Aug. 30, 2017

Brown (right) and Wachter carded seven birdies and an eagle.

Brown, Wachter fire 8-under 62 to win Four-Ball at Chester Valley

  MALVERN, Pa. — You know it’s been a good trip around the golf course when you head to the parking lot with a trophy in hand. Wednesday proved to be one of those memorable days for the duo of Lu Lu Country Club’s Michael R. Brown, Jr. and DuPont Country Club’s Mark Wachter.

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  Brown and Wachter teamed up to fire an 8-under 62 gross score, resulting in a 63 net, en route to the 46th Four-Ball Championship title at Chester Valley Golf Club (par 70, 6,241 yards). The event’s format is better-ball of partners.

  The triumph marks the first overall GAP win for Wachter, and second partner victory for Brown, who took home the 2012 Four-Ball at North Hills Country Club with Bala Golf Club's Scott McNeil.

  Reigning champions Kevin Sarlo, Jr. of Burlington Country Club and Drew Guarino of Old York Country Club at Chesterfield, who won last year’s title at Laurel Creek Country Club in a playoff, finished at even-par 70.

  This year's winners, starting on the club’s second nine, began their round in true champion form, birdieing the first four holes.

  On No. 10 (par 3, 189 yards), Brown guided a 5-iron to 15 feet and rolled in the first red number of the day. Wachter joined the birdie train with one of his own on No. 11 (par 4, 356 yards) after blasting driver, followed by a sand wedge approach that led to an eight-foot conversion. Brown followed that up with another 3 on No. 12 (par 4, 373 yards) after driver-gap wedge made way for a 25-foot jarred putt. On No. 13 (par 4, 408 yards), Brown utilized 3-wood before lifting a beautiful 8-iron approach 165 yards, over a tree, leading to another birdie from five feet.

  Although the red-number party ended with a bogey on No. 16 (par 4, 400 yards), the pair got one back on Chester Valley’s finisher (par 4, 418 yards) when Brown went with 3-wood again after the tee, leaving him with just 146 yards in. He chose 9-iron, and it was a good one. His approach nestled up to two feet. The eventual champs made the turn at 4 under.   “Mark was in for par on a few holes that really gave me a chance to go at the hole with my birdie looks. That’s where the better-ball component comes in to play,” said Brown, 44, of Maple Shade, N.J.

  More of that successful teamwork continued. With Wachter already in for par, Brown got his team off to a hot start on No. 1 (par 4, 367 yards) thanks to a 35-foot birdie bomb. Then the day’s deciding factor arrived on No. 2 (par 5, 546 yards). Brown crushed a driver off the tee, followed by a pure 3-wood that ran up to 30 feet. The eagle hit nothing but cup.

  “We didn’t want to stop there. We wanted to keep it going,” said Wachter, 49, of Wilmington, Del. “We said, ‘Let’s bring the hammer down.’”

  Their eighth under-par number was carded on the par 3, 157-yard 7th, where Wachter rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt.

  “One of us should have made our putts on No. 9 (par 4, 375 yards), because we both had good looks from about nine or 10 feet,” said Wachter. “But it’s still a great number for a course like this.”

  “Without a doubt, [Chester Valley’s] greens are the course’s defense. The complexes always keep you guessing if you ask me. You have to be on your toes out here,” said Brown.

  The winning duo was forged through the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Winter Series circuit. Brown and Wachter, both GAP Major regulars, met five years ago while playing in an event, and eventually went on to win a better-ball Winter Series event in 2013 at Sandy Run Country Club and again in 2014 at Back Creek Golf Club.

  “As I’m sure a lot of these guys do, we met through playing in GAP events. We didn’t know each other at all, but now we’ve teamed up and it’s been great,” said Brown.

  Before today, the last time the two teamed up was in this year’s BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club, where Wachter was on Brown’s bag for his run to the quarterfinals.

  “I’m lucky that’s he’s interested in doing that for me. I don’t really team up well with a lot of caddies, but Mark knows me and knows my game,” said Brown. “We jive well. We’re a great team.”

  “Well, I’m usually asking him if I can carry his bag. [Michael] was pretty much my caddie today. I ended up asking him what yardage he was playing, what club he was hitting,” said Wachter.

