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White Manor CC duo takes Deeg Sezna Four-Ball

 AVONDALE, Pa. – The past 24 hours have been quite exhilarating for White Manor CC’s Marc Mandel.

Cameron Liebert and Marc Mandel congratulate 
one another following their round.

  On the heels of qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship, the Conshohocken, Pa. resident joined forces with clubmmate Cameron Liebert to compete in Tuesday’s Deeg Sezna Four-Ball at Hartefeld National (par 72, 6,363 yards).

  The two did more than compete. Liebert and Mandel scorched the course and carded a 9-under-par 63 to win the tournament, which is now in its 9th year.

  “This tournament means a lot to Mr. Sezna,” Mandel said. “It’s always fun to play with Cameron. It was a good time to play a little bit of a mentor to my boy here.”

  “I’m pretty excited because I’ve been struggling all summer,” Liebert added. “Today was the first day I came out and played how I’m used to. We were both spot-on.”

  The White Manor team frequently shared strategies, club selections and greens’ analysis throughout the day. It worked.

  “Marc was helping me with course management,” Liebert, of Malvern, Pa., said. “We play a lot together, and it’s just fun to read putts and discuss shots before you hit them. We just wanted to make sure everything was double-checked before we hit it.”

  Mandel, 28, ignited the duo’s bogey-free round by rocketing his 5-wood 250 yards and two-putting for birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 536 yards). Liebert, 18, rolled in a right-to-left breaking 20-footer on No. 3 (par 4, 394 yards) after hitting his pitching wedge 145 yards to the upper shelf of the green. Mandel responded with a red figure on No. 4 (par 4, 400 yards), thanks to a tight 54-degree wedge shot that stopped three feet from the flagstick. The team fired back-to-back birdies to close its outward tour. Mandel slammed his 6-iron 190 yards to the left of the No. 8 (par 5, 445 yards) green and bumped his chip to within three feet of the jar. His 7-iron on the par 3, 183-yard No. came to rest six feet from the hole location, and Mandel executed the under-par chance.

  One needed to wield a heat shield when approaching Liebert on the back nine, as playing partner Jon Thomas of Hartefeld National put it. Liebert, an incoming freshman at Loyola University, fired three straight birdies on Nos. 11 (par 3, 152 yards), 12 (par 4, 330 yards) and 13 (par 5, 539 yards). His 9-iron set up shop 20-feet beneath the No. 11 flagstick, and Liebert cleaned up the birdie putt. Standing 30 yards from the No. 12 flagstick, Liebert pierced his wedge to 25-feet and converted a challenging left-to-right breaker for birdie. He smashed his 7-iron 170 yards to 25-feet on the par 5 13th hole and two-putted from 25-feet. Liebert’s hybrid traveled 230 yards to the left of the No. 16 (par 5, 513 yards) green. His delicate uphill chip stopped inches from the jar, and Liebert tapped-in to register his fourth red figure in five holes. He secured a 9 under on the scorecard by rolling in a feisty 10-footer for par on No. 18 (par 4, 354 yards).

  Tuesday marked the White Manor team’s first appearance in the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball. Liebert and Mandel played golf together frequently throughout the year.

  “If there’s ever a time after work when he can go out, we usually play nine holes. We always have a match between ourselves,” Liebert said.

  Junior-Junior

  Deeg Sezna newcomers Brett Anderson and his uncle Chris, both of Wilmington CC, carded a 1-over-par 73 to top the Junior-Junior Division. The pair complemented one another’s play throughout the day.

Chris & Brett Anderson 
Wilmington CC

  “I thought Brett played well today,” Chris, who won back-to-back Amateur titles in 1982 and 1983, said.

  The Wilmington, Del. residents posted two birdies on the day. On No. 2 (par 3, 146 yards), Chris knocked his sand wedge to 15-feet. Brett converted an eight-footer on No. 13 (par 5, 539 yards) after pulverizing his hybrid 150 yards. He also made a critical par save on No. 9 (par 3, 183 yards). Brett, advised by Chris to hit driver, nuked his ball over the green, but recovered with a nice chip and three-foot putt.

  “I clubbed him wrong,” Chris said.

  The Anderson team enjoyed its first experience in the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball together.

  “It was fun,” Chris said. “Brett’s just really getting into competition right now.”

