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Huntingdon Valley’s Gregors win Father & Son (Younger)

  PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. — Even though the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son (Younger) is a riding-only event, Michael Gregor walked a lot Thursday. And it wasn’t to search for countless lost golf balls. He let his son Jack operate the golf cart as a last-minute preparation for his driver’s license test.

  Although the Huntingdon Valley Country Club members used different modes of transportation for most of the day, they collectively navigated Plymouth Country Club (par 72, 6,388 yards) with precision and power. Michael and his son Jack carded a 2-under-par 70 to take the tournament’s 55th edition. The North Wales, Pa. residents captured the Father & Son (Younger) Junior-Junior Division in 2006 and 2009.

   “He’s getting better with scoring and understanding not always to hit driver,” Michael said. “He hits fairway woods off tees to keep himself under the hole sometimes. He’s figuring out that pars are just fine and you don’t have to hit it at every flag and try to birdie every hole. He’s working harder at it. That’s what I’ve noticed the most.”

  Starting on the back nine, the Gregors opened their championship quest with a birdie. Jack crushed a drive on No. 10 (par 4, 296 yards) to the end of the fairway. Michael knocked a wedge 60 yards to five feet. The Gregors fired consecutive red figures on Nos. 12 (par 3, 170 yards) and 13 (par 5, 493 yards). Jack, an incoming junior at La Salle High School, hit a 7-iron to 20 feet and Michael executed the birdie putt on the first. Jakc’s powerful 5-iron shot on No. 13 traveled 210 yards and stopped 20 feet from the flagstick. A two-putt for birdie moved the duo to 3 under.

  Before the pedal reached the floor, however, the Gregors swerved a bit on No. 15 (par 4, 400 yards). A pair of errant tee shots led to a double bogey.

   “It was a community of bad shots on the entire hole,” Michael, 49, said.

  The downhill par 5, 523-yard 17th marked another bump in the road. Michael tried to punch a 4-iron along the right, but pulled it left into the hazard. After taking a drop, Jack nestled a wedge onto the green to 15 feet, but Michael couldn’t convert the par putt. The Gregors avenged the error with a birdie on No. 18 (par 5, 503 yards). Jack again hammered a drive, leaving Michael with a 180-yard 7-iron shot that reached the putting surface. Two putts for a 4 gave the Gregors subpar status to begin their inward trek.

  Jack’s length again boosted the team on No. 6 (par 4, 322 yards). A “perfect” 3-wood from the youngster put Michael 50 yards from the flagstick. He knocked a wedge to 10 feet, and Jack cleaned up the birdie putt. The Gregors detoured from their red figure road after a three-putt bogey on the par 3, 146-yard No. 7, but returned to the pavement with a birdie on No. 9 (par 4, 389 yards). Standing underneath a tree, Jack punched a pitching wedge 100 yards to 30 feet below the hole location.

   “I had no fear and got lucky on that one,” Michael said of the birdie putt. “We talked about it and went with the straight read. Luckily, it hit the back of the hole and stayed in.”

  A rash of injuries have hampered Jack’s golf game over the last year. At the outset of the 2011 tournament season, he suffered an upper-back/shoulder injury that doctors couldn’t diagnose. (“It was kind of a freak accident that sort of healed itself,” Jack said). Lower back problems later that year limited his effectiveness on the course. Jack dislocated his shoulder last month to add injury to, well, injury.

  Health-wise, Jack now appears to be back on track. He qualified for match play in the First Flight of the GAP Junior Boys’ Championship earlier this week. Thursday’s victory alongside his dad Michael is perhaps a sign that the physical setbacks are long gone.

   “I’m better now, so hopefully it stays that way,” Jack said.

Junior-Junior Division

  Colman and Randy Mitchell of Wilmington Country Club and Louis and Louis John Giovi of Yardley Country Club carded respective 5-over-par 77s to finish as co-champions in the Junior-Junior Division.

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Junior Division

Name, club

Score

Jack Gregor/Michael Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

70

Davis Mitchell/Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

71

Tom Gergel/Jack Gergel, West Chester Golf & Country Club

72

Clement Erhardt/Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club/Yardley Country Club

73

Mike Beaty/Evan Beaty, Plymouth Country Club

73

Jonathan Liu/Grant Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

Frankie Brigidi/Frank Brigidi, III, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Applecross Country Club/Whitford Country Club

75

Donald Dissinger/Peter Dissinger, Merion Golf Club

76

Zach Wintsch/Joe Wintsch, Bellewood Golf Club

77

Paul Altieri/Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

77

William Thornton, Jr./Evan Thornton, LedgeRock Golf Club/Berkshire Country Club

77

Mac Walsh/Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Daniel Lenhardt/Stephen Lenhardt, Plymouth Country Club

77

John Quirk/Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Brad Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

78

Cody Smith/Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

79

Charles Clark/John Clark, West Chester Golf & Country Club

79

Ryan Kelly/Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Wally Swiger/Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Robert Firth/Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Kevin Melnick/Zachary Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

80

Christopher Chizauskie/Thomas Chizauskie, Concord Country Club/The Springhaven Club

81

Paul Altieri/Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

81

Hugh Farris/John Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Perry Landis/Tucker Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club

81

Jay Losty/James Losty, Merion Golf Club

82

Michael Barychewsky/Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill Country Club/Yardley Country Club

