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Four-Ball Stroke Play: White Manor

Talamore team Fireman, Ginty tops Four-Ball Stroke Play at White Manor

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MALVERN, Pa. – Talamore Country Club’s Kyle Ginty got eyes on the GAP schedule, saw the Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship set for White Manor Country Club (par 71, 6,390 yards), and immediately knew who to call. The recruiting trail began and ended with clubmate Michael Fireman, a White Manor veteran of 22 years.

Experience paired with a scorching flatstick resulted in the 48th Four-Ball Stroke Play title. Fireman and Ginty fired a sizzling round of 7-under 64, topping a sold-out field of 80 teams for the win Thursday.

Taking the day’s Net Division title was Lu Lu Country Club’s Mark Czerniakowski and Yardley Country Club’s Greg Buliga with a net score of 10-under 61.

The day’s early morning mark was set by two teams at 5 under: Radley Run Country Club’s Parker Wine and Philip Potter, plus Jericho National Golf Club’s David Robbins and Griffin Smith. In the afternoon, the sun made its presence known, bringing more speed in play both on the fairways and on the greens. Ginty and Fireman flourished in the August heat.

Starting on White Manor’s second side, the champions’ first red number arrived on No. 11 (par 5, 501 yards). Ginty, who carded seven birdies on his own ball throughout the day, blasted driver followed by a hybrid from 230 yards out, leaving him just in front of the green. His third shot was “fatted” into the center of the hill and rolled back down to 45 feet, but the birdie bomb fell.

“I just told him to make it,” said Fireman. “And… he did.”

The next highlights came back-to-back on Nos. 13 (par 4, 414 yards), where a 30-foot Ginty birdie putt dropped, and No. 14 (par 3, 161 yards), which hosted a 20-foot make for 2. Fireman got his debut birdie on the par 5, 502-yard 17th after just missing on a 10-foot eagle attempt. The duo made the turn at 3-under par with momentum on their side.

“Even though we gave one back [on the par 3, 173-yard 12th], we were feeling pretty good. Everything was falling, center of the cup,” said Ginty.

The second nine began with a bang on No. 2 (par 4, 407 yards), where Ginty’s 9-iron approach skipped to 10 feet from the cup, and the putt rolled over the front lip for birdie. On No. 5 (par 4, 419 yards), Ginty’s trusty 9-iron again, this time from 143 yards, landed four feet from the hole, leading to a short birdie make.

Fireman’s second birdie of the day came on No. 6 (par 5, 551 yards) when a 25-foot roll fell after a helping read from his partner. Ginty topped off his low day with consecutive birdies on Nos. 7 (par 4, 330 yards) and 8 (par 3, 101 yards).

“I was closer than Kyle on both of those. I was six feet on No. 7 and three feet on No. 8, but Kyle dropped his longer putts right in,” said Fireman.

Despite a finishing bogey on No. 9 (par 4, 384 yards), the Talamore team bettered the rest of the field by two strokes behind strong performances by both players, who each finished under par on their respective balls.

This morning, Fireman texted his teammate saying each person’s birdie quota was “three each” for the day. Because Ginty’s flatstick caught fire from deep on multiple occasions, Fireman had to pick up three times within six feet. He didn’t reach his quota in result.

“I only carded two birdies because of that,” said Fireman. 52, of North Wales, Pa.

No matter who was jarring the under-par scores, it didn’t matter. They were both champions.

“It’s so fun to play with him because it’s a stress relief. His game is boring because he’s so straight [off the tee], straight down the middle all day,” said Ginty, 33, of Conshohocken, Pa. “I really leaned on him for his course knowledge today, and he helped me find the good positions on the course and where not to end up.”

Having grown up and learned the game at White Manor, where Fireman joined when he was just four years old, Ginty headhunted his partner early and often. The pair plays frequently together at Talamore, but with Fireman scheduled to leave the club after this season, Ginty knew it was the perfect set up for a glorious send off.

