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Joseph Roeder (left) congratulates Jim Kelleher following his birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 420 yards).

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Little Mill duo stands tall in Four-Ball Stroke Play at Galloway

  GALLOWAY, N.J. — Jim Kelleher and Joseph Roeder played a lot of basketball together, which isn’t surprising. Both stand a dunk-friendly 6-foot-4. But these days, golf is the sport of choice for Kelleher and Roeder, both of Little Mill Country Club.

  On Tuesday, the two towered over the 80-team field in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 42nd Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship. They carded a stellar 7-under-par 64 at Galloway National Golf Club (par 71, 6,605 yards) to triumph. Kelleher’s putter caught fire; he made seven birdies on his own ball.

   “I recently got a tip from a really good friend of mine, Eddie O’Brien,” Kelleher, 56, of Medford, N.J., said. “I used it today, and it was just one of those days where everything’s going in. The speed was perfect. The greens were quick enough that you really didn’t have to hit it hard.”

   “I just enjoyed watching him. It was a treat to watch him play that way,” Roeder, 52, of Marlton, N.J., said.

  The putting spectacle began on No. 1 (par 4, 395 yards), where Kelleher hit a wedge 105 yards to 15 feet for a 3. He drilled a 9-iron 120 yards to 25 feet on No. 3 (par 4, 370 yards) and watched his ensuing putt ride the right-to-left break perfectly. The Kelleher and Roeder team capped its outward tour with back-to-back birdies. Kelleher stopped a 6-iron at 10 feet on the par 3, 173-yard No. 8. He and Roeder reached the No. 9 (par 5, 515 yards) green in regulation. Roeder, eight feet inside of his partner’s golf ball, decided to putt first, hoping to show his teammate the line. It paid off as Kelleher executed a 15-footer after a sand wedge set-up from 90 yards.

  The lighthearted moment on the next par 5 (No. 11, 508 yards) kept the Kelleher and Roeder team in the moment. After sending his second shot onto the bank of the water hazard, Roeder removed his shoes and socks, took his grimy stance and played his third shot.

   “It actually really motivated him (Kelleher) to start playing well,” Roeder, a pilot, said jokingly. Right on cue, Kelleher powered a 3-rescue 215 yards over the green and lofted a downhill chip to 10 feet for a 4.

  A pair of par saves from Roeder allowed the team to remain atop the leaderboard. On No. 13 (par 4, 425 yards), Kelleher’s drive caught the right fairway bunker. He exhausted three strokes in the extrication process and then relied on Roeder, who reached the green in regulation and executed a solid two-putt from 40 feet. Roeder converted a sand save on the par 3, 193-yard 14th hole. Kelleher’s thanks came in the form of a birdie on No. 15, where he smashed a 7-iron 145 yards to 20 feet and drained the right-to-left breaker.

   “I thought I missed it right and I started walking to the ball as it was rolling. It just curved and went in,” Kelleher, a business manager for Lockheed Martin, said.

  Galloway’s 18th hole (par 4, 420 yards), as any formidable closing hole does, decided the tournament’s outcome. Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s Benjamin Smith and Little Mill’s Paul Tighe, playing in the group ahead, stood at 5 under when they arrived. Smith hit a downwind wedge 125 yards to six feet and converted the birdie putt. The Kelleher and Roeder team, thinking it held a three-shot lead at the time, responded with a wild 3 of its own. Kelleher smacked an 8-iron 152 yards to 17 feet and sunk the right-to-left slider.

  Kelleher and Roeder last competed in the Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship in 2007. They decided to re-enlist given the venue, which Roeder previously played. It was Kelleher’s first time on the course.

   “It was great coaching him around,” Roeder said.

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Gross

Name, club

Score

Joseph Roeder/Jim Kelleher, Little Mill CC

64

Benjamin Smith/Paul Tighe, Huntingdon Valley CC/Little Mill CC

65

Thomas Finn/Robert Bechtold, Back Creek GC/Fieldstone GC

66

Joe April/Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

69

Timothy Dolan/John Hubbert, III, Galloway National GC

69

Bradley Cusick/Robert Arthur, Tavistock CC

69

John Albertson/Steven Marcozzi, Wildwood G&CC/Stone Harbor GC

69

Bill Burke/Lewis Sofield, Sea Oaks GC

70

Joseph Russo/Thomas Alestock, Laurel Creek CC/Running Deer GC

70

Dave Marshall/Andy Beittel, Trenton CC/Bala GC

71

Russell Loue/Adam Warner, Merchantville CC

71

Alexander Maguire, Jr./Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside CC

