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HVCC's Michael and Morgan Dougherty win Father & Son (Younger)

  CONCORDVILLE, Pa. — Michael Dougherty and his son R. Morgan retained their Father & Son (Younger) crown Thursday, carding a 2-under-par 69 to outlast the 48-team field at a sunny and scenic Concord CC (par 71, 6,385 yards). The Huntingdon Valley CC members buried early miscues with a seven-layered red figure dip to prevail.

Michael Dougherty gets out of
the No. 2 (par 4, 309 yards) bunker.
  “It’s really fun,” Morgan said. “It kind of just shows that all of the years before, we kind of came up short because of my play. I wasn’t quite there yet. I think I’ve put it together. I’m helping him (Michael) out now. We play together all of the time now. We know each other’s games really well. This feels really good.”

  A successful title defense became less of reality after the Warrington, Pa. residents bogeyed three of their first four holes. Morgan rolled a 30-footer birdie attempt on No. 11 (par 3, 180 yards) to 18 inches, but his father couldn’t complete the routine par.

  “I didn’t even hit the hole,” Michael, 61, said.

  A poor chip by Michael on the elevation-altering 12th hole (par 4, 393 yards) resulted in a bogey. After choosing to play Morgan’s tee shot out of the left rough on No. 13 (par 4, 418 yards), Michael attempted to negotiate a tree, but his ball clipped a branch and plummeted into the bunker.

R. Morgan Dougherty nearly makes this
birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 370 yards).
  “The first four holes, we weren’t giving each other chances to make any good numbers,” Morgan, 17, said.

  The Dougherty team received a much-needed injection on the monstrous par 5, 570-yard 14th hole. Michael knocked a 9-iron 130 yards to 10 feet, and Morgan, a senior at La Salle High School, cleaned up the birdie putt. Ditto on No. 15 (par 3,161 yards) after Michael’s 8-iron stopped 15 feet from the hole location. And to close out its outward tour, the Dougherty team posted its third birdie of the day following a 30-yard pitch, eight-foot putt sequence on No. 18 (par 5, 503 yards).

  The difficult No. 2 (par 4, 309 yards) threatened to detour the Dougherty’s momentum. They failed to get up-and-down for par after Morgan dumped his approach into the deep front bunker. But they revisited an optimal formula on No. 3 (par 4, 330 yards). Michael drilled a pitching wedge 110 yards to nine feet below the flagstick, and Morgan executed the birdie try. On No. 6 (par 5, 550 yards), Morgan nearly holed out for eagle with a sand wedge from 70 yards away.

  “It was actually pretty low,” Morgan said. “It just took two bounces and spun right to an inch.”

  “It was a great shot,” Michael, 61, added.

  The birdie barrage brought the scorecard back to even par, but the Dougherty team wasn’t done yet. Michael drilled an 8-iron 145 yards to three feet on No. 7 (par 4, 418 yards). His 7-iron on the par 3, 170-yard No. 7 camped out 10 feet from the flagstick. Morgan, who qualified for match play in the Association’s Junior Boys’ Championship at Running Deer GC earlier this week, coaxed the birdie putt into the jar.

  “It was a tough putt, but I just felt like I was on fire with the putter,” he said.

Randy Mitchell hugs his son Davis.
  Morgan’s putter proficiency played a prominent part in the Dougherty’s success Thursday.

  “He made every birdie putt except for the one-inch one that I putted,” Michael, the 2009 Brewer Cup Champion, said. “He made six birdie putts between three feet and 20 feet. That’s a lot of putts to make.”

  “I was asking him on the putting green to look at my stroke because I was on a bad putting streak,” Morgan added. “I moved it [my grip] up a little bit, and everything was rolling where I wanted it to.”

  Junior-Junior Division

  Davis and Randy Mitchell of Wilmington CC followed in the Dougherty’s footsteps. They, too, carded a 2-under-par 69 to retain their Junior-Junior Division title.

  “It means a lot to me,” Randy, 50, said. “We’ve been looking forward to this event since we won last year. This is about as much fun as I can have. There’s nothing like playing golf with your son.”

