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June 9, 2015

(From left to right): LedgeRock Golf Club’s Evan Thornton, Joe Butto, Alex Blickle and Grant Skyllas won the Four-Man Team at Moselem Springs Golf Club.

LedgeRock linksmen fire 14 under, win 26th Four-Man Team

  FLEETWOOD, Pa. — Forgive Evan Thornton for referring to Joe Butto as “Mr. Butto.” Force of habit when the 19-year-old addresses a fellow LedgeRock Golf Club member whom he’s known throughout adolescence.

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  Thornton frequently uttered the greeting Tuesday. He and fellow LedgeRock youth Alex Blickle (22) and Grant Skyllas (28) joined Butto, at age 54 the group’s elder statesmen, to compete in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 26th Four-Man Team at Moselem Springs Golf Club (par 70, 6,386 yards). The Berks County collective, with course experience in its corner, carded an impressive 14-under-par 126 to prevail by seven strokes.

  The two best scores of four on each hole count toward the team total.

  “I didn’t do any coaching today. I didn’t impose my will unless they asked,” Butto, of Mohnton, Pa., said. “Evan and Alex were still in high school when I met them. I’ve known Grant since he was 13. We’ve been paired together many times. These guys are bombers. They hit it 60 yards past me.”

  “It was a blast,” Blickle, of Wernersville, Pa., said. “It was everything I thought it would be: good guys playing good golf. The atmosphere was light and fun.”

  Course knowledge aided the LedgeRock team as it trekked Moselem’s rolling terrain. Butto and Skyllas are both former members. Blickle and Thornton logged rounds at the venue as well.

  “I think [course knowledge] was a factor,” Butto said. “For the most part, we knew where to play to the greens. I think it helped that the tees were up.”

  “We knew where to hit it to so we’d have good looks at birdies,” Blickle, a Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine Player to Watch in 2015, added.

  Good and plentiful Tuesday.

  Blickle, a recent Kenyon College graduate, started the team’s subpar steamroller on No. 2 (par 4, 388 yards), where he flipped a wedge 101 yards to eight feet. Thornton stopped a 7-iron at five feet on the par 3, 163-yard No. 3 for another birdie. Next to step aboard the accelerating locomotive was Skyllas, who smacked a wedge 80 yards to four feet on No. 4 (par 4, 361 yards). The whistle echoed throughout Moselem’s hillsides when the LedgeRock team arrived at No. 7 (par 5, 521 yards). Butto holed a 70-yard wedge shot for eagle.

  “They were getting on me because I hadn’t birdied yet,” Butto said. “I didn’t see it. These guys came down the hill yelling.”

  “We all went nuts. It was great,” Blickle, who recently captured the Berks County Golf Association’s Match Play Championship, added. Blickle and Thornton both birdied No. 7 to move the team to 6 under.

  To cap its sensational outward venture, Skyllas sent a lob wedge into tap-in territory for a 3 on No. 9 (par 4, 333 yards).

  “We could’ve easily been 11 under on the front nine. We had birdie looks on every hole,” Skyllas, of Wyomissing, Pa., said.

  On No. 11 (par 4, 420 yards), Skyllas made good on a birdie look by knocking a pitching wedge 130 yards to 15 feet and converting a left-to-right breaker. The LedgeRock team continued to barrel down triumphant tracks with a pair of 4s on the strenuous par 5, 505-yard 12th hole. Butto and Thornton both bumped wedges into kick-in range. The former lifted a 7-iron 155 yards to four feet for a birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 375 yards). Thornton added to the group’s stellar play with a nifty chip-in birdie on the par 3, 128-yard 15th hole.

  “Grant gave me a good read and I just knocked it in,” Thornton, of Wyomissing, Pa., said. “He was over the green too and chipped it to five feet.”

  Back-to-back birdies seemed an appropriate curtain call on this day. Butto extracted a 7-iron from 148 yards out of the right rough on No. 17 (par 4, 386 yards) and landed it four feet below the flagstick. On the picturesque 18th hole (432 yards) — a downhill par 4 guarded by a water hazard on the right, Thornton hit a 7-iron to 12 feet and dropped a fist-pumping birdie putt. The incoming Temple University sophomore didn’t initially plan to compete Tuesday. He received a text last Friday from Skyllas asking if he could fill in for Christopher Storck, also of LedgeRock.

  “I didn’t realize we were playing in a tournament. I thought we were just playing a round,” Thornton said. “Grant said we have a good team and I was like, ‘What do you mean we have a good team?’”

