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Whitford CC's Meyer, Smith win Deeg Sezna Four-Ball

  AVONDALE, Pa.-Eric Meyer and Matt Smith of Whitford CC captured the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball title Tuesday by carding a stellar 9-under-par 63 at Hartefeld National (par 72, 6,172 yards).

  “Matt hit every fairway. He was real solid off the tee,” Meyer, of Downingtown, Pa., said of his partner. “He took a lot of pressure off me so I could support him with solid pars.”

  Meyer, though, set the tone of the duo’s round early by tapping in for birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 505 yards). He struck his 8-iron from 150 yards out to a foot. Birdies re-emerged three holes later as Smith, who carded a 6-under-par 66 on his own ball, went back-to-back-to-back.

  On No. 4 (par 4, 392 yards), Smith, of Chester Springs, Pa., pierced his 9-iron from 130 yards uphill to six feet in front of the flagstick. On the par 5, 507-yard fifth hole, he knocked a rescue 200 yards and two-putted for birdie. Smith stayed hot on No. 6 (par 3, 174 yards) after sticking his 6-iron to a foot.

  “I was really aggressive with my irons because [Meyer] was already on the green,” Smith, 19, said.

  Another birdie opportunity came on No. 7 (par 4, 333 yards), but the duo “didn’t execute” after each found the green in two strokes apiece. Smith, a soon-to-be sophomore at John Logan College in Illinois, missed a 10-footer for birdie on No. 9 (par 3, 156 yards).

  “We came through at 5 under feeling like we could’ve been 6 or 7 under easily,” Meyer, 47, said.

  Nevertheless, the pair didn’t let missed birdie chances hamper their confidence. They collectively registered birdies on three of their last nine holes to finish at 9 under.

  “We hit some pretty close shots,” Meyer, who carded a 4-under-par 68 on his own ball, said.

  “We had a lot of knock-in birdies,” Smith added.

  This is the first time that Meyer and Smith paired up to compete in the Deeg Sezna.

  “He’s caddied for me a couple of times. I’ve played with him a couple of times,” Meyer said. “I respect what a nice gentleman he is."

  The friendship between Meyer and Smith fit the tournament’s theme.

  “It’s all about mentoring, and I feel that the way he approaches the game with his nice, calm demeanor on the course helps me out because sometimes I’m a little volatile,” Meyer said. “I really enjoy playing with him.”

  Bobby Arthur, Jr. of Tavistock CC and Bryan Marvin of Old York Road CC carded an 8-under-par 64 to place second. Marvin made six consecutive birdies and shot 4-under-par 68 on his own ball.

  Doug and Jack Gregor, an uncle/nephew team from Huntingdon Valley CC, shot a 2-under-par 70 to top the Junior-Junior division of the event for the second straight year. The duo didn’t board the bogey train once.

  “We both played well,” Doug, of Phoenixville, Pa., said.

  Jack fired a birdie on No. 12 (par 4, 324 yards) after punching his pitching wedge 105 yards to seven feet. Douglas drained a four-footer for birdie on No. 13 (par 5, 507 yards) after striking his wedge about 30 yards.

  “We’re going to keep playing as long as he keeps inviting me back,” Doug said.

  The tournament, which celebrates the mentorship of the older generation for its younger counterparts, is named in honor of Davis "Deeg" Sezna, Jr., who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001 in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

  Deeg, an avid golfer long a mentor to his younger brothers Teddy and Willy, and a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in economics, was in his sixth day of work on the 104th floor of the South Tower when the terrorists struck.

  To memorialize his name, GAP and his father, Davis Sezna, Sr., established the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball, pairing a junior player and an older amateur in a better ball competition, with a minimum age difference of 10 years and the stipulation that the younger player be 21 or younger.

  The goal is to give experienced golfers quality time with the next generation, and vice versa. The age range was 10 to 72.

Overall
Gross: Eric Meyer and Matt Smith, Whitford CC, 63
Net: C.J. and Dan Van Ostenbridge, Spring Ford CC, 60
Junior-Junior
Gross: Douglas and Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC, 70
Net: Nolan and Ron Dirienzi, Rolling Green GC, 62
Championship Flight (0-7 handicap)
Gross: Anthony List, Jr. and Austin List, Llanerch CC and Merion GC, 67
Net: Bryan Marvin and Bobby Arthur, Jr., Old York Road CC and Tavistock CC, 61
First Flight (8-14 handicap)
Gross: Tim Ungrady and Alexander Penza, Edgmont CC and Llanerch CC, 67
Net: Andrew Abrams and Eric Balavan, Rolling Green GC and Five Ponds GC, 62
Second Flight (15 and over handicap)
Gross: Jeffrey Pelesh and Daniel O'Shea, Edgmont CC and Llanerch CC, 71
Net: Jeffrey Waldron and Chris Szal, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford CC, 61

