Aug 04, 2009

Whitford CC’s Meyer, Smith win Deeg Sezna Four-Ball

 AVONDALE, Pa.-Eric Meyer and Matt Smith of Whitford CC captured the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball title Tuesday by carding a stellar 9-under-par 63 at Hartefeld National (par 72, 6,172 yards).

  “Matt hit every fairway. He was real solid off the tee,” Meyer, of Downingtown, Pa., said of his partner. “He took a lot of pressure off me so I could support him with solid pars.”

  Meyer, though, set the tone of the duo’s round early by tapping in for birdie on No. 1 (par 5, 505 yards). He struck his 8-iron from 150 yards out to a foot. Birdies re-emerged three holes later as Smith, who carded a 6-under-par 66 on his own ball, went back-to-back-to-back.

  On No. 4 (par 4, 392 yards), Smith, of Chester Springs, Pa., pierced his 9-iron from 130 yards uphill to six feet in front of the flagstick. On the par 5, 507-yard fifth hole, he knocked a rescue 200 yards and two-putted for birdie. Smith stayed hot on No. 6 (par 3, 174 yards) after sticking his 6-iron to a foot.

  “I was really aggressive with my irons because [Meyer] was already on the green,” Smith, 19, said.

  Another birdie opportunity came on No. 7 (par 4, 333 yards), but the duo “didn’t execute” after each found the green in two strokes apiece. Smith, a soon-to-be sophomore at John Logan College in Illinois, missed a 10-footer for birdie on No. 9 (par 3, 156 yards).

  “We came through at 5 under feeling like we could’ve been 6 or 7 under easily,” Meyer, 47, said.

  Nevertheless, the pair didn’t let missed birdie chances hamper their confidence. They collectively registered birdies on three of their last nine holes to finish at 9 under.

  “We hit some pretty close shots,” Meyer, who carded a 4-under-par 68 on his own ball, said.

  “We had a lot of knock-in birdies,” Smith added.

  This is the first time that Meyer and Smith paired up to compete in the Deeg Sezna.

  “He’s caddied for me a couple of times. I’ve played with him a couple of times,” Meyer said. “I respect what a nice gentleman he is.”

  The friendship between Meyer and Smith fit the tournament’s theme.

  “It’s all about mentoring, and I feel that the way he approaches the game with his nice, calm demeanor on the course helps me out because sometimes I’m a little volatile,” Meyer said. “I really enjoy playing with him.”

  Bobby Arthur, Jr. of Tavistock CC and Bryan Marvin of Old York Road CC carded an 8-under-par 64 to place second. Marvin made six consecutive birdies and shot 4-under-par 68 on his own ball.

  Doug and Jack Gregor, an uncle/nephew team from Huntingdon Valley CC, shot a 2-under-par 70 to top the Junior-Junior division of the event for the second straight year. The duo didn’t board the bogey train once.

  “We both played well,” Doug, of Phoenixville, Pa., said.

  Jack fired a birdie on No. 12 (par 4, 324 yards) after punching his pitching wedge 105 yards to seven feet. Douglas drained a four-footer for birdie on No. 13 (par 5, 507 yards) after striking his wedge about 30 yards.

  “We’re going to keep playing as long as he keeps inviting me back,” Doug said.

  The 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.

  The goal is to give experienced golfers quality time with the next generation, and vice versa. The age range was 10 to 72.

Overall
Gross: Eric Meyer and Matt Smith, Whitford CC, 63
Net: C.J. and Dan Van Ostenbridge, Spring Ford CC, 60
Junior-Junior
Gross: Douglas and Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC, 70
Net: Nolan and Ron Dirienzi, Rolling Green GC, 62
Championship Flight (0-7 handicap)
Gross: Anthony List, Jr. and Austin List, Llanerch CC and Merion GC, 67
Net: Bryan Marvin and Bobby Arthur, Jr., Old York Road CC and Tavistock CC, 61
First Flight (8-14 handicap)
Gross: Tim Ungrady and Alexander Penza, Edgmont CC and Llanerch CC, 67
Net: Andrew Abrams and Eric Balavan, Rolling Green GC and Five Ponds GC, 62
Second Flight (15 and over handicap)
Gross: Jeffrey Pelesh and Daniel O’Shea, Edgmont CC and Llanerch CC, 71
Net: Jeffrey Waldron and Chris Szal, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford CC, 61

