R.B. Diorio Jr. of The Springhaven Club had a front nine to remember at Old York Country Club in Chesterfield, N.J. Tuesday and it translated into a Golf Association of Philadelphia title in the Warner (Net).
The 59-year-old Diorio had three natural birdies on the front nine of the 5,750-yard, par-71 Old York layout and it helped him record a net 5-under 66 and gave him a two-shot margin of victory over younger brother Dwight of Rolling Green Golf Club.
R.B. Diorio birdied the second, fifth and sixth holes in a gross 1-under outward nine that was a net 8-under total. He cooled off on the back nine, but still finished two shots clear of 55-year-old Dwight Diorio, who had a net 3-under 68.
“For years I had the upper hand, now he’s the better player,” R.B. Diorio told the GAP website concerning his sibling rivalry with younger brother Dwight. “He hits the ball far and the older I get, I’m happy to just get the ball straight and in the fairway.”
James Barron of Hartefeld National Golf Club and Aaron Rosenzweig of RiverCrest Country Club shared third place, each carding a net 70.
Defending champion William McCabe of McCall Golf & Country Club headed a group of four players tied for fourth at even-par 71. He was joined at that figure by Richard Turner of Llanerch Country Club, Steve Backstrom of Little Mill Country Club and George Marshalek of Coatesville Country Club.
Fred Ott of Little Mill, Martin DeLuca of Penn Oaks Golf Club and Julian Sur of Waynesborough Country Club finished in a tie for ninth at 1-over 72.
The group tied for 12th at 2-over 73 includes John Martinson of Saucon Valley Country Club, William Erskine of the Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association, Francis Tan of Medford Lakes Country Club and Rick Rutter of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club.