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Meadia Heights’ Alan and Craig Kliewer win Father & Son (Middle)

  WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Meadia Heights Golf Club’s Alan and Craig Kliewer birdied their first three holes and never looked back en route to victory in the Father & Son (Middle) Thursday at a humid Radley Run Country Club (par 72, 6,337 yards). The duo, making its father and son tournament debut on the Golf Association of Philadelphia circuit, posted a 2-under-par 70 to top the 60-team field.

   “It’s pretty special,” Craig, 53, of Ephrata, Pa., said. “There is nothing better than playing golf with your son and enjoying a beautiful day on a beautiful golf course. We play in club and better-ball tournaments together. This was another tournament to get in and enjoy our competitiveness. It’s always fun when you succeed.”

   “For me, I’ve always watched him winning tournaments. It’s finally good to feel victory with him,” Alan, 25, of Denver, Pa., added. “I don’t win too many and he wins a lot. It feels very exciting.”

  Craig captained Meadia Heights’ Division AA team in the GAP Team Matches this year. He’s won four club championships and two Lancaster County Senior Championships. At Radley Run, he shared the victor’s stage with Alan. On No. 1 (par 4, 405 yards), Craig hit a gap wedge 95 yards to eight feet, and his son cleaned up the birdie putt. An even shorter wedge shot — this time from 20 yards by Alan — resulted in a gimme birdie on the par 5, 505-yard No. 2. Craig had an identical yardage into the No. 3 (par 4, 322 yards) green and stopped a wedge at four feet.

   “There is nothing better than getting off to a good start,” Craig said. “When we made par on the next hole, we were really feeling good and confident.”

  The Kliewer team sandwiched a five-foot birdie on No. 8 (par 4, 325 yards) with bogeys on Nos. 7 (par 5, 514 yards) and 9 (par 4, 327 yards), courtesy of a poor approach and three-putt, respectively. In command of his wedges, though, Craig used the sand brand from 75 yards on the par 4, 340-yard 10th hole, leaving Alan with a kick-in birdie from five feet below the hole. A poor 6-iron on the par 3, 173-yard 11th hole left Alan with a difficult chip, which ran 12 feet past the jar. Craig missed the par putt. Wayward drives by both players on No. 12 (par 5, 570 yards) led to a bogey.

  With their scorecard floundering and Alan fighting off migraines, the Kliewer team needed a strong finish to avoid a playoff. They did so by carding back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 (par 4, 274 yards) and 16 (par 5, 530 yards). Craig nearly drove the green, and Alan lofted a chip to seven feet on the first. Alan felt more confident hitting the team’s third shot into the No. 16 flagstick, so Craig powered a 3-wood to 60 yards. His senses were accurate as Alan then stopped a wedge at eight feet and Craig converted the left-to-right breaker.

   “We got our confidence back again. We persevered,” Craig said. “He’s a gamer. He’s not going to quit. He did a fantastic job today.”

Links Golf Club’s Bob and Brad Hennefer
  A bogey on the par 4, 432-yard 18th merely meant a three-stroke margin of victory.

  The Father & Son (Middle) isn’t just about red numbers, winners and trophies, however. Links Golf Club’s Bob Hennefer and his son Brad, who has Down syndrome, bond through golf and enjoyed their experience together at Radley Run.

   “It was an awesome day,” Bob, 56, of Cherry Hill, N.J., said. “We have a lot of experiences playing golf together. We play about three times a week together.”

   “It was a great day,” Brad, 24, added with a smile.

  Throughout the year, Brad travels the country to participate in celebrity and pro-am events that support children with disabilities.

  The Father & Son (Middle) tournament is for those father and son teams with sons 18 to 29 years old. The event was conceived in 2008 because of the high demand for participation in both the Father & Son (Younger), which celebrates its 56th anniversary this year, and the Older tournament, an event in its 102nd 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 143 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

Alan Kliewer/Craig Kliewer, Meadia Heights Golf Club

70

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

73

Frank Pancoast/Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club

73

Jim Krass/Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club

74

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

74

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Evan Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Philmont Country Club

74

Rob Francis/Ryne Francis, Brookside Country Club

74

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Rob Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Philmont Country Club

74

Alex Bauman/Ward Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook

75

Jay T. Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club

75

Alex Kane/Matthew Kane, Radley Run Country Club

76

Pete Widdoes/Aaron Widdoes, Inniscrone Golf Club/Loch Nairn Golf Club

76

Mac Walsh/Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

77

Charles Bernard/Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Scotty Safford/Tom Safford, Waynesborough Country Club

78

Alex Blickle/James Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

78

David Smith/Zach Smith, Doylestown Country Club

78

John Marshalek/Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

78

David Carney/Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Chris Michael/Scott Wight, Merchantville Country Club

