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Philadelphia CC’s Walsh plucks Marston Cup in playoff

  MALVERN, Pa. — Philadelphia Country Club’s P. Chet Walsh emerged from The Marston Cup aftermath victorious Wednesday at White Manor Country Club (par 71, 6,599 yards). The Wayne, Pa. resident outlasted Ron Weaver of Bent Creek Country Club and Steve Lubin of Five Ponds Golf Club, the tournament’s defending champion, in a sudden-death playoff. All three players posted even-par 71s in regulation.

   “It’s an event that I’ve always felt I could win, just because of the age group and I was at the young end,” an emotional Walsh, 47, said. “I haven’t played well the last few years. Currently, I have a lot more confidence in my game. Today, I drove it really poorly but I was able to get it around.”

  The affable Walsh capped off a strong season with a piece of Golf Association of Philadelphia hardware. He qualified for match play in the Amateur Championship, posted a Top 10 finish in a shortened Patterson Cup and competed in the Open Championship at Pine Valley Golf Club. Walsh also placed tied for fourth in the Silver Cross Award Standings.

   “My putting has been very hot and cold,” Walsh, the 2008 Tournament of Champions victor, said. “I figured something out during the second qualifying round of the Amateur. It’s an ugly stroke, but it converts the majority of the short putts. I didn’t three-putt all day.”

  In the sudden-death session, Lubin bowed out after the first hole (par 4,421 yards). He flew the green with his approach and watched his two-footer for par loop around the jar. Both Walsh and Weaver essentially halved it with pars, forcing more overtime. On the second playoff hole (No. 9,par 4, 408 yards), Weaver caught the left fairway bunker with his drive and only advanced his extrication 30 yards. He didn’t reach the green on his third stroke, and a routine two-putt par was all Walsh needed to seal victory.

   “It’s another GAP win, but it’s not a Major,” the longtime GAP veteran said. “It’s still nice to win a GAP event, no doubt about that. I’ve always wanted something bigger.”

  In regulation, Walsh carded three birdies against three bogeys. He went bunker-to-bunker for bogey on No. 2 (par 4, 398 yards), sending a 6-iron out of the fairway pit into the short left greenside sand. Walsh fired back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 (par 4, 404 yards) and 5 (par 4, 424 yards). He hit an uphill 8-iron 152 yards to four feet on the first, a 7-iron 166 yards to 15 feet on the latter. Walsh bogeyed the par 4, 408-yard No. 9 following a wayward drive that crashed into a tree and plummeted into the fescue. Another poor tee shot — a 3-wood on the 13th hole (par 4,438 yards) — left Walsh with a difficult lie. He chopped a hybrid 80 yards and ingested a bogey. He forged a tie with Weaver, who finished in the morning, after a birdie on No. 17 (par 5, 520 yards).Walsh powered a 4-hybrid from 225 yards out of the first cut and left a seven-footer for eagle on the low side.

  Lubin experienced a similar round. He assembled seven straight pars before constructing a birdie on No.8 (par 3, 125 yards), where he stopped a pitching wedge at three feet. He relinquished the stroke on the following hole (par 4, 408 yards) following a three-putt from below a sloping green. A second three-putt — this time on the par 5, 515-yard 11th hole — also resulted in a bogey. Lubin ran a quick downhill 12-footer for birdie four feet past the jar and missed the comebacker. He stuck a 7-iron 163 yards to 20 feet for birdie on No. 16 (par 4, 416 yards) to return to even.

   “I’m proud of the way I defended my title,” Lubin, 41, of Doylestown, Pa., said. “To get this far and get it to a playoff is cool stuff. It’s something I’ve never done before.”

  Weaver’s 17th hole was a bit more dramatic than Walsh’s. He deposited an 80-yard wedge shot for eagle to move to 1 under in regulation.

   “That was very special,” Weaver, 53, of Lancaster, Pa., said. “I had the perfect number and just juiced it in the hole. It hit about four feet right and spun in. I don’t make many eagles because I don’t hit it very far. That was a lot of fun.”

