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Aug. 24, 2015

Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Marc Mandel and Ryan Gelrod carded a 9-under-par 62.

Philadelphia Cricket’s Gelrod, Mandel repeat as Four-Ball champions

  GREENVILLE, Del. — Ryan Gelrod and Marc Mandel etched their names in Golf Association of Philadelphia history Monday. The Philadelphia Cricket Club members became the first tandem to win back-to-back Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship titles. Gelrod and Mandel carded a 9-under-par 62 to take the tournament’s 44th edition at a fabulous Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 6,282 yards). They also prevailed a year ago at Metedeconk National Golf Club.

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  The event’s format is better-ball of partners.

  “[Being the first back-to-back winners] is an amazing stat. We’re honored and proud,” a humbled Gelrod, 43, of Ambler, Pa., said.

  “We had no idea about it. We probably didn’t have that many expectations either going into today,” Mandel, 33, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., added. “It shows that if you don’t have expectations it sometimes works out. Ryan’s been playing well all summer and I haven’t.”

  Mandel assuredly played well Monday; he carded seven birdies on his own ball.

  “Marc’s a great partner. He’s one of the best putters I’ve ever seen,” Gelrod said. “You get a guy like that, and you know he’s going to make his fair share. I just always try to chip in where I can.”

  “Coming into today, he was hoping I would do something,” Mandel added jokingly.

  Boy did he ever.

  Starting on No. 10 (par 5, 530 yards), Mandel, standing far left of the fairway with an obstructed view of the rising green, drew a hybrid 220 yards to 30 feet and two-putted for birdie. He and Gelrod both inked 3s on the next hole (par 4, 275 yards): Mandel from greenside left and Gelrod from the back fringe. The team’s lone bogey occurred on No. 13 (par 3, 187 yards), but consecutive birdies made it an instant afterthought. Mandel powered a hybrid 207 yards to 10 feet on No. 14 (par 4, 457 yards) and a lob wedge 65 yards to 20 feet on No. 15 (par 4, 409 yards).

  Gelrod added a pair of red figures to cap the team’s outward tour. On No. 17 (par 4, 399 yards), he spun a 54-degree wedge 92 yards to two feet. Gelrod, who advanced to the Round of 16 in this year’s BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, dropped a 20-footer from the back fringe in the heart on the demanding par 5, 498-yard 18th hole.

  The Gelrod and Mandel team birdied three of its next five holes to slightly separate from a crowded leaderboard. On No. 1 (par 4, 415 yards), Mandel lifted an 8-iron out of the right fairway bunker — 150 yards from the flagstick — to eight feet. Gelrod matched his teammate’s hybrid mastery with a 235-yard shot on No. 2 (par 5, 527 yards) that settled 35 feet below the hole. He eased the eagle attempt into kick-in range.

  To maintain the par 5 mojo, Mandel, with his teammate out of the hole, pulverized a hybrid greenside right and knocked a chip to five feet on No. 5 (505 yards). Gelrod converted a decisive birdie on No. 9 (par 4, 415 yards), the team’s last hole. He hit a 9-iron 143 yards to 15 feet and drained a downhill, left-to-right breaker.

  Pat Curiale of Medford Village Country Club and Andrew Dietz of Laurel Creek Country Club carded an 8-under-par 63 to finish a shot back. The team posted a 31 coming in.

  With their victory Monday, Gelrod and Mandel became only the third team to win the Four-Ball twice. They join Francis Donohue and Paul “Bucky” Erhardt, III (1979, 1984) and Blaise Giroso and Davis Sezna (1985, 1988).

  “I made a decision a couple weeks ago to try and start playing the fade again,” Mandel said. “I’ve been keeping it in play and making putts. I definitely had a good putting day today.”

  “I’ve been working hard on my game,” Gelrod added. “I picked up some distance with some swing changes that I’ve made. I’ve been waiting for the putter to heat up, and I made a few today, which is nice. I’ve had a couple of close calls the last week or two. It’s nice that we got over the hump here.”

