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Philmont CC’s Chipin, Galbreath take 21st Hussey

  SPRINGFIELD, Pa.–Eric Chipin and Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Philmont CC fell in a playoff for the Francis X. Hussey Memorial Tournament title a year ago. On Monday, the duo earned a bit of redemption by registering birdies on the final two holes to finish at 5-under-par 66 and take home the 21st Hussey Championship by a stroke.

James Kania, Jr., (left) and brother
Michael Kania finished in
a tie for third.
  Chip Culp of Philadelphia Cricket Club and Robert Robertson of Sunnybrook GC posted a 4-under-par 67 to place second. Brothers James Kania, Jr. and Michael Kania of Overbrook GC and Bobby Arthur of Tavistock CC and partner James Ridgway of Wildwood G&CC finished tied for third just two strokes behind. A total of 96 teams competed.

  “I don’t consider this redemption, last year the other team played better than us and deserved to win,” said Galbreath, 15, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

  Added Chipin, 16, of Pennington, N.J., “We were just trying to play well and win it for ourselves. We weren’t trying to make up for last year, although this certainly feels better.”

  Chipin and Galbreath didn’t appear winners after the front nine, however. The two turned the front side in 1-under par. However, on the back nine, the two started to heat up.

  Chipin drained a 15-footer for birdie on No. 11 (par 4, 403 yards) before Galbreath knocked a wedge to six feet on No. 12 (par 4, 333 yards) and then dropped a 20-foot uphill birdie chance on No. 13 (par 4, 395 yards).

  A miraculous par save on the treacherous 14th (par 3, 192 yards), Chipin got up and down from the adjacent driving range, kept the momentum going before both missed short par putts on the 15th (par 5, 354 yards) to temporarily stop their surge.

  On No. 17 (par 5, 460 yards), Chipin and Galbreath both had birdie tries and conversions inside five feet and then on No. 18 (par 5, 492 yards) Chipin nailed a four-footer for four with Galbreath staring down a lengthy eagle try. He, too, would card a birdie.

  “I said to Eric [at the turn] let’s play lights out and give ourselves a chance to get into a playoff,” said Galbreath. Last year, the two posted a 31 on the back nine to finish with a 63 and earn a spot in the playoff.

  Said Chipin, “I didn’t have an exact number in mind to shoot coming in here, I just wanted to hit good shots.”

  The two finished the back nine in 31.

  Chipin will be a junior at The Lawrenceville School and Galbreath is a sophomore at Lower Moreland High School.

Junior-Junior Division (13-and-under)
  Ted Brennan of Philadelphia CC and Julian Dorey of Tavistock CC carded a 1-over-par 36 (par 35, 2,774 yards) to capture the Junior-Junior Division of the Francis X. Hussey Memorial Tournament by a stroke.

  The Junior-Junior Division competes over nine holes. This year the back nine was used for the event. The nine-hole sides are alternated every year.

  Brennan and Dorey carded a birdie and two bogeys on their round.

*****

  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 Division (Ages 14-17)

