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Bernstein, Willcox survive grueling playoff for Hussey title

  SPRINGFIELD, Pa.–Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC birdied the fourth extra hole to help he and partner Jason Bernstein of White Manor CC defeat Eric Chipin of Philmont CC and Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC in the most dramatic finish in the 20-year history of the Francis X. Hussey Memorial Tournament on Monday at Rolling Green GC (par 71, 6,267 yards). The four holes marked the better-ball tournament’s longest playoff rotation. In regulation, the twosomes wrote another historical chapter of sorts when paired in the same 9:20 a.m. group, each carded tournament record 8-under-par 63s to force the sudden-death session.

Ian Bellah (left) of Radnor Valley CC
and Austin List of Merion GC
captured the Junior-Junior Division
of the Hussey.
  "We came in with a goal and we exceeded it," said Bernstein, 17, of Paoli, Pa., a senior to-be at Conestoga High School "We were both real confident coming in here and both are games fit Rolling Green perfectly. I knew after the front nine [in regulation] it was between them and us."

  Added Galbreath, 14, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., "When [Eric and I] looked at the pairings before the tournament, I told him that if we could beat [Cole and Jason] we’d have a chance to win. It doesn’t get much better then those two."

  All day, both teams seemingly thrived on their fellow competitor’s fantastic play.

  On the front side, Chipin and Galbreath made the turn in 4-under-par 32 while Bernstein and Willcox registered three birdies for a 3-under-par 33. Galbreath birdied No. 11 (par 4, 403 yards) and Bernstein answered on No. 12 (par 4, 333 yards) to keep the two teams just a stroke apart.

  That’s when the double-dose of cheers and fist pumps began.

  On the short par 5, 17th hole (460 yards), Willcox, 17, Berwyn, Pa., a senior to-be at Malvern Prep, ripped a 6-iron from 180 yards to four feet for eagle. Galbreath, who found some trouble off the tee and was left with a 44-yard pitch shot over the greenside bunker for his third shot, drained his eight-foot birdie chance.

  "Walking down 17, I said to Cole how about an eagle-eagle finish and maybe we’ll win it," said Bernstein. "He told me not to get ahead ourselves."

  The teams headed to No. 18, a dogleg right par 5 measuring 492 yards, tied at 6-under par. On the final hole, Bernstein found himself in the front fringe 45 feet shy of the hole with Galbreath eyeing a 20-foot downhill eagle putt.

  Bernstein, the qualifying medallist at the Junior Boys’ Championship a week ago, started the final-hole craziness by sinking his eagle chance first. The putt, an uphill breaker, put the finishing touches on an inward nine 5-under-par 30.

  Galbreath, faced with a testy putt to tie, responded by finding the center of the cup. Galbreath, who repeated as the Junior Boys’ Champion last week and his partner, finished with a 4-under-par 31 on the backside.

  "That was one of the best putts I’ve ever hit under pressure," said Galbreath. "My partner had the same putt from just an inch or some behind me and made it. I just had to hit it on the same line with the correct amount of speed."

  Chipin, 15, lives in Pennington, N.J.

  In the playoff, a rotation of No. 1 and 18, the two teams halved the first three playoff holes with a par, birdie and par. Galbreath made a superb up-and-down for four from about 75 yards on the first extra hole to keep his team’s hopes alive and both teams never had legitimate looks at the victory over the next two holes.

  Playing No. 18 for the third time in the afternoon, Willcox knocked an 8-iron from 164 yards to the front fringe. He chipped up to three feet. Chipin, whose drive found a divot in the middle of the fairway, knocked a 6-iron from 178 yards just over. He failed to get up and down for birdie.

Junior-Junior Division (13-and-under)
  Ian Bellah of Radnor Valley CC and Austin List of Merion GC carded a 1-over-par 36 (par 35, 2,698 yards) to capture the Junior-Junior Division of the Francis X. Hussey Memorial Tournament by six strokes.

  The Junior-Junior Division competes over nine noles.

  Bellah and List carded three birdies and four bogeys.

*****

  The Hussey is named in honor of the former Rolling Green GC junior member.

  Francis suffered with congenital heart disease and passed away in December of 1983 while undergoing major heart surgery. He was 13 years old when he died. Francis was a student in the Haverford Township School system, an avid sports fan and an active junior member at Rolling Green. His courage in the face of his illness was a great inspiration to all who knew him.