82

Eric Perez/Fernando Perez, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

82

Carlos Fullerton/Jim Fullerton, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

83

Regan Erhardt/Clement Erhardt, Yardley Country Club/Trenton Country Club

83

Chris Binet/Brian Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83

Nolan Dirienzi/Ron Dirienzi, Rolling Green Golf Club

83

Joseph Rueter, Jr./Joseph Rueter, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

83

Michael Reed-Price/Robert Reed, Sunnybrook Golf Club

83

Christopher Ade/Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club

84

Neal Levitsky/Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club

84

Jack McAleese/John McAleese, III, Aronimink Golf Club

85

Rick Studer/Eric Studer, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Jeffrey Henderson/Jack Henderson, Gulph Mills Golf Club

86

Quinn Dolan/Kevin Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

86

Jake Mingione/Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club

86

Matthew Duman/Scott Duman, Laurel Creek Country Club

86

John Nabial/James Nabial, Cherry Valley Country Club

87

Douglas Gregor/Andrew Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Jack Hirsh/Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Hank Kaufmann/Ron Hipple, Yardley Country Club/Bensalem Township Country Club

87

Christian Portale/Joseph Portale, Concord Country Club

87

Mitchell Pinheiro/Tanner Pinheiro, Stonewall/Philadelphia Junior Tour

87

Jake Fazio/Michael Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Bryan Fernandes/Victor Fernandes, Laurel Creek Country Club

88

Thomas McGrath/Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

David Lowry/Zachary Lowry, White Manor Country Club

89

Patrick Clearkin/Brendan Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club

90

John Farris/Jack Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

91

Michael Patterson/James Patterson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

92

Tripp Davis/Owen Davis, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

92

Tom Barbine/Anthony Barbine, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

94

Ken Jones/Timothy Jones, Riverton Country Club

94

Michael Gradisek/William Gradisek, Stonewall

95

Ernie Sims/Magnus Sims, Overbrook Golf Club

96

Ryan Brennan/Matthew Brennan, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club

96

Daniel Yahr/Harold Yahr, Talamore Country Club

97

Trey Fallows/Ralph Fallows, Laurel Creek Country Club/Moorestown Field Club

99

Jeffrey Mehallick/Tyler Mehallick, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

101

James Anthony, V/Jim Anthony, IV , Bensalem Township Country Club

102

Chris Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

107

Patrick Gillespie, Jr./Patrick Gillespie, III, Overbrook Golf Club

108

 

Junior-Junior Division

Name, club

Score

Randy Mitchell/Colman Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

77

Louis Giovi/Louis John Giovi, Yardley Country Club/Old York CC at Chesterfield

77

Bill Civitella/Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Matthew Civitella/Matthew Civitella, Waynesborough Country Club

78

Nate Menon/Sanand Menon, LedgeRock Golf Club

81

David Kottler/Andrew Kottler, Cherry Valley Country Club

81

Colin Motherway/James Motherway, Cherry Valley Country Club

82

Dan Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club

83

Gregg Wallace/Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

83

Stever Boham/Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club/Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

83

Scott Pfeiffer/David Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Andrew Desjardins/Jay Desjardins, Waynesborough Country Club

86

Alec Ryden/Brad Ryden, Laurel Creek Country Club

87

James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club

87

Mark Schoeller/Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Ryan McHugh/Stephen McHugh, Philadelphia Junior Tour/Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

87

Bill Civitella/Kevin Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

88

Rich Weise/R.J. Weise, Old York CC at Chesterfield

88

Patrick Loftus/Liam Loftus, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

89

Darren Nolan/Brendan Nolan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

90

Thomas Finn/Patrick Finn, Cavaliers Country Club

90

Ryan Susanin/Peter Susanin, Overbrook Golf Club

91

Mark Lafond/Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

91

Patrick Loftus/Patrick Loftus, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club/North Hills Country Club

91

Charles Hurchalla/Zachary Hurchalla, Stonewall/Philadelphia Junior Tour

91

Ernie Sims/Gavin Sims, Overbrook Golf Club

92

Rob Moses/Robbie Moses, Concord Country Club

92

Rob Sitzler/Jake Sitzler, Burlington Country Club

92

Paul Bizzaro/Paul Bizzaro, II, Deerwood Country Club

94

Mark Fuessinger/Stephen Fuessinger, Llanerch Country Club

94

George Griffaton/Ben Griffaton, Brookside Country Club

94

John Bartos/Drew Bartos, Saucon Valley Country Club

94

Cory Hunter/John Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

94

James Greenhalgh/Alexander Linn, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

94

James Berg/Paul Berg, The Springhaven Club

95

Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

95

Matthew Brennan, Sr./Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

95

Richard Sposato/Richie Sposato, Llanerch Country Club

95

Doug Gregor/Wade Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

96

Christopher Mezzanotte/James Mezzanotte, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

98

Bruce Cowgill/Matt Cowgill, Whitford Country Club

100

Dan Lafond/Jack Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

100

William Binder/William Binder, IV, Lookaway Golf Club

101

Chuck Clifford/Drew Clifford, Spring Ford Country Club

103

John McClatchy/Tim McClatchy, Whitford Country Club

105

Russ Bleiler/Dean Bleiler, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

105

Joe Calabretti/Joe Calabretti, Jr., North Hills Country Club

110

Stephen Phenneger/Michael Phenneger, Saucon Valley Country Club

123

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