Bucknell’s Harpster Fires Even Par for Victory

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Lewisburg, PA – Thursday’s hot weather welcomed some hot scores, as 40 golfers took on both the fast greens and the heat at Bucknell Golf Club during the NCPGA’s fifth men’s event of 2017.


In the 50-59 age group, Mark Searer of Lost Creek G.C. fired a stellar back nine of 32 for a 71 and his second consecutive victory. Kevin Treese of Mountain View C.C. took the silver with an impressive 77.


Fourteen golfers tested their skills in the 60-69 division, and the home course’s own Tim Harpster brought home an even par 70 to win overall medalist honors. Mountain View’s Paul Swanson came in second place with a 75, while the Steve Allen of Bucknell G.C. rounded out the podium with a 77. Rick Everett of Clinton C.C. and Donald Guise of Honey Run G.C. followed closely behind with rounds of 79.


In the 70-79 age group, Honey Run’s Dale Bievenour bested the field of 20 for his second victory of the season, shooting a 72. Last week’s winner Richard Williamson also brought in an impressive round, shooting 75. Robert McNutt of Eagles Mere C.C. and Alan Kline of Lost Creek G.C. followed closely behind, carding rounds of 76. Bucknell’s Gary Fry and Susquehanna Valley’s Tom Gates were right on their tails, firing 78s, while William Sponseller of Valley C.C. brought home a 79. Another home course member made a strong showing, as Jim Vanbuskirk’s three birdies helped him to a season-best 80.


In the 80 and older league, Bucknell’s Boyd Mertz came out on top with an 89 to take his second victory of the year. Pete Reasner of White Deer G.C., the winner of the last three events, took silver with a 93.

This marks the fifth of 9 events of the NCPGA’s annual Men’s series. The NCPGA makes its next stop on August 2 at Tyoga Country Club with a 1:00 shotgun start. Interested golfers may register at www.ncpga.net

Participating clubs in the NCPGA are Bucknell G.C., Lewisburg; Shade Mountain G.C., Middleburg; Susquehanna Valley C.C., Hummels Wharf; Corey Creek Country Club, Mansfield; Tyoga Country Club, Wellsboro; Wynding Brook Golf Club, Milton; White Deer G.C., Allenwood; Belles Springs G.C., Mackeyville; Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg; Clinton Country Club, Lock Haven; Eagles Mere Country Club, Eagles Mere;  Lost Creek GC, Oakland Mills; Lewistown Country Club, Lewistown; Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club, Elysburg; Nittany Country Club, Bellefonte; Timber Trails Golf Club, Pocono Pines; Toftrees Golf Club, State College; and Williamsport Country Club, Williamsport.

Division: 50-59

Mark Searer, Lost Creek G.C. – 39-32–71

Kevin Treese, Mountain View C.C. – 40-37–77

Bruce Hoover, White Deer G.C. – 43-41–84

Tim Jordan, Shade Mountain G.C. – 45-41–86


Division: 60-69

Tim Harpster, Bucknell G.C. – 38-32–70

Paul Swanson, Mountain View C.C. – 39-36–75

Steve Allen, Bucknell G.C. – 41-36–77

Rick Everett, Clinton C.C. – 43-36–79

Donald Guise, Honey Run G.C. – 39-40–79

Terry Cooper, Toftrees G.C. – 40-40–80

Scott McLean, Bucknell G.C. – 41-40–81

Timothy Pagana, Williamsport C.C. – 45-38–83

Bill Fleckenstein, Mountain View C.C. – 46-40–86

Dean Paul, Susquehanna Valley C.C. – 48-41–89

Allen Neyhard, White Deer G.C. – 48-42–90

Jack Miller, Heritage Hills Golf Resort – 44-46–90

Larry Holcomb, Corey Creek G.C. – 50-45–95

John Ostrom, Corey Creek G.C. – 50-49–99


Division: 70-79

Dale Bievenour, Honey Run G.C. – 38-34–72

Richard Williamson, Bucknell G.C. – 39-36–75

Robert McNutt, Eagles Mere C.C. – 43-33–76

Alan Kline, Lost Creek G.C. – 36-40–76

Gary Fry, Bucknell G.C. – 40-38–78

Tom Gates, Susquehanna Valley C.C. – 38-40–78

William Sponseller, Valley C.C. – 39-40–79

Jim Vanbuskirk, Bucknell G.C. – 37-43–80

John Pagana, Susquehanna Valley C.C. – 42-39–81

Jerry Lauchle, Toftrees G.C. – 43-40–83

Lyle Brion, Corey Creek G.C. – 44-41–85

Dan Travelet, Shade Mountain G.C. – 44-41–85

Robert Sabol, Bucknell G.C. – 46-41–87

Park McKissick, Bucknell G.C. – 43-46–89

Vince Maier, Frosty Valley G.C. – 45-45–90

Harold Rider, NCPGA Senior Players Club – 46-47–93

Mark Elliott Sr., Shade Mountain G.C. – 48-46–94

Marvin Reeves, Bucknell G.C. – 47-49–96

Charles Pagana, White Deer G.C. – 52-46–98

Jim Kreger, Corey Creek G.C. – 56-47–103


Division: 80 & older

Boyd Mertz, Bucknell G.C. – 49-40–89

Pete Reasner, White Deer G.C. – 50-43–93

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