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Aug. 23, 2016

Bob Beck and Bert Kosup filed a 2-under-par 139 to prevail.

Past Brewer Cup champs Beck, Kosup snag Senior 27-Hole Challenge

  ELVERSON, Pa. — The Brewer Cup’s past two champions combined their success savvy to take team gold Tuesday. Bob Beck (2016) and Bert Kosup (2015) filed a 2-under-par 139 to capture the Senior 27-Hole Challenge at a pleasant French Creek Golf Club (par 71, 6,294 yards).

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  The Senior 27-Hole Challenge, now in its ninth year, features three formats: better-ball of partners, selective drive/alternate shot and team aggregate.

  “I think his strength is that he doesn’t have a weakness,” Kosup, 61, of Flemington, N.J., said. “He hit the ball very well today. He hits the ball very far off the tee — 30 yards past me. He’s very consistent and makes being his partner pretty easy.”

  “He played real solid today. He made two birdies on the last nine that really helped us out,” Beck, 56, of Allentown, Pa., added. “That took a lot of heat off.”

  The Beck and Kosup team sensed the bright lights given their leaderboard status after 18 holes. The two stood at 3 under, one clear of Lancaster Country Club’s Daniel Burton and Kenneth Phillips. Kosup toweled off the team sweat with a five-foot birdie on No. 2 (par 4, 435 yards. He and Beck inked red on the par 5, 495-yard No. 4. Kosup converted a 12-footer; Beck, a Lehigh Country Club member, logged two putts from 15 feet after reaching the green with a 3-hybrid. The par 3, 115-yard No. 6 meshed with Kosup. He banked a pair of three-footers, courtesy of 9-iron set-ups, upon each visit.

  “I just figured at that point, if I could keep it under par, and Bob gets it under par or keeps it even, we have a pretty good chance,” Kosup said. “It frees you up a little bit.”

  A bogey-free, 2 under in the selective drive/alternate shot portion also afforded a sense of freedom. Beck’s length spearheaded birdies on a pair of par 5s. Following his boomer on No. 11 (484 yards), Kosup, who calls The Ridge at Back Brook home, found the green with a 5-wood, and the team two-putted from 15 feet. Beck drove it into the right greenside bunker on the par 4, 289-yard 15th hole. Kosup splashed into gimme range.

  Beck and Kosup met at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Member-Guest (Norborne Berkeley), an event both have participated in for the last decade.

  “We both have the same kind of personality,” Kosup said. “We like to have fun. We like to laugh. We want to enjoy golf, but we don’t take it too serious that we get on each other’s nerves. I always enjoy playing against Bob. It’s even more fun to play with him as your partner.”

Super Senior

Frank Polizzi & Robin McCool

  A month ago, Robin McCool defeated Frank Polizzi, 2&1, for the Super-Senior title in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf. Following their match, the two chatted in the men’s grill at Overbrook Golf Club and struck up a partnership for the Senior 27-Hole Challenge.

  It proved to be a successful one, too. McCool, a Saucon Valley Country Club member, and Polizzi, of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, carded an even-par 141 to take the event’s Super-Senior (par 71, 5,879 yards) title.

  “After we played each other in the Brewer Cup, I was so impressed with his game. [I thought] if I could have him for a partner, that would be marvelous,” McCool, 65, of Bethlehem, Pa., said. “There are certain things I do well. One of them is picking partners.”

  “I took maybe half a second to say, ‘Yes,’” Polizzi, 70, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., added. “Our match was pretty exciting. Robin is such a good player. To have him ask me right away … I was really appreciative. I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks now.”

  The McCool and Polizzi team immediately grabbed the division’s top spot thanks to a 3 under in the better-ball portion. On No. 3 (par 3, 122 yards), Polizzi, the reigning Super-Senior titleholder in the GAP Senior Amateur, stopped a pitching wedge at four feet. McCool followed with a six-footer for birdie on the next hole (par 5, 485 yards). He almost holed a knockdown wedge from 100 yards for eagle on the next par 5 (No. 6, 523 yards). Not to be outdone, Polizzi nearly dunked a gap wedge from 101 yards on No. 9 (par 4, 333 yards). He cleaned up a four-footer for birdie.

