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Dan and Charles Bernard capture 10th Deeg Sezna Four-Ball

  AVONDALE, Pa. — Call them the Bernard bombers. Charles and his son Dan scorched Hartefeld National (par 72, 6,363 yards) to the tune of an 8-under-par 64 to take the 10th Deeg Sezna Four-Ball Tuesday. The Malvern, Pa. residents birdied all five par 5s en route to a sensational score.

Dan Bernard

  “It’s nice to win something,” a humbled Dan, who plays out of Aronimink GC, said.

  “It’s nice to do it together,” Charles, a RiverCrest GC & Preserve member, added. “That’s special. We’ll always remember it.”

  Dan, 20, set a torrid tone for the Bernard team immediately. He nearly reached the No. 1 (par 5, 536 yards) green in two strokes with a 4-iron from 225 yards out. He nestled a chip to six feet. On No. 4 (par 4, 400 yards), Dan, a junior at Bucknell University, knocked a pitching wedge 121 yards to 12 foot and converted the left-to-right breaker for birdie. He and Charles matched birdies on No. 5 (par 5, 507 yards). Dan two-putted from seven feet after a commanding 6-iron shot. Laying three in the fairway bunker, Charles smacked a sand wedge 82 yards to five feet below the hole. The Bernard bombers moved to 4 under following a birdie on the strenuous par 5, 445-yard No. 8. A ball-decimating Dan pierced a pitching wedge 132 yards to 15 feet below the flagstick and two-putted.

  As Dan dominated the par 5s, dad Charles played the par 3s perfectly. He stopped a smooth 6-iron at six feet on No. 11 (par 3, 152 yards) and snaked in a sizzling 2.   “I seemed to be the short specialist,” Charles, 54, said.

  Dan balanced power and grace on the downhill par 5, 539-yard 13th hole. He rocketed a 3-wood 244 yards, lofted a chip to nine feet and cleaned up the birdie putt. The Bernard team’s only birdie on a par 4 occurred on the 362-yard 15th hole. Charles smashed a sand wedge 88 yards to five feet. Dan cleared the par 5 plate with a birdie on No. 16 (par 5, 513 yards). He hammered a 4-iron 230 yards to 15 feet below the flagstick and two-putted.

Charles Bernard

  The Bernard team’s triumph Tuesday marked its first on the Golf Association of Philadelphia trail. Both Dan and Charles have joined forces to compete in the Deeg Sezna and Father & Son tournaments annually. In 2008, they finished tied for second with a score of 67.

  “It’s a great tournament. We really like the golf course a lot,” Charles said. “We enjoy coming here. My brother, the boys (Joe and Dan) and I like it.”

  Defending champions Cameron Liebert of White Manor CC and Marc Mandel of Philadelphia Cricket Club were one of four teams who carded a 6-under-par 66 to finish second.

  Junior-Junior

  Wilmington CC’s Chris Anderson and Davis Mitchell carded a bogey-free 67 to top the Junior-Junior Division.

  “The main thing was to come out here in memory of Deeg,” Chris, who won last year’s Junior-Junior crown alongside nephew Brett, said. “I knew Deeg and watched him grow up. I think the tournament his father started was a great idea. I was supposed to be his (Mitchell’s) mentor today, but I was just the par-man. It was really neat. It means a lot to not only play in it, but to win it as well.”

  Mitchell, 13, dug the duo into red figures on No. 5 (par 5, 507 yards) when he lofted a chip to seven feet and lagged in the downhill birdie putt. Mitchell hit an attack wedge 115 yards to six feet for a 3 on No. 7 (par 4, 364 yards). He and Anderson, 49, traded birdies on No. 13 (par 5, 539 yards); Anderson canned a downhill 15-footer, Mitchell a six-footer following a lob wedge shot from 70 yards. A birdie on the par 5, 513-yard 16th brought the Wilmington, Del. residents to 4 under. Mitchell sealed red on the scorecard with a birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 354 yards). He knifed a pitching wedge 130 yards to six feet.

Chris Anderson & Davis Mitchell

  Anderson and Mitchell played a full round of golf together for the first time. It won’t be the last.

  “I can’t believe he’s only 13 because I’ve been admiring his game for years now,” Anderson, who captured back-to-back Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur titles in 1982 and 1983, said. “He played great. He’s fun to watch.”

  “He was the best partner I could have,” Mitchell added. He was consistent. He hit a lot of great shots. It was fun playing with him. It will be a memory that I cherish forever.”

  The tournament, which celebrates the mentorship of the older generation for its younger counterparts, is named in honor of Davis “Deeg” Sezna, Jr., who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001 in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

  Deeg, an avid golfer long a mentor to his younger brothers Teddy and Willy, and a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in economics, was in his sixth day of work on the 104th floor of the South Tower when the terrorists struck.

  To memorialize his name, GAP and his father, Davis Sezna, Sr., established the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball, pairing a junior player and an older amateur in a better ball competition, with a minimum age difference of 10 years and the stipulation that the younger player be 21 or younger.

  The goal is to give experienced golfers quality time with the next generation, and vice versa.

