Stewart Rickenbach (center, white shirt) and Andrew Carber (orange) of Talamore Country Club
congratulate each other after winning the Francis X. Hussey on the first playoff hole.


Talamore’s Carber, Rickenbach capture Hussey in playoff

  SPRINGFIELD, Pa.–Andrew Carber and Stewart Rickenbach of Talamore Country Club waited out two weather delays and a playoff to take the 28th Francis X. Hussey Memorial on Monday at Rolling Green Golf Club (par 71, 6,329 yards).

  Carber and Rickenbach birdied the first playoff hole (No. 1, par 4, 387 yards) to triumph three other teams. All four groups finished 18 holes of regulation at 4-under-par 67.

  Carber earned the overtime hero honors. He launched a massive drive on No. 1 before dropping a 60-degree wedge from 85 yards to a foot. At least one player from each of the other three teams had lengthy birdie tries but failed to convert.

  “I was just in the first cut [of rough on the left]. I asked Stu what you think, ‘Knock down a GAP wedge or hit a 60 degree.’ I wound up hitting the 60 degree. I judged it perfectly and caught it perfectly,” said Carber, 17, of Ambler, Pa. “I wasn’t nervous on the drive or the approach shot, but I was pretty nervous over that putt.”

  It was the first Golf Association of Philadelphia victory for either player.

  “It just feels good to win, there is no other way to say it. I’ve been playing junior golf for awhile and I’ve only had a few wins. To do it in the GAP feels really good,” said Rickenbach, 18, of Doylestown, Pa.

  Added Carber, “I never really played in many tournaments. I’m kind of new to that golf scene. With basketball and baseball I was never really able to play too many golf tournaments. It’s a new feeling.”

  The other three playoff teams were Nick Cappetti and Drew Guarino of Burlington Country Club; Ben Litt and Nick Calabrese of Riverton Country Club and Edgmont Country Club, respectively , and Andrew Willner of Phoenixville Country Club and John Miller of the Philadelphia Junior Tour.

  Cappetti and Guarino blitzed the field early. The two were 6 under thru 14 holes before falling back.

  Calabrese and Litt birdied two of their final three holes. Calabrese hit a wedge on No. 16 (par 3, 127 yards) to four feet and two putted No. 17 (par 5, 473 yards) from 60 feet after reaching the green in two.

  Willner and Miller closed with a fury. The duo carded birdie 4s on the two closing par 5s.

  Carber and Rickenbach each took turns helping the team’s bottomline. Rickenbach drained the duos final birdie when he dropped a pitching wedge to a foot on No. 16.

  In the round, Rickenbach made four birdies, Carber three.

  Carber graduated from Upper Dublin High School in the spring and is headed to Clemson University where he will study business and is hoping to walk-on to the golf team. Rickenbach graduated from Central Bucks East High School and heading to Penn State University Main. He, too, hopes to walk-on to the golf team. Rickenbach’s area of study will be chemical engineering.

Junior-Junior Division
  Matthew Civitella and Tate Kienzle of Waynesborough Country Club earned the Junior-Junior Division’s top prize with a 3-over-par 39 (par 36, 2,950 yards). Civitella and Kienzle started strong, navigating the first six holes in even par. It was a stretch that included a smart birdie by Civitella on No. 6 (par 3, 144 yards). He launched a 6-iron to 10 feet below the hole and drained the putt for a 2. That offset the team’s only blemish to that point, a bogey on No. 4 (par 4, 309 yards).

  “We had a team strategy and not an individual one,” said Kienzle, 13, of Malvern, Pa.

  Added Civitella, 12, of Paoli, Pa., “We wanted to get one person on the green and the other to have a shot at the pin.”

  Both attend Valley Forge Middle School. Kienzle is an eighth grader. Civitella is in seventh grade.

  This was both players first time competing in the Hussey.

  Billy Civitella, Matthew’s cousin, and John Updike of Aronimink Golf Club placed second, a stroke back at 40.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 143 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

NOTES–The tournament namesake is Francis X. Hussey. Hussey 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

Name, club


*Andrew Carber/Stewart Rickenbach, Talamore CC


Ben Litt/Nick Calabrese, Riverton CC/Edgmont CC


Andrew Willner/John Miller, Phoenixville CC/Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour


Nick Cappetti/Drew Guarino, Burlington CC


Brian Todaro/Alexander Dupre, Rolling Green CC


Anthony VanDervort/Jacob Klaus, Tavistock CC


Matthew Ade/Kevin Kramarski, Riverton CC


Michael Reed-Price/Jack Melville, Sunnybrook GC/Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour


Jay Losty/Ryan Bowman, Merion GC/Aronimink GC


Frankie Brigidi/Brian Fischer, Philadelphia Cricket Club


Matthew Bastian, Jr./Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green CC


Hugh Farris/Eric Carlidge, Huntingdon Valley CC/North Hills CC


Mark Lunney/Jack Quirk, Sandy Run CC/Huntingdon Valley CC


Jake Fazio/Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley CC


Jace Kienzle/Ted Purdy, Waynesborough CC/Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour


Cabot Asplundh/Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook


J.T. Twomey/Todd Smith, Jericho National GC/Trenton CC


Peter Dissinger/Jared Harris, Merion GC/GAP Junior Players Club


Brent Schoeller/Danny Degraff, Huntingdon Valley CC


Jeff St. Amour/Alex McLaughlin, Llanerch CC


Jake Colman/Nicky Marrollo, Whitford CC


Chris Binet/Phillip Held, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley CC


Otis Baker/Jack Henderson, Gulph Mills CC


Hank Kaufmann/Ryan Foll, Yardley CC


Brendan Hallinan/Jack St.Amour, Applebrook GC/Llanerch CC


Jack Mitchell/Matt Marino, Waynesborough CC


Ryan Conner/Michael Barychewsky, Jericho National GC/Yardley CC


Ryan Brennan/Nick Fizzano, Rolling Green CC


Brian Kilroy/Brian Andruszko, Llanerch CC


Clay Asplundh/Cameron Cathcart, The Ridge at Back Brook


Patrick Clearkin/Luke Nichols, Old York Road CC


Thomas Gravina, Jr./Jake Hervada, Aronimink GC/Philadelphia CC


Jack McAleese/Will Panarese, Aronimink GC/Merion GC


Mary McGuinness/Rees Kirk, Tavistock CC


James Gillespie, Jr./Patrick Finn, Concord CC/Back Creek GC



Junior-Junior Division

Name, club


Matthew Civitella/Tate Kienzle, Waynesborough CC


Billy Civitella/John Updike, Aronimink GC


Conor McGrath/Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC


Archie Filshill, Jr./Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley CC


Dolan Cox/Ben Lee, White Manor CC


Andreas Aivazoglou/Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green GC





Name, club


Maddie Keane/Kara Walton, Philadelphia CC/Applecross CC


Caroline Rosen/Grace Simenson, Bala GC/RiverCrest GC & Preserve


Kathryn Natale/Meghan Donahue, Edgmont CC/Rolling Green GC


Gabby Morganti/Keenan Eichman, Llanerch CC



*-won in playoff

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