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July 2, 2015

Bob Beck lips a birdie putt on No. 18 (par 4, 335 yards) as his son Bobby looks on.

Becks, Wisemans crowned co-champions in Father & Son (Younger)

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — The Father & Son (Younger) presented co-champions for the second straight year. Playing in the morning, Lehigh Country Club’s Bob and Bobby Beck set the scoring bar with a 5-over-par 75 at Philmont Country Club (par 70, 6,250 yards) Thursday. The Bucks Club’s Ben and Barry Wiseman held steady in the afternoon, etching a 1-over 36 on their inward tour to match the Becks.

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  It marked the first competitive father/son tournament for both teams.

  “That alone was a lot of fun for me,” Bob Beck, 55, of Allentown, Pa., said. “[Being out with Bobby] was the most rewarding part of the day.”

   “It was an all-new experience for me. It’s exciting [to be co-champions],” Bobby, 14, also of Allentown, Pa., said.

  Playing golf together isn’t uncharted territory for the Wisemans; the two do so twice a week. When it comes to competition, however, dad is typically the chauffer.

  “When he goes out in Junior tournaments, I just drop him off and pick him up,” Barry, 52, of New Hope, Pa., said. “I don’t get involved, so it was kind of fun being on a team and seeing how he goes along hole-by-hole.”

  The trying 17th (par 3, 167 yards) and 18th (par 4, 335 yards) holes on Philmont’s North Course framed a co-champion finish. On the first, Bobby, a rising sophomore at Moravian Academy, escalated a 35-footer over a ridge and four feet past the jar. Bob missed the comebacker. The next hole nearly yielded a disqualification. Bob, a former GAP Executive Committee member (1999-2004), stormed after a 12-footer for birdie as it skirted the left edge. An alarm rang in Bobby’s mind. He sensed that dad was on the brink of a routine tap-in, which is prohibited given the event’s selective drive/alternate shot format. Bobby immediately spoke up, and his dad stepped aside.

  “He was very helpful there,” Bob said. “That would have cost us the tournament.”

  “That was scary. I thought I was going to be the one to do that today,” Bobby added.

  The dialogue between the Wisemans on the 17th hole seemed a little less panicky. Standing at 4 over, Barry faced a near-identical putt to Bobby Beck’s — uphill to a back right hole location. Uneasy with his speed all day, Barry deferred to Ben, who addressed a 20-footer from the right fringe.

  “I thought I could hit it close, and he didn’t think he could hit his putt close,” Ben, 15, a rising sophomore at New Hope Solebury High School, said. Ben steep looped it to five feet. Barry missed the ensuing par putt.

  On the 18th hole, Ben ripped a drive to the right side of a sloping fairway. Barry then knocked a lob wedge 74 yards to 20 feet. Ben, unaware of the team’s leaderboard status at the time, breezed his birdie attempt a foot past the cup. Barry secured co-champion status with a swift stroke.

  “It was fun. The course was in great condition,” Ben, of New Hope, Pa., said. “Every time we play he gives me advice. I’m a little more comfortable [playing golf with my dad]. There’s not as much pressure.”

  “I’m trying to teach him how to think on a golf course when you’re under pressure,” Barry, who won the New Jersey State Golf Association Mid-Amateur in 2004, added. “He can go to Bucks and shoot close to par every day, but then you come out in a tournament, and you can throw 10 shots away.”

  The Becks, too, viewed Thursday as a learning experience.

  “He definitely helps out a lot on the course,” Bobby said. “If I missed a shot, he made it.”

  “He’s been working hard at his game. He’s starting to get more stable and confident,” Bob added.

Junior-Junior
  Colman Mitchell bypassed the Delaware State Golf Association’s Junior Championship for a chance to play with his father Randy.

  “It’s our last time playing the Junior-Junior flight and I wanted to come back and win it,” Colman, 13, a soon-to-be eighth grader at Forsyth Country Day School, said.

  Win they did. The Mitchells, of Wilmington Country Club, carded a 5-over-par 75 to claim the event’s Junior-Junior (ages 10-13) title. Colman and Randy finished as co-champions in 2012.

  “It was great,” Randy, 54, said. “He played really well. He really carried us. I just love being with him. He knows it. Today is special for us. We wanted to play together.”

  The par 4, 355-yard 15th hole highlighted Colman’s play Thursday. He hit a gap wedge 101 yards to a foot. Randy cleaned up the birdie putt.

  The Mitchells continue to leave an indelible mark on the Father & Son (Younger). Randy and his son Davis are former Junior-Junior (2010-11) and Junior (2013-14) champions. The family relocated to Winston-Salem, N.C. late last year. They plan on spending the summer in Wilmington, Del. before returning south in the fall.

