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Huntingdon Valley CC duo wins Father & Son (Younger)

  JAMISON, Pa. - Since R. Morgan Dougherty was 7 years-old, he and his father Michael have participated in the Father & Son (Younger). The Huntingdon Valley CC members consistently compete, clawing their way close to the winner’s circle annually.

  They finally arrived Thursday. The Dougherty team carded a 1-under-par 69 to win the 53rd Father & Son (Younger) at The Bucks Club (par 70, 6,231 yards).

  “It’s great,” Morgan, 16, said. “Every year, we play in this tournament and we go through a few speed bumps. It’s just nice to finally win it. It’s a good win for us. It’s a big deal.”

  “We’ve been in contention a few times and just let it get away, truthfully,” Michael, 61, added. “I’m really happy for Mo. I’ve seen the maturity in him. It’s a great feeling.”

  Six birdies and five bogeys dictated the Dougherty’s day. After Michael smoked his rescue 4-iron 195 yards on No. 2 (par 5, 500 yards), Morgan rolled a 45-footer for eagle just short of the cup. But Nos. 3 (par 4, 335 yards) and 4 (par 3, 181 yards) proved problematic. On the first, the two elected to take 3-wood off the tee and reached the green in two strokes, but three-putted from 15-feet to card a bogey.

  “That was the only decision all day that I didn’t go with the aggressive club. It cost us,” Morgan said.

  Both Michael and Morgan pumped their tee shots on No. 4 into the right greenside bunker and failed to get up-and-down for par. The Dougherty team burrowed back into red figures with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 (par 5, 522 yards) and 8 (par 4, 405 yards). Morgan’s drive settled in the first cut of the No. 7 rough. He then advised his dad to use his 3-wood from 260 yards out.

  “I just told him to go for it (the green),” Morgan said. “That’s when we really got aggressive. That really set the tone.”

  Michael’s 3-wood landed 25-feet left of the flagstick. Morgan ran the eagle effort five feet past the jar, but his dad cleaned up the birdie putt. Morgan rocketed his drive 270 yards on No. 10 (par 4, 358 yards). His dad felt comfortable with the remaining yardage.

  “It was perfect for me for a 58-degree wedge,” Michael said. “I hit it to about eight-feet and Mo made a great putt.”

  Back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 (par 4, 392 yards) and 13 (par 3, 200 yards) again threatened the Dougherty team’s scorecard. Morgan missed the green right with a 9-iron from 140 yards out on No. 12. His dad chipped onto the putting surface, but Morgan couldn’t convert a 10-footer to save par. On the following hole, Morgan’s rescue 4-iron bounced to the right of the green. Michael’s putt chugged five-feet behind the cup, and Morgan’s par try lipped out.

  The Dougherty team remained focused, though, and registered consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 (par 4, 430 yards) and 16 (par 3, 138 yards). On the first, Morgan’s approach 9-iron sailed 145 yards and his dad executed a 15-footer. On the latter, Michael drilled his 9-iron to 10-feet, and Morgan cleaned up the under-par chance.

  A sound mentality allowed the Dougherty’s to prevail, according to Michael.

  “Honestly, Morgan’s patience level has improved a lot,” he said. “When we made a bogey, he was encouraged to bounce back and make birdies. He’s very aggressive. On key holes, he hit some strong mid-irons into the green. We fortunately had a lot of holes where we had two choices that were good choices.”

  Junior-Junior Division

  Davis and Randy Mitchell of Wilmington CC carded a 3-over-par 73 to top the Junior-Junior Division. They finished one stroke shy of victory last year at Sunnybrook GC.

  “It means a lot,” Davis, 12, said.

  “He’s been doing really well this year, and he did really well today,” Randy, 49, added. “It means a lot to us. I just love playing with him. We enjoy playing with each other.”

  The Wilmington, Del. residents fired their first birdie on the par 5, 490-yard No. 2. Randy knocked his wedge 60-yards, and Davis cleaned up a six-footer. Another red figure transpired on No. 4 (par 3, 154 yards) when Randy’s 8-iron settled six-feet left of the flagstick. Davis again cleaned up the birdie putt. Three consecutive bogeys (Nos. 9, 10 and 11) dampened the Mitchell team’s day. On the latter, Davis’s drive on No. 11 cleared the right fairway bunker, but his dad’s approach wedge landed short of the green. Davis rolled his uphill birdie putt to 12-feet, but Randy didn’t make the save.

  NOTES

  Two aces, same hole, same club.

