July 19, 2018

Champions, from left to right: Buck Jones, Chris Fieger, Jim Yenser, Brian Rothaus.

Jones, Fieger, Rothaus, Yenser combine to win Senior Four-Man at Blue Bell

  BLUE BELL, Pa. — A bad back kept Philadelphia Country Club’s Michael Nilon out of the game Thursday at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 5,826 yards). The injury, however, didn’t keep him from recruiting championship-caliber talent to replace him.

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  Receiving the ringer phone call was Five Ponds Golf Club’s Brian Rothaus, who jumped in with Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Buck Jones and Chris Fieger, plus Raven’s Claw Golf Club’s Jim Yenser. The fateful foursome featured 13 birdies en route to a 13-under total of 129 and a Senior Four-Man Team victory Thursday.

  The champions were decided in a match of cards between three groups. Jones, Fieger, Rothaus and Yenser edged the team of Christopher Clauson, Edward Erickson, Ray Pyontek and Greg Buliga and a Little Mill Country Club group of Bill Cregar, Thomas Hyland, Carlos Ochoa and Joseph Roeder for the victory. The USGA-recommended tiebreaking method begins with back-nine totals. The champions went 9 under on the back, while Buliga’s team fell one short at 8 under, followed by the Little Mill foursome’s 4-under stretch.

  Team totals in the event, which hosted 37 squads, are determined using the two best balls of four.

  Jones and Yenser are past champions of the event, having teamed with Nilon and John LeBoeuf to take the 2016 title at Philmont Country Club. Their experience and expertise steadied the team to the top, aided by a 4-under round by Fieger, who also was a new addition to the lineup.

   “We were a good team out there together. Communication was key,” said Jones, 67, of Collegeville, Pa., a former Blue Bell member.

  Starting on Blue Bell’s back, their day began with Fieger and Jones birdies on No. 10 (par 3, 175 yards), where Fieger fired a smooth 7-iron to 15 feet and got the putt to drop while Jones took 6-iron, put it to 25 feet and rolled it in.

   “Those were good ones to get the round going,” said Fieger, 55, of Denver, Pa. “It was the perfect way to start.”

  Double birdies arrived again on No. 14 (par 5, 487 yards). Both Jones and Rothaus had 50 yards in on their approach shots, flipping wedges onto the dance floor, where Rothaus rolled in an eight-footer on top of Jones’ 15-foot birdie make. Jones would keep the hot streak going with two more red numbers on Nos. 15 (par 4, 389 yards) and 16 (par 3, 138 yards). A 4-hybrid approach from 182 yards out on 15 skipped up to five feet leading to a red 3. On 16, Jones chose 7-iron off the tee. It was the correct call, as he’d put that to two feet and tapped in.

  Consecutive birdies from Fieger on Nos. 17 (par 5, 465 yards) and 18 (par 4, 340 yards) got the group to 9 under at the turn. Understandably so, the leaders were feeling good.

   “We felt like our [birdie streak] was going to go on forever. We made a ton of putts there on our first nine,” said Fieger.

  On No. 7 (par 5, 384 yards), the champs got two 4s to fall. Both Rothaus and Yenser narrowly missed on 12-foot eagle putts, but tapped in for their birdies. Feiger capped off the day with a birdie on No. 9 (par 5, 480 yards), after a hybrid approach from 216 yards settled on the front of the green followed by a two-putt.

  Thirteen-under par. Game, set, match.

  While only four birdies would fall on the back, compared to nine on the front, it was enough to claim the day’s top spot. Fieger finished the day at 4-under 67, Jones at 2-under 69, Rothaus at 2-over 73 and Yenser at 8-over 79. While the red-numbered rounds stick out on paper, it was the group as a whole that earned the W.

   “There weren’t a ton of putts falling on the back for us, and we had a few lip outs that should have gone in. But we also had some solid pars, so it felt good to contribute those,” said Rothaus, 62, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

  Also contributing, via a post-game phone call with the champions, was Nilon, once again.

