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May 27, 2014

Ernie Eichenberg of Waynesborough Country Club added
a 2014 Warner Cup (Net) victory to a 2010 title.

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Waynesborough CC’s Ernie Eichenberg wins 2nd Warner Cup (Net)

  ROYERSFORD, Pa.–Ernie Eichenberg, III of Waynesborough Country Club, healthy and pain free for the first time in many years, posted a net 9-under 63 at Spring Ford Country Club (par 72, 5,978 yards) to cruise to a Warner Cup (Net) title. Eichenberg, who faced hip, knee and multiple rotator cuff injuries the last five years, amongst other physical issues, posted a gross score of 84 with a 21-course handicap. He finished four shots clear of Dennis Gingrich of Conestoga Country Club.

  This was Eichenberg’s second Warner Cup (Net) victory. He also won the 2010 title. In 2011 he tied for first, but placed second on a scorecard tiebreaker.

  “I had hip surgery last July. Mentally, it’s taken awhile for my game to get better because my brain didn’t know I was physically better,” said Eichenberg, 75, of Berwyn, Pa. “I had to go hit a lot of balls before my brian finally figured it out. It did, just recently. I hadn’t broken 95 until earlier this month when I shot 89. I’ve been on the practice field a lot trying to get [my game] back again.”

  His game was solid with both flashes of brilliance and some others on Tuesday.

  Eichenberg carded two gross birdies, nine pars, three bogeys, one double and three triples.

  He birdied No. 5 (par 5, 447 yards) with an 8-iron from 140 yards to 20 feet and No. 9 (par 5, 515 yards) when he dropped a 5-hybrid rescue club to six feet. He turned with a 5-over-par 41 gross which equated to 6-under net.

  “I haven’t seen a 41 in a long, long time,” said Eichenberg, a 31-year member at Waynesborough. “I like these events because one hole is not going to kill your score. In a gross event, if you have a triple, you can put the clubs back in your car and head home.”

  Eichenberg is no stranger to competitive golf.

  He’s won club championships at both Waynesborough and Chester Valley Golf Club. Eichenberg’s also been a U.S. Senior Amateur Championship alternate five times, including 2004 when he was first alternate.

  “I would like to be a 4 or 5 handicap by the end of the year,” said Eichenberg. “I want to get back to putting good scores up.”

  Gingrich, 56, of Lancaster, Pa., who was competing in his first Golf Association of Philadelphia tournament, carded a gross score of 76 with a 10 course handicap.

  “It’s been a longtime coming,” said Gingrich. “My handicap has gone from a 7 to and 11 the last two months. What helped me here today was taking the driver out of my hand.”

  Gingrich, too, made two natural birdies. On No. 9 he hit a wedge from 110 yards to five feet to make the turn in 2-under net.

  On the back side, Gingrich drained a 30-footer on the dog-leg right 13th (par 4, 337 yards) to get to 5-under net but failed to gain any more ground on the leader.

  “It feels great to just play well again after struggling so long,” said Gingrich. “This gives me more confidence to get my handicap back down, hopefully.

  Gingrich’s debut came as a result of Conestoga joining the Golf Association of Philadelphia as a Member Club this year.

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 143 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

Name, club

Net

Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club

63

Dennis Gingrich, Conestoga Country Club

67

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

70

Vaughn Smith, Penn Oaks Golf Club

71

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

71

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

72

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

73

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

73

Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club

73

Vincent Kraft, Jr., Lehigh Country Club

73

Wayne Diluigi, Running Deer Golf Club

73

Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club

73

Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club

74

Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

74

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

74

Bernard Kelly, Little Mill Country Club

75

Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club

75

Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills

75

Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76

Dennis O'Donnell, Old York Road Country Club

76

Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76

Tom Seward, Limekiln Golf Club

76

Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club

77

Fred Spratt, Running Deer Golf Club

77

William Kufta, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

77

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Jim Campbell, Raven's Claw Golf Club

