AROUND THE LINKS: Knight Nabs Senior Club Championship

August 8, 2018

Ed Knight eagled the par-5 second hole and added three more birdies in an up-and-down second round, shooting a 2-over-par 74 to finish even par and win the Senior Club championship at Elmhurst Country Club.

Knight opened with a 2-under 70 on Saturday, but had to withstand runs from Jerry Hubshman, Mike Mayeski and Brian Hoban, who all finished a shot back.

Gary Broad fired a final-round 69 to take fifth.

Tom McCormack charged to a six-stroke win in the Super Senior championship, racing home with a final-nine, 5-under 31 that featured an eagle and three birdies.

That allowed him to finish 1-over par for 36 holes and pull away from first-round co-leaders Joe Lavenduski, who finished second, and Lanny Masucci, who was third, one behind Lavenduski. Paul Carey was another shot back in fourth.

Those four players will make up the Super Senior Coal Scuttle team for the competition Aug. 22 at Fox Hill Country Club.

Knight, Hubshman, Mayeski, Hoban and McCormack will represent the club in the Senior Coal Scuttle at the Country Club of Scranton on Aug. 20.


Madison Twp.’s Gwendolyn

Powell became the youngest winner in the girls division of the Anthracite Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions, the concluding event of the Lawler Tour.

Powell, 12, who will be entering seventh grade at North Pocono, shot 83 in the first day at Fox Hill Country Club, then matched it at Huntsville Golf Club for a three-shot win, taking the Founders Cup by topping defending champion Jessica McClellan, who will be a senior at MMI this year.

Irem Country Club’s Brett Ostroski won the boys title with rounds of 71 and 74. Wallenpaupack senior Alex Pillar was third, four shots back.

Elkview C.C.

Talk about lighting it up before the skies opened up. Mike Heck and Marco Nieto were 7-under par through 12 holes that all players completed before Pro Day was shortened by rain. That was more than enough to win, and three better than runners-up Fran and Nick Paone.

Other flight winners and runners-up: First, Mario Costa and Schwan Rafter, Jerry Burns Jr. and Dave Osborne; Second, Jim and Katie Zefran, Joe Bevacqua and Jim

Osborne; Third, Joe Jordan and Harold McGovern, Susan Mancuso and Bernie Suchy.

■ Word is that John Zavada is pretty good at picking when it comes to a guitar. Looks like the 64-year-old is pretty good when it comes to picking partners, too.

He and Katie Zefran teamed up to win the couples division in the Husband and Wife tournament. Word is Zefran may be invited to next year’s Memorial by Zavada if she can get out of some pesky dental school classes.

It was a big win for Katie in terms of bragging rights at home. Her parents, Jim and Linda Zefran, had to settle for second in their division as Don and Susan Mancuso played splendidly to win the event by three strokes in a field littered with past champions. Mark and Irene Rabonowitz claimed first-flight laurels by two over Ron and Jean Bonacci.

■ Until this week’s weather change, could anything have been hotter than the team of Debbie Novack and Ellen Frank? The duo posted a 3-under-par 69 to capture the Women’s Member-Member title, coasting to a six-stroke win over Leslie Salomon and Sharon Smith.

Flight winners and runners-up were: First, Maryellen Skorupa and Mary Aubel, Helen Sudlesky and Ann Andrews; Second, Joyce Matous and Karen Allen, Paulette Schank and Jean Bonacci.

Emanon C.C.

Ashley Machine and Tool swept three points from Central Air Freight to extend its lead in the Industrial League. Rich Brown shot an even-par 34 and Al Brown 37 to lead the winners. Dave McDermott’s 39 was low for CAF.

Bryan Construction was a 3-0 winner over O’Connor Plumbing with Pat Fiscus and Mike Fiscus Sr. leading the way with 39s. Jack Mayer’s 38 was low for O’Connor’s.

Falls Bridge Deli clipped R.J. Burne, 2½-½, with Mark Eyet (36) and Sean Fortney (41) leading the Deli. Andrew Bell had 37 for Burne.

Red Mill defeated Selenski

Insurance, 2½-½, thanks to Kevin McCracken (36) and Guy Fasciana (38). Jim Breck matched par for


Reliable took a pair of points from Fiscus Law with Frank Picchi (36) and Ian Madigan (38) leading the winners. Tim Stott fired the best score of the week, a 1-under 33 in a losing effort.

