Oct. 23, 2018

Maximillian and James Muller won with a par on the third playoff hole.

Manufacturers’ Mullers capture Father & Son (Older) in playoff

  GLENSIDE, Pa. —   A pair of former champions dueled in a playoff for the Father & Son (Older) Tuesday at a crisp North Hills Country Club (par 71, 6,216 yards).

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  Lebanon Country Club’s Craig and Alan Kliewer, two-time victors in the Middle event (2013-14), and Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club’s James and Maximillian Muller (Older winners in 2015, Ages 15-17 in 2002) carded respective 1-under-par 70s in regulation. In the extra session, Maximillian brushed in a two-footer on No. 1 (par 4, 339 yards), the third playoff hole, for par-and-triumph.

  “I was thinking that 1 under might be good. I was content sitting on my butt, and then we had to come back [to North Hills for the playoff],” Maximillian, 33, of Fort Washington, Pa., said. “It’s nice to win in a playoff. It was probably better than winning flat out. It was exciting.”

  “That was the best. It's pretty special to win on your ex-home course,” James, 65, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., added.

  More on James and his North Hills history in a moment.

  In the playoff, the Mullers intended on following a formula that worked all day: Maximillian’s driver, James’ wedges. However, on No. 1, Part I, James inadvertently picked up his son’s superb drive, forcing Maximillian to execute a wedge from 92 yards. It landed five yards beyond an ideal spot and ran into the rough. James nudged a wedge to six feet, and Maximillian matched the Kliewers’ 4 to stay alive.

  “That was a huge putt,” James said.

  On No. 1, Part II, Maximillian again needed to play the team’s approach — only because his drive uncharacteristically traveled into tree territory right. With a guarding bunker and minimal greenspace at his disposal, he lifted a wedge 117 yards onto the green; its firmness ushered the Mullers golf ball into the rough greenside right. Craig, too, missed the green with his approach. The Kliewers soon faced a 12-footer for par, which Craig missed on the low side. James’ chip shot stopped two feet from the jar. A tap-in and an emotional hug between father and son followed.

  The Mullers, playing in the morning, set the day’s subpar standard. Starting on the back nine, Maximillian decimated a drive on No. 10 (par 4, 325 yards). James followed with a 60-yard wedge shot to 15 feet. Another monstrous Maximillian drive on the par 4, 407-yard 17th hole gave James a favorable wedge approach. He hit it 95 yards to three feet. A three-putt bogey from 20 feet on No. 7 (par 3, 149 yards) prevented a win in regulation.

  Kicking off the afternoon wave, the Kliewers made the turn in even par before unearthing a clutch birdie on No. 14 (par 3, 212 yards). Alan launched a 5-iron to five feet. Chances to overtake the clubhouse leaders arose; none more anticipatory than the 18th hole (par 4, 304 yards). Craig’s 10-footer grazed the right edge for fleeting seconds to drifting into the par sea.

  As for the Mullers, mixed memories surround North Hills. The good? James grew up at the club, gracing every blade of grass since the age of 5. The bad? Robin, his wife of 20 years, died in 2003 in the venue’s dining facility — a sudden, tragic choking incident.

  “I haven’t set foot on the property since then. When I drive past here, I put my hand up [so I can’t see the club]. I try to avoid it at all costs,” James said. “The only reason I came here is because I’m getting older and don’t have many more opportunities where I can compete. If this event wasn’t here, I would never come back.

  “This is better than the last time.”

Super-Senior Division
Harvey & Daniel Chernosky

  Nothing like an ace to assure a victory.

  Daniel Chernosky notched his second career hole-in-one on No. 14 (par 3, 191 yards) with a fabulous 5-iron. That conversion proved key as he and his dad Harvey carded a 4-over-par 75 to prevail in the Super-Senior Division (par 71, 5,872 yards) by a stroke.

  “I said to Dan as we drove up, ‘Are you on the green?’ He said, ‘Let’s not talk about it,’” Harvey, 72, of Towanda, Pa., said. “When we got up to the green, our playing partner Ryan Lumbatis was walking in front of me. He looks in the hole, turns back to Dan and says, ‘Nice shot.’”

  “I had a feeling it was down there because I could see the ball mark in the front of the green where I thought I hit,” Dan, 44, of Cranford, N.J., added. “I was pretty sure it was the right club. I thought there was no way it rolled all the way off the green, but you hate to jinx it. Once they told me it was in, that was pretty cool.”