Gross Results

Junior-Junior

Name

Club

Scores

Gregor, Jack / Gregor, Douglas

Huntington Valley CC

70

Givens, Bill / Goodrich, Connor

Woodbury CC

71

Clobes, Bryan / Willner, Andrew

Philadelphia Cricket Club/ White Manor CC

73

Dirienzi, Nolan / Dirienzi, Ron

Rolling Green GC

78

Brennan, Ryan / Brennan, Sr., Matthew

Rolling Green GC

81

Championship Flight

Meyer, Eric / Smith, Matt

Whitford CC

63

Marvin, Bryan / Arthur, Jr., Bobby

Old York Road CC / Tavistock CC

64

List, Jr., Anthony / List, Austin

Llanerch CC/Merion GC

67

Carbone, Jr., Paul / Day, Gregory

Old York Road CC

68

Braunsberg, James / Costanzo, Joseph

Blue Bell CC

68

Dickinson, Sr., John / Dilcher, Zachary

Hartefeld National

68

Dudas, Dwight / Zeiders, Duncan

Indian Valley CC / Old York Road

69

Edmondson, Mark / DeSana, Christopher

Medford Village CC

69

Thomas, Jon / Barba, Ryan

White Clay Creek CC / Hartefeld National

70

Schroer, Douglas / Fabrizio, Joseph

Aronimink GC

70

Johnson, Michael / Messerle, Kevin

Talamore CC / Linfield National GC

70

Fasy, John / Gordon, William

Wilmington CC

72

Schmehl, Eric / Mabry, Jon

Moorestown Field Club

73

Sullivan, Patrick / Gahman, Travis

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Hoese, William / Hoese, William E.

