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Five Ponds GC’s Lubin cards career-best 67, captures Marston Cup

  FLOURTOWN, Pa. — When it comes to the Golf Association of Philadelphia circuit, Steve Lubin of Five Ponds GC is “just one of the guys.” He stood out in the crowd Thursday, carding a 5-under-par 67, a competitive career-best, to capture The Marston Cup at Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Militia Hill Course (par 72, 6,792 yards). Lubin stirred a spoonful of course experience into a pot of putter proficiency to prevail.

Steve Lubin
  “It’s a surprise,” a thrilled Lubin said. “It came out of nowhere. My last competitive round was the [Golf Association of Philadelphia] Amateur [Championship], where I shot 89 at Manufacturers (Golf and Country Club) and didn’t qualify. I always felt my game was good enough to compete. I never thought I had a chance to actually win a GAP event. It’s great to do it here. This is a special place to me.”

  Lubin worked as an assistant golf professional at Philadelphia Cricket Club for five years before returning to the amateur ranks in 2001. That sense of familiarity served the Doylestown, Pa. resident well Thursday. Lubin birdied three of his first four holes to move into red figures early. He knocked a pitching wedge 120 yards to 17 feet on No. 2 (par 4, 379 yards) and converted the straightaway putt. On the receptive par 5, 498-yard No. 3, Lubin arrived at the putting surface in two strokes with a 5-wood and two-putted from 20 feet. He sent a smooth 7-iron to 16 feet below the No. 5 (par 3, 175 yards) flagstick and rammed in a right-to-left breaker for birdie.

  “I had the right club working, and that was the putter,” Lubin, 40, said.

  Lubin’s sole slip-up occurred on the following hole (par 5, 572 yards). He left a sand wedge from 90 yards short and failed to get up-and-down for par. The moment didn’t ruffle Lubin’s championship feathers, though. He finished in a flurry, firing three back-nine birdies to climb up the leaderboard. Lubin drilled a 9-iron 125 yards to 10 feet on No. 10 (par 4, 400 yards). He then watched a right-to-left curler enter the jar through the side gate. On the downhill par 3, 137 yard 11th hole, Lubin stopped a pitching wedge at 25 feet and executed the ensuing birdie putt.

  “It had a lot of speed, but it went right in the center of the hole,” he said.

  The red pen made its final appearance on No. 15 (par 3, 194 yards). Lubin launched a 5-iron downwind to 13 feet below the flagstick. A disastrous moment on No. 17 (par 5, 540 yards) couldn’t even tamper with Lubin’s effectiveness. Standing 60 yards from the flagstick, Lubin equipped a lob wedge and addressed a friendly lie in the rough.

  “I took a swing at it, the club went right under it and the ball moved two feet,” he said. “It was spooky. I had no idea I could possibly go under the ball, and that’s exactly what happened. I turned around and started laughing. I knocked it on the green with my next shot and made a 15-footer [for par].”

  Prior to Thursday’s victory, Lubin classified his competitive credentials as “nothing to brag about.” Last year’s Amateur Championship at Saucon Valley CC represented the only semblance of a standout performance. He stood at 1 under thru nine holes in the qualifying round before “it all went away.”

  With the Marston Cup trophy on his mantle, Lubin now has something brag-worthy.

David Liotta
  “I never won a tournament as an amateur or a pro,” he said. “To win a GAP event with the field as competitive as this is a surprise, but it’s certainly an honor to win a tournament with a guy’s name on it who is so accomplished.”

  David Liotta of Whitemarsh Valley CC carded a 4-under-par 68 to finish a shot back. Liotta, 41, of West Chester, Pa., carried a 5 under on the scorecard entering his last hole (No. 9, par 3, 218 yards). He missed the green with a 3-iron, guided a chip to 12 feet and watched the ensuing putt trickle past the jar.

  The Marston Cup honors 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, Ill. 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.

  The tournament is limited to players 40 to 54 years of age with a 10.0 handicap index or lower.

