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GOLF: Daskivich holds slim lead at Indian Springs

by on August 10, 2014 1:39 AM

Four-time champion Bruce Daskivich shot a crisp 2-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead over course manager Matt Reed in the first round of the Indian Springs Golf and Country Club Championship on Saturday.

Daskivich, who last won the title in 2004, had four birdies, including one on No. 14 that put him at 4 under before he bogeyed 15 and 16.

Reed had an even more up-and-down day, with a triple bogey on No. 4, a three-putt on No. 5 and an eagle on No. 8.

“I got back to 1 over on the front and played pretty solid on the back nine,” Reed said.

Reed has plenty of responsibilities beyond his own game on tournament weekends, but he’s able to keep a clear-enough head out on the course.

“Definitely, it’s a good time,” he said. “You’re still always worrying about what’s going on and trying to figure out what’s going to happen later with tee times for tomorrow, but once you’re out there, it’s just enjoyable playing with these guys.”

Behind Reed is a glut of players at 76: Bob Plish, Ian Helsel, Jason Buggey and Eric Vargo. They’re followed by Shawn McMillan (78), Stan Honacki (79) and Chad Zelenak (84).


ALSO AT INDIAN SPRINGS: Butch Leonard shot a 10-over 81 on Thursday, following up the previous week’s 77, to finish at 158 and win the Senior Championship. He held off Sporty Chutorich by five strokes in the gross scoring.

Dave Montgomery, Ducky Bistok and Ron Nye rounded out the top five.

Jim Racchini won the Super Senior Championship, firing a 157 to beat Butch Shick by one stroke. They were followed by Cloyd Ream, Kuz Pangonis and Jim Zerbini.

• Randy Thomas beat Tom Kunkle, 2-up, and Bill McGinnis beat George Oaks, 2 and 1, in Indian Springs Match Play Tournament quarterfinal matches.

Thomas and McGinnis will square off in one semifinal match, and Jeff Yachisko and Ryan Lightcap will play in the other.

• Ann Hollis won the Tuesday Morning Ladies’ League’s play of the day, 7 Down, last week.

Connie Minich won the prize for the longest drive on No. 9. Hollis, Jane Parker, Patty Pangonis and Carrie Harshyne each had chip-ins, and Parker and Betty Cook made birdies.


AT MANNITTO: Tim Frassenei won his fifth Mannitto Golf Club Championship in six years, firing rounds of 74 and 73 for an overall 147, 10 strokes ahead of second-place Don Sada, the defending champion.

Stan Pizer won the low net title at 139.

Scott Mears shot a 154, edging Dave Scott by one stroke for the senior championship.

Dan Danilowicz won the low net with a 132, three ahead of Mike Altier.


AROUND THE AREA: Doug Gradwell of the Indiana Country Club led the area’s crew of players at the 101st Pennsylvania Amateur Championship, shooting a 6-over-par 228 in 54 holes to tie for 22nd place in the event, held July 28-30 at Oakmont Country Club. He was seven back of champion John Sawin of Merion Golf Club.

Valley Brook’s Thomas Steve, the grandson of Tom Steve of Indiana, shot a 232 to tie for 34th place, ICC’s Don Erickson shot a 234 to tie for 37th, and Totteridge’s Joseph Reed III shot a 240 for 41st.

Punxsutawney’s Frank Fairman (154 on 36 holes), Justin Cameron (156) and Easton Renwick (161) missed the cut, as did ICC’s Sean Sweithelm (158).

• C.J. Hughes, of Indiana, tied for 36th place out of 57 competitors in the American Junior Golf Association’s David Leadbetter Junior Championship, which concluded Thursday at the Turf Valley Resort’s Hialeah Course in Ellicott City, Md.

Hughes shot rounds of 73, 75 and 82 for a 17-over 230.

• Hunter Duriez, of Northern Cambria, finished second in the boys’ 13-15 division at the North East Junior Golf Tour Championship on Tuesday at the Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg.

Duriez fired an 80, matching champion Pat Black, but lost the tiebreaker.

Seth Peterman, of Clymer, tied for sixth place in the boys’ 16-18 division with an 84. Ian Helsel, of Indiana, was 10th at 87 ,and Ben Strollo, of Northern Cambria, finished 11th with a 96.


AT INDIANA COUNTRY CLUB: Candy Joseph won the individual title and joined Sally Adamo and Sherri Holuta for the team championship at the Norma White Challenge on Saturday, July 26.

Joseph scored 61 points in the individual standings, 18 ahead of Gail Gerlach, Cathy Onderick and Connie Bence.

The winning team scored 106 points, four more than second-place Pat Bonarrigo, Candy Spadafora and Bence.

Darlene Shea won a skill prize, shooting closest to the pin on No. 7; Nancy Doverspike had the longest putt on No. 9; Joseph shot the closest to the pin on No. 17; Shea had the longest putt on No. 18; and Mary Moore hit the most fairways.

• Cathy Onderick won the Senior Championship, scoring a net 64 on Saturday, Aug. 2.

• Jim Paulina, of Indiana, shot a hole-in-one on No. 7, using an 8-iron on Tuesday.

Pete Paulina, Tom Sgriccia and Todd Larrimer witnessed the ace.

• The club championship is next weekend. The defending champion is Doug Gradwell, who edged Matt Holuta for his 13th title overall last year.


AT MEADOW LANE: Fran Super beat Scott Cunningham, 4 and 2, to win the summer-long Coney Island-Meadow Lane Match Play Tournament. Super won six straight matches in the tournament.

• The Super Senior Championship is Friday.

Eli Nellis is a sports writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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