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Gordon, Simone take Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. - Neil Gordon of Five Ponds GC and home-club hopeful John Simone birdied their last four holes to take Friday’s Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Philmont CC (par 70, 6,652 yards) with a 5-under-par 65.

  “We bobbed and weaved pretty well,” Simone, of Drescher, Pa. said.

  “We had a couple of key saves,” Gordon, of Warrington, Pa., added.

  One of those saves occurred on No. 5 (par 4, 438 yards). After both players knocked their approaches into the greenside bunker, Simone, 37, skulled his out while Gordon, 41, chipped up to four feet and drained the downhill par putt. A second critical bail-out came on No. 14 (par 4, 486 yards). This time, Simone rescued the duo. He blocked a 5-iron right from 180 yards out and came up short, but managed to chip up to within an inch of the cup.

  But Gordon believes No. 2 (par 4, 414 yards) marked the most vital junction. Simone’s approach 8-iron traveled 148 yards and scooted a foot past the flagstick. He tapped in for birdie.

  The tandem made the turn at even par, seeing red as they prepared to traverse their final nine holes.

  “We said that if we could birdie one or two holes coming in, then we’d have a chance,” Simone said.

  Simone fired three consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 (par 4, 397 yards), 16 (par 4, 451 yards) and 17 (par 3, 201 yards). He sunk a downhill 20-footer on No. 15 after pulverizing a pitching wedge 125 yards). Simone drilled an approach 6-iron 171 yards to eight feet on No. 16. On No. 17, he stuck a 4-iron to 12 feet below the flagstick.

  “I usually don’t like No. 17,” Simone said. “I said to the guy before me I hate this hole. I was worried about 4-iron not being enough club, but I swung as hard as I could at it. I usually don’t hit a straight ball, but it went straight there.”

  To cap off their round, Gordon stepped onto the birdie bus by draining a 20-footer on No. 18 (par 4, 344 yards).

  “He hit like a worm-burner 3-wood and it luckily got through the rough and into the fairway to 200 yards,” Simone said. “He then hits a great 4-iron to the right of the pin.”

  This was the first time that Gordon and Simone teamed up to compete in the Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship. Gordon asked Simone to join him shortly after the two met up at the Middle-Amateur Championship earlier this year at Tavistock CC.

  “It was fun,” Simone said.

  NOTES
  Severe weather forced a two-hour delay in the afternoon.

Name

Club

Scores

Gordon, Neil / Simone, John

Five Ponds GG/Philmont CC

65

Mandel, Marc / Borowsky, Alan

White Manor CC

66

Reed, Buddy / Asel, Eric

DuPont CC/Hartefeld National

67

Carter, Tom / Wallace, Jack

Greate Bay CC/Burlington CC

67

Finn, Thomas / Wolfe, Greg

Cavaliers CC

67

Ball, Bob / Diakon, Brett

Philadelphia Cricket Club/Commonwealth National GC

68

Jones, Charles / Volpi, III, Dino

Blue Bell CC/Plymouth CC

69

Muller, James / Paster, Larry

Manufacturers Golf & CC/Philmont CC

69

Moran, Peter / Bechtold, Robert

Edgmont CC/Wyncote GC

69

Dziak, Robert / Brennan, John

Spring Ford CC

70

Strock, Andrew / Minter, Michael

Trenton CC

70

Phillips, Kenneth / Buck, Eric

Lancaster CC

70

Czerniakowski, Mark / Stepanik, John

Blue Bell CC

70

Rothaus, Zach / Rothaus, Brian

Talamore CC

70

Desmond, Graham / Linkchorst, Rich

Golf Course at Glen Mills

71

Owsik, Mike / Owsik, Joseph

McCall Golf & CC/Philmont CC

71

Barkley, Jason / Wessner, Donny

Huntsville GC/Golden Oaks GC

71

Widdoes, Pete / Widdoes, Aaron

Loch Nairn GC

71

Isler, Joshua / Hancock, Matt

Chester Valley GC

72

Majczan, Bob / Egan, Michael

Lookaway GC

72

Care, William / Miklinevich, Mike

Greate Bay CC

72

Winsko, Bryan / Dellicarpini, Joe

Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Braunsberg, James / Costanzo, Joseph

Blue Bell CC

72

Harris, Ted / Erickson, Edward

Mercer Oaks GC/Makefield Highlands GC

72

March, William / Szilagyi, Mark

Spring Ford CC/Brookside CC

73

Konczyk, Dennis / Gavaghan, Jim

Torresdale-Frankford CC

73

Zimmer, Kenneth / Walker, Mark

Laurel Creek CC

73

Mason, Andrew / Jacoby, Arthur

Five Ponds GC/Commonwealth National GC

73

Erskine, William / Shaffer, James

Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Sheva, Gregory / Shevlin, Jonathan

North Hills CC

74

Hoerz, Skip / Domenick, Michael

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Phoenixville CC

74

Swiger, Wally / Smith, Gary

Huntingdon Valley CC

74

Gordon, William / Thomas, Jon

Wilmington CC/White Clay Creek CC

75

Dietz, Andrew / Kavney, Steve

Laurel Creek CC

75

Templin, Joseph / Gaynor, Rich

LedgeRock GC

75

Markward, Del / Brigidi, III, Frank

North Hills CC

75

Isola, Thomas / Holland, Jack

Whitford CC

76

Pacello, Steve / Knechtel, Shawn

Indian Valley CC/Whitemarsh Valley CC

76

Schulz, Jr., Jim / Simpson, Sonny

Mercer Oaks GC

76

Dougherty, G. Patrick / Panebianco, Drew

Talamore CC

76

Muehlbronner, Jim / Shoup, Michael

Sandy Run CC

76

Hoffman, Jonathan / Galbreath, Evan

Philmont CC

76

McNeal, Chris / Johnson, Michael

Talamore CC

76

Lubin, Steve / O'Brien, Matthew

Five Ponds GC

77

Eddy, Drew / Prickitt, Jeffrey

Manufacturers Golf & CC

77

Maguire, Sr., Alexander / Maguire, Bo

Brookside CC

77

Quinones, Jules / Hillen, Bob

Blue Bell CC/North Hills CC

78

Reimel, Jonathan / O'Brien, Patrick

Commonwealth National GC/North Hills CC

79

Griffaton, George / Orr, Scott

Brookside CC

80

Kowalski, Jason / Kowalski, Robert

Yardley CC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Bartholomew, Phillip / Petrecco, Frank

Yardley CC

82

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