“I knew right away who I was going to call,” said Ginty. “He’s got five Talamore club championships, and I’ve got one. We’ve played a ton since I moved up here eight years ago from South Carolina. I wanted to give him the proper send off, and I’m glad we were able to play the way we did today.”

“I’ve known Kyle for a long time since he was a young man,” said Fireman. “We’ve played a lot of golf together and he’s a great player. I mean, the kid had seven birdies out there. I’m happy I accepted the invite.”

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 Division
Name, clubScore
Michael Fireman/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club64
Mark Czerniakowski/Gregory Buliga, Lu Lu Country Club/Yardley Country Club66
David Robbins/Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club66
Parker Wine/Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club66
Luis Diaz/Paul Bickford, Rancocas Golf Club/Wedgwood Country Club67
Thomas Lindberg/D.J. Kurz, St. Davids Golf Club/Merion Golf Club67
Paul Winter/Michael Winter, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club67
Erik Settelen/James McCallum, Talamore Country Club/Heidelberg Country Club67
Bruce Cowgill/Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club68
Joe Bianco/Scott Niggli, White Clay Creek Country Club68
Michael Sanfrancesco/Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club68
Kevin Maguire/Joe Zulli, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia68
Greg Bender/Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club68
Colin Smith/Sam Pancoast, Bidermann Golf Club/Radley Run Country Club69
Andrew Wallace/Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club/Philadelphia Country Club69
Dan Close/Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country Club69
Jim Hughes/William Smith, Carlisle Country Club/Chambersburg Country Club69
Dan Agoglia/G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club69
James Deluca/Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club70
Joseph Russo/Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club70
Christopher Schank/James Bresnahan, Elkview Country Club/Bala Golf Club70
Cory Calvert/Justin Masters, Country Club of Scranton70
Jason Wilson/Kevin Rossi, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Scranton Municipal Golf Course70
T.J. Roberts/Gary Roberts, Lu Lu Country Club70
Andy Kerestesy/Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club70
Jeff Kavanagh/Robert Tredinnick, Sandy Run Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club71
Joe Corcoran/Matthew Scriff, Five Ponds Golf Club/Steel Club71
Kevin Sarlo, Jr./Drew Guarino, Little Mill Country Club/Sea Oaks Country Club71
Ellis Chandler/Philip Mortell, III, Honeybrook Golf Club71
Edward Kelly, Jr./Brian Skrip, Old York Road Country Club71
Andrew Sterge/Jeffrey Romines, Applebrook Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA71
Bob Buckley/Jon Clay, Sr., Lehigh Country Club71
Kyle Pritchard/Robert Johnson, Olde Homestead Golf Club/Steel Club71
Brad Cornforth/Jian Zhang, Loch Nairn Golf Club71
Ray Pyontek/Edward Erickson, Mercer Oaks Golf Course/Makefield Highlands Golf Club71
William Howard, V/Mcallister Brenan, Applebrook Golf Club71
Bradley Roberts/Mark Kosko, Little Mill Country Club72
Bill Porter/Anthony Dent, Medford Village Country Club/Medford Lakes Country Club72
Sean Torpey/John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club72
Ryan Riviezzo/Rajat Gogia, Honeybrook Golf Club/Applecross Country Club72
David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak Country Club/Glenmaura National Golf Club72
Michael Minter/Andy Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Trenton Country Club72
Michael Guro/Ryan Orcutt, Steel Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA72
Beau Guarino/Michael O’Keefe, Sea Oaks Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club72
Bill Dwyer/Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club72
Shane Angle/Tyler Papura, Wyoming Valley Country Club72
