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Father & Son (Younger)

Cedarbrook’s LaRosas win Father & Son (Younger)

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. — David LaRosa’s participation in GAP Father & Son tournaments traces back to his childhood. For the first time ever Thursday, the 48-year-old completed 18 holes without scoring higher than a bogey.

As a result, he and son Chris notched a collective career-first: a GAP victory. The Cedarbrook Country Club members carded a 6-over-par 77 to capture the Junior Division title in 63rd Father & Son (Younger) at a challenging Hershey’s Mill Golf Club (par 71, 6,187 yards). The LaRosa team prevailed by a stroke.

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

“The course was very challenging. The greens were fast and firm, probably the fastest we’ve played on this year,” David said. “It was very difficult to get the ball in place. We were playing scared golf in the beginning.”

The apprehension appeared apparent early. The LaRosa team, which started on the back nine, bogeyed two of its first three holes before settling in with a string of pars. A clutch save on the inviting yet uninviting par 4, 408-yard 18th hole allowed the Lansdale, Pa. residents to make the turn in a modest 3 over. David pulled an 8-iron from 145 yards to greenside left. Chris then faced a delicate chip to a back-left hole location on a two-tiered green. Too aggressive and it descends to the lower shelf. Too conservative and it stays behind bars. Chris executed a chip that landed with promise and stopped eight feet from the jar. David watched the right-to-left breaker tumble in on its last revolution.  

“That was huge. That could have gone bad,” Chris, 15, a rising sophomore at North Penn High School, said.

Huge when the margin of victory is one. A birdie on the par 5, 486-yard No. 4 also proved instrumental. Chris punched a 3-wood from 180 yards into the right greenside bunker. David’s sand shot stopped six feet from the jar. Chris cleaned up the birdie putt.

“Tiger Woods would always say, ‘It was the worst round I could have shot.’ A 77 was the probably worst round we could have shot,” David said. “Twice here, we were 30 feet away from the flagstick and made 5.”

Such a score may appear on the card come August, but the LaRosas won’t mind then. The two will embark on a father-son golf trip to Pebble Beach, site of this year’s U.S. Open.

Aside from golf, the LaRosas share an interest in basketball. Both are Philadelphia 76ers season ticketholders.

“We go to 12-15 games a year. We were at four playoff games this past season,” Chris said.

“We’re rabid 76ers fans,” David added.

David is the son of Leon LaRosa, who served two stints (1900-96, 1999-2015) as treasurer of the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Leon died in 2016 at the age of 69.

“We want to dedicate the round to pop-pop,” David said.

David Layo, a wealth advisor for Citadel, presents the Junior-Junior crystal to Jeffrey Ciconte.

Junior-Junior
Jeffrey Ciconte played 36 holes of golf Thursday. The first 18 ultimately resulted in hardware.

Ciconte, 42, and his son Joseph claimed the event’s Junior-Junior (par 71, 5,692 yards) title. The Wilmington Country Club members carded a 6-over-par 77.

Jeff and his son Anthony won the Junior-Junior Division in 2017. They played alongside one another in the afternoon Thursday.

“It was a great experience. Joe played awesome,” Jeff said. “This course is a little bit tight, and we just kept the ball in front of us and gave ourselves plenty of birdie looks. We managed to make a bunch of pars, which was great.”

