Doing some quick catching up on some Philadelphia Section PGA action this week. There should be two more blog posts under separate headings on the first day of qualifying at both the women’s and the men’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships and on Day 2 of the Division I women’s NCAA Championship from Eugene, Ore.
A Lehigh Valley Country Club foursome, nearly the same as the quartet that shared the title a year ago, used their local knowledge to cruise to the net title in the Philadelphia Section PGA’s Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship Tuesday.
Playing on the familiar surroundings of a Lehigh Valley layout designed by William Flynn, professional Steve Frederick and his amateur partners Mo Bryan, Erica Hyman and Linda Epstein put together a 15-under 55 total to win the title by three shots. The team had 11 birdies and two eagles in the best-ball-of-foursome format.
Frederick, Hyman and Epstein were on last year’s winning team with Bryan the new addition this year.
Another Lehigh Valley foursome was among the group of four teams that finished tied for second at 12-under 58. Professional Sean Williams led the Lehigh Valley team of Joy Wallace, Barb Barry and Suzi Lentz.
Also in that group tied for second were: The Aronimink Golf Club group of John Bierkan, the head of instruction, and Lynne Jones, Lisa Hummer and Liz Finley; The Penn Oaks Golf Club team of professional Tom Koenig and Donna Dalusio, Tina Landis and Joan Skivo; and the Gulph Mills Golf Club team of professional Rick LeBeau and Maggie Condon, Scilia Smith and Dina Gibson.
A Merion Golf Club team of professional Matthew Walberth and Liz Haines, a 2004 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur finalist and a two-time Philadelphia Women’s Amateur champion, Loraine Jones and Christie Tallent captured the gross division with a 5-under round that featured six birdies against a lone bogey.
A day earlier the Philadelphia Section pros were out in force for the Spring Pro-Pro in cold and windy conditions at Hartefeld National Golf Club in the southern corner of Chester County on the Delaware border.
Playing in the next-to-last group of the day, Mike Meisonzhal, a pro at Shore Gate Country Club, and David Morano of Hidden Creek Golf Club teamed up for an 8-under 64 to blow past the rest of the field and take the title.
Meisonzahl and Morano had 11 birdies in the better-ball format, including six on the back nine at Hartefeld National.
The Philadelphia Cricket Club pair of Bill Sautter and John Spina teamed up to take second with a 6-under 66, two shots behind Mesionzahl and Morano.
Two teams finished in a tie for third at 5-under 67. They were Jamie Komanchuck of Rivercrest Country Club & Preserve and Pete Kowalinski of Dunning Golf and Steve Swartz of the Country Club of Harrisburg and Joe Kogelman of GolfTEC Moorestown.
Tom Carpus, the head pro at Kennett Square Golf & Country Club and one of the leading experts on the rules of the game anywhere in the country, saw his 7-iron shot at the 145-yard second hole find the cup for the second tournament hole-in-one of his career.