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JUSTIN GERWICK: ICC gears up for annual Invitational

by on June 18, 2017 12:39 AM

Last year, Dave Myers captured the title at the Indiana Country Club Invitational despite having some heavy burdens.

In teaming up with Jonathan Previte, Myers grabbed his fourth title at the annual tournament, but a few things were different about this one. For starters, Myers and Previte moved all the way from the No. 4 seed to earn the championship, knocking off the No. 5, 1 and 3 seeds in the process. Additionally, Myers was playing without his late father — who introduced him to the game of golf when he was young — And lastly, but definitely not of least importance, Myers was two months out from receiving injections for discomfort in each of his wrists, an injury that affected his play in the club championship.

So despite all that, Myers and Previte prevailed, knocking off the sibling duo of Ryan and Sean Sweithelm, 3 and 2, in the championship match. Myers and Previte won three straight holes on the front nine to grab the lead and held on for the win as the match went on.

But as is with the beauty of the Invitational, Myers and Previte were first-time champs as a duo, continuing a club trend of not having a regular winning combination.

Doug Gradwell and David Smith combined for a win in 2015. In 2014 it was the DeNunzio brothers, and in ’13 it was Justin Cameron and Sam Levy, a duo from Punxsutawney. The only tradition of the annual tournament seems to be that there is no trend.

So, when the tournament tees off again this week, the attention-grabber will be unexpected, but the high level of competition will be expected.

The tournament begins Thursday, with qualifying rounds used to seed duos within their flights. Bracket play will run from Friday through Sunday, with the championship match of each flight being held Sunday.

The field for the tournament is flush with competitors this year, with 48 duos registering to play.


AT MEADOW LANE: The second round of the season-long Coney Island Match Play tournament, which is to be completed by July 2, is well under way, with six of the eight matches already having been played.

Kevin Jack kicked off the second round by claiming a 1-up victory over Garet Weston in a 22-hole battle; Fran Super claimed a 4 and 2 win over Tony Super; Butch Nanni defeated Scott Cunningham, 3 and 2; Mike Rieg earned a 3 and 2 victory over Matt Jioio; George Berringer picked up a 6 and 5 win over Brad Malenich; and Austin Moody defeated Chad Getty, 4 and 3.

Matches still to be completed in the second round are Rick Moorhead vs. Bob Volk and Jeremy Flynn vs. Tim Lipniskis.

Lipniskis defeated Rick Adair, 3 and 2, in the first round.

• The first session of the ladies’ clinic will be held Thursday after it was rained out last week.

• Upcoming events include the Knights of Columbus outing on Friday and the Indiana County Police Association event on Saturday.

• The summer-long special runs on Thursdays. Last week’s column listed the wrong day.


AT INDIAN SPRINGS: The bracket set for the annual match play tournament. This year’s tournament drew 29 participants, split over two brackets.

All first-round matches are to be completed by July 25.

• Cathy Bloom and Kelly Empfield won the play of the day, What’s the Point, in the Wednesday night ladies’ league.

Brenda Penrod had a birdie and a chip-in, and Barb Cerovich had a chip-in.

• Ann Hollis won the play of the day, Even Holes, in the Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf League. Hollis also had a chip-in and birdie.

The skill prize for most fairway shots went to Jan Parker.

• Upcoming events include the Indiana Armstrong Builders Association outing on Wednesday and the Labor Council event on Saturday.


ALSO AT THE INDIANA COUNTRY CLUB: The club will play host to a Tri-State PGA Junior Tour event on Monday, June 26.

The outing, sponsored by Isaly’s, is an 18-hole stroke play tournament with boys’ divisions for age groups 11-14, 15-16 and 17-18, and girls’ division for ages 11-15.

Justin Gerwick is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Journalism Department. He covers Sports in The Indiana Gazette.
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