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ELI NELLIS: Local players advance in top events

by on June 29, 2014 1:39 AM

A pair of local golfers enjoyed the home cooking as they qualified for the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s 101st Amateur Championship.

Doug Gradwell, of Plumville, and Sean Sweithelm, of Indiana, finished among the top eight in Wednesday’s qualifier at their home course, Indiana Country Club, reserving spots at the state championship July 28 to 30 at Oakmont Country Club.

Gradwell shot a 1-under-par 70 to tie two others for fifth place. Sweithelm fired an even-par 71, tying for eighth. The top eight and ties advanced.

Matt Holuta, a recent Indiana High School graduate who is headed to play golf for Rutgers, missed the cut by one stroke, tying for 10th at 72. ICC members Max Kirsch — a member of IUP’s team — and T.R. Gatti were among the eight who tied for 25th place at 74. Another IUP golfer, Brady Moran, of Windber Country Club, shot a 76 to tie for 42nd, and ICC’s Charles Fleming carded a 77 and tied for 48th.

The ICC qualifier had 88 finishers.


WEST PENN QUALIFYING: Ian Illig, of Homer City, an Indiana Country Club intern, qualified for the West Penn Open, which will be held at ICC.

Illig shot a 1-over 72, tying three others for second place at Wednesday’s sectional qualifier at Champion Lakes Golf Course in Bolivar.

Sean Sweithelm tied for second at Thursday’s qualifier at Pittsburgh National Golf Club in Gibsonia with a 2-under 70. Brady Moran tied for sixth place at 72 and also advanced.

The West Penn Open is July 7 and 8.

Joseph Paul Reed III, of Clarksburg, is the first alternate out of the Champion Lakes qualifier, and Brian Dunaway, of Apollo, is the second.

Indiana’s David Smith and Kyle Grube finished back-to-back at 76 and 77. Smith was in a three-way tie for 12th place and Grube finished 15th. C.J. Hughes, of Indiana, shot a 77 and tied for 19th place at the Pittsburgh National qualifier, missing the cut by one stroke.


WEST PENN JUNIOR: Kyle Grube, of Indiana, tied for 14th place at the 94th West Penn Junior Championship on Monday at the Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth Township.

Grube shot rounds of 10-over 82 and 6-over 78 for a 160.


AT MEADOW LANE: Jeremy Flynn claimed three skins in last Sunday’s Net/Gross Skins Weekend Event.

Flynn won two skins in the gross scoring, leading that group, and added another in the net scoring.

Rich Riddle won two net skins to head that group.

Michael Usko, Elaine Berringer, Chris Frank and Bill Putt also won net skins. Berringer and Bob Volk won a skin each in the gross.

• The third round of the Coney Island-Meadow Lane Match Play Tournament is under way.

Austin Moody beat Brad Malenich, 1-up; Fran Super beat Rick Adair, 3 and 1; Tony Super beat Jesse Putt, 5 and 4; and Jeremy Flynn beat Jim McQuown, 1-up in 19 holes.

• Elaine Berringer and Pat Kunkle won the Ladies’ 18-Hole League’s tournament on Wednesday.

Betty Lukehart won the special event with the longest putt, and Theresa Wise birdied No. 12.

• The first junior clinics of July start Tuesday and run every Tuesday and Thursday through the first three weeks of the month. Spots are still open.


AT INDIAN SPRINGS: Mike Tedeschi, Bucky Stabile, Jim Bellock and Doyle McBride each shot 61s to win Thursday’s Senior Scramble.

Ted Zernick, Ed Lovelace and Lloyd Harris took second place at 63 in a tiebreaker over Cliff Pembleton, Clair McCurdy and Dave Wagner.

• Bill McGinnis defeated Rocky Yatsko, 1-up, in the second round of the Indian Springs Match Play Tournament.

Randy Thomas beat Rich Howells, 2-up, in the final first-round match.

• Pat Lewandowski’s won the Tuesday Morning Ladies’ League’s game of the day, Most Fairway Shots in Nine Holes. She added a chip-in on No. 14.

New member Lori Hammill sank the longest putt on No. 15. Shirley Niehenke and Ann Hollis also made birdies.


YMCA OUTING: The YMCA of Indiana County’s eighth annual Kennard Fairman Golf Outing will be held Monday, July 28, at the Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge. Proceeds go toward the YMCA’s Annual Fund Campaign.

Check-in is at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Registration includes a boxed lunch, greens fees, a cart, dinner and a tee gift.

Sponsorships are available.

For information, contact Meghan Foulk at (724) 349-6935 or

The registration deadline is Friday, July 18.

Eli Nellis is a sports writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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