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Manufacturers’ Mullers capture Father & Son (Older) in playoff

GLENSIDE, Pa. —   A pair of former champions dueled in a playoff for the Father & Son (Older) Tuesday at a crisp North Hills Country Club (par 71, 6,216 yards).

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  Lebanon Country Club’s Craig and Alan Kliewer, two-time victors in the Middle event (2013-14), and Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club’s James and Maximillian Muller (Older winners in 2015, Ages 15-17 in 2002) carded respective 1-under-par 70s in regulation. In the extra session, Maximillian brushed in a two-footer on No. 1 (par 4, 339 yards), the third playoff hole, for par-and-triumph.

  “I was thinking that 1 under might be good. I was content sitting on my butt, and then we had to come back [to North Hills for the playoff],” Maximillian, 33, of Fort Washington, Pa., said. “It’s nice to win in a playoff. It was probably better than winning flat out. It was exciting.”

  “That was the best. It’s pretty special to win on your ex-home course,” James, 65, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., added.

  More on James and his North Hills history in a moment.

  In the playoff, the Mullers intended on following a formula that worked all day: Maximillian’s driver, James’ wedges. However, on No. 1, Part I, James inadvertently picked up his son’s superb drive, forcing Maximillian to execute a wedge from 92 yards. It landed five yards beyond an ideal spot and ran into the rough. James nudged a wedge to six feet, and Maximillian matched the Kliewers’ 4 to stay alive.

  “That was a huge putt,” James said.

  On No. 1, Part II, Maximillian again needed to play the team’s approach — only because his drive uncharacteristically traveled into tree territory right. With a guarding bunker and minimal greenspace at his disposal, he lifted a wedge 117 yards onto the green; its firmness ushered the Mullers golf ball into the rough greenside right. Craig, too, missed the green with his approach. The Kliewers soon faced a 12-footer for par, which Craig missed on the low side. James’ chip shot stopped two feet from the jar. A tap-in and an emotional hug between father and son followed.

  The Mullers, playing in the morning, set the day’s subpar standard. Starting on the back nine, Maximillian decimated a drive on No. 10 (par 4, 325 yards). James followed with a 60-yard wedge shot to 15 feet. Another monstrous Maximillian drive on the par 4, 407-yard 17th hole gave James a favorable wedge approach. He hit it 95 yards to three feet. A three-putt bogey from 20 feet on No. 7 (par 3, 149 yards) prevented a win in regulation.

  Kicking off the afternoon wave, the Kliewers made the turn in even par before unearthing a clutch birdie on No. 14 (par 3, 212 yards). Alan launched a 5-iron to five feet. Chances to overtake the clubhouse leaders arose; none more anticipatory than the 18th hole (par 4, 304 yards). Craig’s 10-footer grazed the right edge for fleeting seconds to drifting into the par sea.

  As for the Mullers, mixed memories surround North Hills. The good? James grew up at the club, gracing every blade of grass since the age of 5. The bad? Robin, his wife of 20 years, died in 2003 in the venue’s dining facility — a sudden, tragic choking incident.

  “I haven’t set foot on the property since then. When I drive past here, I put my hand up [so I can’t see the club]. I try to avoid it at all costs,” James said. “The only reason I came here is because I’m getting older and don’t have many more opportunities where I can compete. If this event wasn’t here, I would never come back.

  “This is better than the last time.”

Super-Senior Division

Harvey & Daniel Chernosky

  Nothing like an ace to assure a victory.

  Daniel Chernosky notched his second career hole-in-one on No. 14 (par 3, 191 yards) with a fabulous 5-iron. That conversion proved key as he and his dad Harvey carded a 4-over-par 75 to prevail in the Super-Senior Division (par 71, 5,872 yards) by a stroke.

  “I said to Dan as we drove up, ‘Are you on the green?’ He said, ‘Let’s not talk about it,’” Harvey, 72, of Towanda, Pa., said. “When we got up to the green, our playing partner Ryan Lumbatis was walking in front of me. He looks in the hole, turns back to Dan and says, ‘Nice shot.’”

  “I had a feeling it was down there because I could see the ball mark in the front of the green where I thought I hit,” Dan, 44, of Cranford, N.J., added. “I was pretty sure it was the right club. I thought there was no way it rolled all the way off the green, but you hate to jinx it. Once they told me it was in, that was pretty cool.”

  Another sensational golf shot occurred on the par 4, 374-yard No. 8. After Daniel left a 9-iron from 163 yards short of the green, Harvey bumped a wedge that tracked, crashed into the flagstick and dropped for a birdie.

  “He put that in with a little speed,” Daniel said. “I said, ‘Just chip it in,’ and he did. That was fairly miraculous. That lie wasn’t real pretty, either.”

  The Chernoskys earned runner-up honors in the Super-Senior Division of the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Father & Son Championship earlier this year. Tuesday is a safe 1-up.

