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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Smeraglio nips Arnold at Yardley Invitational

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The new guard fell to the old guard at Yardley Country Club's Men's Invitational.


Glenn Smeraglio, all of 48-years-young, played stellar golf in winning the championship on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Villanova University senior Steve Arnold. The twosome completed regulation at 4-under-par 68, a single shot ahead of Mark Miller and 2 in front of defending champion Ed Erickson and 2004 champion Paul Rogowicz.


It was Arnold's 3rd consecutive runner-up finish in the event, having scored a 71 to Erickson's sparkling 67 a year ago and losing to Rhys Davies in 2005.


Lou Gioli and Mike Tash tied for 6th at 72, a stroke in front of Bert Kossip, Mark Czernokowski and Andy Strock.


Rex Naddeo's 66 won the net championship by 2 strokes over Joe Haas, III and by 3 over Steve Duerr. Gary Roberts, Mark Inman, Jack Regler and Bill Hellmann tied for 4th at 71. Saucon Valley's Tom Bartolacci won the senior championship at 73, followed by Bob Marzoli and John Emmel at 76 and Terry Sawyer and Tom Mallouk at 77.


Don Bogle and Joe Wolose were named co-winners of the senior net division after carding 66s, while Terry Law (69), Marty Warfel (71) and Jay McLaughlin (71) followed.


Bensalem scramble


Tony Wojcik led the team of Liz Wojcik, Bruce Offner and Howard Schinder to a 9-under-par total and victory in the Bensalem Golf Association ABCD Tournament at the Bensalem Municipal Golf Course.


Earning 2nd place was the foursome of T.C. Romano, Steve Kozub, Roe Kozub and Dave Ritter at 6-under-par, winning a match of cards playoff over the team of Keith Wilson, Ron Davis, Jerry Wood and Bob Minton. Joe Ferrante, Bobby Simons, Jr., Jack Thompson, Jr. and Bob Ellison won a playoff for 4th with a 5-under-par total.


The closest-to-the-pin winners were Tony Wojcik (4th hole), T.C. Romano (6th), T.C. Romano (11th) and Ron Brockwell (14th).


Area aces

Darlene Deo added her name to the list of area players scoring a hole-in-one with a perfect shot on number 9 at the Yardley Country Club. Witnessing the shot were Kathy Johnson, Sharon Grissinger and Gloria Waite.


Soonja Nam scored an ace on the 6th hole at the Middletown Country Club, using an 11-wood from the 75-yard tees. The shot was witnessed Gene and Linda King.


At Makefield Highlands Golf Club Augie Turturro struck a great shot with his 9 iron on the 116-yard 17th hole, scoring an ace.


U.S. Open qualifying


Warrington's Joey Bonargo and Lookaway's Tom Timby came up short in their bid to qualify for the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Bonargo's 74 came up 2 shots short of advancing to sectional qualifying, while Timby shot 78.


Paul Park and Adam Cohen each carded 70s to earn co-medalist honors at the Philmont C.C. local qualifying event. Also advancing were Billy Stewart, Brinson Paolini and Dustin McCormick.


Pesci qualifies


Matthew Pesci of Yardley Country Club qualified for the Golf Association of Philadelphia's Amateur Championship with a 78 at Penn Oaks. Pesci plans on attending James Madison in the fall. Pesci played in 2 team matches for Yardley in recent GAP play, earning 3¾ points.


Middletown women


The Middletown Golf and Country Club will hold its Women's Invitational on May 22, with proceed benefiting The Women's Place. A few spots in the field are available, and details are available from the pro shop at 215-757-6951.


NVCC women


The Northampton Valley Country Club women held a tournament recently, with Lois Case claiming top honors among the 22 players entered in the handicap event with a 31.5 total over 9 holes. Second place went to Arlene Manera at 32, ahead of Peggy Forde (33.5) and Joan Munro (33.5).