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110th Father & Son (Older)

Fantastic Fours: Kliewers, Mullers win at Conestoga

LANCASTER, Pa. — The commute for Alan and Craig Kliewer Monday felt foreign. The outcome not so much.

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The Lebanon Country Club members typically travel an hour-plus to compete in GAP Father & Son tournaments, of which they hold three titles (2013-14, 2019) to their credit. With nearby (a drive less than 20 miles) Conestoga Country Club (par 70, 6,055 yards) hosting the 110th Father & Son (Older), “I’ll pick you up” turned into “I’ll meet you at the club.”

The Ephrata, Pa. residents left Conestoga separately, but shared yet another trophy. The Kliewers carded a 4-under-par 66 to prevail by two strokes over Doylestown Country Club’s Brian and Ted Trymbiski.

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

“It was finally nice not to drive an hour and 15 minutes,” Alan, 34, said.

“Alan plays in the Member-Guest here every year. I grew up playing here. When I was at Millersville (University), it was our home course,” Craig, 61, added. “We were comfortable all day.”

A remark Alan made as he walked off No. 8 (par 4, 301 yards) green, the team’s 17th hole, shows just how comfortable.

“I said, ‘I think I made 13 putts today, but my footage of putts is like 12 feet.’ It almost felt like [4 under] was the worst we were going to shoot today,” Alan said.

A pair of sound setups from Alan started the team’s subpar scoring: a 9-iron from 161 yards to 18 feet on No. 13 (par 4, 393 yards), a wedge from 100 yards to eight feet on No. 16 (par 4, 330 yards). Consider the team’s experience on No. 1 (par 5, 493 yards) “Classic Kliewer.”

Even a mishit can’t prevent a birdie.

“I tried to hit hybrid [from 186 yards], and I hit it off the toe. It was one of my worst swings of the day,” Craig said. “I hit it in the [right greenside] bunker, but you know, Alan’s bunker play is awesome. He saved the hole.”

“He saved the hole when he made the putt,” Alan added. “[My lie in the bunker] wasn’t too close to the lip, so I had a clear swing. It reacted better than I thought it would.” Alan’s bunker shot stopped 13 feet from the hole, and Craig poured in the right-to-left breaker.

The team’s final birdie came on No. 4 (par 4, 336 yards). After Alan nearly drove the green, Craig bumped a wedge to a foot. The next hole (par 3, 188 yards), conversely, offered its only bogey scare. Both Alan and Craig missed the green. Alan’s chip left dad with a knee-knocking five-footer for par. He made it.

“You know how much we love this tournament,” Craig said. “We both are very competitive. we don’t say a lot to each other on the golf course because we trust each other. Success breeds more success.”

Trust that the Kliewers will continue chasing history. William Albertus and Charles Albertus, Sr. hold a record seven Father & Son titles (1949-50, 1952-54, 1962-63). The Kliewers, who also twice fell in Father & Son playoffs (2017-18), didn’t compete a year ago because of a schedule conflict for Craig.

“I couldn’t find another dad for last year. I was trying,” Alan said.

A fourth Father & Son trophy? Try to find a better birthday gift.

“I’m 22 today,” Alan said.

“Great. Now we’re disqualified,” Craig added in jest.

“No, it’s my 34th birthday. My mom’s cooking one of my favorite homemade meals, chicken marsala,” Alan said.

Home cooking: the perfect way to cap a home game for the Kliewers.

Super-Senior Division
In the aforementioned 2017 Father & Son (Older), Alan and Craig Kliewer lost to Jimmy and Max Muller in overtime at North Hills Country Club. That marked the third Father & Son (2002, 2015) triumph for the Mullers.

As fate would have it, the Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club members also notched a fourth title Monday. The Mullers carded a 5-under-par 65 to take the event’s Super-Senior Division (par 70, 5,647 yards).

Furthermore, they matched a Father & Son scoring record, in relation to par, joining the Kliewers (2015) and Christian and Kenneth Matt (2021) at 5 under.

“That’s pretty cool,” Jimmy, 68, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., said of their achievement. “We always play well in the GAP Father & Son tournaments.”

His softspoken son offered a slightly — emphasis on slightly here — different perspective.

“It’s very cool,” Max, 36, of Fort Washington, Pa., said. “We’ll see if [5 under] holds up.”

It held up. Slightly.

