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Thompson rallies late for Senior Amateur; sweeps circuit titles

  PAOLI, Pa.ĖRay Thompson of Overbrook GC overcame a late double-bogey and a resolute Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley GC to take the 37th Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday at Waynesborough CC (par 71, 6,625 yards) in stunning fashion. Thompson birdied the par 3, 17th hole (179 yards) to cut a two-shot deficit in half and then parred No. 18 (par 5, 539 yards) as Chylinski struggled to a double-bogey finish to win the title by one stroke. Thompson posted a second-round 71 (141 total) and Chylinski a 69 (142 total).

  Thompsonís victory marked the first time an individual has swept all three Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Major tournaments in the same year.

Ed Chylinski makes a great
par saving putt on No. 16.
  The 55-year-old Thompson entered the two-day Senior Amateur already holding the organizationís 2007 Warner Cup and Chapman Cup titles. He is the first to do that since Mike Rose, then of Ashbourne CC, did so in 2003.

  Thompsonís Senior Amateur victory also propelled him to the Senior Silver Cross Award victory (given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup, Chapman Cup and Senior Amateur). He distanced the field for that award by 12 shots.

  "Maybe theyíll remember when Iím long gone," said a laughing Thompson. "Itís nice to have a little bit of a legacy, at least senior wise."

  Thursdayís finish, however, will definitely be remembered.

  Tied on No. 16 (par 4, 437 yards), both Chylinski and Thompson pushed their drives right. Thompsonís ball kicked back toward the fairway and Chylinskiís tee ball landed further ahead and with an opening to the green. Thompsonís second shot then clipped a low-hanging branch and dropped just 20 yards further ahead, before his third stroke came up short of the green. He would eventually go on to make double bogey. Chylinski didnít capitalize immediately, though, knocking his 7-iron from 162 yards in the right rough over the putting surface and with a downhill chip remaining. A delicate shot later left him with 20 feet, up the hill. He made it for par to pull two strokes clear.

Frank McFadden of Overbrook GC
completes his tee shot swing on No. 6
  On No. 17, Chylinski, with the honors, followed that up with a 5-iron to 12 feet just below the hole. Thompson, the pressure squarely on him, seemed unrattled by the prior events. He stepped up and knocked a 5-iron to eight feet above the hole. He made the putt and Chylinski did not, sending the two to the 36th hole separated by a stroke.

  "[On No. 16], I just got ahead of it [with a 3-iron] and dead shanked it," said Thompson. "[On No. 17] I was two shots back. Iíve been there before. Golfís a funny game and things can happen. I figured I just have to make a good swing and try to make birdie and I still got a shot. It was one of the better irons I hit all day."

  Playing first, Thompson found the 18th fairway. Chylinski, however, did not, pulling his drive left. Chylinski, in a difficult lie behind the trees and on the cusp of the driving range, couldnít hit it far enough to reach the fairway and was left with a third shot from behind a tree. The ensuing shot landed to the right of the greenside sand and the following chip finished in the bunker. Thompson, who had seen Chylinski Ďs first two shots, played it straight, knocking a 5-wood from 255 yards that stopped about 20 yards to the right of the green and in the first cut of rough. Thompson chipped up to 12 feet and Chylinski failed to get up-and-down for bogey from the bunker leaving Thompson with a two-putt par for the victory.

Fellow competitor Jay Howson, Jr. of St.
Davids GC (right) congratulates Bob Proto
of Little Mill CC on his Super-Senior title.
  "I was kind of in shock honestly," said Thompson, after Chylinskiís chip landed in the bunker. "I canít say I havenít hit that shot before. Under the circumstances I felt for him. Iíve been on the other side of that one, too."

  Chylinski moved into contention with a stellar front nine. The 57-year-old from King of Prussia, Pa., posted three birdies on the front side as Thompson posted all pars. Chylinski knocked a pitching wedge on No. 2 (par 4, 407 yards) to eight feet; a 9-iron on No. 5 (par 4, 420 yards) from 132 yards to 10 feet and a gap wedge on No. 7 (par 5, 530 yards) from 108 yards to five feet.

  Thompson regained the sole lead on No. 11 (par 4, 411 yards) with a 145-yard, 9-iron to eight feet but Chylinski responded in grand style with an 8-iron on No. 14 (par 3, 147 yards) to inches.

