gap super-senior player of the year
Talamore’s Rose is Super-Senior Division ultimate x-factor
By Martin D. Emeno, Jr.
Mike Rose’s play in 2012 was emblematic of the rosefactor prefix in his email address. The Super-Senior rookie factored into the result of all of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Major 65 and over tournaments. He placed in the Top 6 in each of the four stroke-play Championships
and won his division of the well-regarded Brewer Cup match play event. Rose’s consistency
equated to 528.33 points and the top spot in the Super-Senior Player of the Year standings.
Rose, of Talamore Country Club, finished 135 points clear of nearest foe, and year-long
protagonist, Charles McClaskey of Back Creek Golf Club.
“It’s exciting. As everybody says, ‘Anytime you win anything in the Golf Association of
Philadelphia you know you’ve done something.’ The number of quality of players is large and
everybody is such a nice guy. It was a goal of mine this year, just turning 65.
“Your opportunities to win a Player of the Year are few and far between and knowing two
of my best friends, David Brookreson and Don Donatoni will be turning 65 next year, I knew
I better take the opportunity when I get a chance.”
Rose grasped that opportunity from the very beginning.
In the Warner Cup (Gross) at Concord Country Club, the first Senior event on the
calendar, he finished in a six-way tie for second with 74, a stroke behind champion
James Robertson of Saucon Valley Country Club.
Next up was the Brewer Cup. Started in 2008, the Brewer Cup has served as the Senior
sect match play championship. Rose defeated Frank Polizzi of Whitemarsh Valley Country
Club, 3& 2, for the title.
“That was an amazing win. I was very fortunate. I shot 79 in qualifying but there were a
few other high scores at LedgeRock, which is a very difficult golf course. There were five us
in a playoff for one spot. I made two pars and got into match play. I beat Charles McClaskey
in the first round on the 18th hole and had good matches with Charlie Whipple and another
good friend Frank Polizzi in the final.
“Of course, Gordon’s been an idol of mine since I started. Nobody grinds harder, plays
better and has a better short game than Gordon
Brewer. To win his event was a thrill. That really
got the year moving in a great direction.” It also
resulted in 150 Player of the Year points and the