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LedgeRock's Lutz tops Brewer Cup Qual.; Howson heads Super-Seniors

  POTTSTOWN, Pa. — Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC is considered “the hunted” within the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Senior (55 years of age and older) circuit.

Chip Lutz birdies No. 15 (par 4, 383 yards).
  He is the reigning Senior Player of the Year and current points leader for 2011. Now, Lutz will play the prey role in the Brewer Cup after qualifying as the No. 1 seed Monday at Bellewood GC (par 71, 6,465 yards). Lutz, of Reading, Pa., carded a 3-under-par 68, the day’s lone subpar score, to earn medalist honors.

  The first round of the Brewer Cup begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday with the second round to follow.

  “Today was about getting into match play,” Lutz, 56, said. “It’s nice to play well and be seeded nicely, but it doesn’t matter from here. It’s all match-to-match. Anything can happen.”

  Lutz declared his qualifying intentions early by firing back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 (par 4, 370 yards) and 2 (par 5, 505 yards). On the first, he slapped a 60-degree wedge 80 yards to 10 feet. Lutz powered a rescue club 230 yards to the back of the No. 2 green and two-putted. That same club nearly did an about-face on the next par 5 (No.7, 530 yards). Lutz again hammered it 230 yards but it caught the left greenside bunker. A superb sand shot guided Lutz into tap-in territory.

  Lutz carded consecutive bogeys to close his outward campaign. A wrong club selection on No. 8 (par 3, 198 yards) and a poor approach on No. 9 (par 4, 424 yards) halted his momentum. But Lutz showed his championship-chops with a birdie on the difficult No. 13 (par 4, 340 yards). His 69-yard approach shot flew to the back of the downhill green.

  “It was just a little pitch, and I knew I had to hit it to the front-side of the green,” he said. “It checked nicely but released out the back edge.” Lutz sunk an uphill eight-footer for birdie from the fringe.

  With a mere 40 yards to the No. 15 (par 4, 383 yards) flagstick, Lutz flipped it to five feet below the cup. Lutz bogeyed the uphill par 4, 380-yard 16th hole following a wayward tee shot that forced the Senior Division sophomore to take relief from the cart path. Lutz didn’t let it kill the mood, though. He knocked a 6-iron to 15 feet on No. 17 (par 3, 155 yards) and canned a right-to-left breaker for birdie.

  “I stayed patient and let the rest of the round come to me,” he said. “I was under par early and kind of drifted in the middle of the round. I didn’t let it get away from me. I made some putts down the stretch.”

  Schedule conflicts prevented Lutz from participating in last year’s Brewer Cup at Sandy Run CC. It didn’t prevent him from conquering the Senior Division, though. Lutz won the Chapman Memorial (Gross) at Burlington CC, finished second in the Warner Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu CC and advanced to the semifinals in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. This year, he was a quarterfinalist in the GAP Amateur Championship and finished tied for third in the Middle-Amateur Championship.

  Lutz will face No. 16 seed Archie Struthers of Greate Bay CC, the final survivor of a six-for-four frenzy for the remaining match play spots.

  Super-Senior

  Jay Howson, Jr. of St. Davids GC carded a 1-over-par 72 to earn medalist honors in the Super-Senior Division (for players 65 years of age or older). The Malvern, Pa. resident has been “playing really well over the last 10 days,” and Monday was certainly no exception.

  “My swing is just really in a groove,” Howson, the 2009 titleholder and 2010 runner-up, said. “I’m hitting the ball really well. I don’t know how long it will last.”

Jay Howson, Jr.
  Three back-nine birdies shaped Howson’s qualifying bid. With a favorable wind to his back, Howson, 73, whacked a wedge 130 yards to 10 feet on No. 11 (par 4, 361 yards). He stuck an 8-iron 130 yards to a foot on No. 16 (par 4, 365 yards). Howson’s wedge game stayed sharp on the par 5, 507-yard 18th hole. He hit it 100 yards to 18 feet and converted the birdie try.

  “It feels good to get into match play again,” Howson, the 2009 Super-Senior Player of the Year, said.

  This is the fourth annual Brewer Cup.

  The tournament is named in honor of O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., the former president of Pine Valley GC, is a two-time U.S. Senior Amateur Champion and veteran of 42 USGA Championships. He’s captured two Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles (1967, 1976), a GAP Senior Amateur Championship crown (1997) and a Senior Player of the Year (1997) as well as countless invitational titles. And two years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

  The Brewer Cup is open to Senior players with a handicap index of 7.0 or less and Super Seniors with an index of 12.0 or less.

Senior Division

Qualifiers

Name, club

Scores

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

68

Charles Jones, Blue Bell Country Club

73

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

73

Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Lee King, Heidelberg Country Club

74

Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

74

Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club

75

John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek Golf Club

75

Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club

75

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

75

Robert Ockenfuss, Indian Valley Country Club

75

*Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club

76

*Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club

76

*Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

76

*Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

 

Failed to qualify

*Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

76

*Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

76

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

77

Anthony Kondracki, Fox Hill Country Club

78

Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club

78

Michael Rose, Meadowlands Country Club

78

Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

78

Kevin McGrain, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

79

Dave OBrien, Cedarbrook Country Club

80

Drew Panebianco, Talamore Country Club

80

Harry Gianetti, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Joseph Marucci, Saucon Valley Country Club

80

Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

80

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

80

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club

81

Thomas Mallouk, Ph.D., Lookaway Golf Club

81

Craig Aronchick, Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Gary Daniels, Saucon Valley Country Club

83

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Frank Rutan, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club

84

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

Richard Timbrell, Philadelphia Publinks GA

88

Steve Kyriakodis, Lu Lu Country Club

88

Paul Keating, Aronimink Golf Club

89

John Patton, Little Mill Country Club

95

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

WD

David Smith, Doylestown Country Club

WD

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

WD

Gary Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club

WD

 

Super-Senior Division

Qualifiers

Name, club

Scores

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

72

Art Brosius, DuPont Country Club

75

Edward Pappas, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club

75

James Robertson, Saucon Valley Country Club

75

Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club

76

Ken Gaskill, Rancocas Golf Club

76

O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club

77

Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

77

 

Failed to qualify

Dennis Perna, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

Jay Kocher, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

John Owens, Tavistock Country Club

79

John Capers, III, Merion Golf Club

80

Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

80

A. Richard Bailey, Applebrook Golf Club

81

Kent Weymouth, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club

82

Michael Sofranko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

Gordon Bennett, Northampton Country Club

84

Joseph McLane, JC Melrose Country Club

84

Jim Lloyd, Running Deer Golf Club

85

Thomas O'Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club

85

David Jordan, Sakima Country Club

86

Robert Agran, Reading Country Club

94

Stephen Daley, Lu Lu Country Club

WD

 

*-determined in playoff; WD-withdrawal

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