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Association set for 26th Senior Challenge Matches

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia eyes a successful Senior Challenge Matches title defense when it takes part in the event’s 26th edition Oct. 2 at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, N.J.

  The Senior Challenge Matches features eight seniors from four associations — Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Philadelphia — engaging in 18 holes of stroke play competition. The top six scores from each count toward the team total.

  A year ago, the Association edged Maryland in thrilling fashion. Both teams finished at 439, prompting a seventh score to serve as a tiebreaker. Saucon Valley Country Club’s Robin McCool posted a 77 to give GAP its record 13th title.

  The following players will represent the Golf Association of Philadelphia in this year’s affair.

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club
Eighth appearance (2006-10, 2012-13)

2014 accomplishments: Runner-up in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at The Springhaven Club; fell to Bert Kosup of The Ridge at Back Brook in a sudden-death playoff after both players finished regulation at 1-over-par 71 … semifinalist in the 7th Brewer Cup at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club; lost to eventual champion Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club, 3&1 … posted a Top 15 finish in the 44th Senior Amateur Championship at Philmont Country Club with scores of 77 and 74 … placed tied for seventh in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings … quarterfinalist in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Match Play Championship at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; fell to Paul Schlachter, 2&1 … currently ranked fourth in the Senior Player of the Year standings.


Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club
Third appearance (2005, 2010)

2014 accomplishments: Co-runner-up in the 80th Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Talamore Country Club with a score of 2-over-par 73 … posted a Top 15 finish in the 44th Senior Amateur Championship with scores of 74 and 77 … teamed with clubmate Ken Silverwood to share runner-up honors in the 55th Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play at Concord Country Club; lost in a scorecard playoff after carding a 3-under-par 68 … placed fourth in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings … currently ranks fifth in the Senior Player of the Year standings.


Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club
First appearance

2014 accomplishments: Qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship … posted a Top 10 finish in the 44th Senior Amateur Championship; carded rounds of 77 and 72 … posted a Top 5 finish in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) with a score of 4-over-par 74 … currently ranks eighth in the Senior Player of the Year standings.


Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club
Seventh appearance (2004-05, 2007-08, 2012-13)

2014 accomplishments: Won the Super-Senior title in the 7th Brewer Cup; defeated John Rowe of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, 3&1, in the final… earned the Super-Senior Silver Cross Award with a 297 total … Super-Senior runner-up in the 44th Senior Amateur Championship; carded rounds of 73 and 72 … posted a Top 10 finish in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … shared runner-up honors in the 80th Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross); lost in a sudden-death playoff to William Lawler of Fox Hill Country Club after finishing regulation at 5-over-par 76 … won the Super-Senior title in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship at Waynesborough Country Club; posted scores of 73 and 74 for a one stroke victory … 2014 Super-Senior Player of the Year.


Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club
Fourth appearance (2007, 2009-10)

2014 accomplishments: Co-runner-up in the 44th Senior Amateur Championship with rounds of 75 and 72 … qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur … placed third in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings … posted a Top 15 finish in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … semifinalist in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Match Play Championship; lost to Chip Lutz via forfeit … finished tied for third in the PAGA Senior Amateur Championship with scores of 75 and 70 … currently ranks third in the Senior Player of the Year Award standings.


Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club
Third appearance (2006, 2013)

2014 accomplishments: Captured the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship; carded rounds of 69 and 72 for a 1 under 141 total … runner-up in the 7th Brewer Cup; lost to Chip Lutz, 4&3, in the final … quarterfinalist in the PAGA Senior Match Play Championship; fell to John Rodney, 6&5 … placed tied for 10th in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings … currently ranks seventh in the Senior Player of the Year standings.


Ray Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club
Sixth appearance (2007, 2009, 2011-13)

2014 accomplishments: Semifinalist in the 114th Amateur Championship at White Manor Country Club; fell to eventual champion Jeff Osberg of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, 5&4 … advanced to the Round of 32 in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Big Canyon Country Club; lost to Jack Hall of Savannah, Ga., 5&4 … placed second in the Silver Cross Award standings … posted Top 10 finishes in the 44th Senior Amateur Championship and 80th Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) … registered a Top 15 finish in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … currently ranks second in the Senior Player of the Year standings.


Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton
Second appearance (2012)

2014 accomplishments: Co-runner-up in the 44th Senior Amateur Championship with rounds of 74 and 73 … posted a Top 10 finish in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … placed tied for seventh in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings … Senior Division runner-up in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Art Wall, Jr. Memorial; carded a 6 over 148 total at Rolling Green Golf Club … currently ranked in the Senior Player of the Year standings.

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.

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