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July 7, 2015

Jacob Hanzel and Chris Meares study the No. 18 (par 5, 566 yards) green.

Running Deer’s Hanzel, Meares capture The Deeg Sezna

  LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. — Chris Meares sees a bit of his teenage self in Jacob Hanzel: a golfer exceptional in ability, embryonic in mentality. Since The Deeg Sezna is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s marquee mentoring event, what better outlet for the Running Deer Golf Club member to impart psychological lessons onto his younger reflection.

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  Hanzel and Meares fed off one another’s strengths Tuesday, carding a 4-under-par 68 to triumph at The ACE Club (par 72, 6,490 yards). Sandy Run Country Club’s P.J. Acierno and Tom Conboy, Jr., the event’s 2013 titleholders, birdied their final four holes to finish a stroke back.

  The Deeg Sezna’s format is selective drive/alternate shot.

  “I’ve been trying to almost mentor him,” Meares, 36, said. “He has a little trouble in the mental game, so I’ve been trying to work with him since I’ve learned from all of my mistakes over 36 years. I was a mental midget when I was younger, so I don’t want him to be a mental midget. I want him to understand the mental side of the game. I was excited for the opportunity to play with him.”

  “I thought Chris fit all of the requirements, and he’s a great player,” Hanzel, 15, added. “I’ve played with Chris a million times at Running Deer. He’s the club champion. Everyone knows he’s the best, so I decided to ask him to play.”

  The Washington Township, N.J. residents executed a preconceived plan to perfection. Hanzel’s ball striking gelled with Meare’s set-up shotmaking.

  “We played really well together because he hit the ball really well off the tee. He was killing all day in the fairway,” Meares, who is a vice president for a consulting firm, said. “The biggest strength of my game is wedge play. If I could have him drive the ball for me every time, I’d probably be a pretty good player.”

  “I was just trying to set him up with as many wedges as possible,” Hanzel, a rising junior at Washington Township High School, added.

  And he did.

  Hanzel’s length catered to Meares’ strength immediately; the latter bumped a wedge 40 yards to two feet for birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 342 yards). Meares hit another one 85 yards to eight feet for a Hanzel-stamped 3 on the par 4, 363-yard No. 5. On the reachable No. 8 (par 4, 287 yards), Hanzel hammered a drive to fairway’s farthest edge. Meares delicately nudged a wedge 30 yards and watched it ride the receptive complex before stopping a foot from the cup. The par 4, 376-yard 15th hole revealed a similar scenario; Meares knocked a wedge 80 yards to six inches. Although he didn’t equip a wedge, Meares maintained his set-up status on No. 9 (par 5, 501 yards), drilling an 8-iron 156 yards to 20 feet. Hanzel lagged the eagle attempt into kick-in range.

  Only one of the team’s six birdies presented a role reversal. Hanzel extracted a gap wedge from 129 yards out of the left rough to 20 feet on No. 15 (par 4, 376 yards). Meares sensed a forthcoming right-to-left breaker.

  “He had the read as soon as we walked up to the green,” Hanzel said.

  “I asked him if it was uphill, and he said it was,” Meares added. “It wasn’t, but I still made it.”

  A pair of par 3s provided the duo’s only problems Tuesday. Meares missed a four-footer for par on No. 6 (152 yards). On the 176-yard 12th hole, he exited the right greenside bunker, but Hanzel failed to convert a 10-footer.

  Hanzel and Meares often play at Running Deer on Sundays, with the former calling the latter for transportation to the course. Throughout their tour Tuesday, Hanzel learned a lot from his mentor.

  “I feel like on a normal day, if I was coming down the stretch this amount under par, I’d be feeling it,” Hanzel said. “Knowing that as long as it hit a ball in the fairway, Chris was going to hit a wedge tight … it was a lot easier to play.”

Junior-Junior
  Although they often see each other at Aronimink Golf Club, Case Hummer and Paul Liebezeit never ventured out for a round together. That changed Tuesday, and the two made their first trip a successful one. Hummer and Liebezeit carded a 1-under-par 71 to win the event’s Junior-Junior Boys (par 72, 5,885 yards) title.

  “We’ve had intentions of playing together [at the club], but our schedules just haven’t aligned,” Liebezeit, 44, of Berwyn, Pa., said. “This is a great opportunity that I wanted to jump at because it was a chance to play with one of our Juniors from Aronimink. Case fits at the top end of [our Junior program]. He’s done wonderful things over the last few years. I only expect him to get better and better. I’m looking forward to playing with him more often.”

  “It was really fun. It was good to play with someone older and more experienced,” Hummer, 13, of Glen Mills, Pa., added. “He gave me some tips on my swing. I learned a few mental things, too.”

  The Hummer and Liebezeit team carded three birdies on the day. A two-putt on No. 8 (par 4, 254 yards) followed a monster drive from Liebezeit. Hummer whacked a wedge 60 yards to eight feet on No. 10 (par 4, 351 yards). Following a Liebezeit chip from the front of the 16th (par 5, 528 yards) green, Hummer canned an uphill, left-to-right bender from 20 feet.

  Hummer, a rising eighth grader at Episcopal Academy, earned better-ball hardware in consecutive days. He and Joseph Morganti of Llanerch Country Club took home the Junior-Junior title in yesterday’s Francis X. Hussey Memorial.

  The Deeg Sezna celebrates the mentorship of the older generation for its younger counterparts. It is named in honor of Davis "Deeg" Sezna, Jr. of Hartefeld National, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001 in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

  Deeg, an avid golfer long a mentor to his younger brothers Teddy and Willy, and a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in economics, was in his sixth day of work on the 104th floor of the South Tower when the terrorists struck.

