Jun 02, 2016

Lancaster’s Brandon, Marlin Detweiler take Father & Son (Middle)

ROYERSFORD, Pa. — A lot’s changed for Brandon Detweiler since he and his dad Marlin won the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son Tournament 15 years ago. He graduated from NC State University in 2011, turned professional and played on tours such as eGolf (now SwingThought) and Sunshine. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2012, which ultimately prompted the 29-year-old to step away from the circuit in 2014. | Scorecards | History |

  Brandon regained his amateur status less than three weeks ago. Playing in only his second competitive event, he joined Marlin to take the Father & Son (Middle) at Spring Ford Country Club (par 72, 6,419 yards). The Lancaster Country Club members carded an even-par 72 to prevail.   The event’s format is selective drive/alternate shot.

  “It is a lot of fun to be able to play in events with my dad again,” Brandon said. “That was one of the many things that I missed playing professionally. There aren’t a lot of chances for father and son stuff, and even when I was back in town I wasn’t allowed to play in those.”

  “It’s always fun to win with your kids,” Marlin, 59, added.

  A sand scare on the Detweiler team’s first hole (No. 1, par 4, 438 yards) nearly threatened that enjoyment. Marlin, facing a plugged lie in the left greenside bunker, managed a splash to six feet. Brandon drained a testy par putt to ease the early tension.

  “I thought if I miss this, I’m going to hear about it the rest of the day,” Brandon said.

  After avoiding a foreseen ribbing from dad, Brandon proceeded to hit a 52-degree wedge 125 yards to 15 feet on No. 2 (par 4, 359 yards). Marlin cleaned up the birdie putt. The Lancaster, Pa. residents relinquished that stroke on the next hole (par 4, 375 yards). Marlin flew the green with his approach and missed a six-foot comebacker. A pair of par 3s also brewed bogeys. Both Brandon and Marlin missed the No. 7 (186 yards) green; a three-footer on No. 14 (160 yards) didn’t find the bottom of the cup.

  The Detweiler team, with Brandon’s distance off the tee as a weapon, birdied a pair of par 5s to assure a level finish. Brandon stung a 58-yard wedge shot into the hillside to stop it at four feet. After Brandon’s 5-iron nearly put the Detweiler team on the No. 15 (500 yards) green in two, Marlin ran a wedge to eight feet for birdie. The two closed their round with an in hindsight laughable, in the moment stressful situation. Brandon topped a 3-wood out of the rough, leaving dad with 169 yards for the team’s third shot on No. 18 (par 5, 518 yards). Marlin launched a 6-iron to 25 feet and soon swept in a four-foot knee-knocker. The Detweiler team edged Lu Lu Country Club’s Mark and Thomas Farley, who carded a 1-over-par 73 in the morning.

  Although Marlin is thrilled to see Brandon eligible for amateur competition once again, he’s more enthused by his son’s profession. Brandon is the director of marketing for Veritas Press.

  “I like the fact that he works for our family business,” Marlin said.

   Brandon, by the same token, is enjoying family life — one distant from professional circuit. He bought a home in October 2015 and is expecting his first child in August.

