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LedgeRock’s Lutz captures Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross)

  PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. —Chip Lutz added a second jewel in as many days to his burgeoning treasure chest Thursday. Nearly 24 hours removed from winning the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Better-Ball Championship alongside Robin McCool, the LedgeRock Golf Club member captured the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve (par 71, 6,425 yards) Wednesday. Lutz, the three-time reigning GAP Senior Player of the Year, continues to build upon his staggering success in the division.

   “It was a challenging day for me,” Lutz, 58, of Reading, Pa., said. “I’m starting to find my game a little more so. I’m more comfortable. I was looking forward to today. I wasn’t tired or rung out. I really didn’t have any concerns there. I started out really well. I was really excited, thinking I may be able to keep the pedal down. I had a couple of derailments, and the next thing you know, you have to get your head back around this thing and try to finish.”

  Birdies on two of his first four holes represented Lutz’s hot start. He reached a pair of par 5s (No. 2, 495 yards and No. 4, 525 yards) in two strokes and totaled four putts. Lutz, the three-time reigning GAP Senior Player of the Year, executed a routine wedge to seven feet on No. 7 (par 4, 412 yards) to move to 3 under. The wheels began to tilt on the difficult par 4, 310-yard No. 9. After his drive barely held onto the green’s collar, Lutz three-putted for 4.

   “I make a bogey where I think I have to two-putt for birdie,” he said. “It ended up being a big swing of emotions at that moment. I’m sort of backing up a bit.”

  The backpedaling continued on No. 12 (par 4, 377 yards) as Lutz, thinking he gained 20 yards with a dropdown approach from 100 yards, left his L wedge short. His ensuing pitch bolted 12 feet past the jar, and Lutz missed the comebacker. Clutch par saves on Nos. 13 (par 3, 182 yards) and 14 (par 4, 425 yards), however, kept Lutz in the round. On the latter, he lifted a 6-iron from 185 yards out of the rough and onto the green’s front edge. Lutz then guided a chip to eight feet. An uncharacteristic misfire on the par 3, 140-yard 17th hole exemplified the self-diagnosed mental challenges Lutz faced at RiverCrest. He stopped a pitching at three feet but pulled the birdie putt left. Lutz returned to character on No. 18 (par 4, 425 yards) with a fist-pumping finish. He hit a pitching wedge 130 yards to six feet for a sly 3.

   “The course played tough,” Lutz, a GAP Executive Committee member, said. “It’s a lot of local knowledge here and a lot of interesting lines off the tee. There’s a lot of local knowledge with these greens, too.”

  As a Senior Division rookie in 2010, Lutz defeated fellow newcomer Michael Domenick of Phoenixville Country Club in a sudden-death playoff to win the Chapman (Gross). He’s missed the event since because of the R&A Seniors Open Amateur Championship, an event that heralds Lutz as its two-time defending champion. This year, in an effort to increase participation, the Golf Association of Philadelphia moved the Chapman (Gross) to the first week of June.

  Overbrook Golf Club’s Raymond Thompson carded a 1-under-par 70 to finish a shot back. He deposited a four-footer for birdie on No. 12 (par 4, 377 yards) to move to 2 under, but bogeyed the par 4, 425-yard 14th hole. Thompson’s performance, however, put him at the top of the Senior Silver Cross Award Standings. The Senior Amateur Championship, set for Sept. 3-4 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, is the award’s final scoring event.

  Frank H. Chapman, a Whitemarsh Valley Country Club member, served as the Association’s secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He died on June 7, 1955 at the age of 88. The Gross tournament, now in its seventh year, is held in his honor.

  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 145 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.

Overall results

Name, club

Scores

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

69

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

70

Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

71

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

73

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

74

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

75

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

75

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

75

Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club

75

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

75

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

76

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

76

David Richards, Bent Creek Country Club

77

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

77

Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

77

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

77

Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

77

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club

78

Marty Dorminy, Golden Oaks Golf Club

78

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

79

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

79

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

79

David Smith, Doylestown Country Club

80

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

80

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

81

Richard Custer, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

81

Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club

81

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

82

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

82

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

82

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Kurt Meyers, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

83

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

83

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

83

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

83

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

83

Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club

84

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

85

Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Rich Colaguori, Talamore Country Club

85

Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

86

Mark Metaxas, Jericho National Golf Club

86

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

86

Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club

86

John Reuter, Great Bear Golf Club

87

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club

87

Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

87

Bill Turner, Philadelphia Publinks GA

88

Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club

88

Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club

88

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

89

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

89

Anthony Kondracki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

90

Fred Giblin, Little Mill Country Club

90

Larry Silk, Greate Bay Country Club

91

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

91

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

92

James Pickens, Plymouth Country Club

96

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

100

Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club

100

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

DQ

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

NC

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

NS

Robert Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

WD

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

WD

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

WD

Robert Dietrich, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

WD - withdrawal; NC - no card; NS - no show

 

55-59 Years

Name, club

Scores

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

69

Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

71

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

73

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

74

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

75

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

75

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

75

Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club

75

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

75

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

76

David Richards, Bent Creek Country Club

77

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

77

Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

77

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club

78

Marty Dorminy, Golden Oaks Golf Club

78

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

79

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

79

David Smith, Doylestown Country Club

80

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

80

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

81

Richard Custer, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

81

Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

82

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

82

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

82

Kurt Meyers, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

83

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

83

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

83

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club

84

Pierce Herbst, Greate Bay Country Club

85

Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

86

Mark Metaxas, Jericho National Golf Club

86

John Reuter, Great Bear Golf Club

87

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Bill Turner, Philadelphia Publinks GA

88

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

89

Anthony Kondracki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

90

Fred Giblin, Little Mill Country Club

90

Larry Silk, Greate Bay Country Club

91

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

100

Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club

100

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

NC

Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell Country Club

NS

Robert Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

WD

60 & Over

Name, club

Scores

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

70

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

76

John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

77

Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

77

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

79

Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club

81

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

83

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

83

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Rich Colaguori, Talamore Country Club

85

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

86

Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club

86

Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club

87

Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

87

Bill Vostinak, Lehigh Country Club

88

Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club

88

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

89

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

91

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

92

James Pickens, Plymouth Country Club

96

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

WD

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

WD

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

WD

Robert Dietrich, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

DQ

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

 

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