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Oct. 28, 2015

Ray Thompson carded a 3-under-par 69 to lead the Golf Association of Philadelphia team.

Association captures 27th Senior Challenge Matches at Cripple Creek

  On a cool October day, the Golf Association of Philadelphia came to play by the bay. The organization captured the 27th Senior Challenge Matches contested, coincidentally, on Oct. 27 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, Del. It posted a 447 total to trump the Maryland State Golf Association, the event’s reigning champion, by nine strokes.

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  The Senior Challenge Matches features eight seniors from four associations — Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Philadelphia — competing in 18 holes of stroke play. The top six scores of each team count toward the team total.

  Overbrook Golf Club’s Ray Thompson earned individual medalist honors with a 3-under-par 69. He carded four birdies — three of which occurred in a four-hole stretch — against a bogey. Thompson, 64, of Drexel Hill, Pa., is a seven-time Senior Challenge Matches participant and the 2007 GAP Senior Player of the Year.

  Good friends Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley Country Club and Bert Kosup of The Ridge at Back Brook posted respective 74s. White Manor Country Club’s Don Donatoni, the three-time reigning GAP Super-Senior Player of the Year, added a 3-over-par 75.   Damage caused by Hurricane Joaquin postponed the Senior Challenge Matches, initially scheduled for Oct. 7. With its triumph Tuesday, the Golf Association of Philadelphia now holds 14 titles.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 150 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

27th Senior Challenge Matches

Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Dagsboro, Del.

Oct. 27, 2015

 

*low six of eight scores used in team total*

 

Golf Association of Philadelphia

447

Name, club

Score

Ray Thompson, Overbrook GC

69

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley CC

74

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

74

Don Donatoni, White Manor CC

75

David West, Whitford CC

77

Michael Quinn, Edgmont CC

78

Roc Irey, Lookaway GC

78

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook GC

80

 

Maryland State Golf Association

456

Name, club

Score

John Howson, Pine Ridge GC

71

Larry Martone, Kenwood G&CC

74

Marty West, Columbia CC

77

Barry Flaer, Maryland National GC

77

Ben Brundred, Congressional CC

78

Henry Blue, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club

79

Larry Storck, Hayfields CC

79

Lee Flemister, University of Maryland GC

79

 

Delaware State Golf Association

459

Name, club

Score

Jeff Allen, Wild Quail G&CC

74

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

74

Buddy Reed, Back Creek GC

75

Rich Thon, Play Golf Delaware

77

Alan Wagenschnur, Cavaliers CC

78

Gary Mahoney, Wild Quail G&CC

81

Kevin Sartell,Wild Quail G&CC

84

Mike Polise, Wild Quail G&CC

95

 

New Jersey State Golf Association

469

Name, club

Score

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

75

John Samerjan, Neshanic Valley GC

77

David Folkes, Metedeconk National GC

78

Steve Mauer, Metuchen G&CC

79

Ron Vannelli, Forsgate CC

79

Anthony Fioretti, Ballyowen GC

81

Tom Ayers, Neshanic Valley GC

86

Paul Manore, Neshanic Valley GC

87

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