Jun 22, 2017

Barkley, Coassolo, Lavin, Moran go low for Four-Man Team title

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — The self-proclaimed Golf Association of Philadelphia Major “bubble boys” came together Thursday to claim the Four-Man Team title at Penn Oaks Golf Club (par 71, 6,190 yards).

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  Peter Moran of Whitford Country Club, Jason Barkley of Moselem Springs Golf Club, Shawn Lavin of Rolling Green Golf Club and Mark Coassolo of Brookside CC of Allentown finished with an impressively-low combined back nine of 6-under 64 to finish with a 9-under-total of 133 in a two-best balls of four, stroke-play format. The winners, who says they became friends while waiting around for Major Qualifying playoffs, topped a scoreboard of 20 competing teams.

  Last year’s champions, Riverton Country Club’s David Gall, Kevin Kramarski, Ben Litt and Phil Villari, fell short of a repeat by two strokes at 7-under 135.

  The par-5, 465-yard 3rd hosted the first birdie party for the team. Coassolo steadied the hole with a standard two-putt birdie from 30 feet after a 7-iron approach landed safely. Moran, who posted six birdies on the day, pulled his tee shot 40 yards left, then hooked a 5-iron into a greenside bunker. He blasted out of the sand and drained the 8-foot look to card a double-birdie hole.

  Moran’s hot streak – which eventually propelled the foursome to the winner’s circle – arrived on Penn Oaks’ second side. A short wedge approach left him with a challenging downhiller from 12 feet on No. 11 (par 4, 330 yards), which he stepped up and drained. Then Moran stuck a pitching wedge within two feet on the par-3, 120-yard 12th for red number No. 4.

  Soon after, Barkley joined the scoring attack. Moran again birdied No. 13 (par 5, 514 yards) with an up-and-down birdie save from the right greenside rough. Barkley’s drive found the left fairway bunker off the tee, followed by a 5-wood that left him with 50 yards out. He also got up-and-down from there for the hole’s second four.

  The final push came on No. 15 (par 3, 149 yard), where Barkley and Moran both came to play again. Each pulling 8-irons off the tee, Barkley went on to sink a 15-footer with two feet of break while Moran lipped out for an ace, leading to another tap-in.

  “The ball disappeared for a second right behind the flagstick, and we all thought it went in. It was that close,” said Barkley, 49, of Kutztown, Pa.

  “We really just had fun out there, but there were a good amount of short par putts that we needed to make and we did,” said Coassolo, 45, of Macungie, Pa. “We were a little sketchy at the beginning but then we got it together. We were a great team.”

  Back when the Association’s Major events did not take qualifying ties for championship propers, the friendly foursome found themselves in playoffs together more than a handful of times.   This year, Moran called up Barkley, Lavin and Coassolo to form a squad of “middle-aged players” that not only could vie for a Four-Man title, but also have fun while doing so.

  “Making sure you get a group of guys that you like together is most important out here,” said Moran, 48, of Chester Springs, Pa.

  Today’s title was also important due to the fact that it arrives just a day before a rather big date for one of the winners. Barkley will be getting married tomorrow evening on the 16th tee at Moselem Springs.

  “Today is like my batchelor party,” said Barkley post-round.

  Next up on the GAP schedule for the familiar faces? Hopefully another GAP Major.

  Both Coassolo and Lavin played in the season’s first, the #GAPMidAm at Overbrook Golf Club, while Lavin was scheduled to play in the #BMWPhillyAm at Philadelphia Cricket Club before having to withdraw at the last minute.

  None have punched their ticket yet for the #GAPOpen, to be played July 17-18 at Philadelphia Country Club, but there is still more opportunity left on the schedule.   “I missed the GAP Open in yesterday’s Qualifier (at Blue Bell Country Club) by two shots, unfortunately, and so did Mark. At least today was way more fun for us,” said Lavin, 45, of Drexel Hill, Pa.

  “But at least if you shoot 9-under in today’s [Four-Man Team] event, that means we’re exempt for the [Joseph H. Patterson Cup], right?” said Barkley.