Super-Senior Division
  First-round leader Robert Proto of Little Mill CC went on to post a four-shot victory in the Super-Senior Division. Proto carded a second round, 1-over-par 72 (6,080 yards) to follow up an even-par effort from yesterday for a 143 total. Curt Fromal of The Springhaven Club and Jay Howson, Jr., of St. Davids GC tied for second at 5-over-par 147. Proto, 69, of Medford, N.J., made the outward turn in 2-over-par 37 but finished strong, coming in at 1-under 35. Proto recorded two birdies and a bogey on his final nine holes.

  "I figured I had to play well on the back nine," said Proto. "Thatís makes you feel good."

  Protoís birdies were a result of an 8-iron to two feet on No. 13 (par 4, 347 yards) and a 5-iron to 25 feet on No. 17 (par 3, 155 yards).

  The 2001 Senior Amateur Championship titleholder, Proto entered the tournament off a seventh-place showing in the New Jersey State Senior Amateur Championship at Manasquan River G&CC in early August.

  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 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Overall
1. Ray Thompson, Overbrook GC, 141
2. Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley CC, 142
3. Frank McFadden, Overbrook GC, 146
4. William Lawler, Fox Hill CC, 147

Ages 55-59
1. Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley CC, 148
2. Don Donatoni, White Manor CC, 149
2. Charles Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA, 149

Ages 60-and-over
1. Art Brosius, DuPont CC, 150
2. Bo Dixon, Gulph Mills GC, 151
2. Neil McDermott, Llanerch CC, 151

Super-Senior Division (65-and-over)
1. Robert Proto, Little Mill CC, 143
2. Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club, 147
2. Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids GC, 147

