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Mixed Foursomes: Whitford

Cooper, Wix win 3rd Mixed Foursomes at Whitford

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EXTON, Pa. – Last year in the Mixed Foursomes at Overbrook Golf Club, Allison Wix paired with her father, Robert Cooper, to finish in third place with a cherished memory. This year, she walked away with the top trophy in hand alongside playing partner and brother Timothy Cooper.

The sibling-sensation duo dazzled with a 4-under 68 to win the overall title in the 3rd Mixed Foursomes Wednesday at Whitford Country Club (par 72, 6,146 yards). The Country Club of Harrisburg members catapulted to the top of the leaderboard, bettering 36 teams en route to the low gross crown.

Taking the Net Division was the Brookside Country Club of Allentown duo of Carlos and Sonya Fullerton, who finished with a Net score of 5-under 67.

To put it plain and simple — the brother-sister squad dominated at Whitford. No other team finished under par on the day, as the winners bettered the field by five shots. Due to the shotgun format of the event, which teed off at 1 p.m., they started their round on No. 16.

Their first of six birdies came on Whitford’s finisher, the par-4, 364-yard 18th, where Wix’s big drive landed up near the green, Cooper chipped up to five feet and Wix made the birdie 3. After a three-foot birdie on the par-5, 540-yard 4th hole was holed, a stretch of four straight red figures found the card on Nos. 7 through 10. On No. 7 (par 4, 330 yards), Wix blasted one in front of the green, then her brother chipped up and she made another five footer for 3. Then, on No. 8 (par 4, 370 yards), Cooper’s wedge approach from 90 yards came to rest 15 feet away, and Wix drained yet another one. This time it was Wix with the wedge on No. 9 (par 5, 484 yards), chipping up to a foot and the easy birdie 4. Finally, on No. 10 (par 4, 336 yards), the final birdie fell from eight feet, made by Wix and her winning putter.

Both Cooper and Wix found success in last year’s Elite Series, open to players 18-24 years of age, that filled a competitive void created by the cancelation of college golf seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooper tied for first in the Elite Series event at North Hills Country Club, while Wix won the Women’s Division prize at North Hills and Saucon Valley Country Club.

“That was really fun last year. We played in both events,” said Cooper, 22, of Harrisburg, Pa. “Earlier this summer, we won the [Pennsylvania Golf Association] Mixed Team Championship at Moselem Springs Golf Club. We obviously have some chemistry, being brother-sister and all.”

In today’s format, they brought their individual games together to form a dream sibling team. Their Mixed Foursomes experience — and triumph — is one they enjoyed, and hope others will enjoy it down the line, too.

“This one, it’s been circled on our calendar for awhile now,” said Cooper.

“I would tell anyone that is thinking about playing it, just do it. It’s so much fun,” said Wix, 24, of Harrisburg, Pa. “The format, it really takes the pressure out of it. It’s just a good time for everyone.”

In an effort to further promote women’s golf, GAP created a Mixed Foursomes Championship in 2019. The event’s format is selective drive/alternate shot. Open to one female and one male golfer teams who are 19 years of age and who have 36.0 handicap index or less. Only one player from each two-person team must be a member of a Member Club with a GAP handicap.

