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June 23, 2016

Phil Villari, Jr. (swinging), David Gall, Kevin Kramarski and Ben Litt won the Four-Man Team.

Riverton quartet rallies to win Four-Man Team at Hershey’s Mill

  WEST CHESTER, Pa. — “Look good, play good”. That was the winning Four-Man Team motto for Riverton Country Club’s David Gall, Kevin Kramarski, Ben Litt and Phil Villari, Jr. on Thursday at Hershey’s Mill Golf Club (par 71, 6,316 yards).

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  Decked out in uniforms of white golf polos and belts combined with black shorts and socks, the Riverton quartet completed a late-round surge, propelled by five straight Kramarski birdies on the back nine, to finish with a 10-under-total of 132 in a two-best balls of four, stroke-play format.

  Their winning score matched that of the group playing directly in front of them, which included a trio of Temple University golfers (Lu Lu Country Club’s Mark Farley, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve’s Gary McCabe, Jr., and The ACE Club’s Erik Reisner) and a last-minute addition (RiverCrest’s Duane Pinnock). The winning foursome took home the hardware thanks to a match of cards. Gall, Litt, Kramarski and Villari Jr., fired a gross back-nine score of 64 compared to the runner-up group’s 67.

  On the front, the uniformed winners jarred six birdies, but ultimately gave two back on the par-3, 193-yard 3rd hole. They made the turn at 4 under, but knew they had to turn their games up heading to the concluding nine.

  “We knew we had to start off the back strong,” said Villari, Jr., 26, of Cinnaminson, N.J. “I rolled in a 20 footer for birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 390 yards) to start us off strong. We kept an eye on the guys in front of us, because we knew they were also playing strong, so we knew we had to finish well.”

  On No. 12 (par 5, 512 yards), Kramarski pumped his tee shot out of bounds and picked up his ball -- something he wouldn’t even have to think about doing for the remainder of the round – and moved on. At the time he didn’t know it, but Kramarski was about to help his team finish on the top of the leaderboard.

  It began on the 13th (par 4, 356 yards), where Kramarski ended with a birdie tap-in after he stuck a wedge to within a foot of the cup. He wasn’t done there. A 20-footer fell on No. 14 (par 3, 180 yards) for another birdie. A red figure for Kramarski again arrived on No. 15 (par 4, 362 yards) after a 75-yard wedge was placed to seven feet. Then a 12-foot birdie fell on No. 16 (par 4, 350 yards). Kramarski finished the jaw-dropping stretch of birdies with a 25-foot bomb on No. 17 (par 4, 413 yards). He finished the day with a gross total of five-under 66 and nine birdies – a personal record.

  “At one point during that run, I was literally just trying to get it around the hole. It was incredible – everything was just falling,” said Kramarski, who will be transferring out of Iona College where he picked up Rookie of the Year honors and the individual MAAC crown in 2015.

  “It was unbelievable to watch. He was just on fire,” said Gall, 19, of Cinnaminson, N.J.

  Besides Kramarski, all three of the other team members finished with rounds in the low 70s. Even on the holes where someone was struggling, two players were there to steady the ship. They attribute that stand-out teamwork to building chemistry together while growing up in Riverton’s strong junior golf program.

  And their matching uniforms.

  “We figured black and white, we couldn’t really mess up. You’d think it’d be easy to get that combo together. But it wasn’t. It was a three-day process,” said Gall.

  “One guy said he didn’t have socks, one guy said he grew out of his black shorts,” said Kramarski, 19, of Palmyra, N.J. “Then [David] spilled Wawa all over his white shirt. Maybe that ended up being the magic touch.”

  The quartet came together via a friendly group text. A message went out a while back from David, asking what everyone was doing on June 23.

  “We all said, ‘Nothing,’ Then [David] said to us, ‘Then we’re playing in the Four-Man Team at Hershey’s Mill. Let’s do this.’ We were all in,” said Villari, Jr.

  All four of the players pair up regularly at Riverton. They know each other’s style and game, so “it made just made sense”. However, they aren’t accustomed to playing with each other. It’s usually versus one another.

  “We’re never not competing against each other. We’re always playing little matches when we’re out there,” said Kramarski.

  While those inter-club competitions won’t be going away anytime soon, today’s title – and outfit choice – might be an indication that their team is headed for more GAP success in the future.

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Gross

Name, club

Score

*David Gall, Ben Litt, Kevin Kramarski & Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club

132

Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club; Erik Reisner, The ACE Club; Duane Pinnock & Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

132

Larry Benedetto, Doug Fedoryshyn, Joseph Jachetti & Cabot Williams, Concord Country Club

134

James Chojnacki, Eric Galm, Kevin Olson & Jim Shaw, Valleybrook Country Club

135

Matt Sembrot, Makefield Highlands Golf Club; James Dorlando, Dave Marshall & Rich Pearson, Trenton Country Club

137

Rob Campitelli, Ed Kocher, Jim McCarthy & Nick Ribeiro, LedgeRock Golf Club

137

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

138

Alex Cecco, Kevin Conners, Jr., Nicky Marrollo & Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

140

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

141

Chris Lilley, Yardley Country Club; Matt Kothe, Duane Walker & Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club

142

Gary Baum, Carl Everett, Robert Harrington & J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

