Pennsylvania Better Ball: White Manor pair tops

LITITZ, Penn. (May 30, 2007)-- Jason Bernstein, 19, of Paoli., Pa., and Alan Borowsky, 21, of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., longtime friends and golfing buddies from White Manor CC, carded a final-round 65 to finish at 12-under par and captured the 18th Better-Ball Championship by a stroke on Wednesday at Bent Creek CC (par 71, 6,731 yards).

It was the first state better-ball crown for the duo who entered the second and final round as tri-leaders at 6 under. Chris Gallagher, 25, of West Chester, Pa., and Phil Over, 40, of Malvern, Pa., members at Penn Oaks GC, birdied three of the final four holes to finish alone in second place at 11 under.

A group of four teams, including fellow first-round tri-leaders George Elias, 61, of Swoyersville, Pa., and Irem Temple CC and Tony Kondracki, 53, of Kingston, Pa., and Fox Hill CC, placed third at 10 under.

"We’ve been playing together since we were 6 years old," said Bernstein, a sophomore at the University of Delaware. "We felt we had just as good a shot as anyone coming into the tournament."

This was the first better-ball title of any kind for Bernstein and Borowsky.

Nine holes into the final round, Elias and Kondracki appeared poised to take the crown. The two made eight straight 3s on the front side thanks to some white-hot putting and a par 5 on the ninth hole (548 yards) to make the turn in 29 and 12-under par. Bernstein and Borowsky, a group behind, posted a 4-under par 31 and were two strokes back with nine holes to go.

However, a birdie by Bernstein on No. 11 (par 4, 369 yards) tightened the gap and when Elias and Kondracki bogeyed No. 17 (par 4, 310 yards), their first over-par score of the day, the two groups fell into a tie. In the meantime, Gallagher and Over had already posted their final score in the clubhouse.

Minutes later on No. 17, Bernstein and Borowsky took the lead for good. Bernstein launched his drive into the back greenside bunker while Borowsky played safe and placed his approach shot from 120 yards out to eight feet. Bernstein stayed aggressive and followed his drive up by knocking the bunker shot to two feet. The easy birdie put the two at 12 under with the reachable par 5, 18th (523 yards) left.

Elias and Kondracki seemingly ran out of steam, however, and made another bogey with errant tee shots on the final hole. Bernstein and Borowsky, knowing a par would win, played conservative. Both recorded fives after leaving themselves with short approach shots.

"I told Jason we had no control over what anyone else does so we can’t worry about that," said Borowsky, a recent graduate of Lehigh University. "I told him we need to take it one shot a time."

On the front nine, Bernstein recorded three birdies and Borowsky two. Bernstein sucked a wedge back to two feet on No. 3 (par 4, 431 yards), made a downhill 18-foot slider on No. 8 (par 4, 418 yards) and knocked a 25-foot chip on No. 9 to five feet.

Borowsky put a sand wedge from 102 yards to eight feet on No. 4 (par 4, 403 yards) and made a tricky downhiller on the driveable 7th hole (par 4, 321 yards) after both he and his partner came up about 10 yards short.

Gallagher and Over made a stirring push to get close. The two made the turn in 3-under 32 and found themselves in the hunt when Gallagher hit it to a foot on No. 15 (par 3, 235 yards) with a 3-iron; go up-and-down from the right greenside moguls on No. 17 and hit a flop shot from long and right of the 18th green to six feet.

"I knew we were chasing all day," said Over. Added Gallagher, "I though we would need 62 to win."

A total of 61 teams competing in the Better-Ball Championship. Heading into the final round, 20 teams were within three strokes of each other at the top of the leaderboard.

Full results follow:


