Spring Ford CC's Caruso captures Fall Net Championship at Hersey's Mill - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 23, 2010

Spring Ford CC’s Caruso captures Fall Net Championship at Hersey’s Mill

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Fall Net Championship

  WEST CHESTER, Pa.-Longtime GAP fixture and Spring Ford CC member Carmen Caruso avoided potentially disasterous situations and relied on tight approach shots to earn his first individual title on the Association circuit.

  The Gulph Mills, Pa. resident carded a 4-under-par 67 (net) to capture Monday’s Fall Net Championship at Hershey’s Mill GC (par 71, 6,178 yards). Caruso has competed in GAP tournaments for the past 15 years.

Carmen Caruso

  “I didn’t think I had a chance, but I thought I played pretty well for me,” he said. “I thought that I might be competitive, and that’s all I really try to do. It’s kind of a surprise. I hit some bad shots, but made some good recoveries, and that’s what it’s all about.”

  Caruso constructed a sturdy back nine to ultimately nip the 99-player field. Three consecutive pars on Nos. 12 (par 5, 501 yards), 13 (par 4, 340 yards) and 14 (par 3, 180 yards) propelled the 72 year old. He smashed his GAP wedge 125 yards to six feet on No. 12. Caruso converted an uphill 12-footer on No. 13 after his second shot came up short of the green. He missed the green on No. 14 with a 7-iron, but chipped up to two feet.

  Caruso started to teeter on Nos. 15 (par 4, 356 yards) and 16 (par 4, 345 yards). He carded double bogeys on each.

  “I was trying to steer the ball off the tee and got myself in trouble,” he said.

  However, Caruso closed out with two sensational par saves. He missed the No. 17 (par 4, 388 yards) green with his approach, but ran a chip to within six feet of the drain and cleaned up the putt. Caruso stuck a wedge 60 yards to a foot on No. 18 (par 4, 409 yards).

  Harold Alwood, Jr. of Old York Road CC, William Jones of McCall G&CC and Mark Teson of Coatesville CC each carded respective 3-under-par 68s to place second.

Mark Teson

  Consistent iron play carried Teson, of Coatesville, Pa., throughout his round.

  “My drives weren’t bad, either,” he added.

  Teson, 54, began his championship bid with two sound pars. On No. 1 (par 4, 345 yards), he laced his 7-iron 150 yards and executed an effective two-putt from 10 feet above the flagstick. The challenging par 5, 464-yard No. 2 saw Teson knocking his 3-wood more than 200 yards and three-putting from 20-feet. He fired a gross birdie on the par 3, 154-yard 7th hole after stopping a 6-iron at 10 feet.

  The consistency didn’t stop there. Teson, a 17 handicap, converted five consecutive pars at the outset of his inward tour. On the uphill par 4, 340-yard No. 13, his 9-iron traveled 130 yards and landed on the front edge of the green, leaving Teson primed for an efficient two-putt. He again two-putted, this time from 20-feet, on No. 14 (par 3, 180 yards) following a 6-iron tee shot that drifted right of the hole location.

  Teson has competed in the Association’s Winter Series events. He also participates in the Team Matches whenever he attains a spot on the Coatesville squad. Monday marked his first Fall Net Championship. He’ll forever remember it, needless to say.

  “It’s unbelievable. I haven’t really won anything in the GAP or anywhere else,” Teson said. “It’s pretty amazing.”

Harold Alwood, Jr.

  Alwood, of Southampton, Pa., inked five straight pars on the scorecard to start the day.

  “I had a real good swing going today,” he said. “I missed a couple of birdie putts, but it worked out.”

  On No. 3 (par 3, 190 yards), a brave Alwood, 71, calculated a fierce wind and elected to hit driver off the tee. It flew to the top shelf of the putting surface, and Alwood issued a downhill two-putt combination. He whacked his 8-iron 130 yards on No. 4 (par 5, 481 yards) and two-putted from 20 feet. Alwood experienced a few stressful moments on his final nine holes. He pulled his 7-wood left on No. 14 (par 3, 180 yards) and dumped his second shot into the left greenside bunker. On No. 17 (par 4, 388 yards), Alwood pushed his drive, but found the middle of the green with his third shot. However, he three-putted to card a double bogey.

  “I have the handicap for it, so it happens,” Alwood, an 18 handicap, said.

  This was Alwood’s second appearance in the Fall Net Championship.

  “I haven’t played in too many of these (GAP) events, but I enjoyed it; I’ll be playing more,” he said.

William Jones

  Course knowledge aided Jones, a 20 handicap, Monday.

  “I drove the ball fairly well and had some good trouble shots,” the Haverford, Pa. said. “I used to be a member here. I got very creative coming out of some trouble spots.”

  Jones, 67, registered a gross red-figure on No. 9 (par 4, 385 yards). He drilled his 5-iron 175 yards and executed a 10-footer.

  “That was the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” he said.

  The strenuous par 5, 501 yard 12th hole damaged Jones’ scorecard. He pushed his second shot, a 3-wood, out-of-bounds and went on to card a triple bogey. Jones uplifted his spirits by draining a spectacular 45-footer to save par on No. 17 (par 4, 388 yards). He hammered his 6-iron 175 yards and watched anxiously as his ensuing uphill putt tracked into the hole. Jones, a chemical engineer who retired earlier this year, hopes to now compete in the Fall Net Championship annually.Overall winner
Carmen Caruso, Spring Ford CC, 67

3-10 Handicap
1. Ralph Gariano, Commonwealth National GC, 69 
T2. Dino Dicamillo, Indian Valley CC, 71
Bill Smith, Sandy Run CC, 71
Low Senior
T1. Charles Caparo, Plymouth CC, 75
Ned Moore, Manufacturers G&CC, 75

