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49th Four-Ball Stroke Play

Maguire, Sokol shoot 66, snag Four-Ball

TELFORD, Pa. — They played tee-ball together. They grew up at Brookside Country Club together. They took a seat in each other’s wedding party.

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But on Monday, Alexander Maguire and Brad Sokol, after some 1,200 rounds, finally won a golf tournament together. The childhood friends carded a 6-under-par 66 to capture the 49th Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Indian Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,505 yards).

Maguire and Sokol decluttered a leaderboard logjam; Six teams finished at 67 Monday.

The event’s format is better-ball-of-partners.  

“We literally played golf together when we were kids, like 200 times a year,” Maguire, 45, of Pottstown, Pa., said.

“We were at Brookside every day,” Sokol, 43, of Wayne, Pa., added. “We’re pretty comfortable together. I know what he’s going to do. he knows what I’m going to do.”

The team knew it needed a flurry finish for a chance at victory. It delivered.

On No. 16 (par 3, 119 yards), Sokol, a Green Valley Country Club member, lifted a wedge to 12 feet below the flagstick. He drained the ensuing birdie putt. On No. 17 (par 4, 385 yards), Maguire, uncertain of an optimal angle for the dogleg left, crushed a drive that settled right of the cart path. Maguire then took a full swing with a lob wedge from 80 yards, sending it over obstructing trees and onto the green. He sunk a decisive 40-footer for birdie with 10 inches of break.

“Alex made birdie from nowhere on No. 17. He was right of the path, right of the tree,” Sokol said. “It was great.”

“The real story here is I drove the ball, on average, about 40 yards offline. And I was able to get it near the green and make putts,” Maguire, who hails from Brookside, added.

That he did. Take the team’s first birdie, for example. Maguire flew an 8-iron approximately 30 yards over No. 3 (par 5, 484 yards) green. A full flop shot stopped three feet from the cup. Maguire cleaned up the birdie putt. On No. 9 (par 4, 362 yards), he and Sokol saw their respective golf balls resting two feet apart. Sokol, facing a friendly lie, elected to putt, rolling his birdie attempt into gimme 4 territory. Maguire executed a chip-in birdie from 20 feet following a 50-yard wedge setup.

Despite poor tee position, Maguire continued to manufacture red. He reached No. 12 (par 5, 478 yards) green in two strokes with 6-iron infused with 60 yards of hook. Two putts thereafter translated into a birdie. Facing a lie in thick rough, Maguire knocked a wedge 140 yards to 15 feet on No. 14 (par 4, 362 yards) for birdie.

When Maguire didn’t produce red, he relied on Sokol’s par penchant. The latter converted knee-knocking midrange putts on Nos. 6 (par 3, 198 yards), 8 (par 5, 495 yards) and 15 (par 5, 534 yards) to keep his team afloat.

“When one of us was out, the other one was in,” Sokol said.

Maguire and Sokol flirted with success in better-ball events at Stone Harbor Golf Club and Stonewall in years past. Monday marked their first round of golf together in 2020.  

“In better-ball events, I don’t think we’ve ever had a really good score. Usually we figure out a way to screw it up,” Maguire said. “We did better today.”

A GAP trophy suggests so.

