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Talamore's Jim and Michael Johnson seize Father & Son (Middle)

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Schedule conflicts frequently prevent Jim Johnson and his son Michael from heading to the golf course together.

Jim and Michael Johnson talk
strategy on No. 8 (par 4, 331 yards).
  They had a chance to play Thursday, and the Talamore CC tandem made the most of it. The Johnsons carded a 2-over-par 70 to triumph in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son (Middle) at Bala GC (par 68, 5,306 yards).

  “It’s great to spend time with dad,” Michael, 19, said. “Over the summer, I don’t get much time to do it. He’s always running.”

  “It was nice to come out and play with Michael,” Jim, 49, added. “And his shoulders are tired, believe me.”

  The Ambler, Pa. residents didn’t start their championship campaign in fine fashion. Michael blocked his GAP wedge from 140 yards out on No. 1 (par 4, 336 yards). Standing short-right of the green, Jim then skulled his chip shot, and the team failed to get up-and-down for par. A bogey on the par 4, 390-yard 5th hole put the Johnsons at 2 over, but they recovered those strokes by firing back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 (par 5, 487 yards) and 11 (par 4, 385 yards). Michael launched his 5-iron 185 yards into the wind on the first. Jim’s delicate chip stopped inches within the cup. Michael, who just finished his freshman year at La Salle University, pulverized his drive on No. 11. With 67 yards remaining to the hole location, Jim knocked his wedge to 15-feet and his son sunk the left-to-right breaker.

  “I had a different line, and then he helped me out with it,” Michael, 19, said.

  Two stumbling blocks coming in tipped the Johnsons over the par-boundary. Michael again ripped a drive on No. 15 (par 4, 323 yards) to 10 yards short of the green. However, Jim’s chip came out flat and rolled a mere three yards. The Johnsons exhausted four strokes just to reach the putting surface. On No. 18 (par 4, 362 yards), Jim sharpened his wedge play by lofting it 15-feet from the flagstick. Michael, though, became too aggressive with the uphill putt and pushed it five feet past. Jim missed the comebacker.

  Michael, the 2010 Patterson Cup runner-up, is fresh off a sound rookie campaign at the collegiate level. He earned Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Week honors on two occasions and led the Explorers in scoring average. Michael takes to the golf course frequently. That isn’t the case for his dad, who works for Merck Pharmaceuticals. Thursday marked Jim’s third round of the year.

  “I’ve walked and watched Michael a lot,” he said. “My schedule has kept me from playing.”

  David and Zach Smith of Doylestown CC fell one stroke short in their bid for a three-peat. They, along with the team of Jeff Klagholz of Rolling Green GC and Martin Klagholz of Applebrook GC, carded respective 3-over-par 71s to finish tied for second.

  The Father & Son (Middle) tournament is for those father and son teams with sons ranging in ages from 18 to 29. The event was conceived in 2008 because of the high demand for participation in both the Younger and Older tournaments.

Gross

Name, club

Score

Jim Johnson/Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club

70

Martin Klagholz/Jeff Klagholz, Applebrook Golf Club/Rolling Green Golf Club

71

David Smith/Zach Smith, Doylestown Country Club

71

David Ryder/Samuel Ryder, Aronimink Golf Club

73

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

73

David MacGregor/Scott MacGregor, Merion Golf Club

73

John Fasy/William Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

74

Marc Mandel/David Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club/White Manor Country Club

74

Peter Kyriakodis/Steve Kyriakodis, Lu Lu Country Club

74

Cameron Liebert/Edward Liebert, White Manor Country Club

74

Aaron Widdoes/Pete Widdoes, Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Joseph Gunerman/Todd Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club

75

Joseph Seufer/Trevor Seufer, Stonewall

75

James Genuardi/Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club

75

David West/Kyle West, Whitford Country Club

76

Joseph Dulka/Joseph Dulka, Jr., DuPont Country Club/Inniscrone Golf Club

77

Jim Krass/Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club

77

Doug Roberts/Bradley Roberts, Quarry Ridge Golf Course/Wedgwood Country Club

78

Andrew Willadsen/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

78

Bill Albertus/Patrick Albertus, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

