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Klagholz team captures Father & Son (Older) in three-hole playoff

  BLUE BELL, Pa. - Martin Klagholz of Aronimink GC sunk a downhill 15-foot slider for birdie on the third playoff hole to propel him and son Marty Klagholz of Rolling Green GC to victory over Jesse and David Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley CC in the 99th Father & Son (Older) at Blue Bell CC (par 71, 5,831 yards) Thursday.

Martin & Marty Klagholz
  “It feels pretty awesome. It’s an honor,” Marty, of Wayne, Pa., said. “To be a pretty big underdog and come up and win is a pretty good feeling.”

  The elder Klagholz converted the red figure putt after Marty smacked his sand wedge 96 yards on No.1 (par 4, 315 yards). For the Brookreson team, Jesse crushed his drive 10 yards shy of the green. David knocked a soft chip to 12-feet, but Jesse’s putt to match the Klagholz team stopped short.

  “Having known and watched David Brookreson for so many years and knowing what a great competitor and gentleman he is, to win in a three-hole playoff against him is an honor,” Martin, also of Wayne, Pa., added. “We know we had a little bit of luck. I’m proud of my son. Marty had a serious motorcycle accident two years ago. It got his golf game off a little bit. He’s on his way back, and there’s no better way to win than this.”

  Martin, 59, has competed alongside Marty, 31, in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son tournaments for 15 years. He also plays alongside sons Jeff and Tim in the Father & Son (Middle) event. To finally earn hardware felt truly rewarding.

  “This was really an accomplishment today,” Martin said.

  The Brookreson and Klagholz teams both registered 1-over-par 72s in regulation. Both squads began their championship quests on the back nine and experienced trouble on their final holes to fall into a deadlock. On the demanding par 5, 510-yard No. 9, Jesse decided to hit the team’s second shot, although it was farther away from the hole location.

  “I thought I could get it closer in two (strokes) than he could,” Jesse, of Warrington, Pa., said. “And I would rather have him hit the third shot than me hit the third shot.”

  However, Jesse blocked his 3-wood right from 272 yards out. It ricocheted off a mound and screeched out-of-bounds. After David chipped back onto the fairway, Jesse dumped his wedge 100 yards into the right greenside bunker. David’s sand shot stopped 16-feet above the flagstick. Jesse’s putt to preserve a double bogey didn’t fall.

  The Brookresons also fell short in last year's tournament at Indian Valley CC. They, along with the team of Michael Brown, Sr. and his son Michael of Lookaway GC, were unable to return for a sudden-death playoff, thereby decalring Jay Howson, Jr. and his son Gregory, both of St. Davids GC, the victors.

Jesse & David Brookreson
  The Klagholz team closed its round with a bogey. Marty pulled his 9-iron left of the green. His father ran a delicate chip to six feet, but Marty watched his par effort stop short of the cup. Their round ended the same way it began. On the downhill par 3, 145-yard 10th hole, Martin, 59, saw his 9-iron tee shot settle in the front fringe. Marty, 31, chipped up to six feet, but his dad couldn’t save par for the team. The next hole proved to be “the key to the round,” according to Martin. After Marty steered his 6-iron approach into the hazard, Martin poked his 60-degree wedge to eight feet.

  “We managed our game very well,” Martin said. “What I tried to do is try to get the ball in positions where he could hit the shots he’s comfortable with. We tried to have me hitting into the green if we could play his drive. And what he did was make a lot of putts.”

  During its inward trek, the Klagholz team returned to the birdie bank for three more transactions. Martin complimented his son’s monstrous drive on the par 4, 320-yard 5th hole by striking his 60-degree wedge 72 yards to eight feet. Marty converted the left-to-right breaker. On No. 6 (par 3, 165 yards), Martin launched a 5-iron to 20-feet. The upcoming downhill putt didn’t faze Marty as he rolled in a fierce double-breaker.