Mason Tyler/Clive Robertson, DuPont Country Club/Kennett Square Golf & Country Club73
James Kyle/Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club73
David Malone, Jr./Brendan McNamara, Sandy Run Country Club/The ACE Club73
Jeff Ortman/Nick Orlando, The Shore Club73
David Leonardis/Gershom Spengler, Jack Frost National73
Mark Hodgson/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club74
Paul Berg/Stephen Hamilton, The Springhaven Club74
Vincent Guarino/Jackson Terman, Sea Oaks Country Club/Valleybrook Country Club74
Billy Givens/William Givens, The Shore Club/Merchantville Country Club74
Kyle Reap/Jason Mesko, Country Club of Scranton74
Joe Morganti/Charles Kuntz, Llanerch Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club74
Brian Groff/John Barry, Lancaster Country Club75
Salvatore Galati/Jordan Rosenblatt, Woodcrest Country Club75
Kevin Koch/Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club75
Dennis Cooke/Shane Cooke, Sr., Llanerch Country Club/McCall Golf Club76
Hank Church/Dan Farragut, Cobbs Creek Golf Club/Cedarbrook Country Club77
Bo Maguire/Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside Country Club77
Samuel Reed/Mike Wall, Hershey Country Club78
Patrick Mcfarlane/Terrance Schmidt, Talamore Country Club78
Edward Robson/Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills78
Robert Terry/Chuck Simalchik, StoneHedge Golf Course/Glenmaura National Golf Club79
Dave Vizzini/Nicholas Angiulo, Deerwood Country Club80
Bruce Aikin/Michael DeSantis, Hartefeld National81
Robert Miller/Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club81
John Bechtel/Jim Babst, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Five Ponds Golf Club82
Albert Celidonio/Keith Zdimal, French Creek Golf Club83
Angelo Rose/Todd Luft, Sandy Run Country Club83
Scott Scholz/Tom Pigeon, Honeybrook Golf Club84
Jason Marie/Matthew Miller, Five Ponds Golf Club/Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club84
Brent Alwood/Harold Alwood, Jr., Northampton Valley Country Club/Old York Road Country Club84
Michael Loughery/Michael Sanders, Sandy Run Country Club/Kennett Square Golf & Country Club86
Pete Carroll/Matt Peters, Five Ponds Golf Club88
Robert Fitzpatrick/John Fitzpatrick, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club89
Rick Conner/Beau McGettigan, Concord Country Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club95
Net Division
Mark Czerniakowski/Gregory Buliga, Lu Lu Country Club/Yardley Country Club61
Michael Fireman/Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club63
Brad Cornforth/Jian Zhang, Loch Nairn Golf Club63
Thomas Lindberg/D.J. Kurz, St. Davids Golf Club/Merion Golf Club64
Michael Sanfrancesco/Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club64
Dan Agoglia/G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club64
David Robbins/Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club65
Luis Diaz/Paul Bickford, Rancocas Golf Club/Wedgwood Country Club65
Erik Settelen/James McCallum, Talamore Country Club/Heidelberg Country Club65
Bruce Cowgill/Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club65
Kevin Maguire/Joe Zulli, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia65
Dennis Cooke/Shane Cooke, Sr., Llanerch Country Club/McCall Golf Club65
Parker Wine/Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club66
T.J. Roberts/Gary Roberts, Lu Lu Country Club66
Jeff Kavanagh/Robert Tredinnick, Sandy Run Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club66
Bob Buckley/Jon Clay, Sr., Lehigh Country Club66
Ryan Riviezzo/Rajat Gogia, Honeybrook Golf Club/Applecross Country Club66
Joe Bianco/Scott Niggli, White Clay Creek Country Club67
Colin Smith/Sam Pancoast, Bidermann Golf Club/Radley Run Country Club67
Dan Close/Ben Keyser, Woodcrest Country Club67
Christopher Schank/James Bresnahan, Elkview Country Club/Bala Golf Club67
Bill Porter/Anthony Dent, Medford Village Country Club/Medford Lakes Country Club67
Paul Berg/Stephen Hamilton, The Springhaven Club67
Joe Morganti/Charles Kuntz, Llanerch Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club67
