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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Radick claims 5th NVCC championship

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One thing is certain these days at Northampton Valley Country Club: If the club championship is going on, Jonathon Radick will be in the thick of it. The 2014 season was no exception, as Radick claimed his fifth NVCC men's club championship with a strong effort in the finals beating Matt Kothe.

Radick set up his three-peat by storming to a six-up lead after 18 holes of their 36-hole finale. Kothe, however, didn't led down. He cut the lead in half before Radick won the 33rd and 34th holes of the day to claim the championship. He also won the 2004 and 2009 championships.

Dave Drabot captured the First Flight championship, defeating J.J. Johnson, 3 and 2. "Dave was a par machine today," stated Johnson.

Mike Conway claimed the Second Flight championship over Eric Green, 5 and 4, while in the Senior D Flight Dr. Edward Betof nipped Henry Vogt in a tight match, 2 and 1.

"As always, the competition was tough," explained head golf professional Vin Ciarlone. "This is the highlight event of the summer."

Drabot, incidentally, claimed a golfer's dream shot on NVCC's 15th hole recently. Playing from the 161-yard tees the 11-handicapper watched his tee shot find its way into the hole for an ace. He used a 5 iron for the shot.

In other action, Jonathon Radick teamed with uncle John "Buff" Radick to capture the NVCC Member-Member championship with a sparkling 4-under-par 31-35--66 effort. John Schikal and Brian Bohlman teamed for the net division title with a 72-112--net 60.

NVCC Notes: The annual Fall Classic is slated for November 9. Details available from the pro shop...Long-time member and champion Herb Rolland retired from competitive play on his recent 90th birthday. He was honored recently at the home of Paul Edwards, last year's senior flight champion...In Pinehurst, NC, the NVCC duo of Jeff and Kevin Hilton claimed their division of the Pinehurst Member-Guest. At Pinehurst No. 5, they combined for a gross 71, while at Pinehurst No. 6 they scored a 73. With handicap their net team total was 31-30--61.  


Bucks crowns club champions

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Cheryl Seamans is making it a habit to win women’s club championships at Spring Mill Country Club. The former Pennsylvania State Women’s Amateur Champion won her sixth Spring Mill crown in 2013. Previously, Seamans captured the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 titles.


But Seamans wasn’t the only area player to add to the club championship resumes. Jonathan Radick added a fourth title to his trophy case, having won the 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2013 men’s titles at Northampton Valley. Lookaway saw Joanna Neely claim a fourth women’s title, having also won in 2004, 2007 and 2009.


At Yardley, Chris Ault claimed title number three, adding to crowns he claimed in 2009 and 2012, while Bensalem Township saw Steve Gerhart regain the title he also won in 2010 and 2011. Myla Sklar won the woman’s crown at Philmont, a title she also won in 2010 and 2013.


A number of players successfully defended the crowns they won in 2012, including Joseph Gunerman (Jericho National) and Neil Gordon (Five Ponds) among men and Veronica Howell (Doylestown) among women.


Roc Irey scored in 2013, adding to the title he won in 2010 at Lookaway, while Zach Smith won at Doylestown after claiming his first crown in 2009. Dave Gardener won at Middletown, adding to his 2010 crown.


Men’s first time winners included Charles Jones (Bucks Club), Connor Sharp (Torresdale-Frankford), Patrick Welsh (Makefield Highlands), Zachary Low (Trenton) and Chris Crawford (Spring Mill).  Women winning for the first time included Emily Garrett (Bucks Club), Theresa Roberts (Jericho National) and Karen Klemp (Yardley).


Twelve-time club champion Glenn Smeraglio (9 at Yardley, 2 at Mercer Oaks, 1 at Commonwealth National) title find a place for number 13, but did capture his 8th Mercer Metropolitan Open.


Some collect club championships

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Some people collect coins, others autographs of famous people and still others trinkets that sit on shelves and provide a special reminder of this or that. Still others --- those who play the game of golf --- have a way of collecting club championships.


In Bucks County golf circles, numerous players have captured multiple championships, but there are some that simply stand out as being amazing feats.


Lower Bucks County's Bob Kotz traveled over the Delaware River to the Trenton Country Club where he compiled the awesome record of 14 men's club championships. Keith Wilson went one better, scoring 15 titles between stints at Hi-Point (now Spring Mill) and Bensalem Township. Glenn Smeraglio claimed 12 from time at Yardley and Mercer Oaks while Dennis Konczyk claimed 11 at Torresdale-Frankford and Don Everett secured 10 at Northampton Valley.


Courier-Intel Open successful

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It took an 11-under-par 61 at the Makefield Highlands Golf Club to win the 8th annual Courier-Intel Open.


Two teams tied for the best score in the scramble event, but the squad of Rob Weber, Doug Thompson, John Lowry and Rich Keller emerged victorious with a match of cards playoff win after a birdie on the second handicap  hole. It was Lowry's third winning effort in the event.


Dropping the playoff was the foursome of Bob Braun, Jack Keyburn, Tony Reale and Nel Mallon.

Know your golf rules

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Golf is a game of honor and integrity. It is the only game where players call penalties on themselves. In team sports like football or hockey for example players often throw their hands up in the air as if to say, "Who me, what are you talking about?" even if they may have committed an infraction calling for a penalty.

In golf a player will, and is required by the honor the game is played by, call a penalty upon himself. A good example is when in 2010 PGA Tour pro Brian Davis notified a rules official to report he believed he had incurred a two stroke penalty for touching a loose impediment in a hazard.