71

James Braunsberg/Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell CC

71

Robert Dziak/Bobby Kershner, The Springhaven Club/Spring Ford CC

71

David West/Chris Yard, Whitford CC

71

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

71

Paul Kovalcheck/Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square G&CC

71

Reid Carnes/Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks GC

72

Daniel Mahoney/John Stepanik, Lu Lu CC

72

Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Concord CC

72

Phil Cillo/Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill CC

72

Kevin Bair/Michael Walker, Loch Nairn GC

72

John Marshalek/Mike McLane, Whitford CC/Stone Harbor GC

73

James Kaiser/David Guertler, Tavistock CC/Laurel Creek CC

73

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

74

Jim Gavaghan/Ryan Hayward, Jericho National GC

74

J. Kirk Luntey/Donald Dissinger, Merion GC

74

Jeffrey Zalis/Mike Dunn, Little Mill CC

74

Brian Fisher/Ari Flaisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA/McCall G&CC

74

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

74

Richard Umani/Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook GC

74

Hugh Miller/Brian Foxx, Cherry Valley CC

75

Garrett Basalyga/Dan Farragut, Cedarbrook CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Tripp Durham/George Petrellis, Blue Bell CC

75

Jim Muehlbronner/Michael Shoup, Sandy Run CC

76

George Hodges/James Beam, Merion GC/Manufacturers G&CC

76

Andrew Willis/Patrick Conroy, Applebrook GC/Llanerch CC

77

Graham Desmond/Rich Linkchorst, GC at Glen Mills

77

Scott Kim/David Lee, White Manor CC/Blue Bell CC

77

Marc Bricker/Andrew LaRosa, Whitford CC

77

Pierce Herbst/Paul Koelling, Greate Bay CC

77

Daniel Kilpatrick/Michael Korcuba, Medford Village CC

77

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

78

Matt Bell/Alex Clark, Hidden Creek GC

78

William Rolli/Kenny Engel, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA/North Hills CC

78

Matthew Hilbush/Bob Dick, Commonwealth National GC

78

Jeremy Defilippis/Jeff Ervin, Sea Oaks GC

78

Frank Petrillo/Carl Danzig, Glen Oak CC

78

Pat O’Neil/Steven Meyer, Commonwealth National GC

78

Scott Tunis/Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek CC

79

Brian Powell/Mark Hodgson, Burlington CC

79

Jeff Thomsen/Scott Carpenter, Cherry Valley CC

80

Arthur Scherr/Frank Setzman, Penn Oaks GC/Edgmont CC

80

Chad Collingwood/Kevin Seese, Spring Ford CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

80

Wayne Diluigi/Fred Spratt, Running Deer GC

80

David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak CC

80

Richard Riesenberg/Tom Morrison, Commonwealth National GC

80

Bob Abramski/John Cech, Talamore CC/Riverton CC

81

John Burchmore/Russell Baribault, Edgmont CC/Inniscrone GC

81

Mark Gerdelmann/Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell CC

82

Evan Angel/John Prestwood, Edgmont CC/St. Davids GC

82

Sean Fox/Phil Dove, Laurel Creek CC

82

Bob Mancini/Bob Kubica, Sea Oaks GC

82

Gregory Hurchalla/Charles Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club/Stonewall

83

Adam Lubenow/John Cylc, Little Mill CC

83

Richard Turner/Mark Horner, Llanerch CC

83

Ron Mittendorf/Timothy Gaughan, Blue Bell CC

83

John Filmyer/Joseph Dollinger, Lu Lu CC

84

Brady Marrone/Lin Bunting, Riverton CC/Hartefeld National

85

David Lovitz/David Macesic, Lu Lu CC

85

Shawn Burns/Steve Burns, Cedarbrook CC/Bellewood CC

86

Mark Bond/Gary Johnson, Seaview Resort/DuPont CC

87

Robert Jenkins/William Penney, Spring Ford CC

89

John Siegrist/Gary Feinberg, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Hidden Creek GC

89

Eric Whorral/Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road CC

90

Tom Paul/Jay McMenamin, Running Deer GC

91

Loren Pearson/Bob Mattson, Old York Road CC

95

Frank Mancini, Jr./Robert Sabat, Sea Oaks GC

95

Rick Coroniti/Carmen Caruso, RiverCrest GC/Spring Ford CC

96

Grant Parnagian/Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek CC

98

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Joseph Roeder/Jim Kelleher, Little Mill CC

61

Timothy Dolan/John Hubbert, III, Galloway National GC

64

Bill Burke/Lewis Sofield, Sea Oaks GC

64

Thomas Finn/Robert Bechtold, Back Creek GC/Fieldstone GC

65

John Marshalek/Mike McLane, Whitford CC/Stone Harbor GC

65

Arthur Scherr/Frank Setzman, Penn Oaks GC/Edgmont CC

65

Benjamin Smith/Paul Tighe, Huntingdon Valley CC/Little Mill CC

66

Bradley Cusick/Robert Arthur, Tavistock CC

66

John Albertson/Steven Marcozzi, Wildwood G&CC/Stone Harbor GC

67

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

67

Bob Mancini/Bob Kubica, Sea Oaks GC

67

Dave Marshall/Andy Beittel, Trenton CC/Bala GC

68

Russell Loue/Adam Warner, Merchantville CC

68

Alexander Maguire, Jr./Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside CC

