Jun 21, 2018

Brooksiders, Bent Creek’s Riva take Four-Man Team title

June 21, 2018

MOHNTON, Pa. — Teamwork made the dream work in a Four-Man Team debut Thursday at LedgeRock Golf Club (par 72, 6,375 yards).

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   Brookside CC of Allentown’s Carlos Fullerton, Max Harrington, Adam Sutovich partnered with Bent Creek Country Club’s Richard Riva to win the overall title in the 24th rendition of the Four-Man Team. Their 13-under total of 131 got the job done in a two-best balls of four, stroke-play format.

   The champs, playing in the second group out, posted the early mark for all their fellow competitors to contemplate in the afternoon. Their number never left the top of the leaderboard despite a late charge from the last group on the course, Bob Arthur of Tavistock Country Club, Thomas Hyland of Little Mill Country Club, Bryan Marvin of Old York Country Club and James Muller of Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club, who finished a single stroke back at 132.

   It was 13 birdies on the card that made the winning difference for Fullerton, Harrington, Riva and Sutovich. No eagles were jarred, but neither were any bogey blemishes.

   The gross scores looked pretty nice, too. Fullerton and Sutovich both fired rounds of 1-under 71, including a 2-under front nine for Fullerton. Riva got in the house with a 2-over 74, while Harrington finished at 6-over 78.

   The first red digit arrived immediately on No. 1 (par 4, 365 yards). Fullerton found a left fairway bunker with his driver but stuck a gap wedge approach to five feet and holed it to start the round off under par. Another came soon after on No. 3 (par 4, 320 yards) in result of a Sutovich birdie bomb from 30 feet after a simple flip wedge approach. They’d go on to make the turn at a healthy 6 under.

   “We were happy for a moment there, but then I told the guys that we need to just try and improve on that score on the back. That’s pretty much what we ended up doing,” said Fullerton.

   In fact, they’d go on to one up their front nine going -7 on the back. Ultimately, two holes in particular propelled them to a strong finish.

   On No. 11 (par 4, 390 yards), Riva blasted a drive right that stayed in bounds by inches. He took relief from the cart path and punched out to the greenside bunker. His sand shot checked up on the green and trickled in for a crucial 3. Fullerton dropped a 10 footer on top of Riva’s ball to double up.

   The par 5, 525-yard 13th hosted not one, not two, but three birdies. After Harrington and Sutovich converted on up-and-down birdies, Fullerton putted last and barely missed on a 15-foot eagle attempt but tapped in for 4.

   LedgeRock’s finisher (par 5, 559 yards) hosted their signature moment. Fullerton decided to lay up so his teammates could go for it in two. Fullerton then put an 8-iron approach from 160 out to 10 feet. A Patrick Reed-like fist pump followed suit. That putt went on to be the deciding stroke.

   “I was doing that [fist pump] either way,” said Fullerton.

   The chemistry and strategy on display Thursday was a sight to see: constant talking, discussing shots, order of play, etc. If you’d have said the foursome were professional best ballers, you’d be rather convincing. The irony is all players in the group had little to no experience in the format prior.

   “We had the same order on every tee, that was our lucky mojo today,” said Riva, a Saint Joseph’s University junior. “Strategy wise, when someone had a comfortable par putt while someone also had a birdie look, we’d send the par putt off first. If we sank it, the birdie putt could be an aggressive one. That was pretty much our scoring strategy.”

   “I’d say we’re all pretty good players, so we weren’t afraid to hit drivers around the whole course, which definitely helped us. There were only two holes today where someone was out of the hole which was key. We weren’t scared of bogeys really all day,” said Fullerton.

   The three Brookside CC of Allentown members, with the obvious club connection, called Riva the ringer to round out the winning foursome. After all, Riva’s game has been in form as of late, qualifying for U.S. Open Sectionals at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

   “Those guys all know each other really well from Brookside, but I’m here because Max is my roommate at St. Joe’s. We know each other really well, but don’t get to play as much golf together as we should,” said Riva, 20.

   “I play for the [Saint Joseph’s] club team. [Richard] lives all the way out in Lancaster, so it’s hard for us to play that much, but glad we did today,” said Harrington, 19, of Emmaus, Pa.

   Additionally, Sutovich and Riva both played in the Pennsylvania State Amateur last year, so they’ve crossed paths. Fullerton, a fifth-year senior at Penn State University, first met his teammate this morning.

   “We were talking about it at Brookside, discussing the Four-Man team itself. That part was easy, forming the 1-2-3 pairing to start. But then adding [Richard] was the perfect addition,” said Fullerton, 22, also of Emmaus, Pa.