  “It was fun watching how far he can hit the ball and saving me sometimes,” Brett, a soon-to-be seventh grader at Tower Hill School, added.   Tavistock CC’s Brian and Jacob Klaus and Lookaway GC’s Hayes Clark and Frank Ferino each carded a 60 to win the Net Division.

  Tuesday’s tournament, which celebrates the mentorship of the older generation for its younger counterparts, is named in honor of Davis “Deeg” Sezna, Jr., who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001 in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

  Deeg, an avid golfer long a mentor to his younger brothers Teddy and Willy, and a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in economics, was in his sixth day of work on the 104th floor of the South Tower when the terrorists struck.

  To memorialize his name, GAP and his father, Davis Sezna, Sr., established the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball, pairing a junior player and an older amateur in a better ball competition, with a minimum age difference of 10 years and the stipulation that the younger player be 21 or younger.

Overall winners
Low Gross: Cameron Liebert & Marc Mandel, White Manor CC, 63
T-1 Low Net: Hayes Clark & Frank Ferino, Lookaway GC, 60
Brian & Jacob Klaus, Tavistock CC, 60

Junior Championship (Team handicaps 0-8)
1 (Gross): Michael Johnson, Talamore CC & Kevin Messerle, Linfield National GC, 66
T-1 (Net): John Fasy, Wilmington CC & Jon Thomas, Hartefeld National 64
Mark Endres, Overbrook GC & Bob Ursomarso, Saucon Valley CC, 64

Junior First (Team handicaps 10-14)
1 (Gross): Jeff Clark, Lookaway GC & Colby Lederer, Yardley CC, 69
1 (Net): Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley GC & Timothy Regan, Honeybrook GC, 64

Junior Second (Team Handicaps 15 & Above)
1 (Gross): Jeffrey Palmer & Tim Pici, Chester Valley GC, 70 
1 (Net): Michael Marvin, Old York Road CC & Edward Roberts, Manufacturers G&CC, 64

Junior-Junior
1 (Gross): Brett & Chris Anderson, Wilmington CC, 73
1 (Net): Bill Givens, Wildwood G&CC & Connor Goodrich, Merchantville CC, 69

