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Husband-and-wife Daniels duo sweeps Spring Net

MEDFORD LAKES, N.J.- First they were partners in life, now they’re partners in the winner’s circle.

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  Husband-and-wife duo Jan and Ineke Daniels of Laurel Creek Country Club took home both Tee It Forward — Spring Net Championship titles Wednesday at Medford Lakes Country Club (par 71, 5,709 yards). Jan, playing as an 18 handicap, collected 43 Stableford points en route to the overall Men’s Division title. Ineke, with a handicap index of 12.7, used 37 Stableford points to earn the second-ever Women’s Division trophy.

  Jan’s title run began early, going just 2 over through Medford Lake’s first seven holes. Garnering 23 Stableford points through the front nine had him dialed in heading to the finishing side.

  However, he found himself in tree trouble with his approach shot on the 335-yard, par-4 10th hole, where just a small window of opportunity was presented. He chose to play a gap wedge 60 yards through a small opening near the top of the trees. That escape attempt nestled up to a few inches from the cup, leading to a tap-in par and net birdie that righted the ship.

  “It was the best shot all day for me, for sure,” said Jan, a retired corporate lawyer, who had nine net birdies today.

  The 15th (par 3, 131 yards) hosted another net birdie, thanks to a 27-degree hybrid that found the green, followed by a narrowly-missed look, eventually leading to par. Jan’s gross score of 11-over 82 was not a personal best, but it was definitely an improvement on his “average score of 89.”

  “I’m able to concentrate better in pressure situations. The concentration in golf is very important, and when I’m playing casually, I don’t always do the best things,” said Jan, 73. “Instead, today, I was able to really focus in and get the job done. It helped calm me at times having Ineke with me.”

  The championship couple is originally from the Netherlands, but now calls Moorestown, N.J. home for the spring through fall. They reside in Nassau, Bahamas for the rest of the calendar year. Their golfing home in the Caribbean is Lyford Cay Club.

  Ineke has been playing golf for 22 years. Her real competitive background, previously, was in horseback riding, skiing and sailing.

  “It was never golf,” said Ineke, 70. “I never really competed in any sports with a ball.”

  It was hard to believe that during her title run today. Jarring pars on all four of Medford Lake’s par 3s was all the foundation she would need to top the Women’s Division. She described her game as “boring to some because I hit the ball so straight … and my chipping is where I score.”

  Her round equaled a gross score of 13-over 85, which included three net birdies on the card.

  Ineke has racked up more than a few pieces of hardware in the game recently, including a number of Member-Guest championships in the Bahamas. Together, the Daniels recently won Lyford Cay’s Member-Member event as well. Now they’ll have not one, but two titles to add to their trophy case.

  “Today was special. We love to compete, but we enjoy being out here together. There were moments out here where we calmed each other down. Although I was playing well, I was rooting him on knowing he was playing even better,” said Ineke.

  The Spring Net Championship, formerly known as the First Handicap Tournament, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Association adopted the Tee It Forward parameters in 2012. It also changed the scoring format to net stableford.

  The Tee It Forward initiative encourages golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.

