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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10 Oct
2014

Smeraglio, Timby team for title

Written by Bob Oliver

Glenn Smeraglio and Tom Timby are no strangers to the winner's circle or the pressures of competition. Both have competed in numerous USGA championship events.

They teamed to claim the Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association Fall Classic at the Donald Ross designed Jeffersonville Golf Club in Norristown, scoring a 4-under-par 66 on the strength of five birdies against one bogey on the par-70 layout. The competition featured six holes of better-ball, modified alternate shot and scramble play. The Bucks County twosome defeated Chris Thude, the PPGA Match Play champion out of Torresdale-Frankford, and Steve Owens by two shots.

Yardley's Terry Law teamed with Roy Gagne for the Super Senior Championship after a 70, while Chris Terebesi and Steve Lieber claimed the Senior Championship with a sparkling 65.

Notes: Congrats to Pennsbury's Jackie Rogowicz for her victory in the PIAA District One Girls Championship.

15 Sep
2014

Radick claims 5th NVCC championship

Written by Bob Oliver

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.