The husband-and-wife team of Jan and Ineke Daniels had a pretty good day for themselves Wednesday, sweeping the men’s and women’s divisions of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Tee it Forward – Spring Net Championship at Medford Lakes Country Club.
Jan Daniels, a 73-year retired corporate lawyer, piled up 43 points in the Stableford scoring system to win the men’s division while his wife Ineke, 70, finished with 37 points to take the women’s division by two points. And the best part of the whole thing as far as the Laurel Creek Country Club pair was concerned is that they did it together.
“Today was special,” Ineke Daniels, whose best sports have always been horseback riding, skiing and sailing, told the GAP website. “We love to compete, but we enjoy being out here together. There were moments out here when we calmed each other down. Although I was playing well, I was rooting him on knowing he was playing even better.”
Jan Daniels, an 18-handicapper, had it going right from the start. He was 2-over through the first seven holes and had 23 points by the turn.
He got in the trees on the 335-yard, par-4 10th, but poked his third shot, a gap wedge, through an opening in the trees to tap-in range. It turned into one of the nine net birdies he posted in a solid gross total of 11-over 82 over the 5,709-yard, par-71 Medford Lakes layout.
Ineke Daniels, with a handicap index of 16, carded a gross total of 85 and recorded three net birdies on her way to the women’s division title.
Four players shared second place in the men’s division, a point behind Jan Daniels with totals of 42, including John Siegrist of the Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association, Ed Kocher of LedgeRock Golf Club, James Barton of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club, and Jian Zhang of Inniscrone Golf Club.
Dave Neill of LuLu Country Club, Joseph DeAngelis of Jericho National Golf Club and John Moore Jr. of Greate Bay Country Club finished tied for sixth at 41. Monte Ross of Wilmington Country Club and Greg Smith of Radley Run Country Club were another point behind that trio in a tie for ninth at 40.
Steven Hashem of Laurel Creek, John Kivitz of McCall Golf & Country Club and C.J. Mack of Sea Oaks Golf Club each put up 39 points to finish tied for 11th.
Charlotte Kocher of LedgeRock was the runnerup in the women’s division with 35 points. Muffy McCabe of Philadelphia Country Club finished third with 34 points and Betty Satterley of The Bucks Club was fourth with 26 points.
The Tee It Forward initiative encourages players to play the course at a length that best fits their average driving distance.