May 31, 2018

Gary and Cody Smith bump fists following a par save on No. 2 (par 3, 151 yards).

Rock on: The Smiths capture Father & Son (Middle) at Heidelberg

  BERNVILLE, Pa. — A jubilant Cody Smith couldn’t hide his giddy grin. Can you blame the Philadelphia Publinks GA member after experiencing one of the best rounds — better yet golf moments — of his life?

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  Smith, along with his father Gary, carded a 1-under-par 69 to capture the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son (Middle) at an overcast Heidelberg Country Club (par 70, 6,061 yards). The event’s format is selective drive/alternate shot.

  The Smiths, who played in the morning, meandered throughout the clubhouse as a handful of teams in the afternoon threatened to tie, or to even overtake, their lead. When the victory became official, Cody’s grin returned. He and Gary shook hands and embraced.

  “I can’t believe we did it, dad, I’ve wanted to win this with you for a long time,” Cody said.

  “I’ve been lucky to play in a couple of U.S. Amateur Championships (1983, 1991) — college golf and a few neat things,” Gary, 58, said. “Two years ago, when we finished second in the (Pennsylvania Golf Association) Father & Son (Championship), that was the best day I had on the golf course. Today beats that. Playing golf with your son and having a good round is pretty special.”

  Cody, 23, raised his game from tee to green en route to raising a trophy with dad.

  “Every time I get to go out and play golf with my dad, it’s a lot of fun," he said. "I just feel like when I play with him, I always play better. I want to show off for him.”

  Cody showed off alright. He ensured safety off the tee and executed all three of the team’s birdie putts.

  “He drove the ball well. He rolled the ball well,” Gary, a Pine Valley Golf Club member, said. “With the exception of one hole — he hit it out-of-bounds on No. 17 — he was in play all day. It’s nice that I can just get up there and swing. With the exception of two or three holes, we played his drive, which is why he was putting all day.”

  “I’ve been hitting the ball well recently and I’ve lowered my scores, so I’m expecting my handicap to go down,” Cody said.

  Starting on the back nine, the Smith team inked its first circle (birdie) on No. 12 (par 4, 365 yards). After Cody parted the trees accordingly, Gary hit a wedge 80 yards to eight feet. His son cleaned up the birdie putt. The Smith team immediately relinquished that stroke after failing to get up-and-down from the left fairway bunker on No. 13 (par 4, 380 yards). Cody returned to red by draining a 12-foot slider on No. 15 (par 4, 404 yards). Gary’s lob wedge from 135 yards set up the tense conversion.

  “That wasn’t exactly an easy one. The green was sloping pretty hard there,” Cody said.

  The undulating No. 6 (par 4, 412 yards) green wasn’t easy, either; the Huntingdon Valley, Pa. residents walked away with another bogey thanks to a three-putt from 45 feet. But the par 5, 481-yard No. 9 revealed that championship mettle exemplified throughout the day.

  Standing 192 yards from the flagstick, Cody, in between clubs for a millisecond, forcefully retrieved his 5-iron, addressed his golf ball and swung without hesitation.

  “I figured that I’d rather be middle and short of the green than long. I had confidence that I could get it on the green, and I ended up getting it on,” Cody, a senior at Bryn Athyn College majoring in business, said. “It took a very generous bounce forward and got much closer.”

  Thirty feet, to be exact. Gary’s eagle attempt drifted three feet left of the jar. Cody, again demonstrating a swagger a la Leonardo DiCaprio on the red carpet, deposited an ultimately triumphant birdie.

  Credit a new putter — a red Odyssey mallet — and an altered stance for Cody’s awakening on the greens of late.

  "I spent a lot more time working on my putting,” he said. “I believe I tended to stand too far from the ball. I just tried to make sure I got my head over the ball when I putted. I use to have nine three-putts a round. Now I have one or two, sometimes none."

  "I think that in the past in this event, we tended to shoot in the mid-70s and always had a few three-putts or a double bogey on one hole or something bad happens,” Gary, who also let smirks slip post-round, added. “Today we just both seemed to be in a good frame. We stepped up and hit shots with confidence.”

  The Smiths hope it's a light of confidence that never goes out.

  The Father & Son (Middle) tournament is for those father and son teams with sons 18 to 29 years old. The event was conceived in 2008 because of the high demand for participation in both the Father & Son (Younger), which celebrates its 61st anniversary this year, and the Older tournament — an event in its 107th year.

