Aug. 3, 2017

Oscar Mestre (left) and Ray Thompson fired a 7-under 64.

Overbrook's Mestre, Thompson light up Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play

  MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Need an ideal example of the meaning of “team”? Look no further than Overbrook Golf Club members Oscar Mestre and Raymond Thompson. They are virtually a living definition at this point, with a plethora of trophies to prove it.

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  Mestre and Thompson won 13 Golf Association of Philadelphia Team Championships together, pairing up in most of those title runs between 1981 and their latest in 2012. They added to their team, and Overbrook’s, trophy cabinets again on Thursday.

  Despite a lightning delay that lasted almost two hours, including a strike that landed within feet of the scoring area, the pair prevailed for their first title in the event, firing a 7-under 64 to top a field of 49 Senior teams at Laurel Creek Country Club (par 71, 6,449 yards).

  “We know each other’s game. Our chemistry is great out there,” said Mestre, 57, of Berwyn, Pa. “In the Team Championships, we would usually partner up. We’ve got experience together, definitely.”

  Nine birdies on the card ended up being the deciding factor for Mestre and Thompson, who finished third in last year’s championship at LedgeRock Golf Club.

  “I did the best driving I’ve ever done. I drove the cart really well today,” said Mestre, the Secretary of the GAP Executive Committee. “Ray just really had it going today. There were other players out there that were trying to steal him from me [as a partner].”

  Thompson jarred seven birdies overall. His five red numbers on the front – on Nos. 1 (par 4, 490 yards), 4 (par 4, 391 yards), 5 (par 5, 489 yards), 6 (par 4, 420 yards) and 9 (par 5, 526 yards) – gave his team an impressive 5-under total heading to Laurel Creek’s second side.

  “Most of those birdies, they weren’t close looks. I definitely made some longer putts today to get them. I was rolling the ball well,” said Thompson, 65, of Drexel Hill, Pa.

  Thompson says his birdie on No. 5 stood out, mostly because of a “really good hybrid approach” after a perfect drive lead to a 25-foot two putt for the 4.   However, the GAP Senior stalwart did it all alone. Mestre rolled in two birdies of his own, first on No. 8 (par 4, 316 yards), where his lob-wedge approach led to a 15-foot conversion, followed by “the shortest birdie putt of the day” on No. 17 (par 3, 197 yards).

  The back nine hosted less birdies but more drama. Play was suspended at 5:25 p.m. when Mestre and Thompson were on the 18th (par 4, 407 yards), teeing up as the horn sounded.   “We were ready to go, tees in the ground. We were ready to sprint up that last hole,” said Mestre.

  “When we came in here with the guys during the delay, they were really getting on us, saying ‘They’re going to cancel this, guys. You guys are going to have to play 18 all over again.’,” said Thompson.

  The golf gods cooperated, allowing the eventual champs enough time to complete their round, which bettered last year’s champions Glenn Smeraglio of Lu Lu Country Club and Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley Country Club by four strokes.

  “I’m glad we got it done today,” said Mestre. “I didn’t have any birdies left in me [if we had to come back tomorrow], but I know Ray did.”

Carl Everett (left) & Don Donatoni.

Super-Senior Division
  They've done it again. Three times, to be exact.

  White Manor Country Club's Don Donatoni, the reigning four-time Super-Senior Player of the Year, and good friend Carl Everett of Merion Golf Club claimed their third straight title in the Super-Senior Division.

  The formidable duo fired a 6-under 65 to win the title from tees playing 5,963 yards. They bettered a field by three strokes that hosted 29 total Super-Senior teams.

  It took a minute for the realization that they had won three consecutive trophies sink in. Everett asked Donatoni after the round, “Is it really three in a row? Wow.”

  “We don’t have to communicate a lot out there. It’s like we know what’s going on in each other’s mind,” said Donatoni, 69, of Malvern, Pa. “It’s get up, hit it, go find it and put it in the hole, and it’s just worked out for us lately.”

  Fresh coming off qualifying for the U.S. Senior Amateur this week at LedgeRock Golf Club, Donatoni was still feeling it Thursday.

  Donatoni drained three birdies on the front, on Nos. 3 (par 3, 132 yards) , 5 (par 5, 446 yards) and 9 (par 5 495 yards), while Everett drilled a 25-foot putt from the front fringe to   card a red number on No. 8 (par 4, 305 yards). Two more birdies fell on the back nine to get them to -6.

  Unlike the Senior champions, Donatoni and Everett were a little more pessimistic about the rain delay. Donatoni wouldn’t have been around for a Friday restart, as his son, A.J. is set to be married this weekend.

  “I was concerned because I knew how well Don had played today, and I couldn’t bare thinking that he wouldn’t be able to come back and finish it off,” said Everett, 70, of Harleysville, Pa. “I’m thrilled we were able to get this in.”