68

Reid Carnes/Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks GC

68

Phil Cillo/Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill CC

68

Scott Kim/David Lee, White Manor CC/Blue Bell CC

68

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

68

Robert Dziak/Bobby Kershner, The Springhaven Club/Spring Ford CC

69

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

69

Daniel Mahoney/John Stepanik, Lu Lu CC

69

George Hodges/James Beam, Merion GC/Manufacturers G&CC

69

Andrew Willis/Patrick Conroy, Applebrook GC/Llanerch CC

69

Richard Turner/Mark Horner, Llanerch CC

69

Joseph Russo/Thomas Alestock, Laurel Creek CC/Running Deer GC

70

James Braunsberg/Gerald Henderson, Blue Bell CC

70

David West/Chris Yard, Whitford CC

70

James Kaiser/David Guertler, Tavistock CC/Laurel Creek CC

70

Jim Gavaghan/Ryan Hayward, Jericho National GC

70

J. Kirk Luntey/Donald Dissinger, Merion GC

70

Brian Fisher/Ari Flaisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA/McCall G&CC

70

Matt Bell/Alex Clark, Hidden Creek GC

70

Jeremy Defilippis/Jeff Ervin, Sea Oaks GC

70

Pat O’Neil/Steven Meyer, Commonwealth National GC

70

Wayne Diluigi/Fred Spratt, Running Deer GC

70

Richard Riesenberg/Tom Morrison, Commonwealth National GC

70

Mark Gerdelmann/Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell CC

70

Gregory Hurchalla/Charles Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club/Stonewall

70

Joe April/Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Kevin Bair/Michael Walker, Loch Nairn GC

71

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

71

Garrett Basalyga/Dan Farragut, Cedarbrook CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Jim Muehlbronner/Michael Shoup, Sandy Run CC

71

Marc Bricker/Andrew LaRosa, Whitford CC

71

Pierce Herbst/Paul Koelling, Greate Bay CC

71

Matthew Hilbush/Bob Dick, Commonwealth National GC

71

Evan Angel/John Prestwood, Edgmont CC/St. Davids GC

71

Eric Whorral/Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road CC

71

Paul Kovalcheck/Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square G&CC

72

Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Concord CC

72

Jeffrey Zalis/Mike Dunn, Little Mill CC

72

Hugh Miller/Brian Foxx, Cherry Valley CC

72

Tripp Durham/George Petrellis, Blue Bell CC

72

Sean Fox/Phil Dove, Laurel Creek CC

72

Mark Bond/Gary Johnson, Seaview Resort/DuPont CC

72

Richard Umani/Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook GC

73

William Rolli/Kenny Engel, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA/North Hills CC

73

Frank Petrillo/Carl Danzig, Glen Oak CC

73

Scott Tunis/Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek CC

73

Chad Collingwood/Kevin Seese, Spring Ford CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

73

Bob Abramski/John Cech, Talamore CC/Riverton CC

73

John Burchmore/Russell Baribault, Edgmont CC/Inniscrone GC

73

Adam Lubenow/John Cylc, Little Mill CC

73

Robert Jenkins/William Penney, Spring Ford CC

73

Graham Desmond/Rich Linkchorst, GC at Glen Mills

74

Jeff Thomsen/Scott Carpenter, Cherry Valley CC

74

John Filmyer/Joseph Dollinger, Lu Lu CC

74

Brady Marrone/Lin Bunting, Riverton CC/Hartefeld National

74

Daniel Kilpatrick/Michael Korcuba, Medford Village CC

75

Brian Powell/Mark Hodgson, Burlington CC

75

David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak CC

76

Ron Mittendorf/Timothy Gaughan, Blue Bell CC

76

John Siegrist/Gary Feinberg, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Hidden Creek GC

76

Tom Paul/Jay McMenamin, Running Deer GC

76

Loren Pearson/Bob Mattson, Old York Road CC

77

Shawn Burns/Steve Burns, Cedarbrook CC/Bellewood CC

78

Rick Coroniti/Carmen Caruso, RiverCrest GC/Spring Ford CC

78

David Lovitz/David Macesic, Lu Lu CC

79

Frank Mancini, Jr./Robert Sabat, Sea Oaks GC

81

Grant Parnagian/Stephen Cooper, Laurel Creek CC

84

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