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PA Amateur Championship Results

Schlachter Wins 85th Pennsylvania Amateur Championship

Tourament Scores

Bent Creek Country Club anxiously anticipated the opportunity to display what golf is like in Litiz, Pennsylvania. Bent Creek made this years Amateur one to remember with membership sponsored lunches, dinners and refreshments.

The course, a 6719 yard par 71, was tightly groomed with plush fairways and speedy greens, not to mention some difficult pin positions. High afternoon winds elevated first round scores, with only four of the 132 players able to shoot par or better. After one round of play three players were tied for the early lead at one under-par 70; David Hewett, Lake View; K.J. Stutz, Media Heights; and Jim Sullivan Jr., Huntingdon Valley. Defending champion Sean Knapp, St. Judeís, finished with a two over-par 73.

Blue skies greeted players for the second round of play. Bent Creek, however, refused to yield any low scores, with only one player able to break par, Robin McCool,70. After 36 holes, Jim Sullivan Jr. and K.J. Stutz remained on top of the leaderboard at level par 142. With two rounds complete the field was cut to the low 40 players and ties. It was determined that the 41 players at a score of 152 or better would return for final two rounds the next day.

At the midday lunch break on day three, this years Amateur looked like a four man race. Robin McCool, Saucon Valley, shot a two-under par 69 to take a one shot lead at 216. Paul Schlacter, Nevillewood, also shot 69 positioning himself at 217 along with 36 hole leader Jim Sullivan Jr. Sean Knapp, defending champion, was planning his final round attack only two shots back at 218.

With a final round one under-par 70, Paul Schlacter posted a clubhouse leading 287. Standing on the 18th tee, only a few groups behind, Sean Knapp needed to make birdie to force a sudden death playoff. Even though tension was high, Sean was able to guide in a birdie four and force extra holes. On the first hole of sudden death, hole #10, Knappís approach shot missed the green allowing Schlacter to take the advantage by placing his ball 20 feet from the pin. Knapp was unable to get up and down after an aggressive chip shot. After cuddling his first putt close to the hole, Schlacter was able to make the longest three foot putt of his life for the title. A 49 year-old school teacher with dreams of playing on the senior tour, Schlacter nearly collapsed with joy when his ball toppled into the cup.

Scores

Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

RD 4

Total

Paul Schlachter

Club at Nevillewood

74

74

69

70

287*

Sean R. Knapp

St. Jude GC

73

73

72

69

287

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley CC

77

70

69

72

288

Nathan Smith

Pinecrest CC

73

76

72

72

293

Jim Sullivan, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley CC

70

72

75

78

295

Greg Marshalek

Whitford CC

78

73

68

77

296

K.J. Stutz, II

Meadia Heights GC

70

72

77

78

297

William Lawler

Fox Hill CC

75

73

74

75

297

Todd Grassi

Lawrence Park GC.

75

75

77

72

299

Albert Hromulak

Sunnehanna CC

77

71

76

76

300

Jeffrey T. Hovanec

Alcoma GC

76

74

75

75

300

John King Sweeney

Conestoga CC

75

76

73

76

300

Robert Poore

Penn Oaks GC

75

71

76

79

301

Stephen Probst

Old York Road CC

75

76

77

73

301

James Bohn

Shade Mt GC

71

74

78

79

302

David Richards

Bent Creek CC

72

77

76

77

302

Craig Cochran

Merion GC

77

73

75

77

302

Guy Wuollet

Merion GC

76

74

73

79

302

David Brown

St. Clair CC

79

72

74

78

303

David Hewett

Lake View CC

70

80

78

76

304

Michael Korenoski

Butler CC

77

75

75

77

304

Chick Wagner

Oakmont CC

72

76

77

80

305

Vincent P Zachetti

Hannastown GC

77

74

75

79

305

John G Jones

Oakmont CC

77

74

80

74

305

Warren Choate

Williamsport CC

76

75

78

76

305

Paul Rogowicz

Yardley CC

78

72

81

76

307

Neil Gordon

Philmont CC

75

73

81

79

308

Brian Corbett

Wyoming Valley CC

74

73

80

82

309

Michael Ladden

Waynesborough CC

75

74

81

79

309

James J Bryan

Latrobe CC

72

80

79

78

309

Arnie Cutrell

Greensburg CC

74

74

90

72

310

James Gardas

Honesdale GC

78

71

79

82

310

Mark DiGiacomo

Lebanon CC

77

74

82

78

311

Gregory Ferguson

Sinking Valley CC

76

72

84

80

312

Andy Latowski

St. Jude GC

73

78

78

83

312

Brian Groff

Bent Creek CC

74

77

78

83

312

Scott Simonsen

Lake Shore CC

72

80

81

80

313

Jim Blinn

Irem Temple CC

75

76

78

85

314

Don H. Erickson, III

Du Bois CC

75

77

84

83

319

Andy Hay

Shannopin CC

74

77

87

83

321

Michael Gregor

Huntingdon Valley CC

73

73

DQ

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