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Mixed Foursomes: Yardley

Commonwealth squad wins another Mixed Foursomes at Yardley

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YARDLEY, Pa. – The Commonwealth National Golf Club duo of John Alterman and Karen Siegel did it again.

After winning the 2nd Mixed Foursomes Championship at Overbrook Golf Club, the sizzling squad seized the crown again Thursday at Yardley Country Club (par 73, 6,096 yards). Alterman and Siegel signed for a card of 5-under 68, besting a full field of 38 teams. That 5-under number is the lowest score in relation to par in the event’s history.

Taking the Net Division was the mother-son duo of Kim (West Shore Country Club) and David (Hershey Country Club) Herbst at 5-under 68 Net. The Herbsts won the Gross title in the inaugural Mixed Foursomes in 2019 at Concord Country Club.

Starting on Yardley’s par-6, 471-yard 13th hole, the good vibes were flowing early and often for the Commonwealthers. On the 13th, it was eagle for the team after Alterman’s utility club from 220 yards out nestled to 10 feet and Siegel rolled in the putt.

Four straight birdies would follow. On No. 14 (par 5, 405 yards), it was a two-putt birdie from 30 feet. A deuce on No. 15 (par 3, 149 yards) came after Alterman’s 9-iron off the tee came to rest 12 feet away and Siegel drained the testing putt. Another dropped on No. 16 (par 4, 262 yards) in result of Siegel’s wedge approach to five feet, followed by an Alterman birdie putt. Now that’s how you start a golf tournament.

“It was a great start. We knew we had a really hot start, but we weren’t checking [the leaderboard]. We just knew we were playing well,” said Alterman, 61, of New Hope, Pa.

“I didn’t know until we gave our scores after 10, and the scorers said, ‘5 under at the turn? You guys are in the lead!’,” said Siegel, 58, of Maple Glen Pa. “There were a bunch of good teams out here. A lot of good players warming up and on the range. So we just kept playing our game.”

Eight-straight pars would cool down the hot stretch, but it wouldn’t matter in the long run. Another birdie was jarred on No. 7 (par 5, 538 yards). Despite a bogey on par-4, 370-yard 11th, the champions turned in the winning card at 5 under.

Alterman and Siegel have been teeing it up together in team formats for the past 21 years. Today, they became the first duo to win the Mixed Foursomes twice, setting the low mark in the four-year history of the event.

“We just know each other’s game so well. We don’t even have to think about it really anymore [after playing together for 21 years],” said Alterman.

“And it helps that we’re good putters, too,” said Siegel.

