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July 7, 2014

Robin McCool (left) and Chip Lutz shake hands following their rounds Monday at Whitemarsh Valley.

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Past champions share medalist honors in Brewer Cup Qualifier

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. — En route to securing his second Brewer Cup title a year ago at Lookaway Golf Club, Robin McCool cited a 2&1 victory over Chip Lutz in the event’s opening round as a confidence genesis. The moment made McCool’s trophy prospects even more of a possibility in his mind.

  Lutz and McCool met again Monday, this time side-by-side and paired together in the tournament’s stoke-play qualifier at a breezy Whitemarsh Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,601 yards). Both players carded even-par 72s to share medalist honors.

  As a result of their respective performances, the next meeting between the two GAP proponents can only occur in the Final. Lutz is seeded No. 1, McCool No. 2 based on order of scorecard return. Lutz will face Reading Country Club’s Richard Custer when match play begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. McCool opposes Manufacturers Golf & Country Club’s Jim Macallister at 8:30 a.m.

  The cut line stopped at 77, with 16 players advancing.

  “We’ve been friends and partners in tournaments for a longtime,” Lutz, 59, of Reading, Pa., said. “We served on the [Golf Association of Philadelphia] Executive Committee together. We won the [Pennsylvania Golf Association] Senior Better-Ball last year. Now we’re in opposite brackets. Maybe if we’re both fortunate enough, we’ll see each other in the final.”

  A “lost and found” theme highlighted the co-medalists Monday. Lutz realized his gap wedge was missing when he faced a 112-yard shot on his first hole.

  “The lost wedge threw a wrinkle at me early on,” the LedgeRock Golf Club member said. “That was a bit of a challenge. I needed to use some creative thinking throughout the round.”

  McCool, who hails from Saucon Valley Country Club, found his golf game over the weekend as he captured Bethlehem Golf Club’s stroke-play championship.

  “I felt pretty good about that. However, playing more than three days in a row isn’t good for my back,” McCool, who is nearly three years removed from spinal fusion surgery, said. “I came in here today and felt like I had control of my ball flight. The objective was to hit a lot of greens and make a lot of pars.”

  Objective achieved. McCool, 63, of Bethlehem, Pa., carded two birdies against two bogeys on the day. He stopped a 3-wood at 15 feet on the difficult par 3, 230-yard No. 4 for a terrific 2. McCool immediately relinquished the stroke on the next hole (par 5, 506 yards), where he misread a three-footer for par. He also bogeyed the uphill par 3, 140-yard 16th hole after his low 6-iron crashed into the green’s front and rolled down the slope. His other birdie occurred on No. 10 (par 4, 375 yards). McCool manufactured a half 7-iron upwind from 128 yards to 15 feet.

  McCool is the only two-time Brewer Cup winner in the event’s seven-year history (2010, 2013). He’s far from letting thoughts of a third clout his quest this year.

  “I don’t want to sound trite, but it’s really just one shot at a time,” McCool said. “That’s all I can do. I like my chances if I just do that.”

  A shaky front nine didn’t leave Lutz entirely enthusiastic about his qualifying chances. Starting on No. 1 (par 4, 354 yards), the four-time reigning GAP Senior Player of the Year turned in 2 over, but quickly erased any doubt with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 (par 5, 501 yards). On the first, he compensated for the lost gap wedge by executing a modified pitching wedge shot to 18 feet. Lutz reached the right greenside bunker on No. 11 in two strokes and splashed into kick-in range. A powerful 7-iron from 180 yards on the par 5, 482-yard 17th hole set up a two-putt birdie.

  “Overall, I was pleased to play a reasonable round,” Lutz, the 2011 Brewer Cup Champion, said. “In these tournaments, you want to play well enough to get into match play.”

Super Senior
  Chester Valley Golf Club’s Thomas O’Rourke seized the Super-Senior Division medal with a score of 3-over-par 75. The recent Chapman Cup (Gross) runner-up settled into solid play after opening his qualifying bid with two straight bogeys. Interesting enough, it was a bogey on No. 11 (par 5, 480 yards) that kept O’Rourke’s match play hopes intact.

  “I was on my way to making an 8 and somehow made a 6. That saved the round,” O’Rourke, 70, of Malvern, Pa., said. “I was in the fairway bunker, barely got it out, laid it up and was in the bunker again. It was a bad lie and a long bunker shot. I barely got it to the top of the hill. I chipped it up three feet and made the downhill putt for 6.”

  O’Rourke followed that bogey save with a pair of birdies on Whitemarsh Valley’s back nine. He drilled a pitching wedge 118 yards to 20 feet on No. 13 (par 4, 350 yards) and nudged a chip to three feet on No. 17 (par 5, 456 yards) after almost reaching the green in two strokes with a 3-wood. Overall, O’Rourke registered 11 fairways — also a key to his medalist performance.

  “I drove it really well today,” he said.

  O’Rourke will face White Manor Country Club’s Don Donatoni, the Division’s reigning champion, at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The Super-Senior cut line fell to 78.

  The Brewer Cup is named in honor of O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., the former president of Pine Valley Golf Club. He 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. Five years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

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 150 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.

Qualifiers

Senior Division

Name, club

Scores

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

72

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

72

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

74

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

74

Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club

75

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

75

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

75

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

76

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

76

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

77

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

77

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

77

Richard Custer, Reading Country Club

77

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

77

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

77

Failed to qualify

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

78

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

Joseph Marucci, Saucon Valley Country Club

78

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

78

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

78

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

78

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

78

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

79

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

79

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

79

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

79

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

79

Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

80

Brian Sexton, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

80

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

80

Steve Javie, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

81

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

81

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

81

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

82

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

82

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

82

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

83

Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Thomas Alestock, DuPont Country Club

83

Bennett Meyer, Philmont Country Club

84

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

84

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

85

Jim Anthony, IV, Bensalem Township Country Club

85

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

85

Michael Anderson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

85

John Brown, Rolling Green Golf Club

86

John Manfredi, Woodcrest Country Club

86

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

86

Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club

86

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

86

Richard Timbrell, The Bucks Club

87

Robert Van Etten, Laurel Creek Country Club

87

Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

88

Joseph Major, Brookside Country Club

89

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

Super-Senior Division

Qualifiers

Name, club

Scores

Thomas O'Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club

75

Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club

76

Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club

77

William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club

77

*Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

78

*Hugh Kenworthy, III, Gulph Mills Golf Club

78

*John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club

78

Failed to qualify

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

78

Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Frank Shuman, Lehigh Country Club

79

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

79

Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club

80

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

80

Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club

81

Fred Jones, Merion Golf Club

82

Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

83

James (Jay) Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club

84

David Jordan, Sakima Country Club

85

Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club

86

Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

86

Steve Yassky, Edgmont Country Club

86

Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

87

Art Brosius, Golf Course at Glen Mills

90

John Patton, Little Mill Country Club

93

George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

WD

* - advanced in playoff; WD - withdrawal

 

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