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108th Father & Son (Older)

Lebanon duo returns to Father & Son glory

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PITTSGROVE, N.J. — After losing in a GAP Father & Son playoff for the second straight year, Alan and Craig Kliewer aired their frustrations during the car ride home.

“I said to Alan, ‘This isn’t happening again. We’re not going to lose in a playoff. We’re going to go out and just win it,” Craig, 59, of Ephrata, Pa., said.

That they did Tuesday.

The Kliewers carded a 2-under-par 70 to capture the 108th Father & Son (Older) at a magnificent Running Deer Golf Club (par 72, 6,440yards). In 2017, they lost in a sudden-death playoff for the Father & Son (Middle) crown at Concord Country Club. The Kliewers also fell in overtime a year ago at North Hills Country Club.

“It’s nice to win straight up and not have to go back out and grind over another shot. It feels good to get the news that you’ve won and don’t have to go back out,” Alan, 31, of Ephrata, Pa., said. “We have a good record in this event. It suits both of our game. To return to the winner’s circle feels good.”

The Kliewers captured consecutive Father & Son titles in 2013-14. A hot start at Running Deer allowed the Lebanon Country Club members to rekindle that triumphant tact.

Alan opened the red run by hitting a wedge 105 yards to eight feet below the flagstick on No. 1 (par 4, 384 yards). The Kliewers logged back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 (par 3, 120 yards) and 6 (par 4, 375 yards): Craig hit a wedge to 18 feet on the former, Alan a gap wedge 138 yards to five feet on the latter.

“We were 3 under through six holes and feeling pretty good,” Alan said.

“We were thinking, ‘Let’s go after our 5 under,’” Craig, referring to the team’s scoring record set in 2014, added.

As the round progressed, the Kliewers continued to effectively enforce speed management on Running Deer’s racy and rigid greens. The lone exception occurred on No. 13 (par 3, 170 yards), where Alan ran an 18-footer for par eight feet past the jar. Craig missed the comebacker.

The pressure mounted once playing partners and former Father & Son champions (2009-10) David and Zach Smith birdied No. 15 (par 4, 305 yards) to move to 1 under.

“We realized we were 1-up. The shot on No. 18 that clinched it was his 5-iron from 170 yards,” Alan said. “He hit it to six feet. That was the most clutch shot of the round. It basically secured the victory.”

Coincidentally, to secure a different victory earlier this year, father needed to defeat — not join — son.

“I won the club championship at Lebanon. I had to beat Alan in the semifinals,” Craig said. “It was one of the toughest things you could ever do. I was emotional.”

“To lose to that guy isn’t a bad thing. There are no hard feelings,” Alan said. “We go out to win. That’s just how we are.”

They went out and won Tuesday.

Rob and Robert Billings won their third Father & Son title Tuesday.

Super-Senior Division
Like the Kliewers, Rob and Robert Billings erased a Father & Son hiatus Tuesday. The two-time champions (2012-13) carded a 2-over-par 74 to take the event’s Super-Senior (par 72, 6,095 yards) title.

“With Rob now having a family, he only plays three times a year. But the fact is he can still play and make the critical putts when he needs to, and he did today,” Robert, 69, of Media, Pa., said.

“There is only a couple of times on the calendar that I play anymore, and the GAP Father & Son is one we circle every single year. We embrace the event’s spirit,” Rob, 49, of Cherry Hill, N.J., added. “It was a beautiful day. We had a great time. It’s a big day for us.”

The Billings immediately pointed to the dogleg-left No. 14 (par 5, 500 yards) as the round’s highlight. Both blasted poor drives — Rob to the left, Robert to the right. The Billings elected to used Rob’s tee ball.

“Dad tried to punch it through to the corner. It hits a tree and goes dead left, two inches from a tree,” Rob, a Philadelphia Publinks GA member, said. “I punch it toward another tree, and it ends up an inch from a tree. Dad hit that one 50 yards, so we were 147 yards behind another tree [for our fifth shot], and I hit a cut 8-iron to eight feet. Dad poured it in for probably the greatest bogey we both ever made in our lives. That had a chance of blowing our whole day up.”

“We were behind five trees on that hole and made 6,” Robert, a Rolling Green Golf Club member, added.

Robert’s 7-iron on No. 7 (par 3, 132 yards) all but secured a one-stroke victory for the Billings, who started on the back nine. Rob cleaned up the ensuing five-footer for birdie there.