Three consecutive birdies seemingly set the Mullers, who played in the morning wave, on cruise control at Conestoga. After Jimmy lifted a wedge from 50 yards onto the green’s front tier, Max buried a 30-footer on No. 6 (par 4, 380 yards). Another crisp wedge on No. 7 (par 4, 333 yards) from Jimmy led to a 15-footer. The roles reversed on No. 8 (par 4, 245 yards) as Max’s 30-yard pitch settled six feet above the flagstick. Jimmy jarred the downhiller. Birdies on Nos. 13 (par 4, 393 yards) and 14 (par 4, 340 yards) afforded the scoreboard cushion necessary. Jimmy’s sharp wedges gave Max putts of two and six feet, respectively.

White Manor Country Club’s Alan and Larry Borowsky placed second at 4-under-par 66.

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 80,000 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
Championship Division
Name, clubScore
Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Lebanon Country Club66
Brian Trymbiski/Ted Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club68
Gus Steiger/Gus Steiger, Glenmaura National Golf Club70
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club71
Bill Holt/will Holt, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club72
Robert Brusco/Robert Brusco, Jr., Medford Village Country Club72
Steven Cucinotti/Sal Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club73
Brian Trymbiski/Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club73
Matt Milligan/Mike Milligan, Bluestone Country Club/Lederach Golf Club74
Woodie Pickell/Brent Pickell, Conestoga Country Club74
Michael Brown/Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club74
Eric Soring Eric Soring, DuPont Country Club75
Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club79
Shuguang Wu /Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club/Bluestone Country Club79
Zachary Wetzel/Chris Wetzel, Broad Run Golfer’s Club/Farmstead Golf & Country Club79
Michael Boland/Michael Boland, Sr., The 1912 Club/Pickering Valley Golf Course80
Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club81
Mike Dancer/Thomas Dancer, Skippack Golf Club/Cedarbrook Country Club82
Brian Dancer/Quentin Dancer, Skippack Golf Club84
Alexander Poppe/Chris Poppe, Honeybrook Golf Club/Pottsville ll TG GC84
R.B. D’iorio/Ralph D’iorio, The Springhaven Club84
Phillip Villari/Phil Villari, Riverton Country Club84
Steven Mastrocola/Steve Mastrocola, Gilbertsville Golf Club/Frosty Valley89
Jared DiFilippo/Robert DiFilippo, Atlantic City Country Club/PineCrest Country Club91
John Radick/Erik Radick, Jericho National Golf Club/Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
Super-Senior Division
Name, clubScore
Jimmy Muller /Max Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club65
Larry Borowsky/Alan Borowsky, White Manor Country Club66
Michael R. Brown, Jr./Michael Brown, LuLu Country Club/The Club at Hidden Creek69
John Weber/Jim Weber, Conestoga Country Club/Waynesboro Country Club70
Gary Yeager/Royce Yeager, Five Ponds Golf Club/Cedarbrook Country Club70
Joe Dulka/Joe Dulka, DuPont Country Club/Bellewood Country Club72
Mike Todd/Mike Todd, Coatesville Country Club73
Scott Yard/Chris Yard, Applecross Country Club/Whitford Country Club73
Ralph Lumbatis/Scott Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club73
Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club/Philadelphia Country Club74
Dave Pender/Mike Pender, Colonial Golf & Tennis Club/Sun City Golf Club76
James Smith/Justin Smith, French Creek Golf Club77
Robin McCool/Gary McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club77
James Rocks/James Rocks, III, Wedgwood Country Club77
Francis Doyle/Francis Doyle, Sr., Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Sandy Run Country Club77
Mike Civitello/Mike Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club78
Stephen Brown/Victor Brown, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Chester Valley Golf Club78
Dave Owsik/Greg Owsik, Rolling Green Golf Club/Stonewall78
Robert Adam Jenkins/Bob Jenkins, Reading Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club78
Carmen Caruso/Charles Caruso, Spring Ford Country Club/Bellewood Country Club79
Timothy Casale/Anthony Casale, Moorestown Field Club79
Peter Kyriakodis/Steve Kyriakodis, Commonwealth National Golf Club/LuLu Country Club80
Patrick Montgomery/Joe Montgomery, Riverton Country Club80
Travis Lock/Cory Lock, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club81
Don Hoegel/David Hoegel, Little Mill Country Club81
Adam Grove /Jeff Grove, Country Club of York82
Bob Huntzinger /Jeff Huntzinger, RiverCrest GC & Preserve82
Joe Frederico/Dante Frederico, Running Deer Golf Club82
Thomas Kanyok/Thomas Kanyok, Sr., Doylestown Country Club/Yardley Country Club83
Jay O’Donovan/Timothy O’Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club83