Name Club Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Tot.
Bernstein, Jason/Borowsky, Alan White Manor CC 65 65 130
Over, Phil/Gallagher, Chris Penn Oaks GC 67 64 131
Cohan, Jason/Cohan, Adam The ACE Club 66 66 132
Kliewer, Craig S./Gast, Corey Meadia Heights GC 67 65 132
Elias, George/Kondracki, Anthony G. Irem Temple CC/Fox Hill CC 65 67 132
Fink, Jr., Artie/Miraglia, John Sinking Valley C C 68 64 132
Hanford, Stuart/Gebhard, Chris Lebanon CC 67 66 133
Detweiler, Brandon/Detweiler, Marlin Lancaster CC 68 65 133
Prowant, Zach/Choate, Warren J. Williamsport CC 66 68 134
Williams, Eric W./Gardas, James M. Honesdale GC 67 67 134
Sweeney, John/Campbell, Robert Lancaster Country Club 70 64 134
Boerner, Stephen J./Griest, Jeffrey L. PGA Individual/Waynesborough CC 67 67 134
Texter, Jarred/Hostetter, Jerry D. Lancaster CC 67 68 135
Pugh, Scott/Boyer, Bennett S. CC of Harrisburg/Blue Ridge CC 67 69 136
Gemmill, Jud/Over, Alan R. Lancaster Host GC/Bent Creek CC 66 70 136
Mattare, Matthew E./Fardon, David M Saucon Valley CC 67 70 137
Llewellyn, Tim/Maurer, Matthew PGA Individual/CC of Harrisburg 68 69 137
Baker, Shawn/Daniels, Jeff Dauphin Highlands/Lancaster CC 65 72 137
Barry, John/Groff, Brian K. Lancaster CC/Conestoga CC 66 71 137
Kania, Jr., James/Willcox, Cole Overbrook GC/Philadelphia CC 67 71 138
Ascolese, Gerard F./Sheva, Gregory A. North Hills CC 70 68 138
Vassil, Michael/Domanish, Michael J CC of Harrisburg/Elmhurst CC 71 67 138
Balcavage, Frank P/Lauver, Nat Bellewood GC/Lost Creek GC 68 71 139
Pheasant, Jay/Destefano, Stephen Sinking Valley CC 69 70 139
Smith, Benjamin/Albert, Brixton PGA Individual/Meadia Heights GC 70 69 139
Tait, Charles N./Mayne, Scott Dauphin Highlands/Hershey CC 69 71 140
Knoll, Edward H./Troutman, George E. Deer Run GC 74 67 141
Wuerstle, Jeffrey J./Klee, Scott R. Indian Valley GC 70 71 141
Dietrich, Matt/Simmons, Jim Whitford CC/Stonewall GC 67 74 141
Filling, Jay J./Leaman, Mark E. Bent Creek CC/PGA Individual 71 70 141
Barlik, Francis/Gregorczyk, Edward PGA Individual/Glenmaura National GC 71 71 142
D'Amato, Phil/Adams, Gregory Deer Run Golf Club/Dauphin Highlands 74 68 142
Fugal, Jack/Smith, William F. The ACE Club/Chambersburg CC 69 73 142
Wolf, Austin A./Rowe, Ben P. Bent Creek CC/Conestoga CC 71 72 143
Hope, J. S./Horutz, John CC of Harrisburg/Glenmaura National GC 72 71 143
O'Sullivan, John/Domenick, Michael Chester Valley GC/Phoenixville CC 72 71 143
Pompey, Alexander D./Gross, Richard CC of harrisburg/Glenmaura National GC 70 74 144
Umani, Richard E./Terebesi, Christopher J. Philadelphia Publinks/Chester Valley GC 69 75 144
Sutherland, Nathan/Ryder, Samuel Berkshire CC/Aronimink GC 68 77 145
Gambacurta, Chris L./Franks, Ryan M. Sinking Valley CC/Totteridge GC 75 70 145
Abrams, Andrew C/Rugg, Patrick Rolling Green GC 74 71 145
Strohl, David/Blichar, David J Moselem Springs GC/Blue Ridge CC 74 71 145
Gross, Michael J./Hudacek III, Stephen L. Glenmaura National CC 71 75 146
Weaver, Jason/Brubaker, Erik Heidelberg CC/Foxchase GC 67 79 146
Farrell, Kevin/Gunnison, Kyle C C of Harrisburg 77 69 146
Webber, Rich/Brown, Dan Royal Oaks GC/Pine Meadows GC 75 71 146
Stewart, Bob/Mairone, Thomas Westmoreland/McCall G&CC 69 78 147
Riley, Fred/Porter, R.J. Toftrees GC 74 73 147
Corbett, Brian T./Gill, Robert Huntsville GC/Fox Hill CC 78 70 148
Wolf, Bob/Lefever, Connor Bent Creek CC/Lancaster CC 74 74 148
Howell, Robert/Cherrix, Vincent Dauphin Highlands/Monongahela Valley 74 74 148
Sullivan, Patrick/Welsh, Matthew Philadelphia Publinks/St. Davids GC 73 75 148
Callaghan, Jim/Lavin, Jon E. Rolling Green GC 70 78 148
Maguire, Bo/Brown, Jason Brookside CC/Huntsville GC 72 77 149
Strickler, Ryan W./Strickler, Ed Huntingdon CC 78 72 150
Mesko, Jason A./Mesko, Jr., John P CC of Scranton 75 75 150
Fogarty, James James/Eckert, Gerald C. Bent Creek CC 74 77 151
Smedley, Mark A./Bell, Andrew Bellewood GC 77 74 151
Rolli, William J./Berry, David PGA Individual 76 76 152
Kowalski, Jason/Kowalski, Robert C. PGA Individual/Philadelphia Publinks 76 77 153
Connors, Chris/Connors, Dan J Sewickley Heights GC/Pilgrims Oak GC 77 77 154


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