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Billings team takes Father & Son (Older) in playoff at Whitford

  EXTON, Pa. — Robert P. Billings and his son Robert A. defeated Jon and Matthew Finger in a sudden-death playoff to capture the Father & Son (Older) at Whitford Country Club (par 72, 6,362 yards). The team executed a challenging two-putt for par on No. 3 (par 4, 390 yards), the third playoff hole, to prevail.

   “I’ve been playing in GAP events for the last 15 years, and it’s always exciting,” the elder Billings, 62, of Newtown Square, Pa., said. “It’s my first GAP win, and I’m really proud to win it with my son. It’s truly exciting.”

   “It’s special for me,” the younger Billings, 42, of Cherry Hill, N.J., said. “I thought my competitive golf days were over until we came out today and frankly got lucky. We started out shaky and gathered on the back nine. It’s nice to spend the day with my dad. We’re going to have a nice dinner with some friends and celebrate.”

  Personal and professional obligations typically keep Billings, of Stone Harbor Golf Club, out of the tournament scene. Hard to tell, judging by his playoff performance.

  In the sudden-death session, both teams halved the first hole (par 4, 358 yards) with pars; Billings executed a clutch seven-footer to extend it. Jon Finger, 62, and the elder Billings hit wedges out of the rough from 118 and 112 yards, respectively. Finger’s approach darted to the back of the green; Billings’ above the flagstick, 15 feet in front of their opponent. Matthew Finger, of Woolwich Township, N.J., sent a downhill chip 10 feet by the jar. The younger Billings left his birdie try eight feet above it. Jon Finger missed his uphill par putt, giving Billings, of Rolling Green Golf Club, a window for a win.

   “Like all good dads, they come through in the end and pick their son up,” the younger Billings said.

   “I was lucky enough to see the line,” his father added.

  In regulation, the Billings and Finger teams carded 5-over-par 77s. The Billings posted two red figures on the day. Starting on the back nine, the elder Billings hit an 8-iron 130 yards to 15 feet for birdie on No. 15 (par 4, 394 yards). After making the turn at 5 over, the Billings settled a bit and carded a birdie against two bogeys coming in. The younger Billings hit a lob wedge 100 yards to seven feet for a 3 on the par 4, 390-yard No. 3. His father missed a two-footer for par on No. 8 (par 4, 386 yards), which put the team into a tie with the Finger squad.

   “I was nervous,” the elder Billings said. “I knew we were in it and the pressure amps up.”

  The Billings team knew that Jon and Matthew Finger posted a 77 in the morning — a number that held strong amid tough scoring conditions. The Finger team birdied its first hole (par 4, 358 yards) in regulation, where Matthew hit a wedge 100 yards into tap-in territory. A potent mixture of missed greens and three-putts led to six bogeys on the team’s inward tour.

   “The greens were difficult here,” Matthew, 35 said.

  Jon, of Charleston, S.C., traveled to the area to both visit family and to fulfill business obligations. He and Matthew decided to make time for the Father & Son (Older).

Super-Senior

  Llanerch Country Club’s Kevin and Neil McDermott filed a 3-over-par 75 to take the Super-Senior Division (par 72, 5,933 yards).

   “It’s always a great honor to win a GAP event,” Neil McDermott, a past president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, said. “This was my first Super-Senior event, and to win it with my son Kevin is a great thrill.”

  The McDermott team — father Neil, 65, of Newtown Square, Pa. and son Kevin, 35, of Conshohocken, Pa. — used a pair of par 5 birdies as insurance to counter mistakes. It carded red figures on Nos. 12 (444 yards and 16 (505 yards).

  NOTES

  John Clough of Philadelphia Cricket Club aced the par 3, 115-yard No. 5 with a sand wedge. It marked the Berwyn, Pa. resident’s seventh career hole-in-one — his last coming in 2005.

  Now in its 101st year, the Father & Son (Older) is open to father and son teams with sons 30 years of age and older.

