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Sept. 9, 2015

Steve Walczak of Wilmington Country Club clinched victory
with this par putt on No. 18 (par 4, 375 yards).

Wilmington's Walczak wins 45th Senior Amateur Championship

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Steven Walczak of Wilmington Country Club doubled up on Senior Amateur glory.

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  Walczak, the reigning Delaware State Golf Association Senior Champion, added the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s top 55-and-older prize to his cache of treasures. Walczak converted a testing downhill right-to-left par save on the final hole (No. 18, par 4, 375 yards) to edge David West of Whitford Country Club by a stroke for the 45th Senior Amateur Championship crown on Wednesday at a demanding Union League Golf Club at Torresdale (par 70, 6,273 yards).

  Walczak finished at 1-over for the 36 holes, carding a closing 1-over-par 71. West, in the group ahead, finished at 2-over 72. Roc Irey of Lookaway Golf Club made a late surge to get into contention finishing in a tie for third with defending champion Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club. Both players were 3 over. Irey carded a Round 2 low 2-under 68.

  Walczak joins Sandy Knapp of DuPont Country Club as the only player to win both area titles in same year. Knapp did so in 1996.

  “I had never won a Golf Association of Philadelphia event. I have won a couple Delaware events (Mid Open championships) in the past. To win the two [Senior Amateurs] in the same year is phenomenal,” said Walczak, 58, of Greenville, Del. “There are so many good players in Philly, to come out on top is difficult and challenging. It’s a year I’ll remember forever.”

  Walczak opened the second round two strokes behind leader Bert Kosup of The Ridge at Back Brook but took the lead by the third hole and never relinquished it.

  Walczak, playing with Kosup, opened with a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 339 yards) when he knocked a 94-yard gap wedge to six inches.

  “I had a stress free birdie to get me started and that feels good,” Walczak said.

  Kosup, in the meantime, carded two bogeys in his first three holes. Even his par on No. 1 was a bit of a disappointment after hitting his approach next to the cup and spinning it off the green.

  Walczak, a very deliberate player, turned in a round representative of his style of play. He followed the birdie with six straight pars. Walczak made bogey on No. 8 (par 4, 448 yards) after a poor second shot but immediately answered with another gimme birdie on No. 9 (par 3, 158 yards). He dropped an 8-iron to a couple feet.

  “When I made the turn I saw Chip [Lutz] was 1 over and I was 1 under,” said Walczak. “He’s liable to go 2 or 3 under on the back nine. Wherever I was [on the leaderboard] I knew I needed to keep playing. I didn’t think about a score, I just needed to keep making golf shots.”

  Two squirrely 4-irons, one on No. 11 (par 3, 208 yards) and another on No. 14 (par 3, 186 yards), resulted in a bogey and double-bogey, respectively, and cut a three-shot lead to one. Irey, Lutz and West were the closest pursuers. However, Walczak answered in true championship style on the short par 4, 15th (300 yards). He found the fairway and followed that up with a 90-yard gap wedge to three feet.

  “The swing on the 15th tee was tough after you fan one right [on the hole before],” said Walczak. “I hit a really good shot and was fortunate enough to make birdie.”

  On No. 18 (par 4, 375 yards), Walczak found the right treeline off the tee and chipped out to 67 yards. His lob wedge then tracked five feet past the hole, and after consulting with an official about his standing on the leaderboard, Walczak calmly drained the putt.

  “It was a little left to right downhill putt. I’ve been working on those putts and all the work paid off,” said an elated Walczak who thrust his fist in the air after making it. “To go through your routine and hit a good solid shot when it’s very meaningful is something I’m proud of.”

  West, who finished second to Irey in the Senior Silver Cross standings, had it to 2 over for the tournament with three holes to go, but just couldn’t find another birdie despite good looks at Nos. 16 (par 5, 546 yards) and 17 (par 3, 198 yards).

  “I’m happy. I certainly had my chances but I couldn’t get too many putts to drop,” said West, 55, of Exton, Pa. “All in all, I can’t complain with second place in my first Senior Am.”

NOTES-Irey, who birdied the final hole, earned his first Senior Silver Cross Award. Irey's four-round total was 295. The Senior Silver Cross Award is presented to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Chapman Cup (Gross),
Warner Cup (Gross) and two rounds of the Senior Amateur Championship.

