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50th Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship

Raven’s Claw duo gets playoff redemption

MT. LAUREL, N.J. — A playoff didn’t submarine John Foley and Curtis Geiger this time.

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The Raven’s Claw Golf Club members captured the 50th Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Laurel Creek Country Club (par 70, 5,946 yards) Monday. Foley and Geiger, as well as the team of Stephen Cerbara and Liam Hart, finished regulation tied at 7-under-par 63.

However, Cerbara and Hart were unavailable for the sudden-death playoff. Overtime finally favored their 7-under counterparts.

In May, Foley and Geiger fell in a five-team playoff for the Philadelphia Publinks GA Better-Ball Championship at Turtle Creek Golf Course. This past weekend, they bowed in a three-team playoff for the Donald Ross Better-Ball Championship at Jeffersonville Golf Club.

“We’ve been close,” Geiger, 35, of Pottstown, Pa., said. “I was excited [to learn] that a playoff wasn’t going to be a match of cards. We wanted another chance. Obviously, it’s a different atmosphere when it’s just you and another team. It feels good to finally win.”

“We’re always right there, even when we’re not playing the best golf. We always find a way to get to the number that’s needed,” Foley, 24, of Limerick, Pa., added. “We saw that there was a team at 8 under, and we were at 5 under [at the time]. We didn’t really think we really had a shot. We just tried to get into the Top 3.”

The top trophy is a nice substitute.

Starting on the back nine, Foley used his 9-iron to set up birdie conversions of 20 and 30 feet, respectively, on Nos. 12 (par 4, 412 yards) and 13 (par 4, 358 yards). He canned an eight-footer on the par 3, 138-yard 14th hole following a crisp 50-degree wedge. That stretch figuratively sprinted with Geiger’s birdie baton. He drained an 18-footer on No. 11 (par 4, 375 yards) after hitting a pitching wedge from 150 yards. A three-putt bogey by Geiger on No. 18 (par 4, 402 yards) “took the wind out our sails.”

“We were hitting good shots. Then he got us home by making a bunch of putts coming in, so that was nice,” Geiger, who works in the Raven’s Claw pro shop, said.

And essential. Foley birdied four of the team’s final five holes. He made a three-footer on No. 5 (par 5, 478 yards) after landing a 4-iron greenside right. Foley knocked a 50-degree wedge 124 yards to 10 feet above the No. 6 (par 4, 396 yards) flagstick. After wisely navigating the dogleg left No. 8 (par 4, 311 yards), he lifted a lob wedge 85 yards to five feet. A two-putt birdie from 23 feet on No. 9 (par 5, 501 yards) elevated his team to the top of the leaderboard.

“He made seven birdies today, but he’ll probably tell you he wasn’t on his ‘A’ game,” Geiger, the reigning Philadelphia Publinks GA Player of the Year, jested.

Foley and Geiger met five years ago at Raven’s Claw. The two struck up a friendship, but golf opportunities therin ran on borrowed time. Foley spent the past two years working as a caddie at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa, Wisc. He returned home earlier this year and now works for his dad’s electrical company.

A golf reconnection with Geiger at Raven’s Claw, and a golf team that’s trending upward.

“There are a lot of people who want to play golf with Curt. To get the invite is pretty special,” Foley said. “He’s at Raven’s Claw six days a week pretty much. So anytime you want to show up and hit golf balls or chip and putt around the green, Curt is there.”