Gross Results
Junior Championship (Team handicaps 0-8)
Name, clubScore
Cameron Liebert/Marc Mandel, White Manor CC63
Michael Johnson/Kevin Messerle, Talamore CC/Linfield National GC65
Mark Endres/Bob Ursomarso, Overbrook GC/Saucon Valley CC67
John Fasy/Jon Thomas, Wilmington CC/Hartefeld National67
Connor Eichman/Mark Fuessinger, Llanerch CC69
Paul Carbone, Jr./Ed Enoch, Old York Road CC69
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley CC70
Douglas Gregor/Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC71
Jef Fogel/Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks GC71
Christopher Crawford/Bill Henaghan, Lu Lu CC/CC atWoodmore71
Colin Goan/Andrew Harmer, Little Mill CC/The SpringhavenClub72
Evan Galbreath/Jake Suplicki, Philmont CC/Five Ponds GC72
Mike Hartsough/Dan Lamb, Edgmont CC73
Junior First Flight (Team handicaps 10-14)
Jeff Clark/Colby Lederer, Lookaway GC/Yardley CC69
Jon Stewart/W. Scott Yard, Honeybrook GC/Whitford CC72
Eric Fonner/John Leighton, Huntingdon Valley CC72
Eric Brown/Jeffrey Brown, West Chester G&CC73
Ryan Carroll/Timothy Regan, Chester Valley GC/HoneybrookGC73
Joseph Schmidt/David Strohl, Bethlehem GC/MoselemSprings GC74
Vince Boyle/Fred Hartwell, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford CC75
Chris Gallagher/Andrew Marinelli, West Chester G&CC76
Brian Fischer/Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National GC77
Luke Schweitzer/Kurt Schweitzer, Huntingdon Valley CC/Chambersburg CC78
Richard Gebert/Jack Parsons, Huntingdon Valley CC79
Junior Second Flight (Team handicaps 15 & Above)
Hayes Clark/Frank Ferino, Lookaway GC68
Jeffrey Palmer/Tim Pici, Chester Valley GC70
Michael Marvin/Edward Roberts, Old York Road CC/Manufacturers G&CC73
William Dalton/Jack Walsh, Jr., Overbrook GC/Old York Road CC74
Frederick Kotalik/Sean Kotalik, Chester Valley GC74
Andrew Willadsen/Mike Williams, Sakima CC76
Steve Ferino/Nolan Iorio, Lookaway GC76
Thomas Leighton/William Weihenmayer, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC76
John Palmer/Frank Pici, Chester Valley GC76
Gene Carroll/Matt Regan, Chester Valley GC/Applecross CC77
Chris Gebert/Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC78
Nolan Dirienzi/Ron Dirienzi, Rolling Green GC78
C.J. Van Ostenbridge/Dan Van Ostenbridge, Spring Ford CC79
David Bloom/Adam Short, Fieldstone GC80
Junior-Junior
Brett Anderson/Chris Anderson, Wilmington CC73
Brian Klaus/Jacob Klaus, Tavistock CC74
Bill Givens/Connor Goodrich, Wildwood G&CC/Merchantville CC75
Thomas Gravina, Jr./Michael McDermott, AroniminkGC/Merion GC76
T.J. Coady/Jack McAleese, Aronimink GC81
John Dare/Ben Litt, Riverton CC88
Matthew Brennan, Sr./Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green GC93
Net results
Junior Championship (Team handicaps 0-8)
Name, clubScore
Cameron Liebert/Marc Mandel, White Manor CC60
Michael Johnson/Kevin Messerle, Talamore CC/Linfield National GC63
Mark Endres/Bob Ursomarso, Overbrook GC/SauconValley CC64
John Fasy/Jon Thomas, Wilmington CC/HartefeldNational64
Connor Eichman/Mark Fuessinger, Llanerch CC65
Paul Carbone, Jr./Ed Enoch, Old York Road CC65
Dwight Dudas/Matt Dudas, Indian Valley CC66
Douglas Gregor/Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC67
Ryan Fogel/Jef Fogel, Penn Oaks GC67
Christopher Crawford/Bill Henaghan, Lu Lu CC/CC atWoodmore68
Colin Goan/Andrew Harmer, Little Mill CC/The Springhaven Club68
Evan Galbreath/Jake Suplicki, Philmont CC/Five Ponds GC69
Mike Hartsough/Dan Lamb, Edgmont CC69
Junior First Flight (Team handicaps 10-14)
Jeff Clark/Colby Lederer, Lookaway GC/Yardley CC64
Ryan Carroll/Timothy Regan, Chester Valley GC/Honeybrook GC64
Jon Stewart/W. Scott Yard, Honeybrook GC/Whitford CC65
Eric Fonner/John Leighton, Huntingdon Valley CC67
Eric Brown/Jeffrey Brown, West Chester G&CC67
Vince Boyle/Fred Hartwell, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford CC67
Joseph Schmidt/David Strohl, Bethlehem GC/MoselemSprings GC69
Chris Gallagher/Andrew Marinelli, West Chester G&CC70
Brian Fischer/Robert Tredinnick, Commonwealth National GC71
Richard Gebert/Jack Parsons, Huntingdon Valley CC71
Luke Schweitzer/Kurt Schweitzer, Huntingdon Valley CC/Chambersburg CC74
Junior Second Flight (Team handicaps 15 & Above)
Hayes Clark/Frank Ferino, Lookaway GC60
Jeffrey Palmer/Tim Pici, Chester Valley GC62
Michael Marvin/Edward Roberts, Old York Road CC/Manufacturers G&CC64
Frederick Kotalik/Sean Kotalik, Chester Valley GC65
Steve Ferino/Nolan Iorio, Lookaway GC65
Nolan Dirienzi/Ron Dirienzi, Rolling Green GC66
William Dalton/Jack Walsh, Jr., Overbrook GC/Old York Road CC67
John Palmer/Frank Pici, Chester Valley GC67
Gene Carroll/Matt Regan, Chester Valley GC/Applecross CC67
Andrew Willadsen/Mike Williams, Sakima CC69
Chris Gebert/Robert Parsons, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC69
C.J. Van Ostenbridge/Dan Van Ostenbridge, Spring Ford CC70
David Bloom/Adam Short, Fieldstone GC71
Thomas Leighton/William Weihenmayer, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC72
Junior-Junior
Brian Klaus/Jacob Klaus, Tavistock CC60
Bill Givens/Connor Goodrich, Woodbury CC/Merchantville CC69
Thomas Gravina, Jr./Michael McDermott, AroniminkGC/Merion GC74
T.J. Coady/Jack McAleese, Aronimink GC74
Brett Anderson/Chris Anderson, Wilmington CC75
John Dare/Ben Litt, Riverton CC75
Matthew Brennan, Sr./Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green GC81