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DuPont duo of Mulrooney, Wachter wins Deeg Sezna at Radley Run

Aug. 5, 2018

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — The dynamic DuPont Country Club duo of Alex Mulrooney, a Junior golfer in the midst of a scorching summer streak, and Mark Wachter, a Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur regular, were yoga classmates when they first met. They’ve now flexed into GAP’s newest champions.

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  On a day where red numbers were hard to come by, Mulrooney and Wachter teamed up to fire a 2-under 70 to win the title in the 17th The Deeg Sezna at Radley Run Country Club (par 72, 6,303 yards). Monday’s lone subpar round earned them the Junior Boys’ crown. They topped all 37 teams competing on the day over five Divisions.

Their card’s first of four red numbers came on No. 7 (par 5, 488 yards). With the event being a selective drive/alternate shot format, the duo went with Wachter’s drive just in the left rough, leaving 240 yards in. Mulrooney’s 3-hybrid approach landed just short of the green, but a well-executed chip by Wachter left a straightforward five-footer that was converted for birdie. The next came on No. 9 (par 4, 331 yards), where Mulrooney hit a driving iron into the center cut of the fairway, leaving Wachter with a wedge from 120 yards out. The elder teammate tossed the approach shot to 15 feet, leading to a jarred roll by the talented youngster. The eventual champs made the turn at 1 under.

The third birdie arrived immediately on the back, on No. 10 (par 4, 336 yards). Wachter blasted a drive, making way for a Mulrooney flop shot over a greenside bunker from 40 yards out that nestled to six feet. Wachter drained it to move to 2 under.

Although a bogey blemish surfaced on No. 14 (par 4, 364 yards) in result of a three putt, they’d bounce back with a highlight play on No. 16 (par 5, 531 yards). After a perfect Mulrooney drive and Wachter approach, Mulrooney threw a wedge dart into the green from 50 yards out, leading to another birdie conversion by Wachter from five feet. Two pars on the way in, including a clutch eight-foot par make by Wachter on the finisher (par 4, 430 yards), completed the winning 2-under round.

“It was a solid round. We did have two holes where we three putted, but it was solid all around,” said Wachter, 50, of Wilmington, Del.

As previously mentioned, the two first met in a yoga class, which is also attended by Mulrooney’s mother, Debbie. From there, the connection was stretched, and an eventual bond of champions was forged.

“We first met there. Then, Mark emailed me asking me to play in [The Deeg Sezna], but I didn’t really know what the event was,” said Mulrooney, 15, also of Wilmington, Del. “Honestly, it was a really fun format. You have the chance to get aggressive off the tee, and it’s not too easy, either.”

“It was a great day with a great format. It’s always fun to play something different,” said Wachter.

Mulrooney is used to having a good time on the golf course this summer. It’s been an absolute breakthrough party for the rising sophomore at Concord High School. Today’s trophy only adds to the signature success he’s garnered in the span of a few months.

“I got off to somewhat of a slow start,” said Mulrooney. “I started well at the [GAP Open Championship], and ever since, I’ve been working on the swing a bit. I’ve just been making a ton of birdies this summer.”

His tied-for-sixth finish as the youngest player in the #GAPOpen field opened eyes, including the second-round card of 3-under 67 Mulrooney fired at St. Davids Golf Club. The teenager then went on to win the Delaware State Golf Association Junior Championship (July 25-26) at Maple Dale Country Club. A week later, he utilized a 7-under 65 in the final round to finish tied-for-16th in the DSGA Open Championship at Heritage Shores Club.

“Luckily I recruited him for today before he started getting hot,” said Wachter, who earned a victory in last year’s GAP Four-Ball Championship at Chester Valley Golf Club alongside partner Michael R. Brown, Jr. “I’ve already got Matt Finger asking me to recruit him for the [BMW GAP Team Matches]. We’ve got a lot of talent at DuPont.”

It seems The Deeg Sezna agrees.

Junior Girls’
In the Junior Girls’ Division, it was Northampton Country Club’s Noreen Mohler and RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve’s Grace Simenson who came out victorious on the sizzling day at Radley.

  A 1-over 37 on the front propelled the duo to the top of the leaderboard. Their second-side score of 43 was still enough to earn them the trophy, resulting in a 7-over 80 and a five-stroke edge over the others.

   “We played so well on the front. Unfortunately, we found some three putts on the back, but it was good enough to get the job done,” said Mohler, a GAP Executive Committee Member.

  The two first met at the Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Championship six years ago at Hershey Country Club, where Simenson took the Junior-Junior Girls’ title. It’s been a flourishing friendship since then.

   “We’ve kept it touch ever since,” said Mohler, 64, of Bethlehem, Pa. “We plan to continue to do so when Grace leaves for school in two weeks.”

  That date is when Simenson will head to the University of Texas, where she plans to major in biomedical engineering. She says her plan is to continue playing golf, whether that be walking on or with the Longhorns’ club team.

   “It feels awesome to get a trophy today,” said Simenson, 18, of Phoenixville, Pa. “I’ll make sure to bring it with me to school and put it in a place where my roommate can see it every day.”

  The Junior-Junior Boys’ Division was won by Tavistock Country Club’s Nathan Guertler and Adam Warner, who finished with a 6-over 78 for the triumph over a four-team field.

  The Junior-Junior Girls’ victory went to Kennett Square Country Club’s Taylor Hollander and Mary Dunigan, who carded a 15-over 88 for the trophy, topping one other team.

