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August 13, 2015

Gillespie won his first GAP title since his 2001 BMW Philadelphia Amateur victory.

Gillespie returns to GAP glory with Marston Cup title

MOHNTON, Pa.- St. Davids Golf Club’s Brian Gillespie has made his rightful return to the GAP winner’s circle.

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  Thanks to an even-par round of 72 on LedgeRock Golf Club’s (par 72, 6,667 yards) stifling track, Gillespie won the 11th Marston Cup on Thursday. The victory was Gillespie’s first since winning the 2001 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Jericho National Golf Club.

  “Champ. I like the sound of that,” said Gillespie while reading his newest and long-awaited piece of championship hardware. “It feels great to walk away with a win and to see my name on another GAP trophy. I must have played over a hundred GAP events since my last win. You beat your brains in because it’s just hard to win and to be first in a field with so many great players.”

  Gillespie, having never stepped foot on LedgeRock’s aesthetically-pleasing grounds, outlasted a field of 86 players aged 40 to 54 for the title. After a rough start out of the gate with a bogey on No. 1 (par 4, 370 yards), he bounced back with a red number on No. 3 (par 4, 330 yards). Gillespie rolled a 42-yard wedge shot just past the cup, then drained the birdie putt after a helpful read from Philadelphia Publinks’ Dave Fardon, one of his playing partners.

  Another Gillespie birdie came on No. 8 (par 5, 532 yards) after his pitch shot came to rest two feet from the hole and was easily finished. Gillespie, playing his final nine in 1-under-par, propelled himself towards the trophy with a birdie on No. 13 (par 5, 530 yards), where he snuck in a 12 footer on the right side of the cup. He avoided mistakes down the finishing stretch, including a crucial par on the par 4, 408-yard 17th, which the field played to a 5.07 stroke average on Thursday.

  “It feels good having not seen this golf course before and having played pretty well. That means I’m playing well and thinking well,” said Gillespie. “It’s the kind of golf course, just driving in, I knew I would keep driver in the bag. It was kind of my plan to keep it in play. I wanted to get to even par and see what would happen from there.”

  The St. Davids member of 16 years is no stranger to the top of leaderboards. In recent years, he has had more than a few chances to end his winless streak, including at the 2009 Patterson Cup, where he finished as runner-up to Overbrook Golf Club’s James Kania, Jr., and again at the 2013 GAP Middle-Amateur Championship where he finished tied for fourth.

  Gillespie’s Marston title is his first stroke-play victory in a GAP event.

  The Marston’s title-holder receives exemptions for the 2015 Amateur and Middle-Amateur Championships, as well as the Joseph H. Patterson Cup. Gillespie, however, is already exempt from those three GAP Majors.

  “There’s been years when I haven’t had exemptions and I had to come out and qualify, which is always tough,” said Gillespie. “It’s nice to be exempt. It’s huge from a work schedule standpoint, too.”

  With minimal golf left to be played in 2015, Gillespie will enter next year’s GAP season with favorable momentum. Ultimately, his goal remains the same: to have his name once again etched on a Major trophy.

  “I really want to get my name on another one. Any guy that is out here will tell you the same thing,” said Gillespie, 40, of Newton Square, Pa. “At this point, I thought I would have my name on a Mid.-Am. trophy by now. I've been really close a few times to winning that thing. At some point, I want to get my name on that one. That’s my goal.”

  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.

  Two-time champion P. Chet Walsh, who won last year’s Marston at Trenton Country Club and also in 2012 at White Manor Country Club, carded a 12-over round of 84 at LedgeRock.