Senior Division

Overall

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

70

71

141

Ed Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

73

69

142

Francis McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

74

72

146

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

76

71

147

Craig Scott

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

73

148

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

75

149

Don Donatoni

White Manor Country Club

75

74

149

Andy Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

75

75

150

Daniel Burton

Bent Creek Country Club

78

72

150

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

79

71

150

Thomas DiCinti

Little Mill Country Club

76

74

150

Art Brosius

DuPont Country Club

77

73

150

Lee Cook

Laurel Creek Country Club

78

73

151

Bo Dixon

Gulph Mills Golf Club

74

77

151

Neil McDermott

Llanerch Country Club

75

76

151

John Gonsior

The ACE Club

76

76

152

Matthew Bellis

Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

78

152

Michael Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

75

152

Ted Beringer

Philadelphia Country Club

77

75

152

Stephen Daley

Lu Lu Country Club

75

77

152

Bob Majczan

Lookaway Golf Club

75

78

153

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

76

77

153

William Vostinak

Lehigh Country Club

76

77

153

Charles McClaskey

Wyncote Golf Club

77

76

153

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

77

153

Terry Fair

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

79

153

James Sullivan, Sr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

77

154

Thomas Mallouk

Lookaway Golf Club

78

76

154

Michael Rose

Philmont Country Club

78

76

154

Thomas O'Rourke

Chester Valley Golf Club

76

78

154

Michael Rowland

Lehigh Country Club

81

75

156

David Swiderski

Merchantville Country Club

82

75

157

Frank Treml

Sandy Run Country Club

73

84

157

Richard Speranza

Jericho National Golf Club

81

76

157

Robert Billings

Rolling Green Golf Club

78

79

157

Carlyle Robinson

Fox Hill Country Club

80

77

157

Hugh Kenworthy, III

Gulph Mills Golf Club

73

84

157

John Rowe

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

76

157

Eugene Maginnis, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

78

158

Michael Egan

Lookaway Golf Club

76

82

158

Michael Nilon

Philadelphia Country Club

81

77

158

Wally Swiger

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

76

158

Carl Everett

Merion Golf Club

80

78

158

Jack Holland

Whitford Country Club

78

81

159

Ron Ryll

Jericho National Golf Club

81

78

159

Frank Kunze

Spring Ford Country Club

79

80

159

Michael Quinn

Edgmont Country Club

79

81

160

David Taylor

Radley Run Country Club

81

80

161

Joel McFadden

Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

78

161

Gibby Young

Hartefeld National

80

81

161

John Snyder

Waynesborough Country Club

83

79

162

James Prendergast

Spring Ford Country Club

76

87

163

Andrew Guinan

Applebrook Golf Club

83

81

164

Donald Mackelcan

Wilmington Country Club

78

86

164

Charles McDowell

Wilmington Country Club

81

83

164

Larry Paster

Philmont Country Club

85

80

165

Martin Klagholz

Rolling Green Golf Club

84

81

165

George Carr

Running Deer Golf Club

76

89

165

Naz Gagliardi

Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

83

165

Charles Johanson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

81

166

Dennis Perna

Spring Ford Country Club

83

84

167

Donald Ashley

Philadelphia Country Club

81

87

168

Robert Murphy

Wilmington Country Club

87

81

168

Charles Caparo

Plymouth Country Club

81

87

168

John Siegrist

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

85

83

168

Steve Broome

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

85

169

Willard Woolbert

Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

86

169

Jon Mabry

Moorestown Field Club

82

87

169

David Kearney

Lehigh Country Club

82

88

170

Michael Sofranko

Wyncote Golf Club

81

89

170

Byron Milner

Overbrook Golf Club

87

84

171

Jay McLaughlin

Stone Harbor Golf Club

88

83

171

Dave Jacobson

JC Melrose Country Club

82

90

172

Jeb Baker

DuPont Country Club

87

85

172

Charles Whipple

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

91

81

172

J. Peter Pierce

Philadelphia Country Club

92

82

174

James Barron

Hartefeld National

88

86

174

James Coleman

Rolling Green Golf Club

85

90

175

John Pagana

Huntsville Golf Club

86

89

175

Leonard Travagline

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

87

89

176

Gregory Gaul

Merion Golf Club

90

86

176

Joseph Virdone

Philadelphia Country Club

94

84

178

Thomas O'Rourke

Moorestown Field Club

92

96

188

Andy Goldman

Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

WD

WD

Chuck Wilkins

Little Mill Country Club

79

WD

WD

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

74

WD

WD

James Haynie

Lu Lu Country Club

80

WD

WD

Stephan Whitenack

Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

WD

WD

 

Senior Division

Flights

55 to 59

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Raymond Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

70

71

141

Ed Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

73

69

142

Francis McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

74

72

146

Craig Scott

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

73

148

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

75

149

Don Donatoni

White Manor Country Club

75

74

149

Andy Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

75

75

150

Daniel Burton

Bent Creek Country Club

78

72

150

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

79

71

150

Thomas DiCinti

Little Mill Country Club

76

74

150

Lee Cook

Laurel Creek Country Club

78

73

151

John Gonsior

The ACE Club

76

76

152

Matthew Bellis

Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

78

152

Michael Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

75

152

Ted Beringer

Philadelphia Country Club

77

75

152

Bob Majczan

Lookaway Golf Club

75

78

153

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

76

77

153

William Vostinak

Lehigh Country Club

76

77

153

James Sullivan, Sr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

77

154

Thomas Mallouk

Lookaway Golf Club

78

76

154

David Swiderski

Merchantville Country Club

82

75

157

Frank Treml

Sandy Run Country Club

73

84

157

Richard Speranza

Jericho National Golf Club

81

76

157

Robert Billings

Rolling Green Golf Club

78

79

157

Eugene Maginnis, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80

78

158

Michael Egan

Lookaway Golf Club

76

82

158

Michael Nilon

Philadelphia Country Club

81

77

158

Wally Swiger

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

76

158

Jack Holland

Whitford Country Club

78

81

159

Ron Ryll

Jericho National Golf Club

81

78

159

Michael Quinn

Edgmont Country Club

79

81

160

David Taylor

Radley Run Country Club

81

80

161

Joel McFadden

Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

78

161

James Prendergast

Spring Ford Country Club

76

87

163

Andrew Guinan

Applebrook Golf Club

83

81

164

Donald Mackelcan

Wilmington Country Club

78

86

164

Larry Paster

Philmont Country Club

85

80

165

Martin Klagholz

Rolling Green Golf Club

84

81

165

Charles Johanson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

81

166

Donald Ashley

Philadelphia Country Club

81

87

168

Robert Murphy

Wilmington Country Club

87

81

168

Steve Broome

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

85

169

Willard Woolbert

Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

86

169

David Kearney

Lehigh Country Club

82

88

170

Dave Jacobson

JC Melrose Country Club

82

90

172

Jeb Baker

DuPont Country Club

87

85

172

James Coleman

Rolling Green Golf Club

85

90

175

Leonard Travagline

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

87

89

176

Thomas O'Rourke

Moorestown Field Club

92

96

188

Andy Goldman

Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

WD

WD

Chuck Wilkins

Little Mill Country Club

79

WD

WD

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

74

WD

WD

 

