Aug. 21, 2017

Larry Benedetto won his first solo GAP title Monday.

Concord's Benedetto claims 13th Marston Cup title at Fieldstone

  GREENVILLE, Del. - Playing in the morning wave, Larry Benedetto didn’t need to worry much about the highly-anticipated partial eclipse that illuminated the Philadelphia region. He was focused on putting on a show of his own instead at Fieldstone Golf Club (par 71, 6,373 yards).

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  Benedetto, a Concord Country Club member, fired a 3-under 68 to win the 13th Marston Cup. He bettered a talented field of 108 players for his first individual Golf Association of Philadelphia title.

  Beginning his day on Fieldstone’s second nine, Benedetto started shaky. Two bogeys arrived early on Nos. 10 (par 5, 555 yards) and 11 (par 4, 275 yards) in result of “just not hitting smart golf shots or executing.” Still, he didn’t waver.

  Four straight pars righted his game before the first red number was jotted down on the par-3, 105-yard 16th. There, Benedetto utilized a cut down gap wedge off the tee leading to a five-foot conversion.

  On the 18th (par 5, 520 yards), the champ crushed a driver, but his second shot left him on a downslope 75 yards out. He’d go on to pure a wedge from the challenging lie and landed his third shot just a foot away from the cup. Benedetto tapped in for 4 to get back to even par at the turn.

  “I was in a good spot with my mindset. I kept telling myself to just keep hitting greens,” said Benedetto, 48, of West Chester, Pa. “I knew at some point I’d start making some putts, as I was scraping edges all day, even on my par putts.”

  The front nine, which Benedetto called “the trickier of the two”, has been one where the 48-year-old has always implemented his 4-iron on most tees. Having played this track in multiple tournaments and Member-Guest competitions through the years, he’s found that’s his best chance of going low. Sticking to that game plan paid dividends yet again Monday.

  Benedetto carded five birdies on his final nine holes en route to the hardware, including three straight to finish.

  “My 4-iron is the club I know I can hit safely, and it’s going to go where I want it to go. If I need a 200-yard shot, and that works, it’s what I’m going to hit,” he said. Benedetto’s sizzling finish started with a 3 on No. 7 (par 4, 340 yards) after 5-wood left him sitting pretty, just 104 yards out. His wedge approach to 25 feet wasn’t ideal, but his attempt on the green was. Benedetto sat 1 under with two to play.

  “I really just wanted to par out from there,” he said.

  He chose 6-iron No. 8 (par 3, 175 yards), which proved to be the right call. Benedetto drained the six-foot look for birdie there before moving on to his finishing hole, No. 9 (par 4, 420 yards), a hole that has proved to be a thorn in his side in the past.

  “It’s always been a quirky look for me with the dropoff on the right. Always a challenge,” he said. “But luckily I was able to tame it today.”

  Benedetto drove it down the left side off the tee, then “dead-handed an 8-iron” to just six feet of the flagstick. The birdie attempt hit nothing but the bottom of the cup.   “I’ve shot low here before, but 68 is a great number,” he said.

  Alongside Jeff DellaFranco, Conrad Von Borsig & David Woods, who were all Concord clubmates at the time, Benedetto took home the 2009 Four-Man Team title at Whitford Country Club. Today marked the first time he stood in the GAP winner’s circle solo.

  “This is a sweet one for me, for sure,” he said.

While waiting for the rest of the field to finish, Benedetto surveyed the scoreboard and pointed out the talented field competing. A win among such talent made it even more special for him.

  “It’s a very above-average field. Looking up at some of these names like [Michael R. Brown, Jr.], P. Chet Walsh and Brian Gillespie really make it fun to come out here and compete,” he said. “The exemptions [into GAP Majors] are pretty crazy, too.”

  At the end of the day, Benedetto couldn’t escape all eclipse talk. He was prompted before leaving about his scientific predictions.

  “Hey, at least I didn’t burn my eyes out here today,” said the champion.

  The Marston Cup honors Max Marston. For four months in the summer of 1923, Marston was America’s best amateur golfer. Between mid-May and mid-September, Marston was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events.

  It began with the Walker Cup Matches, where Marston won two matches as the Americans successfully retained the Cup. Marston returned home to capture the Patterson Cup and Amateur Championship in successive weeks and, in doing so, earned the Silver Cross Award. In July, he took the Pennsylvania Amateur title and finished as low amateur in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Open. In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago, Ill. for the U.S. Amateur. He rallied in the second round to defeat tournament favorite Bob Jones, 2&1, before knocking off Francis Ouimet in the semifinals. He stopped defending champion Jess Sweetser in the final on the 38th hole. In that four month span, he also captured the Merion Cricket Club championship and Pine Valley Golf Club’s Crump Cup.

  The tournament is limited to players 40 to 54 years of age with a 10.0 handicap index or lower.