  Weaver bogeyed his last hole (par 4, 369 yards) to drop back to even. He attempted to punch a 5-iron out of a gnarly lie, only advancing his golf ball slightly. Weaver reached the putting surface on his third stroke and lipped a 15-footer to save par.

   “The rough here is brutal,” he said. “Being a little weak, it’s hard for me to advance it. I have to work on that.”

  Attribute Weaver’s physical strength to the left shoulder replacement he underwent two years ago.

   “I’m limited to how much I can play and practice,” Weaver said. “That’s why whenever the ball is in the rough, I really struggle. I’ve lost probably 30 to 40 yards off the tee. I’m at a point now where I’m going to be getting stronger for the first time. Now I’m on a strong regiment of physical therapy, strengthening, conditioning and getting back to where I can hit it again. It’s really hard to play the game when you can’t hit it past 240 yards.”

  What Weaver lacks in distance he made up for in execution around the greens. On No. 3 (par 3, 238 yards), Weaver landed a 4-wood short of the green, chipped up and missed a six-footer to save par. He birdied the par 5, 543-yard No. 6 after stopping a wedge at eight feet. Weaver’s outward tour ended on a sour note. He couldn’t elevate his third shot — a 58-degree sand wedge from 20 yards — over a towering slope on the No. 9 (par 4, 408 yards) green. Weaver then three-putted for a 6. He regained his footing with a birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 391 yards), drilling a 9-iron 130 yards to four feet.

  On the difficult par 4, 438-yard 13th hole, Weaver pulverized a 4-iron 210 yards into an uphill lie just off the green. He muscled a chip onto the putting surface and missed a 15-footer to save par. Weaver etched a 3 on the par 4, 416-yard 16th hole, bunting an uphill 4-utlity 179 yards to a foot off the green and burying a 20-footer.

  NOTES — Play was suspended for 50 minutes due to lightning.

  The Marston Cup honors 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 low amateur in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Open.   In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago, Ill. 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 Golf Club’s Crump Cup.

  The tournament is limited to players 40 to 54 years of age with a 10.0 handicap index or lower.

  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

Name, club

Score

*P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

71

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

71

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

71

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

72

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

73

David West, Whitford Country Club

73

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Byron Whitman, Reading Country Club

74

Edward Kelly, Jr., Talamore Country Club

74

Joseph Kinsman, Downingtown Country Club

75

Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club

75

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

75

Mark Hodgson, Burlington Country Club

76

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Jeff Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Miguel Biamon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

Robert Galbreath, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Jon Helhowski, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Joe Granahan, Concord Country Club

77

Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

77

Steve Gillmor, Downingtown Country Club

77

Frank Natale, Sunnybrook Golf Club

78

Steven Tazza, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Vince Dginto, Limekiln Golf Club

78

Michael Meiswich, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club

78

Mario Canal, Laurel Creek Country Club

78

Daniel Mahoney, Yardley Country Club

78

Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton

79

Dave Dillon, Huntsville Golf Club

79

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

79

Edward Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

79

Douglas Schroer, Aronimink Golf Club

79

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

79

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

79

Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

80

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club

80

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Jack Clough, Wilmington Country Club

81

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Andrew Sterge, Stonewall

81

William Kelly, Penn Oaks Golf Club

81

Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

81

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

81

Sean Braddish, Medford Lakes Country Club

81

Christopher Wallin, French Creek Golf Club

81

Daniel Brooks, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Tom Watchko, Plymouth Country Club

82

David Pierce, Talamore Country Club

82

Ralph Gariano, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Geoff Routzahn, Applecross Country Club

83

Andy Green, DuPont Country Club

83

Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club

83

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

83

Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club

83

Lee Johnson Jr, Downingtown Country Club

83

Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

83

Jim Simmons, Stonewall

84

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

84

Frank Marckioni, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

84

Walt Neumann, Five Ponds Golf Club

85

Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

85

Tony DePaul, North Hills Country Club

85

Kevin Pechin, Phoenixville Country Club

85

Matthew Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

86

Robert Betts, St. Davids Golf Club

86

Chuck Lynch, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86

David Heaney, Wilmington Country Club

86

Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

Jon Chronister, Bent Creek Country Club

86

George Foley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86

Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club

87

Richard Passarella, Little Mill Country Club

87

Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell Country Club

88

Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club

88

John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club

88

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club

89

Scott Glossner, Golden Pheasant Golf Club

91

Peter Mark, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

91

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

91

Peter Zukowski, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

91

Michael Frost, The Springhaven Club

91

Casey Calder, Downingtown Country Club

92

Derek Partin, White Oaks Country Club

93

Scott Minor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

95

James Choe, Penn Oaks Golf Club

102

John VanDame, Five Ponds Golf Club

111

William Montgomery, St. Davids Golf Club

NS

Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club

NS

Schuyler Wickes, Phoenixville Country Club

WD

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Kenneth Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

