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July 10, 2017

David West was the lone player in red numbers in stroke-play qualifying.

#BrewerCup: West takes Senior medalist honors,
Humphrey earns No. 1 Supers’ seed

  WAYNE, Pa.- It isn’t hard to realize red is David West’s favorite color, at least while on the golf course. West, while sporting a fiery golf polo, was the only player to emerge in red numbers Monday at St. Davids Golf Club (par 70, 6,249 yards) – the smooth swinger’s first, and only, assistant professional home.

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  Whitford Country Club’s West fired a sizzling 3-under-round of 67 to earn Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf medalist honors in the Senior Division 18-hole stroke play qualifying round. The long-hitting West, still on the road to recovery from a hip replacement in January, topped a field of 84 players vying for a spot in tomorrow’s match-play bracket.

  “A 67? That is the lowest round I’ve shot in a GAP event,” said an ecstatic West, a Downingtown, Pa. resident. “I love this golf course. I’ve built a ton of memories here. I worked here in 1982, and it was my first job out of college. I spent one year as an assistant professional, and although I realized the career wasn’t for me, I still enjoyed it. This is a great place.”

  Steady, swirling winds arrived mid-morning, and befuddled contestants. It remained steady all day, but so did West.

  The happy reunion kicked off early on No. 1 (par 4, 369 yards), when West pummeled a driver down the middle, leaving him with just 104 yards in. He flipped a gap wedge to two feet for a tap-in birdie. His home in the red would not be extinguished from there on out.

  Another birdie arrived on the par-4, 380-yard 5th. West found the left rough off the tee, but his wedge approach from 125 yards out landed safely on the green, leading to a 20-foot putt that dropped. West walloped a drive on No. 11 (par 5, 525 yards) straight down the center leaving him with just 180 yards in. His 7-iron approach came up a little short on the front of the green, but two-putted from 30 feet for another birdie.

  The only blemish on the day surfaced on the par-4, 404-yard 13th in result of a West three putt. He’d erase it on No. 16 (par 5, 485 yards) with another beautiful three. After coming up short, he splashed a bunker shot out to 15 feet and drilled the downhill look to get to 3 under, where he would comfortably finish.

  “It was the best round I’ve played all year,” he said. “I’ve played here many, many times and it’s the best round I’ve ever played here also.”

  Earlier this spring, times were rough and scores were high. West missed the cut at his home club in a GAP Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf by a stroke, and then again in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at French Creek Golf Club by five strokes.

  The results show the 57-year-old’s hip replacement took a toll on what is usually a consistently-steady golf game.

  “No excuses, but it wasn’t good in the spring. I started playing eight weeks after the surgery, but I can tell you that it still isn’t 100 percent,” said West. “It feels better now, and today, it didn’t bother me whatsoever. I’ll go home and take some anti-inflammatories, but every week it is getting better.”

  It appears the rehab process took a monumental step forward after today’s low round. West is gaining back the confidence in his beauty of a golf swing.

  “After 40 years of turning and twisting, [the hip damage] happened. Now I’m feeling physically and mentally strong again. I was able to qualify for the [GAP] Philadelphia Open last week, and I’m starting to see those low scores again. I’m excited for the rest of the season, and the rest of this week now.”

  The top-seeded West will face Greg Buliga of Yardley Country Club at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Super-Senior Division

  Divisional newcomer Thomas Humphrey of Wilmington Country Club earned the top Super-Senior flight seed with a 2-over-par 72 at St. Davids Golf Club (par 70, 5,686 yards).

  Humphrey set himself up for qualifying success with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 (par 4, 362 yards) and 8 (par 5, 459 yards) that turned his round around.

  Standing at 1-over par, on No. 7 Humphrey knocked a wedge from 120 yards to 20 feet and drained the sliding left to right breaker. On the ensuing hole, Humphrey hit a 5-iron from 185 yards onto the putting surface in two. He tapped in a birdie after missing a 15-foot eagle try.

