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31st Senior Four-Man Team

Merion members prevail in scorecard playoff

YARDLEY, Pa. — An unforgettable day at Merion Golf Club. An unforgettable day for four of its members.

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Bill Charpek, Robert Harrington, J. Kirk Luntey and Joe Roeder carded a 9-under-par 135 to capture 31st Senior Four-Man Team at Yardley Country Club (par 72, 6,116 yards) Wednesday. Their victory, by virtue of a scorecard playoff, became official hours after John Peters holed out for eagle on Merion’s 18th hole to capture the Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship.

The team of John Barry of Lancaster Country Club, Mark Cubberley of Mercer Oaks Golf Course, Tom DiCinti of Philadelphia Publinks GA and George Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club also finished at 9 under. The USGA-recommended scorecard tiebreaking method starts with back-nine totals. The Merion members inked 7 under compared to their counterparts 5 under.

The event’s scoring format is two best balls of four.

“It just took us awhile to get going on the front nine,” Roeder, 60, of Marlton, N.J., said. “[This win] is fantastic. As a new guy at Merion, it was exciting to play golf with those guys today. It was a total team effort. I’m just very happy to be a part of the team. I think I speak for all of us when I say we’re honored. Any GAP tournament you can win is a good win.”

“Getting toward the top of the leaderboard and having it hang in there for the afternoon … there were so many good teams. We managed to hang in there,” Luntey, 64, of Ardmore, Pa., said. “It’s always a fun tournament. I was lucky enough to pull together the other three guys.”

The Merion team pulled it together after a modest opening.

After draining a six-footer for birdie No. 6 (par 4, 306 yards), Roeder — somewhat sincerely, somewhat sarcastically — declared, “That’ll open the floodgates.” Charpek nudged those gates with a birdie on No. 8 (par 4, 346 yards). When Harrington knocked an 8-iron to 10 feet on No. 9 (par 3, 131 yards) and buried a right-to-left breaker, the gates flushed against the wall.

The par 4, 345-yard 12th hole showcased the Merion team’s red synchronicity. Harrington knocked a 58-degreee wedge 86 yards to six inches. Charpek made a four-footer for birdie, Roeder a three-footer. Luntey arrived at the birdie table on No. 13 (par 5, 490 yards). He lifted a pitching wedge 95 yards uphill to 20 feet. The par 4, 417-yard 14th hole fired up the team. Both Charpek and Luntey made 20-footers for birdie on Yardley’s most difficult hole Wednesday. The latter did so after a spectacular 6-rescue from 165 yards. Charpek continued the fireworks on No. 16 (par 4, 252 yards). Tempted by the distance, his aggressive tee shot unfortunately plummeted into the water. Penalty stroke incurred, Charpek then holed a sand wedge for birdie.

Roeder, who emphasized the keen course conditions and green complexes at Yardley, is responsible for converting what proved to be the decisive stroke. On Yardley’s finisher (par 4, 305 yards), he stuffed a 60-degree wedge from 38 yards to a foot. As customary, Roeder shook hands with his teammates. All smiles, but the enthusiasm seemed scarce.

The Merion members promptly went their separate ways, dismissing 9 under as just another number on a crowded leaderboard.

“Thinking that we got off to as slow a start as we did and that we missed a lot of good looks, we thought there were more birdies out there than we were able to capitalize on the front nine,” Luntey said. “We thought seven birdies on the back nine was pretty good, but only 2 under on the front, we didn’t think was good enough.”

Turns out it was. Furthermore, let’s put an assumption to rest. The Merion members, given work and family obligations, didn’t rush to their home course to see the Pennsylvania Amateur’s wild conclusion.

“I wish I’d been there. It had to be an amazing finish,” Luntey said. “I was watching it online and checking every 30 seconds.”

In between checks of the Senior Four-Man Team leaderboard.