  Another sensational golf shot occurred on the par 4, 374-yard No. 8. After Daniel left a 9-iron from 163 yards short of the green, Harvey bumped a wedge that tracked, crashed into the flagstick and dropped for a birdie.

  “He put that in with a little speed,” Daniel said. “I said, ‘Just chip it in,’ and he did. That was fairly miraculous. That lie wasn’t real pretty, either.”

  The Chernoskys earned runner-up honors in the Super-Senior Division of the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Father & Son Championship earlier this year. Tuesday is a safe 1-up.

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Gross results

Championship Division

Name, club

Score

*James Muller/Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

70

Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Lebanon Country Club

70

Dan Brown/Michael Brown, Llanerch Country Club

74

Brad Cornforth/Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

75

Drew Garis/Robert Garis, North Hills Country Club

75

Kenneth Phillips/Grant Phillips, Lancaster Country Club/Llanerch Country Club

77

Mike Owsik/Mike Owsik, Jr., Cobbs Creek Golf Club

78

Gary Daniels/Jesse Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club

78

Royce Yeager/Gary Yeager, Cedarbrook Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/

79

Frank Tuscano/Steven Tuscano, North Hills Country Club

79

Bill Holt, III/Will Holt, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

80

Steve Cooper/Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club/North Hills Country Club

80

Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

80

Thomas Dancer/Mike Dancer, Cedarbrook Country Club/Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

81

Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club

81

Guy McKeone/Matthew McKeone, Reading Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club

81

Matthew Maurer/Mark Maurer, Bent Creek Country Club/Lancaster Country Club

82

Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, Waynesborough Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club

83

Matt Milligan/Michael Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park/Lederach Golf Club

83

Keith Cohen/Richard Cohen, Philmont Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

84

Quentin Dancer, Sr./Brian Dancer, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

85

Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

85

Jonathan Shevlin/Joseph Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket Club/North Hills Country Club

85

Thomas Brennan/Tom Brennan, Moselem Springs Golf Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club

87

Joseph Hussey/Christopher Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club

87

Trevor Seufer/Joseph Seufer, Stonewall

87

John Hudspeth/John Hudspeth, Moorestown Field Club

89

Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

89

Greg Salicondro, Sr./Greg Salicondro, Limekiln Golf Club

91

Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor Golf Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club

92

Paul Muller/Paul Muller, Lu Lu Country Club

92

Anthony Ammaturo/Andrew Ammaturo, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club

92

Bob Paul/Jonathon Paul, Cedarbrook Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club

93

Erik Molden/Fred Molden, Jericho National Golf Club

100

Alexander Maguire, Sr./Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club

NC

Gus Steiger/Gus Steiger, Sr., Glenmaura National Golf Club/Great Bear Golf Club

WD

Super-Senior Division

Name, club

Score

Harvey Chernosky/Daniel Chernosky, Towanda Country Club

75

Martin Klagholz/Jeff Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Martin Klagholz/Tim Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Robert Billings/Rob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

Mike Civitello, Jr./Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

80

David Mandel/Marc Mandel, White Manor Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Joe Dulka/Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club/DuPont Country Club

81

Ronald Cusick, Sr./Bradley Cusick, Tavistock Country Club

81

Cory Reighard/Jesse Reighard, Llanerch Country Club/Iron Masters Country Club

82

Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks Golf Club

84

Ryan O'Leary/Robert O'Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course/Lookaway Golf Club

85

Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Old York Road Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Timothy O'Donovan/John O'Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club

86

Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr., Commonwealth National Golf Club/North Hills Country Club

86

Dave Owsik/Dave Owsik, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

88

Barry Goldstein/Jason Goldstein, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

88

Robert Huntzinger/Jeffrey Huntzinger, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Lu Lu Country Club

88

Jonathan Simon/Charles Simon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Saucon Valley Country Club

89

Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club

89

Robert Jenkins/Robert Jenkins, Reading Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club

89

John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club

90

J. Kenneth Croney/Ken Croney, Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club

90

Louis Newett/Chris Newett, Indian Valley Country Club/

90

Ryan Lumbatis/Ralph Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club

91

Phil Over/David Over, Honeybrook Golf Club/Foxchase Golf Club

91

Ben Heins/Frank Heins, Kpga Online Club/Reading Country Club

92

Colin Hanna/Colin Hanna, Radley Run Country Club

94

Jeff Orban/Russell Orban, Ramblewood Country Club/Crossgates Golf Club

94

Sean Grieve/George Grieve, Philadelphia Cricket Club/MGA EClub

95

Stephen Brown/Victor Brown, Chester Valley Golf Club

95

William Dwyer/Brian Dwyer, Applecross Country Club

100

Philip Keidel, III/Philip Keidel, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

