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Moffat, McCool take
Tournament of Champions titles

  KUTZTOWN, Pa.– Michael Moffat of Commonwealth National GC carded a 1-under-par 71 to take the 49th running of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Tournament of Champions Monday at Berkleigh CC (par 72, 6,835 yards).

Michael Moffat
  Moffat registered five birdies, four of which came on each of the course’s four par 5s, en route to his best finish in this his third Tournament of Champions event.

  The 38-year-old from Warrington, Pa. started strong and carded his first birdie on No. 4 (par 4, 435 yards) after a 300-yard drive and sharp pitching wedge from 135 yards out left him a three-footer for birdie.

  Moffat fittingly began his par 5-birdie streak on the fifth hole (par 5, 530 yards) when he wisely hit a 4-iron to lay up and leave himself a manageable sand wedge from 90 yards out.

  "I hit a pretty good drive and didn’t think I should go for it so I laid it up," Moffat said.

  The strategy paid off for Moffat as his third shot landed just two feet shy of the hole.

  "I hit it very solid all day and really only made one bad stroke in the bunker on No. 6 (par 3, 221 yards), he said. "It was just a bad shot. I hit it over the green and I couldn’t get up and down."

  Fortunately for Moffat, he quickly recovered and to finish the remaining 12 holes 1-under par, including reaching two of the remaining three par 5s in two strokes.

  The Tournament of Champions is open to all current club champions and past event champions.

Senior Champions
  Senior Amateur Champion Robin McCool of Saucon Valley CC defeated the reigning Senior Amateur Division Champion Dan Burton of Bent Creek CC and Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley GC in a two-hole playoff for the Senior Amateur Division championship (par 72, 6,380 yards).

Robin McCool
  McCool got a quick leg up on Burton and Chylinski after his tee shot ended up in the center of the fairway on the first playoff hole (No. 1, par 4, 369 yards). Meanwhile Burton’s drive landed in the left first cut of and Chylinski found himself in the left tree-line, virtually eliminating himself from the contest.

  "The absolute key in a playoff is to hit your ball off the tee in play," McCool said.

  Putting the heat on his competition, McCool made an easy two put for par while Burton sunk a clutch, uphill 14-footer to extend the sudden death playoff one more hole. Chylinski carded a bogey and was eliminated.

  On the second playoff hole (No. 7, par 4, 357 yards) McCool’s drive in the right rough left him 81 yards to the hole while Burton was in the left rough about 96 yards out.

  Burton then hit a pitching wedge to the center back collar, 20 feet past the hole.

  Feeling extremely comfortable with his lie, McCool knocked his approach shot to within 18-inches of the hole.

  "That’s the shot that I practice," McCool stated. "I must hit a hundred shots from that exact same distance when I’m practicing my short game."

  Down but not out, Burton skirted his 20-foot birdie putt just left of the hole, while McCool tapped in for birdie to with the playoff.

  "He’s a tough competitor," said McCool of Burton.

Amateur

1

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

T2

Dave Smith

Doylestown Country Club

73

T2

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

73

T4

James Macallister

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

74

T4

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

74

T6

Robert Gill

Fox Hill Country Club

75

T6

Scott Klee

Indian Valley Country Club

75

T6

Michael Rose

Philmont Country Club

75

T6

Richard Blash, Jr.

Riverton Country Club

75

T10

Craig Kliewer

Meadia Heights Golf Club

76

T10

Chris Gallagher

Penn Oaks Golf Club

76

T12

Michael J. Vassil

Country Club of Scranton

77

T12

Brett Falkoff

Green Valley Country Club

77

T12

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

77

T12

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

77

T12

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

77

T17

Douglas G. Zelner

Coatesville Country Club

78

T17

Alan Skoritowski

Glen Oak Country Club

78

T17

Sam Lewis

Huntsville Golf Club

78

T17

Jim Kelleher

Links Golf Club

78

T17

Cameron Campbell

McCall Golf & Country Club

78

T17

Leonard Pearson

Philmont Country Club

78

T17

Tom Piersanti

Saucon Valley CC

78

T17

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

78

T25

Gary E. Daniels

Applebrook Golf Club

79

T25

Andy Muzyka

Hersheys Mill Golf Club

79

T25

Kevin DeHaven

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

79

T25

David Sanders

Laurel Creek Country Club

79

T29

Geoff Moulton, Jr.

Sunnybrook Golf Club

80

T29

Andrew Harmer

The Springhaven Club

80

T29

Joe Morrissey

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

80

T29

Rob Kusek

Trenton Country Club

80

T29

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

29

Bruce Jackson

Ravens Claw Golf Club

81

T34

John Carullo

Penn Oaks Golf Club

82

T34

Robert Frankil

Spring Ford Country Club

82

T34

Edward Erickson

Yardley Country Club

82

37

Christopher Clark

Old York Road Country Club

84

38

Alex Cameron

Merchantville Country Club

89

T40

Peter Mimmo

North Hills Country Club

WD

T40

Sean Clifford

Philadelphia Publinks GA

WD

T40

Thomas Gramigna

Tavistock Country Club

WD

Senior

T1

*Robin S. McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

71

T1

*Daniel Burton

Bent Creek Country Club

71

T1

*Edmund Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

71

T4

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

72

T4

Don Donatoni

White Manor Country Club

72

T6

Thomas Mallouk

Lookaway Golf Club

75

T6

Eugene Maginnis, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

75

T8

Keith Li

Heidelberg Country Club

76

T8

George May

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76

T8

Gordon Schafer

Woodcrest Country Club

76

T11

David Penske

Aronimink Golf Club

77

T11

Doug Cowan

Deerwood Country Club

77

T11

Thomas DiCinti

Little Mill Country Club

77

T14

Pete Betz

French Creek Golf Club

78

T14

James Haynie

Lu Lu Country Club

78

T14

John Capers, III

Merion Golf Club

78

T14

Richard Smith

Philadelphia Country Club

78

T18

Leonard DiDomenilo

Brookside Country Club

79

T18

Richard Bunn, Sr.

McCall Golf & Country Club

79

T18

Louis Pace

Medford Village Country Club

79

T18

Dennis Fellona

Merchantville Country Club

79

T18

James Sherratt

Old York Road Country Club

79

T18

Ken Gaskill

Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

T24

Matthew Bellis

Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

T24

David Davis

Huntsville Golf Club

80

T24

Robert DeWitt

Links Golf Club

80

T24

Rick Forbes

North Hills Country Club

80

T24

Chris Gallagher

West Chester Golf & Country Club

80

30

Neil McDermott

Llanerch Country Club

82

T31

Tim Moore

Brandywine Country Club

83

T31

Vernon Kelly, Jr.

Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

33

Philip Dodd

Hersheys Mill Golf Club

84

34

Michael Stanco

Glen Oak Country Club

85

T35

A. Fred Rudy, Jr.

Lancaster Country Club

86

T35

Richard Bourassa

McCall Golf & Country Club

86

T35

Dominic Marziani

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

86

38

Edward Purdy

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

87

39

Charles Laspada

The Springhaven Club

88

40

Lawrence Capuzzi ,Sr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

89

39

Jim Campbell

Ravens Claw Golf Club

90

41

John Cech

Riverton Country Club

92

T42

Charles Rogalla

Country Club of Scranton

WD

T42

Clifford Kenneck

Radley Run Country Club

DQ

  

*Decided in a playoff

WD-withdrawal; DQ-disqualified

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