GAP
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Gross
Name, clubScore
*Bill Charpek, Robert Harrington, J. Kirk Luntey & Joe Roeder, Merion135
John Barry, Lancaster; Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks; Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks & George Steinmetz, Spring Ford135
Chris Ortman, Woodstone; David Blichar, Dominic Carr & Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead136
Dave Speece, Reading; Chip Lutz, LedgeRock; Joseph Butto & Byron Whitman, Berkshire138
Adam Armagost, William Cregar, Ed Kahn & Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill138
Bob Arthur, Tavistock; Tom Hyland, Little Mill; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road & Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’138
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks; Michael Nilon, Philadelphia; Brian Rothaus, Philmont & Jim Yenser, Jeffersonville139
Kevin Martin, Rand Mendez, Greg Mitchell & Mark Scott, Fieldstone140
Gregory Buliga & Edward Erickson; Yardley; Christopher Clauson & Glenn Smeraglio LuLu140
Joseph Hacker, Bob Hackett, Steven Lucas & Jeff Rogatz, Wilmington140
John Robinson, LuLu; John Alterman, John Nottage & James Witt, Commonwealth National140
Mark Monkhouse, Makefield Highlands; Brian McDonnell, Rick James & George Podhor, Doylestown141
Michael Tash, Stone Harbor; John Mullins, Bellewood; Doug Baran & Paul Rogowicz, Yardley142
Scott McIntosh, LuLu; James Bell, III, Jeff Shockley & Richard Young, Makefield Highlands142
Bob Andrejko, StoneHedge; Mark Bartkowski, Pocono Farms; Mike Bartkowski & Kenneth Bolcavage, Elkview143
Robert Campbell, Rich Edwards, Samuel Reed & Mike Wall, Hershey144
Roy Gagne, Al Padovano, Frank Petrecco & Vince Wagner, Yardley146
Dennis Campbell, Mike Muncy, Dan Sippie & Tim Wood, Schuylkill146
Tom Faro, Middletown; Naz Gagliardi, Bensalem; David Jacobson, Medford Village & Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club146
Andrew Speaker, Jericho; Tom Mallouk, Steven J. Robinson & Kurt Thompson, Lookaway146
Matthew Bellis, Scott Carney, Arthur Jacoby & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National147
Doug Fraser, Galloway National; Andy Thompson, Overbrook; Tom Bartolacci & Terry Sawyer, LuLu148
Greg Blackburn, David Campbell, Travis Good & Rick Umani, Honeybrook148
Ed Bondi, Pete Ervin, George Henninger & Peter McCombs, Huntingdon Valley149
Michael Petillo, Jeff Searer, Allen Weiss & Robert Woodruff, Hartefeld National150
Ron Battaglia, Whitemarsh Valley; Dan Farragut, Jack O’Hara & Vince Yost, Cedarbrook150
David Kazanjian, Bensalem; Jim Chapman, John Creamer & Robert Tarry, Yardley153
Brian Jasperse, Michael McCorriston, Vince Pinto & Mike Travassos, Jericho National154
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Douglas Putnam, Talamore155
Richard Keesling, Frank Kovalcheck, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square155
Mike Connell, Springhaven; Jake Kollhoff, Stone Harbor; Michael Crist & Don Skahan, Glen Mills156
Vincent Arcana, Neil Donovan, John Mershon & John Snyder, Waynesborough156
Gary Ames, Bala; Thomas Brennan, Moselem Springs; Rick Ames & William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks158
Philip Sokol, PineCrest; Rodger Gottlieb, Bill Luderitz & Bob Luderitz, Blue Heron Pines159
Timothy Kiorpes, Hud Manion, Roy Reinard & Wayne Yetter, Lookaway160
R.B. D’iorio, Springhaven; John Kivitz, James Reger & Roland Thomas, McCall161
Ronald Altieri, Joe Balkovec, Bruce McDonald & John McKee, Manufacturers’161
Joseph Daddario, Makefield Highlands; Dennis Fellona, Merchantville; Thomas Huder, Pennsauken & Patrick Pastilock, Yardley165
William Fox, Little Mill; Pat Dougan, John O’Rourke & Mario Szygiel, Trump National – Philadelphia165
