Schlachter edges Phillips for Senior Match Play Title
BUCKINGHAM, Pa. - A familiar name is back on the trophy as Paul Schlachter of Nevillewood Golf Club held off Lancaster Country Club's Ken Phillips to win the 10th Senior Match Play Championship, presented by Allegheny Health Network, at Lookaway Golf Club. The win was Schlachter's fifth (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016) in the event, and his fourth straight year in the final match.
Schlachter started quickly by holing a bunker shot on No. 1. Phillips rallied on the second hole to even things up after a par. After Schlachter converted a birdie on No. 3, both players were in position for pars on the fourth hole. Schlachter converted his before Phillips saw his lip out.
After routine pars on No. 9, Phillips got another hole back on the 10th as he made par and Schlachter couldn't convert the par of his own. However, the Nevillewood CC member extended the lead with a par on No. 12. After the duo traded pars for the next few holes, Phillips faced a three hole deficit with just three to play. Schlachter was able to save par after his tee shot found the rough left of the fairway. Phillips needed to make birdie from 15 feet to extend the match, but unfortunately for the Lancaster product, the ball didn't drop, giving Schlachter the crown and meaning he's won half of the championships in this event's short history!