Overall

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

70-71–141

David West, Whitford Country Club

70-72–142

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

71-72–143

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

75-68–143

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

75-70–145

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-72–147

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

77-72–149

Thomas Soares, Lehigh Country Club

76-73–149

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

68-81–149

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

72-78–150

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club

75-75–150

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-75–150

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

76-74–150

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

69-82–151

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

74-77–151

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

76-75–151

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

76-75–151

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78-73–151

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

78-74–152

John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club

77-75–152

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

76-76–152

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75-77–152

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

75-77–152

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

79-73–152

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

77-76–153

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79-74–153

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

77-76–153

Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club

80-74–154

Tim Sindorf, Laurel Creek Country Club

81-73–154

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

80-75–155

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

74-81–155

Dennis Konczyk, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

73-82–155

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

75-80–155

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

76-79–155

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

81-75–156

Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club

78-79–157

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

79-78–157

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

78-79–157

James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

76-81–157

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

76-81–157

Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton

75-83–158

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

79-79–158

John Duke, Sandy Run Country Club

77-81–158

Peter Mimmo, Greate Bay Country Club

80-78–158

Roy Gagne, Yardley Country Club

80-78–158

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

77-82–159

Richard Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76-83–159

Scott Orr, Bellewood Country Club

74-85–159

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

80-79–159

Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

81-79–160

Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

76-84–160

Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club

82-78–160

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

82-78–160

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

85-76–161

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

82-79–161

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81-81–162

Len Fox, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

82-80–162

Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club

83-80–163

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

80-84–164

Tom Faro, Middletown Country Club

85-79–164

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

83-83–166

Michael Brady, Jericho National Golf Club

80-86–166

Barry Westington, Country Club of Scranton

83-84–167

Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club

85-82–167

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

86-81–167

Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

84-84–168

Bob Enders, Running Deer Golf Club

82-87–169

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

87-82–169

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

81-88–169

Bennett Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

88-82–170

Art Caldwell, Sea Oaks Golf Club

90-81–171

Michael Quinn, Tavistock Country Club

86-86–172

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

87-85–172

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

87-86–173

Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

92-83–175

Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86-89–175

Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87-89–176

Jozef Swatowski, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

90-88–178

Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club

92-89–181

Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

91-90–181

Tom Conboy, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

88-95–183

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

80-NS–NS

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89-NS–NS

Buddy Reed, Back Creek Golf Club

77-WD–WD

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

79-WD–WD

Jack O'Hara, Cedarbrook Country Club

90-WD–WD

John Manfredi, Woodcrest Country Club

76-WD–WD

Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87-WD–WD

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

78-WD–WD

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

85-WD–WD

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

79-WD–WD

 

Ages 55-59

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

70-71–141

David West, Whitford Country Club

70-72–142

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

75-70–145

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

77-72–149

Thomas Soares, Lehigh Country Club

76-73–149

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

69-82–151

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

74-77–151

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

76-75–151

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

78-74–152

John Psillas, Moselem Springs Golf Club

77-75–152

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

77-76–153

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79-74–153

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

77-76–153

Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club

80-74–154

Tim Sindorf, Laurel Creek Country Club

81-73–154

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

80-75–155

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

74-81–155

Dennis Konczyk, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

73-82–155

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

75-80–155

Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club

78-79–157

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

79-78–157

Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton

75-83–158

Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

79-79–158

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

77-82–159

Richard Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76-83–159

Scott Orr, Bellewood Country Club

74-85–159

Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

81-79–160

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81-81–162

Len Fox, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

82-80–162

Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club

83-80–163

Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

80-84–164

Tom Faro, Middletown Country Club

85-79–164

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

83-83–166

Barry Westington, Country Club of Scranton

83-84–167

Matt Brady, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

84-84–168

Bob Enders, Running Deer Golf Club

82-87–169

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

87-82–169

Art Caldwell, Sea Oaks Golf Club

90-81–171

Michael Quinn, Tavistock Country Club

86-86–172

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

87-85–172

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

87-86–173

Kenneth Dazen, Medford Village Country Club

92-89–181

Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

91-90–181

Tom Conboy, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

88-95–183

Buddy Reed, Back Creek Golf Club

77-WD–WD

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

79-WD–WD

Jack O'Hara, Cedarbrook Country Club

90-WD–WD

John Manfredi, Woodcrest Country Club

76-WD–WD

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

80-NS–NS

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89-NS–NS

 

Ages 60 and over

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

71-72–143

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

75-68–143

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-72–147

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

68-81–149

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

72-78–150

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club

75-75–150

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-75–150

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

76-74–150

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

76-75–151

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78-73–151

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

76-76–152

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75-77–152

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

75-77–152

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

79-73–152

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

76-79–155

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

81-75–156

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

78-79–157

James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

76-81–157

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

76-81–157

John Duke, Sandy Run Country Club

77-81–158

Peter Mimmo, Greate Bay Country Club

80-78–158

Roy Gagne, Yardley Country Club

80-78–158

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

80-79–159

Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

76-84–160

Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club

82-78–160

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

82-78–160

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

85-76–161

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

82-79–161

Michael Brady, Jericho National Golf Club

80-86–166

Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club

85-82–167

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

86-81–167

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

81-88–169

Bennett Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

88-82–170

Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

92-83–175

Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86-89–175

Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87-89–176

Jozef Swatowski, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

90-88–178

Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87-WD–WD

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

78-WD–WD

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

85-WD–WD

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

79-WD–WD

 

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