GAP
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Gross results
NameClubScore
Alexander Maguire/Brad SokolBrookside Country Club/Green Valley Country Club66
Dan Agoglia/Patrick DoughertyPhiladelphia Cricket Club67
Andrew Ploszay/Scott EhrlichChester Valley Golf Club/Waynesborough Country Club67
Tony Peressini/Phil BartholomewLookaway Golf Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club67
Aaron Thieme/Luke SmithGreen Pond Country Club/Northampton Country Club67
Kyle Ginty/Michael FiremanTalamore Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club67
Liam Hart/Stephen CerbaraSpring Mill Country Club/Huntingdon Valley Country Club67
Larry Benedetto/Jim AllenConcord Country Club68
Stephen Barry/Andy KerestesyRunning Deer Golf Club68
Brendan Mahoney/Matthew KocentPhiladelphia Cricket Club68
Griffin Smith/David RobbinsJericho National Golf Club/Trenton Country Club69
Nicholas  Lukow/Kyle HutnikWoodstone Country Club & Lodge/Green Pond Country Club69
Brian Groff/John BarryLancaster Country Club69
Colin Smith/Sam PancoastBidermann Golf Club/Radley Run Country Club69
Nick Hano/Luke MarvinCommonwealth National Golf Club69
Thomas Coleman/Mike ManciGlen Oak Country Club/Wemberly Hills Golf Club69
Michael Okeefe/Beau GuarinoLaurel Creek Country Club/Riverton Country Club70
Max Muller/Andy BeittelManufacturers’ G&CC70
Gregory Buliga/Michael QuinnYardley Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association70
Brian Isztwan/Patrick IsztwanHuntingdon Valley Country Club71
Matthew Scriff/Joe CorcoranSteel Club/Spring Ford Country Club71
Alex Maguire/Bo MaguireBrookside Country Club71
Edward Erickson/Paul RogowiczMakefield Highlands Golf Club/Yardley Country Club71
Andrew Carber/Thomas O’BrienLederach Golf Club/Five Ponds Golf Club71
Sean McMonagle/Chris BinderTavistock Country Club/Riverwinds Golf Club71
Michael R. Brown, Jr./Mark WachterLuLu Country Club/DuPont Country Club72
Mike Kidd/Luis DiazWestwood Golf Club/Rancocas Golf Club72
Michael Ruyak/Greg WoodsBrookside Country Club/French Creek Golf Club72
John Bufalini/Phillip DamicoPhiladelphia Publinks Golf Association/McCall Golf Club72
Ari Flaisher/Greg JarmasLlanerch Country Club/Cobbs Creek Golf Club72
Ron Robinson/Michael AndersonLuLu Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Brian Kreamer/Lars BeckBala Golf Club73
Mark Czerniakowski/Christopher ClausonLuLu Country Club73
Joe Morganti/Chuck KuntzLlanerch Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club73
Patrick Welsh/Christopher ReedmanLuLu Country Club73
Tom Prestia/Kurt FeldmanSteel Club73
Vince Scarpetta, Jr./Paul KeatingNittany Country Club/Aronimink Golf Club74
Brent Peterson/Mark FineLehigh Country Club74
Matt Gilbert/John QuinnHershey Country Club74
Scott Lawson/Dominick BalsamoTalamore Country Club74
Mark Farley/Connor McNicholasThe 1912 Club74
Rob Kell/Dennis RosinskiBlue Bell Country Club74
James Barlow/Greg WedemeyerDoylestown Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club75
Patrick McCusker/Gerard RosatoSandy Run Country Club/The 1912 Club75
Dan Burton/Andrew TomposLancaster Country Club/Overlook Golf Course75
Michael Duffy/Conal DevlinLuLu Country Club76
Brad Cornforth/Jian ZhangRadley Run Country Club/Inniscrone Golf Club77
Troy McCloskey/Rob AlbaneseManufacturers’ G&CC78
John Maniscalco/Vince PantaloneRaven’s Claw Golf Club/Five Ponds Golf Club78
John Kivitz/Larry RivielloMcCall Golf Club78
Brian McGowan/Alan DaleBlue Bell Country Club79
Tom Rowinski/Jonathan KemmerleySkippack Golf Club/Lookaway Golf Club79
Jake Brnich/Stephen DefrancisLuLu Country Club79
Scott Micale/Mike BenninghoffCoatesville Country Club80
Kevin Koch/Robert DickSpring Ford Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club80
Jason Marie/Matt PetersFive Ponds Golf Club80
Tom Pagel/William GulottaThe 1912 Club/Lederach Golf Club81
Mark Koelbel/Mike ReeserLuLu Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club81
Terrance Schmidt/Patrick McFarlaneTalamore Country Club82
Scott Hutchinson/Conrad RadcliffeLookaway Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club85
Brian Allgaier/Roy BenninghoffBellewood Country Club88
Mark Lautenbacher/Steve GordonMakefield Highlands Golf Club100
