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Oct. 3, 2014

Matthew Crescenzo eyes his approach on No. 18 (par 4, 401 yards).

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Philmont’s Crescenzo wins 57th Tournament of Champions

  BLUE BELL, Pa. — Over the last three years, Matthew Crescenzo watched his Temple University brethren take the Golf Association of Philadelphia by storm. Fellow alum Andrew Mason won the Open Championship in 2011 and 2012. Junior Brandon Matthews followed suit last year en route to William Hyndman, III Player of the Year honors. Ditto for senior Matthew Teesdale in 2014.

  Crescenzo is no longer an Owl excellence observer. He secured his own piece of GAP hardware Friday, taking the 57th Tournament of Champions at a serene Cedarbrook Country Club (par 72, 6,867 yards). Crescenzo carded an even-par 72 to top the event’s Amateur Division.

  “It’s definitely nice to win one when I had a chance to. Watching those guys win all of the time is tough,” Crescenzo, 23, of Cheltenham, Pa., said. “It’d be nice to win one of the Majors, but I’ll take it. It’s awesome. It’s a good feeling.”

  Fitting that Crescenzo’s first title came at Cedarbrook; he carded a 6-under-par 66 to emerge as the 18-hole leader in the Patterson Cup a year ago at the venue. Crescenzo finished fifth, behind Matthews, the champion, and Teesdale, the runner-up.

  “I obviously like the golf course. I play well here,” Crescenzo said. “You have to work the ball both ways. Left-to-right is alright by me. Right-to-left is a little harder.”

  A bogey-free outward tour allowed Crescenzo to work his way to the top of the leaderboard. He lofted a 54-degree wedge 90 yards to six feet for a downhill 3 on No. 4 (par 4, 376 yards). That same wedge proved clutch on the par 4, 400-yard No. 8; Crescenzo knocked it 100 yards to 10 feet. His birdie snuck in the right edge. Crescenzo tamed Cedarbrook’s fairways and greens on the next five holes before trouble arose on the par 4, 443-yard 14th hole. Crescenzo snapped a drive into the water hazard and carded a bogey. His 8-iron on No. 16 (par 3, 148 yards) rolled down the false front, and Crescenzo went on to three-putt. The oil continued to leak on No. 17 (par 4, 400 yards). Crescenzo hit a 54-degree wedge 96 yards to 20 feet, ran the birdie try five feet past and missed the comebacker.

  The par 4, 401-yard 18th hole determined Crescenzo’s tournament fate. He hammered a drive into the left rough — 120 yards from a back right hole location. Standing on a mound with a friendly look at the flagstick, Crescenzo lifted a gap wedge to five feet and converted the birdie putt.

  “I’m happy that went in. It made 17 a bit easier to deal with,” he said.

  Post-college life is limiting Crescenzo’s time on the golf course. He works part-time in wealth management, with a full-time move expected in January.

  “It was nice to play in a tournament again and compete a little,” Crescenzo said. “It was a good summer for me. I gave myself good chances at winning in my last few events.”

Gary E. Daniels

Senior
  Applebrook Golf Club’s Gary E. Daniels and the Country Club of Scranton’s Michael Vassil filed even-par 72s to head the event’s Senior Division (par 72, 6,342 yards). Daniels seized victory as Vassil was unable to return for a sudden-death playoff.

  “It feels great,” Daniels, 60, of Berwyn, Pa., said. “I’ve been playing great this year. I drove the ball well today.”

  A birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 378 yards) put Daniels into a deadlock with Vassil, who played in the second group of the day. Daniels smacked a sand wedge 90 yards to 25 feet left of the hole. He holds 14 club championships at Applebrook (eight Amateur, six Senior). Daniels hopes to make it seven this weekend.

  Open to current Member Club amateur champions, senior amateur champions and previous winners, the Tournament of Champions began in 1962 in memory of Larry Malmed. The Golf Association of Philadelphia accepted the event in 1984 after Al Porter, the tournament’s coordinator, was forced to retire because of an illness. A Senior Division was added in 1992.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  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 150 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.

Results

Amateur Division

Name, club

Scores

Matthew Crescenzo, Philmont Country Club

72

Michael R. Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Jesse Bingaman, Northampton Country Club

74

John Cyb, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

Michael Lamond, White Manor Country Club

74

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

74

Rich Pruchnik, Downingtown Country Club

74

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

74

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

75

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

75

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

76

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

76

Michael Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club

76

Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

76

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

77

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

77

Scott Kalan, Squires Golf Club

77

Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

77

Chris McCann, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

78

Richard Kenner, III, Brookside CC of Allentown

78

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

79

Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club

79

Neil Gordon, Five Ponds Golf Club

79

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

79

Samuel McFall, Sunnybrook Golf Club

79

Adam Warner, Merchantville Country Club

80

Bradley Bernosky, Broad Run Golfer's Club

80

Rick James, Doylestown Country Club

80

Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club

81

Joseph Fitzsimmons, Glen Oak Country Club

81

Brad Flickinger, Country Club of Scranton

82

Dave Gardener, Middletown Country Club

83

Kevin Dunleavy, The ACE Club

83

Mike Mendola, Inniscrone Golf Club

83

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

83

Jim Schulz, Jr., Mercer Oaks Golf Course

84

Ari Flaisher, McCall Golf & Country Club

85

Dan Wach, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

87

Michael Salek, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

87

Brian Myers, Five Ponds Golf Club

88

Doug Cowan, Deerwood Country Club

88

Mike Ferguson, Limekiln Golf Club

90

Daniel Hewson, West Chester Golf & Country Club

92

Paul Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club

WD

Senior Division

Name, club

Scores

*Gary E. Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

72

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

72

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

73

Kenneth Phillips, Lancaster Country Club

73

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

73

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

74

Rich Colaguori, Cedarbrook Country Club

74

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

74

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

74

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

75

J. Joseph McClatchy, Llanerch Country Club

75

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

75

Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

76

Edward Enoch, Old York Road Country Club

76

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

77

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

77

Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

Kenneth Mangin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

79

Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club

79

Robert Noon, Sakima Country Club

80

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

80

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

81

Dennis Fellona, Merchantville Country Club

81

Dennis Konczyk, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

81

Dwight Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club

81

Leonard Pearson, Philmont Country Club

81

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

81

Peter Mimmo, North Hills Country Club

81

Bob Silsbe, Downingtown Country Club

82

Kurt Meyers, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

82

Thomas Stitt, Northampton Country Club

82

Scott Sherman, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

83

James Sherratt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

Rick Bunn, McCall Golf & Country Club

84

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

85

Guy McKeone, Reading Country Club

85

Bill Augustyn, West Chester Golf & Country Club

86

Greg Demnisky, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

87

William Erskine, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

87

Kurt Hettel, Burlington Country Club

89

John Turner, The Springhaven Club

91

Clifford B. Cohn, Radnor Valley Country Club

94

* — won in playoff; WD — withdrawal

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