Waynesborough’s Cook, SRCC’s Olseski take Hussey Memorial - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 07, 2014

Waynesborough’s Cook, SRCC’s Olseski take Hussey Memorial

*Player of the Year Standings

 SPRINGFIELD, Pa.–High school teammates and friends Michael Cook of Waynesborough Country Club and Robert Olseski of Sandy Run Country Club had eyes on the Francis X. Hussey Memorial since the Golf Association of Philadelphia schedule was announced in March.

  The 18 year olds from Conestoga High School know each other’s game well and figured that familiarity, combined with the lessened stress of a team event, would be a perfect combination. They were correct.

  The duo carded a 6-under-par 65 Monday at Rolling Green Golf Club (par 71, 6,324 yards) to edge all comers by a stroke in the Junior Division (ages 14-18) of the 29th annual better-ball event. The two played in the third group out, an advantage considering a strong and persistent afternoon wind.

  “He plays the accuracy game. He hits it a little shorter than me. I tried to bomb it out there and make birdies,” said Cook of Berwyn, Pa. “We’ve played a lot of friendly matches against each other and know how to play off of each other’s strengths.”

  Added Olseski, “It’s a little bit more relaxed and not as much pressure as an individual event. You get a few more free runs at birdies. That’s a nice feeling.”

  It was the first Golf Association of Philadelphia title for both players.

  The two stated their intentions immediately on Monday, beginning with No. 1 (par 4, 386 yards).

  Olseski, who graduated from Conestoga a few months ago and is heading to St. Joseph’s University, knocked a 150-yard, low-punch 7-iron from the left trees of the first hole to 15 feet and made the birdie. Cook rolled in a 25-footer for 2 on No. 3 (par 3, 163 yards) and then both players made birdie on the gettable seventh (par 5, 510 yards). Cook followed that up on No. 8 (par 4, 400 yards) with an uphill 8-iron from 140 yards to five feet for a fourth front-nine red figure. The duo turned in 4 under.

  “I thought we needed to match that on the back side but then the wind picked up,” said Cook, a rising Conestoga senior.

  That low stress round continued until No. 14 (par 3, 190 yards) when Cook made a fantastic, and unexpected, par save to keep the momentum going. Both he and Olseski missed the green to the right. Cook then lofted a wedge from 40 yards to 15 feet above the hole and drained the saver. The round then continued with no bumps before a flurry of a finish.

  On No. 17 (par 5, 473 yards), Cook knocked a 4-iron from 195 yards into the left rough near the greenside bunker before chipping it to three feet for a 4. On No. 18 (par 5, 511 yards), Olseski did the trick for his team with a 3-wood from 225 yards for his second shot to 20 feet. His eagle try stopped a couple revolutions short but gave the duo the decisive birdie.

  “It’s special to win it in my last year as a Junior golfer,” said Cook, who recently captured the Waynesborough men’s club champion. “It’s a pretty nice way to finish off.”

  Three teams finished in a tie for second at 66. A total of 15 teams finished at even or better.

  In the Girls Division, Meghan Fahey of Overbrook Golf Club and Maddie Keane of Philadelphia Country Club posted a 79 to win the title (par 71, 5,509 yards). Both are 15 year olds at the Academy of Notre Dame. Fahey, of Villanova, Pa., is a rising sophomore and Keane, of Newtown Square, Pa., is a rising junior.

Junior-Junior Division
  Colman Mitchell of Wilmington Country Club and Andrew Wallace of Green Valley Country Club made seven pars and two bogeys en route to a 2-over-par 38 and a one-shot victory in the Junior-Junior Division at Rolling Green Golf Club (par 36, 2,943 yards).

  The blemishes came in the first two holes with a Wallace three putt from 40 feet on No. 1 (par 4, 349 yards) and team bunker troubles on No. 2 (par 4, 377 yards). Wallace avenged that balky putter from the first hole in style on No. 9 (par 5, 507 yards), the Junior-Junior’s last hole, when he ripped a driver off the deck from 200 yards to 10 feet before making the par save for the win.

  “My heart was beating a little fast,” said Wallace, 12, of Narberth, Pa. “I didn’t want to go into a playoff. The [Civitellas] told us what we needed.”

  Said Colman, “I was very excited when it went it. It’s an awesome win.”

