Chylinski, Domenick Earn Penn 4-Ball Title

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA (May 28, 2009)--Michael Domenick of Phoenixville CC drained a tension-filled four-foot par putt on the final hole to secure a one-stroke victory for him and partner Ed Chylinski of Chester Valley GC in the 20th state Better-Ball Championship on Thursday at Huntingdon Valley CC.

Chylinski and Domenick finished at 9-under par for the two rounds, one shot in front of brothers James, Jr. and Michael Kania of Overbrook GC. Three teams, including brothers Michael and Doug Gregor and the father-son duo of James Sullivan, Jr. and Sr., both home club hopefuls, finished at 8 under. Michael Brown of Philadelphia Publinks GA and Paul Polinsky of Manufacturers G&CC also finished two shots behind the winners.

“I’ve played in a lot of these so to win one feels great,” said Chylinski, 59, of Gulph Mills, Pa. “It’s good to be in the winner’s circle.”

Added Domenick, 54, of Phoenixville, Pa., “You don’t really understand [how it feels to win] until it happens. You play in enough of these things and guys like me don’t see a lot of wins. Actually yesterday was the day. That was the best round of golf I’ve ever played in a competition.” Domenick said he shot a 4-under-par 66 on his ball on Wednesday.

Chylinski and Domenick entered Day Two at 7-under par overall and two shots clear of the rest of the field. The Sullivans were the closer pursuers at 5 under. The Kanias started three back. However, with the golf course playing more difficult and the wind intensifying as the day grew longer, scores for Round 2 weren’t nearly as low as Day One. That set up a mad dash to the finish line.

“When we got down the stretch, 15-16-17, we just figured if we could par in we could win,” said Domenick. “Especially with the weather, it got windy and pretty tough.”

As the day shook out, three teams, Chylinski and Domenick, the Kanias and the Sullivans, each controlled their own destinies.

The Kanias, playing two groups in front of the other pair, were the first to post a number, finishing at 8-under par after recording a 3-under 32 on the back nine.

“Our motto was to bring the heat and we didn’t do that until the back,” said James Kania, 20, a University of Kentucky sophomore from Haverford, Pa. “We were aiming for a 64 but we carded a 66 and we’ll see where that leads us.”

James birdied No. 11 (par 4, 372 yards), No. 13 (par 3, 180 yards) and No. 15 (par 5, 571 yards) on the inward nine. Michael, 18, of Haverford, Pa., who will also be attending the University of Kentucky as a freshman in the fall, carried the load on the front with birdies on No. 4 (par 4, 365 yards) and No. 7 (par 5, 550 yards), a hole which he had an eagle look from 30 feet. The two carded only one bogey on the day, that coming on No. 2 (par 4, 440 yards).

So that left Chylinski and Domenick and the Sullivans, both playing in the final grouping of the day, to match the Kanias final tally. And they both hovered right around that 8-under number throughout the final nine. The Sullivans recorded three birdies on the front, a sand wedge by James, Jr., to two feet on No. 1 (par 4, 390 yards) and a pair of 12 footers by James, Sr., on No. 4 and No. 9 (par 4, 450 yards), to move to 8 under with nine holes to go. However, the duo could not get over the hump on the way in and bogeyed the final hole (par 4, 425 yards) to fall by two shots to the eventual winners. Chylinski and Domenick, too, made the turn at 8 under, but birdied No. 11 and 13 to quickly jump into double digits. A bogey on No. 14 (par 4, 467 yards) costs the team a shot when both failed to get up-and-down after coming up short of the green but four straight pars to finish sealed a win. That par stretch, however, was far from mundane as Chylinski made a tremendously difficult up-and-down from the left greenside bunker on No. 16 (par 4, 385 yards) and Domenick made a nifty par save from off the green and right of the 17th (par 3, 211 yards) putting surface. On No. 18, a great finishing hole onto itself, Domenick played first and knocked his 3-hybrid from 181 yards to about 20 feet above the hole. Chylinski’s approach effort landed just past Domenick’s shot, but trickled off the green. Domenick’s first putt then came up about four feet short and after Chylinski could only manage a five, left the tournament deciding stroke to Domenick.

“I just wanted to make it. I didn’t want to let Eddie down,” said Domenick. “I already missed two of those earlier today.

“That [shot from the fairway on No. 18] was ridiculous. Like I told Eddie, just stand out there and make a good swing and whatever happens happens. And that’s one of my favorite clubs. It just worked out.”

