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Wyncote GC’s Walker birdies
playoff hole to nab T.O.C. title

  COATESVILLE, Pa. – Michael Walker of Wyncote GC birdied the third and final playoff hole (No. 3, par 5, 539 yards) to take the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 50th edition of the Tournament of Champions Monday at Coatesville CC (par 71, 6,429 yards).

Michael Walker
  Walker beat out Rich Pruchnik of West Chester G&CC, P. Chet Walsh of Philadelphia CC and Mike Owsik of Plymouth CC in a three-hole playoff to grab his first GAP victory. Each player carded 1-over-par 72s in regulation play to force the sudden-death playoff.

  Walker, who was playing in his first GAP event since 1990, came off a 10-year golf hiatus to win Wyncote GC’s club championship and then Thursday’s Tournament of Champions in this his first year of returning to competitive golf.

  "I’m getting to the point where I feel like my game is good enough to start playing competitively again," said the 39-year-old from Oxford, Pa. "For a while there my game was just not there and I didn’t want to come out and play if I didn’t feel like I could compete."

Pruchnik on third
playoff hole.
  Joked Walker after Thursday’s win, "I guess I can [compete] now."

  After each player made par on the first two playoff holes, Walker’s his tee shot on the third hole got caught up in the left rough. He was left with a difficult second shot in which he was able to work the ball around a tree leaving him 110 yards to the hole. From there, the former Elon University golfer knocked his ball to roughly seven feet left of the hole.

  "The playoff was tough," Walker said. "These guys can certainly play."

  Meanwhile, with Owsik out of the playoff and Walker on the green for birdie, Pruchnik, too, reached the green safely and Walsh stuck his approach shot just inside of Walker from about 90 yards out .

Walsh lines up his putt.
  "I drove it well and played good at times with a couple miss steps on the putting green," said Pruchnik of his day before the playoff. "Overall I’m pretty happy with my round."

  But as sun continued to set, and Pruchnik’s and Walsh’s birdie putts missed, Walker was able to convert his strait putt for birdie and the win.

  "I’ve got to tell you, I was nervous," Walker said. "I haven’t been in a playoff in probably 15 to 20 years, but once it got going I felt pretty confident in my game and luckily I made birdie on the third playoff hole to take it."

  After the win, Walker vowed that he would once again play in GAP events in the future.

Senior Flight

Robin McCool
  Robin McCool, last year’s senior fight winner at the Tournament of Champions, carded an even-par 71 (6,201 yards) to edge Roc Irey of Cedarbrook CC and Mike Quinn of Edgmont CC by a stroke to take the senior division of the event yet again.

  McCool, who had been suffering all season from a pinched nerve in his lower back that was a result of a shift in one of the vertebra in his spine, rode a steady and accurate game to win his flight at the tight course.

  "It’s great," McCool commented on his repeat performance. "I’m finally healthy and I think that also has an awful lot to do with how I played today."

  He added, "I hit the ball very well and kept it in play which is obviously extremely important on this golf course.

  I’ve only played here a couple times but I did remember where I had to be coming into some greens and that helped out quite a bit," he said.

  Despite wining this event last year after a two-hole playoff, McCool instead pointed to his experiences at the Lehigh Valley Amateur last week as a source of momentum headed into today’s event.

  "Anytime you play six matches in a tournament during a week, you’re either exhausted or you are right on top of your game," said McCool of the Lehigh Valley Amateur where he made it to the finals. "Although I’m a little tired from that, I’d have to say it helped me out quite a bit today."

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

  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.

 

Results

Amateur

Name

Club

Gross

*Michael Walker

Wyncote Golf Club

72

*P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

72

*Rich Pruchnik

West Chester Golf & Country Club

72

*Mike Owsik

Plymouth Country Club

72

Christian Davis

Glenmaura National Golf Club

73

Gary Daniels

Applebrook Golf Club

74

John Brennan

Spring Ford Country Club

75

Matthew Finger

Running Deer Golf Club

75

Dave Gardener

Blue Bell Country Club

76

Stephen Arnold

Yardley Country Club

76

Douglas Zelner

Coatesville Country Club

77

Mike Vassil

Country Club of Scranton

77

Douglas Schroer

Aronimink Golf Club

78

Jeffrey Huntzinger

North Hills Country Club

78

Alan Skoritowski

Glen Oak Country Club

79

David Smith

Doylestown Country Club

79

Robert Gill

Fox Hill Country Club

79

Silvio Martel

Brookside C.C. of Allentown

79

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

80

Ryan McCall

Silver Creek Country Club

80

Brian Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

81

Jason Loehrs

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Bob Ruskey, Jr.

Radley Run Country Club

82

Matt Hancock

Chester Valley Golf Club

82

Matthew Bengtson

LedgeRock Golf Club

82

Richard Bunn, Sr.

McCall Golf & Country Club

82

David Mercer

Woodstone Golf Club

84

Richard Blash, Jr.

Riverton Country Club

85

Bruce Jackson

Ravens Claw Golf Club

86

Daniel Kluger

Cedarbrook Country Club

86

John Kernan

Merchantville Country Club

86

Peter Moran

Edgmont Country Club

86

Dennis Monti

Medford Lakes Country Club

87

Jerry Clavin

JC Melrose Country Club

87

Brian Kreamer

Bala Golf Club

88

Kevin Coleman

Talamore Country Club

89

David Liotta

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

WD

Frank Rapone

The Springhaven Club

WD

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Paul Bickford

Wedgwood Country Club

WD

 

Senior Amateur

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

71

Michael Quinn

Edgmont Country Club

72

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

72

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

James Sherratt

Old York Road Country Club

76

Martin Klagholz

Applebrook Golf Club

76

Edward Gregorczyk

Glenmaura National Golf Club

78

Edward Pappas, Sr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

78

Mark Shuman

Philadelphia Country Club

78

Thomas Mallouk

Stone Harbor Golf Club

78

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

78

Bill Smith

Sandy Run Country Club

79

Jack Holland

Whitford Country Club

79

James Prendergast

Spring Ford Country Club

79

Stephen Daley

Lu Lu Country Club

79

Steven Owens

Ashbourne Golf Club

79

Wally Swiger

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

William Casto

Coatesville Country Club

79

Terry Fair

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

80

Chris Gallagher

West Chester Golf & Country Club

81

Clifford Kenneck

Radley Run Country Club

81

Neil McDermott

Llanerch Country Club

81

Charles Carter

Sunnybrook Golf Club

82

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

Alan Brody

Radnor Valley Country Club

83

Bob Abramski

Talamore Country Club

83

Dennis Fellona

Merchantville Country Club

83

Michael Sofranko

Wyncote Golf Club

83

Richard Bourassa

McCall Golf & Country Club

84

Jon Mabry

Moorestown Field Club

85

Richard Smith

Philadelphia Country Club

85

Anthony Costanzo

Glen Oak Country Club

86

John Samerjan

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

88

Bob Silsbe

Downingtown Golf Club

89

George May

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

89

James Sakasits

Woodstone Golf Club

89

William Jensen

Medford Village Country Club

89

David Martin

Five Ponds Golf Club

93

Jim Campbell

Ravens Claw Golf Club

93

Mike Thomas

Indian Valley Country Club

96

William Flick

McCall Golf & Country Club

99

Bill Weinfeld

JC Melrose Country Club

DQ

Chuck Wilkins

Little Mill Country Club

WD

 

*-determined in a playoff; DQ-disqualified; WD-withdrawal

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