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 274 Full Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross results
Championship Division
Name, club, score
Alan Kliewer/Craig Kliewer, Lebanon Country Club70
Zach Smith/David Smith, Five Ponds Golf Club, Doylestown Country Club71
Scott Deakins/Jay Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club72
Larry Hager/Timothy Hager, Lookaway Golf Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
Edward Furman/Michael Furman, Brookside Country Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA73
Dan Brown/Michael Brown, Llanerch Country Club73
Alexander Maguire, Sr./Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club76
James Muller/Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club76
Adam Mowery/Theodore Mowery, DuPont Country Club, West Shore Country Club76
Steve Frost/Kevin Frost, Limekiln Golf Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Mike Dancer/Thomas Dancer, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park, Cedarbrook Country Club77
Richard Cohen/Keith Cohen, Limekiln Golf Club, Philmont Country Club77
John Hudspeth/John Hudspeth, Moorestown Field Club78
Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Philmont Country Club79
Brad Cornforth/Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club80
Matt Milligan/Michael Milligan, Gilbertsville Golf Club, Lederach Golf Club81
Doug Roberts/Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club81
Dwight Dudas/Sam Moore, Indian Valley Country Club, Bala Golf Club82
Todd Farina/Pete Farina, The 1912 Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA82
Chris Casperson/Eric Casperson, Indian Valley Country Club84
Robert Oswald/Robert Oswald, Fieldstone Golf Club, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park86
Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club, Limekiln Golf Club86
Grant Phillips/Kenneth Phillips, Llanerch Country Club, Lancaster Country Club87
Jack Frankeny/Andrew Morris, Shade Mountain Golf Course, Country Club of Harrisburg87
Brian Dancer/Quentin Dancer,Sr., Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park89
Kevin Fox/Joseph Fox, Cedarbrook Country Club90
George Kerschner/Philip Kerschner, Overbrook Golf Club93
Peter Slack/Charles Slack, Running Deer Golf Club, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia93
Mark Loschiavo/Brian Loschiavo, Chester Valley Golf Club94
Robert Wampler/Todd Wampler, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club, West Chester Golf & Country Club95
Gary Yeager/Royce Yeager, Five Ponds Golf Club, Cedarbrook Country ClubDQ
Super-Senior Division
Robert Billings/Rob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA74
Michael Civitello/Mike Civitello,Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club75
Brian Ginty/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club75
Tim Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club76
Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club76
W.Scott Yard/Chris Yard, Whitford Country Club77
W.Frank Skilton/Matt Skilton, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club77
Phil Over/Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club, Honeybrook Golf Club78
BJ Jaworski/Ron Jaworski, Running Deer Golf Club, Valleybrook Country Club79
Daniel Chernosky/Harvey Chernosky, Towanda Country Club79
Ned Moore/Edmund Moore,Jr., Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club, Stonewall79
Anthony Genesio/Matthew Genesio, Commonwealth National Golf Club, Waynesborough Country Club80
Timothy O’Reilly/Sean O’Reilly, Applebrook Golf Club, Aronimink Golf Club80
Rick Courtney/Michael Courtney, North Hills Country Club80
Gary Bender/Greg Bender, Applecross Country Club, Honeybrook Golf Club80
Peter Dilullo/Peter Dilullo, Waynesborough Country Club, Applebrook Golf Club80
Gregory Howson/Jay Howson,Jr., St. Davids Golf Club81
Andrew Cellucci/Larry Cellucci, Honeybrook Golf Club, DuPont Country Club82
Dave Owsik/Dave Owsik,Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA82
Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club, Philadelphia Country Club83
David Hoegel/Donald Hoegel, Little Mill Country Club84
Bryan McClaskey/Charles McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA84
Robert Huntzinger/Jeffrey Huntzinger, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve, Lu Lu Country Club84
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club, Linfield National Golf Club84
Timothy Casale/Anthony Casale, Moorestown Field Club86
Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Lu Lu Country Club, Makefield Highlands Golf Club86
John O’Donovan/Timothy O’Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club87
Chris Newett/Louis Newett, Indian Valley Country Club87
J.Kenneth Croney/Ken Croney,Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club, Applebrook Golf Club88
Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club, McCall Golf Club89
John McCormick/Jack McCormick, Paxon Hollow Country Club, Stone Harbor Golf Club90
Robert Jenkins/Robert Jenkins, Reading Country Club, Spring Ford Country Club94
Matt Koerick/Tom Koerick, Overbrook Golf Club94