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Gross results
Name, clubScore
*Curtis Geiger/John Foley, Raven’s Claw Golf Club63
Stephen Cerbara/Liam Hart, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club63
Alexander Maguire/Brad Sokol, Brookside Country Club/Green Valley Country Club64
Zach Dilcher/Brandon Raihl, Hartefeld National/Philadelphia Cricket Club64
Patrick Welsh/Mark Czerniakowski, LuLu Country Club64
Geoffrey Cooper/Kevin Dougher, North Hills Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club64
Marc Mandel/Chris Baloga, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Briarwood Golf Club64
Zachary Falone/Daniel Tennekoon, Little Mill Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club64
Neil Gordon/Cesar Martinez, Five Ponds Golf Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club65
Gerard Rosato/Patrick McCusker, The 1912 Club/Sandy Run Country Club65
Joey Russo/Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club65
Vince Kwon/Bradley Roberts, Jeffersonville Golf Club/Little Mill Country Club65
Scott Lawson/Sal Cucinotti, Cedarbrook Country Club/Talamore Country Club65
Zach Arsenault/Beau Guarino, Riverton Country Club66
Matt Weist/Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club66
Ben Keyser/Stephen Scott, Woodcrest Country Club66
James Kaiser/Stephen Guertler, Tavistock Country Club66
Brian Herman/David Guertler, Merchantville Country Club/Merion Golf Club66
Adam Usher/David Ripa, Running Deer Golf Club66
Mike Korcuba/Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club66
Bo Maguire/Jordan McGlone, Brookside Country Club67
Billy Johns/Mitchell Racosky, Middletown Country Club67
Jason Wilson/Steve Oh, Olde Homestead Golf Club/DuPont Country Club67
Chase Miller/Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club/Loch Nairn Golf Club67
Christopher Bell/Kevin Turner, McCall Golf Club/Llanerch Country Club67
Matthew Crescenzo/John Simone, LuLu Country Club68
Nicholas Lukow/Kyle Hutnik, Woodstone Country Club & Lodge/Green Pond Country Club68
Nicholas Ciocca/Nathan Guertler, Aronimink Golf Club/Merion Golf Club68
Matt Gaffney/Pat Curiale, Medford Village Country Club68
William Cregar/Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club68
Stephen Barry/Andy Kerestesy, Running Deer Golf Club68
Stephen Defrancis/Jake Brnich, LuLu Country Club68
Jason Barkley/Pete Moran, Moselem Springs Golf Club/French Creek Golf Club69
Andrew Carrigan/Tylor Love, Woodcrest Country Club69
Bill Moule/Mark Munding, Scotland Run Golf Club69
Matthew Sicinski/Daniel Kilpatrick, Spring Mill Country Club/Hidden Creek Golf Club69
Bob Hackett/Joseph Hacker, Wilmington Country Club69
Mark Walker/Andy Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club69
Michael Fireman/Kyle Ginty, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Talamore Country Club69
Michael Boslet/Jacob Hillmann, Hawk Pointe Golf Club69
Kevin Maguire/Joe Zulli, Laurel Creek Country Club/Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia69
Nick Madden/Jerry Crane, LuLu Country Club/Westwood Golf Club69
Ryan Rigby/Sean Torpey, Doylestown Country Club69
Kevin Rizzotte/Gregory Scott, Woodcrest Country Club69
Jonathan Wilson/Brian Christian, Irem Country Club70
Shawn Gallagher/Shawn Niederriter, The Bucks Club/Spring Mill Country Club70
Jeremy Borrero/Aaron Campione, Scotland Run Golf Club70
Paul Elstone/Matthew Kowalski, Burlington Country Club70
Bruce Cowgill/Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club70
Marty McGuckin/Joseph Eaton, Philadelphia Cricket Club71
Joe Morganti/Chuck Kuntz, Llanerch Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club72
Nick Pasquale/Bob Luderitz, Seaview Country Club/Blue Heron Pines Golf Club72
Salvatore Galati/Matthew Massott, Woodcrest Country Club72
Epi Delapaz/Eric Shenyo, Gilbertsville Golf Club/White Clay Creek Country Club72
Matthew Miller/Jason Marie, Golf Tour Greater Philadelphia/Five Ponds Golf Club73
Alex Lahn/Jordan Schneider, Woodcrest Country Club/Bala Golf Club73
Mike Hector/Michael Duffy, LuLu Country Club74
Rob Albanese/Troy McCloskey, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club74
Hugh Arbuthnot/Brett Davidoff, Medford Village Country Club/Talamore Country Club74
Jake Borer/Greg Ogrodnik, Jeffersonville Golf Club74
Daniel Kubik/Daniel McManamon, Hawk Pointe Golf Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club75
Tom Rowinski/Matt Cybularz, Skippack Golf Club75
Greg Wedemeyer/James Barlow, Spring Ford Country Club/Doylestown Country Club75
John Morabito/Ryan Macuch, Pennsauken Country Club75
Andrew Stagliano/Ben Rodier, Burlington Country Club/Ramblewood Country Club75
Thomas DiGiulio/Nick Digiulio, Wedgwood Country Club/Hershey’s Mill Golf Club76
Shane Martin/Joshua Henry, LuLu Country Club76
Daniel Beach/Evan Stagliano, Burlington Country Club76
Nicholas Angiulo/Perry Pascasio, Deerwood Country Club77
George Crouse/David Bulman, Ramblewood Country Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club77
David Deswart/Tom Eisenhower, Medford Lakes Country Club/Links Golf Club78
Brady Marrone/Paul Tuttle, Riverton Country Club/Little Mill Country Club78
Frank Bruno/James Wiley, LuLu Country ClubNC
 
