My Golf Notebook in Saturday’s Daily Times featured the exploits of 80-year-old Dave Charles, a member at The Springhaven Club.
Turns out he’s not the only senior from Springhaven excelling on the links.
Thursday at Riverton Country Club in Cinnaminson, N.J., 63-year-old William Brady, a West Chester resident and 30-year Springhaven member, piled up 43 points in the Stableford scoring system to capture the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Net) title.
“It was a great day all around,” Brady told the GAP website. “This was the first time I’ve played this course. I’ve been playing a lot more consistently lately, more than I have ever been. There was not one hole today where I couldn’t reach the green in regulation. I don’t hit the ball real far off the tee, so this course was perfect for my game.”
Brady had nine net birdies over the 5,814-yard, par-71 Riverton layout. His only really bad hole was a double bogey at the par-4 seventh. He missed five chances for natural birdies, but still had 10 gross pars and a solid gross total of 80.
Brady also credited his new set of sticks for his improved play.
“I was given a set of clubs for retirement,” Brady said. “When I got fitted for them, they asked me about senior shafts and I said, ‘let’s give it a go.’ It’s really paid off. No pain, no aches, nothing. It’s been fun to play.”
Brady’s 43 points left him two clear of a trio of golfers – Jim MacFarlane of Merchantville Country Club, Dirk Edmiston of Penn Oaks Golf Club and Mike Nardella of Valleybrook Country Club.
A couple of other Springhaven members had strong showings with Mike Connell finishing in a tie for sixth with 39 points and James Reger finishing in a tie for 14th with 37 points.
Other finishers included: Vito Caracappa (36) of The Golf Course of Glen Mills; Jeff Kalberg (34) of Rolling Green Golf Club; Roland Thomas Jr. (33) of McCall Golf & Country Club; Timothy Joyce (33) of Edgmont Country Club; William McCabe Jr. (31) of McCall; and Robert Logan (26) of Overbrook Golf Club.
Gelrod, Mandel repeat in Four-Ball
Monday, the Philadelphia Cricket Club pair of Ryan Gelrod and Marc Mandel became the first duo to repeat in GAP’s Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville, Del.
Gelrod and Mandel carded a 9-under 62 over the 6,282-yard, par-71 Fieldstone layout to edge Andrew Dietz of Laurel Creek Country Club and Pat Curiale of Medford Village Country Club by a shot.
Mandel rode a hot putter to seven birdies on his ball alone. He capped the effort by dropping in a 15-foot, left-to-right breaker for birdie on the pair’s last hole, the 415-yard, par-4 ninth.
“Marc’s a great partner,” Gelrod, who reached the quarterfinals of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur earlier this summer at Llanerch Country Club, told the GAP website. “He’s one of the best putters I’ve ever seen. You get a guy like that and you know he’s going to make his fair share. I just always try to chip in where I can.”
Merion Golf Club’s Robert Wagner and Kirk Luntey were among a large group tied for 10th at 67. The tandem of Edgmont Country Club’s Peter Moran and Rolling Green Golf Club’s Shawn Lavin were another shot back in a tie for 15th at 68.
Other finishers included: The Edgmont pair of Robert Amen and Michael Quinn at 70; the duo of Robert Dziak of The Springhaven Club and Bobby Kershner of Spring-Ford Country Club at 71; the Rolling Green pair of Mitch Vanzandt and Eric Palumbo at 73; Sev Panossian of The Golf Course at Glen Mills and Justin Pak of Penn Oaks Golf Club at 74; the Rolling Green tandem of Andrew Abrams and Richard Kupersmith at 75; the McCall Golf & Country Club pair of Roland Thomas Jr. and Larry Riviello at 82; the team of Merion’s Richard Sperry and Steve Backstrom of Little Mill Country Club at 84; and the McCall duo of William Wilkinson and Vincent Torno at 86.