BILLY REUBE’S SIX-FOOT PAR SAVE on the final hole of the BMW GAP Team Matches Playoff secured an unex- pected victory for Huntingdon Valley Country Club 1. HVCC edged favorite Lu Lu Country Club 1 by two points
68.5–66.5. A bogey would have resulted in a 2.5-point swing, and given Lu Lu its first title. Philadelphia Cricket Club 2 finished third with
49. 5 points. Overbrook Golf Club 1 placed fourth with 31. 5 points.
Two-time defending champion Philadelphia Cricket Club 1 lost to Lu
Lu in the round-robin portion, thus ending any chance of a three-peat.
The win gave HVCC a record 33rd title.
Reube, 27, of Manhattan, N. Y., represented Huntingdon Valley in
the final group at the final location to finish, Overbrook.
“I knew [the putt] was worth a couple points, but I didn’t know it
was for everything. If I knew, [the putt] wouldn’t have hit the hole,”
said a laughing Reube, who attended North Penn High School and
Drexel University. “It would have been a stab, cut and it would have
been long left with a three-footer coming back. I’ve never won a golf
tournament or even been in a critical position before. It was cool to
experience it for the first time.”
The Playoff format, different from the regular season, features
three players from each participating club at each venue. Each player
competes in a three-way match. The area’s wet spring weather pattern
forced two of the four sites – Huntingdon Valley and Overbrook – to
delay hosting the Playoff until June 1. The other two sites finished on
the original Playoff date, May 11. After those two sessions, Lu Lu led
Huntingdon Valley by 4. 5 points.
“This is unexpected,” said an ecstatic Dan Pinciotti, Jr., 47, of
Ivyland, Pa., and Huntingdon Valley’s captain the last nine years. “Lu Lu
has such a stout team. We thought overcoming 4. 5 points was going
to be extremely difficult. It’s a shocking result.”
HVCC won its last BMW GAP Team Matches title in 2010. Only
three members of that squad are part of this year’s team: Pinciotti,
Sean Ryan and Sean Seese.
Reube’s path to the clinching par wasn’t an easy one. He hit his
drive into the left fescue before knocking his second shot into the
right greenside bunker. His sand shot stopped six feet from the cup.
He’s been working on his short game – with some help.
“I don’t get a chance to play a ton but I do practice when I can,”
said Reube. “It’s funny. Connor [McNicholas of Lu Lu] has helped me
revamp my short game, changing the path, over the last year-and-a-
half. It’s really paying dividends.”
Championship dividends for the Corbin Capital Partners trader. m
HVCC upsets Lu Lu for record
33rd BMW GAP Team Matches title
Members of the victorious Huntingdon Valley Country Club team were (l to r): Sean Ryan, Patrick Isztwan, Andrew Mason,
Andy Butler, captain Daniel J. Pinciotti, Jr., Brian Isztwan, Conor McGrath, Liam McGrath, Billy Reube and Vince Kwon.
Not pictured: Benjamin Cooley, Connor Hill, Sean Seese, Benjamin Smith and Drew Taylor.