  A great team is more like it.

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Gross

Name, club

Score

Alex Blickle, Joe Butto, Grant Skyllas & Evan Thornton, LedgeRock Golf Club

126

David Maddock, Michael Manci, Michael Kerzetski & Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak Country Club

133

Jason Barkley, Huntsville Golf Club; Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club; Donald Kozik, Moselem Springs Golf Club & Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

134

Joe Dellicarpini & Bryan Winsko, Philadelphia Cricket Club; John Marshalek & David West, Whitford Country Club

137

Kirby Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club; Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Daniel Feeney & James Wybar, Philadelphia Cricket Club

137

Kevin Sarlo, Burlington Country Club; Michael Dunn, Thomas Hyland & Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

138

Gavin Grimes, Michael Grimes, John Grove & John Monday, Chester Valley Golf Club

138

Gary Baum, J. Kirk Luntey, Dave Kornblatt & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

139

George Griffaton, Greg Gottshall, Scott Orr & Scott Sucoloski, Bellewood Country Club

142

Jeff Rittenhouse, Blue Bell Country Club; Anthony White, Jr., Indian Valley Country Club; Mark Gerdelmann & Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

143

David Goldberg, Daniel Rexon, Eric Sulock & Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock Country Club

144

Michael Baltimore, Patrick McCusker, Jr., Gerard Rosato & Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth Country Club

144

Paul Baker, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Tom Privette, White Manor Country Club; John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & Bruce Schneider, Whitford Country Club

146

Pat Henneghan, John Webb, III, Chris Yard & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club

146

Jay Francis, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; David Gibbons, Rob Peskin & Richard Senker, Stonewall

147

Jim Chambers, Michael Dellabarba, Doug Dockery & Mark Wunderlich, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

147

Matthew Ade, David Gall, Kevin Kramarski & Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

148

Mike Keenan, Peter Kyriakodis, John Nottage & Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

148

Thomas Ritter, Hidden Creek Golf Club & Ed Hale, Paul Koelling & Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

149

Clifford Bridges, Lehigh Country Club; Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club; Evan Angel & Steve Yassky, Edgmont Country Club

150

Mark Anderson, Thomas Grimac, Robert Sweigart & Robert Widerman, Tavistock Country Club

152

Ken Farabee, Old York Road Country Club; James Gillespie, Cedarbrook Country Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & David Macesic, Lu Lu Country Club

153

Mike Cavanaugh, John Riccio, Richard Speranza & Joe Warusz, Jericho National Golf Club

153

Joe Cronk & Kerry O'Keefe, Makefield Highlands Golf Club; Matthew Harris & Steve Mroozian, Middletown Country Club

154

Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Philip Bernstein, White Manor Country Club; Rick Haring & Vincent Marino, Stonewall

154

Tim Stringer, Berkshire Country Club; Don Hadley, Dave Morris & Richard Newstein, Reading Country Club

154

Russell Baribault, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Dave Burchmore, Edgmont Country Club; Rich Driscoll, Makefield Highlands Golf Club & Andrew Repetto, Philadelphia Publinks GA

155

David Deem, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Thomas Deem, John Garber & Neil Olson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

155

Gary Ames, Bala Golf Club; Robert Agran, Rick Ames & William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

155

Dewey Dimarzio, Lee Fraser, Jack Hoffman & Ken Watterson, Penn Oaks Golf Club

156

A. Dent, Ed Ciel, Thomas Gramlich & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club

157

Rick Kazigian, Radley Run Country Club; Matt D'Alonzo, James Dougherty & Daniel Zingani, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

159

Nick Cordaro, Jr., Denny Hess, Bud Lewis & Brian Vermeer, Reading Country Club

159

Christopher Beringer, Theodore Beringer, John Leighbody & Edward McGill, Philadelphia Country Club

159

John DiMarzio, Joseph Martella, Tom Mastroni & Tom Mee, Sandy Run Country Club

161

Jeffrey Shapiro, Applebrook Golf Club; David Brumbaugh, Martin Dempsey & David Williams, Waynesborough Country Club

162

Gary Ackerman, Drew Barrett, Bernie Pfeiffer & Roger Smith, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

162

Sandro Corrado, Robert Elker, Edward Murphy & Eric Murphy, Indian Valley Country Club

162

Lawrence Dolan, Thomas Lee, Michael Reynolds & Ronald Vogel, Sandy Run Country Club

167

David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club; James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club; Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club & Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club

