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Radley Run Country Club’s Jim and Matt Krass celebrate their Father & Son (Middle) victory.

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Radley Run’s Jim and Matt Krass win Father & Son (Middle)

  MACUNGIE, Pa. — Jim Krass and his son Matt, both of Radley Run Country Club, defeated James and his son Alex Blickle of LedgeRock Golf Club in a sudden-death playoff to capture the Father & Son (Middle) at a pleasant Brookside Country Club of Allentown (par 71, 6,208 yards) Thursday. Both teams, as well as the Depauls, Tony and Tony, Jr. of North Hills Country Club, and Johnsons, Michael and Jim of Talamore Country Club, finished regulation at 1-over-par 72. The Depauls and Johnsons, the tournament’s defending champions, were unable to return for the playoff.

   “I’ve gone through some tough times in my life and have always had my dad for me,” Matt, 23, said. “I’m more happy for him; he stuck by me when everything was bad, and now we have this moment to share forever.”

  In the playoff, Matt, playing his dad’s drive out of the left rough on No. 1 (par 4, 389 yards), the first playoff hole, whacked a 54-degree wedge 87 yards to nine feet flag-high right. The Blickles, of Reading, Pa., elected to use Alex’s drive, which found the fairway — some 70 yards from a front left hole location. James nuked a lob wedge over the green. Alex then lofted a chip that landed on the green, tracked toward the hole, skirted the left edge and stopped on the front collar. His dad’s putt to save par drifted left of the cup.   With the Blickles in for bogey, the Krass team, of Unionville, Pa., executed a safe two-putt for victory. Tears overcame Jim as he embraced Matt afterward.

   “I remember the day he was born and I just had this bubble of emotion built up inside me. I had that moment again,” Jim, 54, said. “You just don’t have those moments a lot. We’ve been playing together since he was 5 years old. It’s a special bond. I don’t feel like father and son. I feel like he’s my best friend. To share a moment like that with your best friend is a moment we’ll remember forever.”

  The Blickles, playing in the event’s second group, bogeyed their final two holes in regulation to fall into the 1 over bind. Both James and Alex missed the No. 17 (par 3, 166 yards) green. James guided a chip onto the putting surface; Alex missed the par putt. Alex also missed the No. 18 (par 4, 396 yards) green right with an 8-iron from 149 yards. James left his ensuing chip 10 feet short. Alex’s par effort dove right of the jar.

  Prior to the tough closing, the Blickles fired a birdie on the par 4, 420-yard 14th hole to move to 1 under overall. Alex hammered a 5-iron 186 yards to 12 feet right of the flagstick, and James cleaned up the birdie putt.

   “It was a lot of fun playing — definitely our best showing in a tournament together,” Alex,19, a sophomore at Kenyon College, said. “It was a great time.”

   “It’s always fun to play with him,” James, 53, added. “It’s changed because he’s now definitely the better golfer as opposed to when we started playing together. We had a lot of fun together today.”

  In regulation, the Krass team carded two birdies against three bogeys. After Jim’s approach on No. 7 (par 4, 362 yards) settled on the left collar, Matt cozied the birdie attempt to four feet. His dad didn’t finish off the par putt. The Krass team, though, bounced back with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 (par 4, 278 yards) and 10 (par 4, 406 yards). Matt drove the tempting yet attainable par 4 and his dad lagged the eagle effort to a foot. Jim also set up the No. 10 birdie, hitting a gap wedge 105 yards to 25 feet below the flagstick. Matt canned the uphill, right-to-left breaker.

  Bogeys on Nos. 14 (par 4, 420 yards) and 16 (par 4, 380 yards) essentially tossed the Krass team into the playoff. Jim powered a 5-iron 183 yards to 25 feet on the first. Matt ran a 15-footer for birdie four feet by, and dad missed the comebacker. Standing 132 yards from the No. 16 flagstick, Matt left his 9-iron 10 yards from the front of the green. Jim propelled a putt up the slope to seven feet, but Matt couldn’t convert the par try.

  “We’ve played together so long that we know exactly what the other person needs,” Matt said. “When one person hit a bad shot, the other person stepped up and made it happen.”

  “We write little things on our golf balls that have sayings that mean something to us,” Jim added. “He always is telling me, ‘commit to your shot.’ [The key today] was believing that the next shot was going to be great and forgetting about the bad stuff.”

