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Talented squad seizes Four-Man Team at Indian Valley CC

  TELFORD, Pa. — Four of the region’s top amateurs assembled Tuesday to take on the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 22nd Four-Man Team, and the results were remarkable.

The team of Andrew Mason of Huntingdon Valley CC,
Connor McNicholas of Commonwealth National GC,
Marc Mandel of Philadelphia Cricket Club
and John Brennan of Spring Ford CC.
  The team of John Brennan of Spring Ford CC, Marc Mandel of Philadelphia Cricket Club, Andrew Mason of Huntingdon Valley CC and Connor McNicholas of Commonwealth National GC set Indian Valley CC (par 72, 6,324 yards) ablaze, carding a sensational 16-under-par 128 total to prevail. They broke the event’s previous scoring record, in relation to par, which was set last year by the team of Joe Dellicarpini and Bryan Winsko of Philadelphia Cricket Club, John Marshalek of Whitford CC and Matt Smith of Lancaster CC at Talamore CC.

  “I don’t think we really stressed about making a bogey all day,” Brennan, of Audubon, Pa., said. “We always had at least two balls in play, if not all four.”

  Mandel established a red figure rhythm by carding a birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 355 yards), the team’s opening hole. The Conshohocken, Pa. resident knocked a 56-degree wedge 105 yards to 12 feet. On the par 5, 474-yard 12th hole, Mason, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., declared his place at the red roundtable. He smoked a 6-iron 180 yards to 15 feet and canned the eagle putt. Mason, a semifinalist in this year’s Amateur Championship, displayed superb power and finesse on No. 14 (par 4, 320 yards). The 22-year-old nearly drove the reachable green, and then almost holed out for eagle with his ensuing chip. On the next hole (No. 15, par 5, 538 yards), Mandel’s 30-yard pitch stopped two feet from the flagstick, and he tapped-in for birdie. Mason whacked a wedge to 30 feet on the par 3, 136-yard 16th hole and watched the downhill, right-to-left breaker drop for birdie.

  “That was one of my better putts of the day,” Mason, who will return to Temple University this fall for a final semester, said.

  “It was dead-center. It was perfect putt and had perfect speed,” Brennan, 32, added.

  The long-hitting Mason showed superior shotmaking on the dogleg-left No. 17 (par 4, 366 yards). Although he steered his drive left of the green, Mason still had a clear angle into the hole location.

  “It hit a tree and had some miraculous kick,” he said.

  “It was a good ball find by Marc Mandel,” Mandel added jokingly. Mason’s chip shot rolled out to three feet, and he converted the birdie try.

  Both Mandel and Mason, two of the Association’s Players to Watch in 2011, had favorable yardages into the No. 18 (par 4, 360 yards) green. Mandel’s 85-yard wedge shot settled 15 feet above the hole location. Mason stuck his wedge 65 yards to four feet.

  Collectively, the team began its inward trek boasting a 9 under on the scorecard.

  It continued to wear out the red pen on No. 1 (par 4, 355 yards). McNicholas, of Ambler, Pa., hit his 54-degree wedge 105 yards to 15 feet below the flagstick and converted the uphill, left-to-right curler. Mason’s lob wedge from 90 yards away cleared the water hazard with ease and perched four feet flag-high. Both Mandel and Mason accomplished up-and-down birdies on the downhill par 5, 487-yard No. 3. Mandel did so after powering his second shot, a 5-iron from 200 yards, over the green. Likewise for Mason, who pulverized a 7-iron 175 yards out. Mandel bashed a pitching wedge to six feet below the hole location on No. 4 (par 3, 121 yards) and deposited the birdie putt. The team posted back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 (par 5, 497 yards) and 9 (par 4, 342 yards) to earn a spot in the GAP history books. Mason thumped a 3-iron 235 yards into the left greenside bunker on No. 8. A superb sand shot came to rest three feet from the cup. McNicholas, a sophomore at Temple University, smacked a 54-degree wedge 105 yards to 30 feet on No. 9 and sunk the uphill birdie putt.

  “Marc and Andrew played awesome golf today,” Brennan, a three-time Mason-Dixon participant, said. “They both were low qualifiers in the [Golf Association of Philadelphia] Open [Championship qualifying events] last week. They’re just playing really good right now. Connor and I helped out when we needed to. We all picked each other up. We’re four competitive guys in the area. We found a way to get it done.”

  Links GC's Brad Ginter, Ian Fawthrop, Gerard and Mark McHugh carded a 122 total (net) to take the Net Division.

