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July 22, 2016

Michael Nilon, now a two-time champion, bombed two closing-nine birdies from distance.

Super-sub Yenser pairs with Jones, LeBoeuf, Nilon
to win Senior Four-Man Team

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. - Sometimes, champions get lucky. Other times, champions make good things happen when it matters most.

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   You can say both applied to Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Buck Jones, Ravens Claw Golf Club’s Jim Yenser, and Philadelphia Country Club’s Michael Nilon and Jim LeBoeuf on Friday at Philmont Country Club (par 70, 6,189 yards). Wielding a team-oriented style of play, the foursome stepped up at the right time to win the 27th playing of the Senior Four-Man Team.   A total of 42 teams – up from 29 last year – competed in an 18-hole, two best balls of four, stroke-play format.

  The first group of the morning, which included an all-Wilmington Country Club foursome of Donald MacKelcan, Steve Walczak, Brett Koelle and Bob Hackett, Jr., turned in the first 9-under card of the day. The winning foursome, who teed off as the last morning-wave group, turned in their scorecard, noticed a tie and anxiously waited for word on who would claim the top spot if the results held.

  Since both teams started on the back nine, meaning identical 9-hole scores, the last six holes on the back became the tiebreaker as suggested by the United States Golf Association. The champion’s last six edged out the Wilmington group's score, 34 to 36. Their 5-under total over that stretch ended up being the winning difference.

  The title-claiming round started off with a bit of rust, including a few makeable birdie putts that were missed on Nos. 1 (par 4, 374 yards) and 2 (par 4, 382 yards).

  But soon after, a spectacular 25-yard chip by Yenser got the group into red on No. 12 (par 5, 490 yards) when his ball landed within inches of the cup. A tap-in birdie followed.

  On No. 15 (par 4, 371 yards), Yenser landed near the front of the green, about 18 feet away, and drained a tough birdie look. Jones followed suit, dropping his five-foot attempt from behind the hole.

  Another double-birdie score, one of “the keys of the round”, arrived on No. 18 (par 4, 332 yards). After well-placed approach shots with wedges, Jones jarred one from eight feet while Yenser dropped his putt on top of him from four feet.

  On the group’s closing nine, reinforcements arrived. Nilon carded a 1-under 34 on the back, equipped with two crucial red numbers, to help will his team to victory down the stretch.

  The first sign of Nilon’s resurgence came on No. 3 (par 3, 151 yards) thanks to a 20-foot birdie bomb. After a 30-footer from Jones was converted on the par-4, 345-yard 13th, Nilon dropped in a 25-footer of his own to make the group 2 under on the hole.

  The winning birdie arrived on No. 8 (par 3, 130 yards), although the group didn’t quite know it at the time. Yenser’s wedge off the tee nestled 20 feet from the flagstick there. Facing a left-to-right attempt, Yenser sent the ball to the bottom of the cup.

  Talk about clutch.

  Most of the group is battle tested at Philmont. Yenser, a certified Club Champion fitter who has an extensive background in that field, made his debut on the Huntingdon Valley, Pa. track. He fired an even-par 70 on his own ball.

  “The approach shots are difficult. The greens are difficult,” said Yenser, 55, of Birdsboro, Pa. “I knew about it through some people telling me about the course – it’s a classic Philadelphia course – but the greens ended up playing harder than what people have said.”

  Today marked the first time this Four-Man team has played together in competition. When Philly Country’s Don Ashley, a frequent Four-Man teammate of Jones and Nilon, was forced to drop out, Jones knew who his first phone call would go to.

  That phone call went immediately to super-sub Yenser, his good friend.

  “We were pretty happy with the production we got out of him today. We’ve played as Better-Ball teammates before, so it was great to have him on the team today,” said Jones, 65, of Collegeville, Pa.

  “I had it blocked off in my schedule. I wanted to play, but I didn’t know who to get in with. It’s easy to get a partner but it’s harder to get a full four,” said Yenser.

  LeBoeuf rounded out the foursome, adding a 2-over-round of 72 to the mix. His birdie on No. 13 (par 4, 327) yards helped steady a hole where the others struggled.

  Jones and Nilon have competed together roughly “35 times”. They know what it takes to be successful in this unique playing format with all of that experience to their names. Nilon, especially, as he took home the title in 2007 at The Springhaven Club.

