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Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Scott McNeil and Michael Brown

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Philadelphia Publinks’ pair takes Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship

  NORTH HILLS, Pa. — Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association's Michael Brown and Scott McNeil followed similiar golf trails this season. They competed in many of the same events, typically finishing within five strokes of each other. Brown and McNeil also lead comparable professional lives. They start work at 4 a.m. — Brown manages a soft pretzel factory, McNeil a parking garage in Rittenhouse Square.

  So when the Golf Association of Philadelphia brought its Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship to North Hills Country Club Wednesday, Brown, who spent seven years as an assistant professional at the club, knew who to enlist as a partner.

   “I’m not bashful. I’ll dig out the talent,” Brown said.

  He chose wisely; Brown and McNeil carded a sensational 8-under-par 63 on the par 71, 6,350-yard layout to seize the tournament's 41st edition.

   “Anytime you beat a field in Philadelphia, you did some good things,” Brown, 39, of Cheltenham, Pa., said. “Today was no different. I rode my partner most of the day and contributed a few on the second nine, so I watched most of the show.”

   “It’s nice to finally get a GAP win,” McNeil, 26, of Philadelphia, Pa., said. “Hopefully, we can build off it for next year. It was a great time at a great venue. I can’t complain.”

  Eight birdies left little room for complaining. Starting on the back nine, the Brown and McNeil team posted its first birdie on the par 5, 519-yard 12th hole. McNeil powered a 4-iron 215 yards to the front of the green and two-putted. He and Brown dominated the next par 5 (No. 15, 500 yards) with a pair of 4s. Brown came up short of the putting surface on his second stroke — a 4-iron from 200 yards — and left his chip three feet from the jar. McNeil hooked a 6-iron onto the green and, given Brown’s position, made a run for eagle, but watched his putt slide four feet by the cup.

  The duo then used a four-birdie stretch to accelerate ahead of the 65-team field. On No. 17 (par 4, 420 yards), Brown deposited a 15-footer following a 9-iron approach, McNeil a three-footer after a sand wedge set-up. The par 4, 280-yard 18th hole — a dogleg right temptress flaunting a forward tee — prompted both players to equip 3-woods. McNeil powered his onto the practice green — a good 20 yards behind the hole location. He pitched it to 35 feet and converted a spectacular left-to-right bender.

   “That was after Mike’s putt just rolled over the edge, so I had a good idea that it was going to turn like crazy right at the hole,” McNeil, who qualified for match play in this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, said. “It really started moving laterally.”

  On No. 1 (par 4, 340 yards), Brown, the 2010 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year, hit a lob wedge 70 yards to eight feet for birdie. He nearly reached the par 5, 504-yard No. 2 on his second stroke with a 4-iron. An effective chip-and-putt led to a 4. Brown hit a lob wedge 82 yards to four feet for birdie on No. 5 (par 4,364 yards). The team’s red figure campaign ended on No. 8 (par 4, 430 yards), where McNeil knocked a sand wedge 114 yards to 10 feet and drained a right-to-left breaker.

  Brown and McNeil will briefly go their separate ways. The two will compete in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship at The ACE Club next week. They will reunite as a team in October for the Publinks Challenges.

  Medford Village Country Club's Pat Curiale and Laurel Creek Country Club's Andrew Dietz birdied five of their final nine holes to win the Net Division with a 63.

  The Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship is open to players from Member Clubs with a maximum, combined handicap index of 18.0 or lower. Partners need not be members of the same club.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross

Name, club

Score

Michael Brown/Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA

63

Pat Curiale/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village CC/Laurel Creek CC

65

Chris Anderson/Todd Anderson, Wilmington CC

65

Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Concord CC

66

Anthony Ventura/Peter Barron, III, Greate Bay CC/Stone Harbor GC

67

Jalen Griffin/Dan Farragut, Talamore CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club

