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Nevillewood’s Schlachter earns Senior Amateur title

  BETHLEHEM, Pa.-Paul Schlachter of The Club at Nevillewood, a honors history teacher at Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, added another chapter to his impressive textbook sized resume on Tuesday at Saucon Valley CC (par 72, 6, 575 yards, Grace Course).

  Schlachter, 55, of Pittsburgh, earned his first Pennsylvania Senior Amateur Championship (55 years of age and older) title with a final score of even-par 144 on the difficult Grace Course with its treacherous greens. Schlachter carded rounds of 68-76 to distance himself from the other 131 players in the field.

  He adds the Senior Amateur title to a list of accomplishments that already includes the 1988 Pennsylvania Amateur Championship and five USGA National Championship appearances.

  "It’s a big deal to win both the state Amateur and Senior, especially for the resume," said Schlachter. "It’s terrific and at a place like this, it’s wonderful. Pennsylvania’s [viewed as] one of the top states for golf.

  Thomas R. Davis of Saucon Valley CC and Michael Sanger of Merion GC tied for second at 146, two strokes behind the leader. David K. Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley CC and Peter Smith of The Kahkwa Club placed fourth at 151.

  Schlachter entered the final day of the 36-hole tournament with a four-shot lead over Davis and company. However, a 2-over-par 38 on the front preceded bogeys on No. 10 (par 5, 515 yards) and No. 13 (par 4, 328 yards) to drop Schlachter to even par. He drilled a 6-iron to three feet on No. 14 (par 3, 150 yards) to get back into red figures, but failed to get up and down on No. 18 (par 4, 405 yards) to finish with a second-round 76. The day was a reversal of his torrid opening-round 68 (which including an opening-nine score of 31, on the back side).

  "I kept making the wrong choices with my irons," said Schlachter, who registered only nine greens in regulation. "I didn’t hit it solid. I was just hanging on. I bogeyed the second hole (No. 2, par 4, 384 yards) from the right rough and was never sharp the rest of the day."

  A constant breeze, those lightening greens and the pressures of a final round appeared to take its toll on everybody, however.

  Davis, who began play in the afternoon, and after Schlachter finished, grabbed the lead at the turn, knowing what he had to do. Starting on the back nine, Davis netted birdies on No. 16 (par 4, 425 yards) and No. 17 (par 4, 410 yards) to finish the front with an impressive 1-under-par 35. At the time, he led Schlachter by two strokes.

  "I’ve never been in that position before," said Davis, 55, a rookie when it comes to state championship tournaments. Jokingly, he added, "I kept saying to my caddie tell me when we are having fun."

  The fun stopped on No. 3 (par 3, 180 yards). His 18-degree hybrid club from the tee stayed straight instead of with the draw he needed. He failed to get up and down from the right bunker.

  The turning point then came a few holes later on No. 8 (par 4, 382 yards), his 17th hole.

  A drive left Davis with 155 yards. His 8-iron to a tight hole location came up a yard short and into the left bunker. He just missed saving par.

  The difference between victory and second place came in his sand game. Davis had four sand save opportunities and failed to convert any of them.

  Mike Rose of Ashbourne CC registered the highlight of the day. On No. 14 (par 3, 150 yards), Rose holed out for an ace with a 7-iron. Maybe even more impressively, the other two players in his group, Peter Smith of The Kahkwa Club and Todd R. Kennedy of the CC of York, both posted birdies on the hole.

Super-Senior Division
  In the Super-Senior Division, Richard Smith of Philadelphia CC and Walter Kuharchik of Fox Hill CC ended the two days tied at 157 (13-over-par) and had to decide the Super-Senior Division in a playoff.

  Smith, 67, of Villanova, Pa., carded a par on the first extra hole (no. 18, par 4, 390 yards) and Kuharchik a bogey.

  It is the first Super-Senior Division (65 years of age and older) for Smith.

