Aug. 2, 2018

Oscar Mestre and Raymond Thompson carded a 7-under-par 64 to prevail.

Overbrook’s Mestre, Thompson defend Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play title

  WEST CHESTER, Pa. — As the golf balls belonging to Oscar Mestre and Raymond Thompson glistened on the 18th green, Edward Erickson marveled at his playing partners, verbally acknowledging — sarcastically, sincerely, perhaps a bit of both — their winning formula.

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  “He finally said to us, ‘So this is the concept. You both want to be on the green. I have to remember that,’” Mestre, 58, of Berwyn, Pa., said. “We both had a lot of birdie looks. That was the concept of the day: two guys having shots at birdie. It’s tough to execute, but it frees you up. Whoever’s turn it was to execute, executed. Ray hit some fabulous shots.”

  “I played well on the back nine. Oscar played well on the front,” Thompson, 66, of Drexel Hill, Pa., said. “It was a good ham-and-egg show."

  The longtime Overbrook Golf Club duo successfully defended its title in the 59th Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play Thursday. Mestre and Thompson carded a sizzling 7-under-par 64 at Penn Oaks Golf Club (par 71, 6,260 yards). Wilmington Country Club’s Randy Mitchell and Steve Walczak finished two shots back.

  Cohesion, consistency and coaching made the Overbrook tandem a leaderboard threat from the outset. Thompson logged the team’s first birdie on No. 3 (par 5, 468 yards) after splashing a bunker shot into gimme range. Mestre reached the green in two with a 9-iron from 152 yards, but missed a slippery 10-footer for eagle on the low side. That 9-iron, though, proved to be his weapon of choice on this day. He hit it 151 yards to 25 feet on No. 5 (par 4, 400 yards) and buried the right-to-left breaker. Mestre and Thompson made the turn in 3 under after respective birdies on the par 5, 480-yard No. 9. Thompson’s swift chip from the right greenside rough gave the reigning Brewer Cup champion a kick-in. Mestre again reached the green in two, this time with a hybrid, and two-putted.

  A downhill Thompson chip on another par 5 (No. 13, 510 yards) also resulted in a birdie. Furthermore, he drained a right-to-left breaking 20-footer on the dogleg right 11th hole (par 4, 328 yards) following a three-quarter wedge from 100 yards.

  The team’s lone error occurred on No. 14 (par 4, 441 yards) because of poor tee positioning.

  “We both thought that if we cleared that tree on the right, we were gaining a lot on the hole. There was no way you should hit it right,” Mestre, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Vice President, said. “We hit bad shots, but we didn’t know the hole. You could play out of the left rough all day long.”

  The coaching element in the Overbrook duo’s formula became prevalent on the No. 15 (par 3, 152 yards) tee-box. Mestre made Thompson's four-footer for birdie possible with his advice.

  “Ray was thinking 8-iron. I hit 9-iron and it was the right distance,” Mestre said. “I said to him, ‘It’s a 9-iron left of the hole.’”

  “I wasn’t going to hit 9-iron. He hit first and we thought he was reasonably close,” Thompson said. “A 9-iron was the perfect club.”

  Mestre also talked Thompson into a 9-iron on No. 17 (par 4, 428 yards). He subsequently hit a hook-draw from 155 yards, letting it land on the top of the hill and chase to four feet. Mestre capped the team’s title defense with a 3 on No. 18 (par 4, 352 yards). The sequence, as expected, went like this: 9-iron from 155 yards to six feet.

  Mestre and Thompson are three days removed from failing to qualify for the U.S. Senior Amateur. Both missed the cut at Tavistock Country Club. That day affected their respective mindsets entering Penn Oaks.

  “You always want to get out and prove that was an anomaly rather than the norm,” Mestre said. “Ray shot 78 and I shot 77. I don’t think that’s our normal score [at Tavistock]. You want to wipe out that memory as soon as possible. At least I do.”

  “I didn’t have much going at Tavistock until my tee shot on the 12th hole. I felt that was the swing I needed to make,” Thompson said. “I hit it pretty well coming in from there. Whatever I came up with there, I tried today, and the feeling is good.”

  Still good.

  Thursday’s victory adds to an already-impressive season for the Overbrook dynamos. Thompson is currently ranked first in the Senior Player of the Year standings. Mestre, who captured the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) in June, trails his good friend (and frequent passenger) by 76.25 points.

