Saucon's Bartolacci, Mercer Oaks' Smeraglio win 4-Ball in 10-hole playoff - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 27, 2010

Saucon’s Bartolacci, Mercer Oaks’ Smeraglio win 4-Ball in 10-hole playoff

DOYLESTOWN, Pa.-Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley CC and Glenn Smeraglio of Mercer Oaks GC outlasted John LeBoeuf of Philadelphia CC and Cory Reighard of Llanerch CC in a grueling 10-hole extra session to win the 39th Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship Friday at Doylestown CC (par 72, 6,551 yards).

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley CC 
escapes the No. 18 (par 5, 5119 yards) bunker.

  “It was a war of attrition,” Smeraglio, of Newtown, Pa., said. “It was a good day. We played very well most of the day to get us in that position.”

  Bartolacci, of Washington Crossing, Pa., and Smeraglio snapped an intense sudden-death deadlock by posting a victory on No. 8 (par 4, 285 yards), the 10th playoff hole and 28th overall. Four fatigued yet focused warriors attacked the reachable par 4. Smeraglio powered his drive into the left greenside bunker, blasted out to 12-feet and two-putted for par, which on this night, seemed to indicate that overtime would continue. However, both LeBoeuf and Reighard watched their drives dart into the right rough. The two exhausted two strokes on chip efforts to reach the green and couldn’t match their opponents’ par.

  “I was trying to go for the green and I overcooked it,” LeBoeuf, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., said of his drive, which settled in front of the adjacent No. 9 tee box. “I had driven the green in regulation, so I knew I could do it. I just had to make the swing and I didn’t make the swing.”

Glenn Smeraglio of Mercer Oaks GC

  “The last hole was just a struggle,” Reighard, of Conshohocken, Pa., said. “We were all tired at that point.”

  Both teams had sound opportunities to seize victory early in the playoff. On No. 10 (par 4, 365 yards), the first playoff hole, Reighard stuck his wedge 110 yards to five feet, but pushed his birdie putt just right of the jar. On the third playoff hole, the par 5, 519-yard 18th, Bartolacci stared at a six-footer for birdie, but like Reighard, bumped it right. So both teams continued to play the 18th until a victory was earned. Both LeBoeuf and Smeraglio fired birdies on the fourth playoff hole. LeBoeuf did so by brushing in a two-footer after a delicate chip from the rear of the green. Smeraglio decimated his second shot more than 200 yards and two-putted from 15-feet in front of the flagstick. Both squads halved the next three holes with pars, and the playoff migrated to No. 1 (par 5, 540 yards).

  Suddenly, a “golfer see, golfer do” mantra began to trace the sudden-death scenario. All four players had ideal wedges into the green. Smeraglio, 50, stuck his approach to within two feet of the jar. LeBoeuf followed suit with a shot that hopped over the front slope and stopped at a foot. With Bartolacci and Smeraglio in for par on No. 2 (par 3, 174 yards), the eighth playoff hole, Reighard rescued his team by executing a sensational par save from the left greenside bunker.

  Darkness gradually descended upon Doylestown, but it didn’t cloud either team’s play. Smeraglio hit his 52-degree wedge 121 yards to seven feet on No. 3 (par 4, 410 yards), the ninth playoff hole. Meanwhile, Reighard flew a wedge 115 yards to the rear of the green. Facing a lie in the rough, inches shy of the back fringe, he elected to use the putter. The decision paid off as Reighard dropped a magnificent birdie that kept his team alive. Smeraglio cleaned up his under-par chance.

  “It was sitting up pretty nice in the rough, so I thought I could putt it,” Reighard, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Director of Course Rating, said. “I didn’t know how it was going to come out, but I had a good read on it.”

  :”It was an awesome putt,” LeBoeuf, a member of the GAP Executive Committee, added.

  Friday’s victory gave Bartolacci, 59, and Smeraglio their second piece of collective hardware in 2010. The two won the Mercer County Senior Better-Ball at Mercer Oaks earlier this summer.

  In regulation, both teams carded 6-under-par 66s. Bartolacci, the 2008 Senior Player of the Year, and Smergalio, a two-time Patterson Cup champion, experienced a bogey-free performance.

Cory Reighard, Llanerch CC (left) 
& John LeBoeuf, Philadelphia CC

  “This is tricky little golf course,” Bartolacci said. “It’s tight. The greens are difficult. Not to have a bogey and to be 6-under, I probably would’ve been pleased with that going out, to be honest.”

  Bartolacci and Smeraglio ignited right out of the gate as Smeraglio smacked his sand wedge 100 yards and dropped a 20-footer for birdie. Bartolacci chipped in for birdie on No. 8 (par 4, 285 yards). The duo kicked into high gear on No. 10 (par 4, 365 yards). Smeraglio posted another birdie by knocking his sand wedge to six feet. On No. 11 (par 4, 418 yards), Bartolacci stopped his 8-iron at 15-feet. He rolled in a 30-footer on No. 16 (par 4, 380 yards) and two-putted for birdie on No. 18 (par 5, 519 yards) after crushing an 18-degree wedge 207 yards.

