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July 16, 2015

Alan Van Horn's birdie attempt finds the bottom of the cup on No. 12 (par 4, 287 yards).

Former champs call in sensational subs to win Senior Four-Man Team

LANCASTER, Pa. - In 2012, David Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley Country Club and Alan Van Horn of Commonwealth National Golf Club teamed up with John Hubbert, III of Galloway National Golf Club and Commonwealth’s Arthur Jacoby to take home the Senior Four-Man Team title. The fearsome foursome hoped to reclaim their title on Thursday at Meadia Heights Golf Club (par 71, 6,024 yards), but plans changed when Hubbert and Jacoby were suddenly deemed unavailable.

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  Commonwealth's Matthew Bellis and Green Valley Country Club's Robert Dubin were the next men up.

  “Jacoby told us the last time he played with Dubin, he made a few birdies for them and that he’ll be good for us,” said Brookreson, 66, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. “And what did he do? He birdied the first hole. He didn’t let us down.”

  The champions fired a Four-Man score of 8-under 134 to win the 26th playing of the tournament, which included 29 teams.

  On the day, the sensational substitutes did anything but disappoint. Dubin faced a 35-foot birdie attempt on No. 1 (par 4, 368 yards) while implementing Jacoby’s putter, which was loaned to him prior to the round. He went on to find the bottom of the cup with his first stroke wielding the foreign flatstick.

  Momentum continued on No. 3 (par 4, 350 yards) thanks to the group’s other newcomer. Bellis found the fairway with an ideal tee shot, flipped a sand wedge to 20 feet and made the putt from distance to bring the team to 2 under. After two pars on No. 4 (par 3, 180 yards), the group made its big move of the day on No. 5 (par 4, 313 yards). Bellis stepped up big for the team once again, sinking a right-to-left birdie attempt from 15 feet. Van Horn then topped him with a 12-foot birdie of his own.

  While only one red number was carded on the back nine, no bogeys were posted either. The team’s gross score of 134 translated into a net score of 125, which also came in as the low net score of the tournament.

  Van Horn and Dubin both finished with individual gross scores of 2-over 73, while Brookreson came in at 74 and Bellis followed with a 75.

  “One thing I will say about the last nine is we made some great pars,” said Bellis, 66, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa. “There were a couple of holes, on the front nine, that all of us were involved in every hole. But on the back nine, we sometimes only have 2 people in the hole to score.”

  “On the back side, we kept on waiting for Brooky to make birdie,” joked Van Horn, 65, of Ambler, Pa. “We made a conscious decision to make no more birdies until Brooky makes one because he’s feeling left out.”

  Amidst the champion’s struggle to find birdie putts on the back nine, the one essential aspect of the team keeping their 8-under score in tact ended up being Brookreson’s playing pedigree, which includes six GAP Major titles and two Silver Cross Awards.

  “To me, the thing that kept us all together is we never really thought that we were going to lose a stroke on any hole,” said Brookreson, who referred to himself as the “wily, old veteran” of the team. “We laughed, smiled and had fun. It was a great time.”

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Gross

Name, club

Score

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Robert Dubin, Green Valley Country Club; Matthew Bellis & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

134

Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Brett Koelle & Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

136

Michael Anton, Frank Ferino, Roc Irey & Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

136

John Willadsen,Sakima Country Club; Thomas Alestock, Alan Lazzarino & Robert Walters, DuPont Country Club

137

Thomas Hyland, Robert Lodovici, Joe Olin & Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

137

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club; Larry Demarco, Kip Nelson & Gregory Weidman, Meadia Heights Golf Club

138

Donald Dissinger, Gordon Jamieson, J. Kirk Luntey & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

139

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club; Charles McClaskey, Buddy Reed & Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

139

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Bruce Gladish & Wayne Morra, Sandy Run Country Club

141

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club; Donald Ashley & Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

141

Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside Country Club; Rob Francis, Bruce Jackson & Pat Romano, Bellewood Country Club

143

John DiMarzio, Tom Mastroni, Tom Mee & John Young, Sandy Run Country Club

145

Barry Emich, Robert Gray, Robert Lees & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

