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June 14, 2014

Jack (l) and John Quirk of Huntingdon Valley Country Club and Davis and Randy Mitchell of Wilmington Country Club were co-champions of the Father-Son (Younger) at Blue Bell Country Club.

*Junior Division scorecards
*Junior-Junior Division scorecards
*History
*Photo Gallery

Mitchells, Quirks share F/S (Younger) Junior title;
Civitellas take Junior-Junior Flight

  BLUE BELL, Pa.–A tie atop the Father-Son (Younger) Junior Division (Ages 14-17) produced a desirable result for all parties involved on Thursday at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 6,347 yards). Reigning champions Davis and Randy Mitchell of Wilmington Country Club closed with a flourish for a 1-under 70 finish to successfully defend their title. Jack and John Quirk of Huntingdon Valley Country Club have eyed the Father-Son prize for awhile and finally scaled the championship summit with a steady score, also, of 1-under 70. It is the first time the event has crowned co-champions. The event format is selective-drive, alternate-shot.

  Despite carding identical scores, the teams crossed the finish line via two very distinctive routes. The Quirks negotiated what can be a trying Blue Bell relatively stress free, carding two birdies and a bogey with very little issues throughout. The Mitchells turned their front nine at 2-over par, but finished with a flurry, recording three birdies in the final seven holes to forge a tie. In fact, the Mitchells came inches shy of a second consecutive solo first with near misses on putts at Nos. 17 and 18.

  “We fought back after a rough start. That was good to see,” said 16-year-old Davis Mitchell. “We just missed on a few putts. We had a great time. It’s always a joy to play with my dad. There aren’t many events like this. ”

  The Quirks, of Glenside, Pa., who have become perennial contenders in this event, came closest in 2010 when they ironically finished second to the Mitchells, of Wilmington, Del., in the Junior-Junior Division. The pair entered today with high hopes, especially considering Jack entered fresh off a strong performance at Junior Boys’ Championship where he advanced to match play.

  Starting on the back nine, Jack continued to swing with confidence. He knocked a long drive and then chip from 30 yards to 15 feet on No. 14 (par 5, 491 yards) where John drained the birdie putt. On the other back nine par 5, No. 17 (475 yards), Jack struck again when he launched a 6-iron from 193 yards to 50 feet to reach the green in two. The duo two putted for another birdie. They made the turn at 2 under.

  Everything was all quiet on the front side, their back nine, until No. 6 (par 3, 165 yards) where a Jack 7-iron found the green but a three putt from 25 feet gave a shot back.

  A nice par save on No. 8 (par 4, 410 yards) after the pair’s drive found the rough was the only closing scare. John made a clutch six-footer for par.

  “We were hoping to win because we are usually around the number. We were hoping to crack it,” said Jack, 17, a senior to be at La Salle High School.

  Added John, 48, “It is pretty special to win a GAP event. We’ve been trying for a lot of years. It means a lot. It’s pretty sweet.”

  Randy Mitchell birdied No. 1 (par 4, 318 yards) with a 15-footer to get the defending champs rolling but a missed green and three putt on No. 2 (par 4, 433 yards) resulted in double bogey and put the pair behind the eight ball. After a 4 on the par 5, 505-yard No. 7 to draw even, Davis ripped a 3-wood on No. 9 (par 5, 530 yards) that clipped the cart path and bounced out of bounds. The two would card a seven.

  “We knew we were still in it,” said Randy about a 2-over front. “We just had to make some birdies.”

  That’s exactly what they did.

  Randy lasered a 3-iron on No. 12 (par 3, 174 yards) to two feet for a tap-in birdie. On No. 14, they were greenside in two, but just off the putting surface. Davis rolled a lengthy effort through the fringe to a foot. That brought the pair to No. 17 a shot back of the Quirks. Davis ripped a 7-iron from 188 yards to 12 feet where Randy left the effort for eagle a foot short. The birdie put the Mitchells into a tie. On the closing hole, and knowing what was at stake, Randy lifted a 7-iron from 134 yards into the wind to eight feet. Davis’ birdie roll just stayed on the high side.

  “I’m not upset at all,” said Randy, 53, “What more can you ask for. This was great.”

Junior-Junior Division
  It was almost the day that wasn’t for the Civitellas, Matthew and Matthew, Jr., of Waynesborough Country Club, winners of the Junior-Junior Division at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 5,840 yards).

  Dad injured a finger early in the morning and traffic en route almost saw the two miss their tee time.

   “We didn’t expect anything this year. I didn’t expect to make the tee time,” said Matt of the duo’s car ride mindset. “We said we were probably going to shoot 100 today anyway if we didn’t make it.”

  The day was a bit better than that. The two finished at 2-under 69.

  Matt almost drove the green on No. 1 (par 4, 318 yards) before Matt, Jr. chipped up to six feet. Matt drained the birdie try. The anxiety caught up to the duo on No. 2 (par 4, 390 yards), but with nerves steadied Matt lifted an 8-iron from 160 yards to 10 feet on No. 4 (par 4, 370 yards) for a Matt, Jr. successful birdie putt. The two turned in 1 under.

  A bogey on No. 10 (par 3, 147 yards) quelled momentum briefly before three birdies in the next seven holes sealed victory.

  Matt dropped a 7-iron from 145 yards on No. 12 (par 3) to four feet; Matt, Jr., knocked a second shot 7-iron onto the green on No. 14 (par 5, 470 yards) for a two-putt birdie and then on No. 17 (par 5, 459 yards) Matt, Jr., lifted an 8-iron from 140 yards to 10 feet for an eventual tap-in four 4.