78

Jim Tutelman/Matt Tutelman, Green Valley Country Club

79

John Fasy/William Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

79

Andrew Willadsen/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

79

James W. Ryan/Jim Ryan, Waynesborough Country Club

79

Charles Bernard/Joe Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

79

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

80

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

80

George Kerschner/Ted Kerschner, Overbrook Golf Club

80

Daniel Furman/Edward Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

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

82

Laurence Hirsh/Max Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Plymouth Country Club

82

Scott Henry/Kenneth Henry, 1757 Golf Club of Virginia/Medford Lakes Country Club

83

Christopher Logan/Robert Logan, Overbrook Golf Club

83

Brian Ginty/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

83

Patrick Marshalek/George Marshalek, French Creek Golf Club/Honeybrook Golf Club

84

Joe Paris/Zach Paris, Penn Oaks Golf Club

84

Chris Wert/John Wert, Merion Golf Club

85

Kyle Graham/Scott Graham, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

85

Alan Wagenschnur/Jeffrey Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

85

Jules Siskind/Max Siskind, Radley Run Country Club

86

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

87

Danny Noone/John Noone, The Springhaven Club

87

Chet Woolard/Mark Woolard, Coatesville Country Club

88

David Defazio/John Defazio, Whitford Country Club

88

Stephen Murta/Steve Murta, Radley Run Country Club

88

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

88

Joe Montgomery/Patrick Montgomery, Riverton Country Club

89

Ernest Menold/Ernie Menold, IV, The Springhaven Club

90

Drew Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

90

Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club

90

Edward Bader/Kurt Bader, Links Golf Club/Little Mill Country Club

91

Jimmy Mastroni/Tom Mastroni, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

91

Richard Cohen/Keith Cohen, Limekiln Golf Club/Middletown Country Club

92

Adam Bubes/Ken Bubes, Wilmington Country Club

96

Jack Crowley/Jack Crowley, White Manor Country Club

98

Bob Hennefer/Brad Hennefer, Links Golf Club

99

Chris Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

110

Michael Baranowsky/Ryan Baranowsky, Stone Harbor Golf Club

NC

 

Net Division

Name, club

Score

Frank Pancoast/Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club

68

Alan Kliewer/Craig Kliewer, Meadia Heights Golf Club

68

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

69

Alex Kane/Matthew Kane, Radley Run Country Club

70

Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

70

John Marshalek/Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

70

Chris Michael/Scott Wight, Merchantville Country Club

70

Jim Krass/Matt Krass, Radley Run Country Club

71

Rob Francis/Ryne Francis, Brookside Country Club

71

Christopher Logan/Robert Logan, Overbrook Golf Club

71

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Evan Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Philmont Country Club

72

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Rob Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Philmont Country Club

72

Alex Bauman/Ward Bauman, The Ridge at Back Brook

72

Jay T. Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club

72

Mac Walsh/Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club

73

Scotty Safford/Tom Safford, Waynesborough Country Club

73

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

73

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

74

Pete Widdoes/Aaron Widdoes, Inniscrone Golf Club/Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

74

James W. Ryan/Jim Ryan, Waynesborough Country Club

74

Scott Henry/Kenneth Henry, 1757 Golf Club of Virginia/Medford Lakes Country Club

74

Brian Ginty/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

74

Ernest Menold/Ernie Menold, IV, The Springhaven Club

74

Jim Tutelman/Matt Tutelman, Green Valley Country Club

75

Andrew Willadsen/John Willadsen, Sakima Country Club

75

George Kerschner/Ted Kerschner, Overbrook Golf Club

75

Chris Wert/John Wert, Merion Golf Club

75

David Defazio/John Defazio, Whitford Country Club

75

Edward Bader/Kurt Bader, Links Golf Club/Little Mill Country Club

75

Charles Bernard/Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Alex Blickle/James Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club

76

John Fasy/William Fasy, Wilmington Country Club

76

Jules Siskind/Max Siskind, Radley Run Country Club

76

Danny Noone/John Noone, The Springhaven Club

76

David Smith/Zach Smith, Doylestown Country Club

77

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

77

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

77

Joe Montgomery/Patrick Montgomery, Riverton Country Club

77

David Carney/Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Charles Bernard/Joe Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Daniel Furman/Edward Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Joe Paris/Zach Paris, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

Kyle Graham/Scott Graham, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

78

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

78

Richard Cohen/Keith Cohen, Limekiln Golf Club/Middletown Country Club

78

Alan Wagenschnur/Jeffrey Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

79

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

79

Chet Woolard/Mark Woolard, Coatesville Country Club

79

Patrick Marshalek/George Marshalek, French Creek Golf Club/Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Stephen Murta/Steve Murta, Radley Run Country Club

81

Drew Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

81

Laurence Hirsh/Max Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Plymouth Country Club

82

Bob Hennefer/Brad Hennefer, Links Golf Club

82

Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club

83

Adam Bubes/Ken Bubes, Wilmington Country Club

85

Jack Crowley/Jack Crowley, White Manor Country Club

88

Jimmy Mastroni/Tom Mastroni, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

91

Chris Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

92

Michael Baranowsky/Ryan Baranowsky, Stone Harbor Golf Club

NC

 

NC-no card

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