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CNGC’s Robinson pars first playoff hole to take Marston Cup

  FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.–John Robinson of Commonwealth National GC registered a par on the first playoff hole to edge Jim Simmons of Stonewall for the inaugural Marston Cup title on Wednesday at Manufacturers G&CC (par 71, 6,589 yards). Both players carded 1-under-par 70s in a swirling wind.

  The Marston Cup honors Max Marston, who in 1923 was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events. The Marston Cup is limited to players 45 to 54 years of age with a 10.0 Handicap Index or less. A field of 127 players competed.

  In the playoff, Robinson made a nice up and down from the left side of the green on No. 10 (par 4, 425 yards), the first playoff hole. Simmons blocked his drive right into the trees and chipped out. His 12-foot par chance just missed below the hole.

  The victory reestablishes Robinson, of sorts, back amongst the tops of Golf Association of Philadelphia circles. Robinson, 47, a late-bloomer to the GAP circuit, built a reputation for toughness and a deft putter. He was an Amateur finalist in 2002, and a member of both the 2002-03 Mason-Dixon Matches teams and 2003-04 Compher Cup Matches teams. The last two years have been a serious struggle, however, for the ultra-competitive Robinson.

  "Once you get to that [top] level you want to stay there and play well," said Robinson, a resident of North Wales, Pa. "The young kids keep raising the bar and you have to keep getting better with them. It’s been really frustrating."

  Robinson carded three birdies, two bogeys and two magnificent pars to equal Simmons after 18 holes.

  Robinson drained a 25-foot par saver on the first hole (par 4, 374 yards) and recorded another spectacular four on No. 18 (par 4, 397 yards) after finding the trees on the left side. In between, he got up-and-down from the greenside bunker on No. 9 (par 5, 474 yards) for a birdie and an even-par 35 front side, made a nice 10-foot breaker on No. 12 (par 5, 512 yards) for a four and knocked a 60-degree wedge to seven feet on No. 15 (par 5, 551 yards) for birdie. A bogey on No. 17 (par 4, 384 yards) after a bad drive and that par save on No. 18 put Robinson in at 1-under-par 35 on the back and overall.

  Simmons, 45, of Chester Springs, Pa., opened with a 1-under-par 34 on the front nine – he nailed a 12-foot birdie on No. 2 (par 4, 396 yards) and recorded eight other pars. Another birdie on No. 12 moved him to 2-under par overall before a double bogey on No. 13 (par 3, 222 yards), after he blocked his tee shot into the

  right trees, offset his first 12 holes of work. Simmons responded with four pars and a birdie (on No. 17, par 4, 384 yards).

  "It’s gratifying to put together a good round against the top players in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey," said Simmons. "It’s a good feeling."

Max Marston
  For four months in the summer of 1923, Marston was America’s best amateur golfer. Between mid-May and mid-September, Marston was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events.

  It began with the Walker Cup Matches where Marston won two matches as the Americans successfully retained the Cup. Marston returned home to capture the Patterson Cup and Amateur Championship in successive weeks and, in doing so, earned the Silver Cross Award. In July, he took the Pennsylvania Amateur title and finished as the low amateur in the Philadelphia Open.

  In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago for the U.S. Amateur. He rallied in the second round to defeat tournament favorite Bob Jones, 2&1, before knocking off Francis Ouimet in the semifinals. He stopped defending champion Jess Sweetser in the final on the 38th hole.

  In that four month span, he also captured the Merion Cricket Club championship and Pine Valley GC’s Crump Cup.

Name

Club

Front 9

Back 9

Total

*John Robinson

Commonwealth National Golf Club

35

35

70

Jim Simmons

Stonewall

34

36

70

Ronald Cusick, Sr.