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Gross results
Championship Division
Name, club Score
*James Muller/Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 70
Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Lebanon Country Club 70
Dan Brown/Michael Brown, Llanerch Country Club 74
Brad Cornforth/Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 75
Drew Garis/Robert Garis, North Hills Country Club 75
Kenneth Phillips/Grant Phillips, Lancaster Country Club/Llanerch Country Club 77
Mike Owsik/Mike Owsik, Jr., Cobbs Creek Golf Club 78
Gary Daniels/Jesse Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club 78
Royce Yeager/Gary Yeager, Cedarbrook Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/ 79
Frank Tuscano/Steven Tuscano, North Hills Country Club 79
Bill Holt, III/Will Holt, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 80
Steve Cooper/Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club/North Hills Country Club 80
Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club 80
Thomas Dancer/Mike Dancer, Cedarbrook Country Club/Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 81
Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club 81
Guy McKeone/Matthew McKeone, Reading Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club 81
Matthew Maurer/Mark Maurer, Bent Creek Country Club/Lancaster Country Club 82
Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, Waynesborough Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club 83
Matt Milligan/Michael Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park/Lederach Golf Club 83
Keith Cohen/Richard Cohen, Philmont Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 84
Quentin Dancer, Sr./Brian Dancer, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 85
Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 85
Jonathan Shevlin/Joseph Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket Club/North Hills Country Club 85
Thomas Brennan/Tom Brennan, Moselem Springs Golf Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club 87
Joseph Hussey/Christopher Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club 87
Trevor Seufer/Joseph Seufer, Stonewall 87
John Hudspeth/John Hudspeth, Moorestown Field Club 89
Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 89
Greg Salicondro, Sr./Greg Salicondro, Limekiln Golf Club 91
Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor Golf Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club 92
Paul Muller/Paul Muller, Lu Lu Country Club 92
Anthony Ammaturo/Andrew Ammaturo, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club 92
Bob Paul/Jonathon Paul, Cedarbrook Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 93
Erik Molden/Fred Molden, Jericho National Golf Club 100
Alexander Maguire, Sr./Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club NC
Gus Steiger/Gus Steiger, Sr., Glenmaura National Golf Club/Great Bear Golf Club WD
Super-Senior Division
Name, club Score
Harvey Chernosky/Daniel Chernosky, Towanda Country Club 75
Martin Klagholz/Jeff Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Martin Klagholz/Tim Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Robert Billings/Rob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 77
Mike Civitello, Jr./Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club 80
David Mandel/Marc Mandel, White Manor Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Joe Dulka/Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club/DuPont Country Club 81
Ronald Cusick, Sr./Bradley Cusick, Tavistock Country Club 81
Cory Reighard/Jesse Reighard, Llanerch Country Club/Iron Masters Country Club 82
Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks Golf Club 84
Ryan O’Leary/Robert O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course/Lookaway Golf Club 85
Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Old York Road Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
Timothy O’Donovan/John O’Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club 86
Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr., Commonwealth National Golf Club/North Hills Country Club 86
Dave Owsik/Dave Owsik, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 88
Barry Goldstein/Jason Goldstein, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philmont Country Club 88
Robert Huntzinger/Jeffrey Huntzinger, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Lu Lu Country Club 88
Jonathan Simon/Charles Simon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Saucon Valley Country Club 89
Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club 89
Robert Jenkins/Robert Jenkins, Reading Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club 89
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club 90
J. Kenneth Croney/Ken Croney, Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club 90
Louis Newett/Chris Newett, Indian Valley Country Club/ 90
Ryan Lumbatis/Ralph Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club 91
Phil Over/David Over, Honeybrook Golf Club/Foxchase Golf Club 91
Ben Heins/Frank Heins, Kpga Online Club/Reading Country Club 92
Colin Hanna/Colin Hanna, Radley Run Country Club 94
Jeff Orban/Russell Orban, Ramblewood Country Club/Crossgates Golf Club 94
Sean Grieve/George Grieve, Philadelphia Cricket Club/MGA EClub 95
Stephen Brown/Victor Brown, Chester Valley Golf Club 95
William Dwyer/Brian Dwyer, Applecross Country Club 100
Philip Keidel, III/Philip Keidel, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 114
Vincent Scarpetta, Jr./Steve Scarpetta, Nittany Country Club/Scranton Municipal Golf Course WD
Net results