   The Father & Son (Younger), now in its 58th year, is open to father and son teams with sons 17 years of age and younger.

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Junior Division

Name, club

Score

*Bob Beck/Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club

75

*Barry Wiseman/Ben Wiseman, The Bucks Club

75

William Keane, Jr./Will Keane, Philadelphia Country Club

76

Brian Groff/Jake Groff, Lancaster Country Club

76

Andrew Desjardins/Jay Desjardins, Waynesborough Country Club

77

Douglas Gregor/Wade Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Donald Degraff/Danny Degraff, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Edward Gallagher/Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Ken Jones/Timothy Jones, Riverton Country Club

80

Dennis Burton/Jack Burton, Stonewall/Overbrook Golf Club

80

Wally Swiger/Cole Swiger, Philadelphia Publinks GA

80

Bill Graeff/Matt Graeff, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

81

Thomas Finn/Patrick Finn, Back Creek Golf Club

81

Matthew Civitella/Matt Civitella, Waynesborough Country Club

81

Edmund Moore, Jr./Ned Moore, Stonewall/Cedarbrook Country Club

82

Christopher Clark/Brendan Clark, Old York Road Country Club

82

Cory Hunter/John Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Anthony Cinelli/T.J. Cinelli, Talamore Country Club/Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

83

Bill Murray/Will Murray, Merchantville Country Club

84

Patrick Cahill, III/Christopher Cahill, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Andrew Isztwan/Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Michael O'Neill/Michael O'Neill, III, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Jack Kronenberger/Cooper Kronenberger, Medford Lakes Country Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club

84

Hugh Farris/John Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Ryan Ledwith/George Ledwith, Blue Bell Country Club

85

Brent Schoeller/Mark Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Sean McNamara/Stephen McNamara, Bent Creek Country Club

86

Hudson Green, Jr./Kyle Green, Bellewood Country Club

86

Mike Schnur/Nick Schnur, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

87

Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club

87

Peter Susanin/Ryan Susanin, Overbrook Golf Club

88

Albert Kellenbenz/Kyle Kellenbenz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

88

Archie Filshill/Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Michael Hagan/Mike Hagan, Lookaway Golf Club

88

Patrick Sullivan/P.J. Sullivan, Philadelphia Publinks GA

89

Scott Seifried/Brett Seifried, Laurel Creek Country Club

89

Michael Shevlin, Sr./Michael Shevlin, Jr., Paxon Hollow Country Club

91

Mark Hershey/Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club

91

Brian Gabbett/Colin Gabbett, Bellewood Country Club

93

Jeff Garrett/Scott Garrett, The Bucks Club

93

Ryan Tague/Michael Tague, Overbrook Golf Club

94

William Armstrong/Jake Armstrong, Tavistock Country Club

99

Michael Bass/Andrew Bass, Applebrook Golf Club

99

Michael Bednar/Mike Bednar, Rolling Green Golf Club

103

Junior-Junior Division

Name, Club

Score

Randy Mitchell/Colman Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

75

Bill Civitella/Kevin Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club/Phoenixville Country Club

78

Matthew Lafond/Mark Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

79

Franny McCabe/Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club

79

Matthew Hanzel/Edward Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

79

Charles Hummer/Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club

81

Andrew Isztwan/Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Jeff Fialko/Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club

82

Chris Anderson/Harry Anderson, Wilmington Country Club

82

Brendan Nolan/Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club

84

Michael Gradisek/James Gradisek, Stonewall/Philadelphia Country Club

84

Alex Hanna/Gregory Hanna, Overbrook Golf Club

85

Mark Lafond/Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

86

Kevin Bondi/Miles Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Owen Mulhern/Keller Mulhern, Whitford Country Club

88

Michael Hagan/Colin Hagan, Lookaway Golf Club

88

Brian Block/Michael Block, Overbrook Golf Club

90

David Pfeiffer/Scott Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

91

Derek Zerfass/Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown

91

Ryan Daufenbach/Jack Daufenbach, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

91

Drew O'Neill/Michael O'Neill, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

91

Steve Tazza/William Tazza, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

94

Walter Danker/Walter Danker, IV, Jericho National Golf Club

96

George Griffaton/Ben Griffaton, Bellewood Country Club/Brookside Country Club

97

Rob Moses/Robbie Moses, Concord Country Club

97

Michael Roberts/Michael F. Roberts, Old York Road Country Club

106

Scott Burke/Brendan Burke, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

108

Billy Satz/Ben Satz, Five Ponds Golf Club

WD

*-co-champions

WD-withdrawal

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