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Tee it Forward – Fall Net: Bala

Kreamer wins Tee it Forward – Fall Net at Bala

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Brian Kreamer took care of business at his home course, as he does regularly.

Kreamer, Bala’s Club President, took home the Men’s Overall trophy Monday in the 72nd Tee it Forward – Fall Net Championship. His 3-over 71 equaled 39 Stableford Net points, collecting Kreamer the overall title at Bala (par 68, 5,036 yards).

After a front-nine gross score of 2-over 35, Kreamer continued his steady play on the back. Coming down the home stretch, a birdie on the par-4, 293-yard 17th hole sealed the victory for the club president.

“I finally got one there on 17. I had about 84 yards in, and hit a wedge to 15 feet, and got the birdie to fall,” said Kreamer. “I kind of knew what I needed to do because I saw someone might be in the house [at 38 and 36].”

He would go on to bogey the par-4, 362-yard 18th hole, but it wouldn’t matter. Playing to a 6 Handicap Index on the day, he was getting a stroke there, giving him the two points needed for the one-point victory over the field of 45.

Today’s win makes it a Net Championship sweep for Kreamer, who also took home the 2016 Spring Net title on home turf. It’s no secret he knows where the success lies — or doesn’t — on Bala’s fairways.

“It definitely helped being here at home. A 71? That’s one of my better scores this year,” said Kreamer, 52, of Wynnewood, Pa. “I have a [three-year term] as club president. I’ve been involved here with the Golf Committee for awhile. We’re always proud to host GAP events here, and I always try and play in them. The events are always top notch and fun.”

The Men’s First Flight featured handicaps of 1.2 to 8.8. The Second Flight hosted handicaps of 9.3 to 13.1, while the Third Flight was 14.4 to 28.9.

In the Women’s Division, five ladies played for the overall trophy. The champion at day’s end: White Manor Country Club’s Leslie Debbas.

Debbas rode a phenomenal back-nine gross score of 4-over 39, finishing with 36 Stableford Net points. Six net birdies were collected on the championship-winning card. None more important than four of those on Bala’s second side.

“I was nervous at the beginning. I still get nervous at the start, plus those first few holes can get you,” said Debbas, 58, of West Chester, Pa. “But I settled in there eventually. I played really well on the back. That’s one of my best [back nines].”

As a White Manor for two years, Debbas was able to make her GAP competitive debut today. After the hardware win today, it won’t be her last.

“It really shows that all the hard work pays off. It’s just really exciting,” said Debbas.

The Tee It Forward — Fall Net Championship, formerly known as the Second Handicap, is open to players 18 years of age and older with handicap index less than 36.0. The event began in 1946. The Golf Association of Philadelphia adopted the Tee It Forward parameters and changed the scoring format to Net Stableford in 2012.

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.

Men’s
Overall
Name, clubPoints
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club39
Carl Manawelian, Jeffersonville Golf Club38
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club36
Eric Naccarelli, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club35
Don Neill, LuLu Country Club35
Michael Jones, Waynesborough Country Club34
Chris Martin, Bent Creek Country Club34
Tyler Wray, Penn Oaks Golf Club34
Augustine Altieri, Medford Village Country Club33
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club33
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club33
Steve Kollias, Concord Country Club33
Don Skahan, Golf Course at Glen Mills32
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club32
Nick Gaudio, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club32
Max Adkins, Ingleside Golf Club31
Kevin McCarty, Philadelphia Country Club31
Joe Zulli, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia31
Andrew Repetto, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association31
Herb Mays, Downingtown Country Club30
Joseph DeAngelis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club30
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club30
Andrew Richardson, Jeffersonville Golf Club30
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association29
Anthony Vega, Flourtown Country Club29
Aaron Levy, Jeffersonville Golf Club28
Brent Mudry, Flourtown Country Club28
Palmer Roop, Downingtown Country Club28
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf Club28
Robert Hsu, Lookaway Golf Club28
Robert Brusco, Medford Village Country Club27
Scott Miller, Five Ponds Golf Club27
Vincent Botto, White Oaks Country Club27
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club26
Franklin Scheller, Elmhurst Country Club26
Brandon Clark, Conestoga Country Club25
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club25
Stewart Vann, Tavistock Country Club24
Ed Osciak, Loch Nairn Golf Club24
Francis Doyle, Makefield Highlands Golf Club23
Tom Clarke, Scotland Run Golf Club23
Dennis Huggins, White Oaks Country Club20
Samuel Ecker, Cedarbrook Country Club19
Ted Hospodar, Overbrook Golf ClubNS
Jason Lohr, Regents’ Glen Country ClubNS
First Flight
Name, clubPoints
Brian Kreamer, Bala Golf Club39
Michael Jones, Waynesborough Country Club34
Joseph Templin, LedgeRock Golf Club33
Steve Kollias, Concord Country Club33
Nick Gaudio, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club32
Joe Zulli, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia31
Herb Mays, Downingtown Country Club30
Andrew Richardson, Jeffersonville Golf Club30
Aaron Levy, Jeffersonville Golf Club28
Brent Mudry, Flourtown Country Club28
Robert Brusco, Medford Village Country Club27
Franklin Scheller, Elmhurst Country Club26
Francis Doyle, Makefield Highlands Golf Club23
Jason Lohr, Regents’ Glen Country ClubNS
Second Flight
Name, clubPoints
Eric Naccarelli, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club35
Chris Martin, Bent Creek Country Club34
Ed Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club33
Don Skahan, Golf Course at Glen Mills32
Andrew Repetto, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association31
Joseph DeAngelis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club30
William Erskine, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association29
Palmer Roop, Downingtown Country Club28
John O’Rourke, McCall Golf Club28
Brandon Clark, Conestoga Country Club25
Jason Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club25
Stewart Vann, Tavistock Country Club24
Dennis Huggins, White Oaks Country Club20
Samuel Ecker, Cedarbrook Country Club19
Ted Hospodar, Overbrook Golf ClubNS
Third Flight
Name, clubPoints
Carl Manawelian, Jeffersonville Golf Club38
Michael Kyle, Talamore Country Club36
Don Neill, LuLu Country Club35
Tyler Wray, Penn Oaks Golf Club34
Augustine Altieri, Medford Village Country Club33
Mike Connell, The Springhaven Club32
Max Adkins, Ingleside Golf Club31
Kevin McCarty, Philadelphia Country Club31
Scott Dichter, Meadia Heights Golf Club30
Anthony Vega, Flourtown Country Club29
Robert Hsu, Lookaway Golf Club28
Scott Miller, Five Ponds Golf Club27
Vincent Botto, White Oaks Country Club27
Tom Watterson, Loch Nairn Golf Club26
Ed Osciak, Loch Nairn Golf Club24
Tom Clarke, Scotland Run Golf Club23
Women’s
Overall
Leslie Debbas, White Manor Country Club36
Tracey MacGown, Saucon Valley Country Club35
Marie Gregg, Elmhurst Country Club34
Jill Marie, Five Ponds Golf Club33
Charlotte Kocher, LedgeRock Golf Club29
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