Tavistock Country Club

32

39

71

Robert Gill

Fox Hill Country Club

37

35

72

Thomas Hyland

Little Mill Country Club

37

35

72

Oscar Mestre, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

36

36

72

Wayne Bartolacci

Jericho National Golf Club

35

38

73

Bennett Meyer

Philmont Country Club

37

36

73

Joseph Russo

Running Deer Golf Club

34

39

73

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

33

40

73

Rick Custer

Spring Ford Country Club

39

34

73

Edward Erickson

Yardley Country Club

39

34

73

Steven Chronister

Bent Creek Country Club

38

36

74

Frank Corrado Jr

Jericho National Golf Club

37

37

74

Mark Quigley

Lu Lu Country Club

36

38

74

Mark Douglas

Spring Ford Country Club

39

35

74

Kenneth Zimmer

Stonewall

36

38

74

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

38

36

74

Robert Arthur

Tavistock Country Club

39

35

74

Brian Corbett

Huntsville Golf Club

36

39

75

Kenneth Phillips

Lancaster Country Club

34

41

75

Jerry Donofrio

Sandy Run Country Club

37

38

75

Anthony Kondracki

Fox Hill Country Club

36

40

76

Patrick O'Brien

North Hills Country Club

38

38

76

Michael Fox

Philadelphia Country Club

37

39

76

James Winner

Philadelphia Publinks GA

36

40

76

Richard Umani

Philadelphia Publinks GA

38

38

76

Leonard Pearson

Philmont Country Club

35

41

76

James Blickle

Berkleigh Country Club

36

41

77

Vince Yost

Cedarbrook Country Club

38

39

77

Francis Hamm, MD

Country Club of Scranton

38

39

77

Thomas Sohns

Country Club of Scranton

38

39

77

Jim Kelleher

Links Golf Club

39

38

77

Joe Olin

Little Mill Country Club

41

36

77

James Macallister

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

38

39

77

David Staebler

Rolling Green Golf Club

42

35

77

Steven Walczak

Wilmington Country Club

39

38

77

Dave O'Brien

Cedarbrook Country Club

38

40

78

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

39

39

78

Michael Vassil

Country Club of Scranton

38

40

78

William Vostinak

Lehigh Country Club

38

40

78

Craig Kliewer

Meadia Heights Golf Club

39

39

78

Bill Turner

Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

43

78

Bill Milner

Running Deer Golf Club

39

39

78

Dylan Spadt

Silver Creek Country Club

39

39

78

Dennis Konczyk

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

40

38

78

David West

Whitford Country Club

35

43

78

Rick Gaydos

Woodbury Country Club

38

40

78

Stephen Conway

Burlington Country Club

36

43

79

Al Hughes

Country Club of Scranton

39

40

79

Craig Starn

Greate Bay Golf Club

38

41

79

Emil Krauss

Little Mill Country Club

39

40

79

Eugene Gordon

Lookaway Golf Club

38

41

79

Arthur Kania, Jr.

Overbrook Golf Club

40

39

79

Brian Sexton

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

37

42

79

Shane Gunning

Silver Creek Country Club

41

38

79

James Prendergast

Spring Ford Country Club

40

39

79

Jim Gavaghan

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

42

37

79

David Smith

Doylestown Country Club

41

39

80

Robert McFalls

Hersheys Mill Golf Club

41

39

80

Joseph Gerngross, Jr.

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

38

42

80

Del Markward

North Hills Country Club

39

41

80

Eugene Maginnis, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

38

42

80

Gregg Gipp

Greate Bay Golf Club

41

40

81

Greg Duffy

Indian Valley Country Club

41

40

81

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster Country Club

39

42

81

Gregory Sheva

North Hills Country Club

38

43

81

Peter Mimmo

North Hills Country Club

38

43

81

William Erskine

Philadelphia Publinks GA

41

40

81

Michael Garvey

Rolling Green Golf Club

40

41

81

Rocky Dare

Running Deer Golf Club

38

43

81

Lawrence Dolan

Sandy Run Country Club

43

38

81

Ward Bauman

The Ridge at Back Brook

45

36

81

Walter Wolfe

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

42

39

81

Pete Widdoes

Chesapeake Bay Golf Club

39

43

82

John McKay

Commonwealth National Golf Club

39

43

82

Joseph Gibley

Concord Country Club

38

44

82

Ed Kahn

Little Mill Country Club

40

42

82

Joe Deangelis

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

41

41

82

James Muller

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

40

42

82

Kevin Mulrain

North Hills Country Club

39

43

82

Michael Domenick

Phoenixville Country Club

40

42

82

Paul Keating, M.D..

Rolling Green Golf Club

42

40

82

Tim Black

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

42

40

82

Gary Severson

Cedarbrook Country Club

42

41

83

Barry Goldstein

Commonwealth National Golf Club

40

43

83

Antonio Leta

Doylestown Country Club

39

44

83

Rand Mendez

Fieldstone Golf Club

42

41

83

David Macesic

Lu Lu Country Club

41

42

83

James DiFerdinand

Sandy Run Country Club

42

41

83

Kevin Mailey

Stonewall

42

41

83

Ron Clark

Tavistock Country Club

40

43

83

Larry Borowsky

White Manor Country Club

41

42

83

Seth Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

40

44

84

Thomas Piper

North Hills Country Club

42

42

84

Charles Kraatz

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

42

42

84

Steve Jones

Applebrook Golf Club

40

45

85

Christopher Scott

Bucks County Country Club

40

45

85

Joe Miller

Links Golf Club

42

43

85

Robert Dewitt

Links Golf Club

42

43

85

John Knowles III

Sandy Run Country Club

39

46

85

Mark Monkhouse

Spring Mill Country Club

40

45

85

Jerry Rooney

Stone Harbor Golf Club

36

49

85

Glen McCartney

Berkleigh Country Club

43

43

86

Tom Cohen

Running Deer Golf Club

42

44

86

David Malone

Sandy Run Country Club

45

41

86

Rich Goldman

Stone Harbor Golf Club

42

44

86

John Vergari

Tavistock Country Club

43

43

86

James Curley

Coatesville Country Club

42

45

87

Mark Kemenosh

Tavistock Country Club

45

42

87

Donald Murphy

Yardley Country Club

42

45

87

Gregory Jablonski

Yardley Country Club

43

44

87

Kevin Melnick

Plymouth Country Club

41

47

88

Jack Crowley

St. Davids Golf Club

43

45

88

Glenn Focht

Berkleigh Country Club

43

46

89

Michael Metz

Fox Hill Country Club

41

48

89

Richard Kaspar

Lu Lu Country Club

44

45

89

Jerry Clavin

Melrose Country Club

41

48

89

James Durante

Philadelphia Publinks GA

41

48

89

Ward Johnson

Aronimink Golf Club

45

45

90

Kenneth Tokolish

Merchantville Country Club

46

44

90

George Kerschner

Overbrook Golf Club

49

41

90

Robert Majczan

Spring Mill Country Club

43

47

90

Greg Eife

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

49

41

90

Albert Hazzouri, Jr.

Country Club of Scranton

49

43

92

Steve Anuszewski

Woodbury Country Club

46

48

94

Joseph Piekielski

Old York Road Country Club

47

48

95

Brian Powell

Burlington Country Club

NS

NS

NS

Ron Weaver

Meadia Heights Golf Club

NS

NS

NS

George Henninger

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Bill Narozanick

Little Mill Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Dan Russell

Little Mill Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Mike Owsik

Plymouth Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Mark Wright

Running Deer Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

James Taormina

Wyncote Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

Martin Klagholz

Rolling Green Golf Club

DQ

DQ

DQ

 

*-won in playoff

WD-withdrawal; NS-no show; DQ-disqualification

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