  LeBoeuf, 49, and Reighard, 28, posted five birdies, an eagle and a bogey in regulation. The duo, which started its championship quest on the back nine, registered back-to-back red figures on Nos. 10 (par 4, 365 yards) and 11 (par 4, 418 yards). Its eagle came on No. 14 (par 5, 500 yards), where LeBoeuf knocked his 3-wood 220 yards and sunk a 15-footer from the fringe. The team struggled to score coming in, but that changed after Reighard cranked his 9-iron 126 yards to four feet on No. 7 (par 4, 381 yards). LeBoeuf two-putted from 20-feet on No. 8 after ripping his drive to the green.

  LeBoeuf and Reighard didn’t originally intend to compete together Friday. The two served as last-minute fill-ins.

  “Obviously, we’re thrilled,” LeBoeuf said. “Cory played phenomenal today.”

  “John made all of the putts,” Reighard added. “It was fun.”

Name, clubScores
*Thomas Bartolacci, Jr./Glenn Smeraglio, Saucon Valley CC/Mercer Oaks GC66
Cory Reighard/John LeBoeuf, Llanerch CC/Philadelphia CC66
Thomas Finn/Robert Bechtold, Cavaliers CC/Loch Nairn GC67
Robert Dziak/Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest GC & Preserve67
Andrew Mason/Arthur Jacoby, Huntingdon Valley CC/Commonwealth National GC68
Doug Fedoryshyn/Stephen Seiden, Concord CC69
Dennis O’Brien/John Hughes, Huntingdon Valley CC70
Robert Arthur/Brian Nelson, Tavistock CC/Huntingdon Valley CC70
Geoffrey Cooper/John Brennan, Laurel Creek CC/Spring Ford CC71
Greg Wright/Mark Metaxas, Old York CC at Chesterfield/Jericho National GC71
Joshua Isler/Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley GC71
Herbert Gordon/Alan Bernabei, Doylestown CC71
Jason Barkley/Donny Wessner, Huntsville GC/Golden Oaks GC71
David Maddock/Alan Skoritowski, Glen Oak CC71
Kevin McClellan/Bryan Marvin, Doylestown CC/Old York Road CC71
Steve Pacello/Dwight Dudas, Indian Valley CC72
Andrew Clayton/Ari Flaisher, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Philadelphia Publinks GA72
Neil Gordon/Nathan Herring, Five Ponds GC/Limekiln GC72
Thomas Beers/Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands GC72
Buddy Reed/Eric Asel, Back Creek GC/Hartefeld National72
Alexander Maguire, Sr./Bo Maguire, Brookside CC72
James Durante/Michael Domenick, Philadelphia Publinks GA/Phoenixville CC73
Bob Majczan/Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway GC73
Tom DiCinti/Joseph Roeder, Links GC73
James Austin/Joseph Costanzo, Five Ponds GC73
Brad Sokol/Adam Leifer, Green Valley CC/Blue Bell CC73
Antonio Leta/Wayne Bartolacci, Doylestown CC/Jericho National GC73
Mario Canal/Mike Miklinevich, Tavistock CC/Greate Bay CC74
Jeff Lysek/Richard Umani, Five Ponds GC/Philadelphia Publinks GA74
Laurence Hirsh/Max Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Plymouth CC74
Andrew Dietz/Lee Cook, Laurel Creek CC74
William Thornton, Jr./W. Evan Thornton, LedgeRock GC/Berkshire CC74
Hal Stupp/Larry Borowsky, White Manor CC74
Peter Moran/Michael Quinn, Edgmont CC74
William Stanley/Thomas Greenwood, Old York CC at Chesterfield74
Ben Spence, Jr./John Stepanik, Woodstone GC/Blue Bell CC74
Pete Widdoes/Aaron Widdoes, Loch Nairn GC74
Arthur Kania/J. Kirk Luntey, Merion GC75
Jeff Klagholz/Martin Klagholz, Rolling Green GC/Aronimink GC75
Joseph Marucci/David Fardon, Saucon Valley CC75
Jim Schulz/Mark Kosko, Mercer Oaks GC76
John Willadsen/Andrew Willadsen, Sakima CC76
Jeffrey Prickitt/Brian Skrip, Manufacturers G&CC/Meadowlands CC76
Kevin Dixon/Craig Scott, Great Bear G&CC/Huntingdon Valley CC76
Robert Bakos/Gerry Baldachino, Old York CC at Chesterfield76
Scott Page/Jeff Klein, Meadowlands CC/Talamore CC77
Michael Palovich/Kevin Hinkle, Whitemarsh Valley CC77
Dan Lamb/Tim Ungrady, Edgmont CC77
Bryan Winsko/Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Zach Rothaus/Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds GC77
Adam Reiss/David Levine, Makefield Highlands GC78
Mark Fuessinger/Carlo Fitti, Llanerch CC78
Christopher Terebesi/Terrence Sawyer, Honeybrook GC/Commonwealth National GC78
Dan Slick/Norman Linker, Old York CC at Chesterfield79
John Callaghan/Joe Sandora, Yardley CC81
Brett Bernosky/Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville CC82
Graham Desmond/Rich Linkchorst, GC at Glen Mills83

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