 413 yards) after knocking a 9-iron from 137 yards to 20 feet before finishing with all pars.

  “The duties of the presidency [were] distracting me a fair bit [early in the season],” said Vassil in his first year as Scranton President. “We just completed a major renovation program and that wrapped up in July. Since about August I’ve been playing better.”

  Vassil’s performance also pushed him to the top of the Senior Silver Cross Award standings. He defeated Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley Country Club by three strokes. He score was 215.

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

  Vassil is the first CC of Scranton member to win either the Senior Amateur or Senior Silver Cross.

Super-Senior Division
  O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. of Pine Valley Golf Club methodically navigated Wilmington’s South Course (par 71, 6,155 yards) en route to an even-par 71 and one-shot victory over defending Super-Senior Champion John Rowe of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. It is Brewer’s second Super-Senior title. He also won that division’s top prize in 2008.

  “It’s a thrill to win, especially on this golf course,” said Brewer, 75, of Pine Valley, N.J. “This is a wonderful course, a real good test of golf. I didn’t do anything spectacular. It was, fortunately, a good solid round of golf.”

  Wilmington has always held a soft spot in Brewer’s heart. He qualified for his first U.S. Amateur Championship at Wilmington in 1968.

  Brewer opened his round with a pair of birdies, including a holed out bunker shot on No. 1 (par 4, 405 yards) to make the turn at even par. He carded a red circle 3 on No. 11 (par 4, 276 yards) with a lob wedge from 60 yards to five feet, however, a final-hole bogey when he spun his approach shot off the green put Brewer at even.

  Brewer finished about two hours before Rowe did.

  Rowe stood at 3 under thru 11 holes and apparently in command, but recorded four bogeys in his last seven holes to thwart his repeat bid. Rowe cited the length of the golf course coming home as the reason for his struggles. He just recently had hand surgery.

  “The back [nine] just got me. It just played too long for me,” said Rowe, 66, of Philadelphia, Pa.

  In the Super-Senior Silver Cross race, Charles McClaskey of Back Creek Golf Club and Mike Rose of Talamore Country Club tied with a 223 total. The Super-Senior Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman (Gross) and Senior Amateur Championship.

  An 18-hole playoff for the Super-Senior Silver Cross will be conducted at a time and site to be determined.

 

Overall

Name, club

Score

*Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

70

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

70

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

71

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

72

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72

Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

73

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

73

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

74

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club

74

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

75

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

75

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

75

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

75

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

76

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

76

Mark Quigley, Blue Bell Country Club

76

Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

76

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

76

Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club

76

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

76

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

76

Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

77

Pete Widdoes, Inniscrone Golf Club

77

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

77

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club

77

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

78

James McGlynn, M.D., Aronimink Golf Club

78

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

78

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

78

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

78

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

78

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

79

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

79

Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

79

Alan VanHorn, Sandy Run Country Club

79

Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside Country Club

79

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club

79

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

79

Jerry Janeski, Honeybrook Golf Club

79

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

80

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

80

Jim Tutelman, Green Valley Country Club

80

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

80

Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

80

Rick Bunn, McCall Golf & Country Club

80

Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club

80

Robert VanEtten, Laurel Creek Country Club

80

Ansley Jessup Jr, Rancocas Golf Club

81

Dave O'Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club

81

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

81

Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National

81

Marty Dorminy, Golden Oaks Golf Club

82

George Collins, Sand Barrens Golf Club

82

James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Bill Moyer, Downingtown Country Club