  In the Mixed category, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club’s Casey and Paul Oppenheimer took the top spot with a 3-over 76, bettering a field of three duos.

  The Deeg Sezna celebrates the mentorship of the older generation for its younger counterparts. It is named in honor of Davis “Deeg” Sezna, Jr. of Hartefeld National, 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, the Golf Association of Philadelphia and his father, Davis Sezna, Sr., established the Deeg Sezna, 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.

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Gross
Junior Boys
Name, club Score
Mark Wachter/Alex Mulrooney, DuPont Country Club 70
John VanDame, Jr./Joshua Ryan, Talamore Country Club/GAP Junior Players Club 72
John Buliga/Mark Czerniakowski, Yardley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club 72
Nicky Marrollo/Bruce Cowgill, Whitford Country Club 73
George Steinmetz/Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 74
Jay Vasil/Ryan Rucinski, Fox Hill Country Club/Hartefeld National 74
Richard Ogorek/Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club 75
Henry Fish/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 75
Doug Borgerson/Robbie Copit, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Green Valley Country Club 75
Michael Tyrrell/Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 75
Keith Matt/Christian Matt, Talamore Country Club 76
Darren Nolan/Michael Fireman, Talamore Country Club 78
Kevin Kelly/Luke Marvin, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Robert Aiken/Jack Mitchell, V, St. Davids Golf Club 81
David Guertler/Chase Cristella, Tavistock Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club 81
Brian Harman/Sam Harman, Schuylkill Country Club 81
Philip Damico/Gregory Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club 81
Bryan Marvin/Jack Marvin, Old York Road Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Ari Flaisher/Andrew Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club 82
Matthew Brennan, Sr./Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 83
Jim Gallagher/Edward Gallagher, Running Deer Golf Club 83
Andrew Ranaudo, Jr./Vince Puccio, Chester Valley Golf Club 87
Mark DiPrinzio/Brayden DiPrinzio, Chester Valley Golf Club 88
Matthew Brennan/Geoff Sheehan, Rolling Green Golf Club/Chester Valley Golf Club 90
Steve Fryer/Eric Fryer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 91
Junior Girls
Noreen Mohler/Grace Simenson, Northampton Country Club/RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 80
Kerry Rutan/Emma Schotsch, Philadelphia Cricket Club 85
Nancy Jones/Allison Jones, Radley Run Country Club 86
Junior-Junior Boys
Nathan Guertler/Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club 78
Frank Boensch/Frank Boensch, III, Steel Club 79
Greg Smith/Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club 80
William Walker/Reid Walker, Middletown Country Club/Riverton Country Club 84
Junior-Junior Girls
Taylor Hollander/Mary Dunigan, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 88
Jaclyn O’Hair/Molly O’Hair, Wilmington Country Club 91
Mixed
Peter Oppenheimer/Casey Oppenheimer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 76
Josh Sanborn/Grace Sanborn, Northampton Country Club 81
Daniel Kilpatrick/Kyleigh Kilpatrick, Philmont Country Club/GAP Youth on Course 94
Net
Junior Boys Net
John VanDame, Jr./Joshua Ryan, Talamore Country Club/GAP Junior Players Club 69
Mark Wachter/Alex Mulrooney, DuPont Country Club 70
Doug Borgerson/Robbie Copit, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Green Valley Country Club 70
Michael Tyrrell/Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 70
Richard Ogorek/Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club 71
Henry Fish/Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club 71
George Steinmetz/Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 71
John Buliga/Mark Czerniakowski, Yardley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club 72
Nicky Marrollo/Bruce Cowgill, Whitford Country Club 73
Keith Matt/Christian Matt, Talamore Country Club 73
Jay Vasil/Ryan Rucinski, Fox Hill Country Club/Hartefeld National 74
Darren Nolan/Michael Fireman, Talamore Country Club 75
Kevin Kelly/Luke Marvin, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Ari Flaisher/Andrew Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club 76
David Guertler/Chase Cristella, Tavistock Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club 76
Matthew Brennan, Sr./Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 77
Bryan Marvin/Jack Marvin, Old York Road Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Mark DiPrinzio/Brayden DiPrinzio, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Steve Fryer/Eric Fryer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Robert Aiken/Jack Mitchell, V, St. Davids Golf Club 79
Brian Harman/Sam Harman, Schuylkill Country Club 79
Philip Damico/Gregory Damico, McCall Golf & Country Club 79
Andrew Ranaudo, Jr./Vince Puccio, Chester Valley Golf Club 81
Jim Gallagher/Edward Gallagher, Running Deer Golf Club 81
Matthew Brennan/Geoff Sheehan, Rolling Green Golf Club/Chester Valley Golf Club 83
Junior Girls
Nancy Jones/Allison Jones, Radley Run Country Club 74
Noreen Mohler/Grace Simenson, Northampton Country Club/RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 76
Kerry Rutan/Emma Schotsch, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Junior-Junior Boys
Greg Smith/Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club 62
Frank Boensch/Frank Boensch, III, Steel Club 65
William Walker/Reid Walker, Middletown Country Club/Riverton Country Club 66
Nathan Guertler/Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club 74
Junior-Junior Girls
Taylor Hollander/Mary Dunigan, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
Jaclyn O’Hair/Molly O’Hair, Wilmington Country Club 88
Mixed
Josh Sanborn/Grace Sanborn, Northampton Country Club 70
Peter Oppenheimer/Casey Oppenheimer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 70
Daniel Kilpatrick/Kyleigh Kilpatrick, Philmont Country Club/GAP Youth on Course 72