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June 2, 2016

Brandon and Marlin Detweiler carded an even-par 72 to prevail.

Lancaster’s Brandon, Marlin Detweiler take Father & Son (Middle)

  ROYERSFORD, Pa. — A lot’s changed for Brandon Detweiler since he and his dad Marlin won the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son Tournament 15 years ago. He graduated from NC State University in 2011, turned professional and played on tours such as eGolf (now SwingThought) and Sunshine. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2012, which ultimately prompted the 29-year-old to step away from the circuit in 2014.

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  Brandon regained his amateur status less than three weeks ago. Playing in only his second competitive event, he joined Marlin to take the Father & Son (Middle) at Spring Ford Country Club (par 72, 6,419 yards). The Lancaster Country Club members carded an even-par 72 to prevail.   The event’s format is selective drive/alternate shot.

  “It is a lot of fun to be able to play in events with my dad again,” Brandon said. “That was one of the many things that I missed playing professionally. There aren’t a lot of chances for father and son stuff, and even when I was back in town I wasn’t allowed to play in those.”

  “It’s always fun to win with your kids,” Marlin, 59, added.

  A sand scare on the Detweiler team’s first hole (No. 1, par 4, 438 yards) nearly threatened that enjoyment. Marlin, facing a plugged lie in the left greenside bunker, managed a splash to six feet. Brandon drained a testy par putt to ease the early tension.

  “I thought if I miss this, I’m going to hear about it the rest of the day,” Brandon said.

  After avoiding a foreseen ribbing from dad, Brandon proceeded to hit a 52-degree wedge 125 yards to 15 feet on No. 2 (par 4, 359 yards). Marlin cleaned up the birdie putt. The Lancaster, Pa. residents relinquished that stroke on the next hole (par 4, 375 yards). Marlin flew the green with his approach and missed a six-foot comebacker. A pair of par 3s also brewed bogeys. Both Brandon and Marlin missed the No. 7 (186 yards) green; a three-footer on No. 14 (160 yards) didn’t find the bottom of the cup.

  The Detweiler team, with Brandon’s distance off the tee as a weapon, birdied a pair of par 5s to assure a level finish. Brandon stung a 58-yard wedge shot into the hillside to stop it at four feet. After Brandon’s 5-iron nearly put the Detweiler team on the No. 15 (500 yards) green in two, Marlin ran a wedge to eight feet for birdie. The two closed their round with an in hindsight laughable, in the moment stressful situation. Brandon topped a 3-wood out of the rough, leaving dad with 169 yards for the team’s third shot on No. 18 (par 5, 518 yards). Marlin launched a 6-iron to 25 feet and soon swept in a four-foot knee-knocker. The Detweiler team edged Lu Lu Country Club’s Mark and Thomas Farley, who carded a 1-over-par 73 in the morning.

  Although Marlin is thrilled to see Brandon eligible for amateur competition once again, he’s more enthused by his son’s profession. Brandon is the director of marketing for Veritas Press.

  “I like the fact that he works for our family business,” Marlin said.

   Brandon, by the same token, is enjoying family life — one distant from professional circuit. He bought a home in October 2015 and is expecting his first child in August.

  The Father & Son (Middle) tournament is for those father and son teams with sons 18 to 29 years old. The event was conceived in 2008 because of the high demand for participation in both the Father & Son (Younger), which celebrates its 59th anniversary this year, and the Older tournament — an event in its 105th year.

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

Name, club

Score

Brandon Detweiler/Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

72

Mark Farley/Thomas Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

73

Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club/Overbrook Golf Club

74

Chris Ellinger/Mark Ellinger, Downingtown Country Club/Whitford Country Club

75

Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club

75

Christopher Moran/Michael Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

75

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

75

Greg Smith/Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club

75

Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

75

Brad Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

76

Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Meadia Heights Golf Club

76

Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

77

A.J. Donatoni/Don Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club/White Manor Country Club

77

David D'Agostino/Mark D'Agostino, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Geoffrey Rice/Kevin Rice, Applecross Country Club

77

Jack Gregor/Michael Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Ron Fisher/Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club

78

Jack Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club

78

Mike Angelos, Jr./Mike Angelos, Paxon Hollow Country Club/RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