68

John Kennedy/Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook GC

69

J. Kirk Luntey/Mark Still, Merion GC

70

Andrew Strock/Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands GC

70

Neil Gordon/John Simone, Five Ponds GC/Philmont CC

70

Jason Barkley/Donny Wessner, Moselem Springs GC/Golden Oaks GC

70

Joshua Isler/Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley GC

70

Patrick Dougherty/Drew Panebianco, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Five Ponds GC

70

John Aloisio/Michael Korcuba, Running Deer GC

70

Adam Mastone/Mark Walker, Trump National GC - Philadelphia

70

Gary Yaglenski/Rob Francis, Brookside CC

70

Jonathan Shevlin/David Marcinowski, North Hills CC

71

John Willadsen/Andrew Willadsen, Sakima CC

71

John Boyce/Patrick Murray, North Hills CC

71

Sean Fahey/William Breskman, Overbrook GC/Rolling Green GC

71

Robert Dziak/Blake Slawecki, RiverCrest GC & Preserve/Brookside CC

71

Bill Burke/Richard Sinopoli, Jr., Sea Oaks GC

71

Bob Harris/Anthony Stephenson, Blue Bell CC

71

Perry Landis/Joshua Krumholz, Moselem Springs GC

71

Michael Rose/Tom DiCinti, Talamore CC/Little Mill CC

71

Tim Deery/Alexander Maguire, Jr., Meadia Heights GC/Brookside CC

72

Ryan Kelly/Thomas Fisher, Philadelphia Cricket Club/North Hills CC

72

Michael Carr/Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth CC

72

James Braunsberg/Mark Czerniakowski, Blue Bell CC

72

David Chenard/Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run CC

72

Drew Garis/Patrick O'Brien, North Hills CC

72

David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak CC/Huntsville GC

73

Carl Danzig/Michael Kerzetski, Glen Oak CC

73

Ari Flaisher/Jeff Schmidt, McCall G&CC

73

Steve Ebersole/Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

73

Ben Feld/Benjamin Cooley, Green Valley CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

73

Ryne Francis/Eric Householder, Brookside CC

74

Christopher Kaspar/Gary Smith, Manufacturers G&CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

74

Steven Tuscano/Frank Tuscano, North Hills CC

74

Jim Kaiser/David Guertler, Merchantville CC

74

Mario Canal/Mike Miklinevich, Laurel Creek CC/Greate Bay CC

75

Michael Dafnis/Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth CC

75

Thomas Alestock/Rocky Dare, Running Deer GC

75

Thomas Ritter/Paul Koelling, Greate Bay CC

75

Robin Roberts/Vince Dginto, Limekiln GC

76

Bob Ball/Matthew Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket/North Hills CC

76

Jim Braunsberg/Jeff Rittenhouse, Blue Bell CC

76

Chad Collingwood/Kevin Seese, Spring Ford CC/Talamore CC

77

James Wiley/John Patton, Lu Lu CC/Little Mill CC

77

Joe Warusz/Richard Speranza, Jericho National GC

78

David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh CC

79

Jules Quinones/Bob Hillen, Blue Bell CC/North Hills CC

79

Andy Green/Kevin Logue, DuPont CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

80

Robert Link/Thomas Mallouk, Five Ponds GC/Lookaway GC

80

John Thach/Anthony Cottone, Waynesborough CC

81

Jason Kowalski/Robert Kowalski, Yardley CC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Thomas Grimac/Brian Minemier, Tavistock CC/Burlington CC

82

William Johnston/Gilbert Golding, Commonwealth National GC

82

Jeff Abbott/Richard Turner, Fieldstone GC/Edgmont CC

83

Mike Connell/Don Skahan, Downingtown CC/GC at Glen Mills

84

Rick Ames/Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Reading CC

88

Robert Jenkins/Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford CC

92

John Quirk/Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC

WD

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Pat Curiale/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village CC/Laurel Creek CC

