Victories set up friendly Potentate semifinals

By Dave Rosengrant - For Times Leader
Irem Temple Potentate Golf Tournament quarterfinalist Zach Mulhern tees off on No. 1 on a hot Saturday afternoon. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Mike Lipski’s chip landed a foot away from the pin on the first hole. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Mariano Medico blasts out of a bunker as he and teammate Tyler McGarry make an attempt to reach the semifinals of the Potentate Golf Tournament at Irem Temple on Saturday. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Michael Lipski has a long putt during quarterfinal action at Irem Temple C.C. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Tyler McGarry has a long left hand downhill putt with the hole behind him. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

DALLAS TWP. – Over a fabulous golf career, Chase Makowski has hit many memorable shots.

On Saturday at Irem Country Club during the quarterfinals of the Potentate Golf Tournament, Makowski made what he called the best one ever.

On the par 4 No. 16, Makowski was facing a shot above the pin on a sloped green. The 2014 Holy Redeemer grad decided to curl his approach. He did that and somehow came within two feet of the hole to clinch the victory for him and partner Zach Mulhern over Jonathan Wilson and Ryan Georgetti, who finished as tournament runner-up last year.

“That shot from there is pretty much impossible, but me and Zach picked out a good spot up there to have it kinda trickle down the slope,” Makowski said. “Usually you don’t keep it on the green, and to hit it within two feet, that’s one of the best shots I’ve ever hit easily,”

At one point, Makowski and Mulhern were 4-up, but the experience of Wilson and Georgetti cut the deficit to one before the winners pulled away.

“Golf is all momentum like most sports, but when we’re 4-up, I missed about a four-footer on (hole) 10 to go 5-up and then they just saw their window and went,” Mulhern said. “They played awesome because most teams – especially after that shot I hit on 10 – would just fold, pack their bags and need to get off the golf course. So hats off to them.”

The teams of Kevin Racemus/Corey Teeple, Shamus Gartley/Corey Palma and defending champions Tyler McGarry/Mariano Medico also won twice on Saturday to advance to today’s semis. Racemus/Teeple meet Mulhern/Makowski in one semi, while Gartley/Palma take on McGarry/Medico.

The semifinal winners will square off in the finals this afternoon.

For Makowski – who graduated with Medico and won a state championship together – and Mulhern, who has a long relationship with McGarry and Medico, that’s the final they’re hoping for. But they also know they can’t overlook their semifinal opponent.

“That’s the goal, 100 percent. That’s what we came here to do,” Mulhern said about possibly knocking off the defending champions. “That’s our driving force.”

Makowski was also fired up about the possible matchup with his former teammate, but isn’t jumping the gun yet.

“We still have another match first,” he said.

All four quarterfinal winners clinched their matches on the 16th hole. Gartley and Palma also had a 4-up lead before the veteran team of Rob Michaels and Mike Lazevnick closed the gap.

McGarry and Medico were up by four after the 13th hole. Once their opponents Bob Lipski and Mike Lipski cut the lead to three after 14, the defending champs got a second wind on a long day. McGarry hit a booming drive on the 345-yard No. 15 that landed on the green to help the team halve the hole and set up the victory on No. 16.

“Earlier today, I hit a similar tee shot and I missed high far left in the rough (on 15) so I knew going again, I had to hit it a little more right and I corrected that,” McGarry said about the drive.

They would also like to see Mulhern and Makowski in the finals, but know there’s work to do before that could happen. Also being defending champions, they might have a little advantage.

“We just need to keep going back and forth and help each other when we’re down,” Medico said. “We just gotta keep ham-and-egging it like we do and keep playing the way we’ve been playing.

“It would be awesome. It’s all friendly competition. It’s good to see the young guns getting after it out here. I’d love to see Chase and Zach do well.”

McGarry graduated from Pittston Area in 2015, while Mulhern is an alum of rival Wyoming Area in 2014. Both also played together at Misericordia.

“We’ve played them in friendly competitions, but with nothing on the line. It’ll be fun,” McGarry said. “I hope they play well.”

Irem Temple Potentate Golf Tournament quarterfinalist Zach Mulhern tees off on No. 1 on a hot Saturday afternoon.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Irem-Potentate-Saturday-1.jpgIrem Temple Potentate Golf Tournament quarterfinalist Zach Mulhern tees off on No. 1 on a hot Saturday afternoon. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Mike Lipski’s chip landed a foot away from the pin on the first hole.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Irem-Potentate-Saturday-2.jpgMike Lipski’s chip landed a foot away from the pin on the first hole. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Mariano Medico blasts out of a bunker as he and teammate Tyler McGarry make an attempt to reach the semifinals of the Potentate Golf Tournament at Irem Temple on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Irem-Potentate-Saturday-3.jpgMariano Medico blasts out of a bunker as he and teammate Tyler McGarry make an attempt to reach the semifinals of the Potentate Golf Tournament at Irem Temple on Saturday. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Michael Lipski has a long putt during quarterfinal action at Irem Temple C.C.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Irem-Potentate-Saturday-4.jpgMichael Lipski has a long putt during quarterfinal action at Irem Temple C.C. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Tyler McGarry has a long left hand downhill putt with the hole behind him.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Irem-Potentate-Saturday-5.jpgTyler McGarry has a long left hand downhill putt with the hole behind him. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

By Dave Rosengrant

For Times Leader

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