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Twin City Pharmacy Captures American Division Crown; Coppola Shoots a 34 in Victory

Bob Nilan

Sunday, August 24, 2014 • 5:00am

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jim Pornovets Memorial Golf League - Twin City Pharmacy overwhelmed KC's Korner, 15-5, with their best team effort of the season, led by former Player-of-the-Year Jay Coppola who fired a marvelous 1-over 34, followed by Frank Gaspari's 35, Guy Severini's 36, and Joe Diller's 37.  Just to add an exclamation point to their dramatic finish, both Coppola and Diller birdied the last hole to nail the American Division title.

Jeff Pryor earned medalist honors for KC's Korner with his 37, and Tony Cotone, Jr. left a few out there but still came through with a 39 in a losing effort.

Twin City Pharmacy played some really fine golf in the home stretch, winning five of their last six matches, and can now go on cruise control next week while waiting to take on McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, the National Division champions, in the play-offs that will conclude the season.

Mark "Mr. Steady" Chichvar didn't have his A-game nor his wild canary yellow shirt on but his round of 40 was good enougth to earn medalist honors as he led his McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals team to a narrow 11-9 victory over Dirty Harry & Friends.  It turned out to be a big win as McCriskin's locked up the National Division title with just one week to go in the regular season.

Charlie Oates added to his string of fine rounds for Dirty Harry's with a solid 3-over 36.

Joe Glowacki of Witty's Liquors lofted a gorgeous tee shot on the fifth hole that was all over the pin and easily drained his short putt for birdie.  He then crushed an awesome drive on the sixth hole and just missed making birdie.  He made up for it on the eighth hole with a spectacular eagle on his way to a sparkling 1-under 32 to lead his team to a huge 16-4 win over Unique Sports Accessories.  Phil Aiello contributed a 38 to aid in the victory.

For Unique Sports, Ted "Old Reliable" Stanik shot a 36, Gene DeCarlo had a 38, and Capt. Chris Dillon had a few errant shots but still came home with a 39.

Capt. John Gaven, fresh off his very first hole-in-one he achieved the day before on the 138-yard seventh hole at Raritan Valley C.C., was obviously still in a zone as he lit up West Nine with a dazzling 1-under 32 as Alfie's Boys put a 17-3 walloping on 2 Buds, 2 Dubes.  Gaven got great support from his playing partner, Danny "Mr. Heinekin Elixir" Griffin who had a terrific round of 34.

It was another tough loss for 2 Buds, 2 Dubes, who got a pair of 39's from Capt. Dale Dube and Jeff Orth.  Commenting on his ace, Gaven noted that he had already pulled his cherished Calloway Heavenwood from his bag when he changed his mind and wisely switched to his pitching wedge.  He now joins his teammates Bill Mann and Danny Griffin as a member of the Hole-in-One Club.

Vinny Welch of the South Plainfield Funeral Home has posted some impressive scores lately, and he added to his string with a season-best 1-over 34 to lead his team to a 12-8 win over Sport & Social.  Matt Ward, Sr. carded a 38 that contributed significantly to the victory.  For Sport & Social, Scott MacDonald looked sharp in registering a 37.

In a relatively high-scoring match, the Italian-American Club squeaked out an 11-9 win over Windows Plus.  Jeff Gross and Lou Colicchio shared the medal for the victors with a pair of 42's while Capt. Matt Frederickson had a 39 for Windows Plus.

LOW SCORES FOR THE NIGHT:  John Gaven, 32; Joe Glowacki, 32; Jay Coppola, 34; Danny Griffin, 34; Vinny Welch, 34; Frank Gaspari, 35; Guy Severini, 36; Ted Stanik, 36; Charlie Oates, 36.l

LEAGUE STANDINGS:

                                                                                      W      L       T

 

Twin City Pharmacy                                                    10     4       1

KC's Korner                                                                    7     5       3

Alfie's Boys                                                                    7      7       1

Unique Sports Accesories                                            6     6       3

Witty's Liquors                                                               5     6       4

2 Buds, 2 Dubes                                                             5     8       2

 

National Division:

 

                                                                                      W      L       T

 

McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals                     12      2       1

South Plainfield Funeral Home                                       10     4       1

Italian-American Club                                                    9     6       0

Windows Plus                                                                5     8       2

Sport & Social                                                                3    10       2

Dirty Harry & Friends                                                     1    14       0

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