Robin­son edges Spina for 2nd straight ti­tle

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BLUE BELL » Clouds gath­er­ing and the skies be­gin­ning to darken, Ron Robin­son beared down and calmly sank a 12-foot putt, end­ing a long but sat­is­fy­ing day on the greens with a one-hole play­off vic­tory over J.T. Spina.

“I al­most let J.T. in at the last minute,” Robin­son said, “but I’m glad I got to slam the door.”

Robin­son locked up his sec­ond straight Mont­gomery County Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship, fir­ing a five-un­der-par score of 147 — then a three in sud­den death — at Blue Bell Coun­try Club. “I didn’t see a putt go in the whole sec­ond round,” said Robin­son, a North Penn High School grad who now com­petes for Mon­mouth Univer­sity, “so I felt like I was due. I had that putt the first two rounds so I knew what it did. You just have to hit it on line and get it to go in.”

Ear­lier in the day, Mark Cz­er­ni­akowski shot a 70 over 18 holes to cap­ture the Se­nior Di­vi­sion ti­tle while Su­per-Se­nior Di­vi­sion hon­ors went to Bruce Gladish, with a score of 74.

Is­abella DiLi­sio, a Mount St. Joe’s grad now at Notre Dame, won the Women’s Divi­son with a 71.

Robin­son and Spina, a Pope John Paul II grad, fin­ished dead­locked at 147 and then were off to the first hole.

“I wasn’t very happy,” Robin­son said with a grin. “We both bo­geyed the last hole, when I had a chance to putt for the win, so I wanted to at least make sure I buried the first and see what hap­pens with him.”

Spina, with a nice rally over the fi­nal 18, did not sink his third shot, and Robin­son con­nected on his to end it.

The for­mer Knight be­came the fourth player to re­peat as Monto Ama­teur Champ (P. Chet Walsh, 2002-03; Lo­gan Terry, 2005-06; Ben Feld, 2011-12).

“It feels pretty cool. I’m hon­ored that I got to do it,” said Robin­son. “They ran a great tour­na­ment.” STRONG START » So much for warm­ing up.

“I birdied my first hole, which is a great start,” Robin­son said. “I ac­tu­ally didn’t get here un­til 10 min­utes be­fore my tee time, so I didn’t warm up.

“So my first swing out was good, made the putt. And then I bo­geyed three of my last five, which kinda hurts, but I did birdie my last hole.”

The de­fend­ing champ was in com­mand af­ter the first 18 — his 71 edged Spina’s 72 — but then in the af­ter­noon, he found him­self two back af­ter nine.

“J.T.’s a re­ally good player but any­thing can hap­pen, es­pe­cially with the wind to­day,” Robin­son said. “So I just wanted to keep mak­ing pars and see what hap­pens.” UP NEXT » The two-time champ will now get ready for the Pat­ter­son Cup, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day at Gulph Mills Golf Club.

He’ll be a ris­ing sopho­more with the Hawks this com­ing fall.

“Col­lege golf’s fun. I get to see a lot of my friends from home in dif­fer­ent tour­na­ments,” he said. “And I get to travel a lot, which is pretty cool.”

Mont­gomery County Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship

Blue Bell Coun­try Club

Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion, 36 holes

Ron Robin­son, Com. Nat. 71-76—147 * J.T. Spina, Spring-Ford 72-75—147 La­mar Saxon, Twin Ponds 76-72—148 David Kim, Com. Nat. 76-72—148 Jack Melville, LuLu 75-73—148 Cur­tis Geiger, Raven’s Claw 79-71—150 Brent Schoeller, Hunt. Val­ley 75-76—151 Daw­son An­ders, In­dian Val­ley 75-78—153 Michael Sydnes, Talam­ore, 75-81—156 Greg Welsh, Talam­ore 82-76—158 Thomas But­ler, In­dian Val­ley 76-83—159 Daniel Wu, Blue Bell 78-82—160 JH Park, Blue Bell 76-85—161 John En­gle, Twin Ponds 82-80—162 Michael Flatlery Merion 83-82—165 Brent Mudry, Phila. Publinks 81-85—166 Clay An­ders, In­dian Val­ley 86-81—167 Joseph Kim, Com. Nat. 85-83—168 Lenny Welch, In­dian Val­ley 86-89—175 Thomas Schaf­fer, Spring-Ford 87-88—175 Cameron Byrne, Jef­fer­snville 90-87—177 Matt Mil­li­gan, Led­er­ach 96-94—190 John Fo­ley, Raven’s Claw WD

* - play­off win

Se­nior Di­vi­sion

Mark Cz­er­ni­akowski, LuLu 37-33—70 Matt Min­gione, The 1912 Club 40-37—77 Andy Lykon, Mfld High­lands 37-42—79 Craig Melville, LuLu 41-41—82 Henry Wadsworth, Blue Bell 44-39—83 Ger­ald Hen­der­son, Blue Bell 45-39—84 Steve Frost, Limekiln 49-37—86 Phil Sokol, Flour­town 44-43—87 Jay Cata­nia, Blue Bell 46-42—88 Mark Lauer, Raven’s Claw 48-40—88 Den­nis Be­g­ley, Flour­town 45-44—89 Steve Purdy, The 1912 Club 44-45—89

Su­per-Se­nior Di­vi­sion

Bruce Gladish, Sandy Run 38-36—74 Ger­ald God­shall, Ma­coby Run 39-39—78 Chuck Ca­paro, The 1912 Club 42-42—84 Richard Henseler, Blue Bell 43-45—88

Women’s Di­vi­sion

Is­abella DiLi­sio, In­dian Val­ley 33-38—71 Me­gan Grosky McGowan, BB 35-40—75 Ju­lia Gen­uardi, Ap­ple­cross 41-39—80

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ron Robin­son chips on the green at the Montco Ama­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship at Blue Bell C.C. Thurs­day.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daw­son An­ders tees off at the Montco Ama­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship at Blue Bell C.C. Thurs­day.

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