Glenmaura National

There was plenty of brotherly love to share at the Member-Member tournament this weekend, with Nick and Phil Parise winning the first flight, topping runners-up Sean Conway and Dave Mecca in the stroke-play event.

But Dan Donahue and Tom Medico were probably just as happy to win the fifth flight, especially after they battled their way to victory in the shootout. Bob Ames and Bob Potenza were second, and John Hines and Tom Farrell took third.

Flight winners and runners-up: Second, Sean Madden and Jonathan Budziak, Ed and Sebastian Cimoch; Third, Hines and Farrell, Gene Smargiassi and Bill Kroski; Fourth, Ames and Potenza, Tony Parise and Bernie Povanda; Fifth, Donahue and Medico, Fred Lombardo and Tony Kleynowski; Sixth, Chuck Simalchik and Ken Racowski, Ryan Cummings and Chris Ross; Seventh, Bob Statsman and Larry Gallagher, Carlo Santarelli and Steve Ubaldini; Eighth, Richie Mineo and Bill Walthour, Dan Loftus and Mike Perkins.

Glen Oak C.C.

Ron Yanoski and Ron Yanoski III couldn’t get a putt to drop in Friday’s qualifying round for the 57th Irving Jackman Memorial, but they got enough of them to fall over the next couple days.

The father-son duo shot rounds of 69 and 71 to finish at 4-under par to win the Championship Division First Flight by two strokes over another father-son team, Keith and Erik Meyer. Second flight went to Jim and Luke Fayocavitz, whose even-par, two-day total edged John Bulger and Serge Levasseur on a match of cards. In the championship flight beaten 12s, Jody Fitzsimmons and Mark Bartkowski posted a 4-under 68 to edge Chris and Corey

Cuneo on a match of cards, with

Jerry Musheno and Art Brunn Jr. third, one stroke back.

The Round-Robin Division finished with Mark and Stephen Arcure taking the shootout laurels, edging Dan Munley and Scott Asay, with Frank and Carmine Petrillo third.

Round robin flight champs and runners-up were: Flight A, Robey Schnessel and Ted Matthews, Joe Shea and John Connell Jr.; Flight B, Paul and Sean Hirschler, P.J. Farrell and Walt Savitts; Flight C, Mark Stahller and John Connell Sr., Ralph Brunori and Scott Robinson; Flight D, Petrillo and Petrillo, Jeff Jacobson and Paul Bartoletti; Flight E, T.J. Couzens and Matt Naylor, Gary and Nick Urnoski; Flight F, Frank Adamo Sr. and Frank Adamo Jr., Al Silverman and Dan Santaniello; Flight G, Steve Finn and Jim Cocolin, Mike Goffer and Lenny Wesolowski; Flight H, Matt Jenkins and Tim Hoban, Brian Sheridan and Joe Perrotti; Flight I, Jim Alperin and Lucas Ortiz, Dave Sanders and Pat Durbin; Flight J, Arcure and Arcure, Howard and David Rothenberg; Flight K, Jerry and Michael McGonigle, Bill Scone and Tony Madera; Flight L, Frank DeCarlo and Rich Read, Tom Lucas and Paul Lockett; Flight M, Ihab Dana and Dave Flannery, Jerry Prazych and Terry Cochran; Flight N, Scott Herlands and Rich Hodin, Randy Brundage and Dave Lohin; Flight O, Bob Fiegleman and Chuck Weisberger, Joe Loiacono and Charles Mecca; Flight P, Sid and Sandon Birch, Dave Mehall and John Culkin; Flight Q, Munley and Asay, Mike Walsh Sr. and Mike Walsh Jr.

Honesdale G.C.

Wet conditions washed out the first round of the Senior Member-Guest, but it didn’t stop two past champions of the standard member-guest from adding another title. Bob Simons and Dave Weber shot a 2-under 68 to win on a match of cards over Don Stanton and Paul Edwards. Simons and Weber used back-to-back birdies on the par-3 13th and par-5 14th en route to a back-nine 33. Tom Howe and Tom Corrigan (69) were third, and Bob Rogers and John Ginnelli (70) took fourth.

