Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you. But everyone once in a while, after Yogi gets you, one picks himself up and teaches the bear a lesson.
Okay, that's dramatic. But for Yardley's Kyle Sterbinsky there was some truth to the story.
Sterbinsky, a red shirt Wake Forest University senior, opened United States Amateur qualifying with a pedestrian 73, well away from a qualifying score for the Amateur, being held Aug. 12-18 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Nothing seemed to go right.
Whatever he had for lunch did the trick.
In the second round Sterbinsky scored an electrifying 9-under-par 63 - a course record at Cedarbrook - and claimed medalist honors and one of two spots in the Amateur after finishing at 136 for the 36-hole event.
It will be Sterbinsky's third trip to the national championship (2013, 2016).
Failing to qualify was Langhorne's Daniel Charen (72-71--143).
Michael Burns has stroked numerous stellar golf shots, but none was better than the 5 iron shot he hit in the Northampton Valley Country Club men's league action this week.
Burns scored the first hole-in-one of his golfing career, using a five iron to strike the perfect shot to a back hole location on the par-3, 187-yard best.
Bensalem amateur Christopher Crawford took the first step toward qualifying for the 117th United States Open when he advanced through local qualifying at the Country Club of York with a nifty even-par 70 on a rain soaked course.
Crawford advanced through local and sectional qualifying a year ago to earn a berth in the 116th Open, where he missed the 36-hole cut. To play in his second consecutive Open he'll again have to play well at the Canoebrook C.C. in New Jersey to secure one of the expected five berths there for a ticket to the Open, which will be held at Erin Hills in Wisconsin June 16-19.
You would need an adding machine to calculate the number of championships Tom Bartolacci and Glenn Smeraglio have captured in their illustrious careers.
They added another with the 57th Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play at LedgeRock, where they claimed a two-shot win over Laurel Creek's Joe RUsso and Mark Walker, 66 to 68.
Bartolacci, who plays out of Saucon Valley, and Smeraglio, of LuLu savor the challenge. They scored 30 on the front nine with a birdie and eagle on the card, and played near flawless golf throughout. It was the second championship in the event for the twosome, who also claimed the 2010 tournament.
Jericho National's Mark Metaxas and Jim Gavagan finished at 72.
CHIP SHOTS: A familiar face will be competing in the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship at the beautiful and challenging Stonewall next month. Yardley C.C. Chris Ault earned a berth after a strong 71 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.