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Loch Nairn trio tabs West, takes 28th Senior Four-Man Team

BERNVILLE, Pa. — Two groups ripe with Golf Association of Philadelphia veterans carded respective 8-under-par 132s to top the 28th Senior Four-Man Team at Heidelberg Country Club (par 70, 6,056 yards).

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  In a match of Totalcards, the team of Thomas Finn, Buddy Reed, Alan Wagenschnur and David West edged Bob Arthur, Thomas Hyland, Bryan Marvin and James Muller. The USGA-recommended tiebreaking method begins with back nine Totals. West and his Loch Nairn Golf Club teammates completed that stretch in 4 under, Arthur and company in 2 under.

  Team Totals are determined using the two best balls of four.

  “It was one of the best days in a GAP event that I’ve ever had. It was just a lot of fun,” Wagenschnur said. “The golf course was good. The group was good. We had a good time.”

  A stipulation for Finn, Reed, Wagenschnur and West made on the first tee Tuesday?

  “We wanted four birdies a man,” West, 57, of Downingtown, Pa., said.

  “But we demanded that Dave make eight,” Finn, 56, of Chadds Ford, Pa., interjected.

  “Then Buddy said if he didn’t make eight, we wouldn’t play with him again,” Wagenschnur, 60, of Middletown, Del., said.

  West fell one short of holding up his end of the bargain. He made seven birdies, inked a 65 on his own ball and led his comrades to victory.

  “It was very loose and fun out there,” Reed, 57, of Middletown, Del., said. “We had a great time. No pressure; Dave made it easy for us.”

  Four consecutive birdies courtesy of West on the front nine set a subpar standard. It started with an uphill 20-footer on No. 5. (par 4, 364 yards). On the next hole, West knocked an 8-iron 145 yards into kick-in range. A flip wedge on the dogleg left, 364-yard No. 7 set up a thrilling 35-footer for birdie. West, a Whitford Country Club member, was the only team member who missed the green on No. 8 (par 3, 164 yards). It didn’t matter. He landed a wedge on the right fringe and watched it coast into the jar.

  A Finn birdie on the 12th hole (par 4, 355 yards) moved the team to 5 under. Reed and West took different birdie paths on No. 14 (par 4, 344 yards). Reed, who admitted that he performed better from the rough at Heidelberg, knocked an 8-iron 140 yards to 18 inches for birdie. Standing under a tree, West hit a gap wedge 105 yards to 30 feet. He birdied the next hole (par 4, 434 yards), too, this time with a gap wedge from 110 yards to 10 feet. Finn showed his fiery teammate the line of break with his 15-footer prior. Appropriately enough, West provided his team with a closing birdie, nudging a lob wedge 77 yards into tap-in territory.

  “When you get a bunch of guys that gel well together, you’re going to play well together,” West, recent medalist and quarterfinalist in The Brewer Cup, said. “It was all a lot of fun.”

  “You made a lot of putts, and every one of them is right in the heart,” Wagenschnur added. “I loved it.”

  Finn, Reed and Wagenschnur knew they wanted to compete together in the Senior Four-Man Team. They just needed a fourth.

  “I said, ‘Oh, let me pick somebody,’” Finn said. “I’ve been friends with David for 30, 40 years. We’ve played in better-ball events forever. Good friends, good fun.”

  Good golf, too.

  For the Arthur, Hyland, Marvin and Muller squad, it marked a second straight year of “close but no cigar.” The foursome finished a shot back last year at Philmont Country Club. After making the turn in 6 under at Heidelberg, Arthur birdied Nos. 10 (par 4, 410 yards) and 11 (par 3, 152 yards) to maintain momentum. However, the team’s locomotive couldn’t muster a knockout punch before exiting the ring.

