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Past champions unite to win Senior Four-Man Team

  ROYERSFORD, Pa. — Alan Van Horn of Sandy Run Country Club equipped his armor in preparation of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 23rd Senior Four-Man Team. Armor as in former golf champions David Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley Country Club (1991 GAP Amateur Champion), John Hubbert, III of Galloway National Golf Club (1974 Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Champion) and Arthur Jacoby of Commonwealth National Golf Club (1975 GAP Amateur Champion).

  Collectively, the foursome enforced birdies early and protected its subpar scorecard Thursday at Spring Ford Country Club (par 72, 6,288 yards). Van Horn and company carded a 7-under-par 137 total to top the 39-team field. Team scores are determined using the two best balls of four.

   “We were never in the threat of losing a shot, except on the first hole [the team’s lone bogey],” Jacoby, 65, of Wyncote, Pa., said.

   “We had a lot of putts within close distance,” Van Horn, 62, of Ambler, Pa., said. “We were never in any real trouble.”

   Starting on the back nine, the team shelled out its first red figure on the par 4, 350-yard 11th hole. Van Horn smacked a sand wedge 87 yards to four feet. Brookreson, 63, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., rolled in an uphill seven-footer for birdie on No. 12 (par 4, 372 yards). The team protected its 2 under with a string of five pars before finding a pair of birdies on the challenging par 5, 487-yard 18th hole. Van Horn hit a wedge 50 yards to 10 feet; Hubbert a wedge into kick-in range.

   As Jacoby indicated, the team’s lone blemish occurred on the downhill No. 1 (par 4, 417 yards). Brookreson and Hubbert sprayed their drives left and couldn’t contribute respective pars. Van Horn reached the green in regulation, but three-putted from 35 feet above the flagstick. With a pair of par 5s on the horizon, the team went on a birdie bonanza. Both Brookreson and Hubbert nestled tight wedges to three feet for a pair of 4s on No. 5 (514 yards). The two, along with Jacoby, surrounded the No. 9 (517 yards) flagstick with manageable birdie opportunities. Van Horn, however, came up short of the green with a 5-rescue from 163 yards. Playing first, he displayed his champion-esque touch with a spectacular chip-in birdie. Jacoby then validated a crisp 145-yard 7-iron shot with a 10-footer for birdie, sealing an essential 7 under on the team’s scorecard.

   Brookreson and Jacoby served as co-captains on Temple University’s golf team in 1970 and have remained good friends since. Hubbert, too, is a Temple alum who grew up at Manufacturers Golf & Country Club. Thursday marked his first GAP event and Senior Division debut.

   “It was fun. I had a great time,” Hubbert, 55, of Brigantine, N.J., said. “It was a hard golf course, but a very good golf course. We had a good team. We had a lot of birdie putts that we didn’t make.”

  Turns out the foursome didn’t need them after all.

   In a match of cards, McCall Golf & Country Club’s Rick Bunn, William McCabe, Jr. and Jon Stein, along with Aronimink Golf Club’s Jack Quinn edged Greate Bay Country Club’s William Care, Gregg Gipp, Paul Koelling and Mike Miklinevich to win the Net Division with a 127 total.

