WEST CHESTER, Pa. (July 30, 2014) — To keep their games fresh during an oppressive winter, Marty Dorminy and James Prendergast frequently practiced at Golf364, an indoor facility in Linfield, Pa. That’s where the two met, became friends and subsequently made plans to compete in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 55th Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play at Concord Country Club (par 71, 6,419 yards).
The arrangement turned into a memorable one for the new friends and golf compatriots. Dorminy, of Spring Ford Country Club, and Prendergast, a Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association member, prevailed in a scorecard playoff over Lancaster Country Club’s Daniel Burton and Kenneth Phillips and Chester Valley Golf Club’s Ed Chylinski and Ken Silverwood. All three teams finished with scores of 3-under-par 68.
The scorecard tiebreaker, as recommended by the USGA, is total score for the last nine holes. That method still produced a tie, so it came down to the last six holes. The team of Dorminy and Prendergast completed that stretch in 1 under.
“Play well. That was our strategy,” Dorminy, 59, of Collegeville, Pa., said. “I never played the golf course before. Every tee, we were looking out there and trying to figure out where to hit it and how far you could hit it. That seemed to work out pretty good most holes.”
“We get along very well out there. We just play to each other’s strengths,” Prendergast, 62, of Limerick, Pa., added. “The fairways and greens were in great shape today. It was a nice, challenging course.”
Although the friendship is fresh, Dorminy and Prendergast entered Concord with experience as teammates. They finished second in the Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Better-Ball Championship in May. A bogey on the last hole sealed their status then.
The Dorminy and Prendergast team immediately erased that memory Wednesday with a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 376 yards). Dorminy stopped a sand wedge from 76 yards at a foot. The par 4, 358-yard No. 5 presented a similar scene, with Dorminy using the same club from the yardage to set up a five-footer for 3. Prendergast snatched his partner’s subpar style on the back side by inking red of his own. On the demanding 11th hole (par 3, 180 yards), he powered a 4-hybrid to 12 feet and dropped the uphill putt. Prendergast hit an 8-iron 130 yards to four feet on No. 13 (par 4, 391 yards).
Only one hole brewed a bogey for the Dorminy and Prendergast team. Both players missed the No. 12 (par 4, 393 yards) green with their approaches; Dorminy misjudged the wind and threw a 6-iron onto a false front. Prendergast caught the right greenside bunker with a 4-hybrid.
Untapped birdie chances at Dorminy’s hands coming in prevented an outright victory. Dorminy failed to convert a six-footer on No. 17 (par 4, 318 yards), and on No. 18 (par 5, 506 yards), he watched a 4-wood from 227 yards crash into the green’s bank and roll 20 feet below the flagstick. A careful chip settled four feet.
When asked if more rounds together await the two this year, Dorminy and Prendergast, a pair of golf nuts, turned to each other, paused for a moment and smiled.
“I’m sure we will,” Prendergast said. “It’s weird that we had never played together. We have mutual friends in the game who play a lot of golf.”
“I’m sure each of us will play a lot more rounds,” Dorminy added.
A scorecard tiebreaker also determined the Super-Senior victors Wednesday. The teams of John Ayres and David Jordan, Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr. and Edward Pappas, and Rich Green and James (Jay) Ward all finished at even-par 71. Green and Ward, of Cedarbrook Country Club, emerged as the winners, thanks to a birdie on the last hole.
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