Sept. 1, 2016

Kevin Sarlo and Drew Guarino defeated two teams in a sudden-death playoff.

Guarino, Sarlo prevail in playoff for Four-Ball title at Laurel Creek

  MT. LAUREL, N.J. — Kevin Sarlo converted a right-to-left breaking 15-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole to give him and Drew Guarino the 45th Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship title Thursday at Laurel Creek Country Club (par 71, 6,396 yards). The two defeated Tavistock Country Club’s Tom Gramigna and Jamie Slonis, as well as Five Ponds Golf Club’s Drew Panebianco and Hidden Creek Golf Club’s Charles Scalzott, on No. 1 (par 4, 380 yards) in overtime.

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  All three teams finished regulation tied at 7-under-par 64. The event’s format is better-ball of partners.

  “My heart was pumping a little bit,” Sarlo, 22, said of the first playoff hole. “It was nice to see Drew knock one in there close before me. The putt had about a foot and a half of break. I was more nervous watching the four other guys go ahead of me and all come within centimeters [of the cup]. It was nice to see [my birdie] go in.”

  Prior to the triumphant birdie, Sarlo, a Burlington Country Club member, briefly searched for his drive, thinking it settled somewhere in the right rough. He found it deeply plugged in the fairway, some 20 yards from the hole location. Intermittent showers throughout the day caused soft conditions. Guarino nestled a wedge 30 yards to seven feet above the hole location. He didn’t need to see the putt through.

  "This was my first round in a month,” Guarino, 20, said. “He kept me going in the beginning and then I found something. We took off from there.”

  Gramigna and Slonis, playing in the day’s first group, set the scoring benchmark. An eagle-birdie finish in regulation gave the Guarino and Sarlo team, which started on the back nine, a fighting chance.

  On the tempting No. 8 (par 4, 314 yards), Sarlo, sensing a need for heroics, debated driver. The inner-dialogue didn’t last long after Guarino found the fairway. Sarlo, a killer instinct intact, powered a drive onto the green.

  “We knew the lead was 7 under, so I figured why waste an opportunity. I swung pretty good at it, took it right over the trees,” Sarlo said. He converted a left-to-right breaking 17-footer for eagle.

  The Burlington, N.J. residents stepped to the par 5, 529-yard No. 9 with eagle and outright victory prospects. Things appeared promising once Guarino hammered a 4-iron 200 yards to 35 feet. However, he ran the eagle try five feet by and made the comebacker. Prior to the thrilling conclusion, the Guarino and Sarlo team revved the red engine with three straight birdies. On No. 3 (par 3, 133 yards), Sarlo stopped a pitching wedge at eight feet. Guarino drained an uphill 15-footer on the next hole (par 4, 359 yards) following a 56-degree wedge from 95 yards. A clutch 20-footer for birdie courtesy of Sarlo on the par 5, 486-yard No. 5 “made up for a poor chip” from 20 yards in front of the green.

  “We both drove the ball great today. That was the X-factor,” Guarino, a sophomore at Rowan College at Burlington County, said. “We really fed off each other and picked each other up when one of us was out of a hole.”

  “Drew was always in the hole,” Sarlo, a senior at Rutgers University-Camden, added. “Honestly, I think his strength was coming up big when I hit bad shots. I hit a 3-wood way out-of-bounds on No. 12 and he ended up driving it right down the middle. He’s always clutch in the big moment.”

  The Guarino and Sarlo team competed in the morning. Post-round, Guarino delivered pizzas per his employment. He raced to Laurel Creek once Sarlo made the playoff phone call.

  “It’s nice to have a place close by that you know well,” Guarino, an Old York at Chesterfield member, said.

  Guarino and Sarlo met while representing Burlington Township High School’s golf team. The two frequently traversed Laurel Creek to compete. In fact, the property stuck out like a sore thumb in 2012. Burlington Township’s team stood undefeated that season before falling to Moorestown High School at Laurel Creek.

