Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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Herr, Bea win club championships

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Is there anything about Zachary Herr's golf game that could surprise you?

 

Young Zachary, a mere 14-years-old, compiled an excellent summer record, including an American Junior Golf Association championship in Connecticut, a victory in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Championship and a runner-up finish in the Pennsylvania State Golf Association Junior Championship.

 

He earned a national award off the golf course, winning the USGA-AJGA President's Leadership Award for his charity work, which includes more than $85,000 generated for the Zach Attacks Cancer Foundation.

 

Before starting his freshman year at Council Rock North High School Herr had the distinction of winning his second consecutive men's club championship at Jericho National. Herr won the 54-hole stroke play event by six shots over Michael Procaccino. Tyler Yearley finished third.

 

Wayne Bartolacci captured the senior men's championship with a 1-up victory on the 20th hole over Steve Dionisio in their match play finale. Bartolacci, a two-time men's champion at Jericho (and past four-time Yardley champion) defeated Frank Corrado, Jr., in the semifinals while Dionisio advanced by ousting Rich Speranza.

 

Caroline Gaston claimed a pair of club championships. She won the junior club championship over her brother, Jack Gaston, and Michael Massimino, then outdueled Erica Herr to win the women's club championship.

 

Also at Jericho National a pair of hole-in-one shots were recorded on the 12th hole. Terri Keane scored hers from the 112-yard tees, while David Senior nabbed his from the 136-yard tees.

 

Spring Mill   James Bea, a St. Joseph's University sophomore, successfully defended his Spring Mill Country Club men's club championship with a victory over Rick Wisniewski in the finals. Bea earned Ping All-Region Honors at St. Joe's in his freshman season.

 

In women's play, Paula Dadurka defeated four-time defending champion Cheryl Seamans in the finals. Dadurka won the 2003 title as Paula Podgurski.

 

Hole-in-one shots were recorded by Betsy Bergmann (third hole) and Mike Blake (fifth hole).

 

USGA qualifying:  Area players came up short in USGA Middle-Amateur Qualifying at The Links. Glenn Smeraglio, Paul Rogowicz and Dan Pinciotti., Jr. carded two-over-par 74s to finish two strokes away from the national championship for amateurs over age 25. Frank Corrado, Jr., finished at 75.

 

Happy Birthday, Arnold:   A big Happy Birthday wish to Arnold Palmer on his 80th birthday. Arnold was born September 10, 1929. Guessing he will hit golf balls before the cake!

 

Bensalem Muni:  Long-time Bensalem Municipal member Jack McCarthy may not hit it as far as in the old days, but he hits it straight. McCarthy used a three wood to propel a shot into the cup for an ace on the par-3, 135-yard fourth hole.  

 

Drew Fedesco added his name to the list of area acers with a perfect shot on the 11th hole. Fedesco, playing with John Hallar and Frank Haynes, scored a hole-in-one on the par-3, 145-yard 11th hole with a five iron shot.   

 

Six-time men's club champion Naz Gagliardi lost in the finals of the Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association Senior Match Play Championship. Gagliardi dropped a 3 and 2 decision to William Erskine. Bensalem's Jack Donnelly dropped his first round match.