Reading Eagle Coverage of the event
cards 17 pars and a mere single bogey, in the final round.
PA – The 53rd Senior Amateur Championship was won with consistency
and precision putting. Paul Schlachter, from The Club at Nevillewood, ended his
quest for a fourth Senior Amateur Championship by notching 17 pars and just one bogey.
Schlachter now joins John Guenther Jr. as the only players to stake claim to
the title more than three times (Schlachter in 2004, 06, 10, & 12 and
Guenther Jr. in 1988, 90, 91, & 95).
Schlachter it was not about shooting under par, as much as it was getting in
close to the flagsticks and carding pars. Schlachter’s lone bogey came on 17
(par 4, 394-yards), when his tee shot found the rough on the left side of the
fairway, and forced him to punch out just shy of the green. From there, he
would fail to convert a long twisting par putt, and settle for bogey.
Schlachter now would sit at even par for the tournament.
Fred Stern (left) & Ray Thompson tied for second
rest of the field in the clubhouse, and his nearest competitor sitting at 3–over
for the tournament, Schlachter took out his 3-wood and
drove his tee shot down the middle of the fairway. All that was left for him
would be an iron into the green and a routine two-putt for par. His approach sat down within 15-feet of the hole, and gave him a makeable birdie putt to
seal his championship bid. Much like the rest of the field, Schlachter saw his
birdie chance come up just short of the hole, but he would roll in his par
putt, to take the 53rd Senior Amateur Championship.
The Senior Team title was won by Saucon Valley Country Club's Tom Bartolacci and Gary Daniels, with a combined score of 290 for the two days. The Club at Nevillewood, Paul Schlachter and Joe Cordaro, came in second with a score of 291
Super-Senior Championship, Ed Hennigen took home the crystal to claim his firstever Super-Senior Championship. Hennigen, from Fox Hill Country Club, was tiedwith Carl Everett at the beginning of their final round. Everett, of Merion
Golf Club, experienced the full wrath of the Moselem Springs Golf club on his
back nine. Going out with a one-shot deficit to Hennigen, Everett would need to
play a mistake free back nine. Unfortunately for Everett, he would fall back
and card a 6–over, 76 and fall to second place.
Lee Lykens (left)
charge in final round was Lee Lykens, from Clearfield-Curwensville Country Club. Lykens
would start 4-shots off the lead, but would use a consistent front nine, even
par 35, to finish 4-shots behind Hennigen and a tie for second place with Everett.
The day would not just
belong to the champions however. In the Super-Senior division Larry Novinger,
from Lykens Valley Golf Course, aced the 5th hole (par 3,
142-yards). In addition to Novinger, George Anderson impressed the field by
playing the second most difficult hole in only a combined 5 strokes (14th
par 4, 370-yards). Anderson, from The Club at Shadow Lakes, carded a birdie in
his first round and holed his approach shot in his final round.
The Super-Senior Team title was won by Richard Smith and Warren Deakens, from Philadelphia Country Club, with a score of 306.