Gross Division
Junior
Championship (Hdcp. 9 and below)
Name, club Score
Dan Bernard/Charles Bernard, Aronimink GC/Rivercrest GC & Preserve 64
Alex Acciani/Michael Rose, Talamore CC/Meadowlands CC 66
Cameron Liebert/Marc Mandel, White Manor CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club 66
Nick Cappetti/Jack Wallace, Burlington CC 66
Austin Galaska/John Brennan, Spring Ford CC 66
Jack Gregor/Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC 67
Bobby Arthur, Jr./Bryan Marvin, Tavistock CC/Old York Road CC 69
John Fasy/Randy Mitchell, Wilmington CC 69
Christopher Crawford/Bill Henaghan, Spring Mill CC/Pilgrim’s Oak GC 70
Mark Fuessinger/Connor Eichman, Llanerch CC 70
Tim Ungrady/Mike Hartsough, Edgmont CC 71
Laurence Hirsh/Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71
Phillip Villari, Jr./Anthony Villari, Riverton CC 73
Robert Tredinnick/Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National GC 75
Steve Robinson/Tyler Darrah, Lookaway GC 75
Jake Gray/W.Scott Yard, Honeybrook GC/Whitford CC 76
Junior First Flight (Hdcp. 10 and above)
Name, club Score
Michael Johnson/Kevin Messerle, Talamore CC/Linfield National GC 70
Ted Mellas/Gene Carroll, Chester Valley CC 72
Robert Eberly/Kevin Eberly, Merion GC/Applebrook GC 72
Chick Hoff/Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National GC 73
John Esher-Hagel/William Hagel, McCall G&CC 73
Tom Gergel/Jack Gergel, West Chester G&CC 73
Jonathan Bebey/Gregory Day, Sandy Run CC/Old York Road CC 74
Joe Tigani/Clive Broadbent, Fieldstone GC/Hartefeld National 75
Kyle Allan/Bill Fagan, Pheonixville CC/St Davids GC 75
Mike Williams/Andrew Willadsen, Sakima CC 75
Danny Noone/Thomas Chizauskie, The Springhaven Club 76
Edward Roberts/Michael Marvin, Manufacturers G&CC/ Old York Road CC 76
Ryan Carroll/Steven Mellas, Chester Valley CC 76
Brian Klaus/Jacob Klaus, Tavistock CC 77
Jack McAleese/T.J. Coady, Aronimink GC/Rivercrest GC & Preserve 78
Nolan Dirienzi/Ron Dirienzi, Rolling Green GC 78
C.J. VanOstenbridge/Dan VanOstenbridge, Spring Ford CC 79
Kevin Levitsky/Ronald Abrams, Wilmington CC/Brandywine CC 79
Christopher Chizauskie/John Noone, The Springhaven Club 80
William Dalton, Jr./Jack Walsh, Jr., Overbrook GC/Old York Road CC 80
Junior-Junior
Name, club Score
Chris Anderson/Davis Mitchell, Wilmington CC 67
Michael McDermott/Thomas Gravina, Jr., Merion GC/Aronimink GC 69
Net Division
Junior
Championship (Hdcp. 9 and below)
Name, club Score
Dan Bernard/Charles Bernard, Aronimink GC/Rivercrest GC & Preserve 63
Nick Cappetti/Jack Wallace, Burlington CC 63
Alex Acciani/Michael Rose, Talamore CC/Meadowlands CC 64
Jack Gregor/Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC 64
Cameron Liebert/Marc Mandel, White Manor CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club 66
Austin Galaska/John Brennan, Spring Ford CC 66
Bobby Arthur, Jr./Bryan Marvin, Tavistock CC/Old York Road CC 66
Phillip Villari, Jr./Anthony Villari, Riverton CC 66
Christopher Crawford/Bill Henaghan, Spring Mill CC/Pilgrim’s Oak GC 67
Mark Fuessinger/Connor Eichman, Llanerch CC 67
Tim Ungrady/Mike Hartsough, Edgmont CC 67
Laurence Hirsh/Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club 67
John Fasy/Randy Mitchell, Wilmington CC 68
Robert Tredinnick/Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National GC 70
Steve Robinson/Tyler Darrah, Lookaway GC 72
Jake Gray/W.Scott Yard, Honeybrook GC/Whitford CC 72
Junior First Flight (Hdcp. 10 and above)
Name, club Score
Ted Mellas/Gene Carroll, Chester Valley CC 62
Danny Noone/Thomas Chizauskie, The Springhaven Club 62
Kyle Allan/Bill Fagan, Pheonixville CC/St Davids GC 63
John Esher-Hagel/William Hagel, McCall G&CC 64
Jonathan Bebey/Gregory Day, Sandy Run CC/Old York Road CC 65
Robert Eberly/Kevin Eberly, Merion GC/Applebrook GC 66
Brian Klaus/Jacob Klaus, Tavistock CC 66
Chick Hoff/Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National GC 67
Tom Gergel/Jack Gergel, West Chester G&CC 67
Mike Williams/Andrew Willadsen, Sakima CC 67
Edward Roberts/Michael Marvin, Manufacturers G&CC/ Old York Road CC 67
Nolan Dirienzi/Ron Dirienzi, Rolling Green GC 67
Kevin Levitsky/Ronald Abrams, Wilmington CC/Brandywine CC 67
Michael Johnson/Kevin Messerle, Talamore CC/Linfield National GC 68
Ryan Carroll/Steven Mellas, Chester Valley CC 69
Christopher Chizauskie/John Noone, The Springhaven Club 69
Joe Tigani/Clive Broadbent, Fieldstone GC/Hartefeld National 70
Jack McAleese/T.J. Coady, Aronimink GC/Rivercrest GC & Preserve 70
C.J. VanOstenbridge/Dan VanOstenbridge, Spring Ford CC 70
William Dalton, Jr./Jack Walsh, Jr., Overbrook GC/Old York Road CC 70
Junior-Junior
Name, club Score
Chris Anderson/Davis Mitchell, Wilmington CC 64
Michael McDermott/Thomas Gravina, Jr., Merion GC/Aronimink GC 64