114

Vincent Scarpetta, Jr./Steve Scarpetta, Nittany Country Club/Scranton Municipal Golf Course

WD

Net results

Championship Division

Name, club

Score

Kenneth Phillips/Grant Phillips, Lancaster Country Club/Llanerch Country Club

69

James Muller/Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

70

Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Lebanon Country Club

70

Dan Brown/Michael Brown, Llanerch Country Club

70

Thomas Dancer/Mike Dancer, Cedarbrook Country Club/Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

71

Brad Cornforth/Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

71

Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

71

Drew Garis/Robert Garis, North Hills Country Club

71

Gary Daniels/Jesse Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club

72

Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, Waynesborough Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club

73

Royce Yeager/Gary Yeager, Cedarbrook Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Frank Tuscano/Steven Tuscano, North Hills Country Club

73

Quentin Dancer, Sr./Brian Dancer, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

74

Steve Cooper/Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club/North Hills Country Club

74

Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club

74

Matthew Maurer/Mark Maurer, Bent Creek Country Club/Lancaster Country Club

75

Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor Golf Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club

76

Matt Milligan/Michael Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park/Lederach Golf Club

76

Mike Owsik/Mike Owsik, Jr., Cobbs Creek Golf Club

77

Bill Holt, III/Will Holt, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

77

Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Guy McKeone/Matthew McKeone, Reading Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club

78

Anthony Ammaturo/Andrew Ammaturo, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club

78

Greg Salicondro, Sr./Greg Salicondro, Limekiln Golf Club

79

Thomas Brennan/Tom Brennan, Moselem Springs Golf Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club

79

Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/

79

Erik Molden/Fred Molden, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

80

Joseph Hussey/Christopher Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club

80

Trevor Seufer/Joseph Seufer, Stonewall

80

Paul Muller/Paul Muller, Lu Lu Country Club

80

John Hudspeth/John Hudspeth, Moorestown Field Club

81

Jonathan Shevlin/Joseph Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket Club/North Hills Country Club

81

Keith Cohen/Richard Cohen, Philmont Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club

82

Bob Paul/Jonathon Paul, Cedarbrook Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Alexander Maguire, Sr./Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club

NC

Gus Steiger/Gus Steiger, Sr., Glenmaura National Golf Club/Great Bear Golf Club

WD

Super-Senior Division

Name, club

Score

Harvey Chernosky/Daniel Chernosky, Towanda Country Club

71

Martin Klagholz/Jeff Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

72

Timothy O'Donovan/John O'Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club

72

Robert Jenkins/Robert Jenkins, Reading Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club

72

Martin Klagholz/Tim Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club

72

Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Old York Road Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club

73

David Mandel/Marc Mandel, White Manor Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Joe Dulka/Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club/DuPont Country Club

74

Mike Civitello, Jr./Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Ronald Cusick, Sr./Bradley Cusick, Tavistock Country Club

74

Ryan O'Leary/Robert O'Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course/Lookaway Golf Club

75

Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr., Commonwealth National Golf Club/North Hills Country Club

75

Phil Over/David Over, Honeybrook Golf Club/Foxchase Golf Club

75

Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks Golf Club

75

Robert Billings/Rob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Dave Owsik/Dave Owsik, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

Jonathan Simon/Charles Simon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Saucon Valley Country Club

78

Cory Reighard/Jesse Reighard, Llanerch Country Club/Iron Masters Country Club

78

John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club

79

Barry Goldstein/Jason Goldstein, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

79

Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club

79

Ryan Lumbatis/Ralph Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club

79

Colin Hanna/Colin Hanna, Radley Run Country Club

80

Ben Heins/Frank Heins, Kpga Online Club/Reading Country Club

80

Robert Huntzinger/Jeffrey Huntzinger, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Lu Lu Country Club

80

Sean Grieve/George Grieve, Philadelphia Cricket Club/MGA EClub

82

J. Kenneth Croney/Ken Croney, Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club

82

Jeff Orban/Russell Orban, Ramblewood Country Club/Crossgates Golf Club

83

William Dwyer/Brian Dwyer, Applecross Country Club

83

Louis Newett/Chris Newett, Indian Valley Country Club/

85

Stephen Brown/Victor Brown, Chester Valley Golf Club

86

Philip Keidel, III/Philip Keidel, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

103

Vincent Scarpetta, Jr./Steve Scarpetta, Nittany Country Club/Scranton Municipal Golf Course

WD

* — won in playoff

NC — no card; WD — withdrawal

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