EXTON, Pa. — Perennial participants Douglas and Wade Gregor finally struck gold in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son (Younger). The Phoenixville, Pa. residents carded a 1-over-par 73 to take the tournament’s 60th edition at a pleasant Whitford Country Club (par 72, 6,240 yards) Thursday.
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“Spending four hours with him on a golf course, nothing could be better,” Douglas, 47, said. “It’s great to see his maturity. We started playing in this years ago. It’s nice that our scores have gotten better. We have adult conversations in the cart now. It’s a fun four hours.”
“It’s a nice time being out with my dad. Being able to play with my cousin and uncle (Frankie and Frank Gregor) is always fun,” Wade, 16, added.
The event’s format is selective drive/alternate shot. Given their experience, the Gregor team knew a key to success: establish a strategy early, execute and execute frequently. Wade’s knack for fairways and fiery putter gave the Huntingdon Valley Country Club members a victorious game plan.
“I was just trying to let him hit as many approach shots as he could,” Wade, a soon-to-be junior at La Salle College High School, said.
“And I got a few of those within that 10-foot range. We turned those into birdies,” Douglas, an attorney, added.
On No. 3 (par 4, 400 yards), Douglas, who serves as president of the Pennsylvania Golf Association, knocked a wedge 120 yards to 10 feet. Wade clean up the birdie putt. He also made a 10-footer on the par 3, 116-yard No. 5 after another well-struck wedge by dad. The Gregor team also used Wade’s tee position to perfection on No. 10 (par 4, 336 yards). With a favorable lie and angle to the flagstick, Douglas smacked a sand wedge 80 yards to 10 feet for another red figure.
Conversely, a pair of heavy wedges courtesy of Wade resulted in bogeys on Nos. 7 (par 4, 360 yards) and 18 (par 4, 364 yards). The Gregor team also stumbled a bit on the par 3, 163-yard 17th hole, where a three-putt from 40 feet made for another bogey. The downhill, dogleg right No. 9 (par 5, 480 yards) shows a 6 on the scorecard, but it also offers a glimpse into the Gregor’s go-getter mindset — one that afforded hardware in the end.
“I hit a good drive. Wade wanted to go for the green in two so we let him,” Douglas said. “He hit a good shot. It just one-bounced into the pond. We didn’t want to play conservative. He wanted to go for it, and dad let him go for it.”
As mentioned, Wade, who caddies at Huntingdon Valley, felt in control on Whitford’s undulating complexes.
“The putter was clicking today,” he said. “It’s kind of been off-and-on so far this summer. Somedays I feel good with it. Others not so much. Today I felt good.”
“He’s hitting the ball much farther and straighter. His putting is better,” Douglas added. “He’s really improved a lot. His game has gotten a lot better this summer, which is nice to see.”
Golf continues to strengthen the Gregors’ bond. Television shows such as “Family Guy” and “American Dad” contribute to the closeness these days, too.
“He’s gotten me into watching cartoons now. We spend quality time that way,” Douglas said with a smile.
The event’s Junior-Junior Division (par 72, 5,809 yards) crowned co-champions. Whitford’s own Owen and Keller Mulhern and Wilmington Country Club’s Jeffrey and Anthony Ciconte carded respective even-par 72s to share the top spot.
The Mulhern team, hailing from Exton, Pa., fired four birdies and an eagle on the day, but it’s a moment on the par 5, 503-yard 16th hole that will resonate.
“We’re going to remember No. 16 for the rest of our lives. That one’s going to leave a mark,” Owen, 40, a financial advisor, said. “We were lying two in a [left] fairway bunker, maybe 60 yards short of the green. I bladed a wedge that unfortunately hit the cart path and went out-of-bounds. That forced the 13-year-old to hit the exact same shot.”
“Which he stuffed to six feet,” Keller, 13, a soon-to-be eighth grader at Lionville Middle School, interjected.
Bogeys in between spoiled — score-wise — an otherwise spectacular round. The Mulhern team, playing in the day’s first group, posted back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 (par 5, 467 yards) and 5 (par 3, 106 yards). On the first, Owen threw a sand wedge from 65 yards to 10 feet. Keller cleaned up the birdie putt. His crisp wedge gave dad a 12-footer on the next hole. A flip-wedge by Keller on No. 7 (par 4, 33 yards) provided an eight-foot birdie opportunity, which Owen poured in the heart. Keller boomed a 5-iron from 165 yards to three feet for eagle on the par 5, 444-yard 12th hole. Owen returned the favor with a pitching wedge to seven feet on the next hole (par 3, 132 yards). Keller drained the downhiller.
“With Keller now being 13, playing as much as he’s playing, we felt like this was our chance to get in the mix. We’ve been chomping at the bit for today,” Owen said. “It was a good day. We’ll get some chicken wings. It will make up for the two doubles.”
Like the Mulhern team, Jeffrey Ciconte also competed in the morning, but alongside 10-year-old son Joe.
“I was very fortunate to play with both of my sons. Joe and I had a great morning. It helped in terms of getting a sense of the green speeds. Obviously seeing the pin placements was an advantage,” Jeffrey, 40, who works in the banking industry, said. “Anthony and I played really well this afternoon. He was rock solid.”
“We had three birdies. He led me to them,” Anthony, 13, a soon-to-be eighth grader at The Tatnall School, said. “It was fun.”
On No. 5, Jeffrey stopped a wedge at four feet for a team birdie. He knocked a sand wedge 90 yards to 15 feet on No. 9 (par 5, 468 yards). Jeffrey’s drive on No. 10 (par 4, 332 yards) left Anthony with a 20-yard bum-and-run shot, which he put to 10 feet. His dad cleaned up the birdie putt.