  No matter who the caddie ends up being, they’ll always be friends, teammates, and now, champions.

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Gross Division

Names, clubs

Gross

Mark Wachter / Michael Brown, Jr., DuPont Country Club / Lu Lu Country Club

62

Brett Wallace / Michael Sanfrancesco, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

63

Jeff Whiteside / Jeff Clark, White Clay Creek Country Club

67

Stephen Barry / Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club

67

Andrew Dietz / Pat Curiale, Laurel Creek Country Club / Medford Village Country Club

67

Drew Panebianco / Charles Scalzott, Five Ponds Golf Club / Hidden Creek Golf Club

67

Andrew Strock / Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

68

Damon Heller / Matthew Dougherty, Bent Creek Country Club / Glenmaura National Golf Club

68

Gerard Rosato / Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth Country Club / Sandy Run Country Club

69

David West / Bruce Cowgill, Whitford Country Club

69

Chris Meares / Ryan Cass, Running Deer Golf Club / Merchantville Country Club

69

Beau Guarino / Michael O'Keefe, Mercer Oaks Golf Course / Laurel Creek Country Club

69

Andrew Sterge / William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

69

Gavin Grimes / Andrew Ploszay, Chester Valley Golf Club

70

Michael Grimes / John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club

70

Kevin Sarlo, Jr. / Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club / Old York CC at Chesterfield

70

Edward Erickson / Ray Pyontek, Makefield Highlands Golf Club / Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70

Mike Schuster / Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club

70

Robert Olseski, III / Michael Cook, Sandy Run Country Club / Applebrook Golf Club

70

Dan Farragut / Kevin O'Brien, Philadelphia Cricket Club / Cedarbrook Country Club

71

Robert Hackett, Jr. / Joshua Isler, Wilmington Country Club / Chester Valley Golf Club

71

Matthew Osorio / Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club

71

Neil Gordon / John Simone, Five Ponds Golf Club / Philmont Country Club

71

Joe Dellicarpini / Bryan Winsko, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Kevin Koch / Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club

72

Stephen Brown / Mike Civitello, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

72

Tom DiCinti / Dewey Bookholdt, Old York CC at Chesterfield

72

Ari Flaisher / Ashley Brasfield, McCall Golf & Country Club / Rolling Green Golf Club

72

Buddy Aiken / J.B. Broms, St. Davids Golf Club / RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

73

Matt Mingione / Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club

73

Rich Pruchnik / Joe Avellino, Coatesville Country Club

73

Charles Clark / Bob Husbands, West Chester Golf & Country Club

74

Pete Salatino / John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

74

Brad Cornforth / Joseph Spitaleri, Loch Nairn Golf Club / Inniscrone Golf Club

74

Oren Thomas, IV / Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

74

Bob Zegel / Justin Caple, Phoenixville Country Club

75

Daniel Caparo / David LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club

75

Jim Muehlbronner / David Chenard, Sandy Run Country Club / Limekiln Golf Club

75

David Dorey / Michael Trudgeon, Tavistock Country Club / Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Tom Coffey / Carl Hertrich, Chester Valley Golf Club / Fieldstone Golf Club

75

John Monday / Mark Smedley, Chester Valley Golf Club / Applebrook Golf Club

76

Daniel Keenan / Mike Keenan, Woodcrest Country Club / Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Charles Carlson, Jr. / Robert Curry, North Hills Country Club

76

Hal Morris / Stan Jakubowski, Talamore Country Club

76

Ahmed Carcoura / Jim Hanrahan, White Clay Creek Country Club

77

Nicholas Bonacci / Tim Slizofski, North Hills Country Club

77

Steve Marshalek / Tylor Love, Whitford Country Club / Little Mill Country Club

77

Andrew Bonekemper / Matthew Boyer, Spring Ford Country Club

78

Joseph Sandora / Phillip Bartholomew, Yardley Country Club

78

Brian Kreamer / Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club

78

Chad Collingwood / Kevin Seese, Spring Ford Country Club / Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Scott Pappas / Ronald Pappas, Hartefeld National / Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Robert Betts, Jr. / William Higgins, St. Davids Golf Club