Ed “Cousy” Martin and Rich Weingberger won the first flight with a 72, a shot better than Tim Moffitt and Sam Siepiela, who avoided the logjam at 75, which saw Bob “Major” McDonnell and legendary retired Scranton athletic director Bob Coleman take third on a match of cards over Dwight and Grant Gregory, and John Davis and Jack Kelly, who showed the effects of now playing only seven days a week.

Ron Gardas and Charlie Case outdistanced the second flight with 78, thanks to a scorecard playoff win over Newton Mullins and Barry Trethaway, with Jim Tamblyn and Scott Rickard (79) third, and Jack Heery and Ron Baylor (80) fourth.

Lakeland G.C.

Bob Ayers and Gordy Holland, Pete Barrasse and Stan Tyutki, and Rich Gary and Butch Schaffer are setting the pace through nine weeks of play in the Gin’s League.

■ Missing Links League competitors Susan Brady and Janet Veltri shared the low score during this week’s play. Betty Lamm chipped in on No. 5 and Pat Dills bumped it in the hole from off the green on No. 8 to give her the most pars for the week. JoAnn Foley had the blade working with low putts for the week with 13.

■ Hood Construction, Rick Dilione and Hans Burchardt, have a 2½-point lead over Go For Broke, Bob Kelly and Mike Swan, after nine weeks of play in the Wednesday Men’s League.

■ Lakeland Swingers held their captain-and-crew social last week, with Mary Nicosia, Marge Whytashek, Vicki Miller and Barb Malinowski topping the field.

■ The LPGA Girls Golf program wrapped up another successful campaign. More than 300 children between the ages of 5-18 participated in this year’s program.

■ Dalton-Benton Lions Club will hold its annual tournament Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. The 18-hole event is followed by lunch and presentation of prizes at the course.

Montrose Club

Lew Grubham and Jake Sladish needed an extra hole to capture the George C. Comstock Member-Guest, edging Randy White and Keith Chesk on the 19th hole. Grubham and Sladish defeated past champions Cole Wheaton and Barry Wheaton, 3 and 2, in the semifinals, while White and Chesk slipped past Peter Maxey and Chris Maxey, 1-up. It was the first Comstock title for Grubham and Sladish.

Other flight results: First, Jason Legg and Jeff Schumaker (70), Austin Smith and Jordan Smith (71), Spenser Stoud and Rhett Butler (71); Second, Matt Baker and Devlin Conrad (185), Nick Percival and Tim Lake (187), Jim Monteforte and Jerry Smith (188); Third, Brian Baker and Sean Welch (199), Dave Smith and Jake Merrill (201), Mike Halesky and Adam Friedman (201).

Pocono Farms C.C.

Mark Zabriski topped Dan Kosmala to win the men’s club championship, while Betsy Cuneo was crowned the ladies champion, with Jodi Gaudette finishing second.

Other flight winners and runners-up: Men’s First, John Hitchcock and Mark Pascoe; Second, Jake Holeva and Frank DeBrincat; Third, Rich Bonk and Brian Kuhns; Fourth, Jim Ribardo and Larry Reiner.

Scott Greens G.C.

Rosanne Wallace of Sweet Teez, put her tee shot on No. 4 green, part of an impressive performance as she and partner Greg Walsh fired a 2-under 31 in the Wednesday Mixed League. Dawn Martin of Divot Divas also landed her tee shot on the putting surface of No. 4. Shirley Naniewicz of Sonny-n-Me sank a 30-foot putt for a remarkable par save, also on No. 4. Team Lakers, Sande and Ron Strony, finished in second place for the week thanks to Sande’s 40-foot chip shot off No. 7 green, which found its way into the cup for a birdie.

■ A Swing for Life Golf Academy wrapped up its high school golf clinics this week with the Elk Lake co-ed golf team and North Pocono girls golf team. All players worked on putting techniques, short-game drills, iron approach and driver. Along with the technical aspect, all participants were coached on mental approach and game methods for course management.

Woodloch Springs

Director of golf John Pillar Sr. rolled to the championship of Philadelphia PGA Section’s Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Open at Radnor Valley Country Club.

Pillar set a pace that no one could match, ripping off five straight birdies on hole Nos. 7-11 to get to 5-under par, his winning score.

Dave Quinn of Philmont Country Club finished second, two shots back.

MARTY MYERS covers local golf for The Times-Tribune. Email him with your league and tournament results, photos, and interesting tidbits at


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