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LedgeRock’s Lutz blitzes
Bent Creek CC to top Marston Cup

  LITITZ, Pa.– Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC torched Bent Creek CC (par 71, 6,463 yards) to the tune of eight birdies to top the 77-player field with a 6-under-par 65 at the fourth edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Marston Cup Wednesday.

  Lutz’s field-low round allowed him to bounce back with a win after a somewhat disappointing second-place finish at last year’s event at his home club.

  "I was hopeful to win it [at home] last year, came up short and didn’t really have a good day," said Lutz, who admitted to thinking about last year’s finish when it came to playing in the event today. "It was in the back of my mind, in a way."

  But Lutz managed to put 2007 out of his mind as he carded only two bogies on the day.

  "I kept the ball in front of me all day and just hit it solid," said Lutz, who had three tap-ins for birdie on hole Nos. 1 (par 4, 421 yards), 7 (par 4, 305 yards) and 11 (par 4, 358 yards).

  On each occasion the Wyomissing, Pa., resident knocked his approach shot stiff with a wedge from within 100 yards. And in one of those instances the 53-year-old even hit the flagstick, almost jarring his second shot from 36 yards out with a 60-degree wedge on the par 4, 7th hole.

  "[The ball] hit the stick and almost went in," he said. "It was a great shot."

  Added Lutz, "I just had a good ball-striking round, putted well and my distance control was pretty good.

  Although I don’t think it was my best round of all-time, I’m definitely pleased with the score," he said. "It was one of those rounds where the score was a little better than you actually played."

  Home-track hopeful David Richards of Bent Creek CC, fired five birdies on the day to finished alone in second place with a 4-under-par 67.

  "It definitely helped," said Richards of his home course advantage. "There’s a definite comfort level when you play at home. From knowing the green speeds to knowing where to hit it and where not to hit it, it most certainly helps."

  But for Lutz, the 2007 GAP Mid-Amateur champion, it was about getting back to the top Wednesday.

  "It’s been an off year for me so it’s nice to get back into the winner’s circle," he said.

Max Marston
  For four months in the summer of 1923, Marston was America’s best amateur golfer. Between mid-May and mid-September, Marston was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events.

  It began with the Walker Cup Matches where Marston won two matches as the Americans successfully retained the Cup. Marston returned home to capture the Patterson Cup and Amateur Championship in successive weeks and, in doing so, earned the Silver Cross Award. In July, he took the Pennsylvania Amateur title and finished as the low amateur in the Philadelphia Open.

  In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago for the U.S. Amateur. He rallied in the second round to defeat tournament favorite Bob Jones, 2&1, before knocking off Francis Ouimet in the semifinals. He stopped defending champion Jess Sweetser in the final on the 38th hole.

  In that four month span, he also captured the Merion Cricket Club championship and Pine Valley GC’s Crump Cup.

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  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 135 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Results
Overall

1. Chip Lutz, LedgeRock GC 65
2. David Richards, Bent Creek CC 67

+4 to 2 Handicaps
T1. Steven Walczak, Wilmington CC 70
T1. Oscar Mestre, Jr., Overbrook GC 70

3 to 11 Handicaps
1. R. Blake Slawecki, Spring Ford CC 77
T2. James Loftus, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 78
T2. John Frampton, Whitemarsh Valley CC 78
T2. Jeff Tetrick, Cavaliers CC 78

Results

+4 to 2 Handicaps

Name

Club

Total

Chip Lutz

LedgeRock Golf Club

65

David Richards

Bent Creek Country Club

67

Oscar Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

70

Steven Walczak

Wilmington Country Club

70

Rich Thon

The Springhaven Club

71

Tom Borsello

Fieldstone Golf Club

71

David West

Whitford Country Club

72

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

72

Kenneth Phillips

Lancaster Country Club

72

Byron Whitman

Golden Oaks Golf Club

73

Santo Lafoca

Huntsville Golf Club

73

David Smith

Doylestown Country Club

74

Joseph Roeder

Links Golf Club

74

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

74

Buddy Reed

DuPont Country Club

75

Jay Desjardins

Waynesborough Country Club

75

Mike Owsik

Plymouth Country Club

75

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

75

Ron Weaver

Meadia Heights Golf Club

75

Tom Piersanti

Applebrook Golf Club

75

Bill Turner

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Scott Carney

Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Craig Kliewer

Meadia Heights Golf Club

77

Francis Hamm

Country Club of Scranton

77

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

77

Anthony Kondracki

Fox Hill Country Club

78

Jim Simmons

Stonewall

78

John Cattoni

Huntsville Golf Club

78

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

79

Grant Liu

Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster Country Club

80

Jim Yenser

Honeybrook Golf Club

81

Joseph Kinsman

Sandy Run Country Club

81

Mark Dennish

The Ridge at Back Brook

81

Jason Barkley

Moselem Springs Golf Club

82

John LeBoeuf

Philadelphia Country Club

82

Rick Custer

Spring Ford Country Club

83

Graham Desmond

Golf Course at Glen Mills

89

Arthur Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Gary Daniels

Applebrook Golf Club

WD

  

3 to 11 Handicaps

Name

Club

Total

R. Blake Slawecki

Spring Ford Country Club

77

James Loftus, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

78

Jeff Tetrick

Cavaliers Country Club

78

John Frampton

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

Kevin Bair

Wyncote Golf Club

79

Michael Shoup

Sandy Run Country Club

79

Cameron Campbell

McCall Golf & Country Club

80

George Kerschner

Overbrook Golf Club

81

Gregory Sheva

North Hills Country Club

81

Kevin McBride

Lancaster Country Club

81

Robert Parsons, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Walt Neumann

McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Chuck Kraatz

Talamore Country Club

82

John Vergari

Tavistock Country Club

83

Steve Robinson

Lookaway Golf Club

83

Bud Souder

Spring Ford Country Club

84

George Steinmetz

Spring Ford Country Club

84

Robert Berenholz

White Manor Country Club

85

Scott Bryant

Greate Bay Country Club

85

Seth Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

87

William Erskine

Philadelphia Publinks GA

87

Andrew Abrams

Rolling Green Golf Club

88

Robert Wheeler

Hartefeld National

88

Patrick Cahill, III

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

89

Thomas Craig

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

89

James Blickle

LedgeRock Golf Club

91

Paul Coady

Aronimink Golf Club

91

Ralph Ierardi

White Clay Creek Country Club

91

Vincent Guarino, Jr.

Burlington Country Club

91

Frank McLaughlin

Cavaliers Country Club

94

Thomas Brennan, Sr.

Blue Bell Country Club

94

Dan Farragut

Philadelphia Cricket Club

95

Gary Yeager

Philadelphia Cricket Club

95

Jules Quinones

Blue Bell Country Club

95

Andrew Dietz

Laurel Creek Country Club

NS

Bryan Clobes

Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

  

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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