  “You can take a break for a while and then show up. That’s always nice in this event,” said Nilon. 67, of Gladwyne, Pa. “It’s a fun one, because you’re out there with four guys you’re friends with, and there is less pressure on you. That mindset helped us out today.”

  “We all took turns going on vacation today,” said Yenser. “The thing is, our bad holes never overlapped. There was always someone there to make par and keep us going.”

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Gross Division

Name, club

Total

*John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia Country Club; Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club; Buck Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA; & Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club

131

Robert Hackett, Jr., Brett Koelle, Donald MacKelcan & Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

131

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club; James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club; Bryan Marvin Old York Road Country Club; Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

132

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Steven Lucas, White Manor Country Club & Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

135

Bill Charpek, Gordon Jamieson, J. Kirk Luntey & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

135

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club; Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club; Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club & Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

136

Robert Amen Philadelphia Publinks GA; Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club; Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield & Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

139

Alan Lazzarino & Robert Walters, DuPont Country Club; Thomas Alestock & Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

140

Scott Carney, Scott Page, Larry Seltzer & Edward Yamasaki, Commonwealth National Golf Club

142

Richard Custer, Marty Dorminy, Scott Orr & James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

142

Charles Bernard, Joseph Lewis, Chris Moresco & Jeff Snider, Aronimink Golf Club

142

Bruce Berger, Arthur Frankel, Irving Kraft & Leonard Pearson, Philmont Country Club

143

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

143

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Arthur Jacoby, Philadelphia Cricket Club; John Nottage & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

143

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

144

Michael Brady, Steve Dionisio, Jim Gavaghan & Thomas Mensel, Jericho National Golf Club

144

Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club; Gerald Eckert, William Reuter & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

144

Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club; Andy Karff, Richard Lownes & George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

145

Robert Garis, Gregory Sheva, Joseph Shevlin & Brad Tanner, North Hills Country Club

146

Andrew Harmer, Michael Howanski, Rich Thon & John Turner, The Springhaven Club

146

Ross Faigen & Eugene Rockower, Philmont Country Club; Larry Borowsky & Hal Stupp, White Manor Country Club

146

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club; Peter Mimmo, Philmont Country Club; Jon Mabry & Joseph Perrone, Moorestown Field Club

147

Edward Bondi, Pete Ervin, Robert Galbreath, Sr. & George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

147

Chris Hunger, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Robert Lodovici, Raymond Pawulich & Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

148

Craig Melville, Lu Lu Country Club; Wally Swiger, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Geoff Moulton, Jr. & Robert Reed, Sunnybrook Golf Club

148

Richard Keesling, Mark McDermott, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

149

Roy Bell, Joe Culley, R.B. DIorio, Jr. & Richard Hartmann, The Springhaven Club

149

Robert Dubin, Green Valley Country Club; Laurence Hirsh, Tom Meyers & Patrick O'Kane, Philadelphia Cricket Club

149

Carl Kruse, Randy Kruse, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, Sandy Run Country Club

150

James Gillespie, Cedarbrook Country Club; Gene Lorenzetti, Lookaway Golf Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club

150

Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni, Stephen Negrotti & John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club

151

Don Hohnstine, Thomas Isola, Thomas Mohr & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club

151

John Heald, Domenick Pendino, John Vergari & Gerald Willis, Tavistock Country Club

152

David Bellet, Rolling Green Golf Club; K.C. Isdaner, Woodcrest Country Club; Jeff Klein Talamore Country Club & Anthony Sherr, Green Valley Country Club

152

Gary Ames, Bala Golf Club; Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA; John Carew, DuPont Country Club & William Erskine, Green Valley Country Club

152

Damian Anzaldo Kennett Square Golf & Country Club; Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club; Chris Ebersole & John Watson, Blue Bell Country Club

156

Donald Fagnan, Talamore Country Club; Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; Bob Harris, Old York Road Country Club & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster Country Club

156

Martin Boland, Werner Cziriak, Michael Kyle & Robert Hayes, Talamore Country Club

160

Edward Sager, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club; John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Gary Gardner & Charles Quinn, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

164

Joe Balkovec, Bill Flavell, John McKee & Chris Meyer, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