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Junior Division

Name, club

Score

John Quirk/Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC

70

Davis Mitchell/Randy Mitchell, Wilmington CC

70

Brian Binet/Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley CC

73

Wally Swiger/Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley CC

74

Daniel Altieri/Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley GC

74

Kevin Rice/Geoffrey Rice, Edgmont CC

74

Laurence Hirsh/Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Michael Ruyak/Connor Ruyak, Brookside CC

75

Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford CC

75

Owen Davis/Tripp Davis, Huntingdon Valley CC

76

Brad Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

80

Stever Boham/Connor Boham, Spring Ford CC

80

Jake Fazio/Michael Fazio, Huntingdon Valley CC

80

Austin Patton/Richard Patton, Jr., Concord CC

80

David Kotler/Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley CC

82

Joseph Kilroy/Brian Kilroy, Llanerch CC

82

Buddy Hansen, IV/E. Hanson, III, Blue Bell CC

82

Patrick Finn/Thomas Finn, Back Creek GC

83

Colin Gabbett/Brian Gabbett, Bellewood CC

83

Mark Schoeller/Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley CC

83

Ken Jones/Timothy Jones, Riverton CC

84

Hudson Green/Kyle Green, Bellewood CC

85

Matthew Quirk/John Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC

85

Rob Sitzler/Jake Sitzler, Burlington CC

85

Hugh Farris/John Farris, Huntingdon Valley CC

86

Michael Barychewsky/Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill CC/The Bucks Club

86

Ryan Ledwith/George Ledwith, Blue Bell CC

86

Jimmy Gallo/Jim Gallo, RiverCrest GC & Preserve

86

James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord CC

89

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

90

Jeff Garrett/Scott Garrett, The Bucks Club

91

Charles Clark/John Clark, West Chester G&CC

91

Jeffrey Halle/Andrew Halle, Linfield National GC/Philadelphia Publinks

92

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

92

Ryan Susanin/Peter Susanin, Overbrook GC

93

Connor Howlin/Mark Howlin, Sandy Run CC

93

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Daniel Galbreath, Philmont CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

93

Archie Filshill/Archie Fishill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC

94

Rees Kirk/Thomas Kirk, Tavistock CC

94

Gavin Sims/Ernie Sims, Overbrook GC

94

Harrison Bitzberger/Harry Bitzberger, Penn Oaks GC

97

Charlie Lesko/Glenn Lesko, Overbrook GC

100

Scott Petri/Drew Petri, Jericho National GC

100

Joey Chawaga/David Chawaga, Chester Valley GC

100

Michael O'Neill/Michael O'Neill, Jr., Overbrook GC

105

Daniel Duffey/Dan Duffey, The Bucks Club

106

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

NS

Cory Hunter/John Hunter, Commonwealth National GC

WD

 

Junior-Junior Division

Name, club

Score

Matthew Civitella/Matthew Civitella, Jr., Waynesborough CC

69

Peter Garno/Edmund Garno, III, Merion GC

73

Randy Mitchell/Colman Mitchell, Wilmington CC

74

Bill Civitella/Billy Civitella, Aronimink GC

75

Louis Giovi/John Louis Giovi, Mercer Oaks GC/Yardley CC

75

Bill Thomas/Win Thomas, Reading CC

76

Franny McCabe/Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club

76

Matthew Bastian/Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green

77

Luke Watson/Troy Watson, Spring Ford CC

79

Kevin Civitella/Bill Civitella, Aronimink GC

79

Brad George/Heyward George, Aronimink GC

81

Gregg Wallace/Andrew Wallace, Green Valley CC

81

Jeff Fialko/Jack Fialko, Aronimink GC

82

Tom Kovacevich/Daniel Kovacevich, Trenton CC

82

Joe Morganti/Joseph Morganti, Llanerch CC

83

Chris Anderson/Harry Anderson, Wilmington CC

83

Brendan Nolan/Darren Nolan, Huntingdon Valley CC

83

Chris Valerio/Carter Valerio, Philadelphia CC

83

Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC

84

Chuck Clifford/Drew Clifford, Springford CC

84

Patrick Sullivan/PJ Sullivan, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Douglas Gregor/Wade Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC

86

Mark Lafond/Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell CC

87

Warren Taylor/Nicholas Taylor, Yardley CC

87

Rob Moses/Robbie Moses, Concord CC

88

David Kratz/David Kratz, Flourtown CC

88

E. Hansen, III/Max  Hansen, Blue Bell CC

90

John Fleming/Matt Fleming, Spring Mill CC

90

Matthew Hanzel/Edward Hanzel, Running Deer GC

91

James Gradisek/Michael Gradisek, Philadelphia CC

91

Drew Meitner/Mark Bodman, Blue Bell CC/Manufacturers G&CC

92

David Pfeiffer/Scott Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley CC

94

David LaRosa/Chris LaRosa, Cedarbrook CC/Talamore CC

95

Andrew Damico/Philip Damico, Five Ponds GC/GAP Junior eClub

95

Mark Lafond/Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell CC

95

John McClatchy/Tim McClatchy, Whitford CC

96

Michael Fazio/Bryce Fazio, Huntingdon Valley CC

96

David Guertler/Nathan Guertler, Laurel Creek CC

96

Michael Bednar/Michael Bednar, Jr., Rolling Green GC

97

Ben Griffaton/George Griffaton, Brookside CC

97

Hayden Greer/Christopher Greer, Laurel Creek CC

97

Charles Hurchalla/Zachary Hurchalla, Stonewall

98

Brendan Stang/Eric Stang, Cedarbrook CC

98

Tim McClatchy/Carl McClatchy, Whitford CC

99

Christian Wilson/Maximus Wilson, RiverCrest GC & Preserve

104

Lee Cox/Dolan Cox, White Manor CC

WD

 

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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