Whitetail Golf Club holds off Allentown Municipal rally to win 2016 Lehigh Valley Inter-Club Championship title

June 13, 2016

ALLENTOWN — Whitetail Golf Club survived a final – round rally Sunday from defending champion Allentown Municipal to earn 4-stroke victory in the 27th annual Lehigh Valley Inter-Club Championship at Allentown Municipal Golf Course.

Led by senior standouts Craig Scott (2-under-par 70) and Dominic Carr (72), Whitetail won it’s third inter-club championship in the past five years (2012, 2013, 2016).

Other key contributors to Whitetail’s victory were Tyler Smith (76), Nate Fry (78), and senior Jim Gleason (76).

Leading the three-day event by 35 shots after the senior scores were posted early Sunday afternoon, Whitetail held off a a furious Allentown rally led by medalist Cole Miller (68), Moravian College golfers Kevin Kunkle (74) and Jim Maru (77), and Old Dominion junior Chad Hess (75), but they came up just four shots short.

Brad Paukovits, the Whitetail head pro and team captain, credited the victory to the two Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame seniors on his roster (Scott and Carr), and senior contributors Jim Gleason and Randy Kroschwitz.

“It was senior play, that’s why we won,” Paukovits said. “Without our seniors, we don’t win it. Craig and Dominic were the horses, and Randy and Jim contributed. We needed some of their scores every day.”

Penn State junior Cole Miller of Allentown GC shot 7-under-par 71-69-68–208 to win the Amateur title by seven strokes over defending champion John Olszewski of Wedgewood, who shot 71-72-72–215.

Miller, who has won three consecutive Lehigh Valley Medal Play titles, entered the final round with a one shot lead over Tyler Smith, and a two stroke edge over Nate Fry. Miller methodically pulled away for the victory with a solid 33-35–68 performance.

In the Senior Amateur competition, defending champion Robin McCool of Upper Saucon Township shot 3-under-par 71-68-73–212 to win the title by one stroke over 2013 and 2014 champion Craig Scott of Whitetail GC, who shot 2-under-par 75-68-70–213. Dominic Carr was third at 74-69-72–215.
McCool, a Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame inductee, won a record fifth inter-club title (2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016).

Entering the final round holding a four-stoke lead over Scott and Carr, McCool had an even-par front nine to maintain a three-stroke lead over Scott.

McCool, who held the lead the entire final round, sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to clinch the victory after Scott birdied the hole.

27th annual Lehigh Valley Inter-Club Championship
Allentown Golf Course (par 72)

Third round
Allentown Golf Course 678 — Cole Miller 68, Kevin Kunkle 74, Chad Hess 75, Jim Maru 77, Grant Schumaker 78, Mike Casella 80. Seniors: Scott Spence 74, Jack Booros 76, Geoff Jones 76.
Bethlehem Golf Club 700 — Andrew Woolley 73, J.T. Barker 77, Kyle Henofer 78, Christian Haldeman 79, Mathew Wearing 80, Cory Haldeman 81, Seniors: Robin McCool 73, Tom Egolf 79, Andy Lykon 80.
Whitetail Golf Club 701 — Tyler Smith 76, Nate Fry 78, Nick Engelman 80, Adam DeRaymond 80, Evan Notaro 83, Justin Hilgert 86. Seniors: Craig Scott 70, Dominic Carr 72, Jim Gleason 76.
Green Pond Country Club 715 — Nick Maff 76, Justin Tresslar 80, John Hartzell 81, Steve Gonzales 82, Riley Hogan 82, Jerry Bretzik 84. Seniors: James Boburka 75, Tom Woodring 76, Owen Dunne 79.
Wedgewood 725 — John Olszewski 72, Mike Nechetsky 75, Rich Minich 80, Joe Coulson 81, Ron Gerlette 87, Frank Boensch 92. Seniors: Rob Schubach 76, Jeff Hudson 78, Jay Spiegel 84.

Final team standings after three rounds: 1. Whitetail 2,025, 2. Allentown Golf Course 2,029, 3. Bethlehem Golf Club 2,064, 4. Wedgewood 2,078, 5. Green Pond 2,105.

Final Amateur top-five 54-hole scores: 1. Cole Miller 71-69-68–208 (7-under-par); 2. John Olszewski 71-72-72–215; 3. Tyler Smith 73-68-76–217; 4. Kevin Kunkle 74-71-74–219; 5. Nate Fry 69-73-78–220.

Final Senior Amateur top-five 54-hole scores: 1. Robin McCool 71-68-73–212 (3-under-par); 2. Craig Scott 75-68-70–213; 3. Dominic Carr 74-69-72–215; 4-T. Rob Schubach 75-73-76–224, Jeff Hudson 69-77-78–224.

NOTE: Whitetail Golf Club wins team title.

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