The Wilmington, Del. residents traverse the course together on a regular basis during the summers. What does Anthony enjoy most about teeing it up with dad?
“He hits good shots,” Anthony said.
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|Douglas Gregor/Wade Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||73|
|Jackson Tappen/Roger Tappen, Cedarbrook Country Club||76|
|Kevin Conners/Ryan Conners, Whitford Country Club||76|
|William Keane, Jr./Will Keane, Philadelphia Country Club||76|
|Colman Mitchell/Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club||76|
|Mark Lafond/Matthew Lafond, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Blue Bell Country Club||77|
|Dylan Audi/George Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club||79|
|Franny McCabe, Jr./Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club||79|
|Alex Hanna/Gregory Hanna, Overbrook Golf Club||80|
|Christopher Greer/Hayden Greer, Laurel Creek Country Club/Moorestown Field Club||80|
|Dan Lafond/Eric Lafond, Commonwealth National Golf Club||81|
|Andrew Damico/Philip Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club||82|
|Jim Dalzell/James Dalzell, Jr., Linwood Country Club||82|
|Mark Fuessinger/Stephen Fuessinger, Llanerch Country Club||82|
|John Tall/Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club||83|
|Luke Watson/Troy Watson, Spring Ford Country Club||83|
|James Gradisek/Michael Gradisek, Philadelphia Country Club/Stonewall||84|
|Nicholas Taylor/Warren Taylor, Yardley Country Club||85|
|Edward Hanzel/Matthew Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club||85|
|Andrew Isztwan/Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||85|
|Michael Bednar/Michael Bednar, Rolling Green Golf Club||86|
|Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||87|
|Ben Griffaton/George Griffaton, Bellewood Country Club||88|
|John McClatchy/Tim McClatchy, Whitford Country Club||89|
|Charles Hurchalla/Zachary Hurchalla, Stonewall||89|
|Finnian McGarry/Jim McGarry, Tavistock Country Club||89|
|Gregory Damico/Philip Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club||89|
|Craig Boyk/Grant Boyk, Five Ponds Golf Club||90|
|Jacob Sokalsky/Lee Sokalsky, Penn Oaks Golf Club||90|
|P.J. Sullivan/Patrick Sullivan, Philadelphia Publinks GA||91|
|Rob Moses/Robbie Moses, Concord Country Club||91|
|Gavin Maurer/Mark Maurer, II, Bent Creek Country Club||93|
|Brett Gulati/David Gulati, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||93|
|Jack Schmidt/Mark Schmidt, Old York Road Country Club||94|
|Jake Armstrong/William Armstrong, Tavistock Country Club||96|
|Jack Haywood/Reed Haywood, Radley Run Country Club||100|
|David Kluck/Jake Kluck, PineCrest Country Club||101|
|Max Mallon/Sean Mallon, Golf Course at Glen Mills||114|
|Andrew Isztwan/Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||WD|
|Justin Hershey/Mark Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club||WD|
|Brendan Stang/Eric Stang, Cedarbrook Country Club||WD|
|*Keller Mulhern/Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club||72|
|*Anthony Ciconte/Jeffrey Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club||72|
|Christian Matt/Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club||75|
|Derek Zerfass/Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown||76|
|Declan Rymer/Keith Rymer, Whitford Country Club||77|
|Barry Wiseman/Nate Wiseman, The Bucks Club||77|
|Chris LaRosa/David LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club||78|
|Benjamin Saggers/Nick Saggers, Applecross Country Club||79|
|Brian Block/Michael Block, Overbrook Golf Club||80|
|D.J. Peterson/Mark Peterson, Waynesborough Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club||80|
|Kevin Lafond/Mark Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club/Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||81|
|Brendan Nolan/Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club||83|
|Marc Shaffer/Reilly Shaffer, Llanerch Country Club||83|
|Kasim Narinesingh-Smith/Greg Smith, Radley Run Country Club||84|
|Jason Homer/Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club||85|
|Eric Holt/Eric Holt, Jr., Union League Golf Club at Torresdale||86|
|Jack Novis/Mark Novis, Lancaster Country Club||86|
|Jason Homer/Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club||86|
|Dylan Kochis/Matt Kochis, Whitford Country Club||87|
|Jeffrey Ciconte/Joe Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club||88|
|Joe Halferty/Joseph Halferty, Cedarbrook Country Club||88|
|Cameron Benedetto/Larry Benedetto, Concord Country Club||89|
|Ed Hughes/Scott Hughes, Talamore Country Club||89|
|Bryan Sundheim/Joe Sundheim, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park/Talamore Country Club||89|
|Bryce Fazio/Michael Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||90|
|Kidder Urban/Tom Urban, Bellewood Country Club||92|
|Adam Cohen/Danny Cohen, Philmont Country Club||94|
|Aidan Buchanan/Sean Buchanan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||95|
|Jack Rogers/Matthew Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club||95|
|Ethan Shore/Richard Shore, Flourtown Country Club||96|
|Bradd Forstein/Maxwell Forstein, Laurel Creek Country Club||97|
|Joel Pantos/Matt Pantos, Five Ponds Golf Club||97|
|David Woolley/William Woolley, Tavistock Country Club||99|
|Anthony Villari/Nicholas Villari, Riverton Country Club||99|
|Jackson Puskar/John Puskar, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||100|
|Charles Meadows/Hayden Meadows, Whitford Country Club||102|
|Matthew Rogers/Sean Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club||102|
|Stephen Digiulio/Thomas Digiulio, Wedgwood Country Club||102|
|Tim Yenawine/Zachary Yenawine, Lehigh Country Club||104|
|Eric Fryer/Steve Fryer, Talamore Country Club||DQ|