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EDGA Celebrates 100 Years

Posted: August 4th, 2020

The Erie District Golf Association celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. The EDGA hosted its first event, the Amateur Championship in 1921. Lamour Adams was the inaugural champion and in 1923 became the event’s first two-time champion. W.W. Fisher was the first player to claim back-to-back titles winning in 1927-28. Norm Gaylord stopped that streak in 1929 and then, when he added titles in 1931 and 1933 became the first three-time EDGA Amateur champion. He was the only player to capture three titles under the match play format. The format was changed to stroke play in 1961 and was conducted at 72 holes until 1969, when it was reduced to 54 holes, which is the current format.

John Britton won the first Amateur Championship under stroke play in 1961 and, in doing so, became the second player with three Amateur titles, having won in both 1956 and 1958.

There are 7 players with 3 EDGA Amateur Championship titles. In addition to Gaylord and Britton is Tim Dunlavey (1986,89,90), Brett Kieffer (1980,81,91), Tom Amendola (1995,97,2002), Ron Coleman (2003,07,12) and Austin Romeo (2009,13,15). There are two players in the 2020 field with a chance to capture their third title. Defending champion Tyler Cozad (2017,19) and Dario Cipriani (1984,87).

There is only one four-time champion, Lake View’s Ellery Tarbell who won his titles in 2005,06,08 and 2011. The title in 2011 was the last event held at the Kahkwa Club, this year’s host.

There are 14 players with 2 titles. Lamour Adams (1921,23), W.W. Fisher (1927-28), J.J. McCarthy (1925,30), Alex Holtz (1930,35), Lou Geisler (1940-41), Harold Cloyd (1942-43), Bob Flanigan (1939,46), Les White (1938,49), Dave Hambly (1965-66), Gene George (1974-75), Dale Loeslein (1976,78), Dario Cipriani (1984,87), Joe Cassano, Jr. (1992-93), and Tyler Cozad (2017,19).

Les White and Brett Kieffer hold the record for the most years between titles with 11 years.

Champions in the 2020 field include Ed Podufal (1979), Mike Capotis (1983), Dario Cipriani (1984,87), David Hewett (2000), Bob Paris (2001), Drew Deimel (2010), and Tyler Cozad (2017,19).

Here are some EDGA Amateur Championship Records:


Most Runners-Up – Tom Amendola (5) (1983,85,92,2001,03)
Most Top 3 Finishes – Tom Amendola (9)
Most Top 10 Finishes – David Ciacchini, Sr. (21)
Most Top 20 Finishes – Rick Carlotti (33)
Consecutive Top 10’s – David Ciacchini, Sr. (10) (1982-91), David Hewett (10) (1991-2000)
Largest Winning Margin – 72 holes – Dave Hambly (12 strokes) (both 1965 and 1966)
Largest Winning Margin – 54 holes – Dale Loeslein (10 strokes) (1976)
Largest Playoff – 3 players in 2008, Ellery Tarbell (won), Gregor Orlando and David Hewett
Lowest Winning Score – 72 holes – Denny Lyons (+5) (1963)
Highest Winning Score – 72 holes – Joe Early (+17) (1967)
Lowest Winning Score – 54 holes – Austin Romeo (-9) (2009 @ D), Patrick Kelly (-9) (2018 @ MCC)
Highest Winning Score – 54 holes – Dave Liebau (+9) (1971)
Largest 36 hole lead – Tom Amendola (9) (138), Ron Coleman (147) in 2002 at LV
Largest 54 hole lead – Joe Early (8) (224), Dick Marasco (232) in 1967
Largest Final Round Comeback – Ron Coleman (8) behind Drew Deimel afer 36 holes in 2012 at LV
Lowest Round – 6 under par – Bill Koper (64 @ GH 1987), Mike Capotis (66 @ D 1988),
David Ciacchini, Sr. (64 @ GH 1989), Jeff Webster (66 @ LS 2004), Ron Coleman (66 @ LV 2012)
Most Rounds Holding the Lead – Brett Kieffer (10)
Most Rounds – Low Round of Day – Dario Cipriani (10)
Most Sub-par Rounds – Tom Amendola, Bob Paris (11)
The only time a player has had the lowest score each round was :
Dale Loeslein (1976, 1 round tied) and Sean Howell (1998, 2 rounds tied)

When stroke play began in 1961 the event was conducted over 4 different course and then beginning in 1969 over 3 different venues. In the 54-hole format a club would generally enter the rotation for round two, move to round one the next year and then round 3 in their third year. In 1991 the format was changed so that all three rounds were conducted at the same course. That is the current format and the only exception was in 2015 when the event was held at Erie, Downing and Whispering Woods.

In the stroke play era, Lake View and Lake Shore have hosted the Amateur the most (33 rounds) and Lawrence Park has hosted 31. The Kahkwa Club will have hosted 32 after this year’s event.

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100th EDGA Amateur Championship

Posted: July 31st, 2020

The 100th EDGA Amateur is scheduled for August 14-16 at The Kahkwa Club. The entry limit is 78 players and the field will be cut to the top 48 and ties after round one and to 24 and ties after round two.

The entry deadline is Friday August 7th at 5pm however entries will also close when the entry limit is reached which will likely be prior to the established entry deadline date. Click Here to enter.