Gross Results
Junior-Junior
Name Club Scores
Gregor, Jack / Gregor, Douglas Huntington Valley CC 70
Givens, Bill / Goodrich, Connor Woodbury CC 71
Clobes, Bryan / Willner, Andrew Philadelphia Cricket Club/ White Manor CC 73
Dirienzi, Nolan / Dirienzi, Ron Rolling Green GC 78
Brennan, Ryan / Brennan, Sr., Matthew Rolling Green GC 81
Championship Flight
Meyer, Eric / Smith, Matt Whitford CC 63
Marvin, Bryan / Arthur, Jr., Bobby Old York Road CC / Tavistock CC 64
List, Jr., Anthony / List, Austin Llanerch CC/Merion GC 67
Carbone, Jr., Paul / Day, Gregory Old York Road CC 68
Braunsberg, James / Costanzo, Joseph Blue Bell CC 68
Dickinson, Sr., John / Dilcher, Zachary Hartefeld National 68
Dudas, Dwight / Zeiders, Duncan Indian Valley CC / Old York Road 69
Edmondson, Mark / DeSana, Christopher Medford Village CC 69
Thomas, Jon / Barba, Ryan White Clay Creek CC / Hartefeld National 70
Schroer, Douglas / Fabrizio, Joseph Aronimink GC 70
Johnson, Michael / Messerle, Kevin Talamore CC / Linfield National GC 70
Fasy, John / Gordon, William Wilmington CC 72
Schmehl, Eric / Mabry, Jon Moorestown Field Club 73
Sullivan, Patrick / Gahman, Travis Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Hoese, William / Hoese, William E. Links GC 77
First Flight
Ungrady, Tim / Penza, Alexander Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC 67
Abrams, Andrew / Balaban, Eric Rolling Green GC / Five Ponds GC 69
Moran, Peter / Cimina, Kevin Edgmont CC 70
Ferguson, Tommy / Ferguson, T. Ritson Merion GC 71
Dudas, Matt / Choyka, John Indian Valley CC 71
Regan, Timothy / Carroll, Ryan Honeybrook GC / Chester Valley GC 71
Marinelli, Andrew / Gallagher, Chris West Chester G&CC 71
Hooven, Ronald / Novak, Daniel Talamore CC 71
Lamb, Dan / Hartsough, Mike Edgmont CC 72
Brown, Eric / Brown, Jeffrey West Chest G&CC 72
Harmer, Andrew / Goan, Colin Springhaven Club / Little Mill CC 72
Liu, M.D., Grant / Liu, Jonathan Commonwealth National GC 72
Dieleuterio, Matt / McLaughlin, Frank Cavaliers CC 72
Palmer, John / Palmer, Jeffrey Chester Valley GC 73
Weaver, Ron / Rowe, Robbie Meadia Heights GC 73
Williams, Mike / Willadsen, Andrew Sakima CC 74
Yard, W. Scott / Lukas, Geordie Whitford CC 75
Fonner, Eric / Leighton, John Huntington Valley CC 77
Second Flight
Van Ostenbridge, C.J. / Van Ostenbridge, Dan Spring Ford CC 69
Pelesh, Jeffrey / O’Shea, Daniel Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC 71
Waldron, Jeffrey / Szal, Jr., Chris Torresdale-Frankford CC 72
Roberts, Edward / Marvin, Michael Manufacturers G&CC / Old York Road CC 74
Weihenmayer, Jr., William / Leighton, Thomas Huntington Valley CC 74
Bell, Roy / McCarthy, Dan The Springhaven Club 75
Short, Adam / Bloom, David Fieldstone GC 76
Hayes, Peter / Hayes, Pete Philadelphia CC 76
Carroll, Gene / Regan, Matt Chester Valley GC / Honeybrook GC 77
Hunter, Kyle / Hunter, John Commonwealth National GC 77
Walsh, Mac / Shelton, Scott Aronimink GC 77
Baker, Derek / Ryan, Tuck Meadia Heights GC 78
Hagel, William / Hagel, Mark McCall G&CC 79
Melvin, Patrick / Redican, J. Stacey Sandy Run CC 79
Cummings, Troy / Westhafer, Ryan West Chester G&CC 81
Rauch, Mark / Rauch, Carter McCall G&CC 83
Willner, Mike / Clobes, Kevin White Manor CC / Philadelphia Cricket Club 87
Net Results
Junior-Junior