NOTES–The tournament namesake is Francis X. Hussey. Hussey suffered with congenital heart disease and passed away in December of 1983 while undergoing major heart surgery. He was 13 years old when he died. Francis was a student in the Haverford Township School system, an avid sports fan and an active junior member at Rolling Green. His courage in the face of his illness was a great inspiration to all who knew him.

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Junior Division
Name, club Score
Robert Olseski/Michael Cook, Sandy Run CC/Applebrook GC 65
Matthew Ade/Kevin Kramarski, Riverton CC 66
Jack Gregor/Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC 66
Kevin Conners, Jr./Wills Montgomery, Whitford CC 66
J.B. Bradbeer/Brian Isztwan, Merion GC/Huntingdon Valley CC 67
Lukas Clark/Peter Bradbeer, Jericho National GC/Merion GC 67
Austin Dunlap/Sam Soeth, St. Davids GC/White Manor CC 68
Matthew Bastian, Jr./Nick Fizzano, Rolling Green GC 68
Erik Reisner/Max Wallace, Plymouth CC/Green Valley CC 69
Luke Nichols/Michael Burns, Jr., Philadelphia CC/Overbrook GC 69
Ben Litt/Nick Calabrese, Riverton CC/Edgmont CC 70
Ryan Conner/Logan Fuglestad, Jericho National GC 70
Cabot Asplundh/Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 70
Chris Binet/David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley CC 71
Anthony VanDervort/Jacob Klaus, Tavistock CC 71
Jake Fazio/Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley CC 72
Matt Grubb/Teddy Selverian, Overbrook GC/Aronimink GC 73
Dan Bastian/Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green GC 74
Reid Worster/Frankie Brigidi, Huntingdon Valley CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club 74
John Concannon/Brian Kilroy, Concord CC/Llanerch CC 74
Max Siegfried/Tom Gravina, Aronimink GC 74
Matthew Civitella, Jr./Alex Cook, Waynesborough CC 75
Brent Schoeller/Danny Degraff, Huntingdon Valley CC 75
Christopher Morrison/Jack Mitchell, Merion GC/Waynesborough CC 76
Jay Losty/Ryan Bowman, Merion GC/Aronimink GC 76
Jack St. Amour/Kevin McGeary, Jr., Llanerch CC 76
Jake McGlone/Sawyer Wolfers, Overbrook GC/GAP Junior eClub 76
Jake McGlone/Sawyer Wolfers, Overbrook GC/GAP Junior eClub 76
Seamus Gibbons/Jacob Molnar, Talamore CC 76
David Gall/Matthew Haddon, Riverton CC 77
Hugh Farris/Jack Farris, Huntingdon Valley CC 77
Nolan Dirienzi/Brian Leonard, Rolling Green GC 78
Patrick Corcoran/Troy Thierolf, Whitemarsh Valley CC/Commonwealth National GC 79
Frankie McVeigh/Michael Castaldi, Llanerch CC 80
Jeff St. Amour/Matthew Penza, Llanerch CC 80
Will Keane/William Condran, Philadelphia CC 88
Cole Kemmerer/Garrett Kearney, Waynesborough CC/Aronimink GC 90
Patrick Finn/James Gillespie, Jr., Back Creek GC/Concord CC 90
David Mester/Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green GC 92
Mary McGuinness/Rees Kirk, Tavistock CC 93
William Foxman/Trevor Paolone, Gulph Mills GC/Overbrook GC 94
Justin Hershey/Christopher D’Ambrosio, Applebrook GC/Overbrook GC 98
Christopher Dirienzi/Paul Barker, Jr., Rolling Green GC 99
Junior-Junior Division
Name, club Score
Andrew Wallace/Colman Mitchell, Green Valley CC/Wilmington CC 38
Billy Civitella/Kevin Civitella, Aronimink GC 39
Frankie Gregor/Wade Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC 43
John McClatchy/Jack Bolger, Whitford CC 51
Owen Harvey/Hayden Smith, Llanerch CC 51
Raymond Eicholz/Joshua Murphy, Rolling Green GC 55
Jack Deppen/Jake Grim, Skippack GC/Saucon Valley CC 56
Junior Girls Division
Name, club Score
Maddie Keane/Meghan Fahey, Philadelphia CC/Overbrook GC 79
Grace Simenson/Caroline Rosen, RiverCrest GC & Preserve/Bala GC 84
Gabby Morganti/Bridget Pyott, Llanerch CC/Wildwood G&CC 88

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