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Bala’s Kreamer triumphs on home track in Spring Net

 PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- Homeclub hopeful Brian Kreamer made the definition of “home-field advantage” come to fruition Thursday at Bala Golf Club (par 68, 5,306 yards). | Scorecards | History |

  With consistent play and valuable course knowledge on his side, Kreamer collected 39 Stableford points en route to the overall Men’s title in the Tee It Forward – Spring Net Championship. He topped an overall field, sorted in three divisions based on handicap index, of 50 players.

  “I was thinking about it this afternoon after my round, about the possibility of winning,” said Kreamer, who teed off in the first group of the day. “When I signed up, I didn’t think twice about it. I knew I could be competitive, but to win any event with the golfers the GAP fields is an exciting thing. And it feels even better to do it on my home course.”

  Consistency, as per usual, was the name of Kreamer’s game on the familiar track. Seven net birdies helped propel him to the top, along with eight solid net pars.

  The most memorable came on No. 10 (par 5, 487 yards). Kreamer faced a difficult 18-footer, one he “didn’t think was going to make it”, and sunk it for a crucial net birdie to start the back nine. Another defining moment came on the finishing hole (par 4, 362 yards). The overall champion hit his approach shot long over the green, to the left, but got up-and-down for par to finish the eventual winning round off strong.

  “The round was just all-around consistent,” said Kreamer, 47, of Wynwood, Pa. “I didn’t make any gross birdies today, but on the front with the wind howling I was able to get up and down from a few spots when I needed to. That was the difference.”

  Being the only Bala member in the field was “a little surprising” to Kreamer, but at the end of the day, it worked out for the club’s Golf Chairman.

  “I’ve been a member here since 2004. I’m pretty involved and get out to play a lot,” he said.

  Kreamer, along with the club, who is celebrating its 115th year of existence in 2016, welcomed the Association today with open arms and hopes to host more GAP events moving forward.

  “We always love getting people here to see the club and how it performs,” said Kreamer, who works in the real estate business. “If you look at the scorecard, most people don’t necessarily see it as a challenge. But getting an event here today, like the Spring Net, it shows that our course is a good test and is enjoyable.

Satterley takes inaugural Women’s Division title

  In the Women’s Division – the first year the Division has been fielded in the Spring Net – Betty Satterley of The Bucks Club took home the inaugural prize with 27 Stableford points.

  Satterley, playing alongside her husband, Tom, collected three net birdies and five pars on her way to the top of a seven-player field. The Richboro, Pa. resident competed from the forward ladies’ tee (par 68, 4,213 yards).

  “Whenever there is an opportunity to play with my husband – he used to travel a lot and now he has more time – it’s wonderful,” said Satterley, 59. “And, I got a trophy! That was an unexpected pleasure.”

  A pair of great friends, Emily and Jeff Garrett, rounded out the champion’s playing foursome.

  “It was great to be with our good friends, who we’ve known for over 28 years,” she said. “We always have a great round together and we really enjoyed it out there today.”

  The Spring Net Championship, formerly known as the First Handicap Tournament, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Association adopted the Tee It Forward parameters in 2012. It also changed the scoring format to net stableford.

  The Tee It Forward initiative encourages golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

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Men’s Flight Overall  
Name, club Net
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 39
Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 36
John Stuart, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 36
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 35
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 35
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 35
Fred Schrader, Merion Golf Club 34
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 34
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 34
Aaron Rosenzweig, PineCrest Country Club 34
Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 34
Jon Hart, Berkshire Country Club 34
Mike Nardella, Valleybrook Country Club 34
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club 32
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 31
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 31
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 30
Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills 30
Steve Mahle, Talamore Country Club 30
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 30
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 29
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 28
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 28
Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 28
Rick Urbanowski, Bensalem Township Country Club 28
Jim Rhodes, Whitford Country Club 27
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 27
Bill Gudal, Coatesville Country Club 27
Charles White, Merion Golf Club 27
Patrick Riley, The Bucks Club 27
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 26
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 26
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 25
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 25
Paul Missett, Philadelphia Country Club 25
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 25
Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club 23
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 23
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 23
David Wood, White Manor Country Club 22
Brent Alwood, Five Ponds Golf Club 21
Ernie Williams, Wedgwood Country Club 21
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 21
Frank D’Amore, Merion Golf Club 19
Ken Kistler, Whitford Country Club 19
George Peterman, Talamore Country Club 19
Dave Urban, Downingtown Country Club 17
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 17
W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club WD
M. Curtis Young, Merion Golf Club WD
Paul McAlaine, Merion Golf Club WD
Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Women’s Flight Overall  
Name, club Net
Betty Satterley, The Bucks Club 27
Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club 24
Emily Garrett, Blue Bell Country Club 23
Jane Dorey, Tavistock Country Club 23
Mo Reardon, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 23
Nicole McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club 23
Wynn Harris, Old York Road Country Club 23
1st Flight  
Name, club Net
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club 39
Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 36
David Kearney, Lehigh Country Club 35
Joseph DeAngelis, Jericho National Golf Club 35
Fred Schrader, Merion Golf Club 34
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
Jeff Garrett, The Bucks Club 32
Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club 31
J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club 30
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club 28
Rick Ames, Philadelphia Publinks GA 28
Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 25
Tom Satterley, The Bucks Club 23
David Wood, White Manor Country Club 22
Brent Alwood, Five Ponds Golf Club 21
Ernie Williams, Wedgwood Country Club 21
James Miller, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 21
W. Garth Sprecher, Lancaster Country Club WD
2nd Flight  
Name, club Net
Edward Osciak, Jr., Loch Nairn Golf Club 35
Jerry Whitman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 34
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club 34
Don Neill, Lu Lu Country Club 31
Vito Caracappa, Golf Course at Glen Mills 30
Frank Andrusiewicz, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 28
Rick Urbanowski, Bensalem Township Country Club 28
Jim Rhodes, Whitford Country Club 27
Ned Moore, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 27
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club 26
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club 26
Jack Endicott, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 25
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club 23
Frank D’Amore, Merion Golf Club 19
Ken Kistler, Whitford Country Club 19
Dave Urban, Downingtown Country Club 17
M. Curtis Young, Merion Golf Club WD
Francis Adams, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
3rd Flight  
Name, club Net
John Stuart, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 36
Aaron Rosenzweig, PineCrest Country Club 34
Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 34
Jon Hart, Berkshire Country Club 34
Mike Nardella, Valleybrook Country Club 34
Hank Collins, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
Steve Mahle, Talamore Country Club 30
Timothy Joyce, Philadelphia Publinks GA 30
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf & Country Club 29
Bill Gudal, Coatesville Country Club 27
Charles White, Merion Golf Club 27
Patrick Riley, The Bucks Club 27
Paul Missett, Philadelphia Country Club 25
W. Frank Skilton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 25
David Spirt, Talamore Country Club 23
George Peterman, Talamore Country Club 19
Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 17
Paul McAlaine, Merion Golf Club WD
Women’s Flight  
Name, club Net
Betty Satterley, The Bucks Club 27
Josie Anthony, White Manor Country Club 24
Emily Garrett, Blue Bell Country Club 23
Jane Dorey, Tavistock Country Club 23
Mo Reardon, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club 23
Nicole McCabe, Philadelphia Country Club 23
Wynn Harris, Old York Road Country Club 23