Players from courses designed by William Flynn always seem to be able to take their games to another Flynn layout without missing a beat.
Such was the case in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Father & Son (Middle) Championship when the team of John and Jack Barry, representing Lancaster Country Club, headed for Delaware County and Concord Country Club.
The Barrys carded a 1-under-par 70 over the 6,314-yard, par-71 Flynn design at Concord to get into a playoff and a par on the first extra hole gave them the title.
“It fit our schedule and we thought it would be fun,” the 51-year-old John Barry, a four-time club champion at Lancaster, told the GAP website. “The golf course was phenomenal and our course, like this one, is a William Flynn.”
The Barrys’ 70 was matched by Craig and Alan Kliewer, Ephrata residents who play out of Honeybrook Golf Club. The Kliewers have had success in this event, a select-drive, alternate-shot format for fathers with sons ages 18 to 29. The Kliewers won the title in 2013 and 2014.
On the first hole of the playoff, the par-4 first at Concord, dad picked up son Jack when Jack Barry’s tee shot found the water on the right. John Barry’s drive rolled just off the fairway on the right side. Jack Barry’s 54-degree wedge from there ended up 12 feet below the hole.
The Kliewers missed the green with their approach and ended up with a bogey and the Barrys had an easy two-putt par to claim the championship.
The Barrys had three birdies in the regulation 18 holes. John Barry drilled a 9-iron to five feet at the par-4 second and Jack converted the putt.
Jack Barry sent a 5-wood to the green as they hit the par-5 sixth hole in two and got a two-putt birdie. On the par-3 11th, dad’s 5-iron shot ended up five feet from the hole and Jack Barry made that birdie try.
Daniel Pinciotti Jr. and D.J. Pinciotti III of Huntingdon Valley Country Club matched par at Concord with a 71 to finish alone in third place.
Three teams finished tied for fourth at 1-over 72, including Brian Rothaus and Zach Rothaus of Five Ponds Golf Club, Joe Bernard and Charles Bernard of Aronimink Golf Club and Blaine Lafferty, coming off his junior year on the Delaware golf team, and Charles Lafferty at Little Mill Country Club.
Dan Donatoni and A.J. Donatoni of Fox Hill Country Club and Randy Mitchell and Davis Mitchell of Wilmington Country Club shared seventh place, each posting a 2-over 73.
Thomas Farley and Mark Farley of LuLu Country Club and Michael Gregor and Jack Gregor of Huntingdon Valley finished in a tie for ninth at 3-over 74. I’m going to take an educated guess that Mark Farley is the same Mark Farley who is coming off a solid junior season with Brian Quinn’s Temple Owls.
Blake Cleary and Matthew Cleary, another pair from Wilmington, finished alone in 11th place at 75. Finishing in a tie for 12th at 5-over 76 were Daniel Breslin and John Breslin of North Hills Country Club, Martin Klaholz and Jeff Klagholz of Aronimink and Thomas Finn and Patrick Finn of Loch Nairn Golf Club.
Aronimink’s Charles Bernard had a hole-in-one, his 7-iron shot at the 158-yard 15th hole finding the bottom of the cup. It was his – ho-hum – seventh career ace. Pretty amazing.