  “I was thinking I didn’t want to let it blow by and leave him with a six-footer coming back,” Marty said. “I just wanted to get the speed right and happened to hit the putt where I wanted to. It went in at the last possible second.”

  The Klagholz team carded its final birdie on the par 4, 410-yard 8th hole. Marty laced his 9-iron 137 yards to three feet.

  The Brookresons’ displayed power and finesse throughout the day.

  “We both drove it pretty well, and with his extra length, it was a little bit advantageous because I like hitting 110 yard shots more than 170 yard shots,” David, the 2009 Senior Amateur Champion, said.

  “We did everything pretty well,” Jesse added. “We hit it close a lot. We didn’t necessarily make a whole lot of putts.”

  The Brookreson team fired back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11 (par 4, 430 yards) and 12 (par 3, 150 yards). David hammered his 7-iron 153 yards to six feet on No. 11. Jesse’s 9-iron on No. 12 stopped 30 feet from the flagstick, and his father converted the challenging birdie putt. The Brookreson team also carded a birdie on the par 5, 480-yard 17th hole. David’s pitch from just left of the green settled three feet from the jar.

  Super Senior

Herbert & Neil Gordon
  Herbert Gordon of Doylestown CC and his son Neil, who plays out of Five Ponds GC, carded a 2-under-par 70 to win the Super Senior Division.

  “He made a lot of putts,” Neil, 42, said. “We really weren’t in trouble at all. We didn’t have one ball that we were trying to hook around a tree to get onto a green. Somebody was always in the fairway.”

  The Gordon team posted five red figures on the day. Herbert, of Doylestown, Pa., powered his 3-wood 200 yards to 25-feet on No. 14 (par 5, 470 yards), and Neil, of Warrington, Pa., executed a right-to-left breaker. A difficult bogey one hole later (par 4, 370 yards) somewhat soured that spectacular moment. The Gordon team couldn’t get up-and-down from the greenside bunker to save par. They did fire a birdie on No. 16 (par 3, 151 yards) after Neil’s 9-iron landed 10-feet from the flagstick. Neil’s 9-iron again came through on No. 18 (par 4, 370 yards) as he pierced it 140 yards to 10-feet. Herbert, 71, sunk a 40-footer for birdie on No. 3 (par 3, 153 yards) following yet another smooth 9-iron from Neil. The Gordon squad closed its run with three consecutive bogeys.

  The Father & Son (Older) is open to father and son teams with sons 30 years of age and older.

Gross Results

Championship Flight

Name, club

Score

*Marty Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Rolling Green GC/Aronimink GC

72

Jesse Brookreson/David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley CC

72

Jay Howson, Jr./Gregory Howson, St. Davids GC

74

Kevin Bondi/Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley CC

74

Gerald Henderson/Jermaine Henderson, Blue Bell CC

76

Bob Harris/Mitch Harris, Blue Bell CC

78

David Hoegel/Donald Hoegel, Little Mill CC

79

Edward Westermann, Sr./Edward Westermann, Jr., Blue Bell CC/Plymouth CC

79

Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, RiverCrest GC & Preserve/Spring Mill CC

80

David Engberg/Keith Engberg, Kennett Square G&CC

80

Christopher Simonson/Jon Simonson, Tavistock CC

81

Gerald Willis/Jerry Willis, Tavistock CC/Little Mill CC

81

Wayne Diluigi/Brian Diluigi, Little Mill CC/Atlantic City CC

81

Dennis Dunphy/Michael Dunphy, Waynesborough CC

82

Mitch McGovern/Frank McGovern, Little Mill CC

82

James Choe/Yong Choe, Penn Oaks GC/Rolling Green GC

86

Lawrence Pluck/Steve Pluck, Blue Bell CC/Sandy Run CC

87

Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor GC/Paxon Hollow CC

89

Jason Mandel/David Mandel, White Manor CC

90

 