60-and-over

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

76

71

147

Art Brosius

DuPont Country Club

77

73

150

Bo Dixon

Gulph Mills Golf Club

74

77

151

Neil McDermott

Llanerch Country Club

75

76

151

Stephen Daley

Lu Lu Country Club

75

77

152

Charles McClaskey

Wyncote Golf Club

77

76

153

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

77

153

Terry Fair

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

79

153

Michael Rose

Philmont Country Club

78

76

154

Thomas O'Rourke

Chester Valley Golf Club

76

78

154

Michael Rowland

Lehigh Country Club

81

75

156

Carlyle Robinson

Fox Hill Country Club

80

77

157

Hugh Kenworthy, III

Gulph Mills Golf Club

73

84

157

John Rowe

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

76

157

Carl Everett

Merion Golf Club

80

78

158

Frank Kunze

Spring Ford Country Club

79

80

159

Gibby Young

Hartefeld National

80

81

161

John Snyder

Waynesborough Country Club

83

79

162

Charles McDowell

Wilmington Country Club

81

83

164

George Carr

Running Deer Golf Club

76

89

165

Naz Gagliardi

Philadelphia Publinks GA

82

83

165

Dennis Perna

Spring Ford Country Club

83

84

167

Charles Caparo

Plymouth Country Club

81

87

168

John Siegrist

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

85

83

168

Jon Mabry

Moorestown Field Club

82

87

169

Michael Sofranko

Wyncote Golf Club

81

89

170

Byron Milner

Overbrook Golf Club

87

84

171

Jay McLaughlin

Stone Harbor Golf Club

88

83

171

Charles Whipple

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

91

81

172

J. Peter Pierce

Philadelphia Country Club

92

82

174

James Barron

Hartefeld National

88

86

174

John Pagana

Huntsville Golf Club

86

89

175

Gregory Gaul

Merion Golf Club

90

86

176

Joseph Virdone

Philadelphia Country Club

94

84

178

James Haynie

Lu Lu Country Club

80

WD

WD

Stephan Whitenack

Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

WD

WD

 

Super-Senior Division

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Robert Proto

Little Mill Country Club

71

72

143

Curt Fromal

The Springhaven Club

75

72

147

Jay Howson, Jr.

St. Davids Golf Club

73

74

147

Joseph Scott, Jr.

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

73

75

148

James Sherratt

Old York Road Country Club

80

72

152

Richard Smith

Philadelphia Country Club

77

75

152

Bill Weinfeld

JC Melrose Country Club

80

74

154

Larry Loughner

Bent Creek Country Club

80

74

154

Warren Deakins

Philadelphia Country Club

79

78

157

Ernest Eichenberg, III

Waynesborough Country Club

82

78

160

G. Clay von Seldeneck

Sunnybrook Golf Club

82

78

160

Harvey McCumber

Wilmington Country Club

82

79

161

Jim Callaghan

Rolling Green Golf Club

78

83

161

Bill Wolhar

Wilmington Country Club

78

84

162

Jay Kocher

Wilmington Country Club

80

82

162

Charles Carter

Sunnybrook Golf Club

81

82

163

John O'Sullivan

Phoenixville Country Club

79

84

163

Richard Genoni

Waynesborough Country Club

82

81

163

Robert Bower

Merion Golf Club

84

79

163

Herbert Gordon

Doylestown Country Club

81

85

166

A. Fred Rudy, Jr.

Lancaster Country Club

83

86

169

Ben Sack

Overbrook Golf Club

83

86

169

William Cummins

Jericho National Golf Club

84

85

169

Eric Norlin

Coatesville Country Club

87

84

171

John Owens

Tavistock Country Club

82

90

172

Edward Noble

Tavistock Country Club

89

85

174

Walter Lenhard, III

Stonewall

82

94

176

R. Lamar Kilgore

Stonewall

89

88

177

Donald Hoegel

Little Mill Country Club

91

87

178

Richard Kenville

Burlington Country Club

85

94

179

 

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