11-13 Handicap
1. Scott Miller, Meadowlands CC, 71
2. Frank Andrusiewicz, Mercer Oaks GC, 72
T3. Brent Alwood, Five Ponds GC, 73
Greg Smith, Loch Nairn GC, 73
Low Senior
Art Blumenthal, Chester Valley GC, 73

14-17 Handicap
1. Mark Teson, Coatesville CC, 68
2. Tom Bell, Meadia Heights GC, 69
3. Bryce Johnson, Golf Course at Glen Mills, 71
Low Senior
Nick Pompo, Edgmont CC, 71

18 & Over Handicap
T1. Harold Alwood, Jr., Old York Road CC, 68
William Jones, McCall G&CC, 68
3. Loren Pearson, Old York Road CC, 69
Low Senior
James Leonard, Chester Valley GC, 72

3-10 Handicap
Ralph GarianoCommonwealth National Golf Club69
Bill SmithSandy Run Country Club71
Dino DicamilloIndian Valley Country Club71
John BrownRolling Green Golf Club73
Kevin MarcusLoch Nairn Golf Club74
Mike HartsoughEdgmont Country Club74
Charles CaparoPlymouth Country Club75
Edward AttarianCommonwealth National Golf Club75
Ned MooreManufacturers Golf & Country Club75
Craig LordRiverton Country Club77
Frank PetreccoYardley Country Club77
Clive BroadbentHartefeld National78
Dave DillonHuntsville Golf Club78
Steve GillmorDowningtown Country Club78
Todd GunermanJericho National Golf Club78
William HarbisonSandy Run Country Club78
Joseph McLaneJC Melrose Country Club79
William HagelMcCall Golf & Country Club79
Brian KreamerBala Golf Club80
Lee Johnson, Jr.Downingtown Country Club80
Bill CaseyMercer Oaks Golf Course81
Richard TurnerEdgmont Country Club81
Gary McNuttLoch Nairn Golf Club82
Robert AgranReading Country Club83
James CallaghanRolling Green Golf Club84
Vincent Craven, Jr.Commonwealth National Golf Club87
Christian FlowersHershey’s Mill Golf Club89
Dan McCarthyThe Springhaven Club93
William McCabe, Jr.McCall Golf & Country ClubWD
11-13 Handicap
Scott MillerMeadowlands Country Club71
Frank AndrusiewiczMercer Oaks Golf Course72
Art BlumenthalChester Valley Golf Club73
Brent AlwoodFive Ponds Golf Club73
Greg SmithLoch Nairn Golf Club73
Bob JohnsonIndian Valley Country Club74
Brian JasperseJericho National Golf Club74
Kyran ConnellyMakefield Highlands Golf Club75
Mike KaplanFive Ponds Golf Club76
Richard HachooseJericho National Golf Club76
Terry BrayTalamore Country Club76
Chad CollingwoodSpring Ford Country Club77
Michael FiazzoEdgmont Country Club77
Steve MitchellCommonwealth National Golf Club78
Wayne BurnsEdgmont Country Club79
Francis RobinsonHershey’s Mill Golf Club80
Barry HaganWest Chester Golf & Country Club81
Sandy GoldfineHershey’s Mill Golf Club83
Matthew MiniellySaucon Valley Country Club84
Stephen CooperLaurel Creek Country Club85
Steven BudzynskiMedford Village Country Club85
Ray McHaleLimekiln Golf Club90
David SteeleLancaster Country Club91
Douglas CoxDelaware National Country ClubWD
George ConnellWildwood Golf & Country ClubWD
Greg SalicondroLimekiln Golf ClubWD
Keith McQueenMakefield Highlands Golf ClubWD
William TateLimekiln Golf ClubNS
14-17 Handicap
Carmen CarusoSpring Ford Country Club67
Mark TesonCoatesville Country Club68
Tom BellMeadia Heights Golf Club69
Bryce JohnsonGolf Course at Glen Mills71
Nick PompoEdgmont Country Club71
Jeff BladenPhilmont Country Club72
William PenneySpring Ford Country Club72
Mike KyleBala Golf Club73
Andre Van AsHershey’s Mill Golf Club74
Eric WhorralOld York Road Country Club75
Paschal De JohnFieldstone Golf Club75
Greg Salicondro, Sr.Limekiln Golf Club76
David DailyMoorestown Field Club78
Elmer McCraySand Barrens Golf Club78
Rick AmesPhiladelphia Publinks GA80
Eric DuffySpring Ford Country Club81
Ralph von dem HagenChester Valley Golf Club81
Tom MingerRaven’s Claw Golf Club81
Joe RoeReading Country Club82
Rich GordonCoatesville Country Club84
Larry MertzLinks Golf Club85
John O’RourkeMcCall Golf & Country Club86
Al TuckerThe Bucks Club87
Michael YahrlingIndian Valley Country Club88
James MargerisonOverbrook Golf ClubWD
18 & Over Handicap
Harold Alwood, Jr.Old York Road Country Club68
William JonesMcCall Golf & Country Club68
Loren PearsonOld York Road Country Club69
James LeonardChester Valley Golf Club72
E. Gerald Hurst, Jr.Lookaway Golf Club73
Jim ClossickEdgmont Country Club74
Aaron JohnsSpring Ford Country Club76
James Hatch, Jr.Lu Lu Country Club76
Richard KachurRiverton Country Club77
Rick CoronitiSpring Ford Country Club78
Nate TolvaisaPhiladelphia Publinks GA81
Robert MurrayMcCall Golf & Country Club81
Patrick RileyThe Bucks Club82
George HilleyMcCall Golf & Country Club83
Brian MulvennaGreate Bay Country Club88
Aaron DomenicoWoodcrest Country Club94
Don ParkerMerchantville Country Club97

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