Championship Division
Name, club Score
Kenneth Phillips/Grant Phillips, Lancaster Country Club/Llanerch Country Club 69
James Muller/Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 70
Craig Kliewer/Alan Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club/Lebanon Country Club 70
Dan Brown/Michael Brown, Llanerch Country Club 70
Thomas Dancer/Mike Dancer, Cedarbrook Country Club/Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 71
Brad Cornforth/Doug Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club 71
Vinny Salatino/Pete Salatino, Sandy Run Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 71
Drew Garis/Robert Garis, North Hills Country Club 71
Gary Daniels/Jesse Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club/Aronimink Golf Club 72
Matthew Genesio/Anthony Genesio, Waynesborough Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club 73
Royce Yeager/Gary Yeager, Cedarbrook Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Frank Tuscano/Steven Tuscano, North Hills Country Club 73
Quentin Dancer, Sr./Brian Dancer, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 74
Steve Cooper/Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club/North Hills Country Club 74
Daniel Rexon/G. Frederick Rexon, Jr., Tavistock Country Club 74
Matthew Maurer/Mark Maurer, Bent Creek Country Club/Lancaster Country Club 75
Jack McCormick/John McCormick, Stone Harbor Golf Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club 76
Matt Milligan/Michael Milligan, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park/Lederach Golf Club 76
Mike Owsik/Mike Owsik, Jr., Cobbs Creek Golf Club 77
Bill Holt, III/Will Holt, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
Gerard Brnich/Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Guy McKeone/Matthew McKeone, Reading Country Club/Moselem Springs Golf Club 78
Anthony Ammaturo/Andrew Ammaturo, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club 78
Greg Salicondro, Sr./Greg Salicondro, Limekiln Golf Club 79
Thomas Brennan/Tom Brennan, Moselem Springs Golf Club/Jeffersonville Golf Club 79
Sean Semenetz/Gregg Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club/ 79
Erik Molden/Fred Molden, Jericho National Golf Club 79
Paul Muller/Ryan Muller, Lu Lu Country Club/Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 80
Joseph Hussey/Christopher Hussey, Blue Bell Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club 80
Trevor Seufer/Joseph Seufer, Stonewall 80
Paul Muller/Paul Muller, Lu Lu Country Club 80
John Hudspeth/John Hudspeth, Moorestown Field Club 81
Jonathan Shevlin/Joseph Shevlin, Philadelphia Cricket Club/North Hills Country Club 81
Keith Cohen/Richard Cohen, Philmont Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 82
Bob Paul/Jonathon Paul, Cedarbrook Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Alexander Maguire, Sr./Alexander Maguire, Jr., Brookside Country Club NC
Gus Steiger/Gus Steiger, Sr., Glenmaura National Golf Club/Great Bear Golf Club WD
Super-Senior Division
Name, club Score
Harvey Chernosky/Daniel Chernosky, Towanda Country Club 71
Martin Klagholz/Jeff Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 72
Timothy O’Donovan/John O’Donovan, Overbrook Golf Club 72
Robert Jenkins/Robert Jenkins, Reading Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club 72
Martin Klagholz/Tim Klagholz, Aronimink Golf Club 72
Frank Lucard/Graham Lucard, Old York Road Country Club/Makefield Highlands Golf Club 73
David Mandel/Marc Mandel, White Manor Country Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
Joe Dulka/Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club/DuPont Country Club 74
Mike Civitello, Jr./Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club 74
Ronald Cusick, Sr./Bradley Cusick, Tavistock Country Club 74
Ryan O’Leary/Robert O’Leary, Mercer Oaks Golf Course/Lookaway Golf Club 75
Richard Forbes, Jr./Richard Forbes, Sr., Commonwealth National Golf Club/North Hills Country Club 75
Phil Over/David Over, Honeybrook Golf Club/Foxchase Golf Club 75
Philip Petroll/Pete Petroll, Penn Oaks Golf Club 75
Robert Billings/Rob Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Dave Owsik/Dave Owsik, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Jonathan Simon/Charles Simon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Saucon Valley Country Club 78
Cory Reighard/Jesse Reighard, Llanerch Country Club/Iron Masters Country Club 78
John VanDame, Jr./Barrett VanDame, Talamore Country Club/Linfield National Golf Club 79
Barry Goldstein/Jason Goldstein, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philmont Country Club 79
Scott Bracken/Jim Bracken, Medford Village Country Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club 79
Ryan Lumbatis/Ralph Lumbatis, Hershey Country Club 79
Colin Hanna/Colin Hanna, Radley Run Country Club 80
Ben Heins/Frank Heins, Kpga Online Club/Reading Country Club 80
Robert Huntzinger/Jeffrey Huntzinger, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Lu Lu Country Club 80
Sean Grieve/George Grieve, Philadelphia Cricket Club/MGA EClub 82
J. Kenneth Croney/Ken Croney, Jr., Sunnybrook Golf Club/Applebrook Golf Club 82
Jeff Orban/Russell Orban, Ramblewood Country Club/Crossgates Golf Club 83
William Dwyer/Brian Dwyer, Applecross Country Club 83
Louis Newett/Chris Newett, Indian Valley Country Club/ 85
Stephen Brown/Victor Brown, Chester Valley Golf Club 86
Philip Keidel, III/Philip Keidel, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 103
Vincent Scarpetta, Jr./Steve Scarpetta, Nittany Country Club/Scranton Municipal Golf Course WD
* — won in playoff
NC — no card; WD — withdrawal