Fred Molden/Erik Molden, Jericho National Golf Club102
Net results
Championship Division
Name, club, score
Mike Dancer/Thomas Dancer, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park, Cedarbrook Country Club68
Dan Brown/Michael Brown, Llanerch Country Club68
Larry Hager/Timothy Hager, Lookaway Golf Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club69
Edward Furman/Michael Furman, Brookside Country Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA69
Scott Deakins/Jay Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club70
Zach Smith/David Smith, Five Ponds Golf Club, Doylestown Country Club70
Richard Cohen/Keith Cohen, Limekiln Golf Club, Philmont Country Club70
Alan Kliewer/Craig Kliewer, Lebanon Country Club70
John Hudspeth/John Hudspeth, Moorestown Field Club72
Matt Milligan/Michael Milligan, Gilbertsville Golf Club, Lederach Golf Club72
Alexander Maguire, Sr./Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club73
Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club, Limekiln Golf Club73
Steve Frost/Kevin Frost, Limekiln Golf Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Adam Mowery/Theodore Mowery, DuPont Country Club, West Shore Country Club74
Jack Frankeny/Andrew Morris, Shade Mountain Golf Course, Country Club of Harrisburg75
Brad Cornforth/Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club76
James Muller/Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club76
Dwight Dudas/Sam Moore, Indian Valley Country Club, Bala Golf Club77
Brian Rothaus/Zachary Rothaus, Philmont Country Club77
Todd Farina/Pete Farina, The 1912 Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA78
Grant Phillips/Kenneth Phillips, Llanerch Country Club, Lancaster Country Club79
Brian Dancer/Quentin Dancer,Sr., Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park79
Mark Loschiavo/Brian Loschiavo, Chester Valley Golf Club80
Doug Roberts/Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club80
Kevin Fox/Joseph Fox, Cedarbrook Country Club81
George Kerschner/Philip Kerschner, Overbrook Golf Club81
Peter Slack/Charles Slack, Running Deer Golf Club, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia81
Chris Casperson/Eric Casperson, Indian Valley Country Club81
Robert Wampler/Todd Wampler, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club, West Chester Golf & Country Club82
Robert Oswald/Robert Oswald, Fieldstone Golf Club, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park84
Gary Yeager/Royce Yeager, Five Ponds Golf Club, Cedarbrook Country ClubDQ
Super-Senior Division
Timothy O’Reilly/Sean O’Reilly, Applebrook Golf Club, Aronimink Golf Club67
Brian Ginty/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club68
Phil Over/Phil Over, Penn Oaks Golf Club, Honeybrook Golf Club68
Michael Civitello/Mike Civitello,Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club69
W.Frank Skilton/Matt Skilton, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club69
Anthony Genesio/Matthew Genesio, Commonwealth National Golf Club, Waynesborough Country Club70
Ned Moore/Edmund Moore,Jr., Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club, Stonewall71
Tim Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club72
Robert Billings/Rob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA72
Andrew Cellucci/Larry Cellucci, Honeybrook Golf Club, DuPont Country Club72
Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club72
Dave Owsik/Dave Owsik,Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA72
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club, Linfield National Golf Club72
Timothy Casale/Anthony Casale, Moorestown Field Club73
W.Scott Yard/Chris Yard, Whitford Country Club73
John McCormick/Jack McCormick, Paxon Hollow Country Club, Stone Harbor Golf Club73
BJ Jaworski/Ron Jaworski, Running Deer Golf Club, Valleybrook Country Club74
Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Lu Lu Country Club, Makefield Highlands Golf Club74
Rick Courtney/Michael Courtney, North Hills Country Club74
Gary Bender/Greg Bender, Applecross Country Club, Honeybrook Golf Club74
Peter Dilullo/Peter Dilullo, Waynesborough Country Club, Applebrook Golf Club74
Daniel Chernosky/Harvey Chernosky, Towanda Country Club75
David Hoegel/Donald Hoegel, Little Mill Country Club76
Gregory Howson/Jay Howson,Jr., St. Davids Golf Club76
Robert Huntzinger/Jeffrey Huntzinger, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve, Lu Lu Country Club76
John O’Donovan/Timothy O’Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club77
Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club, McCall Golf Club77
Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club, Philadelphia Country Club77
Robert Jenkins/Robert Jenkins, Reading Country Club, Spring Ford Country Club78
J.Kenneth Croney/Ken Croney,Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club, Applebrook Golf Club79
Bryan McClaskey/Charles McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club, Philadelphia Publinks GA79
Chris Newett/Louis Newett, Indian Valley Country Club81
Matt Koerick/Tom Koerick, Overbrook Golf Club82
Fred Molden/Erik Molden, Jericho National Golf Club83
DQ — disqualification