In an effort to further promote women’s golf, GAP created a Mixed Foursomes Championship in 2019. The event’s format is selective drive/alternate shot. Open to one female and one male golfer teams who are 19 years of age and who have 36.0 handicap index or less. Only one player from each two-person team must be a member of a Member Club with a GAP handicap.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 300 Member Clubs and 100,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross results
Names, clubsScore
John Alterman, Karen Siegel/Commonwealth National Golf Club68
David Herbst, Kim Herbst/Hershey Country Club,West Shore Country Club70
Allison Wix, Tim Cooper/Country Club of Harrisburg70
A.J. Donatoni, Emma Harding/Fox Hill Country Club,74
Randy Chen, Laura Blanche/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale,North Hills Country Club76
Paul Dansbury, Monika Poelzmann/Yardley Country Club77
Buddy Aiken, Tina Gregor/St. Davids Golf Club,Huntingdon Valley Country Club77
Jon Rusk, Kelly Hano/LuLu Country Club77
Don Donatoni, Sarah Braendel/White Manor Country Club77
Muffy McCabe, Greg Smith/French Creek Golf Club,Radley Run Country Club78
Billy Reube, Jessica Weikel/Huntingdon Valley Country Club,Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Donald Leuthy, Lauren Barbir/Makefield Highlands Golf Club,USGA/GAP GC79
Michael J. Perilli, Jane Warwick/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale,Yardley Country Club79
Kelsey Luber, Vince Varvolis/Commonwealth National Golf Club79
Debra Linde, Joseph Linde/Yardley Country Club79
Missy Wietlisbach, Matt Mancini/Gulph Mills Golf Club,Bellewood Country Club80
Christopher Bell, Danielle Bell/Radnor Valley Country Club,McCall Golf Club81
Rob Lewis, Maureen Koerwer/Huntingdon Valley Country Club82
Holly Harrington, Max Harrington/Lehigh Country Club82
Leslie Lewis, Brendan Mannix/Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
Alison Kellock, William Choy/Flourtown Country Club83
Amy Allen, Jim Allen/Concord Country Club84
Chris Deskiewicz, Janice Park/LuLu Country Club83
Bob Winter, Ellie Lorenc/Pilgrim’s Oak Golf Course,Fieldstone Golf Club83
Dan Feeney, Amy Feeney/Philadelphia Cricket Club84
Andrea Klaus, Matthew Klaus/Riverton Country Club85
Jason Marie, Jill Marie/Five Ponds Golf Club85
Richard Scott, Tia Scott/West Shore Country Club85
Lisa Hutchins, Jim Hutchins/Wild Quail Golf & Country Club87
Chuck Kuntz, Paige Devine/Overbrook Golf Club91
Tracey MacGown, Lance Smith/Saucon Valley Country Club,Country Club of York94
John O’Rourke, Pat Ellis/McCall Golf Club,Doylestown Country Club95
Sandy Strohl, David Strohl/Moselem Springs Golf Club,Olde Homestead Golf Club102
Sean Seese, Stephenie Harris/Huntingdon Valley Country ClubDQ
Net resultsNet
David Herbst, Hershey Country Club Kim/Herbst,West Shore Country Club68
Greg Smith, Radley Run Country Club Muffy/McCabe,French Creek Golf Club69
Randy Chen, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale Laura/Blanche,North Hills Country Club69
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club Karen/Siegel,Commonwealth National Golf Club69
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club Jill/Marie,Five Ponds Golf Club70
Joseph Linde, Yardley Country Club Debra/Linde,Yardley Country Club70
Michael J. Perilli, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale Jane/Warwick,Yardley Country Club71
Paul Dansbury, Yardley Country Club Monika/Poelzmann,Yardley Country Club72
Tim Cooper, Country Club of Harrisburg Allison/Wix,Country Club of Harrisburg73
Donald Leuthy, Makefield Highlands Golf Club Lauren/Barbir,USGA/GAP GC73
Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club Kelly/Hano,LuLu Country Club74
Buddy Aiken, St. Davids Golf Club Tina/Gregor,Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Jim Allen, Concord Country Club Amy/Allen,Concord Country Club74
Vince Varvolis, Commonwealth National Golf Club Kelsey/Luber,Commonwealth National Golf Club75
A.J. Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club Emma/Harding,75
Bob Winter, Pilgrim’s Oak Golf Course Ellie/Lorenc,Fieldstone Golf Club76
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club Sarah/Braendel,White Manor Country Club76
Christopher Bell, Radnor Valley Country Club Danielle/Bell,McCall Golf Club76
Max Harrington, Lehigh Country Club Holly/Harrington,Lehigh Country Club76
Richard Scott, West Shore Country Club Tia/Scott,West Shore Country Club77
Matthew Klaus, Riverton Country Club Andrea/Klaus,Riverton Country Club77
Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country Club Jessica/Weikel,Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Jim Hutchins, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club Lisa/Hutchins,Wild Quail Golf & Country Club78
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club Alison/Kellock,Flourtown Country Club78
Dan Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club Amy/Feeney,Philadelphia Cricket Club78
Brendan Mannix, Huntingdon Valley Country Club Leslie/Lewis,Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Rob Lewis, Huntingdon Valley Country Club Maureen/Koerwer,Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Matt Mancini, Bellewood Country Club Missy/Wietlisbach,Gulph Mills Golf Club79
Lance Smith, Country Club of York Tracey/MacGown,Saucon Valley Country Club79
Chris Deskiewicz, LuLu Country Club Janice/Park,LuLu Country Club81
Chuck Kuntz, Overbrook Golf Club Paige/Devine,Overbrook Golf Club83
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf Club Pat/Ellis,Doylestown Country Club86
David Strohl, Olde Homestead Golf Club Sandy/Strohl,Moselem Springs Golf Club93
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club Stephenie/Harris,Huntingdon Valley Country ClubDQ
DQ – disqualification