  The victory may have never occurred, though, as the Mitchell’s arrived slightly before their tee time. Davis competed in the Delaware State Golf Association’s Junior Boys’ Championship at Newark CC and lost in a playoff for the 13 Year-Old Division crown. The Wilmington, Del. residents didn’t feel any effects of a rushed commute as they birdied their first hole of the day (No.1, par 4, 340 yards). Davis hit a lob wedge 75 yards to three feet. The Mitchell team also inked red on Nos. 13 (par 4, 388 yards), 14 (par 5, 530 yards) and 18 (par 5, 489 yards) to post the division’s only subpar score. Davis, an eighth grader at Tatnall School, slapped a sand wedge 110 yards to a foot on No. 13. His pitching wedge traveled 125 yards and settled five feet from the No. 14 flagstick. Davis smashed a 5-wood into the left greenside bunker on No. 18. Randy’s superb sand shot stopped inches from the jar.

Andrew Desjardins
  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 2011 so far. Thursday’s field consisted of 208 players.

  NOTES

  Andrew Desjardins of Waynesborough CC aced the par 3, 155-yard 15th hole with a 6-iron. It was the 12-year-old’s second career hole-in-one.

  “I hit it pretty solidly. It hit the front of the green and bounced in,” Desjardins, of Malvern, Pa., said. “At first, I wasn’t quite sure if it was in, but either way, I was pretty happy.”

  “I couldn’t quite tell if it went in either,” Andrew’s father Jay added. “I was hoping it was in and we basically raced to the hole. I decided that he should be the one to look first.”

  Last year, Andrew, who attends St. Norbert School, aced the 4th hole at his home club.

  “He now has two more than his old man,” Jay said.

Junior

Name, club

Score

R. Morgan Dougherty/Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley CC

69

Zach Arsenault/Jim Arsenault, Little Mill CC

70

Kevin Kelly/Ryan Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Kevin Conners, Jr./Kevin Conners, Whitford CC

