Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club won the Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Amateur Wednesday at Overbrook Golf Club, shooting a 3-under 67 in the final round for a three-shot victory.
Lutz, who also won the event in 2014 and 2021, finished with a two-round total of 5-under 135.
Jeff Frazier of Carlisle CC, the reigning GAP Senior Player of the Year, finished second at 138 after shooting 70.
Lutz, who had the best round of the day Wednesday, tied his scoring record in relation to par he set in winning in 2021 at the Country Club of Scranton.
“Amazing,” the 68-year-old Lutz said in a release from the GAP.
Chris Storck of LedgeRock shot a final-round 71 to finish third at 141, and Perry Landis of Moselem Springs shot a 75 to finish fourth at 144.
Also finishing in the top 10 from Berks was Byron Whitman of Berkshire CC, who shot a 74 to finish in a three-way tie for eighth at 147.
Defending champ Chris Fieger Sr., a member at Heidelberg CC, finished tied for 14th at 149 after shooting a 75. He also won the event in 2020 and 2019.
Lutz tied Fieger for second place on the Senior Amateur victory list with three. Allan Sussell of Squires Golf Club won the event six times.
Lutz went into the final round tied with Frazier after both shot 68 in the first round Tuesday, but he fell into a two-shot hole on the second hole.
Lutz made a bogey on par-4 second, while Frazier made a birdie.
The deficit didn’t last long. On the par-3 third, Lutz made a birdie, while Frazier made a bogey.
Lutz took a two-shot lead on the par-4 sixth, making a 25-foot uphill, sidehill putt for birdie, while Frazier made a bogey.
On the par-3 seventh, Lutz’s tee shot landed in the left greenside bunker, but he holed out from the sand for birdie to take a three-shot lead.
On the back, Lutz made birdies on 12 and 13, and a bogey on No. 18. Frazier had a bogey on No. 10, and birdies on 12 and 16.
“Yeah, well you never know when it’s going to be your last, certainly,” Lutz said of the victory. “I’m blessed to be able to have my health and to continue to play my game competitively enough to be able to, you know, match up with some of these great players. And GAP has such an amazing breadth as it continues to grow, it’s particularly thrilling at my age, to be able to, once again, be successful in this event.”
Source: Berkshire mont