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Fox Hill primed for annual John A. Allan tournament


June 22. 2013 4:21PM


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For nearly a century, Fox Hill Country Club has been host to one of the most premier golf events in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And although the tournament has had a few different names, it’s still a coveted title.


In its 67th straight year, the John A. Allan Invitational pits the best golfers in the area against the best golfers in the area. Formerly known as the Fox Hill Invitational, this year’s contest will feature a group of 208 golfers - 104 teams - beginning Friday morning in a three-day event.


The two-member teams will vye for one of the spots in the 16-team championship flight held Saturday and Sunday.


While the country was recovering from the worst economic period in its history, club president John Allan shouldered the major financial burden of supporting his country club in the aftermath of the Great Depression.


Allan held his position from 1935-37 and Fox Hill continues to honor him with its most praised event.


“It brings together a lot of nostalgia at Fox Hill,” said Fox Hill general manager Shane Bradley. “At this point in time, there are children and second and third generations. It’s a great event and great interaction for our members.”


Fox Hill might not play as difficult as Merion did during last week’s playing of the 113th U.S. Open, but Bradley said the course will still be a little punchy.


“Everything becomes more difficult during the Allan,” he said. “The greens will be much faster and the rough will be much higher. It becomes more of a test.”


Not only will the course be tough for the 67th playing of the event, but with the superb weather in the area, the course is in tremendous shape, Bradley said. The general manager credited Ron Garrison, the course and grounds manager, with the excellent shape Fox Hill is taking.


“We’re just about where we want to be for the Allan,” Bradley said. “This place is in tremendous shape.”


Fox Hill’s entrants will play the opening qualifying round from the green tees, which plays at 6,175 yards. Once the championship flight is determined, those teams will battle from the back tees. The blues play from 6,555 yards.


The John A. Allan Invitational has been around since 1929, and was called the Fox Hill Invitational, just eight years after the first tee shot was hit at Fox Hill. The tournament was not played in 1943-45 because of World War II. But since then, it’s been 67 straight years of invitational play. The tournament has been a 2-person format since 1956.


There’s certainly been a lot of history in the John A. Allan Invitational. Just looking through the list of past champions, there are many pros, not to mention 1959 Masters champion Art Wall. And now, more than 50 years later, this year’s U.S. Open alternate Brandon Matthews will return to defend his title with partner Richard Laneski.


The finalized list of players in this year’s Allan tournament will be available later this week. Here is a list of past winners of the John A. Allan Invitational:


1929 - B. Edwards


1930 - Carl Cramer


1931 - Wm. Nacious


1932 - F. Hemelright


1933 - Wm. Nacious


1934 - F. J. Allan


1935 - Wm. Nacious


1936 - W. Crossley


1937 - C. Whitehead


1938 - R.L. Weichel


1939 - R. Allman


1940 - T. Lyons


1941 - F.J. Allan


1942 - Phil D’Orio


1943 - Not played WWII


1944 - Not played WWII


1945 - Not played WWII


1946 - F.J. Allan


1947 - T. Klett


1948 - F.J. Allan


1949 - Art Wall


1950 - Wm. Skomsky


1951 - Frank Souchak/J. Earl Keating


1952 - Dom Chiampi/Ed Talbot


1953 - Ed Gonsky/J. Demkovitch


1954 - Charles Barnes


1955 - Charles Barnes


1956 - Art Barni/Ed Gonsky


1957 - Wally Kohut/Frank Wesco


1958 - Dom Chiampi/Stan Starkey


1959 - Frank Allan/Dr. Ben Marshall


1960 - Harold Storm/Chet Ogrodoski


1961 - Robert Hutnik/Harold Bilhimer


1962 - Dom Chiampi/Pete Uram


1963 - Joe Butera/Mike Devan


1964 - Robert Bonser/Art Brunn


1965 - Dom Chiampi/Adam Rensa


1966 - Art Brunn/John O’Brien


1967 - Joe Stencik/Richard Stencik


1968 - John Melnick/Frank Rinker


1969 - Dave Monka/Tom Sobolewski


1970 - Don Koval/Joe Stencik


1971 - Don Koval/Joe Stencik


1972 - Leo Feldman/Paul McGowan


1973 - Ron Pieczynski/Frank Bryzcki


1974 - Carlyle Robinson/James Cicon


1975 - Carlyle Robinson/James Cicon


1976 - Edward Hennigan/Dave Monka


1977 - Edward Hennigan/Dave Monka


1978 - Edward Hennigan/Dave Monka


1979 - Billy Musto/Mark Jarloen


1980 - Walter Kuharchik/Art Brunn


1981 - Rollie Schmidt/Tom Gauntlett


1982 - Bill Lawler/Len Coleman


1983 - George Guzek/Tim Burns


1984 - Walter Kuharchik/Art Brunn


1985 - John Watson/Paul Fruehan


1986 - Santo Lafoca/Ted Tryba


1987 - Walter Kuharchik/Art Brunn


1988 - Walter Kuharchik/Art Brunn


1989 - Walter Kuharchik/Art Brunn


1990 - Carlyle Robinson/James Cicon


1991 - Carlyle Robinson/James Cicon


1992 - John Watson/Len Coleman


1993 - Walter Kuharchik/Art Brunn


1994 - Bob Gill/Brian Corbett


1995 - John Watson/Len Coleman


1996 - John Watson/Len Coleman


1997 - Carlyle Robinson/James Cicon


1998 - Dr. Santo LaFoca/Harry Heck


1999 - Bob Gill/Brian Corbett


2000 - Steven Greenwald/Art Brunn Jr.


2001 - Edward Hennigan/Anthony Kondracki


2002 - Don Crossin/Bill Briggs


2003 - Dr. Santo LaFoca/Jim Gardas


2004 - Don Crossin/Bill Briggs


2005 - Dr. Santo LaFoca/Jim Gardas


2006 - John Callahan/Joe Weiscarger


2007 - Don Crossin/Bill Briggs


2008 - Don Crossin/Bill Briggs


2009 - David Kluger/Eric Williams


2010 - Robert Gill/Brian Corbett


2011 - Don Crossin/Bill Briggs


2012 - Rick Laneski/Brandon Matthews


 
 
 


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