   “I expected you guys to go lower than that,” said Nilon, 69, of Gladwyne, Pa., to the table.

  Fieger’s addition to the foursome, thanks to his newly-gained Senior eligibility, was a collective one that paid off. Rothaus, in result of Nilon’s keen eye for talent, helped round out the group. The chemistry clicked, early and often.

   “I was just happy to go along for the ride today,” said a laughing Yenser, 57, of Birdsboro, Pa. “The first title we won, I had a little more say in the score. Today, not so much, but it was still a great day.”

  A great day, with perfect skies overhead, it was. The Senior Four-Man may feature a “relaxed playing environment compared to the GAP Open”, running simultaneously over at St. Davids Golf Club, but it’s a trophy opportunity many have tried for.

  Few have succeeded.

   “No matter which event it is, it’s always great to win a Golf Association of Philadelphia event. We’re happy to take this one. It’s special to win it,” said Jones.

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Gross results

Name, club

Score

*Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club; Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club; Christopher Fieger & Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

129

*Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Edward Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club; Ray Pyontek, Mercer Oaks Golf Course & Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

129

*Bill Cregar, Thomas Hyland, Carlos Ochoa & Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

129

Bill Charpek, Robert Harrington, Gordon Jamieson & J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

130

John Alterman, Jim Gavaghan, Thomas Krug & John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

132

Richard Holstein, Jon Lavin, Bennett Meyer & Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

132

Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Donald MacKelcan & Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

134

Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton; Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club; Jim Fronzoni & Bill Lydick, Huntsville Golf Club

137

Arthur Jacoby, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Tom Mastroni, Sandy Run Country Club; Matthew Bellis & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

137

Dennis Campbell, Eric Lamm, Dan Sippie & Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club

139

Dwight Dudas, Jim O'Brien, Bob Stawasz & Anthony White, Jr., Indian Valley Country Club

139

Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club; Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club; Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club & Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

139

Robert FrankilBellewood Country Club; Marty Dorminy, Philadelphia Publinks GA; James Prendergast & Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club

139

Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club; Tim Simmons, Limekiln Golf Club; Thomas MalloukLookaway Golf Club & Tom DiCinti, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

140

Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; James Muller, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club & Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

140

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club; Tom Faro, Middletown Country Club; Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club & Peter Mimmo, Philmont Country Club

141

Gerald Eckert, Jud Gemmill, Alan Over & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

142

Michael Anton, Frank Ferino, Roc Irey & Kelly Myers, Lookaway Golf Club

142

Jay Campbell & Timothy McCabe, Bon Air Country Club; Joseph Cassidy & Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

142

Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club

144

Travis Brian Good, Warren Reyburn, Christopher Terebesi & Richard UmaniHoneybrook Golf Club

144

Frank Fisher, Joe Harding, Steve Pacello & Greg Tomasic, Indian Valley Country Club

144

Thomas Fisher, Harry Gianetti, Stew Goldberg & Al Toto, Cherry Valley Country Club

144

Richard Keesling, Tom Schmidt, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

147

Mark Martin, Mercer Oaks Golf Course; James McDavitt, Rudi Ringwald & Dan Vernon, Old York CC at Chesterfield

148

Steve Natalie, Applecross Country Club; Graham Desmond, Golf Course at Glen Mills; Jim Finlan & Jef Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

148

Ronald Lawson, Bob Marek, Jr., Nick Pallante & Thomas Verney, Carlisle Country Club

149

Edward Bondi, James Fleming, Jr., George Henninger & Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

151

Bob Conners, John Minnella, Ralph Moscato & Ed Zebrowski, Sea Oaks Golf Club

152

Brian Jasperse, Charles Johnson, Mike Travassos & Richard White, Jericho National Golf Club

152

Mel Allen, Bent Creek Country Club; Larry DeMarco, Tom Figart & Ron Risser, Meadia Heights Golf Club

152

Roy Bell, Joe Culley, R. B. D'iorio, Jr. & Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

153

Philip Sokol, PineCrest Country Club; Gary Dornhoefer, Rodger Gottlieb & Stephen Kay, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

155

Dave Bresnahan, John Cech, William Schmidt & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club

