Jul 11, 2013

Wilmington’s Davis and Randy Mitchell take Father & Son (Younger)

WAYNE, Pa. — Wilmington Country Club’s Davis and Randy Mitchell look forward to the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son (Younger) each year, and for good reason. They won the event’s Junior-Junior Division in 2010 and 2011 and finished as runner-up in the Junior ranks a year ago.

  The Mitchell’s impressive run continued Thursday; they fired a 3-under-par 67 to capture the tournament’s 56th edition at a sunny St. Davids Golf Club (par 70, 6,229 yards).

   “It’s always a pleasure playing with him,” Davis, 15, an incoming sophomore at The Tatnall School, said. “This is a big event. Whenever we play, we just try our best and bear down. We seem to play well every year. We just had a good time. It’s nice to spend quality time with him.”

   “There are no other events like this,” Randy, 52, added. “You can’t beat playing golf with your sons. Davis is a competitor. He hit a lot of high quality shots. I was just along for the ride.”

  The Wilmington, Del. residents created scoring chances throughout their tour of the Donald Ross design. On No. 3 (par 4, 338 yards), Randy drilled a wedge 60 yards to 10 feet, and his son cleaned up the birdie putt. Randy stopped a pitching wedge at three feet for a 2 on No. 6 (par 3, 137 yards). Once the Mitchell’s made the turn, Davis’ flatstick caught fire. He executed a 20-footer for birdie on the par 3, 144-yard 10th hole following an 8-iron from his father that settled left of the flagstick. On No. 11 (par 5, 526 yards), Davis smashed a downhill 4-iron 228 yards onto a fairway alcove on the left side. Randy beamed a wedge 40 yards that grabbed the front fringe, and Davis then rolled in a left-to-right breaking 25-footer for birdie.

   “I was trying to make it. I felt pretty confident after making the one on No. 10,” Davis said. “I tried to give it a good stroke, and it was a little slow coming out of the fringe and going up the hill.”

  A pair of par saves courtesy of dad allowed the Mitchell’s to maintain momentum. Randy swept in a downhill 10-footer on the dogleg left, 402-yard 13th hole and a clutch five-footer on No. 15 (par 4, 425 yards). The Mitchell’s lone blemish occurred on the par 4, 427-yard No. 7. Randy’s drive splashed into the water hazard while Davis caught the right fairway bunker with his strike. Randy’s extrication effort from 175 yards left the team short of the putting surface for its third stroke. Davis didn’t fully accelerate on his uphill chip, and Randy missed a 10-footer to save 4.

   “We were fine with it. We knew there were plenty of opportunities out there,” Davis said.

  Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Kevin and Ryan Kelly filed an even-par 70 in the morning to place second.

   “Ryan drove it great today. He put us in a lot of great spots,” Kevin, 47, said. “With him being 17 [years old], it’s the last year we could play, so it’s nice to put a good round together.”

  “We had a lot of fun. Dad had a lot of short irons, and he’s good with them,” Ryan, a recent Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate, said.


  Running Deer Golf Club’s Edward and Jacob Hanzel posted a 3-over-par 73 to win the Junior-Junior Division. The Sewell, N.J. residents carded four birdies against seven bogeys on the day.

   “It’s awesome to win with dad,” Jacob, 13, an incoming freshman at Washington Township High School, said.

   “The weather was beautiful, the golf course was great and being with your son playing golf [was the best part],” Edward, 45, said. “We made a couple of bomb putts and didn’t miss any short ones.”