  When asked what a group trophy would mean to them, the three Brookside members pointed directly back to their club.

  “We may be a smaller club, but we’ve got some really good [playing talent],” said Sutovich, 22, of Breinigsville, Pa. “It’s going to be great to bring home a trophy back to Brookside.”

   “You know what, maybe I’ll have to get myself a junior membership to join you guys at Brookside,” said Riva.

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Gross results
Name, club Gross
Carlos Fullerton, Max Harrington, & Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown & Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club 131
Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club; Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club & James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 132
Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club; Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club & Jay Vasil, Fox Hill Country Club 132
Thomas Alestock, Stephen Barry, Joey Russo & Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club 133
Matthew Ade, David Gall, Kevin Kramarski & Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 133
Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Randy Mitchell & Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 137
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown; Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club & Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 137
Nick Hand, Luke Morgan, Steve Rice & Ian Shollenberger, Schuylkill Country Club 139
Joe Avellino, Herb Mays, Rich Pruchnik & Tim Regan, Downingtown Country Club 142
Russell Baribault, Ryan Fogel & David Sim, Penn Oaks Golf Club & Dave Burchmore, Inniscrone Golf Club 142
Jim Allen, Larry Benedetto, Bill Dwyer & Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club 143
Owen Brown, Joseph Kinsman, Scott Micale & Nic Portonova, Coatesville Country Club 143
Wayne Ligato, Richard Ogorek, Jerry Newell, Jr. & Luke Wozniak, Fieldstone Golf Club 143
John Burke & Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club; Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club & Joe Zulli, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 143
Joseph Cathcart & Stephen Dolente, Applebrook Golf Club; Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club & Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club 144
Greg Gottshall, George Griffaton, William Norris & Thomas Walls, Bellewood Country Club 147
Mark Gerdelmann, Thomas Laessig, Matthew Manfred & George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 147
Michael Kerzetski, David Maddock, Jody Mcgrail & Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak Country Club 148
Ryan Carroll, Gavin Grimes, Michael Grimes & John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club 149
Lawrence Schultz, Jr., Bruce Smith & Brad White, LedgeRock Golf Club & David Stoudt, Lancaster Country Club 149
Tom Barlok, David Brackenbury, Chris Ortman & Mike Tomasic, Woodstone Country Club 151
Andrew Bonekemper, Matthew Boyer, Chad Collingwood & John Kroos, Spring Ford Country Club 151
Jeff Amtman, Commonwealth National Golf Club; Richard Bollard, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club; John Colletti, Lu Lu Country Club & James Fitzpatrick, Talamore Country Club 152
Michael Amons, Michael Diemer, Tom Kearns & Tib Kobolak, Riverton Country Club 153
Brian Jasperse, Charles Johnson, Richard White & Ronald White, Jericho National Golf Club 156
Andy Bowman, Frank Collins, Kevin Sassaman & Corey Wolff, Hershey Country Club 156
Andre Ferber & Gregory Jennings, Radnor Valley Country Club; Roger Hiser, Saucon Valley Country Club & Kenneth Wortley, Bala Golf Club 156
David Justin, Spike McKeeta, Thomas Schaible & Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 158
Woodie Pickell, Chic Rhoads, Gary Richwine & Andrew Wesler, Conestoga Country Club 158
Andrew Kelly, Brian Kreamer, Wilhelm Roesler & Gary Ueltzen, Bala Golf Club 159
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club; Patrick Friel, Applebrook Golf Club; Curtis Heckman, Moselem Springs Golf Club & Dan Massicotte, Applecross Country Club 160
Brian Fiala & Edward Randel, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club; John Hollingsworth, Sr. & Len Orlando, Concord Country Club 162
Jim Lelii, William Mabon & Gregory Mitsch, Moselem Springs Golf Club & Jeff Knauer, Foxchase Golf Club 164
Richard Basilio, Nicholas Basilio, Jr., Ned Burns & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 165
Jeff Garrett & Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club; John Riccio & John Speak, Jericho National Golf Club 166
Matt Hovey, Stephen Pelesky, Ralph Schellinger & George Wegner, Jr., Gilbertsville Golf Club 168
Ed Ciel, Thomas Gramlich, Gregg Shivers & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club 170
Joseph Ozzimo & Scott Siravo, Cobbs Creek Golf Club; Steve Haworth, Little Mill Country Club & Sam Vasile, Jr., Woodcrest Country Club 179
David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club; James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club; Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club & Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club 186
