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Lehigh to host 28th Senior Challenge Matches Oct. 5

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia will bear the “defending champions” moniker when it competes in the 28th Senior Challenge Matches Oct. 5 at Lehigh Country Club.

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

  The event’s portrayed a clash between the Association and Maryland over the last three years. In 2013, the GAP team defeated its southern counterparts in a seventh-score tiebreaker. Maryland prevailed by two strokes the following year at Manasquan River Golf Club. The Association reclaimed the trophy a year ago by a posting a nine-stroke margin of victory a year ago.

  Six newcomers will represent Team GAP in this year’s affair. Below is a look at the full roster.

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Won the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf at Overbrook Golf Club; defeated Christopher Clauson of Lu Lu Country Club, 19 holes, in the Final … finished third in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Galloway National Golf Club … tied for fourth in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Allegheny Health Network at Chester Valley Golf Club … semifinalist in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Match Play Championship presented by Allegheny Health Network at Lookaway Golf Club; lost to eventual champion Paul Schlachter of The Club at Nevillewood, 1-up … won the Senior 27-Hole Challenge alongside Bert Kosup of The Ridge at Back Brook … tied for 10th in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings … tied for 25th in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Whitford Country Club … named a “Player to Watch in 2016” by the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine … ranked 7th in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings.


Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club
Ninth appearance (2004-05, 2007-08, 2012-15)

2016 accomplishments: Won the Super-Senior title in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross); carded a 3-over-par 74 … won the Super-Senior title in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship at his home club; carded rounds of 70 and 73 for an eight-stroke victory … earner his fourth straight Super-Senior Silver Cross Award by a 12-stroke margin … quarterfinalist in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf; lost to Frank Polizzi of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, 1-up … won the Super-Senior title in the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play at LedgeRock Golf Club alongside Carl Everett of Merion Golf Club … finished third in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) … Super-Senior Player of the Year.


Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Tied for fourth in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … quarterfinalist in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf; lost to Christopher Clauson, 1-up … tied for 11th in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship … finished third in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings with a score of 303 … tied for eighth in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) … ranked sixth in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings.


Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Quarterfinalist in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf; lost to Michael Vassil of the Country Club of Scranton, 1-up … placed fourth in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship … finished sixth in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings … tied for sixth in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship at Lancaster Country Club … named a “Player to Watch in 2016” by the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine … ranked ninth in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings.


Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Won the R&A Seniors Amateur Championship at Formby Golf Club; defeated Graham Bell and Brady Exber in a sudden-death playoff after all three players completed regulation tied at 220 … advanced to the Round of 32 in the U.S. Senior Amateur at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.; lost to Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., 5&3 … earned low amateur honors in the U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio; carded rounds of 77, 69, 74 and 70 … finished third in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) … missed the match play cut in the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Stonewall; carded rounds of 75 and 76 … GAP Senior Player of the Year.


Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Semifinalist in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf; lost to Bob Beck of Lehigh Country Club, 2&1 … runner-up in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s 10th Senior Match Play Championship presented by Allegheny Health Network; lost to Paul Schlachter, 3&2 … tied for fifth in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship … tied for seventh in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings with a score of 310 … tied for third in the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play alongside Marlin Detweiler of Lancaster Country Club … ranked fifth in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings.


Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Won the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) with a score of 72 … runner-up in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship; carded rounds of 72 and 71 … tied for fourth in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … won the Senior Silver Cross Award with a score of 290 … won the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play alongside Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley Country Club … advanced to the Round of 16 in the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club; lost to R.J. Wren of Applecross Country Club, 2&1 … tied for third in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship … ranked second in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings.


Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club
Eighth appearance (2007, 2009, 2011-15)

2016 accomplishments: Finished third in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship; carded rounds of 75 and 70 … tied for third in the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play alongside Oscar Mestre of Overbrook Golf Club … placed fourth in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings with a score of 307 … ranked eighth in the GAP 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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