Name

Club

Out

In

Total

Chipin, Eric / Galbreath, Jr., Robert

Philmont CC

35

31

66

Culp, Chip / Robertson, Robert

Philadelphia Cricket Club/Sunnybrook GC

34

33

67

Kania, Jr., James / Kania, Michael

Overbrook GC

36

32

68

Arthur, Bobby / Ridgway, James

Tavistock CC/Wildwood G&CC

34

34

68

Smith, Matt / Ellinger, Chris

Honeybrook GC/Whitford CC

36

33

69

Koch, Tucker / Bernard, Daniel

RiverCrest GC & Preserve

36

33

69

DeLuca, Christopher / Gunsel, Christopher

Lookaway GC/Spring Mill CC

37

33

70

Pesci, Matthew / DeLuca, Nicholas

Yardley CC/Lookaway GC

35

35

70

Melinck, Kevin / Braunsberg, James

Plymouth CC

35

35

70

Givens, Billy / Ott, Dan

Woodbury CC

35

35

70

Flaherty, Sean / Gahman, Travis

Philadelphia Publinks GA

35

36

71

Samaha, Bryan / Morris, Scott

Old York Road CC/Doylestown CC

37

34

71

Villari, Jr., Phillip / Guarino, Beau

Riverton CC/Burlington CC

36

36

72

Ignatuk, Kevin / Ignatuk, Michael

Penn Oaks GC

34

38

72

Zeiders, Duncan / Dudas, Matt

Olde York Road CC/Indian Valley CC

36

36

72

Kidron, Steve / Simanca, Cris

Commonwealth National GC/Unattached

36

36

72

Falkoff, Brett / Tutelman, Matt

The ACE Club/Green Valley Country Club

37

37

74

Kovalcheck, Paul / Taylor, Warren

Makefield Highlands GC/Yardley CC

39

35

74

Bea, James / Truskin, Brett

Spring Mill CC

39

35

74

Welsh, Patrick / Brown, Chris

Huntingdon Valley CC/Bucks County CC

38

37

75

Genuario, Nick / Pancoast, Sam

Radley Run CC

38

37

75

Zimmer, Kevin / Shin, Tommy

Laurel Creek CC

39

36

75

Fischer, David / List, Austin

Merion GC

37

38

75

Thorn, Erik / Meyers, Jimmy

Medford Village CC/Tavistock CC

37

39

76

Fulginiti, Frank / Applegate, Chris

Trenton CC

39

37

76

Inman, John / Murphy, Jake

Cherry Valley CC/Mercer Oaks GC

36

40

76

Kane, John / Dever, Pierce

Jericho National GC/Trenton CC

38

38

76

Liebert, Cameron / Gilmartin, Jon

Edgmont CC/Concord CC

39

37

76

Broll, Steven / Aller, Bo

Aronimink GC/Concord CC

41

36

77

Schaft, Eric / Shelton, John

Sandy Run CC

40

37

77

Byerly, Ian / Kennedy, Andrew

Coatesville CC/Concord CC

39

38

77

Walsh, Jr., Matthew / Lindberg, Thomas

Philadelphia CC/St. Davids GC

39

38

77

Carbone, Jr., Paul / Spurlin, Zack

Old York Road CC

40

37

77

Palmer, John / Carrigan, Brian

Chester Valley GC

39

39

78

Manwaring, Michael / Kiss, Greg

Philadelphia Cricket Club

38

40

78

Verde, Greg / Bellisario, Nicholas

Spring Ford CC/Rolling Green GC

39

39

78

Petsis, Alex / Gunnerman, Joseph

Trenton CC/Yardley CC

43

35

78

Carroll, Ryan / Regan, Matt

Chester Valley GC/Honeybrook GC

40

39

79

Eiler, Peter / McGovern, Matt

Spring Mill CC/Northampton CC

43

36

79

Van Ostenbridge, CJ / Gerolamo, Peter

Spring Ford CC/Unattached

43

36

79

Genuardi, Kevin / Justice, Brett

Cedarbrook CC/Indian Valley CC

39

41

80

Knowles, Patrick / Irwin, Nicholas

Sandy Run CC/Philadelphia Cricket Club

43

38

81

Russell, Jeff / Penza, Alexander

Llanerch CC

43

40

83

Crowley, Will / Miller, Andrew

St. Davids GC/Radnor Valley CC

44

41

85

Westhafer, Ryan / Rader, John

West Chester G&CC/Unattached

44

43

87

O'Shea, Daniel / Gropp, Matthew

Llanerch CC/McCall G&CC

45

44

89

Brown, Eric / Lekawa, Chris

West Chester G&CC

47

45

92

Hagel, Mark / Forker, Porter

McCall G&CC

WD

WD

WD

 

Junior-Junior Division (Ages 13-and-under)

Name

Club

   

Total

Dorey, Julian / Brennan, Ted

Tavistock CC/Philadelphia CC

   

36

Dilcher, Zachary / Calamaro, Drew

Hartefeld National/Rolling Green GC

   

37

Longacre, Taylor / Longacre, Kyle

The Springhaven Club

   

38

Davis, Michael / Ortiz, Jonathan

Merion GC/Philmont CC

   

38

Loeber, III, Jack / O'Brien, Conner

Wedgwood CC

   

39

DeLuca, James / Fulginiti, Brian

Lookaway GC/Trenton CC

   

40

Gregor, Jack / Dougherty, Morgan

Huntingdon Valley CC

   

46

Cooley, Benjamin / Sautter, Billy

Lu Lu CC/Unattached

   

46

Liu, Jonathan / Furman, Daniel

Commonwealth National GC

   

46

Dirienzi, Nolan / Schimpff, Paul

Rolling Green GC

   

46

London, Drew / Melnick, Zachary

Plymouth CC (2)

   

48

Berman, Cole / Crochiere, Henry

Green Valley CC/Philadelphia CC

   

49

Taylor, Brandtley / Slauter, Eric

St. Davids GC

   

51

Altieri, Steven / Lyons, Parker

Hopewell Valley GC

   

52

Hussey, Nick / Staats, Corey

Lu Lu CC/Cedarbrook CC

   

54

Fazzini, John / Fazzini, C.J.

Stonewall/Waynesborough CC

   

57

Markward, Dutch / Mazaleski, Tim

North Hills CC

   

58

 

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