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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NIE wins at Courier-Intel Open

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The eighth annual Courier Times - Intelligencer Open was a perfect combination of competition and friendship, and along the way it benefited area youths through the Newspapers In Education Program.


The venue, Makefield Highlands Golf Club, was in excellent shape and a pair of teams shared top honors in the scoring department.



The squad of Bob Paller, Rich Blumburg, Mike Dale and Steve Dale carded a 12-under-par 60 in the scramble compeition to win the Amateur division by two strokes over the foursome which included Judy Cunningham, Troy Tignor, Rob Cheatle and Mike Cheatle.


The Pro-Am division saw Trenton Country Club assistant professional Ron Pine, Jr. lead a team that included Ron Pine, Sr., Bill Brundzo and Bob Oliver to a winning 60. The younger Pine, a recent graduate of Campbell College after a scholastic career at Neshaminy, led his team to seven consecutive birdies on the front nine and  a 13-birdie, 1-bogey effort overall.


Third place went to the group which included Joe Decoli. Pat Welsh, Chris Eckert and Mike Conricode after a 64, winning a match of cards playoff over Ron Moffat, Al Boulanger, Fred May and Tony  Barberi. Also at 64 was the team of Rob Conley, Dennis Pratt, Ted Lawson and Bill Paige.


The Most Honest Golfer award went to Tony Giordano, Gary Giordano, Gary Giordano, Jr., and Ernest Giordano. The foursome carded a 79.


Ernest Giordano struck his tee shot on the third hole to within 4 feet, 3 inches of the cup to claim the proximity award while Eric Hutchinson's 306-yard blast won the long drive competition. Mike Carrocino claimed the annual Bob Oliver Putting Championship, sinking a putt in regulation then another in a playoff.


A special thanks went out to all sponsors of the event, including Platinum Sponsors Jones Apparel Group and Galaxy Recycling, Inc., Gold Sponsor GibsonMayer LLC, Certified Public Accountants, and Birdie Sponsor Roberts Technology, Inc.