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Gross results

Name, club

Score

Gary Smith/Cody Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

69

Steve Ebersole/Greg Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

70

Matt Krass/Jim Krass, Radley Run Country Club

70

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

71

Buddy Hansen, IV/E. Hansen, III, Blue Bell Country Club

71

Andrew Isztwan/Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71

Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club

72

Neal Levitsky/Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club

73

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr./D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

John Barry/Jack Barry, Lancaster Country Club

73

Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club

74

Joe Hoban/Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club

74

Jim Fullerton/Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

74

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Evan Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Philmont Country Club

75

Robert Wurtz, Jr./Bobby Wurtz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Matt Smith/Greg Smith, Wilmington Country Club

75

Paul Altieri/Daniel Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Michael Gregor/Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Bill Miller/Tyler Miller, Stonewall

76

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Stephen McNamara/Sean McNamara, Bent Creek Country Club

77

Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

77

Ryan Tall/John Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

77

Thomas Dzwonczyk/Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton

78

Jeff Garrett/Scott Garrett, The Bucks Club

78

Glenn Meyer/Cory Meyer, Philmont Country Club

78

Joe Romano/Nick Romano, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Joseph Templin/Drew Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

78

Phillip Villari, Sr./Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club

78

Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

79

James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club

79

Samuel Leech/John Leech, Jr., Brookside Country Club

79

Jeffrey Hilton/Kevin Hilton, Northampton Valley Country Club

79

Jack Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Hidden Creek Golf Club

80

Perry Landis/Tucker Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club

80

Luke Morgan/Doug Morgan, Schuylkill Country Club

80

James Jesikiewicz/Eric Jesikiewicz, Wyoming Valley Country Club

81

Dennis Wysocki/Chris Wysocki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

Joseph Templin/Jakob Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

82

John Tierney/John Tierney, Merchantville Country Club

82

Hudson Green, Jr./Kyle Green, Stonewall

83

Thomas Finn/Patrick Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club/Rock Manor Golf Club

84

Joseph Finley/Andrew Finley, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

85

Christopher Knox/Michael Knox, Applecross Country Club/Downingtown Country Club

86

Greg Welsh/Karl Welsh, Talamore Country Club

86

Mark DiPrinzio/Brayden DiPrinzio, Chester Valley Golf Club

91

Kevin Davies/Sean Davies, Stonewall

97

Nick Matteo/Christopher Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

104

Domenic Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

116

Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

NS

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Net results

Name, club

Score

Gary Smith/Cody Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA

63

Steve Ebersole/Greg Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

64

Buddy Hansen, IV/E. Hansen, III, Blue Bell Country Club

65

Neal Levitsky/Kevin Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club

66

Matt Krass/Jim Krass, Radley Run Country Club

66

Andrew Isztwan/Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

66

Stephen McNamara/Sean McNamara, Bent Creek Country Club

67

Jim Fullerton/Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

67

Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

68

Joseph Templin/Drew Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

68

Samuel Leech/John Leech, Jr., Brookside Country Club

68

Bill Miller/Tyler Miller, Stonewall

69

Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

69

Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club

70

Joe Hoban/Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club

70

John Barry/Jack Barry, Lancaster Country Club

70

Dennis Wysocki/Chris Wysocki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

70

Matt Smith/Greg Smith, Wilmington Country Club

71

John Tierney/John Tierney, Merchantville Country Club

72

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr./D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

Joe Romano/Nick Romano, Cedarbrook Country Club

72

Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club

72

Paul Altieri/Daniel Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

72

Phillip Villari, Sr./Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club

72

Joseph Templin/Jakob Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club

73

Robert Wurtz, Jr./Bobby Wurtz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Glenn Meyer/Cory Meyer, Philmont Country Club

73

Jeffrey Hilton/Kevin Hilton, Northampton Valley Country Club

73

Jack Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Hidden Creek Golf Club

74

Christopher Knox/Michael Knox, Applecross Country Club/Downingtown Country Club

74

Perry Landis/Tucker Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club

74

James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club

74

Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

74

Luke Morgan/Doug Morgan, Schuylkill Country Club

74

Michael Gregor/Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

Hudson Green, Jr./Kyle Green, Stonewall

75

Thomas Finn/Patrick Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club/Rock Manor Golf Club

76

Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club

77

James Jesikiewicz/Eric Jesikiewicz, Wyoming Valley Country Club

77

Joseph Finley/Andrew Finley, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

77

Kevin Davies/Sean Davies, Stonewall

79

Mark DiPrinzio/Brayden DiPrinzio, Chester Valley Golf Club

80

Nick Matteo/Christopher Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

88

Domenic Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club

95

Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

NS

Robert Galbreath, Sr./Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

NS — no show; WD — withdrawal