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Foursome defends Senior Four-Man Team title

  DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.–The reigning Senior Four-Man Team champions didn’t need a playoff this year to earn a second straight title.

  Don Donatoni of White Manor CC, Carl Everett of Merion GC, Neil McDermott of Llanerch CC and Mike Rose of Meadowlands CC, winners of this event in a scorecard tiebreaker last July, eliminated any tournament drama this year on Thursday at Applecross CC (par 72, 6,182 yards) with a 14-under-par 130 score and two-stroke victory. The second-place foursome of Douglas Fraser of Galloway National GC, Terry Sawyer of Mercer Oaks GC and Frank McFadden and Ray Thompson of Overbrook GC finished at 12 under. Team scores are determined using the two best balls of four.

Don Donantoni of White Manor CC eyes a drive on No. 10 (par 4,
310 yards) as partners (starting second from left) Carl Everett,
Neil McDermott and Mike Rose watch.
  “It’s a real honor to win a GAP event no matter what it is,” said McDermott, 63, of Newtown Square, Pa. “If you are fortunate enough to do well in a GAP event, whether it be as an individual or team, it’s special.”

  The foursome totaled 16 birdies, only needing to count 14 of them.

  In fact, Donatoni, the 2008 Senior Silver Cross Award winner, carded seven birdies himself. Known for his crisp ball striking, Donatoni added a hot putter to the repertoire today. He knocked a 9-iron to 15 feet on No. 2 (par 4, 343 yards) for a 3 to move his group early into red figures. Everett followed with a 5-iron to 20 feet on the downhill No. 3 (par 3, 183 yards) for a second birdie, before Donatoni went back-to-back with 3s on the next two par 4s. On No. 4 (par 4, 279 yards), Donatoni lofted a 58-degree wedge to six feet and then on No. 5 (par 4, 383 yards) lofted a 7-iron from 155 yards to four feet. His team was 4 under thru five holes.

  “I think one of the keys to making as many birdies as we did today was early on we determined the greens were a bit slower than we originally thought and they weren’t going to break as much as we read them to,” said Donatoni, 63, of Malvern, Pa.

  Donatoni’s torrid pace continued on No. 8 (par 4, 383 yards) with a 58-degree wedge from 95 yards to 15 feet and then again on No. 9 (par 5, 490 yards) with a short wedge play to 12 feet for birdie. McDermott, too, birdied No. 9, two putting from 20 feet and the team headed to the back nine at 7-under par. Donatoni was 5 under on his own.

  “We’ve played with each other so many times we can actually club each other,” said Donatoni. “That helps a lot. And we got a lot of coaching today from Mike who was the only one in our group to play here before.”

  McDermott opened the back nine with a second straight birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 310 yards), a smooth 10 footer from the front of the green and another on No. 12 (par 5, 514 yards) when he lifted a 50-yard pitch to eight feet. Rose added his first birdie, as well, on No. 12, knocking a gap wedge from 100 yards to 12 feet. When Everett, 64, of Havertown, Pa. sent a 150-yard, 7-iron to two feet on No. 13 (par 4, 375 yards), the Fantastic Four had carded 11 birdies, 15 pars and zero bogeys to that point.

  “It’s hard to know what the formula is in these team events, but we just seem to play well together. We are very comfortable around each other,” said McDermott.

  The lengthy 14th (par 3, 180 yards) tried to pull the champions down, but Rose made a terrific bunker shot from 30 yards out and converted the six-foot par chance.

  “That could have killed the momentum if he missed it,” said Donatoni of Rose’s par putt. “It was a great up-and-down and maintained our mojo.”

  Rose added a birdie on No. 15 (par 5, 495 yards) with a 20-yard chip that stopped 15 feet away and another on No. 18 (par 5, 492 yards) with a similar up-and-down. Donatoni capped his fantastic afternoon with a terrific wedge play from a horrible lie just off the green and draining a 15-foot birdie putt that broke three inches.

  The squad officially recorded 14 birdies and no bogeys in its round.

  “I played here just enough to know where I was going,” said Rose, 64, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. “Neil talked about us not being as aggressive as normal and keeping all balls in play on every hole. We were able to do that.”

  This is the fifth time Rose, McDermott and Everett have won the Senior Four-Man Team. In 2003, that trio and Frank Polizzi, Sr. of Aronimink GC won. Those three then joined Daniel Burton of Bent Creek CC in 2005 and 2006.