83

Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

83

John Dickinson, Sr., Hartefeld National

83

Michael Fox, Hartefeld National

83

Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club

83

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

83

Ed Zebrowski, Sea Oaks Golf Club

83

Gary McNutt, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

John Bartos, Saucon Valley Country Club

83

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

83

Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

83

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

83

Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club

84

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club

84

Dave Jacobson, JC Melrose Country Club

84

Marty Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

84

Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

85

Brett Koelle, Wilmington Country Club

86

Harold Schweitzer, Applecross Country Club

86

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

86

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

John Hollingsworth, Sr., Concord Country Club

86

Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club

87

Neal Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club

87

Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club

87

Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club

88

Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club

88

Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club

89

Ed Brzezowski, Concord Country Club

91

Peter Leslie, Hartefeld National

96

Dennis Tadeo, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Thomas Greenwood, Old York CC at Chesterfield

WD

Ages 55 to 59

Name, club

Score

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

70

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

70

Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

73

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

74

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

75

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

75

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

75

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

76

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

76

Mark Quigley, Blue Bell Country Club

76

Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

76

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

76

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

77

Pete Widdoes, Inniscrone Golf Club

77

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

77

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

78

James McGlynn, M.D., Aronimink Golf Club

78

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

78

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

78

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

79

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

79

Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

79

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

80

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

80

Jim Tutelman, Green Valley Country Club

80

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

80

Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Ansley Jessup Jr, Rancocas Golf Club

81

Dave O'Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club

81

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

81

Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National

81

Marty Dorminy, Golden Oaks Golf Club

82

Bill Moyer, Downingtown Country Club

83

Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

83

John Dickinson, Sr., Hartefeld National

83

Michael Fox, Hartefeld National

83

Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club

83

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

83

Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club

84

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club

84

Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Brett Koelle, Wilmington Country Club

86

Harold Schweitzer, Applecross Country Club

86

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

86

Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club

87

Neal Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club

87

Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club

87

Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club

88

Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club

88

Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club

89

Dennis Tadeo, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Thomas Greenwood, Old York CC at Chesterfield

WD

 

Ages 60 and over

Name, club

Score

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

71

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

72

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

73

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club

74

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

75

Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club

76

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

76

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

76

Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club

77

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

78

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

78

Alan VanHorn, Sandy Run Country Club

79

Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside Country Club

79

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club

79

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

79

Jerry Janeski, Honeybrook Golf Club

79

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

80

Rick Bunn, McCall Golf & Country Club

80

Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club

80

Robert VanEtten, Laurel Creek Country Club

80

George Collins, Sand Barrens Golf Club

82

James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Ed Zebrowski, Sea Oaks Golf Club

83

Gary McNutt, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

John Bartos, Saucon Valley Country Club

83

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

83

Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

83

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

83

Dave Jacobson, JC Melrose Country Club

84

Marty Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

84

Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

85

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

John Hollingsworth, Sr., Concord Country Club

86

Ed Brzezowski, Concord Country Club

91

Peter Leslie, Hartefeld National

96

 

Super Senior

Name, club

Score

O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club

71

John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

72

Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club

73

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

73

Charles F. McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club

74

Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74

Art Brosius, Golf Course at Glen Mills

75

Ken Gaskill, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Raymond Fuller, Running Deer Golf Club

76

Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

77

Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club

78

Edward Pappas, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club

78

Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

78

Thomas O'Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

George McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

James Haynie, Lu Lu Country Club

79

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

80

John Cech, Riverton Country Club

80

Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club

80

David Jordan, Sakima Country Club

81

John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club

81

Mark McDermott, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

81

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

82

Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Jarrett B. Kling, Merion Golf Club

82

Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

82

Doug Pollock, DuPont Country Club

83

George Carr, Running Deer Golf Club

83

Rick Marts, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

83

Charles McDowell, Wilmington Country Club

84

John Earle, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

84

Norman Jester, Downingtown Country Club

84

Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

84

W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club

84

Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club

85

Jim Lloyd, Running Deer Golf Club

85

Jim Robertson, Saucon Valley Country Club

85

Michael Sofranko, Broad Run Golfers Club

85

Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club

86

Terry Law, Yardley Country Club

86

Joseph Maxwell, Hartefeld National

87

Warren Reyburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

89

George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

90

James Barron, Hartefeld National

91

 

*won in playoff

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