Aug. 14, 2017

John Breslin eyes his tee shot on No. 12 (par 3, 160 yards).

Commonwealth’s Breslin bests field in 71st Caddie Tournament

  POTTSTOWN, Pa. — If John Breslin needed a campaign slogan for the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 71st Caddie Tournament, then “Brez for Prez” — nickname plus position sought — fit naturally. The recent Saint Joseph’s University graduate won Monday’s election by a two-vote margin at Bellewood Country Club (par 71, 6,105 yards).

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  Breslin, a caddie of eight years at Commonwealth National Golf Club, carded a 3-under-par 68, the tournament’s low score. He edged Chris Button of Philadelphia Country Club, Robert Crawford of Lookaway Golf Club and Chris Tobias for the day’s best round. That trio finished at 70.

  “I was pretty consistent the whole day,” Breslin, 22, of Jenkintown, Pa., said. “I missed a bunch of birdie putts on the front but I was striking the ball well. I went to the back, had a birdie on No. 10 and held it all together.

  On the aforementioned 10th hole (par 5, 538 yards), Breslin knocked a 60-degree wedge from 30 yards to 10 feet. He quickly overcame a bogey on the downhill 14th hole (par 3, 157 yards) with a birdie on the next hole (par 4, 371 yards). He smacked a sand wedge 81 yards to five feet. Back-to-back birdies to close separated Breslin from his fellow candidates. On the 17th hole (par 3, 175 yards), he stopped a 6-iron eight feet left of the flagstick. Breslin striped a drive on No. 18 (par 5, 505 yards), elevated a 6-iron from 190 yards out of an uphill lie and two-putted for birdie from 30 feet.

  Breslin carded a birdie against a bogey on his outward nine. A heavy wedge from 70 yards on No. 3 (par 4, 344 yards) caused a 5 on the scorecard. Breslin bashed a 5-iron 215 yards to a chair’s length outside the right greenside bunker. His ensuing flop shot stopped a foot from the jar.

  “The greens were rolling incredibly well today, very true,” Breslin said. “If I hit putts online, they were going to stay there.”

  When he isn’t carrying golf bags at Commonwealth, Breslin, who majored in politic science and minored in ethics, justice and law, plays the venue once or twice a week.

  “I really love the course. It’s great target golf,” he said. “You must hit fairways. You must hit greens.”

  Breslin will take the L SAT in the fall. He hopes to become a lawyer.

  Two years ago, Tobias defeated Button, 1-up, in a caddie competition conducted on Merion’s famed East Course. The two met again, on paper, near the top of the leaderboard Monday. They, like Breslin, praised Bellewood’s putting surfaces.

  “The greens were just choice. They were pure,” Tobias, 34, of Ardmore, Pa., said. “You were on caution pretty much most of the day. If somebody didn’t three-putt today, that would be like winning the lottery.”

  “The greens were awesome,” Button, 28, of West Conshohocken, Pa., said. “I had to play a little bit of defense out there on some of the putts. They were some of the best greens I putted on all year. There’s no doubt about that.”

  The Caddie Tournament had five flights. There isn’t an overall champion.

  Originating in 1928, the Caddie Tournament is open to all caddies who have been regularly employed at Member Clubs for at least 30 days prior to the event. Tournament eligibility is restricted to Amateur players who do not have membership privileges at any Member Club.

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Results

Ages 17 & Under

Name, club

Score

Jason Swartz, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Jack Larosa, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

78

Joseph Hassey, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

86

Alex Tobiassen, French Creek Golf Club

88

Ian Donaher, Doylestown Country Club

102

Will Price, North Hills Country Club

114

Tim Fitzpatrick, North Hills Country Club

121

Forrest Lederer, The Springhaven Club

WD

Max Elfenbein, The Springhaven Club

WD

 

Ages 18-20

Name, club

Score

*Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

Pat Donaldson, Tavistock Country Club

75

Thomas Weir, Aronimink Golf Club

75

Mark Amadio, French Creek Golf Club

79

Michael Risser, Chester Valley Golf Club

80

Ryan Borrmann, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Reed Huntzinger, Bent Creek Country Club

84

Luke Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Matt Michniewicz, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Vincent Lucchesi, Llanerch Country Club

84

Brandon Vattima, The Springhaven Club

85

Kyle Fiorelli, The Springhaven Club

85

Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Sean Lacey, Overbrook Golf Club