Super Senior

Name, club

Score

Herbert Gordon/Neil Gordon, Doylestown CC/Five Ponds GC

69

Gui Costin/Jarrett Kling, Merion GC

70

Ted Obligado/Fred Obligado, Five Ponds GC/Cape May National GC

71

Charles Kane/Stephen Kane, Rolling Green GC

71

John Clough/Jack Clough, Philadelphia CC/Wilmington CC

72

Rich Linkchorst/David Linkchorst, GC at Glen Mills/Mountain Valley GC

73

Richard Alessi, Jr./Richard Alessi, Llanerch CC

74

Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids GC/Philadelphia CC

74

Charles McClaskey/Bryan McClaskey, Back Creek GC/Merchantville CC

74

Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr., Commonwealth National GC/North Hills CC

75

Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks GC

75

Scott Gibson/George Gibson, Riverton CC

75

Ray Yothers/Keith Yothers, Indian Valley CC

76

Douglas Zelner/William Zelner, Coatesville CC/Carlisle CC

77

George Keehfuss, Jr./George Keehfuss, North Hills CC

77

David Gurak/Richard Gurak, Trump National GC-Philadelphia/Ash Brook GC

77

Kenneth Croney, Jr./J. Kenneth Croney, Overbrook GC/Sunnybrook GC

78

Thomas Conboy/Thomas Conboy, Jr., Sandy Run CC

78

Michael Conway/C. Michael Conway, St. Davids GC/Plymouth CC

78

James Lewis, Jr./James Lewis, Sr., Medford Lakes CC/Great Hope GC

78

Brent Alwood/Harold Alwood, Jr., Five Ponds GC/Old York Road CC

79

Charles Curley/Jack Curley, Philadelphia CC

79

Andrew Mark/Alex Mark, Stonewall/RiverCrest GC & Preserve

79

Richard Nussey, Sr./Rich Nussey, Jr., Tavistock CC

80

Eamonn Logue/Kevin Logue, Lu Lu CC

80

Jim Anthony, IV/James Anthony, III, Bensalem Township CC/Torresdale-Frankford CC

81

Richard Corbin/Richard Corbin, Jr., Moorestown Field Club

82

David Pfeiffer/Francis Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh ValleyCC/Riverton CC

82

Tim Curvan/Jim Curvan, Aronimink GC/Phoenixville CC

82

Bradford McIntyre/Ralph McIntyre, Tavistock CC

83

Conrad Gack/Christopher Gack, Five Ponds GC/Mercer Oaks GC

84

Anthony Zalis/Gary Zalis, Little Mill CC

85

Jerry Booz/Steven Booz, Honeybrook GC/St. Davids GC

86

Robert Mears, III/Don Mears, Jr., Aronimink GC/Concord CC

87

John Flanagan/Jack Flanagan, Sandy Run CC

87

Victor Orlando, Jr./Victor Orlando, Edgmont CC

87

Stan Dworak, Jr./Stanley Dworak, Indian Valley CC

88

Leon Bellapigna/Leon Bellapigna, Jr., Wildwood G&CC

90

Andre Van As/Anton Van As, Hershey's Mill GC/DuPont CC

93

James Flick/James Flick, Jr., The Springhaven Club/Bensalem Township CC

98

 

Net results

Championship Flight

Name, club

Score

Marty Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Rolling Green GC/Aronimink GC

60

Edward Westermann, Sr./Edward Westermann, Jr., Blue Bell CC/Plymouth CC

68

Jesse Brookreson/David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley CC

70

Kevin Bondi/Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley CC

70

Gerald Willis/Jerry Willis, Tavistock CC/Little Mill CC

70

Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, RiverCrest GC & Preserve/Spring Mill CC

