Lutz and McCool Ride Birdie Train to Championship
Chip Lutz (left) and Robin McCool
MALVERN, PA-Monday morning brought rain and wind to much ofthe greater Philadelphia area, but after just a short delay, play of the 21st
Pennsylvania Senior Better-Ball Championship was underway at beautiful White
Manor Country Club. The story of the day
came in the morning wave, playing the front 9 with scattered showers before the
sun broke through just before noon, Chip Lutz, of LedgeRock Golf Club, and
Robin McCool, of Saucon Valley Country Club, birdied five of their last six
holes on the front side to go out in 30 (5-under-par).
They kept it going with a couple more birdies on the backside coming
home in 34 (4-under-par) to post 7-under, 64, and a jolt to a first round
The afternoon wave would see a few other teams enjoy the
break from the rain and post red numbers.
Frank Corrado and Wayne Bartolacci, of Jericho National Golf Club, used
birdies on 3, 4, 6, 7, 11 & 17 en route to a 68 (3-under-par) and land themselves in
Tuesday’s final pairing with Lutz and McCool.
Two-Time Senior Better-Ball Champions Tom Bartolacci, of Saucon Valley
Country Club, and Roc Irey, of Lookaway Golf Club, also made a presence on the
leaderboad in hopes of making a run for their third title. Two birdies on the backside helped Bartolacci
and Irey post a 1-under par 70.
Frank Corrado (left) and Wayne Bartolacci
In the Super-Senior Division, defending champions Don Lamb,
of Totteridge Golf Club, & Lee Lykens, of Clearfield-Curwensville Country
Club, posted an even-par 71. Frank Polizzi, of
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, and Dave DeNezza, of Greensburg Country Club,
jumped to the lead with a bogey-free 67 (4-under-par).
Polizzi and DeNezza would be challenged by White Manor’s own Don
Donatoni and partner Mike Rose, of Talamore Country Club. Who shot 68 (3-under-par) in
the first round. Two-time Super-Senior
Better-Ball Champions and perennial contenders King Knox, of Lancaster Country
Club, and Jim Sherratt, of Buck Hill Falls Golf Club, opened with a 72 (1-over-par).
Tuesday saw much brighter skies but appeared to bring some
tougher scoring conditions as the golf course firmed up, the wind blew, and the
field averaging scores over 2 strokes higher.
Lutz and McCool quieted any thoughts of being caught by the
field by making birdies on both the 1st and 2nd holes. A birdie on the 8th would put Lutz and McCool
into double figures at 10-under-par and a comfortable 7 stroke lead. After another birdie on the 11th,
the pair would see their only blemish of the championship with a bogey on the
challenging 405 yard, par-4, 16th, but would cruise to the clubhouse at 10-under-par and a 7
stroke victory over Tom Bartolacci and Roc Irey. Frank Corrado and Wayne Bartolacci would slip
from 2nd to 3rd with a final round 72 (1-over-par). This was Chip Lutz’s second Senior
Better-Ball Championship after winning in 2010 with Gary Daniels, of Saucon Valley Country Club.
Tom Bartolacci (left) and Roc Irey (right) are awarded the 2nd Place
trophies from Tyler Riggin, Assoc. Dir. of Competitions
In the Super-Senior Division Polizzi and DeNezza held off
Donatoni and Rose to claim their first Super-Senior Better-Ball
championship. At the turn, Polizzi and
DeNezza’s lead had grown to 3 strokes after 3 bogies on the front by Donatoni
and Rose. Their birdies on 11 & 12
gave them a larger cushion. A bogey on
the par-3 14th would leave the duo with a 2-stroke lead. Pars on the
final four holes gave them the trophy at 4-under-par for the championship.
Dave DeNezza (left) and Frank Polizzi (right) are awarded the
Super-Senior Championship trophies from King Knox, Assoc. President
King Knox and Jim Sherratt, alongside the teams of Carl
Everett, of Merion Golf Club, and William Lawler, of Fox Hill Country Club, and also the team of
Jack Holland and Thomas Isola, of Whitford Country Club, would share 3rd
place honors at 1-over-par for the championship.
The 22nd Pennsylvania Senior
Better-Ball Championship will be hosted by Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in
Farmington, PA on June 4-5, 2014.