Daniel Altieri/Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78

Phillip Villari, Jr./Phillip Villari, Sr., Riverton Country Club

79

John Marshalek/Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

79

Jack Hirsh/Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Nedd Griffin/Jalen Griffin, Cedarbrook Country Club/Talamore Country Club

79

Cody Smith/Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Pine Valley Golf Club

79

Connor Ruyak/Michael Ruyak, Brookside Country Club

79

Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club

79

Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

80

Sal Cucinotti/Steven Cucinotti, Raven's Claw Golf Club/Talamore Country Club

80

Mark Benevento/Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

80

Jack Quirk/John Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Alec Kissell/Richard Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Sea Trail Golf Assocation

82

Jeffrey Wagenschnur/Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club/Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

82

Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

82

Christian Holt/Thomas Holt, Jr., Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

83

Timothy Kardish/Matthew Kardish, Hickory Valley Golf Club/Meadowlands Country Club

83

Richard Forbes, Jr./Ryan Forbes, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Carlos Fullerton/Jim Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

84

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

84

Paul Altieri/Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Donald Beck/Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club

87

Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club

87

Brian Lutzow/Rick Lutzow, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club

87

Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

88

Daniel Lenhardt/Stephen Lenhardt, Plymouth Country Club

88

Alex Kane/Matthew Kane, Radley Run Country Club

89

Jake Mingione/Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club

89

Harry Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club

90

Bill Miller/Kevin Miller, Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Joseph Hussey/Nicholas Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club

90

Bill Keim/Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club

91

Jakob Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

92

Greg Salicondro/Greg Salicondro, Sr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

92

Jack Crowley/Jack Crowley, White Manor Country Club

94

Ned Moore/Edmund Moore, Jr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Stonewall

94

Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

94

Brian Binet/Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

94

Domenic Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

101

Christopher Cahill/Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

106

Chris Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

112

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Mark Farley/Thomas Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

68

Christopher Moran/Michael Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

69

Mike Angelos, Jr./Mike Angelos, Paxon Hollow Country Club/RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

69

David D'Agostino/Mark D'Agostino, Aronimink Golf Club

70

Greg Smith/Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club

71

Cody Smith/Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Pine Valley Golf Club

71

Connor Ruyak/Michael Ruyak, Brookside Country Club

71

Timothy Kardish/Matthew Kardish, Hickory Valley Golf Club/Meadowlands Country Club

71

Brandon Detweiler/Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club

72

Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club/Overbrook Golf Club

72

Chris Ellinger/Mark Ellinger, Downingtown Country Club/Whitford Country Club

72

Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club

72

Brad Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

72

Jack Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club

72

Phillip Villari, Jr./Phillip Villari, Sr., Riverton Country Club

72

Sal Cucinotti/Steven Cucinotti, Raven's Claw Golf Club/Talamore Country Club

72

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

73

Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

73

Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

73

John Marshalek/Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

73

Alec Kissell/Richard Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

Ron Fisher/Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club

74

Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club

74

A.J. Donatoni/Don Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club/White Manor Country Club

75

Geoffrey Rice/Kevin Rice, Applecross Country Club

75

Daniel Altieri/Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Mark Benevento/Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

75

Jeffrey Wagenschnur/Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club/Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

75

Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Meadia Heights Golf Club

76

Jack Gregor/Michael Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Jack Hirsh/Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

Christian Holt/Thomas Holt, Jr., Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

77

Joseph Hussey/Nicholas Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club

77

Jack Quirk/John Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

78

Richard Forbes, Jr./Ryan Forbes, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Carlos Fullerton/Jim Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

78

Daniel Lenhardt/Stephen Lenhardt, Plymouth Country Club

78

Nedd Griffin/Jalen Griffin, Cedarbrook Country Club/Talamore Country Club

79

Brian Lutzow/Rick Lutzow, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club

79

Jake Mingione/Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club

80

Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Sea Trail Golf Assocation

81

Paul Altieri/Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

Greg Salicondro/Greg Salicondro, Sr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

81

Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

82

Alex Kane/Matthew Kane, Radley Run Country Club

82

Jakob Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

82

Donald Beck/Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club

83

Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club

83

Harry Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club

83

Jack Crowley/Jack Crowley, White Manor Country Club

84

Ned Moore/Edmund Moore, Jr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Stonewall

86

Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

86

Bill Keim/Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club

89

Brian Binet/Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

89

Bill Miller/Kevin Miller, Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Christopher Cahill/Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

97

Domenic Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

101

Chris Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

112

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