Schlachter moves up among area seniors, McGuire wins first West Penn individual title in Super-Senior Championship

Posted May 20, 2014 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Paul Schlachter hits a shot at The Club at Nevillewood in the 2014 West Penn Senior Amateur Championship

Entering the final round tied with for the lead with Stan Namola, Paul Schlachter recorded the lowest round of the day in the final round of the West Penn Senior Amateur Championship for a two stroke victory over two-time defending champion Perry Graciano at The Club at Nevillewood.

His fifth victory in the championship came nine years after his first in 2005 at the Pittsburgh Field Club, and came at his home club. His 7-under 137 (70-67) tied his own scoring record that he set in 2005.

Schlachter faced a charge by Graciano, who recorded five birdies and one bogey in his final round, and went on to post a bogey free round that included five birdies of his own. Graciano posted a 5-under score on rounds of 71-68.

The victory elevated Schlachter to the top of all-time wins in the championship with Dr. George T. Gregg and Joe Wells, Sr. Gregg won in 1930, 1933-35 and 1939. Wells won from 1947-51. And Schlachter won in 2005-06, 2009, 2011 and this year.

2007 champion Don Erickson, III, finished third at 3-over on rounds of 75-72, and Stan Namola finished fourth at 4-over on rounds of 70-78.

In the Super-Senior Championship, Mike McGuire captured his first West Penn individual championship over defending champion Lee Lykens. McGuire held a one stroke lead entering the final round and finished 3-over in a tie with Lykens.

McGuire captured the title in a playoff. He shot rounds of 74-73--147 and Lykens recorded rounds of 75-72. 2007 Senior Amateur Champion Dave DeNessa finished third at 7-over on rounds of 78-73. Three time Senior champion Phil Saylor finished third at 8-over on rounds of 75-77.