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109th Father & Son (Older)

Talamore tandem takes Father & Son (Older)

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — As he walked off the first green Tuesday, Steven Cucinotti, with a bellowing giggle, offered a piece of advice to the gallery.

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“You don’t want to follow this group,” he said.

Turns out they did. Cucinotti and his son Sal carded a 1-under-par 70 (par 71, 6,130 yards) to capture the 109th Father & Son (Older) at a crisp Kennett Square Golf & Country Club.

The event’s format is greensomes (selective drive, alternate shot).

“We rolled a lot of putts right off the hole. Every hole, we had a look at birdie,” Steven, 63, of Philadelphia, Pa., said. “And we hit some really good putts that edged out. We could’ve been 5 or 6 under.”

“The key for us is when we can have somebody in play off the tee with a reasonable chance at the green, between the two of us, we’re usually going to get on the green,” Sal, 33, of Yardley, Pa., added. “That’s what happened today, which was nice.”

“It’s not one zinger. It’s death by a thousand cuts, all round long.”

Sal Cucinotti

The Talamore Country Club members registered 16 greens in regulation. Steven sunk a pair of downhill sliders for birdie. On No. 9 (par 5, 453 yards), he made a left-to-right-breaking 12-footer following Sal’s flop shot. On No. 11 (par 3, 135 yards), Sal’s pitching wedge stopped 18 feet from the flagstick. Steven again drained a left-to-right breaker.

Only one misstep spoiled an otherwise flawless effort. Steven missed No. 14 (par 4, 352 yards) green right with a pitching wedge from 146 yards. His 18-footer to save par lipped out. Pars thereafter allowed the Cucinotti team to secure a three-stroke victory.

Steven, who took a 12-year hiatus from golf (2001-13), traversed Kennett Square 25 years ago when he held membership at nearby Concord Country Club. Sal saw the property for the first time Thursday. Together, they handled Kennett’s contours as proficiently as seasoned club rats.

“It has some character holes to it,” Sal said. “It’s in great condition. The greens rolled really well.”

An ability to roll with the punches is a must when paired with the Cucinottis, who both work in construction. The two trade jabs and inject humor into each golf shot.

“We break each other’s chops. It’s constant,” Steven, the 2016 Tee It Forward — Fall Net Champion, said. “There are people who actually get mad at each other. We just laugh about it.”

“It’s not one zinger. It’s death by a thousand cuts, all round long,” Sal added.

Case in point: the 2018 Pennsylvania Golf Association Father-Son Championship at Chester Valley Golf Club.

“The guys with us were dying,” Steven said. “He would hit a chip shot, and I would say, ‘That’s the garbage you’re going to leave me? I have to make a 15-footer?’ Then I roll it in. Boom.”

“Of course, he’s telling you about the stories where he makes it,” Sal added.

What about putts at Kennett Square?

“Did you make one today?” Steven asked.

“No. You know why? I was too busy trying to hit it on the green,” Sal added.

The Cucinotti jokes and jabs will continue Sept. 20 when the two compete in Talamore’s Better-Ball Championship Final.

“We have a bunch of people who want to follow us because we’re entertaining at best,” Steven said.

“You either hate us, or we’re entertaining,” Sal added.

Sean & Jack Seese

Super-Senior Division
Jack and Sean Seese last won a GAP Father & Son event in 2003.

“We haven’t even been in contention since,” Sean said.

“We haven’t broken 80,” Jack added.

Once the laughs — in good fun of course — subsided, the Seeses absorbed the weight of their achievement Thursday and smiled. The Huntingdon Valley Country Club members carded a 4-under-par 67 to win the event’s Super-Senior Division (par 71, 5,773 yards).  

“All in all, it was pretty stress free,” Sean, 37, of Rydal, Pa., said.

“When you hit 18 greens, there’s not a lot of stress,” Jack, 67, of Meadowbrook, Pa., added.

Such efficiency translated into four birdies on the scorecard. Jack started by knocking a 6-iron to six feet on No. 5 (par 3, 159 yards). Sean cleaned up the birdie putt. He made an eight-footer on the next hole (par 4, 323 yards) following Jack’s 40-yard wedge shot. On No. 11 (par 3, 117 yards), Jack hit a 9-iron to 30 feet below the flagstick. Sean buried the uphill birdie putt.

“That’s when I felt like we were maybe in contention,” he said.

In the driver’s seat is more like it. A powerful drive from Sean on No. 15 (par 4, 350 yards) put another wedge in Jack’s hands. He sent it 60 yards to nine feet for another birdie. The Seese team punctuated its performance with red on Kennett Square’s closer (par 5, 447 yards). Sean cleared the adjacent driving range and successfully cut the corner. However, Jack needed to account for a nearby root, which forced 5-iron chaser from 125 yards. He ran it into a neck of rough above the right greenside bunker. Sean’s delicate chip stopped four feet from the jar.  

