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Spring Ford CC's Caruso captures Fall Net Championship at Hersey's Mill

  WEST CHESTER, Pa.-Longtime GAP fixture and Spring Ford CC member Carmen Caruso avoided potentially disasterous situations and relied on tight approach shots to earn his first individual title on the Association circuit.

  The Gulph Mills, Pa. resident carded a 4-under-par 67 (net) to capture Monday's Fall Net Championship at Hershey's Mill GC (par 71, 6,178 yards). Caruso has competed in GAP tournaments for the past 15 years.

Carmen Caruso
  "I didn't think I had a chance, but I thought I played pretty well for me," he said. "I thought that I might be competitive, and that's all I really try to do. It's kind of a surprise. I hit some bad shots, but made some good recoveries, and that's what it's all about."

  Caruso constructed a sturdy back nine to ultimately nip the 99-player field. Three consecutive pars on Nos. 12 (par 5, 501 yards), 13 (par 4, 340 yards) and 14 (par 3, 180 yards) propelled the 72 year old. He smashed his GAP wedge 125 yards to six feet on No. 12. Caruso converted an uphill 12-footer on No. 13 after his second shot came up short of the green. He missed the green on No. 14 with a 7-iron, but chipped up to two feet.

  Caruso started to teeter on Nos. 15 (par 4, 356 yards) and 16 (par 4, 345 yards). He carded double bogeys on each.

  "I was trying to steer the ball off the tee and got myself in trouble," he said.

  However, Caruso closed out with two sensational par saves. He missed the No. 17 (par 4, 388 yards) green with his approach, but ran a chip to within six feet of the drain and cleaned up the putt. Caruso stuck a wedge 60 yards to a foot on No. 18 (par 4, 409 yards).

  Harold Alwood, Jr. of Old York Road CC, William Jones of McCall G&CC and Mark Teson of Coatesville CC each carded respective 3-under-par 68s to place second.

Mark Teson
  Consistent iron play carried Teson, of Coatesville, Pa., throughout his round.

  "My drives weren't bad, either," he added.

  Teson, 54, began his championship bid with two sound pars. On No. 1 (par 4, 345 yards), he laced his 7-iron 150 yards and executed an effective two-putt from 10 feet above the flagstick. The challenging par 5, 464-yard No. 2 saw Teson knocking his 3-wood more than 200 yards and three-putting from 20-feet. He fired a gross birdie on the par 3, 154-yard 7th hole after stopping a 6-iron at 10 feet.

  The consistency didn't stop there. Teson, a 17 handicap, converted five consecutive pars at the outset of his inward tour. On the uphill par 4, 340-yard No. 13, his 9-iron traveled 130 yards and landed on the front edge of the green, leaving Teson primed for an efficient two-putt. He again two-putted, this time from 20-feet, on No. 14 (par 3, 180 yards) following a 6-iron tee shot that drifted right of the hole location.

  Teson has competed in the Association's Winter Series events. He also participates in the Team Matches whenever he attains a spot on the Coatesville squad. Monday marked his first Fall Net Championship. He'll forever remember it, needless to say.

  "It's unbelievable. I haven't really won anything in the GAP or anywhere else," Teson said. "It's pretty amazing."

Harold Alwood, Jr.
  Alwood, of Southampton, Pa., inked five straight pars on the scorecard to start the day.

  "I had a real good swing going today," he said. "I missed a couple of birdie putts, but it worked out."

  On No. 3 (par 3, 190 yards), a brave Alwood, 71, calculated a fierce wind and elected to hit driver off the tee. It flew to the top shelf of the putting surface, and Alwood issued a downhill two-putt combination. He whacked his 8-iron 130 yards on No. 4 (par 5, 481 yards) and two-putted from 20 feet. Alwood experienced a few stressful moments on his final nine holes. He pulled his 7-wood left on No. 14 (par 3, 180 yards) and dumped his second shot into the left greenside bunker. On No. 17 (par 4, 388 yards), Alwood pushed his drive, but found the middle of the green with his third shot. However, he three-putted to card a double bogey.

  "I have the handicap for it, so it happens," Alwood, an 18 handicap, said.

  This was Alwood's second appearance in the Fall Net Championship.

  "I haven't played in too many of these (GAP) events, but I enjoyed it; I'll be playing more," he said.

William Jones
  Course knowledge aided Jones, a 20 handicap, Monday.

  "I drove the ball fairly well and had some good trouble shots," the Haverford, Pa. said. "I used to be a member here. I got very creative coming out of some trouble spots."

  Jones, 67, registered a gross red-figure on No. 9 (par 4, 385 yards). He drilled his 5-iron 175 yards and executed a 10-footer.

  "That was the most fun I've had in a long time," he said.

  The strenuous par 5, 501 yard 12th hole damaged Jones' scorecard. He pushed his second shot, a 3-wood, out-of-bounds and went on to card a triple bogey. Jones uplifted his spirits by draining a spectacular 45-footer to save par on No. 17 (par 4, 388 yards). He hammered his 6-iron 175 yards and watched anxiously as his ensuing uphill putt tracked into the hole. Jones, a chemical engineer who retired earlier this year, hopes to now compete in the Fall Net Championship annually.