  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

Championship

Name, club

Score

*Robert P. Billings/Robert A. Billings, Rolling Green GC/Stone Harbor GC

77

Matthew  Finger/Jon Finger, Woodcrest CC/Snee Farm CC

77

Peter Kyriakodis/Steve Kyriakodis, Commonwealth National GC

80

Matthew Shevlin/Joseph Shevlin, North Hills CC

82

Martin C. Klagholz/Marty Klagholz, Rolling Green GC/Aronimink GC

82

W. Scott Yard/Chris Yard, Whitford CC

83

Paul T. McGuigan/Paul J. McGuigan, Tavistock CC/Ramblewood CC

83

Robert Aronchick/Craig Aronchick, Rolling Green GC

83

Peter P. Dilullo/Peter Dilullo, Applebrook GC/GC at Glen Mills

84

Eric Fonner/William Fonner, Huntingdon Valley CC

84

Christopher Beringer/Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia CC

85

Bob Davidson/Jeffrey Davidson, Cobbs Creek GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Lee Oxman/Nate Oxman, Moselem Springs GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

86

Richard Kidd/Mike Kidd, Running Deer GC

87

William Holsten/Bill Holsten, III, Aronimink GC

87

Larry Silk/Sean Silk, Greate Bay CC

88

Jeffrey Huntzinger/Robert Huntzinger, Five Ponds GC/PineCrest CC

90

Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, Chester Valley GC/Spring Mill CC

91

Yong Choe/Robert Choe, Rolling Green GC/Blue Bell CC

91

Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor GC/Paxon Hollow CC

93

Charles Ormsby, III/Charles Ormsby, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC

94

Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Lu Lu CC

95

Kevin Merlini/Mark Merlini, Paxon Hollow CC/North Hills CC

97

David Livingston/Dan Livingston, Lu Lu CC

97

Larry Cellucci/Mike Cellucci, Rolling Green GC/Concord CC

100

David Hoegel/Donald Hoegel, Little Mill CC

101

Larry Demarco/Andrew Demarco, Meadia Heights GC/Five Ponds GC

101

Bradley Impriano/Jack Impriano, Edgmont CC/Applebrook GC

105

Jay Howson, Jr./Gregory Howson, St. Davids GC

DQ

Jesse Daniels/Gary Daniels, Aronimink GC/Applebrook GC

WD

James Sullivan, Sr./James Sullivan, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC/Mercer Oaks GC

WD

 

Super Senior

Name, club

Score

Kevin McDermott/Neil McDermott, Llanerch CC

75

Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks GC

77

P. Chet Walsh/William T. Walsh, Philadelphia CC

77

Edward Roberts/Michael Roberts, Manufacturers G&CC/Five Ponds GC

79

Edmund Moore, Jr./Ned Moore, Manufacturers G&CC

80

Frank Kunze/Mark Kunze, Spring Ford CC

80

Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids GC/Philadelphia CC

81

Mike Civitello, Jr./Michael Civitello, Chester Valley GC

81

Scott Gibson/George Gibson, Riverton CC

81

Charles Kane/Stephen Kane, Rolling Green GC

81

Charles McClaskey/Bryan McClaskey, Back Creek GC/Merchantville CC

81

Leon LaRosa, Jr./Andrew LaRosa, Whitford CC

82

Phil Over/Phil Over, Golden Oaks GC/Penn Oaks GC

82

Kenneth Croney, Jr./Kenneth Croney, Overbrook GC/Sunnybrook GC

82

Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr. , Commonwealth National GC/North Hills CC

83

Steve Oh/Shi Oh, Llanerch CC

83

James Rush/Thomas Rush, Riverton CC

83

Robert Kalan/Scott Kalan, Greate Bay CC/White Manor CC

84

Charles Lafond/Mark Lafond, PineCrest CC/Blue Bell CC

84

Tim Curvan/Jim Curvan, Aronimink GC/Club at Shannondell

85

Gregory Hurchalla/Charles Hurchalla, Stonewall

85

Oren Thomas, III/Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock CC

85

Edward Westermann, Sr. /Edward Westermann, Jr., Manufacturers G&CC/Jeffersonville GC

