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Allan title to be decided today

Briggs-Crossin, Coleman-Mulhern to play 18-hole playoff

Above, Joe DeLucca of Pittston Township chips to the 9th green during the first round of the John A. Allan Memorial Golf Tournament at Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter. Below left, Don Crossin watches his approach shot on the 11th hole of Sunday’s Allan Tournament championship flight. Below right, reigning PIAA state champion Brandon Matthews watches his putt on the 11th green in the championship flight of the Allan Tourney on Sunday.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

The first 18 holes in the final round of Sunday’s championship flight were not enough to determine a clear leader heading into the last nine holes.

As it turns out, neither were the back nine or the three playoff holes.

The foursome of Don Crossin, Bill Briggs, Joe Mulhern and Len Coleman remained tied at 14-under par in the 65th annual John A. Allan Tournament better-ball stroke play format at Fox Hill Country Club. An 18-hole playoff will be played today, starting at noon, to determine the winner.

The third playoff hole was completed, with both Crossin-Briggs and Mulhern-Coleman making par on the 18th green. Neither team was able to convert on potential match-winning putts and the match was called due to darkness.

Crossin and Briggs were in a similar situation in last year’s championship event, eventually losing to Brian Corbett and Bob Gill on the third playoff hole.

Needing to make a 4-foot putt to win the tournament on the third playoff hole, Crossin’s ball lipped around the edge of the hole.

"I wanted to make it badly," said Crossin, whose team made seven birdies in the final round.

Crossin and Briggs were in a three-way tie heading into the last nine holes of regulation at 10-under 203 with Mike Hirthler Jr. and Bill Burke, as well as 2010 PIAA state champion and Pittston Area senior Brandon Matthews and Rick Laneski.

Hirthler Jr.-Burke finished 9-under par while Matthews-Laneski finished at 12-under.

However, it was Mulhern and Coleman - 7-under with nine to play - who stole the show as they captivated the gallery following them Sunday.

Mulhern was the first to send the crowd in a frenzy with his first-career hole-in-one. His hybrid 3-iron shot off the 13th tee traveled 242 yards and landed about 10 feet to the right of the pin. It broke left, down the slope of the green and into the cup for the ace.

"My father just passed away in December," said Mulhern. "It was odd not seeing him here this weekend. That ace on No.13 was for him."

Not to be outdone by his teammate, Coleman sent his second shot from 150 yards out on the par-4 No. 17 to the top on the green. The ball slowly descended from the fringe and fell in for eagle.

"My partner has been saying all weekend, we call the Allan(tournament) Christmas in June," Mulhern said. "The adrenaline was really flowing after that one."

The duo went 7-under during the last nine holes of regulation to tie Crossin and Briggs, forcing the first of what would be three playoff holes.

Championship Flight

T1st Joe Mulhern-Len Coleman

T1st Don Crossin-Bill Briggs

3rd Rick Laneski-Brandon Matthews

4th Dave Kluger-Eric Williams

5th Bob Gill-Brian Corbett

6th Bill Burke-Michael Hirthler Jr.

First flight

1st B. Lombardo-R. Petrillo

2nd T. Gill-P. Johnson

3rd G. DeSanto-B. Medico

Second flight

1st L. Medico-M. Medico

2nd J. Angelella-J. Petrosky

3rd B. Gill-T. Vonderheid

Third flight

1st C. Robinson-J. Cicon

2nd F. Lombardo-F. Lombardo

3rd W. Kuharchik-A. Brunn Jr

Fourth Flight

1st C. Tracy-R. Tracy

2nd J. Joyce-E. Joyce

3rd C. Baloga-T. Biscotti

Fifth Flight

1st T. Romanowski-J. Karcutskie

2nd R. Crossin-J. Leighton

3rd J. Anzalone-J. Anzalone

Sixth Flight

1st D. Strach-M. Pleban

2nd M. Nobile-V. Nobile

3rd M. Miller-B. Semko

Seventh Flight

1st C. Turco-L. Benfante

2nd A. Nobile-A. Nobile

3rd D. Pavlico-T. Ziegler

Eighth Flight

1st S. Selenski-J. Coleman

2nd L. Bonita-A. Bonita

3rd F. Berman-J. Berman

Ninth Flight

1st T. Sharkey-D. Loughney

2nd J. Mantione-G. Reimiller

3rd S. Gartley-S. Gartley

Tenth Flight

1st T. Crossin-T. Crossin

2nd J. Coccia-G. DePalma

3rd D. Harris-M. Harris

Eleventh Flight

1st B. Davis-D. Barilla

2nd J. Richards-D. Banko

3rd L. Medico-L. Rosati

Twelfth Flight

1st J. Burke-M. Burke

2nd L. Answini-S. Answini

3rd J. Ashley -J. Biago

Thirteenth Flight

1s t R. Nemetz-R. Nemetz

2nd W. Ostroskie-C. Blight

3rd J. Richards-A. Melone

Fourteenth Flight

1st S. Menn-T. Gorman

2nd C. Coates-J. Deluca

3rd W. Lauer-E. Lauer

Fifteenth Flight

1st Judge Dalessandro-A. Dalessandro

2nd A. Terrana-M. Hirthler

3rd K. Sorick-K. Sorick Jr

Sixteenth Flight

1st S. Opeka-J. Gilroy

2nd F. Valenti-M. Valenti

3rd M. Yanuzzi-A. Cardoni

Seventeenth Flight

1st E. Fumanti-B. Cherundulo

2nd L. Jake-R. Albanesi

3rd T. Burke-A. Vezendy

Eighteenth Flight

1st K. Smith-S. Artiz

2nd G. Kornblau-J. Oschal

3rd G. Gibbons-B. Gibbons

Ninteenth Flight

1st J. Valenti-D. Valenti

2nd B. Martin-E. Clark

3rd J. Joyce--A. Joyce

Twentieth Flight

1st J. Bruno-D. Bruno

2nd T. Hannigan-J. Moses

3rd J. Solano-J. Solano

Twenty-First Flight

1st J. Crossin-M. McCue

2nd G. Nahas-R. Fitzer

3rd S. McDermott-J. Morgan

Twenty-Second Flight

1st J. Marranca-J. Marranca Jr

2nd T. Yurek-J. Tedesco

3rd B. Anzalone-B. Anzalone Jr

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