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Senior Division

Gross

Name, club

Score

Oscar Mestre/Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

64

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr./Glenn Smeraglio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club

68

Joseph Roeder/Bill Cregar, Little Mill Country Club

68

Michael Tash/Christopher Lange, Sr., Tavistock Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club

69

Chris Smedley/Paul Hess, Hartefeld National

69

J. Kirk Luntey/Bill Charpek, Merion Golf Club

70

John Alterman/Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

70

Steven Lucas/Michael Quinn, Wilmington Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

70

Robert Wurtz, Jr./Gary Smith, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Pine Valley Golf Club

71

Thomas Alestock/Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club

71

John Ward/Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club

71

Robert Hackett, Jr./Joseph Hacker, Wilmington Country Club

71

Kenneth Phillips/Bob Beck, Lancaster Country Club/Lehigh Country Club

71

Gordon Jamieson/Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

71

Drew Panebianco/Craig Kliewer, Five Ponds Golf Club/Honeybrook Golf Club

71

Gregory Buliga/Paul Dansbury, Yardley Country Club

71

Robert Gill/Brian Corbett, Fox Hill Country Club/Country Club of Scranton

72

Mark Walker/Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

72

Nick Zammer/Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club

73

Richard Custer/Bob MajczanBellewood Country Club/Lookaway Golf Club

73

Buddy Reed/Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club

74

Brian Trymbiski/Greg Divona, Doylestown Country Club

74

Harold Schweitzer, Jr./Zoran Damnjanovic, Broad Run Golfer's Club

74

Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Applebrook Golf Club/Concord Country Club

74

Rich Thon/Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

74

Michael Shoup/Gerry Nelson, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club

74

Jon Stein/Chris O'Brien, McCall Golf & Country Club

76

Dan Farragut/Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Frank Corrado, Jr./Wayne Bartolacci, Lu Lu Country Club/Jericho National Golf Club

77

Rodger Gottlieb/Gary Dornhoefer, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

77

George Henninger/Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Alex Celluzzi/Vernon Gerety, Laurel Creek Country Club/Downingtown Country Club

78

Vince Yost/Edward Roberts, Cedarbrook Country Club/Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

79

Hal Morris/Steven CucinottiTalamore Country Club

80

James Barling/Craig White, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

Roland Thomas, Jr./Larry Riviello, McCall Golf & Country Club

81

Steven Buck/Michael Maro, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

Naz Gagliardi/Robert Howard, Bensalem Township Country Club/Deerwood Country Club

81

Tim Ungrady/Dan Lamb, The Springhaven Club/Golf Course at Glen Mills

82

Charles Stines, III/Salvatore Drago, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Mercer Oaks Golf Course

84

Dave Bresnahan/William Schmidt, Riverton Country Club

84

Kenneth Orner/Edward AttarianPineCrest Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Michael DeSantis/Bruce Aikin, Hartefeld National

85

Joe Balkovec/Bill Flavell, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

86

Thomas Huff/George Marshalek, Coatesville Country Club

88

John Kivitz/Vincent Torno, McCall Golf & Country Club

91

Jeff Garrett/John Riccio, The Bucks Club/Jericho National Golf Club

93

Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton

WD

Ron Weaver/Scott Mayne, Bent Creek Country Club/LedgeRock Golf Club

WD

Mike Miklinevich/Michael CivitellaGreate Bay Country Club

WD

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Robert Hackett, Jr./Joseph Hacker, Wilmington Country Club

64

Oscar Mestre/Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

64

Alex Celluzzi/Vernon Gerety, Laurel Creek Country Club/Downingtown Country Club

65

Thomas Alestock/Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club

66

John Ward/Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club

66

Jon Stein/Chris O'Brien, McCall Golf & Country Club

66

Gregory Buliga/Paul Dansbury, Yardley Country Club

66

Chris Smedley/Paul Hess, Hartefeld National

66

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr./Glenn Smeraglio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club

66

Joseph Roeder/Bill Cregar, Little Mill Country Club

66

Nick Zammer/Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club

67

Gordon Jamieson/Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

67

John Alterman/Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

67

Michael Shoup/Gerry Nelson, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club

67

Michael Tash/Christopher Lange, Sr., Tavistock Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club

68

Steven Buck/Michael Maro, Laurel Creek Country Club

68

Steven Lucas/Michael Quinn, Wilmington Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

68

Rich Thon/Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

68

Robert Wurtz, Jr./Gary Smith, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Pine Valley Golf Club

69

Brian Trymbiski/Greg Divona, Doylestown Country Club

69

Harold Schweitzer, Jr./Zoran Damnjanovic, Broad Run Golfer's Club

69

Kenneth Phillips/Bob Beck, Lancaster Country Club/Lehigh Country Club

69

Robert Gill/Brian Corbett, Fox Hill Country Club/Country Club of Scranton

69

Mark Walker/Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

69

Richard Custer/Bob MajczanBellewood Country Club/Lookaway Golf Club

69

Dan Farragut/Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

70

J. Kirk Luntey/Bill Charpek, Merion Golf Club

70

Drew Panebianco/Craig Kliewer, Five Ponds Golf Club/Honeybrook Golf Club

70

Buddy Reed/Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club

71

Tim Ungrady/Dan Lamb, The Springhaven Club/Golf Course at Glen Mills

71

Kenneth Orner/Edward AttarianPineCrest Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