  That loss, however, was ultimately irrelevant; Burlington Township captured the state title that year.

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Gross

Name, club

Score

*Kevin Sarlo/Drew Guarino, Burlington CC/Old York CC at Chesterfield

64

Drew Panebianco/Charles Scalzott, Five Ponds GC/Hidden Creek GC

64

Jamie Slonis/Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock CC

64

Matthew Gaffney/Chris Meares, Running Deer GC

65

Bradley Roberts/Joseph Roeder, Little Mill CC

65

David Hirschhorn/Adam Warner, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Tavistock CC

65

Russell Loue/Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks GC

65

Zachary Falone/Matt Mancini, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Glenmaura National GC

65

Gerard Rosato/Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth CC/North Hills CC

65

Andrew Strock/Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands GC

66

Joseph Russo/Mario Canal, Laurel Creek CC

66

Alexander Maguire, Jr./Bo Maguire, Brookside CC

66

Dewey Bookholdt/Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

66

Matt Raudenbush/Ryan Cass, Tavistock CC/Merchantville CC

67

Bryan Gomez/Michael Tash, Tavistock CC

67

James Gillespie/Bill Cregar, Little Mill CC

67

Chris Anderson/Todd Anderson, Wimington CC

67

Jason Barkley/Donny Wessner, Moselem Spring GC/Reading CC

67

Dan Farragut/Kevin O'Brien, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Cedarbrook CC

67

Neil Gordon/John Simone, Five Ponds GC/Philmont CC

68

David Skarbek/Daniel Rexon, Laurel Creek CC/Tavistock CC

68

Adam Bracy/Casey Klingert, Rancocas GC/Linwood CC

68

Jack Wallace/David Guertler, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Laurel Creek CC

69

Pat Curiale/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village CC/Laurel Creek CC

69

Stephen O'Sullivan/Michael Fagan, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Whitemarsh Valley CC

69

Ellis Chandler/Matthew Kreuter, Honeybrook GC/Plymouth CC

69

Drew Garis/Patrick Murray, North Hills CC

70

Geoffrey Cooper/Stephen Cooper, North Hills CC/Laurel Creek CC

70

Gregory Buliga/Paul Rogowicz, Yardley CC

70

Kenneth Matt/Keith Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Mercer Oaks GC

70

Chris Morelli/George Petrellis, Five Ponds GC/Commonwealth National GC

70

Carl Scaramuzza/Daniel Caparo, Cedarbrook CC

71

David D'Agostino/Ryan Ade, Aronimink GC

71

Steven Walczak/Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington CC

71

Joe Granahan/Jim Muehlbronner, Concord CC/Sandy Run CC

71

Rich Pruchnik/Joe Avellino, Coatesville CC

71

Bob Husbands/Charles Clark, West Chester G&CC

72

Kevin Koch/Bob Dick, Spring Ford CC/Commonwealth National GC

72

Sean Torpey/John Nottage, Commonwealth National GC

72

John Willadsen/Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima CC

72

William Givens/Chris Bevelheimer, Merchantville CC/Running Deer GC

72

Kevin Kornuszko/Steve Dungan, Lu Lu CC/Northampton Valley CC

72

Beau Guarino/Michael O'Keefe, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Laurel Creek CC

72

James Bell, III/Steve Jones, Makefield Highlands GC/Applebrook GC

73

Justin Kidd/Ryan Bickle, White Manor CC

73

Brian Klaus/Ronald Cusick, Sr., Tavistock CC

74

John Grove/Michael Grimes, Chester Valley GC

74

Phil Remig/Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC

74

William Rolli/Kenny Engel, Jr., Raven's Claw GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

Pat Galante/Bruce Himelman, Greenbriar Oceanaire G&CC

74

Gene Martin, Jr./Sean McMonagle, Laurel Creek CC

74

Michael Shoup/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run CC/Limekiln GC

