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Father & Son (Middle)

Cricket’s Kellys capture Father & Son (Middle)

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HONEY BROOK, Pa. — Five teams finished tied atop the Father & Son (Middle) at Honeybrook Golf Club (par 70, 6,014 yards) Thursday.

By means of a scorecard playoff, Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Kevin and Ryan Kelly earned the crown thanks to a 31 on Honeybrook’s back nine, the first tiebreaking criteria in the USGA’s recommended method. Aronimink Golf Club’s Charles and Dan Bernard, Philmont Country Club’s Glenn and Cory Meyer, Wyoming Valley Country Club’s John and A.J. Olszewski and Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s Dan and D.J. Pinciotti carded matching 2-under-par 68s in regulation.

The event’s format is selective drive/alternate shot.

The Kellys, coincidentally, competed alongside the Pinciottis, a good luck charm of sorts. There’s a friendship and comfort there, for starters. Kevin and Dan talked BMW GAP Team Matches, among other topics. The former captains Philadelphia Cricket 1; Pinciotti is captain of Huntingdon Valley’s first team.

Shop chat aside, the Pinciottis played alongside Gary and Cody Smith, the tournament’s defending champions, a year ago.

“Maybe they have some good karma,” Kevin said.

Turns out they do.

The Kelly team, which started on No. 10, made morning headlines at 4 under through nine holes. Ryan’s 10-foot par save on No. 12 (par 5, 560 yards) jumpstarted a birdie jamboree. Kevin’s smooth 7-iron on No. 13 (par 3, 160 yards) set up a straightforward 10-footer. Impressive ball-striking by both players continued the subpar shindig. Kevin’s drive on No. 14 (par 4, 276 yards) put Ryan greenside left — chip and a kick-in birdie. Following Ryan’s monstrous drive on the par 5, 515-yard 15th hole, Kevin launched a rescue 225 yards to the middle of the green. Two putts for birdie No. 3. Ryan drove the No. 16 (par 4, 280 yards). Another two putts for birdie No. 4.

“I don’t think I hit a second shot on the back nine. I hit a lot of good drives and he hit a lot of good second shots,” Ryan, 23, said.

“It’s fun hitting second shots from where he drives it,” Kevin, 52, added.

Scoring became elusive during the Kelly team’s inward tour. Its lone on-paper opportunity? A trying 20-footer on the par 3, 182-yard No. 8. A pair of bogeys prompted a scorecard playoff. Ryan’s ran a birdie attempt from the right fringe on No. 3 (par 3, 175 yards) seven feet past the jar. Kevin missed the comebacker. On the next hole (par 5, 545 yards), he blocked a 3-wood into a batch of thick grass. Ryan gouged it out and later lipped out a 10-footer for par.

Nevertheless, a remarkable Honeybrook debut for the Kellys.

“We enjoyed it,” Kevin said. “It’s a great golf course. [I was impressed by] the conditioning.”

Perhaps Ryan will continue impress, too, now that golf is a full-time focus. He completed a five-year baseball career at Saint Joseph’s University, where he earned a Master’s degree in business administration this year. Obligations on the diamond caused a six-year hiatus from GAP Father & Son events.

“There isn’t an offseason,” Ryan, will work for Philadelphia Insurance Companies starting in July, said. “It’s all golf. I’m not playing any more baseball.”

“Baseball is a job. It never stops,” Kevin, who works in the printing industry, added. “One summer in Virginia, one summer in the Carolinas … your summers are spent playing baseball, too. It’s nice to see him back and playing golf.”

The Horsham, Pa. residents will be back to defend their Father & Son title at Philadelphia Cricket June 16. Like Honeybrook, they’re one-for-one there, too.

NOTES — Play was suspended for 56 minutes due to lightning in the area … The Father & Son (Middle) tournament is for those father and son teams with sons 19 to 29 years old. The event was conceived in 2008 because of the high demand for participation in both the Father & Son (Younger), which celebrates its 62nd anniversary this year, and the Older tournament — an event in its 108th year.