  The Father & Son (Middle) tournament is for those father and son teams with sons 18 to 29 years old. The event was conceived in 2008 because of the high demand for participation in both the Father & Son (Younger), which celebrates its 59th anniversary this year, and the Older tournament — an event in its 105th year.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 151 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross
Name, club Score
Brandon Detweiler/Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 72
Mark Farley/Thomas Farley, Lu Lu Country Club 73
Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club/Overbrook Golf Club 74
Chris Ellinger/Mark Ellinger, Downingtown Country Club/Whitford Country Club 75
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club 75
Christopher Moran/Michael Moran, Overbrook Golf Club 75
Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club 75
Greg Smith/Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club 75
Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club 75
Brad Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 76
Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Meadia Heights Golf Club 76
Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 77
A.J. Donatoni/Don Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club/White Manor Country Club 77
David D’Agostino/Mark D’Agostino, Aronimink Golf Club 77
Geoffrey Rice/Kevin Rice, Applecross Country Club 77
Jack Gregor/Michael Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Ron Fisher/Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club 78
Jack Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Mike Angelos, Jr./Mike Angelos, Paxon Hollow Country Club/RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 78
Daniel Altieri/Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Phillip Villari, Jr./Phillip Villari, Sr., Riverton Country Club 79
John Marshalek/Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club 79
Jack Hirsh/Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Nedd Griffin/Jalen Griffin, Cedarbrook Country Club/Talamore Country Club 79
Cody Smith/Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Pine Valley Golf Club 79
Connor Ruyak/Michael Ruyak, Brookside Country Club 79
Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club 79
Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 80
Sal Cucinotti/Steven Cucinotti, Raven’s Claw Golf Club/Talamore Country Club 80
Mark Benevento/Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 80
Jack Quirk/John Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Alec Kissell/Richard Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Sea Trail Golf Assocation 82
Jeffrey Wagenschnur/Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club/Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 82
Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 82
Christian Holt/Thomas Holt, Jr., Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 83
Timothy Kardish/Matthew Kardish, Hickory Valley Golf Club/Meadowlands Country Club 83
Richard Forbes, Jr./Ryan Forbes, Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Carlos Fullerton/Jim Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 84
Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 84
Paul Altieri/Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
Donald Beck/Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club 87
Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club 87
Brian Lutzow/Rick Lutzow, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club 87
Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club 88
Daniel Lenhardt/Stephen Lenhardt, Plymouth Country Club 88
Alex Kane/Matthew Kane, Radley Run Country Club 89
Jake Mingione/Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club 89
Harry Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club 90
Bill Miller/Kevin Miller, Commonwealth National Golf Club 90
Joseph Hussey/Nicholas Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club 90
Bill Keim/Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club 91
Jakob Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 92
Greg Salicondro/Greg Salicondro, Sr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 92
Jack Crowley/Jack Crowley, White Manor Country Club 94
Ned Moore/Edmund Moore, Jr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Stonewall 94
Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club 94
Brian Binet/Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 94
Domenic Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club 101
Christopher Cahill/Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 106
Chris Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club 112
Net
Name, club Score
Mark Farley/Thomas Farley, Lu Lu Country Club 68
Christopher Moran/Michael Moran, Overbrook Golf Club 69
Mike Angelos, Jr./Mike Angelos, Paxon Hollow Country Club/RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 69
David D’Agostino/Mark D’Agostino, Aronimink Golf Club 70
Greg Smith/Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club 71
Cody Smith/Gary Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Pine Valley Golf Club 71
Connor Ruyak/Michael Ruyak, Brookside Country Club 71
Timothy Kardish/Matthew Kardish, Hickory Valley Golf Club/Meadowlands Country Club 71
Brandon Detweiler/Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster Country Club 72
Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club/Overbrook Golf Club 72
Chris Ellinger/Mark Ellinger, Downingtown Country Club/Whitford Country Club 72
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club 72
Brad Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 72
Jack Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Phillip Villari, Jr./Phillip Villari, Sr., Riverton Country Club 72
Sal Cucinotti/Steven Cucinotti, Raven’s Claw Golf Club/Talamore Country Club 72
Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club 73
Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club/Philmont Country Club 73
Matthew Bastian/Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 73
John Marshalek/Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club 73
Alec Kissell/Richard Kissell, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Ron Fisher/Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club 74
Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club 74
A.J. Donatoni/Don Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club/White Manor Country Club 75
Geoffrey Rice/Kevin Rice, Applecross Country Club 75
Daniel Altieri/Paul Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Mark Benevento/Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club 75
Jeffrey Wagenschnur/Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club/Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 75
Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Meadia Heights Golf Club 76
Jack Gregor/Michael Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Gene Carroll/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Jack Hirsh/Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 77
Christian Holt/Thomas Holt, Jr., Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 77
Joseph Hussey/Nicholas Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club 77
Jack Quirk/John Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 78
Richard Forbes, Jr./Ryan Forbes, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Carlos Fullerton/Jim Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown 78
Daniel Lenhardt/Stephen Lenhardt, Plymouth Country Club 78
Nedd Griffin/Jalen Griffin, Cedarbrook Country Club/Talamore Country Club 79
Brian Lutzow/Rick Lutzow, North Hills Country Club/Talamore Country Club 79
Jake Mingione/Matt Mingione, Plymouth Country Club 80
Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Sea Trail Golf Assocation 81
Paul Altieri/Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 81
Greg Salicondro/Greg Salicondro, Sr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 81
Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club 82
Alex Kane/Matthew Kane, Radley Run Country Club 82
Jakob Templin/Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 82
Donald Beck/Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club 83
Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club 83
Harry Bellwoar/Jay Bellwoar, Overbrook Golf Club 83
Jack Crowley/Jack Crowley, White Manor Country Club 84
Ned Moore/Edmund Moore, Jr., Cedarbrook Country Club/Stonewall 86
Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club 86
Bill Keim/Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club 89
Brian Binet/Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 89
Bill Miller/Kevin Miller, Commonwealth National Golf Club 90
Christopher Cahill/Patrick Cahill, III, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 97
Domenic Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club 101
Chris Matteo/Nick Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club 112

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