Senior Division (55 years of age and older)
Name Club Score
Paul Schlachter Club at Nevillewood 68-76--144
Michael Sanger Merion GC 74-72--146
Thomas R. Davis Saucon Valley CC 72-74--146
David K. Brookreson Huntingdon Valley CC 77-74--151
Peter Smith Kahkwa Club 75-76--151
Jay Howson St. Davids GC 76-76--152
Stephen M. Foster Diamond Run GC 75-77--152
Larry L. Novinger Harrisburg North GC 80-73--153
Ed Hennigan Fox Hill CC 75-78--153
Michael Rose Ashbourne CC 75-78--153
Michael McAdams Longue Vue Club 82-72--154
Ronald Pieczynski Irem Temple CC 75-79--154
Jerry Janeski Bent Creek CC 79-75--154
Don Donatoni White Manor CC 76-78--154
Michael G. Anton Lookaway GC 75-79--154
Ned McFarland St. Clair CC 80-76--156
Frank Polizzi Whitemarsh Valley CC 79-77--156
Phil Saylor Sunnehanna CC 78-78--156
William P. Lawler Fox Hill CC 73-83--156
Michael C. Rowland Lehigh CC 75-81--156
Doug Dick Chester Valley CC 82-77--157
Mike McGuire Hannastown GC 76-81--157
Lee Lykens Clearfield-Curwensville CC 76-82--158
Jim Haynie Lu Lu CC 77-81--158
William B. Whitman Berkshire CC 79-80--159
Robert Marek Carlisle CC 77-82--159
Philip M. Tredway Kahkwa Club 79-80--159
Jim Walters Sunnehanna CC 81-78--159
Daniel B. Burton Bent Creek CC 76-84--160
Don Lamb Montour Heights CC 78-82--160
David R. Gale Stonewall 83-77--160
Stephen Daley Lu Lu CC 78-82--160
Kenneth Gaskill Philadelphia Publinks 78-83--161
Curt Fromal Springhaven Club 78-83--161
Todd R. Kennedy CC of York 83-78--161
Charles J. Whipple Huntingdon Valley CC 82-79--161
Edward Gregrczyk Glenmaura National GC 82-80--162
Charles McClaskey Wyncote GC 80-82--162
Don Neill Talamore at Oak Terrace CC 82-80--162
Ross K. Van Wagenen Windber CC 87-75--162
Ed Strickler Huntingdon CC 79-83--162
Edward K. Houser Hershey GC 81-81--162
David A. Kearney Lehigh CC 82-81--163
Scott Yard Whitford CC 83-81--164
Edward M. Tansey, Sr. Kahkwa Club 79-85--164
Rich Kovacs Green Pond GC 84-80--164
Michael Egan Lookaway GC 82-82--164
Andy Tompos Lancaster Host Resort 84-80--164
Frank T. Shuman Lookaway GC 79-85--164
Neil McDermott Llanerch CC 85-80--165
Jamie McWilliams Yardley CC 83-82--165
Bill Kunsman Club at Nevilewood 82-83--165
Vernon Kelly, Jr. Philadelphia Cricket Club 88-78--166
Bill Stasiulatis West Shore CC 84-82--166
Phil Schaltenbrand Nemacolin CC 82-84--166
Ralph Bincarowsky Kahkwa Club 83-83--166
O. Gordon Brewer Huntingdon Valley CC 84-83--167
Larry E. Casebeer Hershey GC 85-82--167
Brian Bezark Lu Lu CC 86-81--167
Samuel J. Kursh Stonewall 82-85--167
Carlyle Robinson Fox Hill CC 83-84--167
Christopher S. Frazier Sunnybrook GC 83-84--167
Thomas Fleig Colonial CC 85-82--167
Carl B. Everett Merion GC 86-82--168
Gregory Smee Colonial CC 82-86--168
George Elias Sand Springs CC 82-86--168
Edward E. Bondi Huntingdon Valley CC 82-87--169