A collaborative 4 under and a second Father & Son title. Quite a catch for two golfers seeing Kennett Square for the first time.  

“I thought the greens were incredible. I thought the course was in phenomenal shape,” Sean said. “I wasn’t sure if the practice putting green was real or not. it was real. the greens were firm and fast. It was a treat to play out here.”

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 288 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
NameClubScore
Steven Cucinotti/Sal CucinottiTalamore Country Club70
Phillip Villari/Phil VillariRiverton Country Club73
Brian Trymbiski/Brian TrymbiskiDoylestown Country Club73
Jimmy Muller/Max MullerManufacturers’ Golf & Country Club73
Adam Mowery/Theodore MoweryDuPont Country Club/West Shore Country Club77
Brad Cornforth/Doug CornforthRadley Run Country Club/Loch Nairn Golf Club77
Brian Rothaus/Zachary RothausPhilmont Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club77
Michael Furman/Edward FurmanThe 1912 Club77
Bill Holt/Will HoltKennett Square Golf & Country Club78
Lincoln Allan/Chris AllanPhiladelphia Publinks Golf Association78
Dwight Dudas/Matt DudasIndian Valley Country Club78
Michael Angelos/Mike AngelosRiverCrest GC & Preserve79
Michael Grimes/Gary GrimesChester Valley Golf Club79
Lee Duda/Mike DudaManufacturers’ Golf & Country Club/Wyoming Valley Country Club80
Chris Casperson/Eric CaspersonIndian Valley Country Club80
Mike Todd/Mike ToddCoatesville Country Club80
Nate Zipay/Daniel ZipayThe 1912 Club/Raven’s Claw Golf Club80
Bobby Harrell/Bob HarrellLittle Mill Country Club81
Scott Lawson/Ted LawsonTalamore Country Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club82
Joe Fox/Kevin FoxCedarbrook Country Club/Cedarbrook CC82
Greg Bender/Gary BenderHoneybrook Golf Club/Applecross Country Club85
Greg Walsh/Matt Walsh, Sr.Philadelphia Country Club85
J.T. Clarke/Charlie ClarkeRunning Deer Golf Club86
Scott Bracken/Jim BrackenMedford Village Country Club/McCall Golf Club90
Ed Hospodar/Ted HospodarOverbrook Golf Club91
Rick Craft/Richard Craft, Jr.Aronimink Golf Club/Saddlebrook Resort91
Vinny Salatino/Pete SalatinoSandy Run Country Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club91
Travis Lock/Cory LockRiverwinds Golf Club/RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Club93
Super-Senior Division
NameClubScore
Jack Seese/Sean SeeseHuntingdon Valley Country Club67
Ryan O’Leary/Robert O’LearyMakefield Highlands Golf Club/Lookaway Golf Club70
Vince Scarpetta, Jr./Stephen ScarpettaNittany Country Club/Glenmaura National Golf Club71
Larry Borowsky/Alan BorowskyWhite Manor Country Club71
Rich Thon/Jesse ThonThe Springhaven Club72
Chris Yard/Scott YardWhitford Country Club/Applecross Country Club72
Brian Herman/Jim HermanMerchantville Country Club76
Joe Dulka/Joe DulkaDuPont Country Club/Bellewood Country Club76
Marty Klagholz/Jeff KlagholzAronimink Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club76
Gene Carroll/Ryan CarrollChester Valley Golf Club/Avalon Golf Club77
Phil Petroll/Pete PetrollPenn Oaks Golf Club77
Dennis Campbell/Jamie CampbellSchuylkill Country Club78
Bob Billings/Rob BillingsRolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78
Mike Civitello/Mike Civitello, Jr.Chester Valley Golf Club78
Philip Over/Philip Over, Jr.Honeybrook Golf Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club79
Stephen Brown/Victor BrownPhiladelphia Cricket Club/Chester Valley Golf Club79
Warren Deakins/Jay DeakinsPhiladelphia Country Club/St. Davids Golf Club79
Dave Owsik/David Owsik, Jr.Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association79
Bryan McClaskey/Charlie McClaskeyMerchantville Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association79
Jay Howson, Jr./Greg HowsonSt. Davids Golf Club79
Don Hoegel/David HoegelLittle Mill Country Club82
Gary Daniels/Jesse DanielsApplebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club82
Francis Doyle/Francis DoyleBensalem Township Country Club/Sandy Run Country Club82
Timothy Casale/Anthony CasaleMoorestown Field Club83
Frank Skilton/Matt SkiltonManufacturers’ Golf & Country Club83
Timothy O’Donovan/Jay O’DonovanOverbrook Golf Club84
Jim Schulz/Jim SchulzLuLu Country Club85
Tom Polinski/Drew PolinskiDowningtown Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club87
Jack McCormick/Jack McCormickStone Harbor Golf Club/McCall Golf Club88