75

Brendan McNamara/Robert Porrini, The ACE Club

75

Brad Jankowski/John Conway, Little Mill CC

75

John Monday/Mark Smedley, Chester Valley GC

76

Matthew Boyer/Andrew Bonekemper, Spring Ford CC

76

Dino Stathis/David Dorey, Metedeconk National GC/Tavistock CC

76

Dan Griffith/Dan Walters, Talamore CC/The Bucks Club

76

Hal Morris/Joe Morris, Talamore CC/Whitford CC

77

Brad Cornforth/Jian Zhang, Lock Nairn GC/Inniscrone GC

77

Peter Pagano, Jr./Vincent Cedrone, Penn Oaks GC

78

Gary Gross/William Hagel, McCall G&CC

78

Frank Giordano/Tony Sirianni, Five Ponds GC/Lookaway GC

78

Bob Dumont/Jerry Haftmann, Llanerch CC/Rolling Green GC

79

Thomas Gramlich/Bill Watts, Medford Lakes CC

79

Tom Satterley/Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club

81

Fred Olt/Bernard Kelly, Little Mill CC

81

Gregory Hurchalla/Charles Hurchalla, Stonewall

81

Gerry McCloy/Richard Duryea, Flourtown CC

81

Charles Lare/John D'Angelo, Indian Valley CC

82

Dave Bresnahan/Greg Shetler, Riverton CC

82

David Martin/Michael Schoedler, Five Ponds GC/Commonwealth National GC

82

David Chellel/Glenn Haun, Lookaway GC

84

Daniel Kilpatrick/Aidan Caspar, Medford Village CC/Running Deer GC

84

John Cech/Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton CC

85

Paul Muller/Matthew Berlin, Lu Lu CC

88

Gregg Shivers/Ed Ciel, Medford Lakes CC

88

Barry Fabius/Mark Pfeffer, Phoenixville CC/Hidden Creek GC

90

Vinny Salatino/Wes Remmey, Sandy Run CC

91

Jeffrey Hughes/Andy Vitella, Manufacturers G&CC

NC

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Drew Panebianco/Charles Scalzott, Five Ponds GC/Hidden Creek GC

60

Gerard Rosato/Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth CC/North Hills CC

61

Russell Loue/Johan van Schalkwyk, Mercer Oaks GC

62

Rich Pruchnik/Joe Avellino, Coatesville CC

62

Zachary Falone/Matt Mancini, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Glenmaura National GC

63

Andrew Strock/Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands GC

63

Dewey Bookholdt/Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

63

Dan Farragut/Kevin O'Brien, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Cedarbrook CC

63

Peter Pagano, Jr./Vincent Cedrone, Penn Oaks GC

63

Kevin Sarlo/Drew Guarino, Burlington CC/Old York CC at Chesterfield

64

Jamie Slonis/Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock CC

64

Bradley Roberts/Joseph Roeder, Little Mill CC

64

Jason Barkley/Donny Wessner, Moselem Spring GC/Reading CC

64

David Skarbek/Daniel Rexon, Laurel Creek CC/Tavistock CC

64

Brendan McNamara/Robert Porrini, The ACE Club

64

Dan Griffith/Dan Walters, Talamore CC/The Bucks Club

64

Hal Morris/Joe Morris, Talamore CC/Whitford CC

64

Joseph Russo/Mario Canal, Laurel Creek CC

65

Alexander Maguire, Jr./Bo Maguire, Brookside CC

65

Matt Raudenbush/Ryan Cass, Tavistock CC/Merchantville CC

65

Bryan Gomez/Michael Tash, Tavistock CC

65

Chris Anderson/Todd Anderson, Wimington CC

65

Adam Bracy/Casey Klingert, Rancocas GC/Linwood CC

65

Stephen O'Sullivan/Michael Fagan, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Whitemarsh Valley CC

