EXTON, Pa. (July 31, 2014) — A strong showing in Aronimink Golf Club’s championship a year ago opened Douglas Schroer’s eyes to Ryan Mullen’s blossoming talents. It also prompted the former to invite the latter to join him in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Deeg Sezna at Whitford Country Club (par 72, 6,287 yards).
The invitation turned into a celebration Thursday. Schroer and Mullen carded a 4-under-par 68 to capture the tournament’s 13th edition. The format is selective drive/alternate shot.
“Communication was key,” Mullen, 19, of Wayne, Pa., said. “We decided from the beginning that I would tee off first, and whenever the doglegs would be safe, he would just go all out with the big dog driver. That’s was one of the strategies we had. I went first pretty much every shot, and he would trail behind me on the tee.”
“We settled into a routine where I stuffed it and he made it,” Schroer, 48, of Malvern, Pa., added. “Other than cleaning up, I only putted three times.”
Mullen fired five birdies on the day. The aforementioned routine surfaced immediately as Schroer hit a gap wedge 98 yards to 12 feet for a Mullen birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 358 yards). Mullen briefly stole Schroer’s wedge thunder on the par 4, 390-yard No. 3 by knocking one 110 yards to 15 feet. The roles reversed once again on No. 6 (par 4, 355 yards). Schroer stopped a wedge from 98 yards at two feet. The team acted against its’ red figure routine and elected to use Schroer’s drive on the difficult par 5, 487-yard No. 9. It worked as Mullen powered a 6-iron 165 yards to 20 feet below the flagstick. Schroer ran the eagle attempt seven feet by the jar, but Mullen, a sophomore at Cabrini College, converted the comebacker. Three-putts spearheaded by Schroer on Nos. 4 (par 5, 562 yards) and 8 (par 4, 386 yards) sparked the team’s only bogeys heading out.
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