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

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 151 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

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

72

Brian Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club

73

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

74

Timothy Burns, Country Club of Scranton

74

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

75

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

76

Mark Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

76

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

76

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

76

Tom Coyne, McCall Golf & Country Club

76

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

77

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77

Thomas Michalek, LedgeRock Golf Club

77

Jim Nau, Back Creek Golf Club

78

Kevin Koch, Spring Ford Country Club

78

Kevin Turner, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Mark Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club

78

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Brett Vivian, Philmont Country Club

79

Howard Richardson, Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club

79

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

79

John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

80

Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club

80

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

81

Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club

81

Jeff Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club

82

Jon King, LedgeRock Golf Club

82

Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

82

Robert Dziak, The Springhaven Club

82

Adam Shea, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

83

Andy Vitella, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83

Chris Jackson, Little Mill Country Club

83

Jeff Moffat, Five Ponds Golf Club

83

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

83

Bill Holsten, Aronimink Golf Club

84

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Eugene Haag, Tavistock Country Club

84

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

84

Joe Granahan, Concord Country Club

84

Joseph Owsik, Philmont Country Club

84

Kenneth Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

Mark Czerniakowski, Meadowlands Country Club

84

Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

84

Andy Green, DuPont Country Club

85

Daniel Brooks, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

David Sirolly, Country Club of York

85

Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club

85

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

85

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Dave Fardon, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

David Maddock, Glen Oak Country Club

86

Derek Vogt, French Creek Golf Club

86

Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Matthew J. Shevlin, North Hills Country Club

86

Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club

86

Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club

86

Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

86

Charlie Wahl, Riverton Country Club

88

David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

88

Shawn Burns, The ACE Club

88

Tim McNerney, Philadelphia Publinks GA

88

David Dorey, Tavistock Country Club

89

John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club

90

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

90

Robert Frankil, Bellewood Country Club

90

Roger Smith, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

90

Steve Weaver, Lu Lu Country Club

90

Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

92

Scot Withers, West Chester Golf & Country Club

92

Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

93

Michael Schoedler, Five Ponds Golf Club

93

Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club

95

Ronald Romanik, Coatesville Country Club

95

Bob Dick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

100

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

103

Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

DQ

John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club

WD

Ken Croney, Jr., Applebrook Golf Club

WD

Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club

WD

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

 

Handicap 4 and under

Name, club

Score

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

72

Brian Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club

73

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

74

Timothy Burns, Country Club of Scranton

74

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

75

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

76

Mark Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

76

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

76

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

76

Tom Coyne, McCall Golf & Country Club

76

James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club

77

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Kevin Haag, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77

Thomas Michalek, LedgeRock Golf Club

77

Kevin Koch, Spring Ford Country Club

78

Kevin Turner, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Mark Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club

78

Brett Vivian, Philmont Country Club

79

Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club

79

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

79

John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

80

Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

81

Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club

81

Jeff Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club

82

Robert Dziak, The Springhaven Club

82

Adam Shea, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

83

Jeff Moffat, Five Ponds Golf Club

83

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

83

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Kenneth Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

Mark Czerniakowski, Meadowlands Country Club

84

Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

84

Dave Fardon, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

David Maddock, Glen Oak Country Club

86

Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

DQ

Ken Croney, Jr., Applebrook Golf Club

WD

Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club

WD

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

 

Handicap 5 and higher

Name, club

Score

Jim Nau, Back Creek Golf Club

78

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Howard Richardson, Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club

80

Jon King, LedgeRock Golf Club

82

Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

82

Andy Vitella, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83

Chris Jackson, Little Mill Country Club

83

Bill Holsten, Aronimink Golf Club

84

Eugene Haag, Tavistock Country Club

84

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

84

Joe Granahan, Concord Country Club

84

Joseph Owsik, Philmont Country Club

84

Andy Green, DuPont Country Club

85

Daniel Brooks, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

David Sirolly, Country Club of York

85

Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club

85

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

85

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Derek Vogt, French Creek Golf Club

86

Matthew J. Shevlin, North Hills Country Club

86

Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club

86

Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club

86

Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

86

Charlie Wahl, Riverton Country Club

88

David Justi, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

88

Shawn Burns, The ACE Club

88

Tim McNerney, Philadelphia Publinks GA

88

David Dorey, Tavistock Country Club

89

John Mullins, Five Ponds Golf Club

90

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

90

Robert Frankil, Bellewood Country Club

90

Roger Smith, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

90

Steve Weaver, Lu Lu Country Club

90

Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

92

Scot Withers, West Chester Golf & Country Club

92

Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

93

Michael Schoedler, Five Ponds Golf Club

93

Kevin Wall, Old York Road Country Club

95

Ronald Romanik, Coatesville Country Club

95

Bob Dick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

100

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

103

John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club

WD

 

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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