Herbert Gordon Doylestown CC 83-87--170
James P. Sylves State College Elks CC 92-78--170
Donald C. Galbraith Stonewall 83-87--170
Pete Emigh Lehigh CC 88-82--170
A. Kent Weymouth Lu Lu CC 85-85--170
Jim Hoffer West Shore CC 86-85--171
Bernie E. Zbrzeznj Whitemarsh Valley CC 86-85--171
Andrew Beechko CC of Scranton 90-82--172
Gary H. McQuone Allegheny CC 88-84--172
Joseph F. Virdone Philadelphia CC 88-84--172
Douglas R. Chambers Longue Vue Club 89-83--172
Bill Coyle Saucon Valley CC 79-93--172
Richard T. Ford Club at Nevillewood 87-85--172
John O'Sullivan Chester Valley CC 87-85--172
William E. Moot Windber CC 82-91--173
David A. Jones Windber CC 90-84--174
Charles S. Rogalla CC of Scranton 89-85--174
Steve Huston Huntingdon CC 86-88--174
Mike Szymanski Blue Ridge CC 90-87--177
John P. Pagana Susquehanna Valley CC 93-85--178
Tom Verney Carlisle CC 90-88--178
Ed M. Roberts Old York Road CC 88-90--178
Norm Kulujian Lookaway GC 89-90--179
Louis P. DeGennaro CC of Scranton 93-86--179
Gordon Bennet Northampton CC 91-90--181
Milton H. Drennen Bent Creek CC 90-91--181
Michael J. Brigandi State College Elks CC 91-91--182
Don Warner State College Elks CC 92-92--184
Richard C. Daniels Club at Nevillewood 90-94--184
Bob Brooker Blue Bell CC 90-95--185
Richard C. Franklin Stonewall 91-94--185
Bill Kinley Williamsport CC 92-94--186
Geoffery R. Chambers North Fork G & TC 96-91--187
Murray Felzer White Manor CC 91-98--189
Clyde Fuller State College Elks CC 94-97--191
Thomas Kaczor Yardley CC 88-NC--NC
Stephen R. Stelecki Saucon Valley CC 87-WD--WD
Terrance J. Sawyer Yardley CC 83-WD--WD
Theodore A. Beringer Philadelphia CC 81-WD--WD
Super-Senior (65 years of age and older)
*Richard A. Smith Philadelphia CC 79-78--157
Walter A. Kuharchik Fox Hill CC 75-82--157
Leon Buchter Golden Oaks CC 82-78--160
James R. Sherratt Old York Road CC 83-78--161
Rich Jacob Pittsburgh Field Club 79-84--163
Fran Tusak Silver Creek CC 82-85--167
Tony Joseph Windber CC 86-81--167
Tom Conboy Sandy Run CC 82-86--168
James J Ginsberg Philmont CC 83-85--168
Merv Isaacman Blue Ridge CC 82-88--170
Robert J. Farley Williamsport CC 79-91--170
Merrill A. Dunlop Clearfield-Curwensville CC 88-84--172
William H. Bayles, Jr. Phoenixville CC 84-88--172
George S. Thorbahn Rolling Green GC 87-86--173
Peyton D. McDonald Williamsport CC 91-85--176
Rocco J. Limongell Fox Hill CC 85-92--177
W. Robert Van Zandt Springhaven Club 89-88--177
Jim Ake Huntingdon CC 93-86--179
Frank J. Taylor Kahkwa Club 89-90--179
Rod Eaken Berkshire CC 89-91--180
Kent Replogle Hershey GC 85-96--181
George Becker, Jr. Doylestown CC 92-100--192
Dennis A. McLaughlin Pinecrest CC 91-WD--WD
Fred Tyler, Jr. Reading CC 91-WD--WD
Pete Walk Edgewood CC 83-WD--WD
NC-no card
*-won in playoff
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