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16th Marston Cup

McCall’s Loehrs captures Marston Cup

ELVERSON, Pa. — Fortune flows within golf’s fickleness as Jason Loehrs learned Monday.

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The McCall Golf Club member “played terribly” in Merion Golf Club’s Caddie Championship yesterday on the venue’s East Course. Less than 24 hours later, he performed exemplary at French Creek Golf Club (par 71, 6,251 yards).

Loehrs carded a 4-under-par 67 to capture the 16th Marston Cup. It marked his first individual victory on the GAP circuit.

Llanerch Country Club’s Joe Kerrigan finished second at even-par 71. The Marston Cup is an 18-hole stroke play championship for individuals 40-54 years of age.

“I didn’t play well at all yesterday. I didn’t come into today feeling great,” Loehrs, 40, of Havertown, Pa., said. “My game’s OK. It’s still a little inconsistent. Merion is extremely tough. It can embarrass you quickly.”

Loehrs made the field blush at French Creek. He posted the day’s lone subpar score amid sublime August temperatures. The field scoring average, for reference, was 79.5.

So, what caused such a turnaround from Loehrs’ Merion malfunction?

“[French Creek is] a much more forgiving place,” Loehrs said. “As long as you keep it inside the hay here, you can score. The course is set up where you can get it. There are some spots that can cause trouble, the long grass and penalty areas. But if you keep it inside the long grass, you can beat it up a little bit.”

Loehrs set upon the red-figure speedbag on No. 4 (par 5, 486 yards). With an assist from a prevailing wind, he skied a wedge from 155 yards onto the left fringe. Two putts from 30 feet translated into a birdie. A driver-4-wood combination on No. 6 (par 5, 530 yards) positioned Loehrs 50 yards from the hole location. He knocked a wedge to 10 feet for birdie. His lone blemish occurred on the next hole (par 4, 361 yards), where a “bad drive” steered Loehrs into a bogey.  

“As long as you keep it inside the hay here, you can score.”

“I hit it on the cart path. I think I probably should have played it off the cart path instead of taking relief, which was to the right and in the long grass. It looked OK there, but it was in an ugly spot. I hit it [from 60 yards] over the green and couldn’t get it up-and-down [for par]. That was definitely my sloppiest hole, for sure.”

Like Loehrs’ golf game, let’s flip the script and learn about his most glamorous hole (No. 15, par 4, 260 yards). Playing partner Kevin Turner of Llanerch Country Club, with honors on the tee, tracked a 4-hybrid at the hole location, but it ran deep. Loehrs factored the occurrence into his tee strategy. He chose 3-iron and slightly lessened swing power. It settled six feet from the hole. He converted the ensuing eagle putt.

“That was the best shot of the day by far,” Loehrs, who started this year as a full-time caddie at Merion, said of the 3-iron.

Loehrs’ inward tour also included a birdie on the downhill par 3, 157-yard 10th hole. He sent an 8-iron to 20 feet above the flagstick and sunk a left-to-right curler. He almost closed with consecutive birdies as well. Loehrs’ putt over a false front on No. 17 (par 3, 193 yards) stopped a revolution shy. His 35-footer on No. 18 (par 4, 413 yards) snapped left at the hole.

A 3-under-par 33 on French Creek’s back nine is again an about-face. In his previous appearance at the Gil Hanse design, a 2020 GAP Players Series event, inked a 3-over-par 39 to miss the rewards package (exemptions into three GAP Majors) by two strokes. That stretch, furthermore, included a double bogey on French Creek’s 15th hole.

No hard feelings after Monday.

“This is a good course for me I guess,” Loehrs, who won the Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association Championship three weeks ago, said.

The Marston Cup honors Max Marston, who for four months in the summer of 1923, emerged as America’s best amateur golfer. Between mid-May and mid-September, Marston was virtually unstoppable through a series of club, state, national and international events.

It began with the Walker Cup Matches, where Marston won two matches as the Americans successfully retained the Cup. Marston returned home to capture the Joseph H. Patterson Cup and Amateur Championship in successive weeks and, in doing so, earned the Silver Cross Award. In July, he took the Pennsylvania Amateur title and finished as low amateur in the GAP Open. In September, Marston traveled to Floosmoor Country Club outside Chicago, Ill. for the U.S. Amateur. He rallied in the second round to defeat tournament favorite Bob Jones, 2&1, before knocking off Francis Ouimet in the semifinals. He stopped defending champion Jess Sweetser in the final on the 38th hole. In that four-month span, he also captured the Merion Cricket Club championship and Pine Valley Golf Club’s Crump Cup.