Overall

Name, club

Score

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

67

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

68

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

70

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

71

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

71

Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club

71

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

71

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

72

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

73

Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Mark Fuessinger, Llanerch Country Club

74

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

75

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

David West, Whitford Country Club

76

Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club

76

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

76

Ric Sucro, Cedarbrook Country Club

76

Johan vanSchalkwyk, Burlington Country Club

76

Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76

Michael Korcuba, Running Deer Golf Club

76

Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club

76

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

77

Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club

77

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

77

Jeffrey Zalis, Little Mill Country Club

77

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

77

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

77

Robert Rinier, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

77

Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club

77

David Heaney, Wilmington Country Club

77

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

77

Joseph Muldowney, Sandy Run Country Club

77

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

78

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Gerry Baldachino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

Jon Thomas, Back Creek Golf Club

78

Thomas Finn, Cavaliers Country Club

78

Matt Hancock, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

78

Freddy Henriquez, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78

Kevin Dunleavy, The ACE Club

78

Sean Remington, Green Valley Country Club

78

Joe Granahan, Concord Country Club

78

Bob Ursomarso, Saucon Valley Country Club

78

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

79

Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton

79

Joseph Kinsman, Downingtown Country Club

79

Kevin Bair, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Chris Smedley, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

79

Eric Meyer, Whitford Country Club

79

Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

79

Barry Westington, Country Club of Scranton

79

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

79

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

80

Matt Kothe, Northampton Valley Country Club

80

Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Andrew Abrams, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

81

Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club

81

Miguel Biamon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club

81

Bill Murray, Merchantville Country Club

81

Walt Neumann, McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

81

Dominck Cappetti, Burlington Country Club

81

Tom Watchko, Phoenixville Country Club

81

Mike Walter, JC Melrose Country Club

81

Kenneth Zimmer, Laurel Creek Country Club

81Bottom of Form

Dan Mahoney, Yardley Country Club

82

Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club

82

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

82

Mike McTyre, Sakima Country Club

82

Joe Frey, Edgmont Country Club

82

Michael Anderson, Sandy Run Country Club

82

Michael Stabile, Medford Lakes Country Club

82

Richard Reed, Downingtown Country Club

83

Matt Jasudowich, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

83

Thomas Michalek, Moselem Springs Golf Club

83

Brian Dobisch, Talamore Country Club

83

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

83

Jeffrey Prickitt, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83

James Denon, Jr., The Springhaven Club

83

Gerald Bowes, Jr. , Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

84

William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

John Nottage, Lu Lu Country Club

84

Ned Berry, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Timothy Dolan, Galloway National Golf Club

84

Michael Brown, Old York Road Country Club

84

John Macy, Links Golf Club

84

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

John Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

84

Nathan Herring, Limekiln Golf Club

84

William Voris, Galloway National Golf Club

84

Michael Costonis, Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

Timothy Burns, Country Club of Scranton

85

Andrew Sterge, Stonewall

85

Peter Zukowski, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Rick Wright, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

David Dorey, Tavistock Country Club

86

Dan Smith, Loch Nairn Golf Club

86

Randy Kruse, Sandy Run Country Club

86

Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club

86

Edward Kelly, Jr., Applecross Country Club

87

Mark Diorio, Running Deer Golf Club

87

Mark Occhipinti, Country Club of Scranton

87

Peter Witonsky, Chester Valley Golf Club

88

Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

88

Frank Giordano, Northampton Valley Country Club

88

Patrick McCauley, Applebrook Golf Club

89

Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

89

Stanley Cheiken, Philmont Country Club

89

Michael Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club

89

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Schuyler Wickes, Phoenixville Country Club

90

Gregory Marks, Green Valley Country Club

90

David Pierce, Talamore Country Club

90

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

90

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

91

Kevin Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

91

John VanDame, Five Ponds Golf Club

91

Chris Rumsey, The Springhaven Club

91

Dave Dillon, Huntsville Golf Club

91

Peter Mark, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

91

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

91

Gerald Reed, Running Deer Golf Club

91

Robert Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

92

Robert Fernandez, Jericho National Golf Club

92

George Foley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

94

David Maslanka, Seaview Resort & Spa

94

Jim Lanzalotto, Llanerch Country Club

96

Mark Smedley, Chester Valley Golf Club

DQ

Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

WD

Duane Walker, Northampton Valley Country Club

WDBottom of Form

Scott Vasbinder, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

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Handicap 4 or lessBottom of Form

Name, club

Score

Steve Lubin, Five Ponds Golf Club

67

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

68

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

70

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

71

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

71

Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club

71

Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

72

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

73

Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Robert Savarese, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Mark Fuessinger, Llanerch Country Club