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDameTalamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club89
Timothy O’Reilly/Sean O’ReillyApplebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club90
Ned Moore/Ned Moore, Jr.Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club/Stonewall90
Bill Dwyer/Brian DwyerApplecross Country Club94
Net results
Championship Division
NameClubScore
Phillip Villari/Phil VillariRiverton Country Club66
Steven Cucinotti/Sal CucinottiTalamore Country Club67
Brian Trymbiski/Brian TrymbiskiDoylestown Country Club69
Nate Zipay/Daniel ZipayThe 1912 Club/Raven’s Claw Golf Club70
Bobby Harrell/Bob HarrellLittle Mill Country Club71
Lee Duda/Mike DudaManufacturers’ Golf & Country Club/Wyoming Valley Country Club72
Brad Cornforth/Doug CornforthRadley Run Country Club/Loch Nairn Golf Club72
Michael Angelos/Mike AngelosRiverCrest GC & Preserve73
Michael Grimes/Gary GrimesChester Valley Golf Club73
Lincoln Allan/Chris AllanPhiladelphia Publinks Golf Association73
Jimmy Muller/Max MullerManufacturers’ Golf & Country Club73
Joe Fox/Kevin FoxCedarbrook Country Club/Cedarbrook CC73
Ed Hospodar/Ted HospodarOverbrook Golf Club74
Brian Rothaus/Zachary RothausPhilmont Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club74
Bill Holt/Will HoltKennett Square Golf & Country Club75
Adam Mowery/Theodore MoweryDuPont Country Club/West Shore Country Club75
Scott Lawson/Ted LawsonTalamore Country Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club75
Mike Todd/Mike ToddCoatesville Country Club75
Greg Walsh/Matt Walsh, Sr.Philadelphia Country Club76
Greg Bender/Gary BenderHoneybrook Golf Club/Applecross Country Club77
Rick Craft/Richard Craft,Jr.Aronimink Golf Club/Saddlebrook Resort77
Vinny Salatino/Pete SalatinoSandy Run Country Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club77
Dwight Dudas/Matt DudasIndian Valley Country Club77
Scott Bracken/Jim BrackenMedford Village Country Club/McCall Golf Club78
Travis Lock/Cory LockRiverwinds Golf Club/RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Club84
Super-Senior Division
NameClubScore
Ryan O’Leary/Robert O’LearyMakefield Highlands Golf Club/Lookaway Golf Club62
Brian Herman/Jim HermanMerchantville Country Club65
Jack Seese/Sean SeeseHuntingdon Valley Country Club66
Chris Yard/Scott YardWhitford Country Club/Applecross Country Club68
Larry Borowsky/Alan BorowskyWhite Manor Country Club70
Phil Petroll/Pete PetrollPenn Oaks Golf Club70
Jim Schulz/Jim SchulzLuLu Country Club71
Matt Genesio/Anthony GenesioWaynesborough Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club71
Philip Over/Philip Over, Jr.Honeybrook Golf Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club71
Stephen Brown/Victor BrownPhiladelphia Cricket Club/Chester Valley Golf Club71
Dave Owsik/David Owsik, Jr.Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association71
Gene Carroll/Ryan CarrollChester Valley Golf Club/Avalon Golf Club72
Jack McCormick/Jack McCormickStone Harbor Golf Club/McCall Golf Club72
Timothy Casale/Anthony CasaleMoorestown Field Club72
Joe Dulka/Joe DulkaDuPont Country Club/Bellewood Country Club72
Timothy O’Donovan/Jay O’DonovanOverbrook Golf Club73
Francis Doyle/Francis DoyleBensalem Township Country Club/Sandy Run Country Club73
Marty Klagholz/Jeff KlagholzAronimink Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club73
Mike Civitello/Mike Civitello, Jr.Chester Valley Golf Club74
Warren Deakins/Jay DeakinsPhiladelphia Country Club/St. Davids Golf Club74
Don Hoegel/David HoegelLittle Mill Country Club75
Bryan McClaskey/Charlie McClaskeyMerchantville Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75
Gary Daniels/Jesse DanielsApplebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club76
Jay Howson, Jr./Greg HowsonSt. Davids Golf Club76
Frank Skilton/Matt SkiltonManufacturers’ Golf & Country Club77
Bill Dwyer/Brian DwyerApplecross Country Club77
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDameTalamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club78
Tom Polinski/Drew PolinskiDowningtown Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club78
Bob Billings/Rob BillingsRolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78
Timothy O’Reilly/Sean O’ReillyApplebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club81
Ned Moore/Ned Moore, Jr.Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club/Stonewall83