146

Mike Barton, J. Peter Pierce, Joseph Virdone & Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

146

Rick Marts, Mark McDermott, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

147

Jeffrey Bettinger, Michael Dougherty, Peter McCombs & Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

150

Joe Morris, Whitford Country Club; Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski & Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club

151

Ray Brown, Rodger Gottlieb, John Kappes & Stephen Kay, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

152

Robert Fox, Philmont Country Club; Gary Gordon, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Steven Gordon, Old York CC at Chesterfield & Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

153

Richard Genoni, Stephen Negrotti, John Snyder & John Thach, Waynesborough Country Club

153

William Brady, Joe Culley, R.B. DIorio, Jr. & James Reger, The Springhaven Club

154

Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Joseph Cassidy, William Flick & William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

157

Dennis Dailey, Sandy Run Country Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club; John Patton, Little Mill Country Club & James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club

159

Charles Ragusa,Plymouth Country Club; Joe Balkovec, Chris Meyer & John Weber, Jr., Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

160

Frank Busacca, Ron Levocz, John Parton & Joseph Scott, Jr., Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

161

Lauriston Castleman, Gregory Gaul, Fred Schrader & M. Curtis Young, Merion Golf Club

161

Thomas Beauchamp, Ed Kocher, Glenn Ricks & Richard Wetherhold, LedgeRock Golf Club

162

Edward Brzezowski, Concord Country Club; Bob Harris, Old York Road Country Club; Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster Country Club

163

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Jack Endicott, William Friel & Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

166

 

Net

Name, club

Score

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Robert Dubin, Green Valley Country Club; Matthew Bellis & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

125

Michael Anton, Frank Ferino, Roc Irey & Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

127

Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club; Larry Demarco, Kip Nelson & Gregory Weidman, Meadia Heights Golf Club

127

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Bruce Gladish & Wayne Morra, Sandy Run Country Club

128

Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Brett Koelle & Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

129

Joe Morris, Whitford Country Club; Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski & Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club

130

Thomas Hyland, Robert Lodovici, Joe Olin & Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

131

John DiMarzio, Tom Mastroni, Tom Mee & John Young, Sandy Run Country Club

131

Rick Marts, Mark McDermott, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

131

John Willadsen,Sakima Country Club; Thomas Alestock, Alan Lazzarino & Robert Walters, DuPont Country Club

132

Richard Genoni, Stephen Negrotti, John Snyder & John Thach, Waynesborough Country Club

132

Pete Widdoes, White Clay Creek Country Club; Charles McClaskey, Buddy Reed & Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

133

Donald Dissinger, Gordon Jamieson, J. Kirk Luntey & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

134

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club; Donald Ashley & Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

134

Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside Country Club; Rob Francis, Bruce Jackson & Pat Romano, Bellewood Country Club

134

Ray Brown, Rodger Gottlieb, John Kappes & Stephen Kay, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

134

Barry Emich, Robert Gray, Robert Lees & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

135

Mike Barton, J. Peter Pierce, Joseph Virdone & Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

135

William Brady, Joe Culley, R.B. DIorio, Jr. & James Reger, The Springhaven Club

135

Frank Busacca, Ron Levocz, John Parton & Joseph Scott, Jr., Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

135

Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Joseph Cassidy, William Flick & William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

136

Charles Ragusa,Plymouth Country Club; Joe Balkovec, Chris Meyer & John Weber, Jr., Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

136

Dennis Dailey, Sandy Run Country Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club; John Patton, Little Mill Country Club & James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club

138

Lauriston Castleman, Gregory Gaul, Fred Schrader & M. Curtis Young, Merion Golf Club

139

Thomas Beauchamp, Ed Kocher, Glenn Ricks & Richard Wetherhold, LedgeRock Golf Club

139

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Jack Endicott, William Friel & Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

139

Jeffrey Bettinger, Michael Dougherty, Peter McCombs & Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

141

Edward Brzezowski, Concord Country Club; Bob Harris, Old York Road Country Club; Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster Country Club

141

Robert Fox, Philmont Country Club; Gary Gordon, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Steven Gordon, Old York CC at Chesterfield & Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

143

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