Carter Devol & James Wolsky, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; Hugh Gallagher  & Terry Woodward-Williams, Bellewood Country Club WD
Net results
Name, club Net
*Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club; Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club & James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 126
*Michael Amons, Michael Diemer, Tom Kearns & Tib Kobolak, Riverton Country Club 126
Andrew Bonekemper, Matthew Boyer, Chad Collingwood & John Kroos, Spring Ford Country Club 127
Matthew Ade, David Gall, Kevin Kramarski & Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 129
Jeff Amtman, Commonwealth National Golf Club; Richard Bollard, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club; John Colletti, Lu Lu Country Club & James Fitzpatrick, Talamore Country Club 129
Joseph Cathcart & Stephen Dolente, Applebrook Golf Club; Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club & Mark Szilagyi, Brookside Country Club 129
Andre Ferber & Gregory Jennings, Radnor Valley Country Club; Roger Hiser, Saucon Valley Country Club & Kenneth Wortley, Bala Golf Club 129
Owen Brown, Joseph Kinsman, Scott Micale & Nic Portonova, Coatesville Country Club 130
Wayne Ligato, Richard Ogorek, Jerry Newell, Jr. & Luke Wozniak, Fieldstone Golf Club 130
Russell Baribault, Ryan Fogel & David Sim, Penn Oaks Golf Club & Dave Burchmore, Inniscrone Golf Club 130
Brian Jasperse, Charles Johnson, Richard White & Ronald White, Jericho National Golf Club 131
Thomas Alestock, Stephen Barry, Joey Russo & Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club 131
Mark Gerdelmann, Thomas Laessig, Matthew Manfred & George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 131
Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club; Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club & Jay Vasil, Fox Hill Country Club 131
Greg Gottshall, George Griffaton, William Norris & Thomas Walls, Bellewood Country Club 132
Robert Hackett, Jr., Thomas Humphrey, Randy Mitchell & Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club 132
Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club; Patrick Friel, Applebrook Golf Club; Curtis Heckman, Moselem Springs Golf Club & Dan Massicotte, Applecross Country Club 132
Carlos Fullerton, Max Harrington, & Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown & Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club 132
David Justin, Spike McKeeta, Thomas Schaible & Mike Schuster, Chester Valley Golf Club 133
Lawrence Schultz, Jr., Bruce Smith & Brad White, LedgeRock Golf Club & David Stoudt, Lancaster Country Club 133
Nick Hand, Luke Morgan, Steve Rice & Ian Shollenberger, Schuylkill Country Club 134
Joe Avellino, Herb Mays, Rich Pruchnik & Tim Regan, Downingtown Country Club 134
Michael Kerzetski, David Maddock, Jody Mcgrail & Frank Petrillo, Glen Oak Country Club 134
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown; Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club & Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club 134
Andy Bowman, Frank Collins, Kevin Sassaman & Corey Wolff, Hershey Country Club 135
Woodie Pickell, Chic Rhoads, Gary Richwine & Andrew Wesler, Conestoga Country Club 136
Jim Lelii, William Mabon & Gregory Mitsch, Moselem Springs Golf Club & Jeff Knauer, Foxchase Golf Club 138
Tom Barlok, David Brackenbury, Chris Ortman & Mike Tomasic, Woodstone Country Club 139
Richard Basilio, Nicholas Basilio, Jr., Ned Burns & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 139
Ryan Carroll, Gavin Grimes, Michael Grimes & John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club 139
Andrew Kelly, Brian Kreamer, Wilhelm Roesler & Gary Ueltzen, Bala Golf Club 139
Brian Fiala & Edward Randel, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club; John Hollingsworth, Sr. & Len Orlando, Concord Country Club 139
Jeff Garrett & Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club; John Riccio & John Speak, Jericho National Golf Club 139
John Burke & Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club; Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club & Joe Zulli, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 139
Joseph Ozzimo & Scott Siravo, Cobbs Creek Golf Club; Steve Haworth, Little Mill Country Club & Sam Vasile, Jr., Woodcrest Country Club 139
Jim Allen, Larry Benedetto, Bill Dwyer & Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club 140
David Cagnetti, Lu Lu Country Club; James Cardano, Cedarbrook Country Club; Lloyd McGinley, Trenton Country Club & Ronald Rice, Sr., Old York Road Country Club 140
Matt Hovey, Stephen Pelesky, Ralph Schellinger & George Wegner, Jr., Gilbertsville Golf Club 143
Ed Ciel, Thomas Gramlich, Gregg Shivers & Bill Watts, Medford Lakes Country Club 144
Carter Devol & James Wolsky, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; Hugh Gallagher  & Terry Woodward-Williams, Bellewood Country Club WD
* – decided by USGA recommended scorecard tiebreaking method
WD-withdrawal

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