Hogan’s lone bogey transpired in the form
of a three-putt on No. 13. He birdied Nos.
12, 14, 16 and 17 before walking off the 18th
green with a par. Hogan matched Heron’s 64,
receiving a $2,600 winner’s check to boot.
“The little fellow was happy, mostly
because his bosses and friends from Hershey
were there to see him turn in a blistering
8-under-par round the final day of the big
sports event,” Williams wrote.
• • •
NEARLY HALF A CENTURY LATER,
a pair of Berks County amateur greats
matched the mark shared by Heron and
Hogan. In 1994, John Markel, son of the
aforementioned Harry, posted a 64 at the age
of 72. He played from Berkshire’s white tees
( 6,058 yards). Markel opened with an eagle
and closed with an 18-footer for par on No.
18 (par 4, 300 yards).
“Everything worked right. It had to work
out to shoot that well,” Markel said after ward.
“The main thing was I putted well. I didn’t
miss a putt I should have made.”
In 1954, Markel, playing from Berkshire’s
blue tees, also carded a 64. He served as the
club’s professional from 1961-86, following in
his father Harry’s footsteps.
Before turning professional, Markel, the
1946 GAP Amateur Champion, won seven
Berks County Amateur titles – two shy of
Lutz’s all-time mark. Lutz, a Berkshire member
of 12 years, carded his 64 at the club in 2000.
“I can’t remember the specifics of it. I was
playing quite well for a stretch there because
1998 is when I first returned to golf after
taking five years off. I remember having shot
64 not once, but at least twice,” Lutz, 64,
of Reading, Pa., said. “Berkshire is a difficult
course to score on. I guess I shouldn’t be
surprised that 64 is still the record there.”
Toole made 64 look easy – at least at first –
during the final round of the 2001 Pennsylva-
nia Golf Association Amateur Championship
at Berkshire. He birdied Nos. 1, 2, 6 and 8,
adding an eagle on the par- 5 No. 4. Now two
shots off the lead, Toole, an incoming senior
at the University of Maryland at the time, bo-
geyed No. 11 but recovered immediately with
an eagle on the next hole to move to 7 under.
An unfortunate double bogey on the 13th
hole, however, threatened his chances for a
course record — and a Pennsylvania Amateur
title, for that matter.
“I remember the double like it was yes-
terday. I kind of got ahead of myself in the
round,” Toole, 40, of Richmond, Va., said.
“The pin was back on a false-fronted green. I
was pumped up, so I took one less club and
tried to get it back to a back pin. I left it short.
Then I stubbed my chip and didn’t get it up
the hill, so it rolled back down to my feet. I
The frustration did subside enough for
Toole, runner-up in the 2001 GAP Amateur,
to fire a birdie on the 14th hole. He added
another birdie on No. 17 and arrived at Berk-
shire’s closer with a chance to clip the 64 set
by four before.