close_icon

Aug. 26, 2014

Marc Mandel and Ryan Gelrod study the No. 18 (par 4, 379 yards) green.

*Photo gallery
*Scorecards
*History

Philadelphia Cricket's Gelrod, Mandel take 43rd Four-Ball Stroke Play

  JACKSON, N.J. — Competition is commonplace at Philadelphia Cricket Club these days. The majestic Flourtown, Pa. venue boasts one the strongest amateur contingents in the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

  Included in that competitive collective are members Ryan Gelrod and Marc Mandel, and on Tuesday, the two earned hardware to prove their place. They carded a 5-under-par 67 to take the 43rd Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at a spectacular Metedeconk National Golf Club (par 72, 6,493 yards). Gelrod and Mandel became the first Philadelphia Cricket representatives in the event’s 43-year history to win.

  Two teams — Makefield Highlands Golf Club’s Andrew Strock and Michael Minter, and North Hills Country Club’s Drew Garis and Patrick Murray — finished two shots back. Little Mill Country Club’s Jim Kelleher and Joseph Roeder, the tournament’s defending champions, fired a 2-under-par 70.

  “With the fine history of Philadelphia Cricket, it’s a nice accomplishment,” Gelrod, 42, of Ambler, Pa., said. “For me, I’ve never won a GAP event, so it feels great to get a victory.”

  “He’s been playing well this year, so I figured we’d have a good chance,” Mandel, 32, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., added.

  The Philadelphia Cricket duo made good on its prospects immediately. Mandel lifted a wedge 102 yards to six feet for a birdie on No. 1 (par 1, 390 yards). A fairways and greens formula produced pars on the next five holes before Gelrod scribed red on No. 7 (par 4, 370 yards), where he spun a sand wedge from 95 yards to 10 feet. Gelrod came to his teammate’s aid on the par 5, 528-yard 12th hole. With Mandel out of play, he stuffed a pitching wedge from 117 yards to a foot for a 4. Mandel returned the red favor on the next par 5 (No. 15, 479 yards), sending a 7-iron from 180 yards long right and flipping a wedge to 12 feet. He made a key save on No. 16 (par 3, 170-yards) to maintain the team’s momentum. That same 7-iron positioned Mandel on a hillside short right. He then skied a wedge to three feet. Gelrod inked 5 under on the team’s scorecard thanks to a well-played 17th hole (par 4, 410 yards), where he drilled a wedge 112 yards to 15 feet and drained a 10-inch, left-to-right breaker.

  “We ham-and-egged it well together,” Gelrod, who qualified for match play in the GAP Amateur earlier this year, said. “Marc made some tremendous up-and-downs that really kept the round going. We made our birdies where we had chances. Overall, I think we got as much out of that round as was there.”

  “We did a good job to keep the bogeys off the scorecard, given the fact that there probably weren’t more than one or two holes where we had two putts inside 20 feet for birdie,” Mandel said.

  With their victory Tuesday, Gelrod and Mandel added to Philadelphia Cricket’s hot streak as of late. Cole Berman captured the Joseph H. Patterson Cup earlier this month. Three of its members — John Brennan, Andy Latowski and Robert Savarese, Jr. — will compete in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club in two weeks.

  “It makes you better [playing in that environment],” Gelrod, who works in financial planning, said. “Our Saturday game isn’t far off from the quality of players you see in a GAP event. On top of that, they’re great guys. We have a lot of fun. I just feel really lucky to have that opportunity.”

  “It’s definitely made you elevate your game if you want to continue to compete,” Mandel added.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  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 150 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 results

Name, club

Score

Ryan Gelrod/Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

67

Andrew Strock/Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

69

Drew Garis/Patrick Murray, North Hills Country Club

69

Christopher Thude/Jeff Angelucci, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

70

Jack Wallace/David Guertler, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Laurel Creek Country Club

70

Joseph Roeder/Jim Kelleher, Little Mill Country Club

70

Thomas Finn/Robert Bechtold, Back Creek Golf Club/Fieldstone Golf Club

71

Dino Stathis/David Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club/Tavistock Country Club

72

Jeff Hanson/Johan vanSchalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club

72

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

72

Dave Marshall/Andy Beittel, Trenton Country Club/Bala Golf Club

72

Bill Burke/Lewis Sofield, Sea Oaks Golf Club

72

Alexander Maguire, Jr./Bob Maguire, Brookside Country Club

73

Kevin Morita/James Chojnacki, Valleybrook Country Club

73

Ryan Hayward/Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

73

Joe Bellardo/Gene Bellardo, Yardley Country Club

73

Pat Curiale/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club

74

Neil Gordon/Jeff Moffat, Five Ponds Golf Club

75

Adam Bracy/Adam Warner, Rancocas Golf Club/Merchantville Country Club

75

Brian Sokolowski/Mark Hodgson, Greate Bay Country Club/Burlington Country Club

75

James Wiley/John Patton, Old York Road Country Club/Little Mill Country Club

76

Richard Moyer/Bernie Pfeiffer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76

