Jun 14, 2014

Mitchells, Quirks share F/S (Younger) Junior title; Civitellas take Junior-Junior Flight

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*Junior Division scorecards
*Junior-Junior Division scorecards
*Photo Gallery

BLUE BELL, Pa.–A tie atop the Father-Son (Younger) Junior Division (Ages 14-17) produced a desirable result for all parties involved on Thursday at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 6,347 yards). Reigning champions Davis and Randy Mitchell of Wilmington Country Club closed with a flourish for a 1-under 70 finish to successfully defend their title. Jack and John Quirk of Huntingdon Valley Country Club have eyed the Father-Son prize for awhile and finally scaled the championship summit with a steady score, also, of 1-under 70. It is the first time the event has crowned co-champions. The event format is selective-drive, alternate-shot.

  Despite carding identical scores, the teams crossed the finish line via two very distinctive routes. The Quirks negotiated what can be a trying Blue Bell relatively stress free, carding two birdies and a bogey with very little issues throughout. The Mitchells turned their front nine at 2-over par, but finished with a flurry, recording three birdies in the final seven holes to forge a tie. In fact, the Mitchells came inches shy of a second consecutive solo first with near misses on putts at Nos. 17 and 18.

  “We fought back after a rough start. That was good to see,” said 16-year-old Davis Mitchell. “We just missed on a few putts. We had a great time. It’s always a joy to play with my dad. There aren’t many events like this. ”

  The Quirks, of Glenside, Pa., who have become perennial contenders in this event, came closest in 2010 when they ironically finished second to the Mitchells, of Wilmington, Del., in the Junior-Junior Division. The pair entered today with high hopes, especially considering Jack entered fresh off a strong performance at Junior Boys’ Championship where he advanced to match play.

  Starting on the back nine, Jack continued to swing with confidence. He knocked a long drive and then chip from 30 yards to 15 feet on No. 14 (par 5, 491 yards) where John drained the birdie putt. On the other back nine par 5, No. 17 (475 yards), Jack struck again when he launched a 6-iron from 193 yards to 50 feet to reach the green in two. The duo two putted for another birdie. They made the turn at 2 under.

  Everything was all quiet on the front side, their back nine, until No. 6 (par 3, 165 yards) where a Jack 7-iron found the green but a three putt from 25 feet gave a shot back.

  A nice par save on No. 8 (par 4, 410 yards) after the pair’s drive found the rough was the only closing scare. John made a clutch six-footer for par.

  “We were hoping to win because we are usually around the number. We were hoping to crack it,” said Jack, 17, a senior to be at La Salle High School.

  Added John, 48, “It is pretty special to win a GAP event. We’ve been trying for a lot of years. It means a lot. It’s pretty sweet.”

  Randy Mitchell birdied No. 1 (par 4, 318 yards) with a 15-footer to get the defending champs rolling but a missed green and three putt on No. 2 (par 4, 433 yards) resulted in double bogey and put the pair behind the eight ball. After a 4 on the par 5, 505-yard No. 7 to draw even, Davis ripped a 3-wood on No. 9 (par 5, 530 yards) that clipped the cart path and bounced out of bounds. The two would card a seven.

  “We knew we were still in it,” said Randy about a 2-over front. “We just had to make some birdies.”

  That’s exactly what they did.

  Randy lasered a 3-iron on No. 12 (par 3, 174 yards) to two feet for a tap-in birdie. On No. 14, they were greenside in two, but just off the putting surface. Davis rolled a lengthy effort through the fringe to a foot. That brought the pair to No. 17 a shot back of the Quirks. Davis ripped a 7-iron from 188 yards to 12 feet where Randy left the effort for eagle a foot short. The birdie put the Mitchells into a tie. On the closing hole, and knowing what was at stake, Randy lifted a 7-iron from 134 yards into the wind to eight feet. Davis’ birdie roll just stayed on the high side.

  “I’m not upset at all,” said Randy, 53, “What more can you ask for. This was great.”

Junior-Junior Division
  It was almost the day that wasn’t for the Civitellas, Matthew and Matthew, Jr., of Waynesborough Country Club, winners of the Junior-Junior Division at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 5,840 yards).

  Dad injured a finger early in the morning and traffic en route almost saw the two miss their tee time.

   “We didn’t expect anything this year. I didn’t expect to make the tee time,” said Matt of the duo’s car ride mindset. “We said we were probably going to shoot 100 today anyway if we didn’t make it.”

  The day was a bit better than that. The two finished at 2-under 69.

  Matt almost drove the green on No. 1 (par 4, 318 yards) before Matt, Jr. chipped up to six feet. Matt drained the birdie try. The anxiety caught up to the duo on No. 2 (par 4, 390 yards), but with nerves steadied Matt lifted an 8-iron from 160 yards to 10 feet on No. 4 (par 4, 370 yards) for a Matt, Jr. successful birdie putt. The two turned in 1 under.

  A bogey on No. 10 (par 3, 147 yards) quelled momentum briefly before three birdies in the next seven holes sealed victory.

  Matt dropped a 7-iron from 145 yards on No. 12 (par 3) to four feet; Matt, Jr., knocked a second shot 7-iron onto the green on No. 14 (par 5, 470 yards) for a two-putt birdie and then on No. 17 (par 5, 459 yards) Matt, Jr., lifted an 8-iron from 140 yards to 10 feet for an eventual tap-in four 4.