63

Michael Brown/Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks GA

64

Chris Anderson/Todd Anderson, Wilmington CC

64

Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Concord CC

65

Gary Yaglenski/Rob Francis, Brookside CC

65

Jonathan Shevlin/David Marcinowski, North Hills CC

66

Steven Tuscano/Frank Tuscano, North Hills CC

66

Anthony Ventura/Peter Barron, III, Greate Bay CC/Stone Harbor GC

67

John Willadsen/Andrew Willadsen, Sakima CC

67

John Boyce/Patrick Murray, North Hills CC

67

Robert Dziak/Blake Slawecki, RiverCrest GC & Preserve/Brookside CC

67

Chad Collingwood/Kevin Seese, Spring Ford CC/Talamore CC

67

Jalen Griffin/Dan Farragut, Talamore CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club

68

J. Kirk Luntey/Mark Still, Merion GC

68

Neil Gordon/John Simone, Five Ponds GC/Philmont CC

68

Joshua Isler/Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley GC

68

Bill Burke/Richard Sinopoli, Jr., Sea Oaks GC

68

Bob Harris/Anthony Stephenson, Blue Bell CC

68

David Chenard/Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run CC

68

Thomas Ritter/Paul Koelling, Greate Bay CC

68

Drew Garis/Patrick O'Brien, North Hills CC

69

Carl Danzig/Michael Kerzetski, Glen Oak CC

69

Ari Flaisher/Jeff Schmidt, McCall G&CC

69

John Kennedy/Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook GC

70

Andrew Strock/Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands GC

70

Patrick Dougherty/Drew Panebianco, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Five Ponds GC

70

John Aloisio/Michael Korcuba, Running Deer GC

70

Sean Fahey/William Breskman, Overbrook GC/Rolling Green GC

70

Tim Deery/Alexander Maguire, Jr., Meadia Heights GC/Brookside CC

70

Michael Carr/Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth CC

70

Steve Ebersole/Mark Dennish, The Ridge at Back Brook

70

Mario Canal/Mike Miklinevich, Laurel Creek CC/Greate Bay CC

70

Robin Roberts/Vince Dginto, Limekiln GC

70

Robert Link/Thomas Mallouk, Five Ponds GC/Lookaway GC

70

John Thach/Anthony Cottone, Waynesborough CC

70

Jason Barkley/Donny Wessner, Moselem Springs GC/Golden Oaks GC

71

Perry Landis/Joshua Krumholz, Moselem Springs GC

71

Michael Rose/Tom DiCinti, Talamore CC/Little Mill CC

71

Ryan Kelly/Thomas Fisher, Philadelphia Cricket Club/North Hills CC

71

David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak CC/Huntsville GC

71

Jim Kaiser/David Guertler, Merchantville CC

71

James Wiley/John Patton, Lu Lu CC/Little Mill CC

71

Jeff Abbott/Richard Turner, Fieldstone GC/Edgmont CC

71

Adam Mastone/Mark Walker, Trump National GC - Philadelphia

72

James Braunsberg/Mark Czerniakowski, Blue Bell CC

72

Michael Dafnis/Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth CC

72

Bob Ball/Matthew Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket/North Hills CC

72

Ryne Francis/Eric Householder, Brookside CC

73

Thomas Alestock/Rocky Dare, Running Deer GC

73

Jim Braunsberg/Jeff Rittenhouse, Blue Bell CC

73

David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh CC

73

Jules Quinones/Bob Hillen, Blue Bell CC/North Hills CC

73

Andy Green/Kevin Logue, DuPont CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

73

William Johnston/Gilbert Golding, Commonwealth National GC

73

Mike Connell/Don Skahan, Downingtown CC/GC at Glen Mills

73

Joe Warusz/Richard Speranza, Jericho National GC

74

Jason Kowalski/Robert Kowalski, Yardley CC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

Ben Feld/Benjamin Cooley, Green Valley CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

75

Christopher Kaspar/Gary Smith, Manufacturers G&CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

75

Robert Jenkins/Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford CC

76

Thomas Grimac/Brian Minemier, Tavistock CC/Burlington CC

77

Rick Ames/Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Reading CC

77

John Quirk/Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC

WD

 

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