James Prendergast & Steve Tagert

Super-Senior Division
  James Prendergast and Steve Tagert met last year during a sudden-death playoff for the Super-Senior title in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross). Tagert won with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Prendergast took note.

  The two became friends and golfing acquaintances when Prendergast joined Spring Ford Country Club earlier this year. That friendship, for the first time, turned into a partnership Thursday at Penn Oaks (par 71, 5,761 yards). Prendergast and Tagert carded a 4-under-par 68 to grab the Super-Senior crown in the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play.

  “We were both in the hole on almost every hole,” Tagert, 68, of Collegeville, Pa., said.

  “He shot 73 and I shot 69. We both played well,” Prendergast, 66, of Limerick, Pa., added.

  The Spring Ford duo inked a 32 coming in to prevail by a stroke. Tagert ignited the birdie fire with a downhill 10-footer on No. 13 (par 5, 450 yards). Prendergast reached the par 5, 426-yard 14th hole in two with a 23-degree hybrid from 194 yards. His uphill eagle attempt navigated a ridge before halting two feet past the cup. Prendergast cleaned up the birdie putt. He buried a 40-footer on No. 15 (par 3, 140 yards) after leaving an 8-iron in the fringe. Tagert capped the team’s impressive stretch with a 3 on the par 4, 360-yard 17th hole, knocking a choked-up pitching wedge 113 yards to six feet.

  Prendergast previously won the Senior Four-Ball (Senior Division) alongside Marty Dorminy in 2014. Expect a title defense with Tagert by his side.

  “We’ll do it again,” Prendergast said. “He hits it straight and has a very good short game.”

  “Jim was just deadly,” Tagert said. “He keeps it in the fairway and is solid on his second shots. He puts it tight and makes most of the putts. His whole game today was superhuman today.”

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Gross results

Senior Division

Name

Club

Score

Mestre, Oscar/Thompson, Raymond

Overbrook Golf Club

64

Walczak, Steven/Mitchell, Randy

Wilmington Country Club

66

Kliewer, Craig/Fieger, Sr., Christopher

Honeybrook Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

68

Clauson, Chris/Smeraglio, Glenn

Lu Lu Country Club

68

Walker, Mark/Russo, Joseph

Laurel Creek Country Club/Running Deer Golf Club

68

Dowds, III, Charles/Bartolacci, Wayne

Applebrook Golf Club/Lu Lu Country Club

69

Arthur, Bob/Hyland, Thomas

Tavistock Country Club/Little Mill Country Club

70

Owsik, Mike/Owsik, Joseph

Cobbs Creek Golf Club/Hershey's Mill Golf Club

70

Trymbiski, Brian/Monkhouse, Mark

Doylestown Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club

71

Phillips, Kenneth/Beck, Bob

Lancaster Country Club/Lehigh Country Club

71

Buliga, Gregory/Quinn, Michael

Yardley Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

71

Roeder, Joseph/Cregar, Bill

Little Mill Country Club

72

Abrams, Andrew/Meyer, Steve

Rolling Green Golf Club

72

Gosselin, John/Sheets, Mark

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

72

Erickson, Edward/Pyontek, Ray

Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Mercer Oaks Golf Course

72

Luntey, J. Kirk/Kania, Jr., Arthur

Merion Golf Club

73

Finn, Thomas/West, David

Loch Nairn Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Everett, Carl/Jamieson, Gordy

Merion Golf Club

73

Fedoryshyn, Doug/Dwyer, Bill

Concord Country Club

74

Ordemann, Keith/Jacobson, Jacques

Berkshire Country Club

74

Anderson, Todd/Anderson, Chris

Wilmington Country Club

76

Hackett, Jr., Robert/Hacker, Joseph

Wilmington Country Club

76

Meyer, Glenn/Fireman, Andrew

Philmont Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

Willadsen, John/Dare, Rocky

Sakima Country Club/Running Deer Golf Club

77

Stein, Jon/Cassidy, Joseph

McCall Golf & Country Club

77

Schweitzer, Jr., Harold/Waryga, Walter

Broad Run Golfer's Club/Concord Country Club

78

Yeager, Gary/Farragut, Dan

Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Viscuso, Joseph/Torras, Peter