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Junior Division
Name, club Score
John Quirk/Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC 70
Davis Mitchell/Randy Mitchell, Wilmington CC 70
Brian Binet/Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley CC 73
Wally Swiger/Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley CC 74
Daniel Altieri/Paul Altieri, Hopewell Valley GC 74
Kevin Rice/Geoffrey Rice, Edgmont CC 74
Laurence Hirsh/Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 75
Michael Ruyak/Connor Ruyak, Brookside CC 75
Kevin Conners/Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford CC 75
Owen Davis/Tripp Davis, Huntingdon Valley CC 76
Brad Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 80
Stever Boham/Connor Boham, Spring Ford CC 80
Jake Fazio/Michael Fazio, Huntingdon Valley CC 80
Austin Patton/Richard Patton, Jr., Concord CC 80
David Kotler/Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley CC 82
Joseph Kilroy/Brian Kilroy, Llanerch CC 82
Buddy Hansen, IV/E. Hanson, III, Blue Bell CC 82
Patrick Finn/Thomas Finn, Back Creek GC 83
Colin Gabbett/Brian Gabbett, Bellewood CC 83
Mark Schoeller/Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley CC 83
Ken Jones/Timothy Jones, Riverton CC 84
Hudson Green/Kyle Green, Bellewood CC 85
Matthew Quirk/John Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC 85
Rob Sitzler/Jake Sitzler, Burlington CC 85
Hugh Farris/John Farris, Huntingdon Valley CC 86
Michael Barychewsky/Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill CC/The Bucks Club 86
Ryan Ledwith/George Ledwith, Blue Bell CC 86
Jimmy Gallo/Jim Gallo, RiverCrest GC & Preserve 86
James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord CC 89
Anthony White, Jr./Cole White, Blue Bell CC 90
Jeff Garrett/Scott Garrett, The Bucks Club 91
Charles Clark/John Clark, West Chester G&CC 91
Jeffrey Halle/Andrew Halle, Linfield National GC/Philadelphia Publinks 92
Matthew Brennan, Sr./Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green GC 92
Ryan Susanin/Peter Susanin, Overbrook GC 93
Connor Howlin/Mark Howlin, Sandy Run CC 93
Robert Galbreath, Sr./Daniel Galbreath, Philmont CC/Huntingdon Valley CC 93
Archie Filshill/Archie Fishill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC 94
Rees Kirk/Thomas Kirk, Tavistock CC 94
Gavin Sims/Ernie Sims, Overbrook GC 94
Harrison Bitzberger/Harry Bitzberger, Penn Oaks GC 97
Charlie Lesko/Glenn Lesko, Overbrook GC 100
Scott Petri/Drew Petri, Jericho National GC 100
Joey Chawaga/David Chawaga, Chester Valley GC 100
Michael O’Neill/Michael O’Neill, Jr., Overbrook GC 105
Daniel Duffey/Dan Duffey, The Bucks Club 106
Matthew Brennan, Sr./Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green GC NS
Cory Hunter/John Hunter, Commonwealth National GC WD
Junior-Junior Division
Name, club Score
Matthew Civitella/Matthew Civitella, Jr., Waynesborough CC 69
Peter Garno/Edmund Garno, III, Merion GC 73
Randy Mitchell/Colman Mitchell, Wilmington CC 74
Bill Civitella/Billy Civitella, Aronimink GC 75
Louis Giovi/John Louis Giovi, Mercer Oaks GC/Yardley CC 75
Bill Thomas/Win Thomas, Reading CC 76
Franny McCabe/Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club 76
Matthew Bastian/Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green 77
Luke Watson/Troy Watson, Spring Ford CC 79
Kevin Civitella/Bill Civitella, Aronimink GC 79
Brad George/Heyward George, Aronimink GC 81
Gregg Wallace/Andrew Wallace, Green Valley CC 81
Jeff Fialko/Jack Fialko, Aronimink GC 82
Tom Kovacevich/Daniel Kovacevich, Trenton CC 82
Joe Morganti/Joseph Morganti, Llanerch CC 83
Chris Anderson/Harry Anderson, Wilmington CC 83
Brendan Nolan/Darren Nolan, Huntingdon Valley CC 83
Chris Valerio/Carter Valerio, Philadelphia CC 83
Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC 84
Chuck Clifford/Drew Clifford, Springford CC 84
Patrick Sullivan/PJ Sullivan, Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
Douglas Gregor/Wade Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC 86
Mark Lafond/Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell CC 87
Warren Taylor/Nicholas Taylor, Yardley CC 87
Rob Moses/Robbie Moses, Concord CC 88
David Kratz/David Kratz, Flourtown CC 88
E. Hansen, III/Max  Hansen, Blue Bell CC 90
John Fleming/Matt Fleming, Spring Mill CC 90
Matthew Hanzel/Edward Hanzel, Running Deer GC 91
James Gradisek/Michael Gradisek, Philadelphia CC 91
Drew Meitner/Mark Bodman, Blue Bell CC/Manufacturers G&CC 92
David Pfeiffer/Scott Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley CC 94
David LaRosa/Chris LaRosa, Cedarbrook CC/Talamore CC 95
Andrew Damico/Philip Damico, Five Ponds GC/GAP Junior eClub 95
John McClatchy/Tim McClatchy, Whitford CC 96
Michael Fazio/Bryce Fazio, Huntingdon Valley CC 96
David Guertler/Nathan Guertler, Laurel Creek CC 96
Michael Bednar/Michael Bednar, Jr., Rolling Green GC 97
Ben Griffaton/George Griffaton, Brookside CC 97
Hayden Greer/Christopher Greer, Laurel Creek CC 97
Charles Hurchalla/Zachary Hurchalla, Stonewall 98
Brendan Stang/Eric Stang, Cedarbrook CC 98
Tim McClatchy/Carl McClatchy, Whitford CC 99
Christian Wilson/Maximus Wilson, RiverCrest GC & Preserve 104
Lee Cox/Dolan Cox, White Manor CC WD
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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