Roland Thomas, Jr./Larry Riviello, McCall Golf & Country Club

71

James Barling/Craig White, Laurel Creek Country Club

72

Vince Yost/Edward Roberts, Cedarbrook Country Club/Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

72

George Henninger/Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

Naz Gagliardi/Robert Howard, Bensalem Township Country Club/Deerwood Country Club

72

Charles Stines, III/Salvatore Drago, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73

Dave Bresnahan/William Schmidt, Riverton Country Club

73

Rodger Gottlieb/Gary Dornhoefer, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

73

Hal Morris/Steven CucinottiTalamore Country Club

73

Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Applebrook Golf Club/Concord Country Club

73

Frank Corrado, Jr./Wayne Bartolacci, Lu Lu Country Club/Jericho National Golf Club

74

Joe Balkovec/Bill Flavell, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

75

Thomas Huff/George Marshalek, Coatesville Country Club

75

Michael DeSantis/Bruce Aikin, Hartefeld National

76

Jeff Garrett/John Riccio, The Bucks Club/Jericho National Golf Club

79

John Kivitz/Vincent Torno, McCall Golf & Country Club

84

Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton

WD

Ron Weaver/Scott Mayne, Bent Creek Country Club/LedgeRock Golf Club

WD

Mike Miklinevich/Michael CivitellaGreate Bay Country Club

WD

 

Super-Senior Division

Gross

Name, club

Score

Carl Everett/Don Donatoni, Merion Golf Club/White Manor Country Club

65

Frank Polizzi/Bernie Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

68

Robert Billings/James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club

69

Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village Country Club/Moorestown Field Club

70

Mike Tomasic/David Brackenbury, Woodstone Country Club

70

Alan Over/Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

71

Robert Lodovici/Robert Proto, Little Mill Country Club

72

Thomas Mohr/Robert Zakian, Whitford Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club

72

Michael Nilon/Buck Jones, Philadelphia Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

72

John Owens/Lawrence Harrison, Tavistock Country Club/Hidden Creek Golf Club

73

Eugene Maginnis, Jr./John Gonsior, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

73

Thomas Mallouk/Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

73

Alexander Maguire, Sr./John Foore, Brookside Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club

74

Michael Rose/Matthew Bellis, Talamore Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Charles Caparo/David Harbaugh, Plymouth Country Club

75

John Cech/Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club

76

Arthur Frankel/Herbert Sachs, Philmont Country Club

76

Peter Torras/Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

77

John Young/John DiMarzio, Sandy Run Country Club

77

John Snyder/Richard GenoniWaynesborough Country Club

77

Charles Whipple/Robert Peterman, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Gary Ames/Rick Ames, Bala Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Louis Newett/Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club

80

Ned Moore/Bill Doherty, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

80

David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

80

Stephen Cooper/Michael Torpey, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

John Patton/James Wiley, Little Mill Country Club/Old York Road Country Club

82

William McCabe, Jr./Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club

85

James Barton/John Siegrist, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Alan Van Horn/Arthur Jacoby, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Thomas Mohr/Robert Zakian, Whitford Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club

65

Carl Everett/Don Donatoni, Merion Golf Club/White Manor Country Club

66

Frank Polizzi/Bernie Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

66

Robert Billings/James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club

66

Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village Country Club/Moorestown Field Club

67

Mike Tomasic/David Brackenbury, Woodstone Country Club

67

Alan Over/Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

68

Alexander Maguire, Sr./John Foore, Brookside Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club

68

Charles Caparo/David Harbaugh, Plymouth Country Club

68

John Cech/Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club

68

John Young/John DiMarzio, Sandy Run Country Club

68

Robert Lodovici/Robert Proto, Little Mill Country Club

69

Arthur Frankel/Herbert Sachs, Philmont Country Club

69

John Snyder/Richard GenoniWaynesborough Country Club

69

Gary Ames/Rick Ames, Bala Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

69

John Owens/Lawrence Harrison, Tavistock Country Club/Hidden Creek Golf Club

70

Eugene Maginnis, Jr./John Gonsior, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

70

Thomas Mallouk/Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

70

Stephen Cooper/Michael Torpey, Laurel Creek Country Club

70

Michael Nilon/Buck Jones, Philadelphia Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

71

Peter Torras/Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

72

Louis Newett/Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club

72

John Patton/James Wiley, Little Mill Country Club/Old York Road Country Club

72

Michael Rose/Matthew Bellis, Talamore Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club

73

William McCabe, Jr./Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club

73

James Barton/John Siegrist, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Charles Whipple/Robert Peterman, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Ned Moore/Bill Doherty, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

74

Alan Van Horn/Arthur Jacoby, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

 

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