  The Four-Man Team is an 18-hole stroke play event in which the best gross and net scores count per hole. Participants from different clubs can compete on the same team. The event began in 1995.

Gross Division

Name, club

Score

John Brennan, Spring Ford; Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket; Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley & Connor McNicholas, Commonwealth National

128

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock; & David Brookreson, Pete Ervin & Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley

135

Rich Thon, Springhaven; Dwight Dudas, Scott Klee & Dan Pickering, Indian Valley

135

Tucker Koch, RiverCrest; Sam Pancoast, Radley Run; Dan Bernard & Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink

135

Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket; Matt Smith, Lancaster; Eric Meyer & John Marshalek, Whitford

136

Scott Bergson, Matthew Gaffney, James Lewis& Glen Van Istendal, Little Mill

136

Robert Harrington, Arthur Kania, Jr., J. Kirk Luntey & Mark Still, Merion

138

Mike Danner, Lu Lu; Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford; Andy Achenbach & Robert Dziak, RiverCrest

139

Christopher Clauson, Downingtown; Bruce Gladish, John Nottage & Steve Walsh, Lu Lu

139

Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Zac Robertson, Edgmont

141

Ian Fawthrop, Brad Ginter, Gerard McHugh & Mark McHugh, Links

142

Gary Yaglenski, Spring Ford; Louis Hoffman, Jeff Rittenhouse & Anthony White, Jr., Blue Bell

143

Steve Dionisio, John Riccio, Richard Speranza & Joe Warusz, Jericho National

143

Mike Dunn, Thomas Hyland, Bill Narozanick & Joe Olin, Little Mill

143

Vince Mazzei, Doylestown; Andrew Fisher, George Foley & Dennis O'Brien, Huntingdon Valley

144

Paul Clemens, Steve Horbonis, Nick Malack & Scott Malack, Indian Valley

146

Mike Hartsough, Jeffrey Pelesh, Neal Pelesh & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont

147

Joe Marucci, Saucon Valley; Greg Cathcart, Ken Stoddard & Rod Whiton, Ridge at Back Brook

147

Robert Garis, Gregory Sheva, Joseph Shevlin & Brad Tanner, North Hills

147

Jim Macallister, George May, James Muller & Edward Roberts, Manufacturers

148

James Prendergast, Brookside; Thomas Fuhs, Bill Gilinger & Frank Kunze, Spring Ford

148

Ken Logue, Bucks Club; Michael Misoda, Talamore; Kevin Freeman & Bryan Knight, Jericho National

149

Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr., Rich Holstein, Henry McCullough & Joe Rosato, Rolling Green

150

Brian Sivel, RiverCrest; Brian Kreamer, John Sivel & Mark Sivel, Bala

151

Mike Corcoran, Lawrence Kelly, Thomas Mohr & W. Scott Yard, Whitford

151

Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands; Bob Casey, Jr., Charles Minter & Michael Reap, Trenton

151

James Callaghan, Reese Crowe, Jr., Michael Garvey & Joseph McLean, Rolling Green

153

John Lyons, Running Deer; Homie Perkins, Wedgwood; Wayne Diluigi & Jay McMenamin, Little Mill

153

Don Hadley, Matt Hadley, Dave Morris & Richard Newstein, Reading

154

James Lyons, Jr., Kevin Merlini, Gerald Mullin, Jr. & Robert Zowney, Sandy Run

156

Joseph DeAngelis, Brian Glancey, David Leder & Llew Royal, Jr., Jericho National

158

Gerald Barr, Leo J. Daley, David Kearney & Vincent Kraft, Jr., Lehigh

158

David Myers, Jeffrey Palmer,  Thomas Schaible & Mike Schuster, Chester Valley

161

Conrad Gack, Five Ponds; Carl Nelson, Doylestown; Dennis Hancock & John Mellors, Jericho National

161

Samuel Detweiler, Eamonn Logue, Edward McGinty & Tom McMackin, Lu Lu

161

Lawrence Dolan, Joseph Hannigan, Thomas Lee & Ronald Vogel, Sandy Run

162

Brad Goughler, Jeffrey Hilton, Stephen Martin & Duane Walker, Northampton Valley

162

Kyran Connelly, Makefield Highlands; Michael McCorriston, Jericho National; Frank Petrecco, Yardley & Michael Yahrling, Indian Valley

164

Marvin Daley, Robert Felter, Terry Radcliffe & Joseph Timko, Lancaster

166

James Leonard, Chester Valley; Carmen Caruso, Robert Jenkins & William Penney, Spring Ford