Yes it did. Final results of the Pennsylvania State Better-Ball Championship, played May 27-28, 2009 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club:

Ed Chylinski/Michael Domenick, Chester Valley GC/Phoenixville CC 63 68 131
James Kania, Jr./Michael Kania, Overbrook GC 66 66 132
Michael Gregor/Douglas Gregor, Huntingdon Valley CC 68 65 133
James Sullivan, Sr./James Sullivan, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC 65 68 133
Michael Brown/Paul Polinsky, Phila Publinks GA/Manufacturers G&CC 66 67 133
Gary Daniels/Charles Dowds, III, Applebrook GC 66 69 135
Patrick Sullivan/Travis Gahman, Philadelphia Publinks GA 67 68 135
Santo Lafoca/Byron Whitman, Huntsville GC/ Golden Oaks GC 68 68 136
Zach Rothaus/Brian Rothaus, Philmont CC 66 70 136
David Brookreson/Chip Lutz, Huntingdon Valley CC/LedgeRock GC 67 70 137
Edward Erickson/Ted Harris, Makefield Highlands GC 68 69 137
Cole Willcox/P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC 70 67 137
Eric Williams/James Gardas, Honesdale GC 66 72 138
Edward Knoll/George Troutman, Deer Run GC 67 71 138
Jason Bernstein/Marc Mandel, White Manor CC 68 70 138
Scott Klee/Chris Esbenshade, Five Ponds GC/Indian Valley CC 68 71 139
Kenneth Phillips/Eric Buck, Lancaster CC 66 73 139
Craig Scott/Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC 70 69 139
Brandon Detweiler/Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster CC 66 73 139
Christopher Gebhard/Michael Schmidt, Jr., Lebanon CC/PGA Indiv. Member 70 69 139
Michael Rose/Robert Galbreath, Jr., Philmont CC/Huntingdon Valley CC 71 68 139
Tim Deery/Alex Maguire, Jr., Meadia Heights GC/Brookside CC 65 75 140
Patrick Dougherty/Charles Scalzott, Talamore CC/Huntingdon Valley CC 71 69 140
Ryan Franks/Ryan Strickler, Standing Stone GC/Huntingdon CC 68 72 140
Fred Riley/Gray West, Toftrees GC 74 67 141
Chip Culp/Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket/Sunnybrook CC 73 68 141
Thomas Soares/Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs GC/Huntsville GC 72 70 142
Corey Gast/Craig Kliewer, Meadia Heights GC 71 71 142
Chris Smedley/Mike Ellis, Coatesville CC/Loch Nairn GC 71 72 143
Patrick O'Brien/Patrick Rugg, North Hills CC/Rolling Green GC 71 72 143
Patrick Ross/Peter Nelson, Elmhurst CC/Glen Oak CC 72 71 143
Rich Thon/Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club 74 69 143
Bennett Boyer/Scott Pugh, CC of Harrisburg/Blue Ridge CC 70 73 143
Alex Pompey/David Pompey, Jr., CC of Scranton 69 75 144
Matt Dietrich/Jim Simmons, Stonewall/Whitford CC 70 74 144
Bryan Winsko/Joe Dellicarpini, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71 73 144
Kevin Bondi/Edward Bondi, Huntingdon Valley CC 71 74 145
Gregory Ulp/Chris Crowley, CC of Harrisburg/PGA Indiv. Member 75 70 145
Brian Corbett/Robert Gill, Huntsville GC/Fox Hill CC 73 72 145
Gary Geldhof/Albert Hazzouri, Jr., Glenmaura National GC 71 74 145
Scott Orr/Marty Dorminy, Brookside CC/Golden Oaks GC 70 75 145
Brad Markey/T.J. Ostrom, Out Door CC/PGA Indiv. Member 74 72 146
David Strohl/David Blichar, Blue Ridge CC/Moselem Springs 73 73 146
Jeff Tamblyn/Thomas Howe, Honesdale GC 73 74 147
Matthew Hoover/Mark Answini, Fox Hill CC 70 77 147
Alex Maguire, Sr./Bo Maguire, Brookside CC 71 76 147
Rob Gilbert/Ben Rowe, Conestoga CC/Four Seasons GC 72 75 147
Thomas Isola/Jack Holland, Whitford CC 74 74 148
Anthony White, Jr./William Smyrl, Blue Bell CC 72 76 148
Nat Lauver/Frank Balcavage, Lost Creek GC/Hickory Valley GC 75 73 148
Robert Amen/Michael Quinn, Edgmont CC 72 77 149
William Jefferis/Stephen Walton, Downingtown GC 74 75 149
George Elias/Anthony Kondracki, Irem Temple CC/Fox Hill CC 70 79 149
Thomas Mairone/Bob Stewart, McCall G&CC/Westmoreland CC 74 76 150
Robert Howell/Rich Webber, GC at Felicita 74 76 150
Jeff Daniels/Gregory Adams, Daughin Highlands GC 75 75 150
Frank Boensch/Joe Coulson, PGA Indiv. Members 76 76 152
Tim McNerney/Tony Carroll, Philadelphia Publinks GA 75 77 152
William Rolli/Dan Koffel, Hickory Valley GC 79 74 153
Kyle Clark/Ralph Steeves, Scranton Municiple GC 76 77 153
Andrew Parker/Steve Verde, St. Davids GC/Spring Ford CC 75 80 155
Drew O'Neill/Mark O'Neill, Whitemarsh Valley CC/Sandy Run CC 81 76 157
Brian Dobisch/Mark Smedley, Talamore CC/Bellewood GC 79 78 157
John Deacon/Jim Lanzalotto, Llanerch CC 80 93 173
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