  One of those bomb putts occurred on the par 3, 127-yard 10th hole. Jacob’s pitching wedge landed 50 feet below the hole location, and Edward canned the ensuing birdie try.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 143 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Junior Division
Name, club Score
Randy Mitchell/Davis Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 67
Kevin Kelly/Ryan Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket Club 70
Jack Gergel/Tom Gergel, West Chester Golf & Country Club 72
Carlos Fullerton/Jim Fullerton, Brookside Country Club of Allentown 73
Kevin Levitsky/Neal Levitsky, Wilmington Country Club 73
Jack Quirk/John Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Scott Elwell/Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club 74
Andrew Desjardins/Jay Desjardins, Waynesborough Country Club 74
Paul Altieri/Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 75
Jack Gregor/Michael Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Mark Hogan/Mark Hogan, Spring Ford Country Club 77
Wally Swiger/Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Trey Croney/Kenneth Croney, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 77
Donald Dissinger/Peter Dissinger, Merion Golf Club 78
Kevin Dolan/Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Christopher Chizauskie/Thomas Chizauskie, Concord Country Club/The Springhaven Club 78
Jake Fazio/Michael Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Connor Ruyak/Michael Ruyak, Kimberton Golf Club/French Creek Golf Club 79
Frankie Brigidi/Frank Brigidi, III, Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Perry Landis/Tucker Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club 80
Christopher Ade/Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club 81
James Ryan/Luke Ryan, Waynesborough Country Club 81
Brent Schoeller/Mark Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Ron Fisher/Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club 81
Michael Barychewsky/Michael Barychewsky, Yardley Country Club 82
Patrick Walsh/Michael Walsh, III, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Anthony Cinelli/T.J. Cinelli, Talamore Country Club/Skippack Golf Club 83
Thomas Finn/Patrick Finn, Back Creek Golf Club/Cavaliers Country Club 83
Chris Binet/Brian Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 83
Jack Hirsh/Laurence Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club 83
Matt Loeb/Trevor Loeb, Cherry Valley Country Club 83
Jeff Garrett/Scott Garrett, The Bucks Club 84
Jack Concannon/John Concannon, Concord Country Club 84
Ron Hipple/Hank Kaufmann, Bensalem Township Country Club/Yardley Country Club 84
Ralph Fallows/Trey Fallows, Moorestown Field Club/Laurel Creek Country Club 84
Chase Armor/Greg Armor, Spring Ford Country Club 84
Jeffrey Mehallick/Tyler Mehallick, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 85
Jack Henderson/Jeffrey Henderson, Gulph Mills Golf Club 85
Joseph Rueter/Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Greg Ebersole/Steve Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 86
Ken Jones/Timothy Jones, Riverton Country Club 86
Charles Clark/John Clark, West Chester Golf & Country Club 86
Hudson Green/Kyle Green, Bellewood Country Club 87
E. Hansen, III/Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 87
Christopher Mezzanotte/James Mezzanotte, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 87
Michael Patterson/James Patterson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Daniel Lenhardt/Stephen Lenhardt, Plymouth Country Club 88
John Hunter/Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club 89
Hugh Farris/John Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Douglas Gregor/Andrew Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 90
Dan Duffey/Daniel Duffey, The Bucks Club 90
Ryan McHugh/Stephen McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 91
Ryan Brennan/Matthew Brennan, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club 91
James Berg/Paul Berg, The Springhaven Club 92
John McCarthy/Matt McCarthy, Tavistock Country Club 92
James Greenhalgh/Alexander Linn, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 92
Jack Farris/John Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 93
Harold Yahr/Jordan Yahr, Talamore Country Club 94
Brian Gabbett/Colin Gabbett, Bellewood Country Club 94
Tim Irvine/Timothy Irvine, Philadelphia Country Club 95
James Gillespie/James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club 97
James Quinn, III/Jim Quinn, St. Davids Golf Club 97
Gerald Haggerty/Max Haggerty, Little Mill Country Club 98
Patrick Loftus/Patrick Loftus, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club/North Hills Country Club 99
James Kline/David Kline, Applecross Country Club 110
Junior-Junior Division
Name, club Score
Edward Hanzel/Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club 73
Andrew Wallace/Gregg Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 76
Colman Mitchell/Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 76
Matthew Civitella/Matthew Civitella, Waynesborough Country Club 77
Billy Civitella/Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 77
Bill Thomas/Win Thomas, Reading Country Club 79
Brad George/Heyward George, Golf Course at Glen Mills 83
Matthew Lafond/Mark Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 83
Joe Morganti/Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club 84
Andrew Isztwan/Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Brendan Clark/Christopher Clark, Old York Road Country Club 86
David Pfeiffer/Scott Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 87
Douglas Gregor/Wade Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Frank Gregor/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Austin Patton/Richard Patton, Jr., Concord Country Club 87
Andrew Gallagher/Edward Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club 88
Jackson Tappen/Roger Tappen, Cedarbrook Country Club 88
Blaine Deppen/Jack Deppen, Blue Bell Country Club 88
Carter Valerio/Chris Valerio, Philadelphia Country Club 88
Liam Loftus/Patrick Loftus, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 89
Joseph Bonini/Frank Bonini, Jr., Phoenixville Country Club 90
Mark Lafond/Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 90
Brendan Nolan/Darren Nolan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 90
Dennis Burton/Jack Burton, Stonewall/Overbrook Golf Club 92
Nicholas LaRosa/David LaRosa, Talamore Country Club 92
Bennet Scauzzo/Vincent Scauzzo, St. Davids Golf Club 93
Michael Castaldi/Thomas Castaldi, Llanerch Country Club 95
Dean Bleiler/Russ Bleiler, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 95
Chuck Clifford/Drew Clifford, Spring Ford Country Club 95
John McClatchy/Tim McClatchy, Whitford Country Club 96
Paul Bizzaro/Paul Bizzaro, II, Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Deerwood Country Club 96
Max Hansen/E. Hansen, III, Blue Bell Country Club 96
Rob Moses/Robbie Moses, Concord Country Club 98
Jack Fialko/Jeff Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club 99
Harry Bitzberger/Harrison Bitzberger, Penn Oaks Golf Club 99
Brendan Deppen/Brian Deppen, Paxon Hollow  Country Club/Skippack Golf Club 101
Michael Bednar/Michael Bednar, Penn Oaks Golf Club 104
Brendan Stang/Eric Stang, Cedarbrook Country Club 107

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