NOTES — Five Ponds Golf Club’s John Seman aced the par 3, 162-yard No. 3 with a 7-iron. It marked his third career hole-in-one … Tavistock Country Club’s David Dorey and Metedeconk National Golf Club’s Dino Stathis won the event’s Net Division with a score of 57.

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Gross

Name, club

Score

Ryan Gelrod/Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

62

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

63

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

64

Thomas Humphrey/Steven Walczak, Wilmington CC

64

David Dorey/Dino Stathis, Tavistock CC/Metedeconk National GC

64

Matthew Crescenzo/Patrick Ross, Philmont CC/Huntsville GC

64

Chris Esbenshade/Jay Vasil, Bent Creek CC/Glenmaura National GC

66

Will Holt/Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square G&CC

66

G.Patrick Dougherty/James White, Philadelphia Cricket Club

66

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

67

Matthew Teesdale/P.J. Acierno, Commonwealth National GC/Sandy Run CC

67

Geoffrey Cooper/Michael Hyland, North Hills CC/Little Mill CC

67

Sean McMonagle/Joe Zulli, Laurel Creek CC/Little Mill CC

67

Robert Wagner/J.Kirk Luntey, Merion GC

67

Kyle Davis/Paul Kupcha, Bidermann GC/Fieldstone GC

68

Nicky Marrollo/Bruce Cowgill, Whitford CC

68

Peter Moran/Shawn Lavin, Edgmont CC/Rolling Green GC

68

Gerard Rosato/Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth CC

68

Elias Chua/Jeff Rogatz, Fieldstone GC

69

John Nottage/John Alterman, Commonwealth National GC

69

Gregory Buliga/Mark Czerniakowski, Yardley CC/Meadowlands CC

69

Ralph Bincarowsky/Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square G&CC