  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 Father & Son (Younger), which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year, and the Older tournament, an event in its 101st year.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross Division

Name, club

Score

*Jim Krass/Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club

72

*Alex Blickle/James Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

72

*Jim Johnson/Michael Johnson, Unaffiliated/Talamore Country Club

72

*Tony DePaul/Tony DePaul, Jr., North Hills Country Club

72

Jonathan Heydt/William Heydt, Moselem Springs Golf Club

73

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

73

Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

74

Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club

75

Evan McGrain/Kevin McGrain, Old York Country Club at Chesterfield

75

Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club

76

Charles Bernard/Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Michael Moran/Tom Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

76

James Arsenault/Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club

76

Christopher Fuga/Mark Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club

76

Doug Roberts/Bradley Roberts, Gillette Ridge Golf Club/Wedgwood Country Club

77

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

77

Steve Scarpetta/Vincent Scarpetta, Jr., Glenmaura National Golf Club

77

Joseph Seufer/Trevor Seufer, Stonewall

78

David West/Kyle West, Whitford Country Club

78

Dave O'Brien/Kevin O'Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Harris Pogust/Zachary Pogust, The ACE Club

78

Gary Yeager/Royce Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Thomas C. Brennan/Thomas Brennan, Blue Bell Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club

79

Drew Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

79

Bobby Wurtz/Robert Wurtz, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Bob Fair/Daniel Lee, Golden Oaks Golf Club

80

David MacGregor/Scott MacGregor, Merion Golf Club

80

Joe Montgomery/Patrick Montgomery, Riverton Country Club

81

Jef Fogel/Ryan H. Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

81

Hayes Clark/Jeff Clark, Lookaway Golf Club

81

John Fasy/William Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

82

Brian Ginty/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

83

Cole Quigley/Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club

84

Bryan Quigley/Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club

84

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

84

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

84

Joe Horvath/Peter Horvath, Honeybrook Golf Club

84

Kenneth Oster/Zachary Oster, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

84

Daniel Minger/Tom Minger, Brookside Country Club

88

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

88

Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club

89

John Leighton, Jr./John Leighton, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

Clifford Cohn/Matt Cohn, Radnor Valley Country Club

90

John Marshalek/Stephen Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

91

James Ryan/Jimmy Ryan, Waynesborough Country Club

93

Kevin Zipf/Mark Zipf, Philadelphia Country Club

93

Mark Carnevale/Mark Carnevale, Golden Oaks Golf Club

NC

Luke Liddell/Tom Liddell, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

DQ

 

Net Division

Name, club

Score

Tony DePaul/Tony DePaul, Jr., North Hills Country Club

67

Jim Krass/Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club

68

Jim Johnson/Michael Johnson, Unaffiliated/Talamore Country Club

68

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

68

Christopher Fuga/Mark Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club

68

Alex Blickle/James Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

70

Joseph Seufer/Trevor Seufer, Stonewall

70

Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

71

Thomas C. Brennan/Thomas Brennan, Blue Bell Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club

71

Drew Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

71

Joe Montgomery/Patrick Montgomery, Riverton Country Club

71

Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club

72

Doug Roberts/Bradley Roberts, Gillette Ridge Golf Club/Wedgwood Country Club

72

Jonathan Heydt/William Heydt, Moselem Springs Golf Club

73

Evan McGrain/Kevin McGrain, Old York Country Club at Chesterfield

73

Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club

73

Gary Yeager/Royce Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Michael Moran/Tom Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

74

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

74

Hayes Clark/Jeff Clark, Lookaway Golf Club

74

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

74

Kenneth Oster/Zachary Oster, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

74

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

74

Charles Bernard/Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

75

David West/Kyle West, Whitford Country Club

75

Bob Fair/Daniel Lee, Golden Oaks Golf Club

75

Brian Ginty/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

75

Joe Horvath/Peter Horvath, Honeybrook Golf Club

75

James Arsenault/Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club

76

David MacGregor/Scott MacGregor, Merion Golf Club

76

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Steve Scarpetta/Vincent Scarpetta, Jr., Glenmaura National Golf Club

77

Harris Pogust/Zachary Pogust, The ACE Club

77

Bobby Wurtz/Robert Wurtz, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

Dave O'Brien/Kevin O'Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Clifford Cohn/Matt Cohn, Radnor Valley Country Club

78

John Leighton, Jr./John Leighton, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Jef Fogel/Ryan H. Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

80

John Fasy/William Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

80

Daniel Minger/Tom Minger, Brookside Country Club

81

Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club

83

John Marshalek/Stephen Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

83

Cole Quigley/Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club

84

Bryan Quigley/Mark Quigley, Lu Lu Country Club

84

Kevin Zipf/Mark Zipf, Philadelphia Country Club

85

James Ryan/Jimmy Ryan, Waynesborough Country Club

88

Luke Liddell/Tom Liddell, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

DQ

Mark Carnevale/Mark Carnevale, Golden Oaks Golf Club

NC

 

DQ-disqualification; NC-no card

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