  NOTE- Philadelphia Country Club’s Mike Barton recorded his sixth career ace on the par-3, 149-yard 15th with a 6-iron.

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Gross
Name, club Score
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown; Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club & Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 133
David Gall, Kevin Kramarski, Ben Litt & Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club 135
Stephen Barry, Sakima Country Club; Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club; Jacob Hanzel & Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club 138
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club; Larry Benedetto, Nick Gazonas & Joseph Jachetti, Concord Country Club 139
Craig Aronchick, Robert Billings, Jack Helms & Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club 142
Donald Kozik, McCall Golf & Country Club; Kevin Quimby, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Brian Hamilton & Todd Price, Penn Oaks Golf Club 143
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club; Dan Smith, Running Deer Golf Club; Joe Spitaleri & Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club 144
Brintan Madonna, Lancaster Country Club; Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club; Shawn Hughes & Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club 144
Michael Manci, Huntsville Golf Club; Michael Kerzetski, David Maddock & Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak Country Club 145
Wes Kerr, Hidden Creek Golf Club; Stephen Bender, Brett Mower & Michael Sieck, TavistockCountry Club 146
Daniel Rexon, Joseph Scocca, Oren Thomas, IV & Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club 147
Matt Brooks, Gary Dornhoefer, Rodger Gottlieb & Stephen Kay, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 148
Piero Corrado, Rick Over, Scott Malack & Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club 151
Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia Country Club 151
Nicholas Lombardi, & Justin Pak, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Sev Panossian & Stephen Viola, Sr., Golf Course at Glen Mills 151
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 152
Ted Kukawski, Wildwood Golf & Country Club; Gary Nolan, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club; Doug Pollock, DuPont Country Club & Russell Waters, Penn Oaks Golf Club 153
Ed Ciel, Anthony Dent, Thomas Gramlich & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club 155
Thomas Brandecker, Jay Najpauer, Richard Triolo & Steve Zarnas, Woodstone Country Club 164
Bob Fulton, Todd Luft, Lee Tolton & Bob Watkins, Sandy Run Country Club 166
Net
Name, club Score
Ted Kukawski, Wildwood Golf & Country Club; Gary Nolan, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club; Doug Pollock, DuPont Country Club & Russell Waters, Penn Oaks Golf Club 127
Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club; Dan Smith, Running Deer Golf Club; Joe Spitaleri & Jian Zhang, Inniscrone Golf Club 128
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown; Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club & Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 129
Piero Corrado, Rick Over, Scott Malack & Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club 130
Donald Kozik, McCall Golf & Country Club; Kevin Quimby, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Brian Hamilton & Todd Price, Penn Oaks Golf Club 130
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 131
David Gall, Kevin Kramarski, Ben Litt & Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club 131
Matt Brooks, Gary Dornhoefer, Rodger Gottlieb & Stephen Kay, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 132
Ed Ciel, Anthony Dent, Thomas Gramlich & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club 134
Wes Kerr, Hidden Creek Golf Club; Stephen Bender, Brett Mower & Michael Sieck, TavistockCountry Club 134
Michael Manci, Huntsville Golf Club; Michael Kerzetski, David Maddock & Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak Country Club 134
Craig Aronchick, Robert Billings, Jack Helms & Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club 135
Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club; Larry Benedetto, Nick Gazonas & Joseph Jachetti, Concord Country Club 135
Thomas Brandecker, Jay Najpauer, Richard Triolo & Steve Zarnas, Woodstone Country Club 136
Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia Country Club 136
Brintan Madonna, Lancaster Country Club; Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club; Shawn Hughes & Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club 136
Stephen Barry, Sakima Country Club; Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club; Jacob Hanzel & Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club 136
Bob Fulton, Todd Luft, Lee Tolton & Bob Watkins, Sandy Run Country Club 137
Nicholas Lombardi, & Justin Pak, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Sev Panossian & Stephen Viola, Sr., Golf Course at Glen Mills 137
Daniel Rexon, Joseph Scocca, Oren Thomas, IV & Johan van Schalkwyk, Tavistock Country Club 141

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