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Foursome defends Senior Four-Man Team title

  DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.–The reigning Senior Four-Man Team champions didn’t need a playoff this year to earn a second straight title.

  Don Donatoni of White Manor CC, Carl Everett of Merion GC, Neil McDermott of Llanerch CC and Mike Rose of Meadowlands CC, winners of this event in a scorecard tiebreaker last July, eliminated any tournament drama this year on Thursday at Applecross CC (par 72, 6,182 yards) with a 14-under-par 130 score and two-stroke victory. The second-place foursome of Douglas Fraser of Galloway National GC, Terry Sawyer of Mercer Oaks GC and Frank McFadden and Ray Thompson of Overbrook GC finished at 12 under. Team scores are determined using the two best balls of four.

Don Donantoni of White Manor CC eyes a drive on No. 10 (par 4,
310 yards) as partners (starting second from left) Carl Everett,
Neil McDermott and Mike Rose watch.

  “It’s a real honor to win a GAP event no matter what it is,” said McDermott, 63, of Newtown Square, Pa. “If you are fortunate enough to do well in a GAP event, whether it be as an individual or team, it’s special.”

  The foursome totaled 16 birdies, only needing to count 14 of them.

  In fact, Donatoni, the 2008 Senior Silver Cross Award winner, carded seven birdies himself. Known for his crisp ball striking, Donatoni added a hot putter to the repertoire today. He knocked a 9-iron to 15 feet on No. 2 (par 4, 343 yards) for a 3 to move his group early into red figures. Everett followed with a 5-iron to 20 feet on the downhill No. 3 (par 3, 183 yards) for a second birdie, before Donatoni went back-to-back with 3s on the next two par 4s. On No. 4 (par 4, 279 yards), Donatoni lofted a 58-degree wedge to six feet and then on No. 5 (par 4, 383 yards) lofted a 7-iron from 155 yards to four feet. His team was 4 under thru five holes.

  “I think one of the keys to making as many birdies as we did today was early on we determined the greens were a bit slower than we originally thought and they weren’t going to break as much as we read them to,” said Donatoni, 63, of Malvern, Pa.

  Donatoni’s torrid pace continued on No. 8 (par 4, 383 yards) with a 58-degree wedge from 95 yards to 15 feet and then again on No. 9 (par 5, 490 yards) with a short wedge play to 12 feet for birdie. McDermott, too, birdied No. 9, two putting from 20 feet and the team headed to the back nine at 7-under par. Donatoni was 5 under on his own.

  “We’ve played with each other so many times we can actually club each other,” said Donatoni. “That helps a lot. And we got a lot of coaching today from Mike who was the only one in our group to play here before.”

  McDermott opened the back nine with a second straight birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 310 yards), a smooth 10 footer from the front of the green and another on No. 12 (par 5, 514 yards) when he lifted a 50-yard pitch to eight feet. Rose added his first birdie, as well, on No. 12, knocking a gap wedge from 100 yards to 12 feet. When Everett, 64, of Havertown, Pa. sent a 150-yard, 7-iron to two feet on No. 13 (par 4, 375 yards), the Fantastic Four had carded 11 birdies, 15 pars and zero bogeys to that point.

  “It’s hard to know what the formula is in these team events, but we just seem to play well together. We are very comfortable around each other,” said McDermott.

  The lengthy 14th (par 3, 180 yards) tried to pull the champions down, but Rose made a terrific bunker shot from 30 yards out and converted the six-foot par chance.

  “That could have killed the momentum if he missed it,” said Donatoni of Rose’s par putt. “It was a great up-and-down and maintained our mojo.”

  Rose added a birdie on No. 15 (par 5, 495 yards) with a 20-yard chip that stopped 15 feet away and another on No. 18 (par 5, 492 yards) with a similar up-and-down. Donatoni capped his fantastic afternoon with a terrific wedge play from a horrible lie just off the green and draining a 15-foot birdie putt that broke three inches.

  The squad officially recorded 14 birdies and no bogeys in its round.

  “I played here just enough to know where I was going,” said Rose, 64, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. “Neil talked about us not being as aggressive as normal and keeping all balls in play on every hole. We were able to do that.”

  This is the fifth time Rose, McDermott and Everett have won the Senior Four-Man Team. In 2003, that trio and Frank Polizzi, Sr. of Aronimink GC won. Those three then joined Daniel Burton of Bent Creek CC in 2005 and 2006.