Chris Bevelheimer/Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club/Running Deer Golf Club

76

Jimmy Taylor/Steve Oh, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

John Ward/Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

77

Kevin Kornuszko/Mark Lafond, Five Ponds Golf Club/Blue Bell Country Club

77

Joe Barbara/Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

77

Bradley Cusick/Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

77

Timothy Dolan/Jack Hubbert, Galloway National Golf Club

77

Bob Abramski/John Cech, Talamore Country Club/Riverton Country Club

78

Bob Angelucci/Michael Cole, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

79

Alexander Maguire, Sr. /Pat Romano, Brookside Country Club

79

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

79

Joe Sandora/Phillip Bartholomew, Yardley Country Club

80

Roy Gagne/Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club

80

Gregory Buliga/Chris Kornacki, Yardley Country Club

80

Tom Krug/Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Dan Griffith/Dan Walters, Talamore Country Club/The Bucks Club

80

Sean Fox/Grant Parnagian, Laurel Creek Country Club

80

Vic Duva/Michael Arnold, Yardley Country Club

80

Andy Keys/Ken Large, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

80

Kevin Koch/Bob Dick, Spring Ford Country Club/Commonwealth National

80

Brian Klaus/Ronald Cusick, Sr., Tavistock Country Club

81

George Reby/Philip Heckler, Greate Bay Country Club/Wildwood Golf & Country Club

81

Brian Glancey/David Leder, Jericho National Golf Club

81

David Blair/Robert Knotz, Gilbertsville Golf Club

81

Gregory Hurchalla/Josh Wilson, The Springhaven Club

82

Noah Kahn/Pat Waters, French Creek Golf Club

82

Mark Gerdelmann/Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell Country Club

82

Henrik Maxian/Kenneth Antos, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

David Reinhart/Adam O'Doherty, Bellewood Country Club/French Creek Golf Club

83

Wayne Ligato/Gerald Newell, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club/DuPont Country Club

83

Scott Hutchinson/Charles Stines, Lookaway Golf Club/Old York CC at Chesterfield

84

John Suender/Ed Borden, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

84

Mason Flinn/Mitch Harris, Merion Golf Club/Blue Bell Country Club

84

Anthony Maglio, Jr./A.J. Sciarra, Tavistock Country Club

84

Mark Weidling/Paul McIntyre, Jericho National Golf Club

84

Chad Collingwood/Kevin Seese, Spring Ford Country Club/Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Werner Cziriak/David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

84

Richard Rettinger, Jr./Gerald Willis, Tavistock Country Club

85

Michael Decker/Dillon Halls, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

85

Roger Smith/Derek Vogt, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/French Creek Golf Club

85

Stephen Cooper/Phil Dove, Laurel Creek Country Club

85

Ralph Moscato/Bob Conners, Sea Oaks Golf Club

85

Peter Torras/Mark McDermott, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

86

Joe Ernst/John Minnella, Sea Oaks Golf Club

86

Steve Tracanna/Gary Ackerman, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

Jason Kowalski/Robert Kowalski, Yardley Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

Mike McLane/Harold Cooperstein, Galloway National Golf Club/Whitford Country Club

86

Jeremy Defilippis/Jeff Ervin, Sea Oaks Golf Club

87

Gregory Jablonski/Mike Augustin, Yardley Country Club/Stone Harbor Golf Club

87

D.J. Spoltore/John DeStefano, Old York CC at Chesterfield

87

Stanley Panasewicz/Alan Roy, Cherry Valley Country Club

87

Doug Edwards/Eric Kadish, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

87

Michael Girman/Bruce Shelly, Doylestown Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club

88

Craig Chapman/Dan Burns, Cherry Valley Country Club

88

James Conway/Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock Country Club

89

Skye Gibson/Bradley Hewitt, Sea Oaks Golf Club

89

Michael Remus/George Haeberlein, Sea Oaks Golf Club

94

John Walko/Conrad Gack, Five Ponds Golf Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club

94

 

Net results

Name, club

Score

James Wiley/John Patton, Old York Road Country Club/Little Mill Country Club

65

Drew Garis/Patrick Murray, North Hills Country Club

66

Christopher Thude/Jeff Angelucci, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

66

Jack Wallace/David Guertler, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Laurel Creek Country Club

66

Joe Bellardo/Gene Bellardo, Yardley Country Club

66

Dan Griffith/Dan Walters, Talamore Country Club/The Bucks Club

66

Dino Stathis/David Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club/Tavistock Country Club