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Gross
Name, club Score
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; John Hubbert, III, Galloway National Golf Club; Arthur Jacoby, Commonwealth National Golf Club & Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club 137
Curt Fromal, Andrew Harmer, Rich Thon & John Turner, The Springhaven Club 138
George May, James Muller, Richard Lownes & Edward Roberts, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 138
Alan Bernabei, Herbert Gordon, Alan Roatche & David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 139
Michael Anton, Roc Irey, Bob Majczan & Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club 140
Mark Szilagyi, Applebrook Golf Club; James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Richard Custer & Greg Gottshall, Brookside Country Club 140
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club; Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club; Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club & Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 141
William Care, Gregg Gipp, Paul Koelling & Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 144
Jack Quinn, Aronimink Golf Club; Rick Bunn, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club 145
Charles Caparo, C. Michael Conway, Michael Giambrone & Ernest Martinelli, Plymouth Country Club 146
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Donald Ashley, Michael Nilon & Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 147
Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont Country Club 147
Bill Narozanick, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Thomas Hyland, Robert Lodovici & Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 147
Gordon Jamieson, Arthur Kania, Jr., Robert Roehr & Paul Suckow, Merion Golf Club 147
Thomas Fuhs, Spring Ford CC; Yong Choe, James O’Brien & Jim O’Connor, Spring Ford Country Club 147
John Cech, George Gepp, John Raleigh & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club 150
Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni, Stephen Negrotti & John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club 151
Nicholas Wanck, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Jack Hoffman, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Ed Brzezowski & John Hollingsworth, Sr., Concord Country Club 151
Steve Backstrom, Tom DiCinti, Fred Hauber & Dennis McCarty, Little Mill Country Club 152
Bill Doherty, Joseph Dougher, Richard Krauss & Gary Moran, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 152
Donald Beck, John McCourt, Robert Schiller & Gerald Strock, Old York Road Country Club 152
Wayne Diluigi, Jay McMenamin, Tom Paul & Fred Spratt, Running Deer Golf Club 153
Leonard DiDomenico, Alexander Maguire, Sr., Joseph Major & Pat Romano, Brookside Country Club 153
Jim Chojnacki, John Dandrea, Bernard Kelly & Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club 154
Edward Birdsall, Tavistock Country Club; Edward Hennessy, Bert Minnella & Les Runkewich, Medford Village Country Club 156
John Lukens, Thomas McGlinchy, W. Dale Newpher & Rich Tofani, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club 156
Paul Morris, Burlington Country Club; Bernie Bieg, Mike Duffy & Glenn Volpe, Running Deer Golf Club 156
William Friel, Squires Golf Club; Jack Endicott, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 157
Richard Alessi, Sr., Scott Fleming, William Knecht, Jr. & William Woolard, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 158
Bob Silsbe, Downingtown Country Club; Paul Yeakel, Waynesborough Country Club; David Gale & Kevin Scanlon, Stonewall 160
George Gibson, George Manos, J. Thomas Rush & Larry Sacks, Riverton Country Club 161
Bob Abramski, Harold Cooperstein, Ronald Hooven & Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 162
Howard Dempster, Jr., Robert Dicerbo, George Macort, Jr. & George Maguire, Old York Road Country Club 163
Jerry Beil, John McKee, Chris Meyer & Louis Riggs, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 164
Jack Collins & Joseph LaGrossa, Galloway National Golf Club; Theodore Flocco, Jr. & J. Ronald Giordano, Tavistock Country Club 165
Bob Harris & Martin Sherman, Blue Bell Country Club; Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster Country Club 165
Jack Bailey, James Barron, Robert Dzielak & John Groves, Hartefeld National 165
Rich Bernat, Bob Cerulli, John DePaul & Joseph Herzog, Sandy Run Country Club 166
Jeff Neely, John Smith, Robert Szczypkowski & Mark Weinberg, Lookaway Golf Club 167
Net
Name, club Score
Jack Quinn, Aronimink Golf Club; Rick Bunn, William McCabe, Jr. & Jon Stein, McCall Golf & Country Club 127
William Care, Gregg Gipp, Paul Koelling & Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club 127
George May, James Muller, Richard Lownes & Edward Roberts, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 128
Thomas Fuhs, Spring Ford Country Club; Yong Choe, James O’Brien & Jim O’Connor, Penn Oaks GC 130
William Friel, Squires Golf Club; Jack Endicott, Ned Moore & Rick Rutter, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 130
David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; John Hubbert, III, Galloway National Golf Club; Arthur Jacoby, Commonwealth National Golf Club & Alan Van Horn, Sandy Run Country Club 131
Curt Fromal, Andrew Harmer, Rich Thon & John Turner, The Springhaven Club 131
Michael Anton, Roc Irey, Bob Majczan & Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club 131
Charles Caparo, C. Michael Conway, Michael Giambrone & Ernest Martinelli, Plymouth Country Club 131
Neil Donovan, Richard Genoni, Stephen Negrotti & John Snyder, Waynesborough Country Club 131
Donald Beck, John McCourt, Robert Schiller & Gerald Strock, Old York Road Country Club 131
Wayne Diluigi, Jay McMenamin, Tom Paul & Fred Spratt, Running Deer Golf Club 131
Richard Custer & Greg Gottshall, Brookside Country Club; Mark Szilagyi, Applebrook Golf Club & James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA 132
Alan Bernabei, Herbert Gordon, Alan Roatche & David Smith, Doylestown Country Club 133
Nicholas Wanck, Huntingdon Valley Country Club; Jack Hoffman, Penn Oaks Golf Club; Ed Brzezowski & John Hollingsworth, Sr., Concord Country Club 133
Edward Birdsall, Tavistock Country Club; Edward Hennessy, Bert Minnella & Les Runkewich, Medford Village Country Club 133
Richard Alessi, Sr., Scott Fleming, William Knecht, Jr. & William Woolard, Jr., Llanerch Country Club 133
Howard Dempster, Jr., Robert Dicerbo, George Macort, Jr. & George Maguire, Old York Road Country Club 133
Steve Backstrom, Tom DiCinti, Fred Hauber & Dennis McCarty, Little Mill Country Club 134
Jim Chojnacki, John Dandrea, Bernard Kelly & Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club 134
John Lukens, Thomas McGlinchy, W. Dale Newpher & Rich Tofani, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club 134
Gordon Jamieson, Arthur Kania, Jr., Robert Roehr & Paul Suckow, Merion Golf Club 135
Bill Doherty, Joseph Dougher, Richard Krauss & Gary Moran, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 135
John Cech, George Gepp, John Raleigh & Robert Thornton, Jr., Riverton Country Club 136
Deane Haase, Dan Lamb, Michael Quinn & Tim Ungrady, Edgmont Country Club 137
Paul Morris, Burlington Country Club; Bernie Bieg, Mike Duffy & Glenn Volpe, Running Deer Golf Club 137
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club; Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club; Neil McDermott, Llanerch Country Club & Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club 138
Rich Bernat, Bob Cerulli, John DePaul & Joseph Herzog, Sandy Run Country Club 138
Jeff Neely, John Smith, Robert Szczypkowski & Mark Weinberg, Lookaway Golf Club 138
Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA; Donald Ashley, Michael Nilon & Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club 139
Jerry Beil, John McKee, Chris Meyer & Louis Riggs, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 139
Bill Narozanick, Moselem Springs Golf Club; Thomas Hyland, Robert Lodovici & Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club 139
George Gibson, George Manos, J. Thomas Rush & Larry Sacks, Riverton Country Club 141
Jack Collins & Joseph LaGrossa, Galloway National Golf Club; Theodore Flocco, Jr. & J. Ronald Giordano, Tavistock Country Club 141
Bob Harris & Martin Sherman, Blue Bell Country Club; Robert Felter & Terry Radcliffe, Lancaster Country Club 141
Leonard DiDomenico, Alexander Maguire, Sr., Joseph Major & Pat Romano, Brookside Country Club 143
Bob Silsbe, Downingtown Country Club; Paul Yeakel, Waynesborough Country Club; David Gale & Kevin Scanlon, Stonewall 143
Bob Abramski, Harold Cooperstein, Ronald Hooven & Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club 143
Jack Bailey, James Barron, Robert Dzielak & John Groves, Hartefeld National 150