171

 

Net Division

Name, club

Score

Ian Fawthrop, Brad Ginter, Gerard McHugh & Mark McHugh, Links

122

Paul Clemens, Steve Horbonis, Nick Malack & Scott Malack, Indian Valley

125

John Brennan, Spring Ford; Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket; Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley & Connor McNicholas, Commonwealth National

129

Scott Bergson, Matthew Gaffney, James Lewis& Glen Van Istendal, Little Mill

129

Vince Mazzei, Doylestown; Andrew Fisher, George Foley & Dennis O'Brien, Huntingdon Valley

129

Ken Logue, Bucks Club; Michael Misoda, Talamore; Kevin Freeman & Bryan Knight, Jericho National

129

Rich Thon, Springhaven; Dwight Dudas, Scott Klee & Dan Pickering, Indian Valley

130

Christopher Clauson, Downingtown; Bruce Gladish, John Nottage & Steve Walsh, Lu Lu

130

Gary Yaglenski, Spring Ford; Louis Hoffman, Jeff Rittenhouse & Anthony White, Jr., Blue Bell

131

Robert Garis, Gregory Sheva, Joseph Shevlin & Brad Tanner, North Hills

131

Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket; Matt Smith, Lancaster; Eric Meyer & John Marshalek, Whitford

132

Steve Dionisio, John Riccio, Richard Speranza & Joe Warusz, Jericho National

132

John Lyons, Running Deer; Homie Perkins, Wedgwood; Wayne Diluigi & Jay McMenamin, Little Mill

132

James Lyons, Jr., Kevin Merlini, Gerald Mullin, Jr. & Robert Zowney, Sandy Run

132

Samuel Detweiler, Eamonn Logue, Edward McGinty & Tom McMackin, Lu Lu

132

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock; & David Brookreson, Pete Ervin & Craig Scott, Huntingdon Valley

133

Mike Dunn, Thomas Hyland, Bill Narozanick & Joe Olin, Little Mill

133

Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Zac Robertson, Edgmont

134

Don Hadley, Matt Hadley, Dave Morris & Richard Newstein, Reading

134

Tucker Koch, RiverCrest; Sam Pancoast, Radley Run; Dan Bernard & Joseph Fabrizio, Jr., Aronimink

135

Robert Harrington, Arthur Kania, Jr., J. Kirk Luntey & Mark Still, Merion

135

Mike Hartsough, Jeffrey Pelesh, Neal Pelesh & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont

135

Joe Marucci, Saucon Valley; Greg Cathcart, Ken Stoddard & Rod Whiton, Ridge at Back Brook

135

James Prendergast, Brookside; Thomas Fuhs, Bill Gilinger & Frank Kunze, Spring Ford

136

Lawrence Dolan, Joseph Hannigan, Thomas Lee & Ronald Vogel, Sandy Run

136

Marvin Daley, Robert Felter, Terry Radcliffe & Joseph Timko, Lancaster

136

Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr., Rich Holstein, Henry McCullough & Joe Rosato, Rolling Green

137

Conrad Gack, Five Ponds; Carl Nelson, Doylestown; Dennis Hancock & John Mellors, Jericho National

137

James Leonard, Chester Valley; Carmen Caruso, Robert Jenkins & William Penney, Spring Ford

137

David Myers, Jeffrey Palmer,  Thomas Schaible & Mike Schuster, Chester Valley

137

Mike Danner, Lu Lu; Bobby Kershner, Spring Ford; Andy Achenbach & Robert Dziak, RiverCrest

138

Jim Macallister, George May, James Muller & Edward Roberts, Manufacturers

138

Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands; Bob Casey, Jr., Charles Minter & Michael Reap, Trenton

138

Joseph DeAngelis, Brian Glancey, David Leder & Llew Royal, Jr., Jericho National

138

Kyran Connelly, Makefield Highlands; Michael McCorriston, Jericho National; Frank Petrecco, Yardley & Michael Yahrling, Indian Valley

138

Mike Corcoran, Lawrence Kelly, Thomas Mohr & W. Scott Yard, Whitford

139

Gerald Barr, Leo J. Daley, David Kearney & Vincent Kraft, Jr., Lehigh

139

Brian Sivel, RiverCrest; Brian Kreamer, John Sivel & Mark Sivel, Bala

141

James Callaghan, Reese Crowe, Jr., Michael Garvey & Joseph McLean, Rolling Green

143

Brad Goughler, Jeffrey Hilton, Stephen Martin & Duane Walker, Northampton Valley

144

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