Links GC

77

First Flight

Ungrady, Tim / Penza, Alexander

Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC

67

Abrams, Andrew / Balaban, Eric

Rolling Green GC / Five Ponds GC

69

Moran, Peter / Cimina, Kevin

Edgmont CC

70

Ferguson, Tommy / Ferguson, T. Ritson

Merion GC

71

Dudas, Matt / Choyka, John

Indian Valley CC

71

Regan, Timothy / Carroll, Ryan

Honeybrook GC / Chester Valley GC

71

Marinelli, Andrew / Gallagher, Chris

West Chester G&CC

71

Hooven, Ronald / Novak, Daniel

Talamore CC

71

Lamb, Dan / Hartsough, Mike

Edgmont CC

72

Brown, Eric / Brown, Jeffrey

West Chest G&CC

72

Harmer, Andrew / Goan, Colin

Springhaven Club / Little Mill CC

72

Liu, M.D., Grant / Liu, Jonathan

Commonwealth National GC

72

Dieleuterio, Matt / McLaughlin, Frank

Cavaliers CC

72

Palmer, John / Palmer, Jeffrey

Chester Valley GC

73

Weaver, Ron / Rowe, Robbie

Meadia Heights GC

73

Williams, Mike / Willadsen, Andrew

Sakima CC

74

Yard, W. Scott / Lukas, Geordie

Whitford CC

75

Fonner, Eric / Leighton, John

Huntington Valley CC

77

Second Flight

Van Ostenbridge, C.J. / Van Ostenbridge, Dan

Spring Ford CC

69

Pelesh, Jeffrey / O'Shea, Daniel

Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC

71

Waldron, Jeffrey / Szal, Jr., Chris

Torresdale-Frankford CC

72

Roberts, Edward / Marvin, Michael

Manufacturers G&CC / Old York Road CC

74

Weihenmayer, Jr., William / Leighton, Thomas

Huntington Valley CC

74

Bell, Roy / McCarthy, Dan

The Springhaven Club

75

Short, Adam / Bloom, David

Fieldstone GC

76

Hayes, Peter / Hayes, Pete

Philadelphia CC

76

Carroll, Gene / Regan, Matt

Chester Valley GC / Honeybrook GC

77

Hunter, Kyle / Hunter, John

Commonwealth National GC

77

Walsh, Mac / Shelton, Scott

Aronimink GC

77

Baker, Derek / Ryan, Tuck

Meadia Heights GC

78

Hagel, William / Hagel, Mark

McCall G&CC

79

Melvin, Patrick / Redican, J. Stacey

Sandy Run CC

79

Cummings, Troy / Westhafer, Ryan

West Chester G&CC

81

Rauch, Mark / Rauch, Carter

McCall G&CC

83

Willner, Mike / Clobes, Kevin

White Manor CC / Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Net Results

Junior-Junior

Name

Club

Scores

Dirienzi, Nolan / Dirienzi, Ron

Rolling Green GC

62

Givens, Bill / Goodrich, Connor

Woodbury CC

63

Brennan, Ryan / Brennan, Sr., Matthew

Rolling Green GC

63

Clobes, Bryan / Willner, Andrew

Philadelphia Cricket Club / White Manor CC

65

Gregor, Jack / Gregor, Douglas

Huntington Valley CC

66

Championship Flight

Scores

Marvin, Bryan / Arthur, Jr., Bobby

Old York Road CC / Tavistock CC

61

Meyer, Eric / Smith, Matt

Whitford CC

62

List, Jr., Anthony / List, Austin

Llanerch CC/Merion GC

65

Carbone, Jr., Paul / Day, Gregory

Old York Road CC

65

Dudas, Dwight / Zeiders, Duncan

Indian Valley CC / Old York Road CC

65

Braunsberg, James / Costanzo, Joseph

Blue Bell CC

66

Dickinson, Sr., John / Dilcher, Zachary

Hartefeld National

67

Edmondson, Mark / DeSana, Christopher

Medford Village CC

67

Fasy, John / Gordon, William

Wilmington CC

68

Thomas, Jon / Barba, Ryan

White Clay Creek CC / Hartefeld National

69

Schroer, Douglas / Fabrizio, Joseph

Aronimink GC

69

Johnson, Michael / Messerle, Kevin

Talamore CC / Linfield National GC

69

Schmehl, Eric / Mabry, Jon

Moorestown Field Club

72

Hoese, William / Hoese, William E.

Links GC

72

Sullivan, Patrick / Gahman, Travis

Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

First Flight

Scores

Abrams, Andrew / Balaban, Eric

Rolling Green GC / Five Ponds GC

62

Ungrady, Tim / Penza, Alexander

Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC

63

Hooven, Ronald / Novak, Daniel

Talamore CC

63

Moran, Peter / Cimina, Kevin

Edgmont CC

65

Regan, Timothy / Carroll, Ryan

Honeybrook GC / Chester Valley GC

65

Marinelli, Andrew / Gallagher, Chris

West Chester G&CC

65

Brown, Eric / Brown, Jeffrey

West Chester G&CC

65

Dieleuterio, Matt / McLaughlin, Frank

Cavaliers CC

65

Ferguson, Tommy / Ferguson, T. Ritson

Merion GC

66

Williams, Mike / Willadsen, Andrew

Sakima CC

66

Dudas, Matt / Choyka, John

Indian Valley CC

67

Lamb, Dan / Hartsough, Mike

Edgmont CC

67

Liu, M.D., Grant / Liu, Jonathan

Commonwealth National GC

68

Palmer, John / Palmer, Jeffrey

Chester Valley GC

68

Weaver, Ron / Rowe, Robbie

Meadia Heights GC

68

Harmer, Andrew / Goan, Colin

Springhaven Club / Little Mill CC

69

Yard, W. Scott / Lukas, Geordie

Whitford CC

69

Fonner, Eric / Leighton, John

Huntington Valley CC

73

Second Flight

Scores

Van Ostenbridge, C.J. / Van Ostenbridge, Dan

Spring Ford CC

60

Waldron, Jeffrey / Szal, Jr., Chris

Torresdale-Frankford CC

61

Pelesh, Jeffrey / O'Shea, Daniel

Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC

64

Bell, Roy / McCarthy, Dan

The Springhaven Club

64

Carroll, Gene / Regan, Matt

Chester Valley GC / Honeybrook GC

64

Short, Adam / Bloom, David

Fieldstone GC

66

Hayes, Peter / Hayes, Pete

Philadelphia CC

66

Hunter, Kyle / Hunter, John

Commonwealth National GC

66

Walsh, Mac / Shelton, Scott

Aronimink GC

66

Roberts, Edward / Marvin, Michael

Manufacturers G&CC / Old York Road CC

67

Melvin, Patrick / Redican, J. Stacey

Sandy Run CC

68

Weihenmayer, Jr., William / Leighton, Thomas

Huntington Valley CC

69

Rauch, Mark / Rauch, Carter

McCall G&CC

69

Hagel, William / Hagel, Mark

McCall G&CC

70

Baker, Derek / Ryan, Tuck

Meadia Heights GC

71

Willner, Mike / Clobes, Kevin

White Manor CC / Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Cummings, Troy / Westhafer, Ryan

West Chester G&CC

75

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