Aug 21, 2017

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

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