James Loftus, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club

WD

Lance Oberparleiter, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Scott Vasbinder, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

Jimmy Taylor, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

WD

Anthony Piazza, The ACE Club

WD

Nicholas Zanni, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Gerry Baldachino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

WD

Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club

NC

Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club

WD

 

Handicap +2 to 3

Name, club

Score

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

71

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

71

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

72

David West, Whitford Country Club

73

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

73

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Byron Whitman, Reading Country Club

74

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Edward Kelly, Jr., Talamore Country Club

74

Joseph Kinsman, Downingtown Country Club

75

Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club

75

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

75

Jeff Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club

76

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Miguel Biamon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

77

Frank Natale, Sunnybrook Golf Club

78

Michael Meiswich, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Steven Tazza, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Douglas Schroer, Aronimink Golf Club

79

Edward Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

79

Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton

79

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

79

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

79

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

79

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

80

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Andrew Sterge, Stonewall

81

Christopher Wallin, French Creek Golf Club

81

Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

81

Brian Powell, Burlington Country Club

83

Geoff Routzahn, Applecross Country Club

83

Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club

83

Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

83

Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

85

Chuck Lynch, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86

Jon Chronister, Bent Creek Country Club

86

Scott Glossner, Golden Pheasant Golf Club

91

Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club

WD

Gerry Baldachino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

WD

Jimmy Taylor, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

WD

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club

NC

Kenneth Matt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

Lance Oberparleiter, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club

WD

 

Handicap 4 and over

Name, club

Score

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

71

Mark Hodgson, Burlington Country Club

76

Robert Galbreath, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Joe Granahan, Concord Country Club

77

Jon Helhowski, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Steve Gillmor, Downingtown Country Club

77

Daniel Mahoney, Yardley Country Club

78

Mario Canal, Laurel Creek Country Club

78

Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club

78

Vince Dginto, Limekiln Golf Club

78

Dave Dillon, Huntsville Golf Club

79

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

79

Burton McHugh, Sunnybrook Golf Club

80

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Jack Clough, Wilmington Country Club

81

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

81

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Sean Braddish, Medford Lakes Country Club

81

William Kelly, Penn Oaks Golf Club

81

Daniel Brooks, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

David Pierce, Talamore Country Club

82

Ralph Gariano, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Tom Watchko, Plymouth Country Club

82

Andy Green, DuPont Country Club

83

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

83

Lee Johnson Jr, Downingtown Country Club

83

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

84

Frank Marckioni, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

84

Jim Simmons, Stonewall

84

Kevin Pechin, Phoenixville Country Club

85

Tony DePaul, North Hills Country Club

85

Walt Neumann, Five Ponds Golf Club

85

David Heaney, Wilmington Country Club

86

George Foley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86

Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

Matthew Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

86

Robert Betts, St. Davids Golf Club

86

Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club

87

Richard Passarella, Little Mill Country Club

87

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club

88

Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell Country Club

88

Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club

88

Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club

89

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

91

Michael Frost, The Springhaven Club

91

Peter Mark, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

91

Peter Zukowski, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

91

Casey Calder, Downingtown Country Club

92

Derek Partin, White Oaks Country Club

93

Scott Minor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

95

James Choe, Penn Oaks Golf Club

102

John VanDame, Five Ponds Golf Club

111

Anthony Piazza, The ACE Club

WD

James Loftus, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Nicholas Zanni, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Schuyler Wickes, Phoenixville Country Club

WD

Scott Vasbinder, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WD

Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club

NS

William Montgomery, St. Davids Golf Club

NS

 

*-won in playoff

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

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