74

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

75

Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

David West, Whitford Country Club

76

Stephen McIntyre, Five Ponds Golf Club

76

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

76

Ric Sucro, Cedarbrook Country Club

76

Johan vanSchalkwyk, Burlington Country Club

76

Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76

Michael Korcuba, Running Deer Golf Club

76

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

77

Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club

77

John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

77

Jeffrey Zalis, Little Mill Country Club

77

Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club

77

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

77

Robert Rinier, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

77

Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club

77

John Donnelly, Concord Country Club

78

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Gerry Baldachino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

Jon Thomas, Back Creek Golf Club

78

Thomas Finn, Cavaliers Country Club

78

Matt Hancock, Chester Valley Golf Club

78

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

78

Freddy Henriquez, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

79

Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton

79

Joseph Kinsman, Downingtown Country Club

79

Kevin Bair, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Chris Smedley, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Santo Lafoca, Huntsville Golf Club

79

Eric Meyer, Whitford Country Club

79

Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Andrew Abrams, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

81

Joseph Roeder, Links Golf Club

81

Miguel Biamon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Paul Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club

81

Dan Mahoney, Yardley Country Club

82

Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds Golf Club

82

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

82

Richard Reed, Downingtown Country Club

83

Matt Jasudowich, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

83

Thomas Michalek, Moselem Springs Golf Club

83

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

84

William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

John Nottage, Lu Lu Country Club

84

Ned Berry, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Timothy Dolan, Galloway National Golf Club

84

Michael Brown, Old York Road Country Club

84

Michael Costonis, Philadelphia Cricket Club

85

Timothy Burns, Country Club of Scranton

85

Andrew Sterge, Stonewall

85

David Dorey, Tavistock Country Club

86

Edward Kelly, Jr., Applecross Country Club

87

Patrick McCauley, Applebrook Golf Club

89

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

91

Kevin Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

91

Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

WD

Duane Walker, Northampton Valley Country Club

WDBottom of Form

 

Handicap 5 or higher

Name, club

Score

Brian Fisher, Philadelphia Publinks GA

71

Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club

76

David Heaney, Wilmington Country Club

77

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

77

Joseph Muldowney, Sandy Run Country Club

77

Kevin Dunleavy, The ACE Club

78

Sean Remington, Green Valley Country Club

78

Joe Granahan, Concord Country Club

78

Bob Ursomarso, Saucon Valley Country Club

78

George Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

79

Barry Westington, Country Club of Scranton

79

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

79

Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

80

Matt Kothe, Northampton Valley Country Club

80

Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Bill Murray, Merchantville Country Club

81

Walt Neumann, McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Michael Shoup, Sandy Run Country Club

81

Dominck Cappetti, Burlington Country Club

81

Tom Watchko, Phoenixville Country Club

81

Mike Walter, JC Melrose Country Club

81

Kenneth Zimmer, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

Mike McTyre, Sakima Country Club

82

Joe Frey, Edgmont Country Club

82

Michael Anderson, Sandy Run Country Club

82

Michael Stabile, Medford Lakes Country Club

82

Brian Dobisch, Talamore Country Club

83

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

83

Jeffrey Prickitt, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83

James Denon, Jr., The Springhaven Club

83

Gerald Bowes, Jr. , Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

John Macy, Links Golf Club

84

Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

John Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

84

Nathan Herring, Limekiln Golf Club

84

William Voris, Galloway National Golf Club

84

Peter Zukowski, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Rick Wright, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Edward Attarian, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Dan Smith, Loch Nairn Golf Club

86

Randy Kruse, Sandy Run Country Club

86

Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club

86

Mark Diorio, Running Deer Golf Club

87

Mark Occhipinti, Country Club of Scranton

87

Peter Witonsky, Chester Valley Golf Club

88

Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

88

Frank Giordano, Northampton Valley Country Club

88

Joseph Greenwald, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

89

Stanley Cheiken, Philmont Country Club

89

Michael Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club

89

Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Schuyler Wickes, Phoenixville Country Club

90

Gregory Marks, Green Valley Country Club

90

David Pierce, Talamore Country Club

90

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

90

John VanDame, Five Ponds Golf Club

91

Chris Rumsey, The Springhaven Club

91

Dave Dillon, Huntsville Golf Club

91

Peter Mark, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

91

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

91

Gerald Reed, Running Deer Golf Club

91

Robert Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

92

Robert Fernandez, Jericho National Golf Club

92

George Foley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

94

David Maslanka, Seaview Resort & Spa

94

Jim Lanzalotto, Llanerch Country Club

96

Mark Smedley, Chester Valley Golf Club

DQ

Scott Vasbinder, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

WDBottom of Form

 

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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