143

Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket Club; David West, Applecross Country Club; Matt Dietrich & John Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

143

Chris George, David Norcini, Francis Robinson & Jon Sobocinski, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

146

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

147

Gerald Eckert, Barry Emich, William Reuter & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

147

David Bogdan, The Springhaven Club; Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia; Michael Salek, Hershey's Mill Golf Club & Todd von Vital, Jericho National Golf Club

147

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Bruce Gladish, Wayne Morra & Carlton Tolbert, Sandy Run Country Club

148

Ronald Cusick, Sr., David Goldberg, Anthony Maglio, Jr. & Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock Country Club

150

Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia Country Club

151

David Justin, David Myers, Thomas Schaible & Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

152

Richard Coppola, Edward Ellis, Kenneth Silverwood & Joseph Vernace, Chester Valley Golf Club

153

Dave Bennett, Raven's Claw Golf Club; Robert Link, Kevin Merlini, Sr. & Jamie Munro, North Hills Country Club

153

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

154

Joseph Morrissey, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club; Eric Holt, Michael Holt & Thomas Holt, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

155

Robert Dommel, Scott Gaul, Christopher Hey & Mike Macsisak, Brookside Country Club

156

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

156

Jonathan Chapnick, Craig Garretson, Ross Garretson & Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

157

Jim Comstock, Karl Grentz, Jr., Roger Karr & Patrick Owens, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

160

Sam Belak, William Brooks, Mohamed Latib & Larry Schmidt, Lu Lu Country Club

160

Jose Bernardino, Dave Bresnahan, Thomas Hagner & William Schmidt, Riverton Country Club

163

Don Hadley, Matt Hadley, Dave Morris & Richard Newstein, Reading Country Club

164

Wayne Diluigi, Jay McMenamin, Tom Paul & Fred Spratt, Running Deer Golf Club

165

Donald Fagnan, Michael Kyle, Hal Morris & David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

166

Jack Impriano, Jr., Applebrook Golf Club; Butch Pizio, Hershey's Mill Golf Club; Bradley Impriano & Jack Impriano, Penn Oaks Golf Club

169

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Rob Campitelli, Ed Kocher, Jim McCarthy & Nick Ribeiro, LedgeRock Golf Club

114

Matt Sembrot, Makefield Highlands Golf Club; James Dorlando, Dave Marshall & Rich Pearson, Trenton Country Club

122

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

125

Dave Bennett, Raven's Claw Golf Club; Robert Link, Kevin Merlini, Sr. & Jamie Munro, North Hills Country Club

125

Chris George, David Norcini, Francis Robinson & Jon Sobocinski, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

126

Larry Benedetto, Doug Fedoryshyn, Joseph Jachetti & Cabot Williams, Concord Country Club

127

Jim Comstock, Karl Grentz, Jr., Roger Karr & Patrick Owens, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

127

James Chojnacki, Eric Galm, Kevin Olson & Jim Shaw, Valleybrook Country Club

128

Chris Lilley, Yardley Country Club; Matt Kothe, Duane Walker & Timothy Whartenby, Northampton Valley Country Club

128

Ronald Cusick, Sr., David Goldberg, Anthony Maglio, Jr. & Oren Thomas, IV, Tavistock Country Club

130

David Justin, David Myers, Thomas Schaible & Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club

130

Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club; Erik Reisner, The ACE Club; Duane Pinnock & Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

131

David Gall, Ben Litt, Kevin Kramarski & Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club

132

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

132

David Bogdan, The Springhaven Club; Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia; Michael Salek, Hershey's Mill Golf Club & Todd von Vital, Jericho National Golf Club

132

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

132

Jose Bernardino, Dave Bresnahan, Thomas Hagner & William Schmidt, Riverton Country Club

132

Alex Cecco, Kevin Conners, Jr., Nicky Marrollo & Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

133

Gerald Eckert, Barry Emich, William Reuter & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

133

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Bruce Gladish, Wayne Morra & Carlton Tolbert, Sandy Run Country Club

133

Jack Impriano, Jr., Applebrook Golf Club; Butch Pizio, Hershey's Mill Golf Club; Bradley Impriano & Jack Impriano, Penn Oaks Golf Club

133

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

134

Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket Club; David West, Applecross Country Club; Matt Dietrich & John Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

134

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

135

Jonathan Chapnick, Craig Garretson, Ross Garretson & Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

135

Gary Baum, Carl Everett, Robert Harrington & J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

136

Donald Fagnan, Michael Kyle, Hal Morris & David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

136

Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia Country Club

137

Sam Belak, William Brooks, Mohamed Latib & Larry Schmidt, Lu Lu Country Club

137

Joseph Morrissey, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club; Eric Holt, Michael Holt & Thomas Holt, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

138

Robert Dommel, Scott Gaul, Christopher Hey & Mike Macsisak, Brookside Country Club

138

Richard Coppola, Edward Ellis, Kenneth Silverwood & Joseph Vernace, Chester Valley Golf Club

140

Wayne Diluigi, Jay McMenamin, Tom Paul & Fred Spratt, Running Deer Golf Club

141

Don Hadley, Matt Hadley, Dave Morris & Richard Newstein, Reading Country Club

144

 

*-determined in playoff

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