Local duo put in 4 solid rounds in victory

In three previous tries at the Park Hills Classic, Christopher Perry’s and Mike Macionsky’s best showing was runner-up two years ago.

The twosome broke through this year, putting together four solid rounds of golf to win this year’s two-man, best-ball match play tournament.

Perry, from Altoona, and Macionsky, from Hollidaysburg, knocked off Doug and Chuck Meyers Sunday afternoon 5 and 4 in the championship flight finals after downing Larry Long and Paul Mudrey in the morning semifinals 6 and 5.

The twosome won Friday and Saturday with matching 2 and 1 scores.

“Park Hills is a tough tournament. Any team in the championship flight is capable of winning. To win it is pretty special,” Perry said. “We made it to the finals two years ago. The other years, we couldn’t get anything going.”

The tandem got off to fast starts in both matches, building sizable leads their opponents couldn’t overcome.

“They built insurmountable leads then ran and hid,” club pro Rich Conwell said. “The were 5-up standing on the 10th tee, 5-up on the 11th tee.”

The Meyers brothers had some momentum going into the championship match after a come-from-behind extra holes victory in their semifinal match.

“We were 3-down with five to go,” Doug Meyers said. “We won 15, halved 16 then Chuck made a great shot over the bunker for birdie on 17.”

After halving 18 and the first extra hole, the twosome won it on the second extra hole.

“We were pretty pumped up from this morning,” Chuck Meyers said.

They weren’t able to comeback a second time, however.

“We tried to mount a comeback at the turn but couldn’t do it,” Doug Meyers said. “I had a great birdie on 11 and we looked like we were going to get a hole back, but Mike put one on top of mine.”

“To beat somebody of their caliber you have to make a lot of putts. We didn’t make enough putts,” Chuck Meyers added.

Perry and Macionsky both said they complemented each other well throughout the tournament.

“He’s always steady,” Macionsky said of Perry. “We helped each other a lot. When I got in trouble, he stepped up. He’s always solid.”

“Mike made some excellent shots and took a lot of the pressure off me,” Perry said.

Both had nothing but praise for the course conditions this year.

“The course was in pristine condition,” Perry said.

“Very plush. Great shape,” Macionsky added.

Championship Flight

Perry/Macionsky def. Meyers/Meyers

First Flight

DeCarbo/Pagley def. DiMuccio/Razzano

Second Flight

Bierly/Crawford def. Thompson/Dinges

Third Flight

Haught/Clapper def. Zabloski/Sinkovich

Fourth Flight

Knisely/Weyandt def. Brown/Gildea

Fifth Flight

Wills/Ritchey def. Coffman/Farrell

Sixth Flight

Confer/Burke def. Colmer/Colmer

Seventh Flight

Chamberlain/Chamberlain def. Hobbs/Moran