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Gross Division
Name, club Total
*David West, Whitford Country Club; Thomas Finn, Buddy Reed & Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club 132
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
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Steve Lucas, Wilmington Country Club & Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 135
Gary Ferguson, Robert Hackett, Jr., Brett Koelle & Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 140
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Richard Custer, Marty Dorminy, & James Prendergast, BellewoodCountry Club 140
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club; Donald Ashley & Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 141
Gerald Eckert, Jud Gemmill, Alan Peterman & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club 141
Donald Dissinger, Gordon Jamieson, J. Kirk Luntey & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 141
Tom Fudge, Jr., Moselem Springs Golf Club; Dennis Campbell, Dan Sippie & Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club 141
Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club; John Alterman, Tom Krug & John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 142
Jamie Wolsky, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; Hugh Gallagher, Les Wetty & Terry Woodward-Williams, Bellewood Country Club 142
Mike Ceribelli & Jim Howell, Chester Valley Golf Club; Christopher Terebesi & Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 144
John Gobright, Jacques Jacobson, David Knudsen & Keith Ordemann, Berkshire Country Club 145
Gerald Barr, James Codrea, John Hayes & David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 147
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Cameron Campbell, Joseph Cassidy & William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 147
Robert Garis, Gregory Sheva, Joseph Peterman & Brad Tanner, North Hills Country Club 148
James Gillespie, Cedarbrook Country Club; Gene Lorenzetti, Lookaway Golf Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club 149
Pat Callaghan, Thomas Mohr, Bill Trull & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club 149
Jim Fleming, Peter McCombs, Bob Peterman & Nick Wanck, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 149
Richard Keesling, Tom Schmidt, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 151
Carl Kruse, Sandy Run Country Club; Mike Morrison, Merion Golf Club; Mark Cairns & Robert Holmes, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 153
Roy Bell, Joe Culley, R.B. D’iorio, Jr. & Richard Hartmann, The Springhaven Club 154
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 155
Jay Schaeffer, John Sikorski, Steven Valyo & Dave Valyo, Phoenixville Country Club 161
Vinnie Arcana, Philip Burtoft, Neil Donovan & John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club 163
Thomas Brandecker, Jay Najpauer, Richard Triolo & Steve Zarnas, Woodstone Country Club 164
Joe Balkovec, Bill Flavell, Chris Meyer & Phil Sih, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 166
Net Division
Name, club Total
Jamie Wolsky, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve; Hugh Gallagher, Les Wetty & Terry Woodward-Williams, Bellewood Country Club 122
Tom Fudge, Jr., Moselem Springs Golf Club; Dennis Campbell, Dan Sippie & Tim Wood, Schuylkill Country Club 125
Martin DeLuca, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Cameron Campbell, Joseph Cassidy & William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 126
John Gobright, Jacques Jacobson, David Knudsen & Keith Ordemann, Berkshire Country Club 127
Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club; Christopher Clauson, Lu Lu Country Club; Steve Lucas, Wilmington Country Club & Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA 128
James Gillespie, Cedarbrook Country Club; Gene Lorenzetti, Lookaway Golf Club; David Lovitz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club & James Wiley, Old York Road Country Club 128
David West, Whitford Country Club; Thomas Finn, Buddy Reed & Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club 128
Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club; Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club; Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club & James Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 128
Gary Ferguson, Robert Hackett, Jr., Brett Koelle & Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 129
Gerald Barr, James Codrea, John Hayes & David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 130
Gerald Eckert, Jud Gemmill, Alan Peterman & Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club 131
Robert Garis, Gregory Sheva, Joseph Peterman & Brad Tanner, North Hills Country Club 132
Pat Callaghan, Thomas Mohr, Bill Trull & W. Scott Yard, Whitford Country Club 133
Jim Fleming, Peter McCombs, Bob Peterman & Nick Wanck, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 133
Donald Dissinger, Gordon Jamieson, J. Kirk Luntey & Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 134
Jay Schaeffer, John Sikorski, Steven Valyo & Dave Valyo, Phoenixville Country Club 134
Richard Keesling, Tom Schmidt, Peter Torras & Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 134
Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Richard Custer, Marty Dorminy, & James Prendergast, BellewoodCountry Club 135
Roy Bell, Joe Culley, R.B. D’iorio, Jr. & Richard Hartmann, The Springhaven Club 135
Frank Kovalcheck, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club; John Alterman, Tom Krug & John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club 136
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Jim Yenser, Raven’s Claw Golf Club; Donald Ashley & Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club 136
Thomas Brandecker, Jay Najpauer, Richard Triolo & Steve Zarnas, Woodstone Country Club 136
Carl Kruse, Sandy Run Country Club; Mike Morrison, Merion Golf Club; Mark Cairns & Robert Holmes, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 136
Werner Cziriak, Stan Jakubowski, Hal Morris & Doug Putnam, Talamore Country Club 138
Mike Ceribelli & Jim Howell, Chester Valley Golf Club; Christopher Terebesi & Richard Umani, Honeybrook Golf Club 138
Joe Balkovec, Bill Flavell, Chris Meyer & Phil Sih, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 139
*-won in scorecard playoff