  John Cech, George Gepp, Thomas Morgan and Robert Thornton, Jr. of Riverton CC finished as the net winners with a 127 total.

**Teams can only win prizes in one division**
Gross Division
Name, club Score
Don Donatoni, White Manor; Carl Everett, Merion; Neil McDermott, Llanerch & Michael Rose, Meadowlands 130
Douglas Fraser, Galloway National; Terry Sawyer, Mercer Oaks; Francis McFadden & Raymond Thompson, Overbrook 132
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek; Donald Ashley, Michael Nilon & Richard Smith, Philadelphia 138
Richard Custer, Leonard DiDomenilo, Joseph Major & Howard Pomerantz, Brookside 139
Andrew Harmer, Robert Maze, Rich Thon & John Turner, Springhaven 141
William March, Spring Ford; John Foore, Alexander Maguire, Sr. & Mark Szilagyi, Brookside 141
John Cech, George Gepp, Thomas Morgan & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton 143
Gary Baum, Gordon Jamieson, Robert Roehr & Paul Suckow, Merion 146
Charles Caparo, C. Michael Conway, Michael Giambrone & Anthony Philomeno, Jr., Plymouth 147
Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia 147
Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont 147
John Patton, Little Mill; James Gillespie, David Lovitz & James Wiley, Lu Lu 148
Gary Gordon, Talamore; Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds; Robert Fox & Lawrence Paster, Philmont 148
Philip Burtoft, Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni & John Snyder, Waynesborough 149
Stephen Pence, Little Mill; Homie Perkins, Wedgwood; Jim Lloyd & Walt McGuinness, Running Deer 149
Gerald Berger, John Choyka, Richard Luoma & Joe Patterson, Indian Valley 149
James Fleming, George Henninger, Peter McCombs & Nicholas Wanck, Huntingdon Valley 151
Fred Brown, Mike Connell, Norman Jester & Bob Silsbe, Downingtown 152
Joseph Altieri, James Beam, James Carney & Bill Doherty, Manufacturers 152
Jim Chojnacki, Bernard Kelly, Fred Olt & Howard Press, Little Mill 153
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids; Joseph Maxwell, Hartefeld National; Robert Murphy, Wilmington & Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn 153
John Colletti, Lu Lu; Angelo Rose, Sandy Run; Anthony Genesio & Greg Schmitt, Spring Mill 153
Tyrone Burtner, Norman Cote, Michael Dominick & Bill Gudal, Coatesville 153
John Sabia, Philadelphia Cricket Club; James Clearkin, III, Edward Enoch & Roger Kirk, Old York Road 153
Jack Collins, Theodore Flocco, Jr., Joseph LaGrossa & Steven Lewis, Galloway National 153
Frederick Banta, John Lyons, Bud MacAvoy & Tom Magner, Running Deer 154
John Lukens, Thomas McGlinchy, W. Dale Newpher & Rich Tofani, Jr., Sandy Run 155
Carl Kruse, Five Ponds;  Rick Bunn, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, McCall 155
George Gibson, George Manos, J. Thomas Rush & Larry Sacks, Riverton 155
Jack Bailey, James Barron, Clive Broadbent & John Groves, Hartefeld National 155
Bob Abramski, Harold Cooperstein, Hal Morris & Stan Jakubowski, Talamore 155
Joseph Martella, Tom Mee, Stuart Struck & John Young, Sandy Run 156
Jeffrey Ciarrochi, Stonewall; Thomas Haddad, Chester Valley, Morgan Maxwell, Makefield Highlands & Robert Ries, Aronimink 156
Bob Harris & Martin Sherman, Blue Bell & Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster 157
Tom Cooke, Chris Gallagher, Thomas Harned & John Scott, West Chester 157
Alan Kovnot, Yardley; Kyran Connelly, James Miller & Jim Sheppard, Makefield Highlands 160
Richard Alessi, Scott Fleming, William Knecht, Jr. & William Woolard, Jr., Llanerch 161
Jerry Beil, Bill Flavell, John McKee & Louis Riggs, Manufacturers 162
Rich Bernat, Bob Cerulli, John DePaul & Joseph Herzog, Sandy Run 164
John Dempsey, Jack Endicott, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers 164
Andy Cocco, Jay Franklin, Jack Morrissey & Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks 172