85

Richard Bean, Jr./Richard Bean, Tavistock CC

85

John VanDame/Barrett VanDame, Five Ponds GC

85

Paul Missett/Christopher Missett, Philadelphia CC

86

Rod Herrell/Roger Herrell, Philadelphia CC

86

Paul Watson/Troy Watson, Makefield Highlands GC/Spring Ford CC

88

Sam Coroniti/Rick Coroniti, Downingtown CC/RiverCrest GC

88

John M. Convery/John Convery, Northampton Valley CC/GC at Glen Mills

88

John C. Holsten/John W. Holsten, Aronimink GC/Rolling Green GC

88

Ray Yothers/Keith Yothers, Indian Valley CC

89

David Pfeiffer/Francis Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley CC/Riverton CC

89

Carmen Caruso/Charles Caruso, Spring Ford CC/Raven's Claw GC

90

Sean O'Reilly/Timothy O'Reilly, Aronimink GC/Applebrook GC

90

Joseph Shott/Edward Shott, North Hills CC

90

Kevin Pechin/George Pechin, Phoenixville CC/Rolling Green GC

90

Brent Alwood/Harold Alwood, Jr., Five Ponds GC/Old York Road CC

91

Thomas Gibson/Thomas J.  Gibson, Deerwood CC/Penn Oaks GC

91

Edward Blomstedt/Eric Blomstedt, Talamore CC

93

Richard Amoroso/Richard Amoroso, Hershey's Mill GC

93

Jack Clough/John Clough, Wilmington CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club

94

Russell Orban/Jeff Orban, Bent Creek CC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

95

Jerry Booz/Steven Booz, Honeybrook GC/St. Davids GC

96

William Powers, Jr./Bob Cummings, Laurel Creek CC/Makefield Highlands GC

96

Dave C. Bielecki/David Bielecki, Old York Road CC

97

Robert Andreola/Albert Andreola, Riverton CC

97

Michael Woolley/David Woolley, Tavistock CC

101

Thomas Bellwoar/Michael Bellwoar, Hershey's Mill GC/West Chester G&CC

101

Eric Meyer/Gordon Meyer, Whitford CC

WD

William Costin/Jarrett Kling, Merion GC

WD

 

Net Division

Championship

Name, club

Score

Martin C. Klagholz/Marty Klagholz, Rolling Green GC/Aronimink GC

72

Matthew  Finger/Jon Finger, Woodcrest CC/Snee Farm CC

74

Peter P. Dilullo/Peter Dilullo, Applebrook GC/GC at Glen Mills

74

Larry Silk/Sean Silk, Greate Bay CC

74

Peter Kyriakodis/Steve Kyriakodis, Commonwealth National GC

75

Matthew Shevlin/Joseph Shevlin, North Hills CC

75

Robert Aronchick/Craig Aronchick, Rolling Green GC

75

Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor GC/Paxon Hollow CC

75

Eric Fonner/William Fonner, Huntingdon Valley CC

76

Robert P. Billings/Robert A. Billings, Rolling Green GC/Stone Harbor GC

77

Paul T. McGuigan/Paul J. McGuigan, Tavistock CC/Ramblewood CC

77

Christopher Beringer/Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia CC

77

Lee Oxman/Nate Oxman, Moselem Springs GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

Bob Davidson/Jeffrey Davidson, Cobbs Creek GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

William Holsten/Bill Holsten, III, Aronimink GC

79

W. Scott Yard/Chris Yard, Whitford CC

80

Yong Choe/Robert Choe, Rolling Green GC/Blue Bell CC

81

Richard Kidd/Mike Kidd, Running Deer GC

82

Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, Chester Valley GC/Spring Mill CC

82

Charles Ormsby, III/Charles Ormsby, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC

82

Kevin Merlini/Mark Merlini, Paxon Hollow CC/North Hills CC

82

Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Lu Lu CC

83

Jeffrey Huntzinger/Robert Huntzinger, Five Ponds GC/PineCrest CC

84

David Livingston/Dan Livingston, Lu Lu CC

85

Larry Demarco/Andrew Demarco, Meadia Heights GC/Five Ponds GC

85

Larry Cellucci/Mike Cellucci, Rolling Green GC/Concord CC

87

Bradley Impriano/Jack Impriano, Edgmont CC/Applebrook GC

91

David Hoegel/Donald Hoegel, Little Mill CC

93

Jay Howson, Jr./Gregory Howson, St. Davids GC

DQ

Jesse Daniels/Gary Daniels, Aronimink GC/Applebrook GC

WD

James Sullivan, Sr./James Sullivan, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC/Mercer Oaks GC