157

Ed Ciel, Thomas Gramlich, Gregg Shivers & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club

158

Gary Ames, Bala Golf Club; Robert Agran, Rick Ames & William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

161

Kevin Mailey, Stonewall; Pat Callaghan, Thomas Mohr & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club

NC

 

Net

Name, club

Score

Jay Campbell & Timothy McCabe, Bon Air Country Club; Joseph Cassidy & Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club

121

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club; Jim Yenser, Raven's Claw Golf Club; Christopher Fieger & Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

122

Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Edward Erickson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club; Ray Pyontek, Mercer Oaks Golf Course & Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

123

Bill Cregar, Thomas Hyland, Carlos Ochoa & Joseph Roeder, Little Mill Country Club

124

Richard Holstein, Jon Lavin, Bennett Meyer & Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

125

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club; Tom Faro, Middletown Country Club; Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club & Peter Mimmo, Philmont Country Club

125

Dennis Campbell, Eric Lamm, Dan Sippie & Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club

126

Bill Charpek, Robert Harrington, Gordon Jamieson & J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

126

Arthur Jacoby, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Tom Mastroni, Sandy Run Country Club; Matthew Bellis & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

126

Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Donald MacKelcan & Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

127

Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club

127

Thomas Fisher, Harry Gianetti, Stew Goldberg & Al Toto, Cherry Valley Country Club

127

Roy Bell, Joe Culley, R. B. D'iorio, Jr. & Zoltan Varga, The Springhaven Club

128

John Alterman, Jim Gavaghan, Thomas Krug & John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

128

Frank Fisher, Joe Harding, Steve Pacello & Greg Tomasic, Indian Valley Country Club

129

Brian Jasperse, Charles Johnson, Mike Travassos & Richard White, Jericho National Golf Club

129

Richard Keesling, Tom Schmidt, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

130

Mel Allen, Bent Creek Country Club; Larry DeMarco, Tom Figart & Ron Risser, Meadia Heights Golf Club

130

Gerald Eckert, Jud Gemmill, Alan Over & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club

131

Dwight Dudas, Jim O'Brien, Bob Stawasz & Anthony White, Jr., Indian Valley Country Club

131

Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club; Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club; Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club & Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

131

Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; James Muller, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club & Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

131

Robert FrankilBellewood Country Club; Marty Dorminy, Philadelphia Publinks GA; James Prendergast & Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club

131

Ronald Lawson, Bob Marek, Jr., Nick Pallante & Thomas Verney, Carlisle Country Club

132

Michael Anton, Frank Ferino, Roc Irey & Kelly Myers, Lookaway Golf Club

132

Bob Conners, John Minnella, Ralph Moscato & Ed Zebrowski, Sea Oaks Golf Club

133

Byron Whitman, Berkshire Country Club; Tim Simmons, Limekiln Golf Club; Thomas MalloukLookaway Golf Club & Tom DiCinti, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

133

Ed Ciel, Thomas Gramlich, Gregg Shivers & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club

134

Brian Corbett, Country Club of Scranton; Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club; Jim Fronzoni & Bill Lydick, Huntsville Golf Club

134

Dave Bresnahan, John Cech, William Schmidt & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club

135

Travis Brian Good, Warren Reyburn, Christopher Terebesi & Richard UmaniHoneybrook Golf Club

136

Gary Ames, Bala Golf Club; Robert Agran, Rick Ames & William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA

136

Steve Natalie, Applecross Country Club; Graham Desmond, Golf Course at Glen Mills; Jim Finlan & Jef Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

137

Edward Bondi, James Fleming, Jr., George Henninger & Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

139

Philip Sokol, PineCrest Country Club; Gary Dornhoefer, Rodger Gottlieb & Stephen Kay, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

140

Mark Martin, Mercer Oaks Golf Course; James McDavitt, Rudi Ringwald & Dan Vernon, Old York CC at Chesterfield

145

Kevin Mailey, Stonewall; Pat Callaghan, Thomas Mohr & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club

NC

*Determined in scorecard playoff

NC-no card

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