  Zach Arsenault of Little Mill CC and Phillip Stewart of Honeybrook GC each posted a hole-in-one on the par 3, 138-yard 16th hole. It was a career-first for both players.

  Arsenault, 16, of Medford, N.J., hit a 9-iron off the tee. It landed behind the flagstick and retracted 15-feet into the cup.

  “I was in shock,” Arsenault, a junior at Shawnee High School, said. “It was the purest shot I hit all day. It definitely made my day.”

  Stewart, 48, of Chester Springs, Pa., also chose to use his 9-iron on No. 16. It landed three-feet to the right of the flagstick, popped up and coasted into the cup. His son Jon posted his first-career ace last week at Raven’s Claw GC.

  “It was exciting. Since he already made one, I needed to do that,” he said. “We got a major chest blast after that.”

  The Father-Son (Younger) tournament is for those father and son teams with sons up to the age of 17. It’s the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s biggest one-day event of 2010 so far. Thursday’s field at The Bucks Club consisted of 206 players.

Name

Club

Scores

Dougherty, Michael / Dougherty, R. Morgan

Huntingdon Valley CC

69

Gregor, Jack / Gregor, Michael

Huntingdon Valley CC

72

Rueter, Jr., Joseph / Rueter, Joseph

Torresdale-Frankford CC

73

Wintsch, Zach / Wintsch, Joe

Bellewood GC

73

Willadsen, John / Willadsen, Andrew

Sakima CC

73

Stewart, Jon / Stewart, Phillip

Honeybrook GC

73

Arsenault, James / Arsenault, Zach

Little Mill Country Club

73

Erhardt, Clement / Erhardt, Reilly

Trenton CC

74

Hobbs, Andrew / Hobbs, Morgan

Wilmington CC

74

Fogel, Ryan / Fogel, Jef

Penn Oaks GC

75

Markward, Del / Markward, Dutch

North Hills CC

75

Liu, Jonathan / Liu, M.D., Grant

Commonwealth National GC

75

Martin, Kyle / Martin, Harry

Commonwealth National GC

75

Blickle, James / Blickle, Alex

LedgeRock GC

76

Kelly, Kevin / Kelly, Ryan

Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

O'Connor, Bob / O'Connor, Mike

Huntingdon Valley CC

77

Altieri, Steven / Altieri, Paul

Hopewell Valley GC

77

Hogan, Mark / Hogan, Mark

Spring Ford CC

78

Schweitzer, Luke / Schweitzer, Mark

Huntingdon Valley CC

78

Galbreath, Sr., Robert / Galbreath, Evan

Philmont CC

78

Bastian Jr., Matthew / Bastian, Matthew

Rolling Green GC

79

Zipf, Mark / Zipf, Kevin

Philadelphia CC

79

Ade, Christopher / Ade, Matthew

Riverton CC

79

Dorey, Julian / Dorey, David

Tavistock CC

80

Firth, Jr., Robert / Firth, Robert

Commonwealth National GC

81

Martinez, Christopher / Martinez, Jerry

Wilmington CC

81

Warren Jr, Scott / Warren, W. Scott

Merion GC

81

Leighton Jr., M.D., John / Leighton, John

Huntingdon Valley CC

81

Worthington, Frank / Worthington, Francis

Manufacturers G&CC

81

Hagel, William / Esher-Hagel, John

McCall G&CC

82

Motherway, Brian / Motherway, James

Cherry Valley CC

82

Barlow, David / Barlow, Chris

RiverCrest GC & Preserve

83

Dunlop, III, Gordon / Dunlop, Jr., Gordon

Bensalem Township CC

83

Fair, Bob / Lee, Daniel

Golden Oaks GC

84

Summers, T.J. / Summers, Timothy

Commonwealth National GC/Doylestown CC

84

Van Ostenbridge, Mitch / Van Ostenbridge, Dan

Spring Ford CC

84

Nommensen, Sven / Nommensen, Patrick

Edgmont CC

85

Smith, Cody / Smith, Gary

Huntingdon Valley CC

85

Henderson, Branton / Henderson, Dylan

Merion GC

85

Liddell, Tom / Liddell, Luke

Torresdale-Frankford CC

86

Mastroni, Jr., Tom / Mastroni, Jimmy

Sandy Run CC