Mark Golboro, Harold Jacobson, Mike Kyle & Tony Mauriello, Talamore165
Net results
Name, clubScore
*Robert Campbell, Rich Edwards, Samuel Reed & Mike Wall, Hershey133
Mike Connell, Springhaven; Jake Kollhoff, Stone Harbor; Michael Crist & Don Skahan, Glen Mills133
David Kazanjian, Bensalem; Jim Chapman, John Creamer & Robert Tarry, Yardley134
Bobert Arthur, Tavistock; Tom Hyland, Little Mill; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road & Jimmy Muller, Manufacturers’134
Roy Gagne, Al Padovano, Frank Petrecco & Vince Wagner, Yardley135
Joseph Hacker, Bob Hackett, Steven Lucas & Jeff Rogatz, Wilmington135
Tom Faro, Middletown; Naz Gagliardi, Bensalem; David Jacobson, Medford Village & Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club135
Michael Petillo, Jeff Searer, Allen Weiss & Robert Woodruff, Hartefeld National135
Mark Monkhouse, Makefield Highlands; Brian McDonnell, Rick James & George Podhor, Doylestown136
Dave Speece, Reading; Chip Lutz, LedgeRock; Joseph Butto & Byron Whitman, Berkshire136
Brian Jasperse, Michael McCorriston, Vince Pinto & Mike Travassos, Jericho National136
Dennis Campbell, Mike Muncy, Dan Sippie & Tim Wood, Schuylkill137
John Barry, Lancaster; Mark Cubberley, Mercer Oaks; Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks & George Steinmetz, Spring Ford137
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks; Michael Nilon, Philadelphia; Brian Rothaus, Philmont & Jim Yenser, Jeffersonville137
Andrew Speaker, Jericho; Tom Mallouk, Steven J. Robinson & Kurt Thompson, Lookaway137
Kevin Martin, Rand Mendez, Greg Mitchell & Mark Scott, Fieldstone138
Bill Charpek, Robert Harrington, J. Kirk Luntey & Joe Roeder, Merion138
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Douglas Putnam, Talamore138
Ed Bondi, Pete Ervin, George Henninger & Peter McCombs, Huntingdon Valley138
Chris Ortman, Woodstone; David Blichar, Dominic Carr & Jeff Hudson, Olde Homestead138
Michael Tash, Stone Harbor; John Mullins, Bellewood; Doug Baran & Paul Rogowicz, Yardley139
Gregory Buliga & Edward Erickson; Yardley; Christopher Clauson & Glenn Smeraglio LuLu139
Gary Ames, Bala; Thomas Brennan, Moselem Springs; Rick Ames & William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks140
Ron Battaglia, Whitemarsh Valley; Dan Farragut, Jack O’Hara & Vince Yost, Cedarbrook140
Adam Armagost, William Cregar, Ed Kahn & Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill140
Vincent Arcana, Neil Donovan, John Mershon & John Snyder, Waynesborough140
John Robinson, LuLu; John Alterman, John Nottage & James Witt, Commonwealth National140
Scott McIntosh, LuLu; James Bell, III, Jeff Shockley & Richard Young, Makefield Highlands141
Matthew Bellis, Scott Carney, Arthur Jacoby & Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National142
Ronald Altieri, Joe Balkovec, Bruce McDonald & John McKee, Manufacturers’142
Doug Fraser, Galloway National; Andy Thompson, Overbrook; Tom Bartolacci & Terry Sawyer, LuLu142
Timothy Kiorpes, Hud Manion, Roy Reinard & Wayne Yetter, Lookaway142
Joseph Daddario, Makefield Highlands; Dennis Fellona, Merchantville; Thomas Huder, Pennsauken & Patrick Pastilock, Yardley143
William Fox, Little Mill; Pat Dougan, John O’Rourke & Mario Szygiel, Trump National – Philadelphia143
Mark Golboro, Harold Jacobson, Mike Kyle & Tony Mauriello, Talamore144
R.B. D’iorio, Springhaven; John Kivitz, James Reger & Roland Thomas, McCall144
Bob Andrejko, StoneHedge; Mark Bartkowski, Pocono Farms; Mike Bartkowski & Kenneth Bolcavage, Elkview144
Richard Keesling, Frank Kovalcheck, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square145
Greg Blackburn, David Campbell, Travis Good & Rick Umani, Honeybrook146
Philip Sokol, PineCrest; Rodger Gottlieb, Bill Luderitz & Bob Luderitz, Blue Heron Pines150
*-determined in scorecard playoff