Kennett Square Golf & Country Club’s Will Holt, who flirted with a career in sports journalism here at the Daily Times before coming to his senses, teamed up with his dad, Bill Holt III, to get share of third place with the formidable Overbrook Golf Club tandem of Christopher Lange and Chris Lange Jr. at the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son (Older) at Huntingdon Valley Country Club Wednesday.
The title went to the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club pair of Maximillian Muller and his dad James. They carded a 1-over 71 over the challenging 6,379-yard, par-70 William Flynn gem. Their total was matched by Jim Weber of Waynesboro Country Club and son John of Conestoga Country Club, but the Webers didn’t hang around for a potential playoff.
The Mullers have quite a history in GAP Father & Son events. Maximillian and his dad teamed up to win the 15-to-17 title in 2002 at Lu Lu Country Club and James and his dad Alfons captured a Father & Son title at Llanerch Country Club in 1972.
Team Holt and Team Lange were another shot back at 2-over 72 in the select drive/alternate shot format.
Rolling Green Golf Club’s Robert Billings and son Rob were in a large group of players tied for 10th at 5-over 75.
Aronimink Golf Club’s Martin and Tim Klagholz posted a 77 with Martin also teaming up with son Martin of Rolling Green for an 85. Aronimink’s Mark and Steve Bradley and The Springhaven Club’s Richard and Andrew Blonski both carded 81s. And Rolling Green’s Craig and Robert Aronchick and Springhaven’s Dean and Michael Hodges both finished with 86s.
In the Super-Senior division, Pete Petroll, 80 years young, and son Philip of Penn Oaks Golf Club took top honors with a 1-under 69.
“It’s 30 years in the making,” Philip Petroll said of the victory. “We’ve been in (the GAP Father & Son tournament) since I was 12 probably. It’s special. (Dad) hit it 200 yards down the middle and I could hit the ball where I needed to. It’s a little easier when he keeps it in play like that.”
Tom Coyne of McCall Golf & Country Club and James Coyne Sr. of Lu Lu were in a large group tied for 14th at 82.