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Par on the final hole clinches Timby's win

 

Par on the final hole clinches Timby's win

Monday, May 22, 2006

BY ANDREW STAUBOf The Patriot-News

After sinking a putt for par on the 18th green at Dauphin Highlands, Thomas Timby Jr. plucked his ball out of the hole just as he did on any other hole yesterday.

No celebration. No Tiger Woods-esque fist pump. Nothing.

It wasn't the reaction the casual observer would expect from someone who had just won the Pennsylvania Amateur Public Links Championship.

While officials knew he needed only a par to win, Timby wasn't certain. In fact, when an official congratulated Timby, he asked "Are you sure?"

"It's hard to tell," he said in the clubhouse after his win officially made the books. "You never know until you sign your card and they say your name."

After Timby signed his card -- he shot an even-par 144 over the two-day tournament -- officials indeed called his name.

While Timby could relax in the clubhouse with his winner's crystal, his day on the course was nothing close to a stroll across the greens. Strong winds, gusting to almost 35 mph, hampered play on the course and caused headaches for golfers.

While Saturday's round featured strong wind, some golfers estimated yesterday's gusts to be more than twice as powerful. Even Timby, whose low drive style fits well with windy conditions, said gusts affected play.

"It almost felt unplayable there for a few holes," he said.

Timby entered the day tied for first with Dominic Schiavone with a 1-under 70. As the wind picked up on the second day, Timby continued to play well while Schiavone struggled, shooting an 80 on his way to dropping to ninth.

Peter Toole, last year's champion, finished second with a 1-over 145. Afterward, Toole praised Timby for his win -- especially given the windy conditions.

"He most definitely deserves the win being at even par for these two days," Toole said.

Toole also heaped praise on Dauphin Highlands, calling it "awesome" for its smooth, fast greens and overall conditions.

"We play a lot of good golf courses in the state," he said. "This is definitely up there."

David Dankmyer and James Bohn, whose brother Jason plays on the PGA Tour, finished at 2-over 146, but Dankmyer got the third-place nod for his four-stroke advantage over Bohn on the second day. Jud Gemmill, who won the event in 2004, rounded out the top five at 4-over 148.

Wally Bylinowski won the Senior Division with a 6-over 150.

Timby, who qualified for last year's USGA Mid-Amateur Championships, hasn't always listed golf as his best sport. While in college at Saint Joseph's he played lacrosse, and while growing up he played baseball. But now, at age 35 with a family to care for, Timby said golf is about all he has time to do when he's not hanging out with his family.

When he finally gets back to Doylestown, he'll have a chance to spend time with his family and most likely he'll receive plenty of congratulations from friends and family.

And, maybe now that his scorecard has long been signed, he'll be able to celebrate a little more, too.

"It's pretty cool," Timby said. "To take a whole weekend away from my family and then win this, it's definitely an accomplishment."

ANDREW STAUB: 255-8187 or astaub@patriot-news.com

Name

Scores

Thomas E. Timby, Jr., Doylestown, PA

70 - 74 = 144

Peter A. Toole, Mount Joy, PA

72 - 73 = 145

David G. Dankmyer, Gibsonia, Pa.