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Results
Name, clubScore
Jason Loehrs, McCall Golf Club67
Joe Kerrigan, Llanerch Country Club71
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Bill Murray, Burlington Country Club72
Lance Oberparleiter, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association72
Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club73
Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club73
Scott McLaughlin, LuLu Country Club73
Peter Williamson, LuLu Country Club73
Brian Fisher, Spring Ford Country Club74
David Guertler, Merion Golf Club74
Mike Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club74
Lodie van Tonder, Sakima Country Club74
Brad Abel, DuPont Country Club75
Larry Benedetto, Concord Country Club75
Andrew Bowers, Riverton Country Club75
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club75
Rob Good, Merion Golf Club75
Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club75
Pete Moran, French Creek Golf Club75
Josh Anderson, LedgeRock Golf Club76
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club77
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club77
Kevin Anderson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club78
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club78
Ryan Gracey, Hartefeld National78
Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club78
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club78
Kevin Turner, Llanerch Country Club78
Sam Varano, French Creek Golf Club78
Arabinda Behura, Eagle Rock Resort79
Dan Chernosky, Philmont Country Club79
Tim Wetzel, RiverCrest GC & Preserve79
Lars Beck, Bala Golf Club80
Brian Brannigan, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club80
Jesse Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Ed Brown, Loch Nairn Golf Club80
Timothy Gaughan, Jericho National Golf Club80
Thorne Ranieri, Rolling Green Golf Club80
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club81
Mike Ellis, Loch Nairn Golf Club81
James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club81
Jeff Long, Riverton Country Club81
Joe Zeleznock, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club81
Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club82
Bill Kane, Old York Road Country Club82
Mark Wachter, Loch Nairn Golf Club82
Corey Gee, Union League Liberty Hill83
Minh Hang, Jeffersonville Golf Club84
Matthew Hutcheson, Doylestown Country Club84
Rob Kingston, Allentown Municipal Golf Club84
Daniel McManamon, Moselem Springs Golf Club84
Eric Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club84
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club84
Chris Deskiewicz, LuLu Country Club85
Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club85
Steve Oh, DuPont Country Club85
Timothy Chow, Brookside Country Club88
Daniel Kilpatrick, Hidden Creek Golf Club88
Matthew Householder, White Clay Creek Country Club89
Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club89
John Burnes, Philadelphia Cricket Club91
Andy Vitella, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club91
Steven Marlow, Jericho National Golf Club92
Woody Martin, Five Ponds Golf Club96
John Oliver, Mercer Oaks Golf CourseWD
Jeffrey Swetland, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf ClubWD
Flight One (Course Handicap lower than 3.0)
Name, clubScore
Jason Loehrs, McCall Golf Club67
Joe Kerrigan, Llanerch Country Club71
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Lance Oberparleiter, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association72
Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club73
Scott McLaughlin, LuLu Country Club73
Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club73
Lodie van Tonder, Sakima Country Club74
Mike Korcuba, Medford Village Country Club74
Andrew Bowers, Riverton Country Club75
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club75
Brad Abel, DuPont Country Club75
Rob Good, Merion Golf Club75
Chris Meares, Sakima Country Club75
Chris Kallmeyer, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Pete Moran, French Creek Golf Club75
Josh Anderson, LedgeRock Golf Club76
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Sean Leonard, Tavistock Country Club77
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club77
Sam Varano, French Creek Golf Club78
Kevin Turner, Llanerch Country Club78
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club78
Ryan Gracey, Hartefeld National78
Tim Wetzel, RiverCrest GC & Preserve79
Dan Chernosky, Philmont Country Club79
Ed Brown, Loch Nairn Golf Club80
James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club81
Mark Wachter, Loch Nairn Golf Club82
Steve Oh, DuPont Country Club85
John Oliver, Mercer Oaks Golf CourseWD
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf ClubWD
 
Flight Two (Course Handicap of 3.0 or higher)
Name, clubScore
Bill Murray, Burlington Country Club72
Peter Williamson, LuLu Country Club73
David Guertler, Merion Golf Club74
Brian Fisher, Spring Ford Country Club74
Larry Benedetto, Concord Country Club75
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club78
Kevin Anderson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club78
Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club78
Arabinda Behura, Eagle Rock Resort79
Brian Brannigan, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club80
Jesse Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Thorne Ranieri, Rolling Green Golf Club80
Timothy Gaughan, Jericho National Golf Club80
Lars Beck, Bala Golf Club80
Jeff Long, Riverton Country Club81
Mike Ellis, Loch Nairn Golf Club81
Joe Zeleznock, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club81
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club81
Brian Degnan, Cobbs Creek Golf Club82
Bill Kane, Old York Road Country Club82
Corey Gee, Union League Liberty Hill83
Daniel McManamon, Moselem Springs Golf Club84
Matthew Hutcheson, Doylestown Country Club84
John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club84
Rob Kingston, Allentown Municipal Golf Club84
Minh Hang, Jeffersonville Golf Club84
Eric Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club84
Chris Deskiewicz, LuLu Country Club85
Fran Migliocco, DuPont Country Club85
Timothy Chow, Brookside Country Club88
Daniel Kilpatrick, Hidden Creek Golf Club88
Matthew Householder, White Clay Creek Country Club89
Harry Lore, Little Mill Country Club89
John Burnes, Philadelphia Cricket Club91
Andy Vitella, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club91
Steven Marlow, Jericho National Golf Club92
Woody Martin, Five Ponds Golf Club96
Jeffrey Swetland, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
WD – withdrawal