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Urban claims 4th EDWGA Match Play Title

Posted: July 30th, 2020

Like it was in 2018 and 2019, Stephanie Urban is the 2020 EDWGA City Match Play Tournament champion and now is a 4-time match play champion (her first title was 2009). She defeated Lydia Swan in a tight match at a very windy and somewhat wet Lake Lake Shore Country Club. The two were even after the front nine and went to the penultimate hole still even. Swan’s approach shot came up short and when she failed to get up and down Urban took the lead to the final hole. After both hit the green Urban lagged her 30 footer to a foot, which was conceded by Swan. Swan had about 20 feet and one last hope to send the match to sudden death but it was not to be and the putt slid by on the high side.

Urban was solid and steady as she most always is while Swan was just not able to convert the putts she needed to build a good lead. Here are the hole by hole scores of the match.

Lake Shore CC (Par)
453 434 454 36 435 444 543 36 72
Stephanie Urban
464 525 455 40 336 444 543 36 76
Lydia Swan
563 426 464 40 445 435 453 37 77

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Grassi/Garica and Carlotti/Hewett claim Team Titles

Posted: July 21st, 2020

Complete Results

Regular Championship

Ted Grassi III and Mike Garcia captured the regular division of the EDGA (2-man) Team Championships with a score of 5-under 67 Tuesday at Lake Shore Country Club. This is the first Team title for Garcia and the third for Grassi who won titles in 2008 and 2003 with other partners. Dean Rainville and Mike Wolfe finished second in the gross with 69 while 2-time defending champions, Tyler Cozad and Brian Boyce finished third with 73.

On the net side of things brothers Levi and Lucas Marsh finished first with a score of 65 followed by Pat and Nick Arrigo who had 68. There was a 4-way tie for third with 69 including Dan Cullen & Nick Rosen, Brian Bandishar & Charlie Lichtenwalter, Max Easly & Joe O’Shea, and Michael Machuga & Duke Gertrell.

Gross Prizes
1. Grassi & Garcia (67) $300 & trophy
2. Rainville & Wolfe (69) $240
3. Cozad & Boyce (73) $180
Net Prizes
1. Marsh & Marsh (65) $300 & trophy
2. P Arrigo & N Arrigo (68) $240
3. Cullen & Rosen, Bandishar & Lichtenwalter,
Easly & O’Shea, Machuga & Gartrell (69) $45ea team

Senior Championship (Streeter Cup)
Rick Carlotti and David Hewett captured their first event as a team with a score of 3-under par 69. It is Carlotti’s 5th title (2 regular and 3 senior) and Hewett’s 5th (3 regular and 2 senior). Brothers Mike and Homer Capotis had the second low score (72) but took first prize in the net division with 68. That left Bob Paris and Gary Paparelli 2nd in gross with 73. Two teams tied for 3rd in gross and since they also tied for 2nd in net, the 3rd gross and 2nd and 3rd net prizes were combined. The winners for 3rd gross where Dario Cipriani & Doug Fugate and Scott Simonsen and R.C. Chase with 74. The two net winners were Chuck DuShole & Rick Hersey and Allan Szymanski & Eric Stitt with 69.

Gross Prizes
1. Carlotti & Hewett (69) $300 & trophy
2. Paris & Paparelli (73) $240
3. Cipriani & Fugate, Simonsen & Chase (73) $150ea team
Net Prizes
1. Capotis & Capotis (68) $300 & trophy
2. DuShole & Hersey, Szymanski & Stitt (69) $150ea team

Prizes are available in the pro shop at Lake Shore County Club. Thanks to Eric Schomske (LSCC) for all of his help with this EDGA event.

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Hewett captures 5th EDGA Seniors

Posted: July 10th, 2020

David Hewett captured his 5th EDGA Joseph C Martin Seniors championship with a bogey free 5-under par 67 at Downing on Tuesday July 14th.

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Rick Carlotti was runner up to Hewett for the second consecutive year, closing with birdies on Downing’s two difficult finishing holes. The 2018 champion finished with a round of 1-under 71 which was also good for low gross in the 60-69 age group. Dario Cipriani shot 73, to place 2nd in that age group. John Maleno captured low net in the 60-69 with 68.

Eric Stitt captured the overall low net title with a score of 67.

In the 50-59 age group Mark Trigilo won low gross with and even par 72. Greg Robbins and Mark Noce tied for second with 74. Noce also had 68 net, tieing him with Jeff Westfall for low net in the age group.

In the Super Senior Division (70 and over) Rick Seus captured the low gross title with 71, 4 shots better than Chuck DuShole. Ed Orr won low net with 62.

Here are the prize winners:

Overall
Low Gross – David Hewett – 67 ($200)
Low Net – Eric Still – 67 ($200)

50-59 Age Group
Low Gross – Mark Trigilio – 72 ($125)   2nd Gross – Greg Robbins – 74 ($80)
Low Net – Jeff Westfall & Mark Noce – 68 ($105 ea)

60-69 Age Group
Low Gross – Rick Carlotti – 71 ($125)   2nd Gross – Dario Cipriani – 73 ($80)
Low Net – John Maleno – 68 ($125)  2nd Net – James Bowen & John Adituori – 69 ($40 ea)

70 & Over Age Group
Low Gross – Rick Seus – 71 ($125)
Low Net – Ed Orr – 62 ($125)

Gross Skins – ($55 each)
Jeff Weyand – 2 on #4
Jeff Westfall – 2 on #5
Scott Simonsen – 2 on #6
Chuck DuShole – 3 on #12

Net Skins – ($45 each)
Jeff Weyand – 1 on #4
Jeff Westfall – 1 on #5
Scott Simonsen – 1 on #6
Eric Stitt – 2 on #9
Randy Brockway – 2 on #17

All prizes and skins will be available in the pro shop at Downing beginning Thursday July 16th.

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