69

Jeff Rittenhouse/Alan Dale, Meadowlands CC/Blue Bell CC

70

Anthony White, Jr./Louis Hoffman, Indian Valley CC/Commonwealth National GC

70

Michael O'Keefe/Beau Guarino, Hidden Creek GC/Old York CC at Chesterfield

70

Chris Bevelheimer/Bill Givens, Running Deer GC/Merchantville CC

70

Pete Salatino/Michael Shoup, Limekiln GC/Sandy Run CC

70

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

70

Neal Levitsky/Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington CC

70

Robert Amen/Michael Quinn, Edgmont CC

70

John Grove/Michael Grimes, Chester Valley GC

70

Kenny Engel, Jr./William Rolli, North Hills CC/Raven's Claw GC

71

Chris Meares/Gil Moniz, Jr., Running Deer GC

71

Rob Streit, Jr./Drew Garis, North Hills CC

71

Jim Kelleher/Joseph Roeder, Links GC/Little Mill CC

71

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

71

Jeff Hanson/Connor Goodrich, Merchantville CC

71

Chris Smedley/Mike Ellis, Hartefeld National/Loch Nairn GC

71

David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak CC

71

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

72

Ryan Cass/Matt Raudenbush, Merchantville CC/Tavistock CC

72

Alexander Maguire, Sr./Bo Maguire, Brookside CC

72

Mitch Vanzandt/Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green GC

73

David Justin/Mike Schuster, Chester Valley GC

73

John Seman/Robert Pilgert, Five Ponds GC/Fox Hill CC

73

Michael Minter/Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands GC

73

Chris Yard/David West, Whitford CC

73

Matthew Hilbush/Rodrigo Rodriguez, Commonwealth National GC

73

Rich Driscoll/Dave Burchmore, Makefield Highlands GC/Edgmont CC

73

Brian Sokolowski/Jim Schulz, Jr., Mercer Oaks GC

73

Brian Lafond/Mark Lafond, Blue Bell CC

73

Ben Stirt/Christopher Logan, Northampton Valley CC/Overbrook GC

74

Sev Panossian/Justin Pak, GC at Glen Mills/Penn Oaks GC

74

Mark Smedley/John Monday, Chester Valley GC

74

Tanner Strow/Anthony Maglio, Jr., Tavistock CC

74

Thomas Schaible/Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley GC

74

Charles Hurchalla/Gregory Hurchalla, Stonewall

74

George Collins/Glenn Haas, Sand Barrens GC/Galloway National GC

74

Mark Hodgson/Dan Fish, Medford Village CC

74

Ron Monson/Mark Mazzie, Radley Run CC/French Creek GC

74

Tom Madden/Luke Wozniak, Fieldstone GC

74

Kevin Koch/Bob Dick, Spring Ford CC/Commonwealth National GC

74

Brian Mahlstedt, Sr./Carl Danzig, Glen Oak CC

74

Brian Rothaus/Zach Rothaus, Five Ponds GC/Philmont CC

74

Andrew Abrams/Richard Kupersmith, Rolling Green GC

75

Andrew LaRosa/Marc Bricker, Whitford CC

75

Tom Ritz, Jr./Vincent DiGiacomo, Little Mill CC

75

Ed Ciel/Anthony Dent, Medford Lakes CC

75

Bill Watts/Thomas Gramlich, Medford Lakes CC

75

Richard Ogorek/Ted Wiedemann, Fieldstone GC

75

Matthew Manfred/Mark Gerdelmann, Commonwealth National GC

76

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

76

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

77

Oren Thomas, IV/Eric Sulock, Tavistock CC

77

Barry Conrad/Steven Welte, Hartefeld National/Fieldstone GC

77

Andy Green/Kevin Logue, DuPont CC/Gilbertsville GC

77

Michael Kerzetski/Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak CC

77

David Charles/Steven Tyre, Little Mill CC/Gulph Mills GC

81

Jeff Garrett/Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club

81

Vinny Salatino/Wes Remmey, Sandy Run CC

81

Roland Thomas, Jr./Larry Riviello, McCall G&CC

82

John Patton/James Wiley, Little Mill CC/Old York Road CC

82

Sean Fox/Phil Dove, Laurel Creek CC

82

Richard Sperry/Steve Backstrom, Merion GC/Little Mill CC

84

John Speak/Patrick Riley, Jericho National GC/The Bucks Club

84

William Wilkinson, Sr. /Vincent Torno, McCall G&CC

86

 

Net

Name, club

Score

David Dorey/Dino Stathis, Tavistock CC/Metedeconk National GC

57

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

59

Pete Salatino/Michael Shoup, Limekiln GC/Sandy Run CC

60

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

61

Charles Hurchalla/Gregory Hurchalla, Stonewall

61

Ryan Gelrod/Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

62

Thomas Humphrey/Steven Walczak, Wilmington CC

62

Jeff Rittenhouse/Alan Dale, Meadowlands CC/Blue Bell CC

62

Bill Watts/Thomas Gramlich, Medford Lakes CC

62

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

62

Sean McMonagle/Joe Zulli, Laurel Creek CC/Little Mill CC

63

Robert Wagner/J.Kirk Luntey, Merion GC

63

John Grove/Michael Grimes, Chester Valley GC

63

David Justin/Mike Schuster, Chester Valley GC

63

Thomas Schaible/Spike McKeeta, Chester Valley GC

63

Chris Bevelheimer/Bill Givens, Running Deer GC/Merchantville CC

64

Neal Levitsky/Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington CC

64

John Seman/Robert Pilgert, Five Ponds GC/Fox Hill CC

64

Tanner Strow/Anthony Maglio, Jr., Tavistock CC

64

Ron Monson/Mark Mazzie, Radley Run CC/French Creek GC

64

Chris Esbenshade/Jay Vasil, Bent Creek CC/Glenmaura National GC

65

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

65

Gerard Rosato/Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth CC

65

Gregory Buliga/Mark Czerniakowski, Yardley CC/Meadowlands CC

65

Ralph Bincarowsky/Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square G&CC