Name Club Scores
Dirienzi, Nolan / Dirienzi, Ron Rolling Green GC 62
Givens, Bill / Goodrich, Connor Woodbury CC 63
Brennan, Ryan / Brennan, Sr., Matthew Rolling Green GC 63
Clobes, Bryan / Willner, Andrew Philadelphia Cricket Club / White Manor CC 65
Gregor, Jack / Gregor, Douglas Huntington Valley CC 66
Championship Flight Scores
Marvin, Bryan / Arthur, Jr., Bobby Old York Road CC / Tavistock CC 61
Meyer, Eric / Smith, Matt Whitford CC 62
List, Jr., Anthony / List, Austin Llanerch CC/Merion GC 65
Carbone, Jr., Paul / Day, Gregory Old York Road CC 65
Dudas, Dwight / Zeiders, Duncan Indian Valley CC / Old York Road CC 65
Braunsberg, James / Costanzo, Joseph Blue Bell CC 66
Dickinson, Sr., John / Dilcher, Zachary Hartefeld National 67
Edmondson, Mark / DeSana, Christopher Medford Village CC 67
Fasy, John / Gordon, William Wilmington CC 68
Thomas, Jon / Barba, Ryan White Clay Creek CC / Hartefeld National 69
Schroer, Douglas / Fabrizio, Joseph Aronimink GC 69
Johnson, Michael / Messerle, Kevin Talamore CC / Linfield National GC 69
Schmehl, Eric / Mabry, Jon Moorestown Field Club 72
Hoese, William / Hoese, William E. Links GC 72
Sullivan, Patrick / Gahman, Travis Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
First Flight Scores
Abrams, Andrew / Balaban, Eric Rolling Green GC / Five Ponds GC 62
Ungrady, Tim / Penza, Alexander Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC 63
Hooven, Ronald / Novak, Daniel Talamore CC 63
Moran, Peter / Cimina, Kevin Edgmont CC 65
Regan, Timothy / Carroll, Ryan Honeybrook GC / Chester Valley GC 65
Marinelli, Andrew / Gallagher, Chris West Chester G&CC 65
Brown, Eric / Brown, Jeffrey West Chester G&CC 65
Dieleuterio, Matt / McLaughlin, Frank Cavaliers CC 65
Ferguson, Tommy / Ferguson, T. Ritson Merion GC 66
Williams, Mike / Willadsen, Andrew Sakima CC 66
Dudas, Matt / Choyka, John Indian Valley CC 67
Lamb, Dan / Hartsough, Mike Edgmont CC 67
Liu, M.D., Grant / Liu, Jonathan Commonwealth National GC 68
Palmer, John / Palmer, Jeffrey Chester Valley GC 68
Weaver, Ron / Rowe, Robbie Meadia Heights GC 68
Harmer, Andrew / Goan, Colin Springhaven Club / Little Mill CC 69
Yard, W. Scott / Lukas, Geordie Whitford CC 69
Fonner, Eric / Leighton, John Huntington Valley CC 73
Second Flight Scores
Van Ostenbridge, C.J. / Van Ostenbridge, Dan Spring Ford CC 60
Waldron, Jeffrey / Szal, Jr., Chris Torresdale-Frankford CC 61
Pelesh, Jeffrey / O’Shea, Daniel Edgmont CC / Llanerch CC 64
Bell, Roy / McCarthy, Dan The Springhaven Club 64
Carroll, Gene / Regan, Matt Chester Valley GC / Honeybrook GC 64
Short, Adam / Bloom, David Fieldstone GC 66
Hayes, Peter / Hayes, Pete Philadelphia CC 66
Hunter, Kyle / Hunter, John Commonwealth National GC 66
Walsh, Mac / Shelton, Scott Aronimink GC 66
Roberts, Edward / Marvin, Michael Manufacturers G&CC / Old York Road CC 67
Melvin, Patrick / Redican, J. Stacey Sandy Run CC 68
Weihenmayer, Jr., William / Leighton, Thomas Huntington Valley CC 69
Rauch, Mark / Rauch, Carter McCall G&CC 69
Hagel, William / Hagel, Mark McCall G&CC 70
Baker, Derek / Ryan, Tuck Meadia Heights GC 71
Willner, Mike / Clobes, Kevin White Manor CC / Philadelphia Cricket Club 73
Cummings, Troy / Westhafer, Ryan West Chester G&CC 75

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