75 - 71 = 146

James D. Bohn, Lewisburg, PA

71 - 75 = 146

Jud Gemmill, East Petersburg, PA

71 - 77 = 148

Jordan J. Griggs, South Williamsport, PA

74 - 75 = 149

Alex Knoll, Bethlehem, PA

77 - 73 = 150

Benjamin Smith, Lancaster, PA

75 - 75 = 150

Dominic Schiavone, Roseto, PA

70 - 80 = 150

Artie Fink, Jr., Altoona, PA

74 - 77 = 151

Byron W. Whitman, Birdsboro, PA

75 - 76 = 151

Chris A. Storck, Sinking Spring, PA

72 - 79 = 151

Vincent Cherrix, Coraopolis, PA

77 - 74 = 151

Derek G. Barton, York, PA

75 - 77 = 152

Peter Steffy, Reading, PA

76 - 76 = 152

R. Scott Pugh, Harrisburg, PA

75 - 78 = 153

Shane Cox, Boiling Springs, PA

76 - 77 = 153

Brent L. Will, Mechanicsburg, PA

79 - 75 = 154

Brian Sexton, Horsham, PA

79 - 75 = 154

Stephen H. McIntyre, Glenmoore, PA

74 - 80 = 154

Jay R. Stoner, Lewisberry, PA

78 - 77 = 155

Mark E. Leaman, Lancaster, PA

77 - 78 = 155

Michael Schmidt, Jr., Palmyra, PA

75 - 80 = 155

T.J. Ostrom, York, PA

83 - 73 = 156

Charles D. Whalen, Paoli, PA

81 - 76 = 157

Drew Boyle, Etters, PA

74 - 83 = 157

Erek A. Bylinowski, Sarver, PA

77 - 80 = 157

Jack J. Sheehan, Hanover, PA

73 - 84 = 157

John A. McNair, Harrisburg, PA

80 - 77 = 157

Phil D'Amato, Harrisburg, PA

79 - 78 = 157

Stephen J. Boerner, Bethlehem, PA

75 - 82 = 157

Craig Costik, Middletown, PA

80 - 78 = 158

Mark E. Berkley, Enola, PA

78 - 80 = 158

Brian J. Fisher, Norristown, PA

82 - 77 = 159

Erik Goserud, Landisville, PA

80 - 79 = 159

Keith A. Williamson, Carlisle, PA

82 - 77 = 159

Kevin T. Haag, Hummelstown, PA

80 - 79 = 159

Marc D. Delong, Mertztown, PA

81 - 78 = 159

Richard Webber, Palmyra, PA

81 - 78 = 159

Robert Howell, New Cumberland, PA

81 - 78 = 159

Scott Tarcy, Murrysville, PA

79 - 80 = 159

Brian T. Alling, Lansdale, PA

75 - 85 = 160

Jordan Shuey, Mechanicsburg, PA

77 - 83 = 160

Kevin J. Koch, Lansdale, PA

82 - 78 = 160

Michael Bedsik, Harrisburg, PA

83 - 77 = 160

Trenton M. Coldren, Manheim, PA

81 - 79 = 160

Mark E. Breslin, Lititz, PA

79 - 82 = 161

Mark E. Kuehner, Elizabeth, PA

80 - 81 = 161

Michael L. Toth, Pittsburgh, PA

83 - 78 = 161

Michael Millar, Norristown, PA

79 - 82 = 161

Nate M. Reck, Lancaster, PA

79 - 82 = 161

Matthew J. Mattia, Ardmore, PA

79 - 83 = 162

Richard Mottura, Vandergrift, PA

78 - 84 = 162

Ari Flaisher, Ardmore, PA

86 - 77 = 163

Chris J. Kovaly, Dillsburg, PA

85 - 78 = 163

Ryan Moran, Hershey, PA

81 - 82 = 163

Steven T. Brown, Palmyra, PA

85 - 78 = 163

Matt Smith, Chester Springs, PA

84 - 80 = 164

David J. Smeresky, Allison Park, PA

85 - 81 = 166

Zach Pierce, Hershey, PA

84 - 82 = 166

Chad L. Wike, Lebanon, PA

86 - 81 = 167

Scott M. Stoner, Enola, PA

81 - 86 = 167

James J. Hayduk, Johnstown, pa

86 - 82 = 168

Brian G. Trump, Lititz, PA

83 - 86 = 169

Bruce J. Gwin, Hershey, PA

88 - 81 = 169

Jason Kowalski, Fairless Hills, PA

87 - 82 = 169

John Trevisani, West Chester, PA

83 - 87 = 170

J. Andy Ranieri, Harrisburg, PA

89 - 82 = 171

Robert C. Kowalski, Norristown, PA

86 - 86 = 172

Craig R. Munson, Downingtown, PA

88 - 85 = 173

Kevin Dederer, Carlisle, PA

86 - 87 = 173

Michael T. Kothe, Enola, PA

86 - 91 = 177

Jason M. Pandoli, Hanover, PA

95 - 88 = 183

Tom Prestia, Easton, PA

94 - 94 = 188

Patrick M. Garrison, Folsom, Pa

79 - WD = WD

Sherfield Dawson, Harrisburg, PA

96 - WD = WD

Vincent Quinn, Lancaster, PA

81 - WD = WD

SENIOR AMATEUR DIVISION:

HARRISBURG, PA - Wally Bylinowski of Sarver, Pa. captured the Senior Division of the George Dressler Pennsylvania Amateur Public Links Championship present by Your Pennsylvania Toyota Dealers at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course. Bylinowski edged out Ed Strickler of Huntingdon, PA, the 2005 runner-up.

Defending Champion Jack Fugal of Hidden Valley, Pa. finished in fourth.

Results

Name

Scores

Wally Bylinowski, Sarver, PA

77 - 73 = 150

Ed Strickler, Huntingdon, PA

75 - 76 = 151

Joel McFadden, Exton, PA

74 - 78 = 152

Jack Fugal, Hidden Valley, PA

79 - 81 = 160

Joseph R. Grubb, III, Lyndell, PA

81 - 82 = 163

Orvis E. Rowles, Sr., Thompsontown, PA

77 - 86 = 163

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