65

Anthony White, Jr./Louis Hoffman, Indian Valley CC/Commonwealth National GC

65

George Collins/Glenn Haas, Sand Barrens GC/Galloway National GC

65

Tom Ritz, Jr./Vincent DiGiacomo, Little Mill CC

65

Matthew Crescenzo/Patrick Ross, Philmont CC/Huntsville GC

66

Will Holt/Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square G&CC

66

Nicky Marrollo/Bruce Cowgill, Whitford CC

66

Brian Lafond/Mark Lafond, Blue Bell CC

66

Mark Smedley/John Monday, Chester Valley GC

66

Ed Ciel/Anthony Dent, Medford Lakes CC

66

Matthew Manfred/Mark Gerdelmann, Commonwealth National GC

66

G.Patrick Dougherty/James White, Philadelphia Cricket Club

67

Kenny Engel, Jr./William Rolli, North Hills CC/Raven's Claw GC

67

Rob Streit, Jr./Drew Garis, North Hills CC

67

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

67

Matthew Hilbush/Rodrigo Rodriguez, Commonwealth National GC

67

Rich Driscoll/Dave Burchmore, Makefield Highlands GC/Edgmont CC

67

Richard Ogorek/Ted Wiedemann, Fieldstone GC

67

Andy Green/Kevin Logue, DuPont CC/Gilbertsville GC

67

Vinny Salatino/Wes Remmey, Sandy Run CC

67

John Speak/Patrick Riley, Jericho National GC/The Bucks Club

67

Kyle Davis/Paul Kupcha, Bidermann GC/Fieldstone GC

68

Elias Chua/Jeff Rogatz, Fieldstone GC

68

John Nottage/John Alterman, Commonwealth National GC

68

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

68

Chris Meares/Gil Moniz, Jr., Running Deer GC

68

Jim Kelleher/Joseph Roeder, Links GC/Little Mill CC

68

Brian Sokolowski/Jim Schulz, Jr., Mercer Oaks GC

68

Ben Stirt/Christopher Logan, Northampton Valley CC/Overbrook GC

68

Sev Panossian/Justin Pak, GC at Glen Mills/Penn Oaks GC

68

Tom Madden/Luke Wozniak, Fieldstone GC

68

Geoffrey Cooper/Michael Hyland, North Hills CC/Little Mill CC

69

Peter Moran/Shawn Lavin, Edgmont CC/Rolling Green GC

69

Michael O'Keefe/Beau Guarino, Hidden Creek GC/Old York CC at Chesterfield

69

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

69

Jeff Hanson/Connor Goodrich, Merchantville CC

69

David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak CC

69

Ryan Cass/Matt Raudenbush, Merchantville CC/Tavistock CC

69

Alexander Maguire, Sr./Bo Maguire, Brookside CC

69

Michael Minter/Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands GC

69

Brian Mahlstedt, Sr./Carl Danzig, Glen Oak CC

69

Andrew Abrams/Richard Kupersmith, Rolling Green GC

69

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

69

Richard Sperry/Steve Backstrom, Merion GC/Little Mill CC

69

Matthew Teesdale/P.J. Acierno, Commonwealth National GC/Sandy Run CC

70

Robert Amen/Michael Quinn, Edgmont CC

70

Chris Smedley/Mike Ellis, Hartefeld National/Loch Nairn GC

70

Mitch Vanzandt/Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green GC

70

Mark Hodgson/Dan Fish, Medford Village CC

70

Kevin Koch/Bob Dick, Spring Ford CC/Commonwealth National GC

70

Michael Kerzetski/Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak CC

70

Roland Thomas, Jr./Larry Riviello, McCall G&CC

70

Andrew LaRosa/Marc Bricker, Whitford CC

71

David Charles/Steven Tyre, Little Mill CC/Gulph Mills GC

71

Jeff Garrett/Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club

71

Oren Thomas, IV/Eric Sulock, Tavistock CC

72

Sean Fox/Phil Dove, Laurel Creek CC

72

Brian Rothaus/Zach Rothaus, Five Ponds GC/Philmont CC

73

Barry Conrad/Steven Welte, Hartefeld National/Fieldstone GC

73

John Patton/James Wiley, Little Mill CC/Old York Road CC

73

Chris Yard/David West, Whitford CC

74

William Wilkinson, Sr./Vincent Torno, McCall G&CC

74

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