ON THE EVE of the BMW GAP Team Matches Playoff May 12, Philadelphia Cricket Club 1 team members trickled into the Flourtown, Pa venue. Not for an organized meeting or practice session. More of an independent focus on the collective task ahead: to repeat as BMW GAP Team Matches champions.
Philadelphia Cricket 1 (72.5 points) did just that, defeating Huntingdon Valley Country Club (58), Philadelphia Cricket 2 ( 46) and Llanerch
Country Club ( 39. 5) to earn its fourth title (2013, 2015 and 2017) in the
last six years.
“It’s the first time we defended,” Kevin Kelly, Philadelphia Cricket 1
team captain, said. “We lost a couple of guys this year. Everyone was
concerned about the second team not being as strong, and obviously
that was not the case. When you lose veterans like [former captain] Rob
Savarese, P.J. Bartholomew, Jack Wallace and Joe April, the next man up
has to step up. We’ve had a lot of guys step up. Everybody scored points,
“We were all pretty focused,” team member Conrad Von Borsig, 31,
of Philadelphia, Pa., added. “I think we’re a great team, but we failed to
repeat any of the last four years. It was something everybody wanted to
do — to solidify the dynasty.”
Philadelphia Cricket Club did establish a BMW GAP Team Matches
mark by becoming the only venue in the event’s history to field two
teams in the Playoff. Coincidentally, it’s a pair of former Philadelphia Crick-
et 2 members that played key roles in Philadelphia Cricket 1’s victory.
Steve Oh, who trailed in all three of his Playoff matches early, rebounded to recoup 6. 5 points at Llanerch.
“It was nice to be able to perform. There were a lot of expectations, so
I can definitely say that puts a lot of pressure on you,” Oh, 41, of Philadel-
phia, Pa. said. “But I just try to play my own game. If it’s good enough,
then it’s good enough, and if it’s not, it’s not. I’ve played on the second
team the last two years. I know how competitive it is.”
Playing in the No. 3 spot at Cricket, Scott Storck totaled 27 putts and
posted 8. 5 points assure back-to-back triumphs.
“To see the level of enthusiasm to play in the Team Matches, it just
makes you really push yourself hard. To come back and to win two in
a row with the expectations that we had going into the year is really
gratifying,” Storck, 48, of Philadelphia, Pa., said. m
Philly Cricket goes back-to-back;
club sets new benchmark
Back row, from left to right: captain Kevin Kelly, Matt Kocent, Michael Carr, Steve Oh, Gregor Orlando, Robby Walizer and Brendan Borst. Front row, from left to right: Sam McFall,
John Brennan, Ryan Gelrod, Sean Semenetz, Conrad Von Borsig, Scott Storck and Marc Mandel.