71

Wayne Diluigi/Brian Diluigi, Little Mill CC/Atlantic City CC

71

Jay Howson, Jr./Gregory Howson, St. Davids GC

72

David Hoegel/Donald Hoegel, Little Mill CC

72

Mitch McGovern/Frank McGovern, Little Mill CC

73

Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor GC/Paxon Hollow CC

73

Jason Mandel/David Mandel, White Manor CC

73

David Engberg/Keith Engberg, Kennett Square G&CC

74

Lawrence Pluck/Steve Pluck, Blue Bell CC/Sandy Run CC

74

Bob Harris/Mitch Harris, Blue Bell CC

75

Dennis Dunphy/Michael Dunphy, Waynesborough CC

75

Gerald Henderson/Jermaine Henderson, Blue Bell CC

76

Christopher Simonson/Jon Simonson, Tavistock CC

76

James Choe/Yong Choe, Penn Oaks GC/Rolling Green GC

78

 

Super Senior

Name, club

Score

George Keehfuss, Jr./George Keehfuss, North Hills CC

63

Ted Obligado/Fred Obligado, Five Ponds GC/Cape May National GC

64

James Lewis, Jr./James Lewis, Sr., Medford Lakes CC/Great Hope GC

65

John Clough/Jack Clough, Philadelphia CC/Wilmington CC

66

Herbert Gordon/Neil Gordon, Doylestown CC/Five Ponds GC

67

Richard Alessi, Jr./Richard Alessi, Llanerch CC

67

Ray Yothers/Keith Yothers, Indian Valley CC

67

Michael Conway/C. Michael Conway, St. Davids GC/Plymouth CC

67

Brent Alwood/Harold Alwood, Jr., Five Ponds GC/Old York Road CC

67

Andrew Mark/Alex Mark, Stonewall/RiverCrest GC & Preserve

67

Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids GC/Philadelphia CC

68

Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks GC

68

Scott Gibson/George Gibson, Riverton CC

68

David Gurak/Richard Gurak, Trump National GC-Philadelphia/Ash Brook GC

68

Gui Costin/Jarrett Kling, Merion GC

69

Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr., Commonwealth NationalGC/North Hills CC

69

Jim Anthony, IV/James Anthony, III, Bensalem Township CC/Torresdale-Frankford CC

69

Rich Linkchorst/David Linkchorst, GC at Glen Mills/Mountain Valley GC

70

Douglas Zelner/William Zelner, Coatesville CC/Carlisle CC

70

Charles Kane/Stephen Kane, Rolling Green GC

71

Charles McClaskey/Bryan McClaskey, Back Creek GC/Merchantville CC

71

Kenneth Croney, Jr./J. Kenneth Croney, Overbrook GC/Sunnybrook GC

71

Charles Curley/Jack Curley, Philadelphia CC

71

Eamonn Logue/Kevin Logue, Lu Lu CC

71

Thomas Conboy/Thomas Conboy, Jr., Sandy Run CC

72

Richard Nussey, Sr./Rich Nussey, Jr., Tavistock CC

72

Richard Corbin/Richard Corbin, Jr., Moorestown Field Club

72

Tim Curvan/Jim Curvan, Aronimink GC/Phoenixville CC

72

Stan Dworak, Jr./Stanley Dworak, Indian Valley CC

72

Bradford McIntyre/Ralph McIntyre, Tavistock CC

73

David Pfeiffer/Francis Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh ValleyCC/Riverton CC

74

Jerry Booz/Steven Booz, Honeybrook GC/St. Davids GC

74

Robert Mears, III/Don Mears, Jr., Aronimink GC/Concord CC

75

Victor Orlando, Jr./Victor Orlando, Edgmont CC

75

John Flanagan/Jack Flanagan, Sandy Run CC

76

Leon Bellapigna/Leon Bellapigna, Jr., Wildwood G&CC

76

James Flick/James Flick, Jr., The Springhaven Club/Bensalem Township CC

78

Conrad Gack/Christopher Gack, Five Ponds GC/Mercer Oaks GC

79

Andre Van As/Anton Van As, Hershey's Mill GC/DuPont CC

81

Anthony Zalis/Gary Zalis, Little Mill CC

85

 

*-determined in playoff

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