65

Joe Granahan/Jim Muehlbronner, Concord CC/Sandy Run CC

65

William Givens/Chris Bevelheimer, Merchantville CC/Running Deer GC

65

Justin Kidd/Ryan Bickle, White Manor CC

65

Brian Klaus/Ronald Cusick, Sr., Tavistock CC

65

Matthew Boyer/Andrew Bonekemper, Spring Ford CC

65

Thomas Gramlich/Bill Watts, Medford Lakes CC

65

Matthew Gaffney/Chris Meares, Running Deer GC

66

David Hirschhorn/Adam Warner, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Tavistock CC

66

James Gillespie/Bill Cregar, Little Mill CC

66

Neil Gordon/John Simone, Five Ponds GC/Philmont CC

66

Pat Curiale/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village CC/Laurel Creek CC

66

Geoffrey Cooper/Stephen Cooper, North Hills CC/Laurel Creek CC

66

Chris Morelli/George Petrellis, Five Ponds GC/Commonwealth National GC

66

Carl Scaramuzza/Daniel Caparo, Cedarbrook CC

66

Kevin Kornuszko/Steve Dungan, Lu Lu CC/Northampton Valley CC

66

Bob Dumont/Jerry Haftmann, Llanerch CC/Rolling Green GC

66

Drew Garis/Patrick Murray, North Hills CC

67

Gregory Buliga/Paul Rogowicz, Yardley CC

67

Kevin Koch/Bob Dick, Spring Ford CC/Commonwealth National GC

67

John Grove/Michael Grimes, Chester Valley GC

67

Michael Shoup/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run CC/Limekiln GC

67

Dino Stathis/David Dorey, Metedeconk National GC/Tavistock CC

67

Gary Gross/William Hagel, McCall G&CC

67

David D'Agostino/Ryan Ade, Aronimink GC

68

Bob Husbands/Charles Clark, West Chester G&CC

68

John Willadsen/Lodie Van Tonder, Sakima CC

68

Pat Galante/Bruce Himelman, Greenbriar Oceanaire G&CC

68

Brad Cornforth/Jian Zhang, Lock Nairn GC/Inniscrone GC

68

Jack Wallace/David Guertler, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Laurel Creek CC

69

Ellis Chandler/Matthew Kreuter, Honeybrook GC/Plymouth CC

69

Kenneth Matt/Keith Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Mercer Oaks GC

69

Phil Remig/Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC

69

William Rolli/Kenny Engel, Jr., Raven's Claw GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA

69

John Monday/Mark Smedley, Chester Valley GC

69

Frank Giordano/Tony Sirianni, Five Ponds GC/Lookaway GC

69

Steven Walczak/Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington CC

70

Sean Torpey/John Nottage, Commonwealth National GC

70

James Bell, III/Steve Jones, Makefield Highlands GC/Applebrook GC

70

Gene Martin, Jr../Sean McMonagle, Laurel Creek CC

70

Brad Jankowski/John Conway, Little Mill CC

70

Gregory Hurchalla/Charles Hurchalla, Stonewall

70

Gerry McCloy/Richard Duryea, Flourtown CC

70

David Chellel/Glenn Haun, Lookaway GC

70

Beau Guarino/Michael O'Keefe, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Laurel Creek CC

71

Tom Satterley/Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club

71

Charles Lare/John D'Angelo, Indian Valley CC

71

Michael Schoedler/David Martin, Commonwealth National GC/Five Ponds GC

71

Fred Olt/Bernard Kelly, Little Mill CC

72

Paul Muller/Matthew Berlin, Lu Lu CC

72

Dave Bresnahan/Greg Shetler, Riverton CC

73

Daniel Kilpatrick/Aidan Caspar, Medford Village CC/Running Deer GC

73

Gregg Shivers/Ed Ciel, Medford Lakes CC

74

Vinny Salatino/Wes Remmey, Sandy Run CC

74

John Cech/Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton CC

76

Barry Fabius/Mark Pfeffer, Phoenixville CC/Hidden Creek GC

77

Jeffrey Hughes/Andy Vitella, Manufacturers G&CC

NC

 

*-determined in playoff

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