79

John DeStefano / D.J. Spoltore, Old York CC at Chesterfield

79

Keith Ordemann / Jacques Jacobson, Berkshire Country Club

79

J. Allen Gray / Rich Keenan, Gulph Mills Golf Club / Chester Valley Golf Club

79

Scott Graham / Mike Sinko, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

80

Gilbert Golding / Bruce Baron, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Nicholas Angiulo / Dave Vizzini, Deerwood Country Club

80

John Hollingsworth / Stanley Minka, Hartefeld National

80

Scott Gaul / Robert Dommel, Brookside Country Club

81

Michael Trout / Dan Smith, The Springhaven Club

81

Bob Dumont / Jerry Haftmann, Llanerch Country Club / Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Dan Griffith / Dan Walters, Talamore Country Club / The Bucks Club

81

David Bogdan / Sean Fitzgerald, The Springhaven Club

82

Todd Luft / Lee Tolton, Sandy Run Country Club

82

James DiGuiseppe / Mike Lilley, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve / Overbrook Golf Club

82

Rick Binstein / Bob Moccia, Chester Valley Golf Club

82

John Marshalek / Mike McLane, Whitford Country Club / Galloway National Golf Club

82

Doug Murray / Peter Dugery, Stonewall / Applebrook Golf Club

84

Steve Fryer / Hugh Thompson, Talamore Country Club / Waynesborough Country Club

84

Kenneth Jones / Bill Fagan, St. Davids Golf Club

85

Louis Newett / Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club

85

John Bucci / Peter Keane, Sandy Run Country Club

86

George Crouse / Michael Vogt, Ramblewood Country Club

87

Vinny Salatino / Angelo Rose, Sandy Run Country Club

88

Scott Siravo / Joseph Ozzimo, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

90

Bob Rogers / Robert Rogers, White Manor Country Club / West Chester Golf & Country Club

91

Peter Pagano, Jr. / Vincent Cedrone, Penn Oaks Golf Club

91

Paul Muller / Matthew Berlin, Lu Lu Country Club

NS

 

Net Division

Names, clubs

Net

Brett Wallace / Michael Sanfrancesco, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

59

Bob Zegel / Justin Caple, Phoenixville Country Club

62

Mark Wachter / Michael Brown, Jr., DuPont Country Club / Lu Lu Country Club

63

Pete Salatino / John Gonsior, Limekiln Golf Club

64

Andrew Dietz / Pat Curiale, Laurel Creek Country Club / Medford Village Country Club

64

Mike Schuster / Thomas Schaible, Chester Valley Golf Club

64

Michael Grimes / John Grove, Chester Valley Golf Club

65

Drew Panebianco / Charles Scalzott, Five Ponds Golf Club / Hidden Creek Golf Club

65

David Dorey / Michael Trudgeon, Tavistock Country Club / Philadelphia Cricket Club

66

Damon Heller / Matthew Dougherty, Bent Creek Country Club / Glenmaura National Golf Club

66

Gerard Rosato / Patrick McCusker, Jr., Plymouth Country Club / Sandy Run Country Club

67

David West / Bruce Cowgill, Whitford Country Club

67

Stephen Brown / Mike Civitello, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

67

Andrew Strock / Michael Minter, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

67

Stephen Barry / Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club

67

Nicholas Bonacci / Tim Slizofski, North Hills Country Club

67

Steve Marshalek / Tylor Love, Whitford Country Club / Little Mill Country Club

67

Dan Farragut / Kevin O'Brien, Philadelphia Cricket Club / Cedarbrook Country Club

68

Kevin Koch / Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club

68

Gavin Grimes / Andrew Ploszay, Chester Valley Golf Club

68

Buddy Aiken / J.B. Broms, St. Davids Golf Club / RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

68

Scott Pappas / Ronald Pappas, Hartefeld National / Fieldstone Golf Club

68

Daniel Caparo / David LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club

68

Robert Hackett, Jr. / Joshua Isler, Wilmington Country Club / Chester Valley Golf Club

68

Charles Carlson, Jr. / Robert Curry, North Hills Country Club

68

Jeff Whiteside / Jeff Clark, White Clay Creek Country Club

68

Matthew Osorio / Brett Cybulski, Merchantville Country Club

68

Beau Guarino / Michael O'Keefe, Mercer Oaks Golf Course / Laurel Creek Country Club

