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Overbrook’s Mestre, Thompson light up Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Need an ideal example of the meaning of “team”? Look no further than Overbrook Golf Club members Oscar Mestre and Raymond Thompson. They are virtually a living definition at this point, with a plethora of trophies to prove it.

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  Mestre and Thompson won 13 Golf Association of Philadelphia Team Championships together, pairing up in most of those title runs between 1981 and their latest in 2012. They added to their team, and Overbrook’s, trophy cabinets again on Thursday.

  Despite a lightning delay that lasted almost two hours, including a strike that landed within feet of the scoring area, the pair prevailed for their first title in the event, firing a 7-under 64 to top a field of 49 Senior teams at Laurel Creek Country Club (par 71, 6,449 yards).

  “We know each other’s game. Our chemistry is great out there,” said Mestre, 57, of Berwyn, Pa. “In the Team Championships, we would usually partner up. We’ve got experience together, definitely.”

  Nine birdies on the card ended up being the deciding factor for Mestre and Thompson, who finished third in last year’s championship at LedgeRock Golf Club.

  “I did the best driving I’ve ever done. I drove the cart really well today,” said Mestre, the Secretary of the GAP Executive Committee. “Ray just really had it going today. There were other players out there that were trying to steal him from me [as a partner].”

  Thompson jarred seven birdies overall. His five red numbers on the front – on Nos. 1 (par 4, 490 yards), 4 (par 4, 391 yards), 5 (par 5, 489 yards), 6 (par 4, 420 yards) and 9 (par 5, 526 yards) – gave his team an impressive 5-under total heading to Laurel Creek’s second side.

  “Most of those birdies, they weren’t close looks. I definitely made some longer putts today to get them. I was rolling the ball well,” said Thompson, 65, of Drexel Hill, Pa.

  Thompson says his birdie on No. 5 stood out, mostly because of a “really good hybrid approach” after a perfect drive lead to a 25-foot two putt for the 4.   However, the GAP Senior stalwart did it all alone. Mestre rolled in two birdies of his own, first on No. 8 (par 4, 316 yards), where his lob-wedge approach led to a 15-foot conversion, followed by “the shortest birdie putt of the day” on No. 17 (par 3, 197 yards).

  The back nine hosted less birdies but more drama. Play was suspended at 5:25 p.m. when Mestre and Thompson were on the 18th (par 4, 407 yards), teeing up as the horn sounded.   “We were ready to go, tees in the ground. We were ready to sprint up that last hole,” said Mestre.

  “When we came in here with the guys during the delay, they were really getting on us, saying ‘They’re going to cancel this, guys. You guys are going to have to play 18 all over again.’,” said Thompson.

  The golf gods cooperated, allowing the eventual champs enough time to complete their round, which bettered last year’s champions Glenn Smeraglio of Lu Lu Country Club and Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley Country Club by four strokes.

  “I’m glad we got it done today,” said Mestre. “I didn’t have any birdies left in me [if we had to come back tomorrow], but I know Ray did.”

Carl Everett (left) & Don Donatoni.

Super-Senior Division
They’ve done it again. Three times, to be exact.

  White Manor Country Club’s Don Donatoni, the reigning four-time Super-Senior Player of the Year, and good friend Carl Everett of Merion Golf Club claimed their third straight title in the Super-Senior Division.

  The formidable duo fired a 6-under 65 to win the title from tees playing 5,963 yards. They bettered a field by three strokes that hosted 29 total Super-Senior teams.

  It took a minute for the realization that they had won three consecutive trophies sink in. Everett asked Donatoni after the round, “Is it really three in a row? Wow.”

  “We don’t have to communicate a lot out there. It’s like we know what’s going on in each other’s mind,” said Donatoni, 69, of Malvern, Pa. “It’s get up, hit it, go find it and put it in the hole, and it’s just worked out for us lately.”