Paul Winter/Michael Winter, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club68
Andrew Wallace/Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club/Philadelphia Country Club68
James Deluca/Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club68
Cory Calvert/Justin Masters, Country Club of Scranton68
David Maddock/Michael Manci, Glen Oak Country Club/Glenmaura National Golf Club68
David Malone, Jr./Brendan McNamara, Sandy Run Country Club/The ACE Club68
Jeff Ortman/Nick Orlando, The Shore Club68
David Leonardis/Gershom Spengler, Jack Frost National68
Robert Terry/Chuck Simalchik, StoneHedge Golf Course/Glenmaura National Golf Club68
Greg Bender/Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club69
Jason Wilson/Kevin Rossi, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Scranton Municipal Golf Course69
Ray Pyontek/Edward Erickson, Mercer Oaks Golf Course/Makefield Highlands Golf Club69
Beau Guarino/Michael O’Keefe, Sea Oaks Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club69
Mark Hodgson/Andrew Dietz, Medford Village Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club69
Vincent Guarino/Jackson Terman, Sea Oaks Country Club/Valleybrook Country Club69
Billy Givens/William Givens, The Shore Club/Merchantville Country Club69
Salvatore Galati/Jordan Rosenblatt, Woodcrest Country Club69
Patrick Mcfarlane/Terrance Schmidt, Talamore Country Club69
Edward Robson/Sev Panossian, Golf Course at Glen Mills69
Jim Hughes/William Smith, Carlisle Country Club/Chambersburg Country Club70
Joe Corcoran/Matthew Scriff, Five Ponds Golf Club/Steel Club70
Kevin Sarlo, Jr./Drew Guarino, Little Mill Country Club/Sea Oaks Country Club70
Edward Kelly, Jr./Brian Skrip, Old York Road Country Club70
Kyle Pritchard/Robert Johnson, Olde Homestead Golf Club/Steel Club70
Bradley Roberts/Mark Kosko, Little Mill Country Club70
Sean Torpey/John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club70
Michael Guro/Ryan Orcutt, Steel Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA70
Bill Dwyer/Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club70
Mason Tyler/Clive Robertson, DuPont Country Club/Kennett Square Golf & Country Club70
James Kyle/Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club70
Kyle Reap/Jason Mesko, Country Club of Scranton70
Samuel Reed/Mike Wall, Hershey Country Club70
Brent Alwood/Harold Alwood Jr., Northampton Valley Country Club/Old York Road Country Club70
Joseph Russo/Mark Walker, Laurel Creek Country Club71
Andy Kerestesy/Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club71
Ellis Chandler/Philip Mortell, III, Honeybrook Golf Club71
Andrew Sterge/Jeffrey Romines, Applebrook Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA71
William Howard, V/Mcallister Brenan, Applebrook Golf Club71
Michael Minter/Andy Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Trenton Country Club71
Shane Angle/Tyler Papura, Wyoming Valley Country Club71
Hank Church/Dan Farragut, Cobbs Creek Golf Club/Cedarbrook Country Club71
Robert Miller/Narendra Bam, Radnor Valley Country Club71
Angelo Rose/Todd Luft, Sandy Run Country Club71
Jason Marie/Matthew Miller, Five Ponds Golf Club/Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club71
Brian Groff/John Barry, Lancaster Country Club72
Kevin Koch/Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club72
Bruce Aikin/Michael DeSantis, Hartefeld National72
Michael Loughery/Michael Sanders, Sandy Run Country Club/Kennett Square Golf & Country Club73
John Bechtel/Jim Babst, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Five Ponds Golf Club74
Scott Scholz/Tom Pigeon, Honeybrook Golf Club74
Dave Vizzini/Nicholas Angiulo, Deerwood Country Club75
Albert Celidonio/Keith Zdimal, French Creek Golf Club75
Bo Maguire/Alexander Maguire, Sr., Brookside Country Club76
Robert Fitzpatrick/John Fitzpatrick, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club78
Pete Carroll/Matt Peters, Five Ponds Golf Club79
Rick Conner/Beau McGettigan, Concord Country Club/Penn Oaks Golf Club81