Aug. 18, 2016

Wynn Harris took home the inaugual Women's Flight title in the Fall Net.

Talamore’s Cucinotti captures Fall Net title

  WESTAMPTON, N.J.- Steve Cucinotti’s competitive golfing drought is officially over. Swinging for the fences on every tee shot, it’s safe to say the back-to-back Pennsylvania Long Drive Champion (1990-91) is ready to get back in the game.

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  The Talamore Country Club member fired a 3-over-gross round of 73, which was good enough for a total of 43 stableford points, en route to the overall title in the Tee It Forward – Fall Net Championship Thursday at Burlington Country Club (par 70, 6,436 yards). He finished atop a leaderboard of 54 competitors.

  “Whether I shoot an 84 or a 74, it’s not going to phase me,” said Cucinotti, who calls Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood home. “But just recently, I started saying, ‘Alright, let’s go,’. Now I’m turning it on, and today was just an example of that. I’ll be playing in a lot more competitive tournaments from here on out.”

  Competing from the back tees, Cucinotti and his driver showed the field at Burlington just how problematic the big hitter can be when his swing is on.

  After early bogeys on Nos. 1 (par 4, 407 yards) and 4 (par 5, 479 yards), consistency arrived. Gross pars became the name of Cucinotti’s game at Burlington.

  The finishing hole saw his round’s lone red number surface. The 58-year-old bomber selected 3-iron as his weapon of choice off the 18th (par 4, 308 yards). While Cucinotti pushed his tee shot a little to the right, he still had a good look from 124 yards out. Cucinotti then went with a three-quarters wedge, placing his approach to 15 feet. His birdie attempt dropped.

  “For me, I just want to play. I played very loose today, like I usually do,” said Cucinotti. “We had a lot of fun today. Zach [Johnson] (his playing partner) is only 21 years old and was hitting it great out there, too.”

  A sudden loss in the family caused Cucinotti’s extended golfing absence. It was then his children who got him back into the game.

  “I stopped playing golf for 12 years when my wife passed away, and then I became a cyclist. My son, Sal, recently asked me how to hit draws, fades, you name it,” said Cucinotti, who was previously a scratch golfer playing out of Concord Country Club.

  When his 8-year-old daughter wanted a pool to use, a bright light went off in Cucinotti’s mind.

  “I said, ‘Let’s just join a country club,’, and once I did that, I had a bunch of the guys asking me to play in this event and that event. That’s how I joined over at Talamore. I've loved it ever since.”

Women's Flight

  In the Women’s Flight – the first year the it has been fielded in the Fall Net – Old York Road Country Club's Wynn Harris took the inaugural title with 31 stableford points. She topped a small, yet competitive, field of four players.

  Her playing partners, White Manor Country Club's Josie Anthony and Philadelphia Country Club's Muffy McCabe, both finished a mere one point behind Harris.

  "We had a great time, as always. I'm crazy about the people I played with today. No matter what, win or lose, we always know we're going to have a good time out there," said Harris, 67, of Blue Bell, Pa. "We play with each other a bunch, especially in [Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia] and GAP tournaments. We always really enjoy them," said Harris.

  Harris used two net birdies, on Nos. 4 (par 5, 437 yards) and 17 (par 4, 341 yards), combined with nine net pars to pave her path to the winner's circle.

  "The Stableford format is always nice because you don't always have stroke play looming. My putting was the best part of my game today, which is usually the weakest part of my game," said Harris, a member of the WGAP course-rating committee and a course-rating team captain. "We rated Burlington yesterday. I did get a preview of it. To be fair, I texted the rest of my group last night giving them some insight."

   The Fall Net Championship, formerly known as the Second Handicap, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Golf Association of Philadelphia adopted the Tee It Forward parameters and changed the scoring format to net Stableford in 2012.

