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Kessler wins Travel League’s US Open

UNION CITY, Pa. — The Wednesday Travel League held its second Major of the season, the “U.S. Open” at Union City Country Club.

Matt Kessler earned his first major victory with the low round of 79. Al Etzel was second with 82 and Bob Duke was third with 85. Kessler led the front nine with 40 and Etzel led the back nine with 38.

In the B Flight, Bill Aldrich was the winner on a tiebreaker with Mike Willoughby. Gary Haase was the C Flight champion. The winner of the Bruce “Java” Chrabasz Commissioner’s Award was Pete Pinkoski.

Untied birdies were recorded by: A Flight — Dennis Gawronski Sr. (No.1), Duke (No. 2), Kessler (Nos. 3, 5), Mike Wolfe (No. 4), Ken Kaus (No. 8), Etzel (No. 12), Tom Destro (No. 17) and Ron Szach (No. 18); B Flight — Aldrich (No. 1), Willoughby (No. 4), Mick Dunning Sr. (No. 7), Dan Kubera (No. 8), Pete Gawron (No. 10) and Pat Weaver (No. 18); C Flight — Joe Bifaro (Nos. 1, 10), John Tofil (No. 2), Gary Richardson (Nos. 4, 8) Lenny Leszkowicz (No. 5), Brian Lore (No. 7), Haase (No. 12) and Pinkoski (No. 14).

Closest to the pin were Wolfe (No. 4), Richardson (No. 8), Etzel (No. 12) and Pinkoski (No. 14). Winners of the Par-3 Contest were Kaus (A Flight, even), Willoughby (B Flight, plus-1) and Richardson (C Flight, plus-3).

Top point winners were Richardson (67), Etzel and Wolfe (47 apiece), Kaus (42) and Willoughby (41). Season points leaders: 1. Wayne Stoughton (251), 2. Ed Tofil (219), 3. Gawronski (216), 4. Wolfe (210), 5. Dunning (185), 6. Pinkoski (153), 7. Dave Criscione (149), 8. Bob Thompson (134), 9. John Tofil (122), 10. John Waterman (109).

This week the league plays at Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Randolph. The first tee time is at 9:30 a.m. and all golfers are asked to wear a red shirt. Several openings exist at this time. Contact 785-2291 by 8 p.m. Sunday.

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CHAUTAUQUA — Wayne Stoughton won for the fourth time this season in the Wednesday Travel League after shooting the low round of 77 at Chautauqua Golf Club’s Hill Course on June 16. Matt Kessler finished second with an 82 while Tom Destro and Al Etzel tied for third with 85s.

Stoughton and Kessler tied for the low front nine with 37 and Stoughton led the back nine with 40. In the B Flight, Ron Szach won on a tiebreaker with Joe Michalski. In the C Flight, Pete Gawron won a five-way tiebreaker over Paul Olkowski, Bill Aldrich, Dennis Gawronski Sr. and Jim Ellman Sr. In the D Flight, Bob Thompson won on a tiebreaker with Don Kujawa and Dan Kaszuba. The winner of the Bruce “Java” Chrabasz Commissioner’s Award was John Tofil.

Untied birdies were recorded by: A Flight — Stoughton (No. 2), Kessler (Nos. 4, 5, 12), Bruce Caine (No. 13), Ed Tofil (No. 16) and Destro (No. 18); B Flight — Dave Criscione (No. 4), Szach (No. 8), Ken Kaus (No. 9), John Waterman (No. 15) and Michalski (No. 17); C Flight — Aldrich (No. 1), Brandon Haase (No. 3), Gawronski (Nos. 5, 7), Wayne Ormsby (Nos. 6, 18) and Ellman (No. 14); D Flight — Bob Kujawa (No. 1), Thompson (Nos. 5, 18), Don Kujawa (No. 6), John Tofil (Nos. 10, 12), Dave Momberger (No. 11) and Matt Haase (No. 15).

Closest to the pin were Stoughton (No. 2), Matt Haase (No. 7), Olkowski (No. 13) and Etzel (No. 15).

Top point winners were Stoughton (51), Gawronski (39), Caine (34) and Matt Haase (22).

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SALAMANCA — Ed Tofil shot a Wednesday Travel League season-low 75 at Elkdale Country Club on June 9. Tofil’s round also matched the league course record, held by Mike Wolfe. In a tie for second place with 77s were Wayne Stoughton and Al Etzel.

Tofil led the front nine with a 36 while Etzel led the back nine with 37. John Waterman and Wolfe won the B and C Flights, respectively. In the D Flight, Lenny Leszkowicz won a four-way tiebreaker over Ken Kaus, Dan Kaszuba and Bill Aldrich. The winner of the Bruce “Java” Chrabasz Commissioner’s Award was Angelo Leone.

Untied birdies were recorded by: A Flight — Stoughton (No. 11) and Etzel (No. 15); B Flight — Dave Momberger (Nos. 5, 18), Jeff Marsowicz (Nos. 11, 12) and Mick Dunning Sr. (Nos. 14, 16); C Flight — Gary Haase (No. 1), Jim Ellman Sr. (No. 6), Dave Franklin (Nos. 8, 18), Dave Criscione (No. 9) and Wolfe (No. 13); D Flight — Jack Hood (Nos. 1, 3), Kaszuba (No. 2), Bob Kujawa (Nos. 6, 17), Pete Pinkoski (No. 7), Kaus (No. 11) and Aldrich (Nos. 12, 15).

Closest to the pin were Ellman (No. 4), Criscione (No. 9), Dennis Gawronski Sr. (No. 12) and Tom Destro (No. 16).

Top point winners were Criscione and Ellman (23 apiece), and Destro and Gawronski (18 apiece). Dave Criscione passed Joe Piwowarski for 19th place on the All-Time Points List.

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