Jack Helm, Doylestown; Daniel O’Donnell, Conrad Gack & John Walko, Five Ponds 174
Net Division
Name, club Score
Don Donatoni, White Manor; Carl Everett, Merion; Neil McDermott, Llanerch & Michael Rose, Meadowlands 127
John Cech, George Gepp, Thomas Morgan & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton 127
Douglas Fraser, Galloway National; Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks; Francis McFadden & Raymond Thompson, Overbrook 128
John Emmel, Jr., Back Creek; Donald Ashley, Michael Nilon & Richard Smith, Philadelphia 130
Richard Custer, Leonard DiDomenilo, Joseph Major & Howard Pomerantz, Brookside 130
Charles Caparo, C. Michael Conway, Michael Giambrone & Anthony Philomeno, Jr., Plymouth 130
John Lukens, Thomas McGlinchy, W. Dale Newpher & Rich Tofani, Jr., Sandy Run 130
Jack Collins, Theodore Flocco, Jr., Joseph LaGrossa & Steven Lewis, Galloway National 131
George Gibson, George Manos, J. Thomas Rush & Larry Sacks, Riverton 131
William March, Spring Ford; John Foore, Alexander Maguire, Sr. & Mark Szilagyi, Brookside 132
Philip Burtoft, Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni & John Snyder, Waynesborough 132
Gerald Berger, John Choyka, Richard Luoma & Joe Patterson, Indian Valley 132
John Colletti, Lu Lu; Angelo Rose, Sandy Run; Anthony Genesio & Greg Schmitt, Spring Mill 132
Jeffrey Ciarrochi, Stonewall; Thomas Haddad, Chester Valley, Morgan Maxwell, Makefield Highlands & Robert Ries, Aronimink 132
Bob Harris & Martin Sherman, Blue Bell & Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster 132
Alan Kovnot, Yardley; Kyran Connelly, James Miller & Jim Sheppard, Makefield Highlands 132
Joseph Altieri, James Beam, James Carney & Bill Doherty, Manufacturers 133
Tyrone Burtner, Norman Cote, Michael Dominick & Bill Gudal, Coatesville 133
Andrew Harmer, Robert Maze, Rich Thon & John Turner, Springhaven 134
Gary Baum, Gordon Jamieson, Robert Roehr & Paul Suckow, Merion 135
Mike Barton, Theodore Beringer, J. Peter Pierce & Joseph Virdone, Philadelphia 135
Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont 135
John Patton, Little Mill; James Gillespie, David Lovitz & James Wiley, Lu Lu 135
Stephen Pence, Little Mill; Homie Perkins, Wedgwood; Jim Lloyd & Walt McGuinness, Running Deer 135
Fred Brown, Mike Connell, Norman Jester & Bob Silsbe, Downingtown 135
John Sabia, Philadelphia Cricket Club; James Clearkin, III, Edward Enoch & Roger Kirk, Old York Road 135
Jim Chojnacki, Bernard Kelly, Fred Olt & Howard Press, Little Mill 136
Rich Bernat, Bob Cerulli, John DePaul & Joseph Herzog, Sandy Run 136
Gary Gordon, Talamore; Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds; Robert Fox & Lawrence Paster, Philmont 137
John Dempsey, Jack Endicott, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers 137
Richard Alessi, Scott Fleming, William Knecht, Jr. & William Woolard, Jr., Llanerch 139
James Fleming, George Henninger, Peter McCombs & Nicholas Wanck, Huntingdon Valley 140
Bob Abramski, Harold Cooperstein, Hal Morris & Stan Jakubowski, Talamore 140
Tom Cooke, Chris Gallagher, Thomas Harned & John Scott, West Chester 140
Frederick Banta, John Lyons, Bud MacAvoy & Tom Magner, Running Deer 141
Carl Kruse, Five Ponds;  Rick Bunn, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, McCall 141
Joseph Martella, Tom Mee, Stuart Struck & John Young, Sandy Run 142
Jerry Beil, Bill Flavell, John McKee & Louis Riggs, Manufacturers 142
Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids; Joseph Maxwell, Hartefeld National; Robert Murphy, Wilmington & Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn 143
Jack Bailey, James Barron, Clive Broadbent & John Groves, Hartefeld National 143
Andy Cocco, Jay Franklin, Jack Morrissey & Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks 145
Jack Helm, Doylestown; Daniel O’Donnell, Conrad Gack & John Walko, Five Ponds 145