  The Tee It Forward initiative encourages golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

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  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 151 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Overall

Name, club

Points

Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club

43

Zachary Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

39

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

38

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

37

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

37

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

35

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

Andres Forese, Sea Oaks Golf Club

33

David Wallace, Burlington Country Club

33

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

32

Brent Alwood, Five Ponds Golf Club

32

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

32

Joe Kelly, Deerwood Country Club

32

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

31

Jim MacFarlane, Merchantville Country Club

31

Bruce Iacobucci, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

31

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

31

Wynn Harris, Old York Road Country Club

31

Robert Pingitore, French Creek Golf Club

30

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

30

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

30

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

30

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

30

Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club

30

Muffy McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club

30

Al Tucker, The Bucks Club

29

Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford Country Club

29

Robert Marshall, Greate Bay Country Club

29

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

29

Bill Smith, Sandy Run Country Club

28

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

28

Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA

28

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

28

Eric Whorral, Old York Road Country Club

28

John VanDame, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

27

Matt Peters, Five Ponds Golf Club

27

Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

27

Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

27

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

27

Bernie Grossman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

27

Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club

27

Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA

26

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

26

Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

26

George Peterman, Talamore Country Club

26

Joseph McHugh, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

26

Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club

25

Patrick Riley, The Bucks Club

25

Timothy Horan, Radley Run Country Club

25

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

23

Brian Mulvenna, White Oaks Country Club

23

James Leonard, Honeybrook Golf Club

23

Nancy Tucker, The Bucks Club

23

Douglas Braunsdorf, Greate Bay Country Club

19

J.F. Fegley, Hartefeld National

WD

Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Neil Fine, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Steve Mahle, Talamore Country Club

WD

 

First flight (Handicap Indexes 3.8-10.8)

Name, club

Points

Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club

43

William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

38

Andres Forese, Sea Oaks Golf Club

33

David Wallace, Burlington Country Club

33

James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

32

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

31

Jim MacFarlane, Merchantville Country Club

31

Robert Pingitore, French Creek Golf Club

30

Bill Smith, Sandy Run Country Club

28

Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

28

Robert Agran, Philadelphia Publinks GA

28

John VanDame, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

27

Matt Peters, Five Ponds Golf Club

27

Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA

26

Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club

25

J.F. Fegley, Hartefeld National

WD

 

Second Flight (Handicap Indexes 11.2-13.6)

Name, club

Points

Francis Tan, Medford Lakes Country Club

37

Brent Alwood, Five Ponds Golf Club

32

Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club

32

Bruce Iacobucci, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

31

Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club

30

John Siegrist, Philadelphia Publinks GA

30

Allan Shannon, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

27

Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

27

Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club

27

Douglas Braunsdorf, Greate Bay Country Club

19

Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

 

Third Flight (Handicap Indexes 13.9-17.5)

Name, club

Points

Zachary Johnson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

39

W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

37

Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

35

Timothy Kiorpes, Lookaway Golf Club

31

David Spirt, Talamore Country Club

30

Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA

30

Al Tucker, The Bucks Club

29

Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford Country Club

29

Robert Marshall, Greate Bay Country Club

29

Tom Bell, Meadia Heights Golf Club

28

Bernie Grossman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

27

Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club

26

Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

26

Patrick Riley, The Bucks Club

25

Timothy Horan, Radley Run Country Club

25

John O'Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club

23

 

Fourth Flight (Handicap Indexes 17.6-23.5)

Name, club

Points

Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

Joe Kelly, Deerwood Country Club

32

Luke Pape, Tavistock Country Club

29

Eric Whorral, Old York Road Country Club

28

Nick Lecuyer, Limekiln Golf Club

27

George Peterman, Talamore Country Club

26

Joseph McHugh, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

26

Brian Mulvenna, White Oaks Country Club

23

James Leonard, Honeybrook Golf Club

23

Neil Fine, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

WD

Steve Mahle, Talamore Country Club

WD

Women's Flight

Name, club

Points

Wynn Harris, Old York Road Country Club

31

Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club

30

Muffy McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club

30

Nancy Tucker, The Bucks Club

23

 

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