  “It was a very steady day. We held each other up when we needed to,” McCool, who won the Super-Senior title in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) earlier this year, said. “Each of us contributed as far as birdies were concerned.”

  “For 27 holes, we never made any double bogeys,” Polizzi added.

  The Senior 27-Hole Challenge replaced the Senior Net Championship on the tournament schedule.

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Gross

Senior

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

Bob Beck/Bert Kosup, Lehigh CC/The Ridge at Back Brook

34-34-71–139

Kenneth Phillips/Daniel Burton, Lancaster CC

33-36-74–143

Robert Wagner/John LeBoeuf, Merion GC/Philadelphia CC

34-37-74–145

Jim Yenser/David West, Raven's Claw GC/Whitford CC

34-37-75–146

Bob Majczan/James Prendergast, Lookaway GC/Bellewood CC

35-41-70–146

Alan Wagenschnur/Buddy Reed, Wild Quail G&CC

35-37-74–146

Alan Van Horn/Duke Delcher, Commonwealth National GC/Sandy Run CC

35-39-72–146

John Alterman/John Nottage, Commonwealth National GC

36-36-74–146

Jack O'Hara/Vince Yost, Cedarbrook CC

37-39-70–146

Charles Dowds, III/Mark Szilagyi, Applebrook GC/Brookside CC

32-41-74–147

Ray Pyontek/Gregory Buliga, Mercer Oaks GC/Yardley CC

33-38-76–147

Gary E. Daniels/Michael Rose, Applebrook GC/Talamore CC

34-38-75–147

Buck Jones/Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Philadelphia CC

33-38-77–148

Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, CC of Scranton

36-39-73–148

J. Kirk Luntey/Donald Dissinger, Merion GC

32-42-76–150

Robert Amen/Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

35-43-72–150

Charles Johnson/Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National GC

36-41-75–152

Luke Wozniak/Ted Wiedemann, Fieldstone GC

37-42-74–153

Gary Yeager/Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

34-38-82–154

Mark Mazzie/Richard Mennies, French Creek GC

36-39-79–154

John Kaskey/Jeff Klein, White Manor CC/Talamore CC

39-40-76–155

Tim Simmons/John Gonsior, Limekiln GC

37-39-81–157

Rick Gaydos/John Willadsen, Sakima CC

39-40-78–157

Tom Coffey, Sr./Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley GC

36-42-80–158

Joseph Viscuso/Peter Torras, Kennett Square G&CC

33-40-87–160

James Gannon/Michael Connor, Whitemarsh Valley CC

38-49-84–171

Brian Stringari/Bob Dimmerman, Galloway National GC/Stonewall

39-41-91–171

Tom Madden/James Cronin, Fieldstone GC

41-43-87–171

Brian Jasperse/Ronald White, Jericho National GC

41-41-94–176

 

Super Senior

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

Frank Polizzi/Robin McCool, Whitemarsh Valley CC/Saucon Valley CC

32-38-71–141

Craig Scott/David Brookreson, Great Bear GC/Huntingdon Valley CC

34-39-73–146

Edward Pappas/Robert Billings, Rolling Green GC

35-40-71–146

Don Donatoni/Steve Tagert, White Manor CC/Spring Ford CC

34-38-75–147

Thomas Mallouk/Michael Anton, Lookaway GC

34-39-75–148

Donald Ashley/Richard Smith, Philadelphia CC

35-40-83–158

Thomas O'Rourke/Robert Angelucci, Chester Valley GC/Union League GC at Torresdale

39-41-79–159

Fred Olt/Bernard Kelly, Little Mill CC

38-40-86–164

David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh CC

37-39-89–165

John Broadbent/Ed Kocher, LedgeRock GC

38-46-85–169

Bill Tierney/Neil McDermott, Llanerch CC

37-42-91–170

Mark Bradley/David Penske, Aronimink GC

39-42-89–170

Rick Ames/Gary Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Bala GC

41-42-87–170

Herbert Gordon/Andrew Sivak, Doylestown CC

39-41-91–171

 