Philip Over/Phil Over, Jr., Foxchase Golf Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club84
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club85
Louis Newett/Steve Newett, Indian Valley Country Club85
Tom Moore/Tom Moore, Sandy Run Country Club85
John Bixler/Doug Bixler, Dauphin Highlands Golf Club/Lancaster Area #17692
Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club/McCall Golf Club95
Bill Dwyer/Brian Dwyer, Applecross Country Club100
Gary Daniels/Jesse Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf ClubWD
Net results
Championship Division
Name, clubScore
Brian Trymbiski/Ted Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club62
Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club65
Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Lebanon Country Club66
Michael Boland/Michael Boland, Sr., The 1912 Club/Pickering Valley Golf Course67
Woodie Pickell/Brent Pickell, Conestoga Country Club67
Steven Mastrocola/Steve Mastrocola, Gilbertsville Golf Club/Frosty Valley67
Bill Holt/Will Holt, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club68
Matt Milligan/Mike Milligan, Bluestone Country Club/Lederach Golf Club68
Michael Brown/Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club69
Brian Trymbiski/Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club69
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club70
Steven Cucinotti/Sal Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club70
Eric Soring Eric Soring, DuPont Country Club70
Alexander Poppe/Chris Poppe, Honeybrook Golf Club/Pottsville ll TG GC70
Robert Brusco/Robert Brusco, Jr., Medford Village Country Club70
R.B. D’iorio/Ralph D’iorio, The Springhaven Club70
Mike Dancer/Thomas Dancer, Skippack Golf Club/Cedarbrook Country Club71
Zachary Wetzel/Chris Wetzel, Broad Run Golfer’s Club/Farmstead Golf & Country Club71
Brian Dancer/Quentin Dancer, Skippack Golf Club72
Shuguang Wu /Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club/Bluestone Country Club73
Jay Deakins/Scott Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club76
Jared DiFilippo/Robert DiFilippo, Atlantic City Country Club/PineCrest Country Club76
Phillip Villari/Phil Villari, Riverton Country Club78
John Radick/Erik Radick, Jericho National Golf Club/Saucon Valley Country ClubWD
Super-Senior Division
Name, clubScore
Robert Adam Jenkins/Bob Jenkins, Reading Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club61
Larry Borowsky/Alan Borowsky, White Manor Country Club64
Michael R. Brown, Jr./Michael Brown, LuLu Country Club/The Club at Hidden Creek64
Gary Yeager/Royce Yeager, Five Ponds Golf Club/Cedarbrook Country Club65
Jimmy Muller /Max Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club66
Carmen Caruso/Charles Caruso, Spring Ford Country Club/Bellewood Country Club67
Patrick Montgomery/Joe Montgomery, Riverton Country Club67
Timothy Casale/Anthony Casale, Moorestown Field Club68
John Weber/Jim Weber, Conestoga Country Club/Waynesboro Country Club68
Joe Dulka/Joe Dulka, DuPont Country Club/Bellewood Country Club68
James Smith/Justin Smith, French Creek Golf Club69
Francis Doyle/Francis Doyle, Sr., Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Sandy Run Country Club69
Jay Deakins/Warren Deakins, St. Davids Golf Club/Philadelphia Country Club69
Tom Moore/Tom Moore, Sandy Run Country Club69
Ralph Lumbatis/Scott Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club69
Scott Yard/Chris Yard, Applecross Country Club/Whitford Country Club70
Stephen Brown/Victor Brown, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Chester Valley Golf Club70
Mike Todd/Mike Todd, Coatesville Country Club71
James Rocks/James Rocks, III, Wedgwood Country Club71
Travis Lock/Cory Lock, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club72
Joe Frederico/Dante Frederico, Running Deer Golf Club72
Jay O’Donovan/Timothy O’Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club72
Peter Kyriakodis/Steve Kyriakodis, Commonwealth National Golf Club/LuLu Country Club73
Philip Over/Phil Over, Jr., Foxchase Golf Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club73
Dave Pender/Mike Pender, Colonial Golf & Tennis Club/Sun City Golf Club73
Dave Owsik/Greg Owsik, Rolling Green Golf Club/Stonewall73
Don Hoegel/David Hoegel, Little Mill Country Club73
Mike Civitello/Mike Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club74
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club74
Thomas Kanyok/Thomas Kanyok, Sr., Doylestown Country Club/Yardley Country Club74
John Bixler/Doug Bixler, Dauphin Highlands Golf Club/Lancaster Area #17675
Robin McCool/Gary McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club76
Adam Grove /Jeff Grove, Country Club of York77
Bill Dwyer/Brian Dwyer, Applecross Country Club80
Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club/McCall Golf Club82
Gary Daniels/Jesse Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf ClubWD
WD – withdrawal