WD

 

Super Senior

Name, club

Score

P. Chet Walsh/William T. Walsh, Philadelphia CC

67

Edward Roberts/Michael Roberts, Manufacturers G&CC/Five Ponds GC

69

Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks GC

71

Gregory Hurchalla/Charles Hurchalla, Stonewall

71

Leon LaRosa, Jr./Andrew LaRosa, Whitford CC

72

Steve Oh/Shi Oh, Llanerch CC

72

Robert Kalan/Scott Kalan, Greate Bay CC/White Manor CC

72

Edmund Moore, Jr./Ned Moore, Manufacturers G&CC

73

Scott Gibson/George Gibson, Riverton CC

73

Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr. , Commonwealth National GC/North Hills CC

73

James Rush/Thomas Rush, Riverton CC

73

John C. Holsten/John W. Holsten, Aronimink GC/Rolling Green GC

73

Kevin McDermott/Neil McDermott, Llanerch CC

74

Phil Over/Phil Over, Golden Oaks GC/Penn Oaks GC

74

Edward Westermann, Sr. /Edward Westermann, Jr., Manufacturers G&CC/Jeffersonville GC

74

Mike Civitello, Jr./Michael Civitello, Chester Valley GC

75

Richard Bean, Jr./Richard Bean, Tavistock CC

75

Sam Coroniti/Rick Coroniti, Downingtown CC/RiverCrest GC

75

Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids GC/Philadelphia CC

76

Kenneth Croney, Jr./Kenneth Croney, Overbrook GC/Sunnybrook GC

76

Charles Lafond/Mark Lafond, PineCrest CC/Blue Bell CC

76

Tim Curvan/Jim Curvan, Aronimink GC/Club at Shannondell

76

Paul Missett/Christopher Missett, Philadelphia CC

76

John M. Convery/John Convery, Northampton Valley CC/GC at Glen Mills

77

Sean O'Reilly/Timothy O'Reilly, Aronimink GC/Applebrook GC

77

Robert Andreola/Albert Andreola, Riverton CC

77

Oren Thomas, III/Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock CC

78

Rod Herrell/Roger Herrell, Philadelphia CC

78

Paul Watson/Troy Watson, Makefield Highlands GC/Spring Ford CC

78

Ray Yothers/Keith Yothers, Indian Valley CC

78

Joseph Shott/Edward Shott, North Hills CC

78

Charles McClaskey/Bryan McClaskey, Back Creek GC/Merchantville CC

79

Carmen Caruso/Charles Caruso, Spring Ford CC/Raven's Claw GC

79

Kevin Pechin/George Pechin, Phoenixville CC/Rolling Green GC

79

Brent Alwood/Harold Alwood, Jr., Five Ponds GC/Old York Road CC

79

Thomas Gibson/Thomas J.  Gibson, Deerwood CC/Penn Oaks GC

79

Frank Kunze/Mark Kunze, Spring Ford CC

80

Edward Blomstedt/Eric Blomstedt, Talamore CC

80

Charles Kane/Stephen Kane, Rolling Green GC

81

David Pfeiffer/Francis Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley CC/Riverton CC

81

Richard Amoroso/Richard Amoroso, Hershey's Mill GC

81

Russell Orban/Jeff Orban, Bent Creek CC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

Thomas Bellwoar/Michael Bellwoar, Hershey's Mill GC/West Chester G&CC

83

William Powers, Jr./Bob Cummings, Laurel Creek CC/Makefield Highlands GC

84

John VanDame/Barrett VanDame, Five Ponds GC

85

Jerry Booz/Steven Booz, Honeybrook GC/St. Davids GC

86

Jack Clough/John Clough, Wilmington CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Michael Woolley/David Woolley, Tavistock CC

91

Dave C. Bielecki/David Bielecki, Old York Road CC

97

Eric Meyer/Gordon Meyer, Whitford CC

WD

William Costin/Jarrett Kling, Merion GC

WD

 

*-determined in playoff

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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