SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jim Pornovets Golf League - Mark "Mr. Steady" Chichvar is so elated about his team's terrific performances so far this season that his own game, always solid, has been kicked up a notch and he was at his very best in firing the low-round of the night, a sparkling 1-over 34, to lead McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals to their ninth win in ten weeks as they defeated 2 Buds, 2 Dubes, 12-8. He is already looked into treating his teammates to either the Hawaiian Islands or a vacation resort of their choice as a victory celebration at the end of this season. What a Captain!
Scott Steele contributed a 39 to help McCriskin's maintain the best record in the league. Mark Van Name shot a 37, Dave Mancini had a 38, and Jeff Orth pitched in with a 39, but their commendable efforts were not enough to turn the tide for 2 Buds, 2 Dubes. Perhaps Capt. Dale "The Needler" Dube should put on his thinking cap instead of his needling cap and come up with some special incentive to fire up his team.
In a well-played match, the hard-charging South Plainfield Funeral Home continued their fine play as they pulled off a surprising 20-0 blow-out of a tough Twin City Pharmacy squad. Chris Rojas and Vinny Welch shared medalist honors with a pair of 36's. Matt Ward, Sr. carded a 37, and his son Mat Ward, Jr. posted a 38.
Since dropping their first two matches of the season, the South Plainfield Funeral Home has come on strong to record seven wins and one tie to rise to second place behind the National Division leaders, McCriskins. For Twin City Pharmacy, former Player-of-the-Year Jay Coppola shot a 38, and Don Stanzione and Frank Gaspari had a pair of 39's.
Despite the whopping loss, Twin City remains just one game behind Alfie's Boys in the American Division standings.
For the second week in a row. Alfie's Boys self-destructed by fielding only three golfers so they got blown away by the Sport & Social Club, 16-4. Dennis Bibby and Scott MacDonald shared the medal for the victors with their 38's while Danny Griffin had a 37 for the under-staffed Alfie's Boys. Griffin has played in obvious pain the past few weeks following his injury in a golf cart accident while vacationing in Maryland. Griffin inforfmed Capt. John Gaven he will be unable to play the rest of the season, clearly a great loss to Alfie's Boys.
John Greenwald put together a nice round of 37 to spark Windows Plus to a 10-10 tie with the defending league champions, Unique Sports Accessories. Jeff Risel had a 36, Capt. Chris Dillon had a 37, and Gene DeCarlo shot 37; but, despite these good scores, Unique Sports had to give away some strokes so setttled for a 10-10 tie.
Dan Conti played his last round of the season for KC's Korner after announcing that he will be moving to Florida next week. Conti has been a key player for KC's Korner and the steady partner of Rich Steele for a number of years. Conti made his farewell appearance meaningful by carding a 39 to help his team gain a 12-8 win over the Italian-Americn Club. Jeff Pryor was the low man for the victors with a 36 while Lou Colicchio's 41 was the best score for the Italian-American Club. Conti has been a solid perfofrmer for KC's Korner, and his teammates will keenly miss having him in their line-up. He was always the most congenial of competitors and a true gentleman on the links. All the members of the league extend their warmest best wishes to Dan as he moves into a new phase of his life.
The golfers on Witty's Liquors were determined not to have yet another tie match--they had four ties in their first nine weeks of play--so they came out blazing and crushed Dirty Harry & Friends,
18-2. Billy "Cappy" Capparelli and Jim Parker played very well together, and both looked impressive with a pair of 36's.
For winless Dirty Harry & Friends, Charlie Oates earned the medal with his 40.
In a key match in the American Division next week, a "Griffin-less" Alfie's Boys will take on Witty's Liquors while over in the National Division McCriskin's will go head-to-head, or should we say pane-to-pane, with a Windows Plus squad that's eager to pull off an upset.
LOW SCORES FOR THE NIGHT: Mark Chichvar, 34; Billy Capparelli, 36; Jim Parker, 36; Chris Rojas, 36; Vinny Welch, 36; Jeff Pryor, 36; Jeff Risel, 36; John Greenwald, 37; Danny Griffin, 37; Matt Ward, Sr. 37; Chris Dillon, 37; Mark Van Name, 37.
W L T
Alfie's Boys 6 3 1
Twin City Pharmacy 5 4 1
Unique Sports Accessories 4 4 2
KC's Korner 4 3 3
2 Buds, 2 Dubes 3 5 2
Witty's Liquors 3 3 4
W L T
McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals 9 1 0
South Plainfield Funeral Home 7 2 1
Italian-American Club 4 6 0
Windows Plus 3 5 2
Sport & Social Club 3 5 2
Dirty Harry & Friends 0 10 0