Net results
Name, clubScore
Geoffrey Cooper/Kevin Dougher, North Hills Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club61
Bo Maguire/Jordan McGlone, Brookside Country Club62
James Kaiser/Stephen Guertler, Tavistock Country Club62
Shawn Gallagher/Shawn Niederriter, The Bucks Club/Spring Mill Country Club62
Jeremy Borrero/Aaron Campione, Scotland Run Golf Club62
Bill Moule/Mark Munding, Scotland Run Golf Club63
Alexander Maguire/Brad Sokol, Brookside Country Club/Green Valley Country Club63
Gerard Rosato/Patrick McCusker, The 1912 Club/Sandy Run Country Club64
Patrick Welsh/Mark Czerniakowski, LuLu Country Club64
Ben Keyser/Stephen Scott, Woodcrest Country Club64
Matthew Miller/Jason Marie, Golf Tour Greater Philadelphia/Five Ponds Golf Club64
Bob Hackett/Joseph Hacker, Wilmington Country Club64
Brian Herman/David Guertler, Merchantville Country Club/Merion Golf Club64
Adam Usher/David Ripa, Running Deer Golf Club64
Paul Elstone/Matthew Kowalski, Burlington Country Club64
Greg Wedemeyer/James Barlow, Spring Ford Country Club/Doylestown Country Club65
Andrew Carrigan/Tylor Love, Woodcrest Country Club65
Neil Gordon/Cesar Martinez, Five Ponds Golf Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club65
Mike Korcuba/Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club65
Curtis Geiger/John Foley, Raven’s Claw Golf Club65
Scott Lawson/Sal Cucinotti, Cedarbrook Country Club/Talamore Country Club65
Mike Hector/Michael Duffy, LuLu Country Club66
Matt Weist/Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club66
Zach Dilcher/Brandon Raihl, Hartefeld National/Philadelphia Cricket Club66
Tom Rowinski/Matt Cybularz, Skippack Golf Club66
Chase Miller/Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club/Loch Nairn Golf Club66
Jake Borer/Greg Ogrodnik, Jeffersonville Golf Club66
Stephen Cerbara/Liam Hart, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club66
Zachary Falone/Daniel Tennekoon, Little Mill Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club66
Salvatore Galati/Matthew Massott, Woodcrest Country Club66
Daniel Beach/Evan Stagliano, Burlington Country Club66
Joe Morganti/Chuck Kuntz, Llanerch Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club67
Zach Arsenault/Beau Guarino, Riverton Country Club67
Thomas DiGiulio/Nick Digiulio, Wedgwood Country Club/Hershey’s Mill Golf Club67
Marc Mandel/Chris Baloga, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Briarwood Golf Club67
Billy Johns/Mitchell Racosky, Middletown Country Club67
Joey Russo/Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club67
Jason Wilson/Steve Oh, Olde Homestead Golf Club/DuPont Country Club67
Matthew Sicinski/Daniel Kilpatrick, Spring Mill Country Club/Hidden Creek Golf Club67
Nick Madden/Jerry Crane, LuLu Country Club/Westwood Golf Club67
Vince Kwon/Bradley Roberts, Jeffersonville Golf Club/Little Mill Country Club67
Alex Lahn/Jordan Schneider, Woodcrest Country Club/Bala Golf Club67
Christopher Bell/Kevin Turner, McCall Golf Club/Llanerch Country Club67
John Morabito/Ryan Macuch, Pennsauken Country Club67
Michael Boslet/Jacob Hillmann, Hawk Pointe Golf Club67
Ryan Rigby/Sean Torpey, Doylestown Country Club67
Kevin Rizzotte/Gregory Scott, Woodcrest Country Club67
Jason Barkley/Pete Moran, Moselem Springs Golf Club/French Creek Golf Club68
Nicholas Lukow/Kyle Hutnik, Woodstone Golf & Country Club/Green Pond Country Club68
Jonathan Wilson/Brian Christian, Irem Country Club68
Hugh Arbuthnot/Brett Davidoff, Medford Village Country Club/Talamore Country Club68
William Cregar/Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club68
Andrew Stagliano/Ben Rodier, Burlington Country Club/Ramblewood Country Club68
Stephen Defrancis/Jake Brnich, LuLu Country Club68
Daniel Kubik/Daniel McManamon, Hawk Pointe Golf Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club69
Stephen Barry/Andy Kerestesy, Running Deer Golf Club69
Nicholas Ciocca/Nathan Guertler, Aronimink Golf Club/Merion Golf Club69
Mark Walker/Andy Dietz, Laurel Creek Country Club69
Matt Gaffney/Pat Curiale, Medford Village Country Club69
Kevin Maguire/Joe Zulli, Laurel Creek Country Club/Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia69
Shane Martin/Joshua Henry, LuLu Country Club69
Michael Fireman/Kyle Ginty, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Talamore Country Club69
Epi Delapaz/Eric Shenyo, Gilbertsville Golf Club/White Clay Creek Country Club69
Brady Marrone/Paul Tuttle, Riverton Country Club/Little Mill Country Club69
Matthew Crescenzo/John Simone, LuLu Country Club70
Nick Pasquale/Bob Luderitz, Seaview Country Club/Blue Heron Pines Golf Club70
Bruce Cowgill/Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club70
George Crouse/David Bulman, Ramblewood Country Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club70
Marty McGuckin/Joseph Eaton, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Rob Albanese/Troy McCloskey, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club72
Nicholas Angiulo/Perry Pascasio, Deerwood Country Club72
David Deswart/Tom Eisenhower, Medford Lakes Country Club/Links Golf Club73
Frank Bruno/James Wiley, LuLu Country ClubNC
* – won in playoff
NC – no card