June 7, 2018

Jason Marie, a GAP net veteran, collected 43 Stableford Net points.

Baldwin, Marie crowned champs in Spring Net at Coatesville

  COATESVILLE, Pa.- Five Ponds Golf Club’s Jason Marie played a competitive-best nine holes Thursday at Coatesville Country Club (par 71, 5,822 yards). As a Golf Association of Philadelphia net championship veteran, he made sure to take advantage of it.

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  Making the turn with a gross score of 1-over 36 – good enough for 25 Stableford Net points – Marie glided to the overall title in the Tee It Forward — Spring Net Championship. That self-record, paired with a back nine of 8-over 44, translated into 43 overall Stableford Net points and the hardware. He topped a field of 52 net players.

  Philadelphia Country Club’s Marybeth Baldwin, playing in her first GAP event, took home the Women’s Division title with 38 Stableford Net points.

  Marie’s winning round was sparked by what was deemed by the champion a “great bogey” on No. 1 (par 5, 454 yards). After a perfect drive down the center, Marie chunked back-to-back shots in the fairway. He then punched a 5-iron near greenside and chipped up for a relieving tap-in 6.

  A scintillating string of six straight up-and-downs for par on Nos. 3 thru 8 helped the scorecard out. However, that feat would be one-upped when Marie’s lone red number arrived on No. 9 (par 4, 359 yards). He bombed a drive nearly 300 yards, leaving him with a short wedge from 60 yards out that he tossed within inches of the cup.

   “Everything was clicking for me on the front. It was an incredible stretch there just getting up-and-down for some good pars,” said the 40-year-old. “I’ve been playing in GAP net events since 2010, so I had a feeling of where that score stood making the turn. My mindset on the back nine was to keep everything simple and not have any blow-up holes.”

  The champ stayed calm, cool and collected on Coatesville’s back, jarring two gross pars in the final four holes to claim his first GAP victory.

   “Every single year, I religiously follow the net-event schedules. Those are the first things I circle on my calendar,” said Marie. “It’s nice to finally win one.”

  At Coatesville, Marie played as a 16 handicap. It’s the Maple Glen, Pa. resident’s dream to one day get down to a 7 handicap. The logic behind that isn’t just becoming a better golfer.

  It’s becoming a Golf Association of Philadelphia Major competitor.

   “I would really love to play in a GAP Major. It’s definitely a goal of mine and been on my radar for a while now,” said Marie, a believer in course analytics who keeps detailed stats during his rounds. “But until then, the GAP Net events are my majors.”

  In the third year of the Women’s’ Division, Baldwin took home the title in her GAP debut powered by a gross score of 91.

  The Villanova, Pa. resident, playing to a course handicap of 20, utilized five gross pars and a birdie on No. 2 (par 3, 132 yards) en route to the winner’s circle.

   “I’ve never played Coatesville before, so it was a challenge but a nice one, even though I almost got lost pulling in here today,” said Baldwin, 54. “It’s a hilly course but I navigated well. I stayed on track and stayed focused.”

  The former Women’s Golf Chairman at Philadelphia Country enjoys casual golf but is always looking to get better competitively. She took a major step of progress at Coatesville with the title win.

   “It was really fun – I’ll definitely be back to play in more [GAP events],” she said.

  The Spring Net Championship, formerly known as the First Handicap Tournament, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Association adopted the Tee It Forward parameters in 2012. It also changed the scoring format to net stableford.

  The Tee It Forward initiative encourages golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

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Men's Overall

 

Name, club

Points

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

43

Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

39

Tom Minger, Brookside Country Club

38

Robert Kruse, Downingtown Country Club

38

Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club

38

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

37

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

37

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

36

Bill Smith, Sandy Run Country Club

36

Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

36

David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club

35

Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

35

Michael Benninghoff, Coatesville Country Club

35

Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club

35

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

34

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

34

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

34

Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

34

J.T. Clarke, Sakima Country Club

33

Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club

33

Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club

33

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

33

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

33

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

33

Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

33

Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club

32

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

32

Brian Exton, Brookside CC of Allentown

32

Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club

32

David Wood, White Manor Country Club

32

Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club

32

William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

32

Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club

32

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

31

Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club

31

Brian KreamerBala Golf Club

31

Timothy KiorpesLookaway Golf Club

31

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

31

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

31

James Konnick, Brookside Country Club

31

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

31

George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club

30

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

30

Richard White, Jericho National Golf Club

30

Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club

30

Brent Alwood, Northampton Valley Country Club

30

James McFadden, Talamore Country Club

28

Jeff Yager, Gulph Mills Golf Club

26

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

26

Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club

26

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

25

Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

24

 

 

Handicap Index (5.1-11.6)

 

Name, club

Points

Gerry McCloy, Flourtown Country Club

37

David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club

35

J.T. Clarke, Sakima Country Club

33

Charles Johnson, Jericho National Golf Club

33

Bill Robinson, White Manor Country Club

33

Charles Caparo, The 1912 Club

32

Richard Duryea, Flourtown Country Club

32

Brian Exton, Brookside CC of Allentown

32

Michael Jones, Moselem Springs Golf Club

32

David Wood, White Manor Country Club

32

Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

31

Brian Jasperse, Jericho National Golf Club

31

Brian KreamerBala Golf Club

31

George Crouse, Ramblewood Country Club

30

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

30

Richard White, Jericho National Golf Club

30

Jeff Yager, Gulph Mills Golf Club

26

 

 

Handicap Index (12.2-15.7)

 

Name, club

Points

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

43

Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

39

Tom Minger, Brookside Country Club

38

Murray Felzer, White Manor Country Club

36

Bill Smith, Sandy Run Country Club

36

Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

36

Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

35

Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club

34

Mick Dunphy, Flourtown Country Club

34

Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

33

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

33

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

33

Timothy KiorpesLookaway Golf Club

31

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

31

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

31

Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club

30

Brent Alwood, Northampton Valley Country Club

30

Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

24

 

 

Handicap Index (15.8-23.3)

 

Name, club

Points

Robert Kruse, Downingtown Country Club

38

Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club

38

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

37

Michael Benninghoff, Coatesville Country Club

35

Victor Donnay, McCall Golf & Country Club

35

Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club

34

Walter Madden, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

34

Eric Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

33

Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club

32

William Crawford, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

32

Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club

32

James Konnick, Brookside Country Club

31

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

31

James McFadden, Talamore Country Club

28

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

26

Charles Quinn, Merion Golf Club

26

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

25

 

 

Women's Overall

 

Name, club

Points

Marybeth Baldwin, Philadelphia Country Club

38

Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club

33

Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club

29

Muffy McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club

28

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