77

John Clough, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

Mike Kyle, Talamore Country Club

77

James Seward, Jr., Limekiln Golf Club

78

Terry Laudal, Applecross Country Club

78

Tom Bender, Waynesborough Country Club

78

Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club

78

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

78

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Lester Michael, Lehigh Country Club

80

Steven Seide, Whitford Country Club

80

Neil Olson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Thomas Morgan, Riverton Country Club

80

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

80

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

80

Jay McMenamin, Running Deer Golf Club

80

Donald Galbraith, Stonewall

81

W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club

81

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

Bill Blackburn, Concord Country Club

81

Robert Agran, Reading Country Club

81

William Jones, McCall Golf & Country Club

81

James Barron, Hartefeld National

82

Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club

82

James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club

82

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

82

Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club

83

Tom Paul, Running Deer Golf Club

84

Richard Hunt, Medford Lakes Country Club

84

Timothy Joyce, Edgmont Country Club

84

Brian Mulvenna, White Oaks Country Club

84

Robert Rosenwasser, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

85

John McKenna, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

88

George Hilley, McCall Golf & Country Club

90

John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club

91

Bill Arent, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

101

Don Silverson, Brookside Country Club

NS

George Connell, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

NS

Bob Silsbe, Downingtown Country Club

WD

Jay McLaughlin, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

R. Lamar Kilgore, Stonewall

WD

 

Handicap 6-11

Name, club

Net

Dennis Gingrich, Conestoga Country Club

67

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

72

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

73

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

73

Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club

73

Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club

74

Gary Chlapaty, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

Bernard Kelly, Little Mill Country Club

75

Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club

75

Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club

77

Fred Spratt, Running Deer Golf Club

77

William Kufta, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

77

James Seward, Jr., Limekiln Golf Club

78

Lester Michael, Lehigh Country Club

80

Steven Seide, Whitford Country Club

80

Neil Olson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Donald Galbraith, Stonewall

81

W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club

81

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

Bill Blackburn, Concord Country Club

81

James Barron, Hartefeld National

82

Richard Turner, Llanerch Country Club

83

Tom Paul, Running Deer Golf Club

84

John Hayes, Lehigh Country Club

91

Bob Silsbe, Downingtown Country Club

WD

Jay McLaughlin, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

 

Handicap 12-15

Name, club

Net

Vaughn Smith, Penn Oaks Golf Club

71

Vincent Kraft, Jr., Lehigh Country Club

73

Wayne Diluigi, Running Deer Golf Club

73

Macy Summers, St. Davids Golf Club

73

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

74

Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76

Dennis O'Donnell, Old York Road Country Club

76

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Jim Campbell, Raven's Claw Golf Club

77

John Clough, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

Terry Laudal, Applecross Country Club

78

Tom Bender, Waynesborough Country Club

78

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Thomas Morgan, Riverton Country Club

80

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

80

Robert Agran, Reading Country Club

81

Andrew Worek, Yardley Country Club

82

James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club

82

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

82

Robert Rosenwasser, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

85

Don Silverson, Brookside Country Club

NS

 

Handicap 16-25

Name, club

Net

Ernest Eichenberg, III, Waynesborough Country Club

63

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

70

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

71

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

74

Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills

75

Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76

Tom Seward, Limekiln Golf Club

76

Mike Kyle, Talamore Country Club

77

Werner Cziriak, Talamore Country Club

78

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

78

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

80

Jay McMenamin, Running Deer Golf Club

80

William Jones, McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Richard Hunt, Medford Lakes Country Club

84

Timothy Joyce, Edgmont Country Club

84

Brian Mulvenna, White Oaks Country Club

84

John McKenna, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

88

George Hilley, McCall Golf & Country Club

90

Bill Arent, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

101

George Connell, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

NS

R. Lamar Kilgore, Stonewall

WD

 

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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