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 300 Member Clubs and 80,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Gross
Name, clubScore
Allison Wix/Timmy Cooper, Country Club of Harrisburg68
Brendan Mannix/Leslie Lewis, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73
Erica Herr/Wesley Kerr, Hidden Creek Golf Club73
Don Donatoni/Sarah Braendel, White Manor Country Club76
Katrin Wolfe/Dan Hinckley, Northampton Country Club77
Randy Chen/Laura Blanche, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale77
Muffy McCabe/Greg Smith, French Creek Golf Club/Radley Run Country Club79
Carlos Fullerton/Sonya Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown80
Eric Shenyo/Amy Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club80
Carl Kruse/Cindy Saponaro, Sandy Run Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club80
Billy Reube/Kimberley Simmons, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Merion Golf Club81
William Choy/Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club81
Pat Ellis/John O’Rourke, Doylestown Country Club/McCall Golf Club81
Thomas Glass/Donna Glass, Hartefeld National81
Dan Feeney/Amy Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club82
Rob Lewis/Maureen Koerwer, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
Steve Kollias/Shannon Kollias, Concord Country Club83
Tina Gregor/Buddy Aiken, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/St. Davids Golf Club83
Michael Diemer/Amy Diemer, Riverton Country Club84
Shawn Gensbauer/Cassidy Hubmaster, Five Ponds Golf Club84
Mike Angelos/Patricia Angelos, RiverCrest GC & Preserve85
Stew Butler/Patrice Butler, Indian Valley Country Club86
Nicoll Keeney/David DiDomenico, Wilmington Country Club85
Neil Gordon/Rebecca Caimano, Five Ponds Golf Club/Walnut Lane Golf Club87
Fernando Perez/Beth Perez, Brookside CC of Allentown87
Christopher Bell/Danielle Steinbacher, McCall Golf Club87
Matthew Klaus/Andrea Klaus, Riverton Country Club87
Chuck Kuntz/Paige Devine, Overbrook Golf Club89
Andrew Repetto/Jane Ludlow, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association/Talamore Country Club90
Jeff Garrett/Emily Garrett, The Bucks Club94
Jason Marie/Jill Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club94
Thomas Satterley/Elizabeth Satterley, The Bucks Club99
Bryce Striffler/Kristen Striffler, Spring Ford Country Club99
Rob Hilliard/Karen Hilliard, Spring Ford Country Club102
William J. Thomas/Patricia Reilly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club104
Bob Graham/Christine Mulligan, Downingtown Country Club/RiverCrest GC & Preserve104
Net
Name, clubScore
Carlos Fullerton/Sonya Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown67
Brendan Mannix/Leslie Lewis, Huntingdon Valley Country Club67
Randy Chen/Laura Blanche, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale67
Muffy McCabe/Greg Smith, French Creek Golf Club/ Radley Run Country Club69
Allison Wix/Timmy Cooper, Country Club of Harrisburg69
Steve Kollias/Shannon Kollias, Concord Country Club70
Eric Shenyo/Amy Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club70
Pat Ellis/John O’Rourke, Doylestown Country Club/McCall Golf Club71
Thomas Glass/Donna Glass, Hartefeld National71
Stew Butler/Patrice Butler, Indian Valley Country Club72
Don Donatoni/Sarah Braendel, White Manor Country Club72
Erica Herr/Wesley Kerr, Hidden Creek Golf Club72
Carl Kruse/Cindy Saponaro, Sandy Run Country Club/Spring Mill Country Club73
Dan Feeney/Amy Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
William Choy/Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club74
Mike Angelos/Patricia Angelos, RiverCrest GC & Preserve74
Michael Diemer/Amy Diemer, Riverton Country Club75
Andrew Repetto/Jane Ludlow, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association/Talamore Country Club75
Matthew Klaus/Andrea Klaus, Riverton Country Club75
Jason Marie/Jill Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club76
Fernando Perez/Beth Perez, Brookside CC of Allentown77
Katrin Wolfe/Dan Hinckley, Northampton Country Club77
Billy Reube/Kimberley Simmons, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Merion Golf Club78
Jeff Garrett/Emily Garrett, The Bucks Club78
Rob Lewis/Maureen Koerwer, Huntingdon Valley Country Club79
Nicoll Keeney/David DiDomenico, Wilmington Country Club78
Christopher Bell/Danielle Steinbacher, McCall Golf Club79
Shawn Gensbauer/Cassidy Hubmaster, Five Ponds Golf Club79
Tina Gregor/Buddy Aiken, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/ St. Davids Golf Club80
Bryce Striffler/Kristen Striffler, Spring Ford Country Club80
Chuck Kuntz/Paige Devine, Overbrook Golf Club80
Neil Gordon/Rebecca Caimano, Five Ponds Golf Club/Walnut Lane Golf Club82
Thomas Satterley/Elizabeth Satterley, The Bucks Club85
Bob Graham/Christine Mulligan, Downingtown Country Club/RiverCrest GC & Preserve88
Rob Hilliard/Karen Hilliard, Spring Ford Country Club89
William J. Thomas/Patricia Reilly, Makefield Highlands Golf Club89