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June 4, 2015

Fresh off knee-replacement surgery, David Wood won his first GAP event on Thursday.

White Manor's Wood walks away with Spring Net crown

  ROYERSFORD, Pa.- After a recent knee-replacement surgery, David Wood of White Manor Country Club proved to himself that all of the hard work and rehabilitation was worth it. Wood walked away from the Tee It Forward — Spring Net Championship at Spring Ford Country Club on Thursday with the winning hardware, a personal-best on his scorecard, and most importantly, a healthy left knee.

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  Wood, playing from the white tees (par 72, 6,267 yards), broke 80 for the first time en route to 45 stableford points and his first victory in a Golf Association of Philadelphia event. He collected 13 gross pars on the autumn-like day, which helped propel him to the top of a 46-player leaderboard.

  “My knee was replaced in early December and then it had complications. In February, I went back in and I started feeling good after that. For five or six years, it was nothing but bone on bone. I couldn’t even finish rounds,” Wood recalled. “But I’m totally healthy now. My scores are really coming down and soon my handicap will too.”

  The Glen Mills, Pa. resident was the master of par 3s at Spring Ford, paring all four of them on Thursday with solid iron play and timely putting.

  No. 15 (par 5, 485 yards) proved to be another highlight of Wood’s round. After a drive that ended up in the trees off the tee, he punched out into a bunker across the fairway. Wood played it safe out of the fairway bunker, then placed a sand wedge behind the hole. He jarred the 15-footer for a crucial par save, and finished his remaining three holes with consistency and bogey-free numbers.

  “I’ve never putted like I have today. To save pars, to save bogeys, to save double bogeys … you name it," said the 46-year-old. "When I got in trouble, I made putts to stop the bleeding."

  Due to his knee injury, Wood was forced to take a hiatus from his coaching position on the University of Pennsylvania’s football team, where he had been on staff for the last five years. Prior to UPenn, he was the head coach at Widener University. The recent time away from football has not only allowed Wood to spend more time with his four children, but also more time to spend on his golf swing.

  “I’ve been playing with a bunch of guys on Wednesdays at White Manor, which has helped me really gain confidence in getting down thru the ball with my driver and long irons. When I first came back from my injury, probably my first five to 10 rounds, I was real cautious on going down on my wedges and long irons and kept leaving everything right,” Wood said. “This confidence I’ve gotten back is helping me find consistency again.”

  The Spring Net Championship, formerly known as the First Handicap Tournament, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Association adopted the Tee It Forward parameters in 2012. It also changed the scoring format to net stableford.

  The Tee It Forward initiative encourages golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

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 151 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

Points

David Wood, White Manor Country Club

45

Terrence Kyle, Concord Country Club

44

Eamonn Logue, Gilbertsville Golf Club

43

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

43

Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club

41

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

39

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

39

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

39

Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club

38

Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

38

James Margerison, Overbrook Golf Club

36

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

36

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

35

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

Robert Logan, Overbrook Golf Club

35

C. Michael Conway, Plymouth Country Club

34

Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA

34

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

34

Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills

33

Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

33

John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club

32

Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

32

Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA

31

Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club

31

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

31

Corey Betham, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State

29

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

29

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

29

Henry Wadsworth, Blue Bell Country Club

28

Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club

28

Mike Krantz, Middletown Country Club

27

Michael Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club

27

Neil Fine, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

27

Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

26

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

25

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

25

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

25

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

25

Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club

24

W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club

23

Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

23

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

22

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

21

James Generoso, Silver Creek Country Club

21

Keith McQueen, Lookaway Golf Club

NS

 

Handicap 5.6-9.6

Name, club

Points

James Margerison, Overbrook Golf Club

36

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club

32

Corey Betham, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

29

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

29

Henry Wadsworth, Blue Bell Country Club

28

Joe Greitzer, Bala Golf Club

28

Mike Krantz, Middletown Country Club

27

Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club

24

W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club

23

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

21

James Generoso, Silver Creek Country Club

21

 

Handicap 10-13.0

Name, club

Points

Eamonn Logue, Gilbertsville Golf Club

43

Mark Pfeffer, Hidden Creek Golf Club

38

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

36

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

35

C. Michael Conway, Plymouth Country Club

34

Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA

34

Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills

33

Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA

31

Michael Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club

27

Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

26

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

25

Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

23

 

Handicap 13.2-15.6

Name, club

Points

David Wood, White Manor Country Club

45

Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club

41

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

39

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

39

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

39

Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

38

Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

32

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

29

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

25

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

25

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

22

Keith McQueen, Lookaway Golf Club

NS

 

Handicap 15.9-23.6

Name, club

Points

Terrence Kyle, Concord Country Club

44

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

43

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

Robert Logan, Overbrook Golf Club

35

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

34

Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

33

Lee Cox, White Manor Country Club

31

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

31

Neil Fine, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

27

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

25

 

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