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Men’s Overall
Last name, first name, Club Stableford Points
Daniels, Jan, Laurel Creek Country Club 43
Siegrist, John, Philadelphia Publinks GA 42
Kocher, Ed, LedgeRock Golf Club 42
Barton, James, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 42
Zhang, Jian, Inniscrone Golf Club 42
Neill, Don, Lu Lu Country Club 41
DeAngelis, Joseph, Jericho National Golf Club 41
Moore, Jr, John, Greate Bay Country Club 41
Ross, Monte, Wilmington Country Club 40
Smith, Greg, Radley Run Country Club 40
Hashem, Steven, Laurel Creek Country Club 39
Mack, CJ, Sea Oaks Golf Club 39
Kivitz, John, McCall Golf & Country Club 39
Kyle, Michael, Talamore Country Club 38
Patton, John, Little Mill Country Club 38
O’Donnell, Dennis, Old York Road Country Club 38
Morris, Hal, Talamore Country Club 38
Whitman, Jerry, Commonwealth National Golf Club 38
Poorman, Steve, Inniscrone Golf Club 38
Thomas, Jr., Roland, McCall Golf & Country Club 38
Freda, Stephen, Greate Bay Country Club 36
Joyce, Timothy, Philadelphia Publinks GA 36
Templin, Joseph, LedgeRock Golf Club 36
Moore, Ned, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 36
Peters, Matt, Five Ponds Golf Club 35
Munro, Alex, Limekiln Golf Club 35
Riviello, Larry, McCall Golf & Country Club 35
Lecuyer, Nick, Limekiln Golf Club 35
Shannon, Allan, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 34
Dichter, Scott, Meadia Heights Golf Club 34
Adams, Francis, McCall Golf & Country Club 34
Kearney, David, Lehigh Country Club 34
Barton, Justin, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 34
Zucker, Jason, Woodcrest Country Club 34
Collins, Hank, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
Lampman, Dave, Tavistock Country Club 32
Osciak, Jr., Edward, Loch Nairn Golf Club 32
Barr, Gerald, Lehigh Country Club 32
Caparo, Charles, Plymouth Country Club 32
Cooper, Stephen, Laurel Creek Country Club 31
O’Rourke, John, McCall Golf & Country Club 30
Madonia, Stephen, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 30
Kreamer, Brian, Bala Golf Club 29
Miller, James, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 28
Kelly, Joe, Deerwood Country Club 26
Moore, Harry, Greate Bay Country Club 25
Marie, Jason, Five Ponds Golf Club 25
Horan, Timothy, Radley Run Country Club 25
Satterley, Tom, The Bucks Club 24
Blomstedt, Edward, Golf Course at Glen Mills 24
Riley, Patrick, The Bucks Club 21
Morgan, Thomas, Riverton Country Club WD
Pitcherella, Vince, Coatesville Country Club WD
Men’s Flighted
1st Flight (5.0 – 10.9 handicap) Stableford
DeAngelis, Joseph, Jericho National Golf Club 41
Moore, Jr, John, Greate Bay Country Club 41
Kivitz, John, McCall Golf & Country Club 39
Mack, CJ, Sea Oaks Golf Club 39
Patton, John, Little Mill Country Club 38
Morris, Hal, Talamore Country Club 38
Templin, Joseph, LedgeRock Golf Club 36
Freda, Stephen, Greate Bay Country Club 36
Riviello, Larry, McCall Golf & Country Club 35
Kearney, David, Lehigh Country Club 34
Barton, Justin, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 34
Barr, Gerald, Lehigh Country Club 32
Caparo, Charles, Plymouth Country Club 32
Madonia, Stephen, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 30
Kreamer, Brian, Bala Golf Club 29
Miller, James, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 28
Moore, Harry, Greate Bay Country Club 25
Satterley, Tom, The Bucks Club 24
Morgan, Thomas, Riverton Country Club WD
2nd Flight (11.0 – 14.7 handicap) Stableford
Kocher, Ed, LedgeRock Golf Club 42
Barton, James, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 42
Siegrist, John, Philadelphia Publinks GA 42
Neill, Don, Lu Lu Country Club 41
Smith, Greg, Radley Run Country Club 40
Thomas, Jr., Roland, McCall Golf & Country Club 38
O’Donnell, Dennis, Old York Road Country Club 38
Whitman, Jerry, Commonwealth National Golf Club 38
Poorman, Steve, Inniscrone Golf Club 38
Munro, Alex, Limekiln Golf Club 35
Peters, Matt, Five Ponds Golf Club 35
Adams, Francis, McCall Golf & Country Club 34
Shannon, Allan, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 34
Dichter, Scott, Meadia Heights Golf Club 34
Lampman, Dave, Tavistock Country Club 32
Cooper, Stephen, Laurel Creek Country Club 31
Marie, Jason, Five Ponds Golf Club 25
Blomstedt, Edward, Golf Course at Glen Mills 24
Pitcherella, Vince, Coatesville Country Club WD
3rd Flight (15.0 – 26.0 handicap) Stableford
Daniels, Jan, Laurel Creek Country Club 43
Zhang, Jian, Inniscrone Golf Club 42
Ross, Monte, Wilmington Country Club 40
Hashem, Steven, Laurel Creek Country Club 39
Kyle, Michael, Talamore Country Club 38
Joyce, Timothy, Philadelphia Publinks GA 36
Moore, Ned, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 36
Lecuyer, Nick, Limekiln Golf Club 35
Zucker, Jason, Woodcrest Country Club 34
Collins, Hank, Philadelphia Publinks GA 33
Osciak, Jr., Edward, Loch Nairn Golf Club 32
O’Rourke, John, McCall Golf & Country Club 30
Kelly, Joe, Deerwood Country Club 26
Horan, Timothy, Radley Run Country Club 25
Riley, Patrick, The Bucks Club 21
 
Women’s Flight Overall Stableford
Daniels, Ineke, Laurel Creek Country Club 37
Kocher, Charlotte, LedgeRock Golf Club 35
McCabe, Muffy, Philadelphia Country Club 34
Satterley, Betty, The Bucks Club 26
WD- withdrawal