Junior

Name

Club

Out

In

Total

*Bernstein, Jason / Willcox, Cole

White Manor CC / Philadelphia CC

33

30

63

Galbreath, Jr., Robert / Chipin, Eric

Huntingdon Valley CC / Philmont CC

32

31

63

Fischer, Erik / Valutas, Reed

Merion GC / Overbrook GC

35

31

66

Kania, Michael / Welsh, Patrick

Overbrook GC / Huntingdon Valley CC

33

35

68

Deakins, Scott / Creghan, Brian

St. Davids GC / Plymouth CC

33

35

68

Schmehl, Eric / Schmehl, Andrew

Moorestown Field Club

36

33

69

Rexon, Daniel / Anzaldo, Phillip

Tavistock CC

35

34

69

Bartholomew, Philip / Trentalange, Domenick

Yardley CC / Torresdale-Frankford CC

36

35

71

Radick, Erik / Radick, Jonathan

Spring Mill CC

36

35

71

Wilson, Tim / Anthony, Austin

Philadelphia CC / Philadelphia Cricket Club

35

36

71

Smith, Matt / Francis, Andrew

Honeybrook GC

38

34

72

Van Ostenbridge, Matt / Ferguson, Tommy

Spring Ford CC / Merion GC

37

35

72

Shotzbarger, Bill / Muller, Alexander

Torresdale-Frankford CC / Manufacturers G&CC

36

36

72

Forster, Greg / Perla, Tony

Sandy Run CC / Olde York CC

36

36

72

Baker, Matt / Hirschler, Sean

Stone Hedge / Glen Oak CC

36

36

72

Brailsford, Christian / Rush, Michael

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

41

32

73

Walsh, Greg / Dolby, Jr., Kent

Philadelphia CC / Waynesborough CC

41

32

73

Gross, Michael / Kahn, Jason

Glenmaura National GC / Commonwealth National GC

37

36

73

Villari, Jr., Phillip F. / Guarino, Beau

Riverton CC / Burlington CC

37

36

73

Frey, Stephen / Huntington, Kevin

Whitford CC / Penn Oaks GC

36

37

73

Bellisario, Nicholas / Broll, Steven

Rolling Green GC / Aronimink GC

40

34

74

Lansinger, Peter / Wilson, Josh

St. Davids GC / Radnor Valley CC

40

34

74

Johnston, A. James / Tallent, James

Merion GC 2

39

35

74

Hall, J.D. / Hargrove, Nelson

Merion GC

38

36

74

Crowley, Will / Endres, Mark

St. Davids GC/ Overbrook GC

38

36

74

Rusk, Justin / Glennie, Jon

Yardley CC 2

37

37

74

Donatoni, A.J. / Wygant, Eric

White Manor CC / Concord CC

39

36

75

Thorn, Erik / Meyers, Jimmy

Medford Village CC / Tavistock CC

38

37

75

Southerland, Carson / Harrigan, Michael

Laurel Creek CC / Moorestown Field Club

38

37

75

DeLuca, Nicholas / Brown, Adam

Lookaway GC / Yardley CC

37

38

75

Owsik, Jeffrey / Love, Tyler

Plymouth CC / Philadelphia Publinks GA

37

38

75

Arthur, Bobby / Barnette, Johnny

Tavistock CC / Unattached

36

39

75

DeLuca, Christopher / Gunsel, Christopher

Lookaway GC / Spring Mill CC

36

39

75

Bernard, Joe / Bernard, Daniel

Aronimink GC

36

39

75

Lewis, Joey / Finley, Andrew

Aronimink GC / The Springhaven Club

39

38

77

Pesci, Matthew / Dansbury, Kevin

Yardley CC

38

39

77

Gahman, Travis / Flaherty, Sean

Macoby Run GC / Indian Valley CC

38

39

77

Carroll, Ryan / Regan, Matt

Chester Valley GC / Honeybrook GC

42

36

78

Verde, Steven / Lindberg, Thomas

Spring Ford CC / St. Davids GC

40

38

78

Meyer, Tedd / Rothaus, Zach

Philmont CC

41

38

79

Pokorny, James / Cooke, Shane

Unattached / Llanerch CC

40

39

79

Schaft, Eric / Shelton, John

Sandy Run CC / Unattached

39

41

80

Uretsky, Adam / Lorenzetti, JD

Linwood CC / Hidden Creek GC

42

40

82

Givens, Billy / Dougherty, Steve

Woodbury CC / Running Deer GC

42

41

83

Manwaring, Michael / Kiss, Greg

Philadelphia Cricket Club

40

43

83

Jardine, Jr., John / Robertson, Craig

Llanerch CC

47

39

86

Knowles, Patrick / McGovern, Matt

Sandy Run CC / Northampton CC

43

43

86

Palmer, John / Carrigan, Brian

Chester Valley GC

47

40

87

Applegate, Chris / Dever, Pierce

Trenton CC

45

42

87

Fulginiti, Frank / Petsis, Alex

Trenton CC 2

48

40

88

Thompson, Adam / Walsh, Brian

Green Valley CC / Llanerch CC

48

42

90

O'Shea, Daniel / Gropp, Matthew

Llanerch CC / Unattached

51

48

99

Russell, Jeff / Gibson, Kyle

Llanerch CC / Philadelphia Publinks GA

53

49

102

 

Junior-Junior

Name

Club

   

Total

List, Austin W. / Bellah, Ian

Merion GC / Radnor Valley CC

   

36

Isaacman, Mike / White, Oliver

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC / Manufacturers G&CC

   

42

Calamaro, Drew / Dilcher, Zachary

Rolling Green GC / Inniscrone GC

   

43

Liebert, Cameron / Kacergis, Jim

Edgmont CC / Applebrook GC

   

45

Brennan, Ted / Dorey, Julian

Philadelphia CC / Tavistock CC

   

46

Godshalk, Tim / Chawaga, Michael

Whitford CC / Chester Valley GC

   

47

Loeber, III, Jack / O'Brien, Conner

Wedgwood CC

   

50

Dougherty, Morgan / Pronzato, Michael

Huntingdon Valley CC / Unattached

   

56

Markward, Dutch / Mazaleski, Tim

North Hills CC

   

59

Hussey, Nick / Staats, Corey

Lu Lu CC / Cedarbrook CC

   

71

 

*won in playoff

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