89

Theodore Decker, Philadelphia Country Club

91

John Dougherty, The Springhaven Club

92

Ryan Cahill, Chester Valley Golf Club

92

Michael Ellis, IV, Chester Valley Golf Club

92

Luke Irons, Commonwealth National Golf Club

93

Matt Druce, Merion Golf Club

94

Reid Moncada, Doylestown Country Club

97

Michael Austin, Tavistock Country Club

97

Daniel Bolton, Doylestown Country Club

97

Joe Moran, Chester Valley Golf Club

98

Jason Garstkiewicz, Tavistock Country Club

98

Kyle Kilvington, Tavistock Country Club

98

Nicholas Gajdos, Philadelphia Cricket Club

99

Jake Woodruff, North Hills Country Club

112

Bobby Ramsey, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

112

Morgan Rush, St. Davids Golf Club

116

Ethan Samuel, Chester Valley Golf Club

123

Logan Rosa, Lancaster Country Club

WD

John Collins, Philadelphia Country Club

WD

David Robbins, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

WD

Ages 21-25

Name, club

Score

John Breslin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

68

Robert Crawford, Lookaway Golf Club

70

Stewart Rickenbach, Lookaway Golf Club

72

Kyle Henofer, North Hills Country Club

73

Corey Betham, St. Davids Golf Club

74

Shawn Gensbauer, The ACE Club

76

Mark Kelly, St. Davids Golf Club

76

Colton Heisey, Applebrook Golf Club

77

Michael Fedak, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

79

Ryan Estock, Spring Ford Country Club

79

Colin Pippert, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Matthew Beck, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Mike Siddel, Tavistock Country Club

82

Shane Mcintyre, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

83

Walt Kosiek, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

83

Chad Piacitelli, Green Valley Country Club

85

Thomas Wolf, French Creek Golf Club

85

Scott Baggot, Tavistock Country Club

86

Corey Whalen, Aronimink Golf Club

87

Vincent Garman, Merion Golf Club

87

Matt Iehle, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Alexander Vicente, Philadelphia Country Club

89

Nicholas Blake, Philadelphia Country Club

89

Kyle Jackson, Whitford Country Club

90

Tyler Bricker, Philadelphia Cricket Club

90

Mark Fischer, Chester Valley Golf Club

91

Kyle Heesen, Doylestown Country Club

93

Nicholas Rose, Llanerch Country Club

99

Michael Costello, Philadelphia Country Club

104

Carter Robinson, Doylestown Country Club

105

John Schuyler Hart, Lehigh Country Club

NS

Nick Owsik, Philmont Country Club

WD

 

Ages 26-41

Name, club

Score

*Chris Button, Philadelphia Country Club

70

Chris Tobias, Merion Golf Club

70

Matt Hildenbrand, Stonewall

74

Seth Hartman, Stonewall

74

Jason Wilt, Applebrook Golf Club

74

Stephen Kunkle, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Ross Tucker, St. Davids Golf Club

77

Timothy Zimmaro, The ACE Club

78

Jonathan Sharp, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Robert Bangs, Jr., Merion Golf Club

78

Trevor Mcnulty, Merion Golf Club

80

David Malone, Jr., Green Valley Country Club

81

Tom Crawford, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Country Club

81

Brian Egan, Wedgwood Country Club

82

Kevin Belza, Merion Golf Club

82

Nigel Scott, Philadelphia Country Club

82

Wesley Calderone, Applebrook Golf Club

83

Josh Keyser, Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

Gregory Scherr, Lookaway Golf Club

85

Brian Boyle, Rolling Green Golf Club

86

Matt Benkoski, Aronimink Golf Club

86

Jonathan Burns, Philmont Country Club

86

Chris Rossi, Applebrook Golf Club

88

Mike Traeger, Lancaster Country Club

90

Gabriel Cintron, The ACE Club

93

Matthew Craig, Merion Golf Club

93

Ronald McAllister, Philmont Country Club

94

Matt Rooney, Llanerch Country Club

95

Michael Testa, IV, Llanerch Country Club

97

Tim Cruice, Overbrook Golf Club

NS

Timothy Marshall, The ACE Club

WD

 

Ages 42 & Over

Name, club

Score

Rob Kingston, Saucon Valley Country Club

76

John Patella, Rolling Green Golf Club

77

Jack Lukens, Lookaway Golf Club

77

Eric Dahl, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

78

Douglas Thompson, French Creek Golf Club

79

Mike Kaplan, Llanerch Country Club

82

Jeff Campbell, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Mike Petruccelli, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

82

Chris Catanese, Applebrook Golf Club

82

Paul Bilous, Lehigh Country Club

83

Ernesto Umana, Stonewall

83

Tom Valek, Lookaway Golf Club

84

Andy Hubal, The Ridge at Back Brook

86

Eric Miller, Merion Golf Club

88

Stanley Saunders, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

William Kindt, Saucon Valley Country Club

89

Raymond McClarin, Old York Road Country Club

90

Mark Patterson, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

91

Thomas McCarthy, Saucon Valley Country Club

94

Craig Gemmill, Lancaster Country Club

94

Tom Burke, Saucon Valley Country Club

97

Charles Yang, Merion Golf Club

97

Gregory Greenberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

99

William Beamer, Stonewall

99

David McDermott, Philadelphia Country Club

101

William Krewson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

102

John Larkin, Aronimink Golf Club

103

Richard Gallagher, Jr., The ACE Club

105

David Shaner, Aronimink Golf Club

108

Rodney Donnell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

113

Jack Hopkins, Merion Golf Club

DQ

Roger Leister, Philmont Country Club

WD

Richard Pierson, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

WD

* — won in scorecard playoff

DQ — disqualification; NS — no show; WD — withdrawal