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

81

Fiala, Brian/Orlando, Len

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club/Concord Country Club

81

Rafferty, Joseph/Robertson, James

Honeybrook Golf Club/Llanerch Country Club

82

Shivers, Gregg/Ciel, Ed

Medford Lakes Country Club

82

Linsenmann, Don/Woodruff, Robert

Radley Run Country Club/White Clay Creek Country Club

83

Berg, Paul/Varga, Zoltan

The Springhaven Club

84

Thomas, Jr., Roland/Kivitz, John

McCall Golf & Country Club

89

Super-Senior Division

Name

Club

Score

Tagert, Steve/Prendergast, James

Spring Ford Country Club

67

Billings, Robert/Aronchick, Craig

Rolling Green Golf Club

68

McCool, Robin/Scott, Craig

Saucon Valley Country Club/Great Bear Golf Club

68

Mallouk, Thomas/DiCinti, Tom

Lookaway Golf Club/Mercer Oaks Golf Course

69

Nilon, Michael/Jones, Buck

Philadelphia Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

70

Bellis, Matthew/Rose, Michael

Commonwealth National Golf Club/Talamore Country Club

73

Polizzi, Frank/Zbrzeznj, Bernie

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

73

Frankel, Arthur/Sachs, Herbert

Philmont Country Club

73

O'Rourke, Thomas/Grimes, Gary

Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Civitello, Michael/Jester, Norman

Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Van Horn, Alan/Barilotti, Joseph