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Overall

Name, club

Score

Larry Benedetto, Concord Country Club

68

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

70

Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70

Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

71

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

71

Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

72

Peter Williamson, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

73

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

73

Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club

74

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

75

Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club

75

Jeff Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

75

Kevin Koch, Spring Ford Country Club

75

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

76

Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

76

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

76

Jon Thomas, White Clay Creek Country Club

76

Jesse Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club

77

Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

John Cyb, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77

Blake Slawecki, Bellewood Country Club

77

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

77

Philip Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club

77

Craig Boyk, Five Ponds Golf Club

77

George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

77

James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club

77

Robert Dziak, Bellewood Country Club

77

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

77

Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club

78

Dan Agoglia, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

78

Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club

78

Vincent Varvolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Eric Asel, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78

Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club

79

Kevin McBride, Lancaster Country Club

79

Shawn Burns, The ACE Club

79

George Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club

79

Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Rich Pruchnik, Coatesville Country Club

80

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

80

Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Matt Brainard, Loch Nairn Golf Club

80

David LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club

80

Edwin Diaz, Loch Nairn Golf Club

81

Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club

81

Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club

81

Ronald Jamarowicz, White Clay Creek Country Club

81

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

81

Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Bill Barrick, Moselem Springs Golf Club

81

Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club

82

Peter Pendergast, Berkshire Country Club

82

John Mullins, Bellewood Country Club

82

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

82

Gareth Clark, White Clay Creek Country Club

83

Dave Pearl, White Clay Creek Country Club

83

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

83

William Keane, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club

83

Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club

83

Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club

84

Michael Decker, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

84

Martin Rosica, Riverton Country Club

84

Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

84

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

84

Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club

84

Greg O'Connor, Bellewood Country Club

84

Robert Schulze, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club

84

Jeff Newman, Little Mill Country Club

85

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

85

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

85

John Gosselin, Aronimink Golf Club

85

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

85

Andy Vitella, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

86

Christian Flowers, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

87

David Heaney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Jim Fisher, Hartefeld National

87

Bob Dick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

88

Chris Caba, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

89

Daniel Brooks, Commonwealth National Golf Club

89

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

90

David Maddock, Glen Oak Country Club

90

Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club

91

Scott Micale, Coatesville Country Club

91

Nicholas Angiulo, Deerwood Country Club

91

Thomas Meehan, Old York Road Country Club

92

Roger Smith, Phoenixville Country Club

92

Alex Wisniewski, White Clay Creek Country Club

93

Chad Collingwood, Spring Ford Country Club

94

Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club

94

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

94

Orest Marschalok, Loch Nairn Golf Club

95

R. John Burnes, Philadelphia Cricket Club

95

Daniel Kilpatrick, Medford Village Country Club

96

Chris Cunningham, Inniscrone Golf Club

99

Chuck Green, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

104

Matthew Brennan, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

WD

James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Jonathan Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

WD

John Barry, Lancaster Country Club

WD

Brian DiStefano, Loch Nairn Golf Club

WD

Jairam Persaud, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

NS

Thorne Ranieri, Rolling Green Golf Club

DQ

 

First Flight

Name, club

Score

Larry Benedetto, Concord Country Club

68

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

70

Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70

Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club

71

Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

72

Peter Williamson, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

73

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

73

Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club

74

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

75

Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club

75

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

76

Kevin McDermott, Llanerch Country Club

76

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club

76

Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club

77

Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

77

John Cyb, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

77

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

77

Craig Boyk, Five Ponds Golf Club

77

George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

77

James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club

77

Robert Dziak, Bellewood Country Club

77

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

77

Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club

78

Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

78

Vincent Varvolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Eric Asel, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78

Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club

79

George Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club

79

Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Rich Pruchnik, Coatesville Country Club

80

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

80

Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

80

Matt Brainard, Loch Nairn Golf Club

80

David LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club

80

Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club

81

Andrew Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club

81

Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Peter Pendergast, Berkshire Country Club

82

P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

83

Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club

84

Greg O'Connor, Bellewood Country Club

84

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

85

John Gosselin, Aronimink Golf Club

85

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

85

Jim Fisher, Hartefeld National

87

David Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

88

David Maddock, Glen Oak Country Club

90

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

WD

James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Jonathan Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

WD

John Barry, Lancaster Country Club

WD

 

Second Flight

Name, club

Score

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

71

Jeff Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

75

Kevin Koch, Spring Ford Country Club

75

Jon Thomas, White Clay Creek Country Club

76

Jesse Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Blake Slawecki, Bellewood Country Club

77

Philip Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club

77

Dan Agoglia, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club

78

Kevin McBride, Lancaster Country Club

79

Shawn Burns, The ACE Club

79

Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Edwin Diaz, Loch Nairn Golf Club

81

Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club

81

Ronald Jamarowicz, White Clay Creek Country Club

81

Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

81

Bill Barrick, Moselem Springs Golf Club

81

Dino Stathis, Metedeconk National Golf Club

82

John Mullins, Bellewood Country Club

82

Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club

82

Gareth Clark, White Clay Creek Country Club

83

Dave Pearl, White Clay Creek Country Club

83

William Keane, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club

83

Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club

83

Michael Decker, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

84

Martin Rosica, Riverton Country Club

84

Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

84

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

84

Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club

84

Robert Schulze, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club

84

Jeff Newman, Little Mill Country Club

85

Jim Muehlbronner, Sandy Run Country Club

85

Andy Vitella, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

86

Christian Flowers, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

87

David Heaney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Bob Dick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

Chris Caba, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

89

Daniel Brooks, Commonwealth National Golf Club

89

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

90

Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club

91

Scott Micale, Coatesville Country Club

91

Nicholas Angiulo, Deerwood Country Club

91

Thomas Meehan, Old York Road Country Club

92

Roger Smith, Phoenixville Country Club

92

Alex Wisniewski, White Clay Creek Country Club

93

Chad Collingwood, Spring Ford Country Club

94

Steve Poorman, Inniscrone Golf Club

94

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

94

Orest Marschalok, Loch Nairn Golf Club

95

R. John Burnes, Philadelphia Cricket Club

95

Daniel Kilpatrick, Medford Village Country Club

96

Chris Cunningham, Inniscrone Golf Club

99

Chuck Green, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

104

Matthew Brennan, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

Brian DiStefano, Loch Nairn Golf Club

WD

Jairam Persaud, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

NS

Thorne Ranieri, Rolling Green Golf Club

DQ

 

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