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Gross results
Name, club, score
*Kevin Kelly/Ryan Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club68
Glenn Meyer/Cory Meyer, Philmont Country Club68
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr./D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club68
Dan Bernard/Charles Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club68
John Olszewski/A.J. Olszewski, Wyoming Valley Country Club68
Jim Fullerton/Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown69
Brian Isztwan/Andrew Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club70
Brandon Cassidy/Barry Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club70
John Tall/Ryan Tall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Spring Ford Country Club71
Seth Cooley/Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club71
Buddy Hansen, IV/E. Hansen, III, Blue Bell Country Club72
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club72
Christopher Knox/Michael Knox, Downingtown Country Club72
Thomas Craig/Brendan Craig, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club72
Thomas Finn/Patrick Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club/Rock Manor Golf Course72
Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club72
Robert Reed/Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club73
Vincent Dalessandro/Christopher Dalessandro, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club74
Richard Riva/Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club74
Joseph Templin/Jakob Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club74
Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club74
Laurence Hirsh/Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Griff Basehore/Terry Basehore, Whitford Country Club/Country Club of Harrisburg74
Stephen McNamara/Sean Mcnamara, Bent Creek Country Club75
James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club75
Daniel Wu/Shuguang Wu, Blue Bell Country Club76
Walter Neumann/Andrew Neumann, Spring Mill Country Club76
Luke Morgan/Doug Morgan, Schuylkill Country Club76
Paul Mauer/Paul Mauer, Stonewall76
Hudson Green, Jr./Kyle Green, Stonewall77
Eric Dipietro/Karl Di Pietro, Rolling Green Golf Club77
Gary Smith/Cody Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA78
Ed Brown/Connor Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club/Pickering Valley Golf Course78
Ed Mcadoo/Samuel Mcadoo, Bellewood Country Club/Bala Golf Club78
George Kerschner/Ted Kerschner, Overbrook Golf Club78
Anthony Gruenling/Anthony Gruenling, French Creek Golf Club79
Alan Wagenschnur/Jeffrey Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club79
John Tierney/Jack Tierney, Merchantville Country Club80
Richard Casselbury/Blaise Casselbury, Lancaster Country Club80
Robert Galbreath, Sr./Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Salvatore Giafaglione/Salvatore Giafaglione, Running Deer Golf Club82
Andrew Repetto/Philip Repetto, Cobbs Creek Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA82
Jeff Garrett/Scott Garrett, The Bucks Club82
Mark Hershey/Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club83
Joseph Finley/Andrew Finley, Rolling Green Golf Club/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale83
Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club83
James Forte/Jimmy Forte, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Yardley Country Club84
Dennis Wysocki/Chris Wysocki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club87
Nick Matteo/Christopher Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club100
* — won in scorecard playoff
Net results
Name, club, score
Andrew Repetto/Philip Repetto, Cobbs Creek Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA61
Christopher Knox/Michael Knox, Downingtown Country Club62
Jim Fullerton/Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown63
Brandon Cassidy/Barry Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club63
Glenn Meyer/Cory Meyer, Philmont Country Club64
Richard Casselbury/Blaise Casselbury, Lancaster Country Club65
Thomas Craig/Brendan Craig, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club65
Brian Isztwan/Andrew Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club65
Ed Mcadoo/Samuel Mcadoo, Bellewood Country Club/Bala Golf Club65
Thomas Finn/Patrick Finn, Loch Nairn Golf Club/Rock Manor Golf Course65
John Olszewski/A.J. Olszewski, Wyoming Valley Country Club65
Kevin Kelly/Ryan Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club66
Joseph Templin/Jakob Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club66
Seth Cooley/Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club66
Stephen McNamara/Sean Mcnamara, Bent Creek Country Club67
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr./D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club67
Buddy Hansen, IV/E. Hansen, III, Blue Bell Country Club68
John Tall/Ryan Tall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Spring Ford Country Club68
Dan Bernard/Charles Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club68
Robert Reed/Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club68
Eric Dipietro/Karl Di Pietro, Rolling Green Golf Club68
Hudson Green, Jr./Kyle Green, Stonewall69
James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club69
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley Country Club70
John Tierney/Jack Tierney, Merchantville Country Club70
Richard Riva/Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club70
Ken Croney, Jr./Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club70
Anthony Gruenling/Anthony Gruenling, French Creek Golf Club71
Daniel Wu/Shuguang Wu, Blue Bell Country Club71
Luke Morgan/Doug Morgan, Schuylkill Country Club71
George Kerschner/Ted Kerschner, Overbrook Golf Club71
Vincent Dalessandro/Christopher Dalessandro, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club72
Salvatore Giafaglione/Salvatore Giafaglione, Running Deer Golf Club72
Walter Neumann/Andrew Neumann, Spring Mill Country Club72
Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club72
Laurence Hirsh/Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Alan Wagenschnur/Jeffrey Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club73
Paul Mauer/Paul Mauer, Stonewall73
Ed Brown/Connor Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club/Pickering Valley Golf Course74
James Forte/Jimmy Forte, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Yardley Country Club74
Del Markward/Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club74
Joseph Finley/Andrew Finley, Rolling Green Golf Club/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale75
Gary Smith/Cody Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA75
Dennis Wysocki/Chris Wysocki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club76
Jeff Garrett/Scott Garrett, The Bucks Club76
Robert Galbreath, Sr./Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76
Mark Hershey/Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club77
Nick Matteo/Christopher Matteo, Lu Lu Country Club85