Commonwealth National Golf Club/Blue Bell Country Club

74

DiMarzio, John/Young, John

Sandy Run Country Club

75

Shuman, Frank/Emigh, Peter

Lookaway Golf Club/Lehigh Country Club

75

Steck, Gary/Newett, Louis

Indian Valley Country Club

76

Humphrey, Thomas/McDowell, Charles

Wilmington Country Club

76

McCabe, Jr., William/DeLuca, Martin

McCall Golf & Country Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club

76

Lodovici, Robert/Proto, Robert

Little Mill Country Club

77

Gagliardi, Alfred/Saling, John

Radley Run Country Club

78

Rowland, Jim/Watterson, Ken

Penn Oaks Golf Club

79

Donovan, Neil/Cottone, Anthony

Waynesborough Country Club

79

Power, Jeffrey/Rees, Dave

Berkshire Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club

79

Arcana, Vinnie/Snyder, John

Waynesborough Country Club

80

Eshleman, Donald/Beshore, Kirby

Country Club of Harrisburg

80

Balkovec, Joe/Flavell, Bill

Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

80

Tomasic, Mike/Brackenbury, David

Woodstone Country Club

80

Lovitz, David/Wiley, James

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club

80

Pierce, David/Eckrich, Michael

DuPont Country Club

81

Gaydos, Rick/Jordan, David

Sakima Country Club

81

Watts, Bill/Gramlich, Thomas

Medford Lakes Country Club

81

Quinn, Charles/Rutter, Rick

Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

81

Abbott, Sr., Jeffrey/Turner, Richard

Golf Course at Glen Mills/Llanerch Country Club

82

Kearney, David/Barr, Gerald

Lehigh Country Club

86

Moore, Ned/Skilton, W. Frank

Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

88

Mohr, Thomas/Zakian, Robert

Whitford Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

Net results

Senior Division

Name

Club

Score

Walczak, Steven/Mitchell, Randy

Wilmington Country Club

64

Ordemann, Keith/Jacobson, Jacques

Berkshire Country Club

64

Mestre, Oscar/Thompson, Raymond

Overbrook Golf Club

65

Walker, Mark/Russo, Joseph

Laurel Creek Country Club/Running Deer Golf Club

65

Trymbiski, Brian/Monkhouse, Mark

Doylestown Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club

66

Owsik, Mike/Owsik, Joseph

Cobbs Creek Golf Club/Hershey's Mill Golf Club

66

Dowds, III, Charles/Bartolacci, Wayne

Applebrook Golf Club/Lu Lu Country Club

66

Arthur, Bob/Hyland, Thomas

Tavistock Country Club/Little Mill Country Club

67

Clauson, Chris/Smeraglio, Glenn

Lu Lu Country Club

67

Gosselin, John/Sheets, Mark

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

67

Kliewer, Craig/Fieger, Sr., Christopher

Honeybrook Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

68

Buliga, Gregory/Quinn, Michael

Yardley Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

68

Phillips, Kenneth/Beck, Bob

Lancaster Country Club/Lehigh Country Club

69

Shivers, Gregg/Ciel, Ed

Medford Lakes Country Club

69

Abrams, Andrew/Meyer, Steve

Rolling Green Golf Club

69

Everett, Carl/Jamieson, Gordy

Merion Golf Club

69

Schweitzer, Jr., Harold/Waryga, Walter

Broad Run Golfer's Club/Concord Country Club

70

Roeder, Joseph/Cregar, Bill

Little Mill Country Club

70

Finn, Thomas/West, David

Loch Nairn Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

70

Stein, Jon/Cassidy, Joseph

McCall Golf & Country Club

70

Luntey, J. Kirk/Kania, Jr., Arthur

Merion Golf Club

71

Hackett, Jr., Robert/Hacker, Joseph

Wilmington Country Club

71

Fiala, Brian/Orlando, Len

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club/Concord Country Club

71

Viscuso, Joseph/Torras, Peter

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

71

Fedoryshyn, Doug/Dwyer, Bill

Concord Country Club

71

Erickson, Edward/Pyontek, Ray

Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Mercer Oaks Golf Course

71

Yeager, Gary/Farragut, Dan

Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Meyer, Glenn/Fireman, Andrew

Philmont Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Berg, Paul/Varga, Zoltan

The Springhaven Club

73

Linsenmann, Don/Woodruff, Robert

Radley Run Country Club/White Clay Creek Country Club

73

Anderson, Todd/Anderson, Chris

Wilmington Country Club

73

Willadsen, John/Dare, Rocky

Sakima Country Club/Running Deer Golf Club

73

Rafferty, Joseph/Robertson, James

Honeybrook Golf Club/Llanerch Country Club

77

Thomas, Jr., Roland/Kivitz, John

McCall Golf & Country Club

80

Super-Senior Division

Name

Club

Score

Tagert, Steve/Prendergast, James

Spring Ford Country Club

63

Mallouk, Thomas/DiCinti, Tom

Lookaway Golf Club/Mercer Oaks Golf Course

64

Billings, Robert/Aronchick, Craig

Rolling Green Golf Club

64

Gagliardi, Alfred/Saling, John

Radley Run Country Club

65

McCabe, Jr., William/DeLuca, Martin

McCall Golf & Country Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club

65

Frankel, Arthur/Sachs, Herbert

Philmont Country Club

65

Steck, Gary/Newett, Louis

Indian Valley Country Club

66

Donovan, Neil/Cottone, Anthony

Waynesborough Country Club

66

DiMarzio, John/Young, John

Sandy Run Country Club

66

Arcana, Vinnie/Snyder, John

Waynesborough Country Club

66

Nilon, Michael/Jones, Buck

Philadelphia Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

66

Quinn, Charles/Rutter, Rick

Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

66

Eshleman, Donald/Beshore, Kirby

Country Club of Harrisburg

67

O'Rourke, Thomas/Grimes, Gary

Chester Valley Golf Club

67

Shuman, Frank/Emigh, Peter

Lookaway Golf Club/Lehigh Country Club

67

Watts, Bill/Gramlich, Thomas

Medford Lakes Country Club

68

Polizzi, Frank/Zbrzeznj, Bernie

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

68

Civitello, Michael/Jester, Norman

Chester Valley Golf Club

68

McCool, Robin/Scott, Craig

Saucon Valley Country Club/Great Bear Golf Club

68

Power, Jeffrey/Rees, Dave

Berkshire Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club

68

Abbott, Sr., Jeffrey/Turner, Richard

Golf Course at Glen Mills/Llanerch Country Club

68

Pierce, David/Eckrich, Michael

DuPont Country Club

69

Bellis, Matthew/Rose, Michael

Commonwealth National Golf Club/Talamore Country Club

69

Van Horn, Alan/Barilotti, Joseph

Commonwealth National Golf Club/Blue Bell Country Club

69

Lodovici, Robert/Proto, Robert

Little Mill Country Club

69

Balkovec, Joe/Flavell, Bill

Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

70

Lovitz, David/Wiley, James

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club

70

Rowland, Jim/Watterson, Ken

Penn Oaks Golf Club

71

Moore, Ned/Skilton, W. Frank

Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

72

Humphrey, Thomas/McDowell, Charles

Wilmington Country Club

72

Kearney, David/Barr, Gerald

Lehigh Country Club

74

Tomasic, Mike/Brackenbury, David

Woodstone Country Club

74

Gaydos, Rick/Jordan, David

Sakima Country Club

75

Mohr, Thomas/Zakian, Robert

Whitford Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

 

WD — withdrawal

 

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