171

 

Net

Name, club

Score

David Maddock, Michael Manci, Michael Kerzetski & Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak Country Club

122

Gavin Grimes, Michael Grimes, John Grove & John Monday, Chester Valley Golf Club

125

Jeff Rittenhouse, Blue Bell Country Club; Anthony White, Jr., Indian Valley Country Club; Mark Gerdelmann & Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

125

Paul Baker, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Tom Privette, White Manor Country Club; John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & Bruce Schneider, Whitford Country Club

126

Jay Francis, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; David Gibbons, Rob Peskin & Richard Senker, Stonewall

126

Jim Chambers, Michael Dellabarba, Doug Dockery & Mark Wunderlich, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

127

Alex Blickle, Joe Butto, Grant Skyllas & Evan Thornton, LedgeRock Golf Club

129

Joe Dellicarpini & Bryan Winsko, Philadelphia Cricket Club; John Marshalek & David West, Whitford Country Club

129

Gary Baum, J. Kirk Luntey, Dave Kornblatt & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

129

George Griffaton, Greg Gottshall, Scott Orr & Scott Sucoloski, Bellewood Country Club

129

David Goldberg, Daniel Rexon, Eric Sulock & Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock Country Club

129

Joe Cronk & Kerry O'Keefe, Makefield Highlands Golf Club; Matthew Harris & Steve Mroozian, Middletown Country Club

129

Jason Barkley, Huntsville Golf Club; Rodney James, Golden Oaks Golf Club; Donald Kozik, Moselem Springs Golf Club & Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

132

Thomas Ritter, Hidden Creek Golf Club & Ed Hale, Paul Koelling & Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

132

Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Philip Bernstein, White Manor Country Club; Rick Haring & Vincent Marino, Stonewall

132

Tim Stringer, Berkshire Country Club; Don Hadley, Dave Morris & Richard Newstein, Reading Country Club

132

Kirby Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club; Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Daniel Feeney & James Wybar, Philadelphia Cricket Club

133

Michael Baltimore, Patrick McCusker, Jr., Gerard Rosato & Dino Volpi, III, Plymouth Country Club

133

Kevin Sarlo, Burlington Country Club; Michael Dunn, Thomas Hyland & Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

134

Christopher Beringer, Theodore Beringer, John Leighbody & Edward McGill, Philadelphia Country Club

134

Clifford Bridges, Lehigh Country Club; Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club; Evan Angel & Steve Yassky, Edgmont Country Club

135

Mark Anderson, Thomas Grimac, Robert Sweigart & Robert Widerman, Tavistock Country Club

135

Ken Farabee, Old York Road Country Club; James Gillespie, Cedarbrook Country Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & David Macesic, Lu Lu Country Club

135

Gary Ames, Bala Golf Club; Robert Agran, Rick Ames & William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

135

A. Dent, Ed Ciel, Thomas Gramlich & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club

135

Russell Baribault, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Dave Burchmore, Edgmont Country Club; Rich Driscoll, Makefield Highlands Golf Club & Andrew Repetto, Philadelphia Publinks GA

136

Jeffrey Shapiro, Applebrook Golf Club; David Brumbaugh, Martin Dempsey & David Williams, Waynesborough Country Club

136

Lawrence Dolan, Thomas Lee, Michael Reynolds & Ronald Vogel, Sandy Run Country Club

136

Nick Cordaro, Jr., Denny Hess, Bud Lewis & Brian Vermeer, Reading Country Club

137

Pat Henneghan, John Webb, III, Chris Yard & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club

138

Mike Cavanaugh, John Riccio, Richard Speranza & Joe Warusz, Jericho National Golf Club

138

Dewey Dimarzio, Lee Fraser, Jack Hoffman & Ken Watterson, Penn Oaks Golf Club

138

David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club; James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club; Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club & Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club

138

Mike Keenan, Peter Kyriakodis, John Nottage & Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

139

David Deem, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Thomas Deem, John Garber & Neil Olson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

139

Rick Kazigian, Radley Run Country Club; Matt D'Alonzo, James Dougherty & Daniel Zingani, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

139

Matthew Ade, David Gall, Kevin Kramarski & Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

144

Gary Ackerman, Drew Barrett, Bernie Pfeiffer & Roger Smith, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

144

John DiMarzio, Joseph Martella, Tom Mastroni & Tom Mee, Sandy Run Country Club

146

Sandro Corrado, Robert Elker, Edward Murphy & Eric Murphy, Indian Valley Country Club

147

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