  Fresh coming off qualifying for the U.S. Senior Amateur this week at LedgeRock Golf Club, Donatoni was still feeling it Thursday.

  Donatoni drained three birdies on the front, on Nos. 3 (par 3, 132 yards) , 5 (par 5, 446 yards) and 9 (par 5 495 yards), while Everett drilled a 25-foot putt from the front fringe to   card a red number on No. 8 (par 4, 305 yards). Two more birdies fell on the back nine to get them to -6.

  Unlike the Senior champions, Donatoni and Everett were a little more pessimistic about the rain delay. Donatoni wouldn’t have been around for a Friday restart, as his son, A.J. is set to be married this weekend.

  “I was concerned because I knew how well Don had played today, and I couldn’t bare thinking that he wouldn’t be able to come back and finish it off,” said Everett, 70, of Harleysville, Pa. “I’m thrilled we were able to get this in.”

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Senior Division
Gross
Name, club Score
Oscar Mestre/Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 64
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr./Glenn Smeraglio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club 68
Joseph Roeder/Bill Cregar, Little Mill Country Club 68
Michael Tash/Christopher Lange, Sr., Tavistock Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club 69
Chris Smedley/Paul Hess, Hartefeld National 69
J. Kirk Luntey/Bill Charpek, Merion Golf Club 70
John Alterman/Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 70
Steven Lucas/Michael Quinn, Wilmington Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 70
Robert Wurtz, Jr./Gary Smith, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Pine Valley Golf Club 71
Thomas Alestock/Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 71
John Ward/Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club 71
Robert Hackett, Jr./Joseph Hacker, Wilmington Country Club 71
Kenneth Phillips/Bob Beck, Lancaster Country Club/Lehigh Country Club 71
Gordon Jamieson/Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 71
Drew Panebianco/Craig Kliewer, Five Ponds Golf Club/Honeybrook Golf Club 71
Gregory Buliga/Paul Dansbury, Yardley Country Club 71
Robert Gill/Brian Corbett, Fox Hill Country Club/Country Club of Scranton 72
Mark Walker/Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 72
Nick Zammer/Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club 73
Richard Custer/Bob Majczan, Bellewood Country Club/Lookaway Golf Club 73
Buddy Reed/Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club 74
Brian Trymbiski/Greg Divona, Doylestown Country Club 74
Harold Schweitzer, Jr./Zoran Damnjanovic, Broad Run Golfer’s Club 74
Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Applebrook Golf Club/Concord Country Club 74
Rich Thon/Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 74
Michael Shoup/Gerry Nelson, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club 74
Jon Stein/Chris O’Brien, McCall Golf & Country Club 76
Dan Farragut/Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Frank Corrado, Jr./Wayne Bartolacci, Lu Lu Country Club/Jericho National Golf Club 77
Rodger Gottlieb/Gary Dornhoefer, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 77
George Henninger/Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Alex Celluzzi/Vernon Gerety, Laurel Creek Country Club/Downingtown Country Club 78
Vince Yost/Edward Roberts, Cedarbrook Country Club/Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 79
Hal Morris/Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 80
James Barling/Craig White, Laurel Creek Country Club 81
Roland Thomas, Jr./Larry Riviello, McCall Golf & Country Club 81
Steven Buck/Michael Maro, Laurel Creek Country Club 81
Naz Gagliardi/Robert Howard, Bensalem Township Country Club/Deerwood Country Club 81
Tim Ungrady/Dan Lamb, The Springhaven Club/Golf Course at Glen Mills 82
Charles Stines, III/Salvatore Drago, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Mercer Oaks Golf Course 84
Dave Bresnahan/William Schmidt, Riverton Country Club 84
Kenneth Orner/Edward Attarian, PineCrest Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
Michael DeSantis/Bruce Aikin, Hartefeld National 85
Joe Balkovec/Bill Flavell, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 86
Thomas Huff/George Marshalek, Coatesville Country Club 88
