Add Joseph Roeder of Little Mill Country Club to the list of talented senior golfers on the Golf Association of Philadelphia roster.
A runnerup in last month’s Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Spring-Ford Country Club, Roeder, a 56-year-old former Air Force pilot who works in flight simulation at Fort Dix, took the next logical step Thursday by capturing the title in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu Country Club.
Roeder carded an even-par 71 over the 6,308-yard, par-71 Lu Lu layout, a total that was matched by Michael Tash of Tavistock Country Club. Tash chose not to hang around for a possible playoff and the title was awarded to Roeder.
“In any GAP tournament, there’s so much good competition,” Roeder told the GAP website. “It feels really good to be able to just compete with all of the guys who play here and even better to win.
“I usually shoot 80 in GAP events, so having two good ones in a row feels good. I’m playing well this year finally. It does mean a lot. I don’t really think about winning. I just kind of think about trying to play as good as I can play. Let chips fall where they fall.”
Roeder, a Marlton, N.J. resident, was all over the place in a birdie, bogey, bogey, birdie, bogey start that left him 1-over through five holes. He birdied the par-4 11th when his sand wedge from 70 yards out finished five feet from the hole.
He gave that shot back when he three-putted the par-4 14th for bogey, but got back to even-par with a birdie at the par-4 16th when his sand wedge shot from 80 yards away stopped four feet from the hole.
Overbrook Golf Club’s Ray Thompson, who has made a couple of deep runs on the U.S. Senior Amateur stage, and Ron Weaver of Bent Creek Country Club were a shot behind Roeder and Tash in a tie for third at 1-over 72.
Four players were tied for fifth at 2-over 73, including Greg Guyer of Philadelphia Cricket Club, Kenneth Phillips of Lancaster Country Club, Doug Fedoryshyn of Applebrook Golf Club, and Michael Vassil of The Country Club of Scranton.
Seven players landed at 3-over 74 in a tie for ninth. They were: J.R. Cattoni of Huntsville Golf Club; Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley Golf Club; Thomas Bartolacci Jr. of Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Craig Kliewer of Honeybrook Golf Club; Alan Wagenschnur of Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club; Steven Walczak of Wilmington Country Club; and Tom DiCinti of Old York Country Club at Chesterfield.
Included among the five players tied for 16th at 4-over 75 were: Bob Taylor of Middletown Country Club; Thomas Hyland of Little Mill; David West of Whitford Country Club; Scott McIntosh of Makefield Highlands Golf Club; and Frank Brigidi III of Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Six players were another shot back in a tie for 21st at 5-over 76, including Gary Smith of Pine Valley Golf Club, Gregory Day of Old York Road Country Club, Mike Owsik of Cobbs Creek Golf Club, Brian Corbett of The Country Club of Scranton, who was the winner of last month’s Warner Cup, Brian Rothaus of Five Ponds Golf Club and Mark Dennish of The Ridge at Back Brook.
Nobody involved in the four-man playoff for the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup Super-Senior division title left the premises, not even Steve Tagert of Spring-Ford Country Club, who was the first player to post a 2-over 73.
Five hours later, after waiting and watching to see if anyone could post anything better, Tagert, the 67-year-old retired head of Aqua Pennsylvania, found himself in a playoff for the title with James Prendergast of Bellewood Country Club, William Lawler of Fox Hill Country Club and Alan Van Horn of Commonwealth National Golf Club.
All four players had a wedge in their hands for their approach to the first playoff hole, the 345-yard, par-4 11th at Lu Lu, and Tagert’s shot was the best, finishing four feet from the hole. His birdie putt sealed the deal.
Five players finished two shots behind the foursome involved in the playoff at 4-over 75, including Frank Politzi of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Richard Speranza of Jericho National Golf Club, Carl Everett of Merion Golf Club, John Gonsior of Limekiln Golf Club and Ray Pawulich of Little Mill.
Rounding out the top 10 were three players tied for 10th at 5-over 76. They were: Bob Majczan of Lookaway Golf Club; John Rowe of Whitemarsh Valley and Jerry Janeski of Hartefeld National Golf Club.