68

Neil Gordon / John Simone, Five Ponds Golf Club / Philmont Country Club

68

Andrew Sterge / William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

68

John Hollingsworth / Stanley Minka, Hartefeld National

68

Joe Dellicarpini / Bryan Winsko, Philadelphia Cricket Club

68

Rich Pruchnik / Joe Avellino, Coatesville Country Club

68

Charles Clark / Bob Husbands, West Chester Golf & Country Club

69

David Bogdan / Sean Fitzgerald, The Springhaven Club

69

Andrew Bonekemper / Matthew Boyer, Spring Ford Country Club

69

John Monday / Mark Smedley, Chester Valley Golf Club / Applebrook Golf Club

69

Matt Mingione / Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club

69

James DiGuiseppe / Mike Lilley, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve / Overbrook Golf Club

69

Scott Graham / Mike Sinko, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

69

Jim Muehlbronner / David Chenard, Sandy Run Country Club / Limekiln Golf Club

69

Chris Meares / Ryan Cass, Running Deer Golf Club / Merchantville Country Club

69

Chad Collingwood / Kevin Seese, Spring Ford Country Club / Huntingdon Valley Country Club

69

Tom Coffey / Carl Hertrich, Chester Valley Golf Club / Fieldstone Golf Club

69

J. Allen Gray / Rich Keenan, Gulph Mills Golf Club / Chester Valley Golf Club

69

Scott Gaul / Robert Dommel, Brookside Country Club

70

Daniel Keenan / Mike Keenan, Woodcrest Country Club / Commonwealth National Golf Club

70

Robert Betts, Jr. / William Higgins, St. Davids Golf Club

70

John DeStefano / D.J. Spoltore, Old York CC at Chesterfield

70

Brad Cornforth / Joseph Spitaleri, Loch Nairn Golf Club / Inniscrone Golf Club

70

Keith Ordemann / Jacques Jacobson, Berkshire Country Club

70

Ahmed Carcoura / Jim Hanrahan, White Clay Creek Country Club

70

Doug Murray / Peter Dugery, Stonewall / Applebrook Golf Club

70

Tom DiCinti / Dewey Bookholdt, Old York CC at Chesterfield

70

Ari Flaisher / Ashley Brasfield, McCall Golf & Country Club / Rolling Green Golf Club

70

Edward Erickson / Ray Pyontek, Makefield Highlands Golf Club / Mercer Oaks Golf Course

70

Todd Luft / Lee Tolton, Sandy Run Country Club

71

Michael Trout / Dan Smith, The Springhaven Club

71

Rick Binstein / Bob Moccia, Chester Valley Golf Club

71

Gilbert Golding / Bruce Baron, Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

Kevin Sarlo, Jr. / Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club / Old York CC at Chesterfield

71

Bob Dumont / Jerry Haftmann, Llanerch Country Club / Rolling Green Golf Club

71

Hal Morris / Stan Jakubowski, Talamore Country Club

71

Robert Olseski, III / Michael Cook, Sandy Run Country Club / Applebrook Golf Club

71

Joseph Sandora / Phillip Bartholomew, Yardley Country Club

72

John Bucci / Peter Keane, Sandy Run Country Club

72

Dan Griffith / Dan Walters, Talamore Country Club / The Bucks Club

72

Vinny Salatino / Angelo Rose, Sandy Run Country Club

73

Oren Thomas, IV / Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

73

Brian Kreamer / Sheldon Pollack, Bala Golf Club

73

Steve Fryer / Hugh Thompson, Talamore Country Club / Waynesborough Country Club

73

John Marshalek / Mike McLane, Whitford Country Club / Galloway National Golf Club

74

Kenneth Jones / Bill Fagan, St. Davids Golf Club

75

Scott Siravo / Joseph Ozzimo, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

75

Nicholas Angiulo / Dave Vizzini, Deerwood Country Club

75

Peter Pagano, Jr. / Vincent Cedrone, Penn Oaks Golf Club

75

Louis Newett / Gary Steck, Indian Valley Country Club

76

Bob Rogers / Robert Rogers, White Manor Country Club / West Chester Golf & Country Club

77

George Crouse / Michael Vogt, Ramblewood Country Club

81

Paul Muller / Matthew Berlin, Lu Lu Country Club

NS

 

NS-no show

 

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