Overall winner
Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford CC, 67

3-10 Handicap
1. Ralph Gariano, Commonwealth National GC, 69
T2. Dino Dicamillo, Indian Valley CC, 71
Bill Smith, Sandy Run CC, 71
Low Senior
T1. Charles Caparo, Plymouth CC, 75
Ned Moore, Manufacturers G&CC, 75

11-13 Handicap
1. Scott Miller, Meadowlands CC, 71
2. Frank Andrusiewicz, Mercer Oaks GC, 72
T3. Brent Alwood, Five Ponds GC, 73
Greg Smith, Loch Nairn GC, 73
Low Senior
Art Blumenthal, Chester Valley GC, 73

14-17 Handicap
1. Mark Teson, Coatesville CC, 68
2. Tom Bell, Meadia Heights GC, 69
3. Bryce Johnson, Golf Course at Glen Mills, 71
Low Senior
Nick Pompo, Edgmont CC, 71

18 & Over Handicap
T1. Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road CC, 68
William Jones, McCall G&CC, 68
3. Loren Pearson, Old York Road CC, 69
Low Senior
James Leonard, Chester Valley GC, 72

Results

3-10 Handicap

Name

Club

Scores

Ralph Gariano

Commonwealth National Golf Club

69

Bill Smith

Sandy Run Country Club

71

Dino Dicamillo

Indian Valley Country Club

71

John Brown

Rolling Green Golf Club

73

Kevin Marcus

Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Mike Hartsough

Edgmont Country Club

74

Charles Caparo

Plymouth Country Club

75

Edward Attarian

Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Ned Moore

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75

Craig Lord

Riverton Country Club

77

Frank Petrecco

Yardley Country Club

77

Clive Broadbent

Hartefeld National

78

Dave Dillon

Huntsville Golf Club

78

Steve Gillmor

Downingtown Country Club

78

Todd Gunerman

Jericho National Golf Club

78

William Harbison

Sandy Run Country Club

78

Joseph McLane

JC Melrose Country Club

79

William Hagel

McCall Golf & Country Club

79

Brian Kreamer

Bala Golf Club

80

Lee Johnson, Jr.

Downingtown Country Club

80

Bill Casey

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

81

Richard Turner

Edgmont Country Club

81

Gary McNutt

Loch Nairn Golf Club

82

Robert Agran

Reading Country Club

83

James Callaghan

Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Vincent Craven, Jr.

Commonwealth National Golf Club

87

Christian Flowers

Hershey's Mill Golf Club

89

Dan McCarthy

The Springhaven Club

93

William McCabe, Jr.

McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

11-13 Handicap

Scott Miller

Meadowlands Country Club

71

Frank Andrusiewicz

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

72

Art Blumenthal

Chester Valley Golf Club

73

Brent Alwood

Five Ponds Golf Club

73

Greg Smith

Loch Nairn Golf Club

73

Bob Johnson

Indian Valley Country Club

74

Brian Jasperse

Jericho National Golf Club

74

Kyran Connelly

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Mike Kaplan

Five Ponds Golf Club

76

Richard Hachoose

Jericho National Golf Club

76

Terry Bray

Talamore Country Club

76

Chad Collingwood

Spring Ford Country Club

77

Michael Fiazzo

Edgmont Country Club

77

Steve Mitchell

Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Wayne Burns

Edgmont Country Club

79

Francis Robinson

Hershey's Mill Golf Club

80

Barry Hagan

West Chester Golf & Country Club

81

Sandy Goldfine

Hershey's Mill Golf Club

83

Matthew Minielly

Saucon Valley Country Club

84

Stephen Cooper

Laurel Creek Country Club

85

Steven Budzynski

Medford Village Country Club

85

Ray McHale

Limekiln Golf Club

90

David Steele

Lancaster Country Club

91

Douglas Cox

Delaware National Country Club

WD

George Connell

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

WD

Greg Salicondro

Limekiln Golf Club

WD

Keith McQueen

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

William Tate

Limekiln Golf Club

NS

14-17 Handicap

Carmen Caruso

Spring Ford Country Club

67

Mark Teson

Coatesville Country Club

68

Tom Bell

Meadia Heights Golf Club

69

Bryce Johnson

Golf Course at Glen Mills

71

Nick Pompo

Edgmont Country Club

71

Jeff Bladen

Philmont Country Club

72

William Penney

Spring Ford Country Club

72

Mike Kyle

Bala Golf Club

73

Andre Van As

Hershey's Mill Golf Club

74

Eric Whorral

Old York Road Country Club

75

Paschal De John

Fieldstone Golf Club

75

Greg Salicondro, Sr.

Limekiln Golf Club

76

David Daily

Moorestown Field Club

78

Elmer McCray

Sand Barrens Golf Club

78

Rick Ames

Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Eric Duffy

Spring Ford Country Club

81

Ralph von dem Hagen

Chester Valley Golf Club

81

Tom Minger

Raven's Claw Golf Club

81

Joe Roe

Reading Country Club

82

Rich Gordon

Coatesville Country Club

84

Larry Mertz

Links Golf Club

85

John O'Rourke

McCall Golf & Country Club

86

Al Tucker

The Bucks Club

87

Michael Yahrling

Indian Valley Country Club

88

James Margerison

Overbrook Golf Club

WD

18 & Over Handicap

Harold Alwood, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

68

William Jones

McCall Golf & Country Club

68

Loren Pearson

Old York Road Country Club

69

James Leonard

Chester Valley Golf Club

72

E. Gerald Hurst, Jr.

Lookaway Golf Club

73

Jim Clossick

Edgmont Country Club

74

Aaron Johns

Spring Ford Country Club

76

James Hatch, Jr.

Lu Lu Country Club

76

Richard Kachur

Riverton Country Club

77

Rick Coroniti

Spring Ford Country Club

78

Nate Tolvaisa

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Robert Murray

McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Patrick Riley

The Bucks Club

82

George Hilley

McCall Golf & Country Club

83

Brian Mulvenna

Greate Bay Country Club

88

Aaron Domenico

Woodcrest Country Club

94

Don Parker

Merchantville Country Club

97

NS - no show; WD - withdrawal

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