John Kivitz/Vincent Torno, McCall Golf & Country Club 91
Jeff Garrett/John Riccio, The Bucks Club/Jericho National Golf Club 93
Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton WD
Ron Weaver/Scott Mayne, Bent Creek Country Club/LedgeRock Golf Club WD
Mike Miklinevich/Michael Civitella, Greate Bay Country Club WD
Net
Name, club Score
Robert Hackett, Jr./Joseph Hacker, Wilmington Country Club 64
Oscar Mestre/Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club 64
Alex Celluzzi/Vernon Gerety, Laurel Creek Country Club/Downingtown Country Club 65
Thomas Alestock/Norman Charlesworth, Running Deer Golf Club 66
John Ward/Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club 66
Jon Stein/Chris O’Brien, McCall Golf & Country Club 66
Gregory Buliga/Paul Dansbury, Yardley Country Club 66
Chris Smedley/Paul Hess, Hartefeld National 66
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr./Glenn Smeraglio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Lu Lu Country Club 66
Joseph Roeder/Bill Cregar, Little Mill Country Club 66
Nick Zammer/Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook Golf Club 67
Gordon Jamieson/Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club 67
John Alterman/Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club 67
Michael Shoup/Gerry Nelson, Sandy Run Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club 67
Michael Tash/Christopher Lange, Sr., Tavistock Country Club/Overbrook Golf Club 68
Steven Buck/Michael Maro, Laurel Creek Country Club 68
Steven Lucas/Michael Quinn, Wilmington Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 68
Rich Thon/Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 68
Robert Wurtz, Jr./Gary Smith, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Pine Valley Golf Club 69
Brian Trymbiski/Greg Divona, Doylestown Country Club 69
Harold Schweitzer, Jr./Zoran Damnjanovic, Broad Run Golfer’s Club 69
Kenneth Phillips/Bob Beck, Lancaster Country Club/Lehigh Country Club 69
Robert Gill/Brian Corbett, Fox Hill Country Club/Country Club of Scranton 69
Mark Walker/Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club 69
Richard Custer/Bob Majczan, Bellewood Country Club/Lookaway Golf Club 69
Dan Farragut/Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club 70
J. Kirk Luntey/Bill Charpek, Merion Golf Club 70
Drew Panebianco/Craig Kliewer, Five Ponds Golf Club/Honeybrook Golf Club 70
Buddy Reed/Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club 71
Tim Ungrady/Dan Lamb, The Springhaven Club/Golf Course at Glen Mills 71
Kenneth Orner/Edward Attarian, PineCrest Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 71
Roland Thomas, Jr./Larry Riviello, McCall Golf & Country Club 71
James Barling/Craig White, Laurel Creek Country Club 72
Vince Yost/Edward Roberts, Cedarbrook Country Club/Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 72
George Henninger/Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72
Naz Gagliardi/Robert Howard, Bensalem Township Country Club/Deerwood Country Club 72
Charles Stines, III/Salvatore Drago, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Mercer Oaks Golf Course 73
Dave Bresnahan/William Schmidt, Riverton Country Club 73
Rodger Gottlieb/Gary Dornhoefer, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 73
Hal Morris/Steven Cucinotti, Talamore Country Club 73
Doug Fedoryshyn/Bill Dwyer, Applebrook Golf Club/Concord Country Club 73
Frank Corrado, Jr./Wayne Bartolacci, Lu Lu Country Club/Jericho National Golf Club 74
Joe Balkovec/Bill Flavell, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 75
Thomas Huff/George Marshalek, Coatesville Country Club 75
Michael DeSantis/Bruce Aikin, Hartefeld National 76
Jeff Garrett/John Riccio, The Bucks Club/Jericho National Golf Club 79
John Kivitz/Vincent Torno, McCall Golf & Country Club 84
Bill Burkavage/John Voigt, Country Club of Scranton WD
Ron Weaver/Scott Mayne, Bent Creek Country Club/LedgeRock Golf Club WD
Mike Miklinevich/Michael Civitella, Greate Bay Country Club WD
Super-Senior Division
Gross
Name, club Score
Carl Everett/Don Donatoni, Merion Golf Club/White Manor Country Club 65
Frank Polizzi/Bernie Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 68
Robert Billings/James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club 69
Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village Country Club/Moorestown Field Club 70
Mike Tomasic/David Brackenbury, Woodstone Country Club 70
Alan Over/Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club 71
Robert Lodovici/Robert Proto, Little Mill Country Club 72
Thomas Mohr/Robert Zakian, Whitford Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club 72
Michael Nilon/Buck Jones, Philadelphia Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 72
John Owens/Lawrence Harrison, Tavistock Country Club/Hidden Creek Golf Club 73
Eugene Maginnis, Jr./John Gonsior, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 73
Thomas Mallouk/Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club 73
Alexander Maguire, Sr./John Foore, Brookside Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club 74
Michael Rose/Matthew Bellis, Talamore Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Charles Caparo/David Harbaugh, Plymouth Country Club 75
John Cech/Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club 76
Arthur Frankel/Herbert Sachs, Philmont Country Club 76
Peter Torras/Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 77
John Young/John DiMarzio, Sandy Run Country Club 77
John Snyder/Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club 77
Charles Whipple/Robert Peterman, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Gary Ames/Rick Ames, Bala Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
Louis Newett/Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club 80
Ned Moore/Bill Doherty, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 80
David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 80
Stephen Cooper/Michael Torpey, Laurel Creek Country Club 81
John Patton/James Wiley, Little Mill Country Club/Old York Road Country Club 82
William McCabe, Jr./Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club 85
James Barton/John Siegrist, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 85
Alan Van Horn/Arthur Jacoby, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
Net
Name, club Score
Thomas Mohr/Robert Zakian, Whitford Country Club/Rolling Green Golf Club 65
Carl Everett/Don Donatoni, Merion Golf Club/White Manor Country Club 66
Frank Polizzi/Bernie Zbrzeznj, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 66
Robert Billings/James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club 66
Dave Jacobson/Jon Mabry, Medford Village Country Club/Moorestown Field Club 67
Mike Tomasic/David Brackenbury, Woodstone Country Club 67
Alan Over/Ronald Yarnell, Bent Creek Country Club 68
Alexander Maguire, Sr./John Foore, Brookside Country Club/Spring Ford Country Club 68
Charles Caparo/David Harbaugh, Plymouth Country Club 68
John Cech/Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club 68
John Young/John DiMarzio, Sandy Run Country Club 68
Robert Lodovici/Robert Proto, Little Mill Country Club 69
Arthur Frankel/Herbert Sachs, Philmont Country Club 69
John Snyder/Richard Genoni, Waynesborough Country Club 69
Gary Ames/Rick Ames, Bala Golf Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 69
John Owens/Lawrence Harrison, Tavistock Country Club/Hidden Creek Golf Club 70
Eugene Maginnis, Jr./John Gonsior, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club/Limekiln Golf Club 70
Thomas Mallouk/Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club 70
Stephen Cooper/Michael Torpey, Laurel Creek Country Club 70
Michael Nilon/Buck Jones, Philadelphia Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 71
Peter Torras/Joseph Viscuso, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 72
Louis Newett/Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club 72
John Patton/James Wiley, Little Mill Country Club/Old York Road Country Club 72
Michael Rose/Matthew Bellis, Talamore Country Club/Commonwealth National Golf Club 73
David Kearney/Gerald Barr, Lehigh Country Club 73
William McCabe, Jr./Joseph Cassidy, McCall Golf & Country Club 73
James Barton/John Siegrist, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
Charles Whipple/Robert Peterman, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Ned Moore/Bill Doherty, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 74
Alan Van Horn/Arthur Jacoby, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Philadelphia Cricket Club WD
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