  “That’s always a good thing,” said Humphrey of taking medal honors. “Now I have to do something after that to be meaningful.”

  Humphrey faces Buck Jones of Philadelphia Publinks GA in a first-round matchup. Jones advanced in a playoff. There was a six-man playoff for three match-play spots. Dan Burton of Lancaster Country Club and Robert Billings of Rolling Green Golf Club also advanced. Humphrey’s match begins at 9 a.m.

  “I hit a few bad shots off the tee, but when I did get off track, I minimized the damage,” said Humphrey, who retired from DuPont in 2002. “I like match play. It should be fun especially on a course like St. Davids.”

  This is Humphrey’s fourth Brewer Cup. He competed in the Senior Division the other three years, twice making Day 2. The farthest he advanced was in the 2014 Brewer. Humphrey made it to the Quarterfinals that summer. James Muller of Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club defeated him in 19 holes that year.

  Also, advancing into the match-play draw is three-time Brewer Cup Champion Don Donatoni of White Manor Country Club (2013-15). Donatoni, the supernova of the Super-Senior Division, hasn’t been pleased with his game recently, including a tie for 17th in the Chapman Memorial (Gross).

  “I turned the corner in the last week or so. I figured it out. I decided to put the clubs away for a week to 10 days. Sometimes you have to put them in the timeout corner and stay away from the game. I was overthinking, overanalyzing and worrying too much about technique. As a result, I was not hitting solid, crisp shots,” said Donatoni, 69, of Malvern, Pa.

  Donatoni’s game was strong today. He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and 12 of 13 fairways. If a couple more putts would have fallen, Donatoni would have earned medalist honors for a third time in this event. He tied for low qualifier in both 2013 and 2015.

  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. Seven years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

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  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.

Senior Division

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

David West, Whitford Country Club

67

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

72

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

72

Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

72

William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club

72

Greg Guyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Scott Mayne, LedgeRock Golf Club

73

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

73

Thomas Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

74

Michael Tash, Tavistock Country Club

74

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

74

Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

74

 

Failed to qualify

Mike Owsik, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

75

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

75

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

75

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

75

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

75

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

75

Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

76

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

76

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

76

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

76

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

76

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

76

Michael Lewers, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

77

Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club

77

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club

78

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

78

Bob Taylor, Middletown Country Club

78

Kirk Larsen, St. Davids Golf Club

78

Richard Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

78

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78

John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club

78

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

Alan Wagenschnur, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

78

Jeff Poet, Country Club of York

79

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club

79

Joe Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

79

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club

79

Michael Stanley, Aronimink Golf Club

79

Doug Jones, Little Mill Country Club

80

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

80

Jim Simmons, Stonewall

80

Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club

80

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

80

Gregory Day, Old York Road Country Club

81

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

81

Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club

81

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

82

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

82

Richard Custer, Bellewood Country Club

82

Thomas Alestock, Running Deer Golf Club

82

Andy Lykon, Talamore Country Club

83

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

83

Robert Wojczak, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

84

Harold Schweitzer, Jr., Broad Run Golfer's Club

84

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

84

Bill Turner, Rancocas Golf Club

84

Mike Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

85

Barry Westington, Country Club of Scranton

85

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

86

Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

87

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

88

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

90

Shahab Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

90

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

WD

James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

WD

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

WD

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

WD

 

Super Senior

Name, club

Score

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

72

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

73

Charles McClaskey, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club

74

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

74

*Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

*Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club

75

*Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75

Failed to qualify

*Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

*Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

75

*Charles McDowell, Wilmington Country Club

75

Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

76

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

76

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

76

Hugh Kenworthy, III, Gulph Mills Golf Club

77

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

77

James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

77

John Cech, Riverton Country Club

77

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

78

Michael Caulfield, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club

79

Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club

79

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

79

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

79

John Owens, Tavistock Country Club

79

Jay Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club

80

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

82

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

83

Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

83

John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Robert Hackett, Jr., Wilmington Country Club

WD

 

*-advanced in playoff

WD-withdrawal

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