87

Simmons, Nick / Simmons, Wayne

Edgmont CC

87

Fazio, Matt / Fazio, Michael

Huntingdon Valley CC

87

Lowry, Zachary / Lowry, David

White Manor CC

88

Farris, Jack / Farris, John

Huntingdon Valley CC

90

Petrosky, Matt / Petrosky, Michael

Blue Bell CC

90

Fedak, Sr., Michael / Fedak, Jr., Michael

Bellewood GC

91

Smith, Todd / Smith, Bob

Trenton CC

91

Holt, Jr., Thomas / Holt, Christian

Torresdale-Frankford CC

92

Newns, David / Newns, Mike

Sandy Run CC

94

Dirienzi, Nolan / Dirienzi, Ron

Rolling Green GC

95

Worster, Reid / Worster, John

Huntingdon Valley CC

95

Jones, Dean / Jones, Ken

Riverton CC

104

Cooley, Seth / Cooley, Benjamin

Lu Lu CC

WD

Junior-Junior Division

Mitchell, Davis / Mitchell, Randy

Wilmington CC

73

Quirk, Jack / Quirk, John

Huntingdon Valley CC

74

Brigidi, Frankie / Brigidi, III, Frank

North Hills CC

74

Hirsh, Jack / Hirsh, Laurence

Plymouth CC

77

Erhardt, Regan / Erhardt, Clement

Trenton CC

77

Altieri, Daniel / Altieri, Paul

Hopewell Valley GC

78

Giovi, Louis / Giovi, Jr., Louis

Mercer Oaks GC

78

Buliga, Gregory / Buliga, John

Yardley CC

79

Benevento, Mark / Benevento, Jr., Mark

Greate Bay CC

80

Bellwoar, Harry / Bellwoar, H. Jay

Overbrook GC

81

Kost, Kyle / Kost, Paul

Lookaway GC

81

Civitella, Bill / Civitella, Billy

Aronimink GC

82

Mauer, Paul / Mauer, Jr., Paul

Stonewall

82

Swiger, Wally / Swiger, Cole

Huntingdon Valley CC

83

Henderson, Jack / Henderson, Jeffrey

Gulph Mills GC

83

Fazio, Jake / Fazio, Michael

Huntingdon Valley CC

84

Susanin, Ryan / Susanin, Peter

Overbrook GC

84

Sims, Gavin / Sims, Ernie

Overbrook GC

85

Farris, John / Farris, Hugh

Huntingdon Valley CC

86

Bellwoar, Jack / Bellwoar, H. Jay

Overbrook GC

86

McCabe, Gary / McCabe, Gary

RiverCrest GC & Preserve

86

Halle, Jeffrey / Halle, Andrew

Applecross CC

88

Gradisek, Michael / Gradisek, Will

Stonewall

88

Desjardins, Jay / Desjardins, Andrew

Waynesborough Country Club

88

Quirk, Matthew / Quirk, John

Huntingdon Valley CC

89

Moffat, Hayden / Moffat, Jeff

Commonwealth National GC

89

Anderson, Brett / Anderson, Todd

Wilmington CC

90

Hunter, John / Hunter, Cory

Commonwealth National GC

90

Sims, Magnus / Sims, Ernie

Overbrook

90

Anthony, IV, Jim / Anthony, V, James

Bensalem Township CC

91

Pina, Joel / Pina, Cullen

Overbrook GC

91

Tappen, Alexander / Tappen, Roger

Cedarbrook CC

92

Finn, Patrick / Finn, Thomas

Cavaliers CC

92

Easton, IV, John / Easton, III, John

Manufacturers G&CC

93

Gillespie, James / Gillespie, Jr., James

Concord CC

93

Cinelli, Anthony / Cinelli, T.J.

Talamore CC

95

Clark, Christopher / Clark, Brendan

Old York Road CC

97

Brennan, Ryan / Brennan, Sr., Matthew

Rolling Green GC

97

Gillespie, Patrick / Gillespie, Jr., Patrick

Overbrook GC

97

Loftus, Patrick / Loftus, Patrick

North Hills CC

97

Nabial, John / Nabial, James

Cherry Valley CC

98

Minges, Ronald / Minges, Ronnie

Spring Ford CC

99

Mezzanotte, Christopher / Mezzanotte, James

Whitemarsh Valley CC

100

Duffey, Dan / Duffey, Daniel

The Bucks Club

104

Jones, Timothy / Jones, Ken

Riverton CC

104

Schoeller, Brent / Schoeller, Mark

Huntingdon Valley CC

106

McHugh, Ryan / McHugh, Stephen

Penn Oaks GC

107

Reynolds, Michael / Reynolds, Jr., Michael

Sandy Run CC

109

Costin, Gui / Costin, Mac

Merion GC

WD

WD - withdrawal

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