Net results
NameClubScore
 Dan Agoglia/Patrick DoughertyPhiladelphia Cricket Club64
 Alexander Maguire/Brad SokolBrookside Country Club/Green Valley Country Club66
 Michael Ruyak/Greg WoodsBrookside Country Club/French Creek Golf Club66
 Rob Kell/Dennis RosinskiBlue Bell Country Club66
 James Barlow/Greg WedemeyerDoylestown Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club67
 Joe Morganti/Chuck KuntzLlanerch Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club67
 Aaron Thieme/Luke SmithGreen Pond Country Club/Northampton Country Club67
 Kyle Ginty/Michael FiremanTalamore Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club67
 Nick Hano/Luke MarvinCommonwealth National Golf Club67
 Larry Benedetto/Jim AllenConcord Country Club68
 Brian Kreamer/Lars BeckBala Golf Club68
 Gregory Buliga/Michael QuinnYardley Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association68
 Brad Cornforth/Jian ZhangRadley Run Country Club/Inniscrone Golf Club68
 Michael Okeefe/Beau GuarinoLaurel Creek Country Club/Riverton Country Club68
 Edward Erickson/Paul RogowiczMakefield Highlands Golf Club/Yardley Country Club68
 Brian Groff/John BarryLancaster Country Club68
 Andrew Carber/Thomas O’BrienLederach Golf Club/Five Ponds Golf Club68
 Colin Smith/Sam PancoastBidermann Golf Club/Radley Run Country Club68
 Brendan Mahoney/Matthew KocentPhiladelphia Cricket Club68
 Thomas Coleman/Mike ManciGlen Oak Country Club/Wemberly Hills Golf Club68
 Jason Marie/Matt PetersFive Ponds Golf Club68
 Tom Prestia/Kurt FeldmanSteel Club68
 Griffin Smith/David RobbinsJericho National Golf Club/Trenton Country Club69
 Vince Scarpetta, Jr./Paul KeatingNittany Country Club/Aronimink Golf Club69
 Andrew Ploszay/Scott EhrlichChester Valley Golf Club/Waynesborough Country Club69
 Ari Flaisher/Greg JarmasLlanerch Country Club/Cobbs Creek Golf Club69
 John Maniscalco/Vince PantaloneRaven’s Claw Golf Club/Five Ponds Golf Club69
 Stephen Barry/Andy KerestesyRunning Deer Golf Club69
 Scott Micale/Mike BenninghoffCoatesville Country Club70
 Nicholas  Lukow/Kyle HutnikWoodstone Country Club & Lodge/Green Pond Country Club70
 John Bufalini/Phillip DamicoPhiladelphia Publinks Golf Association/McCall Golf Club70
 Matthew Scriff/Joe CorcoranSteel Club/Spring Ford Country Club70
 Max Muller/Andy BeittelManufacturers’ G&CC70
 Alex Maguire/Bo MaguireBrookside Country Club70
 Tony Peressini/Phil BartholomewLookaway Golf Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club70
 Scott Lawson/Dominick BalsamoTalamore Country Club70
 Liam Hart/Stephen CerbaraSpring Mill Country Club/Huntingdon Valley Country Club70
 Tom Pagel/William GulottaThe 1912 Club/Lederach Golf Club70
 John Kivitz/Larry RivielloMcCall Golf Club70
 Mike Kidd/Luis DiazWestwood Golf Club/Rancocas Golf Club71
 Matt Gilbert/John QuinnHershey Country Club71
 Tom Rowinski/Jonathan KemmerleySkippack Golf Club/Lookaway Golf Club71
 Sean McMonagle/Chris BinderTavistock Country Club/Riverwinds Golf Club71
 Patrick McCusker/Gerard RosatoSandy Run Country Club/The 1912 Club72
 Michael R. Brown, Jr./Mark WachterLuLu Country Club/DuPont Country Club72
 Dan Burton/Andrew TomposLancaster Country Club/Overlook Golf Course72
 Brent Peterson/Mark FineLehigh Country Club72
 Ron Robinson/Michael AndersonLuLu Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club72
 Mark Czerniakowski/Christopher ClausonLuLu Country Club73
 Patrick Welsh/Christopher ReedmanLuLu Country Club73
 Michael Duffy/Conal DevlinLuLu Country Club73
 Brian Isztwan/Patrick IsztwanHuntingdon Valley Country Club74
 Brian Allgaier/Roy BenninghoffBellewood Country Club74
 Scott Hutchinson/Conrad RadcliffeLookaway Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club75
 Brian McGowan/Alan DaleBlue Bell Country Club75
 Terrance Schmidt/Patrick McFarlaneTalamore Country Club75
 Troy McCloskey/Rob AlbaneseManufacturers’ G&CC75
 Mark Koelbel/Mike ReeserLuLu Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club75
 Kevin Koch/Robert DickSpring Ford Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club75
 Mark Farley/Connor McNicholasThe 1912 Club77
 Jake Brnich/Stephen DefrancisLuLu Country Club78
 Mark Lautenbacher/Steve GordonMakefield Highlands Golf Club85