165

Jack Endicott, Ned Moore, Rick Rutter & W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

166

Mike Boyle, John Desantis, David Kaarby & Paul Salvo, Blue Bell Country Club

174

 

Net Division

Name, club

Total

Robert Hackett, Jr., Brett Koelle, Donald MacKelcan & Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

121

John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia Country Club; Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club; Buck Jones Philadelphia Publinks GA; & Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club

126

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club; James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club; Bryan Marvin Old York Road Country Club; Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

127

Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni, Stephen Negrotti & John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club

127

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club; Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club; Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club & Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

128

James Gillespie, Cedarbrook Country Club; Gene Lorenzetti, Lookaway Golf Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club

128

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Steven Lucas, White Manor Country Club & Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

129

Scott Carney, Scott Page, Larry Seltzer & Edward Yamasaki, Commonwealth National Golf Club

129

Roy Bell, Joe Culley, R.B. DIorio, Jr. & Richard Hartmann, The Springhaven Club

129

Bill Charpek, Gordon Jamieson, J. Kirk Luntey & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

130

Bruce Berger, Arthur Frankel, Irving Kraft & Leonard Pearson, Philmont Country Club

130

Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club; Andy Karff, Richard Lownes & George May, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

130

Ross Faigen & Eugene Rockower, Philmont Country Club; Larry Borowsky & Hal Stupp, White Manor Country Club

130

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

131

Robert Garis, Gregory Sheva, Joseph Shevlin & Brad Tanner, North Hills Country Club

131

Gary Ames, Bala Golf Club; Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA; John Carew, DuPont Country Club & William Erskine, Green Valley Country Club

131

Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club; Gerald Eckert, William Reuter & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

132

Edward Bondi, Pete Ervin, Robert Galbreath, Sr. & George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

132

Richard Keesling, Mark McDermott, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

132

Donald Fagnan, Talamore Country Club; Terry Fair RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; Bob Harris, Old York Road Country Club & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster Country Club

132

Robert Amen Philadelphia Publinks GA; Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club; Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield & Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

133

Alan Lazzarino & Robert Walters, DuPont Country Club; Thomas Alestock & Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

133

John Heald, Domenick Pendino, John Vergari & Gerald Willis, Tavistock Country Club

133

David Bellet, Rolling Green Golf Club; K.C. Isdaner, Woodcrest Country Club; Jeff Klein Talamore Country Club & Anthony Sherr, Green Valley Country Club

133

Richard Custer, Marty Dorminy, Scott Orr & James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

134

Robert Dubin, Green Valley Country Club; Laurence Hirsh, Tom Meyers & Patrick O'Kane, Philadelphia Cricket Club

134

Andrew Harmer, Michael Howanski, Rich Thon & John Turner, The Springhaven Club

135

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club; Peter Mimmo, Philmont Country Club; Jon Mabry & Joseph Perrone, Moorestown Field Club

135

Damian Anzaldo Kennett Square Golf & Country Club; Thomas Brennan, Sr., Moselem Springs Golf Club; Chris Ebersole & John Watson, Blue Bell Country Club

135

Martin Boland, Werner Cziriak, Michael Kyle & Robert Hayes, Talamore Country Club

135

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Arthur Jacoby, Philadelphia Cricket Club; John Nottage & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

136

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

136

Carl Kruse, Randy Kruse, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, Sandy Run Country Club

136

Charles Bernard, Joseph Lewis, Chris Moresco & Jeff Snider, Aronimink Golf Club

137

Craig Melville, Lu Lu Country Club; Wally Swiger, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Geoff Moulton, Jr. & Robert Reed, Sunnybrook Golf Club

137

Jack Endicott, Ned Moore, Rick Rutter & W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

137

Michael Brady, Steve Dionisio, Jim Gavaghan & Thomas Mensel, Jericho National Golf Club

138

Edward Sager, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club; John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Gary Gardner & Charles Quinn, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

138

Don Hohnstine, Thomas Isola, Thomas Mohr & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club

140

Joe Balkovec, Bill Flavell, John McKee & Chris Meyer, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

140

Chris Hunger, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Robert Lodovici, Raymond Pawulich & Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

141

Mike Boyle, John Desantis, David Kaarby & Paul Salvo, Blue Bell Country Club

148

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