Middleburg, PA- With the NCPGA Senior Tour finale a week away, today’s event was the last chance for players to make their move to the top in the season points standings; and three of the four divisions witnessed change by the end of the day. Three Bucknell golfers, Al Kline Jr., Steve Allen, and Jim VanBuskirk made their move today by winning their respective flights and earning enough points to move them into the top four point earners in their divisions and thus an opportunity to compete for the title of “points champion” next week.
In the 50-59 year old division, Al Kline Jr edged out Mill Race’s Randy Lynch by one to take the top spot in the division with a 4 over par 76. Dave Gutelius of the Bucknell GC posted a 78 for third. Kline and Lynch will join Bucknell’s Ben Cook and Belles Springs Rick Everett next week to compete for the divisions Points Champion.
Steve Allen’s five over par 77 was three shots clear of his nearest competition to take the 60-69 year old division title. Allen was challenged by Nittany CC’s Chuck Colyer and Marty Bowman of Frosty Valley CC. Allen will join Colyer, and Buckenll’s Tim Harpster and Susquehanna Valley’s John Pagana next week in the Points Championship of their division.
Jim VanBuskirk of the Bucknell GC picked a great time to post his seasonal best score of 74. VanBuskirk needed every bit of it as he was only one shot better than three other players in the division. Fellow Bucknellians Park McKissick Jr. and Dick Beck along with White Deer’s Pete Reasner all carded 75’s in a tie for second. VanBuskirk earned a shot at the points title with the victory and will compete next week agains fellow Bucknell member Dick Williamson and Gary Fry along with Lost Creek’s Al Kline Sr.
John Hirsch of Eagles Mere carded an 106 today and was the only competitor in the 80 and older division. Hirsch will compete next week for the points title again Bucknell’s Boyd Mertz and White Deer’s Irv Levy.
Today’s event marks the fifteenth of the sixteen event tournament series. The final stop of the 2014 NCPGA Senior tournament series will be next Thursday, September 18 at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College. Merchandise prizes were awarded to the top finishers in each age group. The NCPGA is supported by Blaise Alexander Family Dealership, The GouldenTouch Foundation, Woodlands Bank and Jersey Shore State Bank.
Participating clubs in the NCPGA are American Legion C.C., Mount Union; Mountain View C.C., Boalsburg,; Bucknell G.C., Lewisburg,; Shade Mountain G.C., Middleburg; Susquehanna Valley C.C., Hummels Wharf; Corey Creek Country Club, Mansfield; Tyoga Country Club, Wellsboro; Wynding Brook Golf Club., Milton; White Deer G.C., Allenwood; Belles Springs G.C., Mackeyville; Clinton Country Club, Lock Haven; Eagles Mere Country Club, Eagles Mere; Mill Race Golf Club, Benton; Liberty Valley Golf Club, Danville; Lost Creek GC, Oakland Mills; Lewistown Country Club, Lewistown; Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club, Elysburg; Nittany Country Club, Bellefonte; Timber Trails Golf Club, Pocono Pines, Toftrees Golf Club, State College and Williamsport Country Club, Williamsport.
2014 NCPGA Senior Tour
Shade Mountain Golf Course
Al Kline Jr, Bucknell Golf Club – 39-37—76
Randy Lynch, Mill Race Mens Golf Assoc – 36-41—77
Dave Gutelius, Bucknell Golf Club – 41-37—78
Bruce Hoover, White Deer Golf Club – 38-41—79
Richard Knepp, Nittany Country Club – 38-46—84
Kevin Treese, Mountain View CC – 41-44–85
Steve Allen, Bucknell Golf Club – 38-39—77
Chuck Colyer, Nittany Country Club – 40-40—80
Marty Bowman, Frosty Valley Country Club – 39-41—80
Brian Knepp, Shade Mountain Golf Course – 41-41—82
Terry Cooper, Toftrees Golf Club – 42-42—84
William Byrne, Williamsport Country Club – 41-43—84
James Cotner, Bucknell Golf Club – 44-41—85
William Kinley, Williamsport Country Club – 43-45—88
Jerry Lauchle, Toftrees Golf Club – 46-44—90
William Sponseller Jr., Valley CC – 48-43—91
Larry Holcomb, Corey Creek Golf Club – 45-46—91
Ray Ostrom, Corey Creek Golf Club – 44-47—91
Glen Schmouder, Wynding Brook Golf Club – 48-44—92
Al Neyhard, Ncpga Senior Players Club – 45-50—95
Ken Campbell, Toftrees Golf Club – 49-47—96
Charlie Duda, Corey Creek GC – 48-48—96
Robert Beck, Shade Mountain Golf Course – 45-51—96
Mark Elliott sr, Shade Mountain Golf Course – 54-51–105
James Vanbuskirk, Bucknell Golf Club – 36-38—74
Ashley Reasner, White Deer Golf Club – 39-36—75
Park McKissick Jr, Bucknell Golf Club – 36-39—75
Dick Beck, Bucknell Golf Club – 35-40—75
Al Kline Sr, Lost Creek Golf Club – 37-40—77
Robert McNutt, Eagles Mere C C – 40-38—78
Richard Williamson, Bucknell GC – 41-39—80
Jack Alexander, Corey Creek Golf Club – 40-40—80
Gary Fry, Bucknell Golf Club – 38-42—80
Charles Fritzges, Wynding Brook Golf Club – 41-41—82
Lyle Brion, Corey Creek GC – 39-43—82
Dave Flesch, Corey Creek Golf Club – 40-43—83
Vince Maier, Ncpga Senior Players Club – 44-46—90
Harold Rider, Golf Club at Cypress Creek – 46-46—92
Michael Ambrosino Mr, Ncpga Senior Players Club – 48-46—94
Douglas Allen, Wynding Brook Golf Club – 44-51–95
Men 80 & older
John Hirsch, Eagles Mere C C – 46-60–106