Net

Senior

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

Charles Johnson/Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National GC

31-37-65–133

Jack O'Hara/Vince Yost, Cedarbrook CC

34-36-63–133

Gary Yeager/Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

29-35-73–137

Mark Mazzie/Richard Mennies, French Creek GC

31-36-70–137

Bob Beck/Bert Kosup, Lehigh CC/The Ridge at Back Brook

33-34-70–137

Bob Majczan/James Prendergast, Lookaway GC/Bellewood CC

32-40-66–138

Alan Wagenschnur/Buddy Reed, Wild Quail G&CC

33-35-70–138

Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, CC of Scranton

34-36-69–139

Robert Wagner/John LeBoeuf, Merion GC/Philadelphia CC

32-36-72–140

Kenneth Phillips/Daniel Burton, Lancaster CC

33-35-72–140

Buck Jones/Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Philadelphia CC

32-36-73–141

Gary E. Daniels/Michael Rose, Applebrook GC/Talamore CC

33-37-72–142

Alan Van Horn/Duke Delcher, Commonwealth National GC/Sandy Run CC

34-38-70–142

Luke Wozniak/Ted Wiedemann, Fieldstone GC

34-40-68–142

John Alterman/John Nottage, Commonwealth National GC

35-35-72–142

Joseph Viscuso/Peter Torras, Kennett Square G&CC

29-36-78–143

Charles Dowds, III/Mark Szilagyi, Applebrook GC/Brookside CC

31-40-72–143

Ray Pyontek/Gregory Buliga, Mercer Oaks GC/Yardley CC

32-37-74–143

John Kaskey/Jeff Klein, White Manor CC/Talamore CC

35-38-70–143

J. Kirk Luntey/Donald Dissinger, Merion GC

31-41-73–145

Tom Coffey, Sr./Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley GC

32-40-73–145

Jim Yenser/David West, Ravens' Claw GC/Whitford CC

34-37-75–146

Rick Gaydos/John Willadsen, Sakima CC

36-38-72–146

Robert Amen/Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

34-43-71–148

Brian Stringari/Bob Dimmerman, Galloway National GC/Stonewall

33-37-79–149

James Gannon/Michael Connor, Whitemarsh Valley CC

33-45-72–150

Brian Jasperse/Ronald White, Jericho National GC

35-36-81–152

Tim Simmons/John Gonsior, Limekiln GC

36-38-78–152

Tom Madden/James Cronin, Fieldstone GC

36-39-77–152

 

Super Senior

Name, club

R1-R2-R3–Total

Edward Pappas/Robert Billings, Rolling Green GC

33-38-67–138

Thomas Mallouk/Michael Anton, Lookaway GC

32-37-70–139

Frank Polizzi/Robin McCool, Whitemarsh Valley CC/Saucon Valley CC

32-38-70–140

Don Donatoni/Steve Tagert, White Manor CC/Spring Ford CC

32-37-72–141

Craig Scott/David Brookreson, Great Bear GC/Huntingdon Valley CC

34-38-70–142

Thomas O'Rourke/Robert Angelucci, Chester Valley GC/Union League GC at Torresdale

34-38-71–143

Fred Olt/Bernard Kelly, Little Mill CC

33-36-76–145

Donald Ashley/Richard Smith, Philadelphia CC

32-38-77–147

David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh CC

33-35-79–147

John Broadbent/Ed Kocher, LedgeRock GC

33-42-74–149

Mark Bradley/David Penske, Aronimink GC

35-38-79–152

Rick Ames/Gary Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Bala GC

37-38-77–152

Herbert Gordon/Andrew Sivak, Doylestown CC

35-37-81–153

Bill Tierney/Neil McDermott, Llanerch CC

33-39-83–155

 

R1-Better ball; R2-Selective drive/Alternate shot; R3-Aggregate

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