The Wilmington, Del. residents pointed to No. 9 (par 4, 362 yards) as the highlight hole of the day. After Joseph’s drive landed in the right rough, Jeff punched a 5-iron from 150 yards to two feet. Joseph, 12, an incoming seventh grader at The Tatnall School, tapped in for birdie.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 274 Full Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross results
Junior Division
Name, club, score
David LaRosa/Chris LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club77
Christopher Greer/Hayden Greer, Laurel Creek Country Club78
William Pabst, Sr./Billy Pabst, Jr., Elmhurst Country Club78
Joseph Garvey/Ryan Garvey, Rolling Green Golf Club79
Andrew Isztwan/Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Darren Nolan/Brendan Nolan, Talamore Country Club80
Jason Homer/Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club80
Anthony Ciconte/Jeff Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club80
Mark Lafond/Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club81
Kevin Lafond/Mark Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club81
Kenneth Matt/Christian Matt, Talamore Country Club82
William Keane, Jr./Will Keane, Philadelphia Country Club82
Andrew Damico/Philip Damico, McCall Golf Club82
Patrick Sullivan/Patrick Sullivan, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA82
Brian Block/Michael Block, Overbrook Golf Club83
Michael Bednar/Michael Bednar, Rolling Green Golf Club84
George Griffaton/Ben Griffaton, Bellewood Country Club86
Owen Mulhern/Keller Mulhern, Whitford Country Club86
Jeff Fialko/Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club87
Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club88
Ken Resuta/Kyle Resuta, Spring Ford Country Club90
Alex Hanna/Gregory Hanna, Overbrook Golf Club90
Patrick Buckley/Matt Buckley, Rolling Green Golf Club90
David Pfeiffer/Scott Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club96
Matt Johnson/Ric Johnson, White Clay Creek Country Club98
Gregory Hurchalla/Matthew Hurchalla, Stonewall/The Springhaven Club99
Mark Maurer, II/Josh Maurer, Bent Creek Country Club103
Junior-Junior Division
Name, club, score
Jeffrey Ciconte/Joseph Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club77
Marc Shaffer/Reilly Shaffer, Llanerch Country Club79
Greg O’Connor/Jack O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club/RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve80
Mark Peterson/D.J. Peterson, Waynesborough Country Club82
Bruce Robertson, Jr./Travis Robertson, Sunnybrook Golf Club83
Larry Benedetto/Jack Benedetto, Concord Country Club85
Andrew Clayton/Brady Clayton, Philadelphia Cricket Club86
Robert Powelson/Shane Powelson, Bidermann Golf Club86
Brad McFadden/Liam McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club86
Chong Moua/Zach Moua, St. Davids Golf Club87
Jason Homer/Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club87
Greg Smith/Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club88
John Puskar/Jackson Puskar, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club88
Larry Benedetto/Cameron Benedetto, Concord Country Club89
Rich Linkchorst/Nick Linkchorst, Golf Course at Glen Mills/Philadelphia Junior Tour93
Michael Mannon/Walker Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club/GAP Youth on Course93
Ted Raven/Charlie Raven, Philadelphia Cricket Club95
Charles Meadows/Hayden Meadows, Whitford Country Club96
Bradd Forstein/Jack Forstein, Laurel Creek Country Club97
Tim Yenawine/Zachary Yenawine, Lehigh Country Club100
Net results
Junior Division
Name, club, score
Brian Block/Michael Block, Overbrook Golf Club71
Joseph Garvey/Ryan Garvey, Rolling Green Golf Club71
David LaRosa/Chris LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club72
Kevin Lafond/Mark Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club73
Andrew Isztwan/Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Christopher Greer/Hayden Greer, Laurel Creek Country Club74
Michael Bednar/Michael Bednar, Rolling Green Golf Club74
Darren Nolan/Brendan Nolan, Talamore Country Club75
Patrick Buckley/Matt Buckley, Rolling Green Golf Club75
Andrew Damico/Philip Damico, McCall Golf Club76
Jason Homer/Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club76
William Pabst, Sr./Billy Pabst, Jr., Elmhurst Country Club77
Patrick Sullivan/Patrick Sullivan, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA77
Ken Resuta/Kyle Resuta, Spring Ford Country Club78
Mark Lafond/Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club78
Alex Hanna/Gregory Hanna, Overbrook Golf Club78
Anthony Ciconte/Jeff Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club78
William Keane, Jr./Will Keane, Philadelphia Country Club80
George Griffaton/Ben Griffaton, Bellewood Country Club80
Kenneth Matt/Christian Matt, Talamore Country Club82
Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
Jeff Fialko/Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club83
Owen Mulhern/Keller Mulhern, Whitford Country Club83
David Pfeiffer/Scott Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club84
Matt Johnson/Ric Johnson, White Clay Creek Country Club87
Junior-Junior Division
Name, club, score
Mark Peterson/D.J. Peterson, Waynesborough Country Club65
Michael Mannon/Walker Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club/GAP Youth on Course69
Larry Benedetto/Jack Benedetto, Concord Country Club69
Jeffrey Ciconte/Joseph Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club71
Marc Shaffer/Reilly Shaffer, Llanerch Country Club71
Larry Benedetto/Cameron Benedetto, Concord Country Club75
Brad McFadden/Liam McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club75
Greg Smith/Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club75
John Puskar/Jackson Puskar, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club76
Rich Linkchorst/Nick Linkchorst, Golf Course at Glen Mills/Philadelphia Junior Tour78
Jason Homer/Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club81