  To memorialize his name, the Golf Association of Philadelphia and his father, Davis Sezna, Sr., established the Deeg Sezna, pairing a junior player and an older amateur in a better ball competition, with a minimum age difference of 10 years and the stipulation that the younger player be 21 or younger.   The goal is to give experienced golfers quality time with the next generation, and vice versa.

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 151 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

Junior Boys

Name, club

Score

Jacob Hanzel/Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

68

Tom Conboy, Jr./P.J. Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club

69

Conor McGrath/William Weihenmayer, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71

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

74

Jack Gregor/Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Hugh Farris/Rocco Sciotto, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

J.J. Berenato/Jack St.Amour, Llanerch Country Club

75

Tom Spano/Brendan Hallinan, Llanerch CC/Applebrook GC

76

Liam McGrath/Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Mac Ryan/Paul Cornely, Overbrook GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

John Crowley/Matt Speers, St. Davids Golf Club

79

Richard Ogorek/Christopher Marky, Fieldstone Golf Club

80

Doug Fero/Gavin Sims, Overbrook Golf Club

80

Ryan Brennan/Geoff Sheehan, Rolling Green GC/French Creek GC

81

Jeff St. Amour/Jack McClatchy, Llanerch Country Club

82

Joseph Boyle/Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club

82

Carlos Fullerton/Scott Harrington, Brookside CC of Allentown

82

Matthew Brennan, Sr./Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

83

Ari Flaisher/Frankie McVeigh, McCall G&CC/Llanerch CC

85

Russell Baribault/Anthony Repetto, Penn Oaks Golf Club

85

Robert Aronchick/Jake Aronchick, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Ned Moore/Ned Moore, Manufacturers G&CC/Cedarbrook CC

88

Stephen McHugh/Ryan McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

89

John Snyder/Archie Filshill, Jr., North Hills CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

89

Andrew Repetto/Philip Repetto, Philadelphia Publinks GA

91

Michael Pontari/David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

92

Daniel Kilpatrick/Aidan Caspar, Medford Village CC/Running Deer GC

93

Rich Aslanian/Brian Aslanian, Galloway National Golf Club

WD

 

Junior-Junior Boys

Name, club

Score

Paul Liebezeit/Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club

71

Ryan Carroll/Henry Fish, Chester Valley Golf Club

73

Matthew Weaver/Brian Weaver, Country Club of York

77

Nicholas Hano, Jr./Nicholas Hano, III, Applebrook GC/Aronimink GC

83

Mark Coassolo/Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown

85

Nathan Guertler/Russell Loue, Laurel Creek CC/Mercer Oaks GC

92

 

Junior-Junior Girls

Name, club

Score

Kelsey Luber/Audrey Reese, Commonwealth National Golf Club

111

 

Mixed

Name, club

Score

Peter Mark/Kathleen Mark, Rolling Green Golf Club

101

 

Net

Junior Boys

Name, club

Score

Jacob Hanzel/Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

66

Tom Conboy, Jr./P.J. Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club

67

Conor McGrath/William Weihenmayer, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

69

J.J. Berenato/Jack St.Amour, Llanerch Country Club

70

Hugh Farris/Rocco Sciotto, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71

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

72

Jack Gregor/Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

Tom Spano/Brendan Hallinan, Llanerch CC/Applebrook GC

74

Richard Ogorek/Christopher Marky, Fieldstone Golf Club

74

Doug Fero/Gavin Sims, Overbrook Golf Club

74

Joseph Boyle/Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club

75

Liam McGrath/Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Ned Moore/Ned Moore, Manufacturers G&CC/Cedarbrook CC

76

Mac Ryan/Paul Cornely, Overbrook GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

Ryan Brennan/Geoff Sheehan, Rolling Green GC/French Creek GC

78

John Crowley/Matt Speers, St. Davids Golf Club

79

Matthew Brennan, Sr./Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

Carlos Fullerton/Scott Harrington, Brookside CC of Allentown

80

Ari Flaisher/Frankie McVeigh, McCall G&CC/Llanerch CC

81

Stephen McHugh/Ryan McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

81

Jeff St. Amour/Jack McClatchy, Llanerch Country Club

82

John Snyder/Archie Filshill, Jr., North Hills CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

82

Michael Pontari/David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

Daniel Kilpatrick/Aidan Caspar, Medford Village CC/Running Deer GC

83

Russell Baribault/Anthony Repetto, Penn Oaks Golf Club

85

Robert Aronchick/Jake Aronchick, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Andrew Repetto/Philip Repetto, Philadelphia Publinks GA

91

Rich Aslanian/Brian Aslanian, Galloway National Golf Club

WD

 

Junior-Junior Boys

Name, club

Score

Matthew Weaver/Brian Weaver, Country Club of York

64

Ryan Carroll/Henry Fish, Chester Valley Golf Club

67

Paul Liebezeit/Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club

69

Mark Coassolo/Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown

74

Nathan Guertler/Russell Loue, Laurel Creek CC/Mercer Oaks GC

74

Nicholas Hano, Jr./Nicholas Hano, III, Applebrook GC/Aronimink GC

76

 

Junior-Junior Girls

Name, club

Score

Kelsey Luber/Audrey Reese, Commonwealth National Golf Club

94

 

Mixed

Name, club

Score

Peter Mark/Kathleen Mark, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

 

WD-withdrawal

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