73

Tom Gergel/Jack Gergel, West Chester G&CC

74

Reilly Erhardt/Clement Erhardt, Trenton CC

74

Edward Furman/Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National GC

75

Paul Altieri/Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley GC

76

T.J. Summers/Timothy Summers, Commonwealth National GC/Doylestown CC

76

Joe Wintsch/Zach Wintsch, Bellewood GC

77

Robert Firth, Jr./Robert Firth, Commonwealth National GC

78

Jonathan Liu/Grant Liu, Commonwealth National GC

78

Jon Stewart/Phillip Stewart, Honeybrook GC/Wild Quail G&CC

79

Jack Concannon/John Concannon, Concord CC

79

Kenny Jones/Ken Jones, Riverton CC

79

Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green GC

80

Daniel Altieri/Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley GC

80

Mark Zipf/Kevin Zipf, Philadelphia CC

80

Edward Maul/Eddie Maul, Concord CC

81

H.Jay Bellwoar/Harry Bellwoar, Overbrook GC

81

Mark Schweitzer/Luke Schweitzer, Huntingdon Valley CC

81

Reid Worster/John Worster, Huntingdon Valley CC

82

Hank Kaufmann/Ron Hipple, Yardley CC/Bensalem Township CC

83

Mark W. Hogan/Mark Hogan, Spring Ford CC

83

Brian Binet/Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley CC

83

Gordon Dunlop, III/Gordon Dunlop, Jr., Bensalem Township CC

83

Frankie Brigidi/Frank Brigidi, III, North Hills CC

84

Christopher Ade/Matthew Ade, Riverton CC

84

Matthew Kane/Alex Kane, Radley Run CC

84

Kevin Dolan/Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green GC

84

Mike O'Connor/Bob O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley CC

85

John Marshalek/Steve Marshalek, Whitford CC

86

Evan Bechtel/John Bechtel, Commonwealth National GC

86

Joe Rueter, Jr./Joe Rueter, Huntingdon Valley CC/Torresdale-Frankford CC

86

Ken Bubes/Adam Bubes, Wilmington CC

88

Gary Smith/Cody Smith, Huntingdon Valley CC

88

Pat Young/Brendan Young, Chester Valley CC

89

Matt Fazio/Michael Fazio, Huntingdon Valley

89

Zachary Lowry/David Lowry, White Manor CC

91

Christian Portale/Joseph Portale, Concord CC

91

Daniel Lenhardt/Stephen Lenhardt, Plymouth CC

91

William Davis/Kent Davis, Berkshire CC

92

Evan Beaty/Mike Beaty, Plymouth CC

93

John Nabial/James Nabial, Cherry Valley CC

93

Neal Levitsky/Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington CC

94

Matt Loeb/Trevor Loeb, Cherry Valley CC

96

Keith McIntyre/Nick McIntyre, Concord CC

97

Jack Farris/John Farris, Huntingdon Valley CC

98

Jim Anthony, IV/James Anthony, V, Bensalem Township CC

101

Magnus Sims/Ernie Sims, Overbrook GC

102

 

Junior-Junior Division

Name, club

Score

Randy Mitchell/Davis Mitchell, Wilmington CC

69

Wally Swiger/Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley CC

73

Regan Erhardt/Clement Erhardt, Trenton CC

74

Michael Reed-Price/Robert Reed, Sunnybrook GC

74

Louis Giovi/Louis John Giovi, Old York CC at Chesterfield

75

Jack Hirsh/Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

H. Jay Bellwoar/Jack Bellwoar, Overbrook GC

81

R.J. Wren/Russell Wren, Honeybrook GC

82

Brett Seifried/Scott Seifried, Laurel Creek CC

82

Alexander Tappen/Roger Tappen, Cedarbrook CC

83

Jay Desjardins/Andrew Desjardins, Waynesborough CC

83

Todd Anderson/Brett Anderson, Wilmington CC

84

Cory Hunter/John Hunter, Commonwealth National GC

86

Andrew Wallace/Gregg Wallace, Green Valley CC

86

John Farris/Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley CC

86

John Easton, III/John Easton, IV, Manufacturers G&CC

86

Douglas Gregor/Andrew Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC

86

Forrest Swisher/Allen Swisher, Jericho National GC

86

Anthony White, Jr./Cole White, Blue Bell CC

88

Bob Colvin/Griffin Colvin, Concord CC

88

Michael Beckett/Tristan Beckett, Trenton CC

88

Gary McCabe/Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest GC & Preserve

88

Kevin Civitella/Bill Civitella, Aronimink GC

88

Evan Brown/Bill Brown, Jr., Hartefeld National

89

Patrick Clearkin/Brendan Clearkin, Old York Road CC

90

Stephen McHugh/Ryan McHugh, Penn Oaks GC

91

Dan Duffey/Daniel Duffey, The Bucks Club

92

Patrick Finn/Thomas Finn, Cavaliers CC

92

Rand Mendez/Will Mendez, Fieldstone GC

93

Matthew Brennan, Sr./Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green GC

93

Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC

94

Timothy Jones/Ken Jones, Riverton CC

94

Daniel Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green GC

94

Ryan Susanin/Peter Susanin, Overbrook GC

95

Drew Clifford/Chuck Clifford, Spring Ford CC

95

Charles Clark/John Clark, West Chester G&CC

96

Christopher Clark/Brendan Clark, Old York Road CC

96

Wade Gregor/Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC

96

James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord CC

97

Patrick Gillespie, III/Patrick Gillespie, Jr., Overbrook GC

97

Robbie Moses/Rob Moses, Concord CC

97

Dan Shevlin/Luke Shevlin, Concord CC

98

Michael Fazio/Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley CC

98

James Mezzanotte/Christopher Mezzanotte, Whitemarsh Valley CC

98

Rob Lauver/Austin Lauver, Meadia Heights GC

98

Gavin Sims/Ernie Sims, Overbrook GC

99

Mike O'Malley/Joseph O'Malley, West Chester G&CC

100

Brent Schoeller/Mark Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley CC

102

Matthew Brennan/Matthew Brennan, Sr., Rolling Green GC

104

Harry Bitzberger/Harrison Bitzberger, Penn Oaks GC

105

Mike Bednar/Michael Bednar, Penn Oaks GC

108

Fran McGlynn/Ryan McGlynn, Concord CC

114

Matthew Hoppe/Ted Hoppe, Concord CC

124

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