  John Cech, George Gepp, Thomas Morgan and Robert Thornton, Jr. of Riverton CC finished as the net winners with a 127 total.

**Teams can only win prizes in one division**

Gross Division

Name, club

Score

Don Donatoni, White Manor; Carl Everett, Merion; Neil McDermott, Llanerch & Michael Rose, Meadowlands

130

Douglas Fraser, Galloway National; Terry Sawyer, Mercer Oaks; Francis McFadden & Raymond Thompson, Overbrook

132

John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek; Donald Ashley, Michael Nilon & Richard Smith, Philadelphia

138

Richard Custer, Leonard DiDomenilo, Joseph Major & Howard Pomerantz, Brookside

139

Andrew Harmer, Robert Maze, Rich Thon & John Turner, Springhaven

141

William March, Spring Ford; John Foore, Alexander Maguire, Sr. & Mark Szilagyi, Brookside

141

John Cech, George Gepp, Thomas Morgan & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton

143

Gary Baum, Gordon Jamieson, Robert Roehr & Paul Suckow, Merion

146

Charles Caparo, C. Michael Conway, Michael Giambrone & Anthony Philomeno, Jr., Plymouth

147

Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia

147

Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont

147

John Patton, Little Mill; James Gillespie, David Lovitz & James Wiley, Lu Lu

148

Gary Gordon, Talamore; Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds; Robert Fox & Lawrence Paster, Philmont

148

Philip Burtoft, Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni & John Snyder, Waynesborough

149

Stephen Pence, Little Mill; Homie Perkins, Wedgwood; Jim Lloyd & Walt McGuinness, Running Deer

149

Gerald Berger, John Choyka, Richard Luoma & Joe Patterson, Indian Valley

149

James Fleming, George Henninger, Peter McCombs & Nicholas Wanck, Huntingdon Valley

151

Fred Brown, Mike Connell, Norman Jester & Bob Silsbe, Downingtown

152

Joseph Altieri, James Beam, James Carney & Bill Doherty, Manufacturers

152

Jim Chojnacki, Bernard Kelly, Fred Olt & Howard Press, Little Mill

153

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids; Joseph Maxwell, Hartefeld National; Robert Murphy, Wilmington & Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn

153

John Colletti, Lu Lu; Angelo Rose, Sandy Run; Anthony Genesio & Greg Schmitt, Spring Mill

153

Tyrone Burtner, Norman Cote, Michael Dominick & Bill Gudal, Coatesville

153

John Sabia, Philadelphia Cricket Club; James Clearkin, III, Edward Enoch & Roger Kirk, Old York Road

153

Jack Collins, Theodore Flocco, Jr., Joseph LaGrossa & Steven Lewis, Galloway National

153

Frederick Banta, John Lyons, Bud MacAvoy & Tom Magner, Running Deer

154

John Lukens, Thomas McGlinchy, W. Dale Newpher & Rich Tofani, Jr., Sandy Run

155

Carl Kruse, Five Ponds;  Rick Bunn, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, McCall

155

George Gibson, George Manos, J. Thomas Rush & Larry Sacks, Riverton

155

Jack Bailey, James Barron, Clive Broadbent & John Groves, Hartefeld National

155

Bob Abramski, Harold Cooperstein, Hal Morris & Stan Jakubowski, Talamore

155

Joseph Martella, Tom Mee, Stuart Struck & John Young, Sandy Run

156

Jeffrey Ciarrochi, Stonewall; Thomas Haddad, Chester Valley, Morgan Maxwell, Makefield Highlands & Robert Ries, Aronimink

156

Bob Harris & Martin Sherman, Blue Bell & Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster

157

Tom Cooke, Chris Gallagher, Thomas Harned & John Scott, West Chester

157

Alan Kovnot, Yardley; Kyran Connelly, James Miller & Jim Sheppard, Makefield Highlands

160

Richard Alessi, Scott Fleming, William Knecht, Jr. & William Woolard, Jr., Llanerch

161

Jerry Beil, Bill Flavell, John McKee & Louis Riggs, Manufacturers

162

Rich Bernat, Bob Cerulli, John DePaul & Joseph Herzog, Sandy Run

164

John Dempsey, Jack Endicott, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers

164

Andy Cocco, Jay Franklin, Jack Morrissey & Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks

172

Jack Helm, Doylestown; Daniel O'Donnell, Conrad Gack & John Walko, Five Ponds

174

Net Division

Name, club

Score

Don Donatoni, White Manor; Carl Everett, Merion; Neil McDermott, Llanerch & Michael Rose, Meadowlands

127

John Cech, George Gepp, Thomas Morgan & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton

127

Douglas Fraser, Galloway National; Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks; Francis McFadden & Raymond Thompson, Overbrook

128

John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek; Donald Ashley, Michael Nilon & Richard Smith, Philadelphia

130

Richard Custer, Leonard DiDomenilo, Joseph Major & Howard Pomerantz, Brookside

130

Charles Caparo, C. Michael Conway, Michael Giambrone & Anthony Philomeno, Jr., Plymouth

130

John Lukens, Thomas McGlinchy, W. Dale Newpher & Rich Tofani, Jr., Sandy Run

130

Jack Collins, Theodore Flocco, Jr., Joseph LaGrossa & Steven Lewis, Galloway National

131

George Gibson, George Manos, J. Thomas Rush & Larry Sacks, Riverton

131

William March, Spring Ford; John Foore, Alexander Maguire, Sr. & Mark Szilagyi, Brookside

132

Philip Burtoft, Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni & John Snyder, Waynesborough

132

Gerald Berger, John Choyka, Richard Luoma & Joe Patterson, Indian Valley

132

John Colletti, Lu Lu; Angelo Rose, Sandy Run; Anthony Genesio & Greg Schmitt, Spring Mill

132

Jeffrey Ciarrochi, Stonewall; Thomas Haddad, Chester Valley, Morgan Maxwell, Makefield Highlands & Robert Ries, Aronimink

132

Bob Harris & Martin Sherman, Blue Bell & Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster

132

Alan Kovnot, Yardley; Kyran Connelly, James Miller & Jim Sheppard, Makefield Highlands

132

Joseph Altieri, James Beam, James Carney & Bill Doherty, Manufacturers

133

Tyrone Burtner, Norman Cote, Michael Dominick & Bill Gudal, Coatesville

133

Andrew Harmer, Robert Maze, Rich Thon & John Turner, Springhaven

134

Gary Baum, Gordon Jamieson, Robert Roehr & Paul Suckow, Merion

135

Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia

135

Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont

135

John Patton, Little Mill; James Gillespie, David Lovitz & James Wiley, Lu Lu

135

Stephen Pence, Little Mill; Homie Perkins, Wedgwood; Jim Lloyd & Walt McGuinness, Running Deer

135

Fred Brown, Mike Connell, Norman Jester & Bob Silsbe, Downingtown

135

John Sabia, Philadelphia Cricket Club; James Clearkin, III, Edward Enoch & Roger Kirk, Old York Road

135

Jim Chojnacki, Bernard Kelly, Fred Olt & Howard Press, Little Mill

136

Rich Bernat, Bob Cerulli, John DePaul & Joseph Herzog, Sandy Run

136

Gary Gordon, Talamore; Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds; Robert Fox & Lawrence Paster, Philmont

137

John Dempsey, Jack Endicott, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers

137

Richard Alessi, Scott Fleming, William Knecht, Jr. & William Woolard, Jr., Llanerch

139

James Fleming, George Henninger, Peter McCombs & Nicholas Wanck, Huntingdon Valley

140

Bob Abramski, Harold Cooperstein, Hal Morris & Stan Jakubowski, Talamore

140

Tom Cooke, Chris Gallagher, Thomas Harned & John Scott, West Chester

140

Frederick Banta, John Lyons, Bud MacAvoy & Tom Magner, Running Deer

141

Carl Kruse, Five Ponds;  Rick Bunn, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, McCall

141

Joseph Martella, Tom Mee, Stuart Struck & John Young, Sandy Run

142

Jerry Beil, Bill Flavell, John McKee & Louis Riggs, Manufacturers

142

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids; Joseph Maxwell, Hartefeld National; Robert Murphy, Wilmington & Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn

143

Jack Bailey, James Barron, Clive Broadbent & John Groves, Hartefeld National

143

Andy Cocco, Jay Franklin, Jack Morrissey & Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks

145

Jack Helm, Doylestown; Daniel O'Donnell, Conrad Gack & John Walko, Five Ponds

145

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