67

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

67

Bill Burke/Lewis Sofield, Sea Oaks Golf Club

67

Joe Barbara/Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club

67

Werner Cziriak/David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

67

Ryan Gelrod/Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

68

Andrew Strock/Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

68

Joseph Roeder/Jim Kelleher, Little Mill Country Club

68

Thomas Finn/Robert Bechtold, Back Creek Golf Club/Fieldstone Golf Club

68

Scott Hutchinson/Charles Stines, Lookaway Golf Club/Old York CC at Chesterfield

68

Dave Marshall/Andy Beittel, Trenton Country Club/Bala Golf Club

69

Ryan Hayward/Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

69

Brian Sokolowski/Mark Hodgson, Greate Bay Country Club/Burlington Country Club

69

Bob Angelucci/Michael Cole, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

69

Jeff Hanson/Johan vanSchalkwyk, Merchantville Country Club

70

Alexander Maguire, Jr./Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

70

Kevin Morita/James Chojnacki, Valleybrook Country Club

70

Vic Duva/Michael Arnold, Yardley Country Club

70

Mark Gerdelmann/Matthew Manfred, Blue Bell Country Club

70

John Ward/Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

71

Andy Keys/Ken Large, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

71

John Suender/Ed Borden, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

71

Richard Rettinger, Jr./Gerald Willis, Tavistock Country Club

71

Pat Curiale/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club

72

Neil Gordon/Jeff Moffat, Five Ponds Golf Club

72

Richard Moyer/Bernie Pfeiffer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

72

Bob Abramski/John Cech, Talamore Country Club/Riverton Country Club

72

Brian Klaus/Ronald Cusick, Sr., Tavistock Country Club

72

Gregory Hurchalla/Josh Wilson, The Springhaven Club

72

Stephen Cooper/Phil Dove, Laurel Creek Country Club

72

Chris Bevelheimer/Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club/Running Deer Golf Club

73

Bradley Cusick/Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

73

Sean Fox/Grant Parnagian, Laurel Creek Country Club

73

Chad Collingwood/Kevin Seese, Spring Ford Country Club/Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

Michael Girman/Bruce Shelly, Doylestown Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club

73

Jimmy Taylor/Steve Oh, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Kevin Kornuszko/Mark Lafond, Five Ponds Golf Club/Blue Bell Country Club

74

Timothy Dolan/Jack Hubbert, Galloway National Golf Club

74

Alexander Maguire, Sr./Pat Romano, Brookside Country Club

74

Joe Sandora/Phillip Bartholomew, Yardley Country Club

74

Gregory Buliga/Chris Kornacki, Yardley Country Club

74

Kevin Koch/Bob Dick, Spring Ford Country Club/Commonwealth National

74

Brian Glancey/David Leder, Jericho National Golf Club

74

Roger Smith/Derek Vogt, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/French Creek Golf Club

74

Joe Ernst/John Minnella, Sea Oaks Golf Club

74

Gregory Jablonski/Mike Augustin, Yardley Country Club/Stone Harbor Golf Club

74

Adam Bracy/Adam Warner, Rancocas Golf Club/Merchantville Country Club

75

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

75

Mark Weidling/Paul McIntyre, Jericho National Golf Club

75

Steve Tracanna/Gary Ackerman, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

Mike McLane/Harold Cooperstein, Galloway National Golf Club/Whitford Country Club

75

Craig Chapman/Dan Burns, Cherry Valley Country Club

75

Roy Gagne/Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club

76

George Reby/Philip Heckler, Greate Bay Country Club/Wildwood Golf & Country Club

76

David Blair/Robert Knotz, Gilbertsville Golf Club

76

Henrik Maxian/Kenneth Antos, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Ralph Moscato/Bob Conners, Sea Oaks Golf Club

76

D.J. Spoltore/John DeStefano, Old York CC at Chesterfield

76

Doug Edwards/Eric Kadish, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76

Tom Krug/Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Noah Kahn/Pat Waters, French Creek Golf Club

77

Anthony Maglio, Jr./A.J. Sciarra, Tavistock Country Club

77

Michael Decker/Dillon Halls, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77

Stanley Panasewicz/Alan Roy, Cherry Valley Country Club

77

Skye Gibson/Bradley Hewitt, Sea Oaks Golf Club

77

Michael Remus/George Haeberlein, Sea Oaks Golf Club

77

David Reinhart/Adam O'Doherty, Bellewood Country Club/French Creek Golf Club

78

Mason Flinn/Mitch Harris, Merion Golf Club/Blue Bell Country Club

79

Peter Torras/Mark McDermott, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79

Wayne Ligato/Gerald Newell, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club/DuPont Country Club

80

Jason Kowalski/Robert Kowalski, Yardley Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Jeremy Defilippis/Jeff Ervin, Sea Oaks Golf Club

80

John Walko/Conrad Gack, Five Ponds Golf Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club

80

James Conway/Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock Country Club

82

[ Back ]