Robert O'Leary/Ryan O'Leary, Lookaway Golf Club

79

Edward Bader/Keith Bader, Links Golf Club/Medford Lakes Country Club

79

Frederick Kotalik/Sean Kotalik, Chester Valley Golf Club

79

Paul Hirschler/Sean Hirschler, Glen Oak Country Club

80

Michael Moran/Tom Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

81

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

81

Drew Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

81

Bob Fair/Daniel Lee, Golden Oaks Golf Club

82

Mark Monkhouse/Matthew Monkhouse, Spring Mill Country Club

82

John McCallister/Stephen McCallister, Old York Road Country Club

82

Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club

83

Benjamin Cooley/Seth Cooley, Lu Lu Country Club

83

Bruce Godick/Ross Godick, Rolling Green Golf Club

83

Brad Spuhler/Joe Spuhler, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

84

Kenneth Henry/Scott Henry, Medford Lakes Country Club

84

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

84

Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Lu Lu Country Club

85

Alan Wagenschnur/Jeffrey Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

85

Guy Webster/Tim Webster, Hartefeld National

86

Joe Montgomery/Patrick Montgomery, Riverton Country Club

86

Brian Powell/Brian Powell, Jr., Burlington Country Club

86

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

87

Andrew Dorsey/Bob Dorsey, Unaffliated/Medford Lakes Country Club

87

Alex Cameron/Dan Cameron, Merchantville Country Club

87

Christopher Wasilewski/Dennis Wasilewski, Waynesborough Country Club

88

Dennis Westhafer/Ryan Westhafer, West Chester Golf & Country Club

89

Luke Liddell/Tom Liddell, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

91

Rob Galbreath, Jr./Rob Galbreath, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Philmont Country Club

WD

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Edward Bader/Keith Bader, Links Golf Club/Medford Lakes Country Club

66

Marc Mandel/David Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club/White Manor Country Club

66

Cameron Liebert/Edward Liebert, White Manor Country Club

67

Joseph Seufer/Trevor Seufer, Stonewall

67

Martin Klagholz/Jeff Klagholz, Applebrook Golf Club/Rolling Green Golf Club

68

David Ryder/Samuel Ryder, Aronimink Golf Club

68

Peter Kyriakodis/Steve Kyriakodis, Lu Lu Country Club

68

David Smith/Zach Smith, Doylestown Country Club

69

David MacGregor/Scott MacGregor, Merion Golf Club

69

Jim Johnson/Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club

70

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

70

David West/Kyle West, Whitford Country Club

71

John Fasy/William Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

72

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

72

Joseph Gunerman/Todd Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club

73

James Genuardi/Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club

73

Jim Krass/Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club

73

Doug Roberts/Bradley Roberts, Quarry Ridge Golf Course/Wedgwood Country Club

73

Frederick Kotalik/Sean Kotalik, Chester Valley Golf Club

73

Drew Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

73

Aaron Widdoes/Pete Widdoes, Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Brad Spuhler/Joe Spuhler, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

74

Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Lu Lu Country Club

74

Joe Montgomery/Patrick Montgomery, Riverton Country Club

74

Joseph Dulka/Joseph Dulka, Jr., DuPont Country Club/Inniscrone Golf Club

75

Andrew Willadsen/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

75

Kenneth Henry/Scott Henry, Medford Lakes Country Club

75

Paul Hirschler/Sean Hirschler, Glen Oak Country Club

76

Bob Fair/Daniel Lee, Golden Oaks Golf Club

76

Mark Monkhouse/Matthew Monkhouse, Spring Mill Country Club

76

John McCallister/Stephen McCallister, Old York Road Country Club

76

Bruce Godick/Ross Godick, Rolling Green Golf Club

76

Brian Powell/Brian Powell, Jr., Burlington Country Club

76

Michael Moran/Tom Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club

77

Christopher Wasilewski/Dennis Wasilewski, Waynesborough Country Club

77

Luke Liddell/Tom Liddell, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

77

Bill Albertus/Patrick Albertus, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

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

78

Alex Cameron/Dan Cameron, Merchantville Country Club

78

Robert O'Leary/Ryan O'Leary, Lookaway Golf Club

79

Guy Webster/Tim Webster, Hartefeld National

79

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

79

Benjamin Cooley/Seth Cooley, Lu Lu Country Club

81

Dennis Westhafer/Ryan Westhafer, West Chester Golf & Country Club

82

Alan Wagenschnur/Jeffrey Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

85

Andrew Dorsey/Bob Dorsey, Unaffliated/Medford Lakes Country Club

87

Rob Galbreath, Jr./Rob Galbreath, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Philmont Country Club

WD

 

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