Macionsky, Perry claim Summit golf championship
CRESSON – Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky aren’t the newest kids on the block, but you can’t classify them as wily veterans, either.
There’s no denying, though, that they are two of the area’s outstanding young golfers after they teamed up to win the Summit Country Club’s Two-Man Invitational over the weekend.
Perry, 24, and Macionsky, 22, won at Summit two years ago and have been on a tear this summer, winning the Park Hills Classic two weeks ago and finishing third at Iron Masters last Sunday.
Area golfers were buzzing Sunday after the Perry-Macionsky duo teamed up for a brilliant round of 62, capped by Perry’s incredible eagle from 117 yards out on No. 18. The round of 62 came on the heels of Saturday’s opening round of 64 to give the young team a two-day total of 126 – 18 shots under par.
“We played pretty well, things went for us,” Perry understated. “Mike was making putts left and right.”
“(Chris) was holing wedges from the middle of the fairway,” Macionsky chimed in quickly. “He drove it on No. 2 today, which is a par 4, and made an eagle putt from three or four feet. He was hitting the ball like he always does – just stellar.”
The fact that they won at Summit two years ago didn’t give the champs an edge.
“Not really,” Perry said. “We just went out and played our game.”
“The course was great,” Macionsky said. “The place is always in good shape.”
Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan finished the day with a round of 63, but even that wasn’t good enough to catch Perry and Macionsky. Fink and Homan’s 68 Saturday gave them a total of 131, five shots behind the winners.
Bernie DiLoreto and David DeGol Jr., two-man champs at Sinking Valley, tied Quintin Dziabo and Brent Krug for third with identical scores of 67-65-132.
Sunday’s play was capped by Perry’s unbelievable eagle on No. 18.
“I was 117 yards out and the slope was a little right to left,” Perry explained. “I was just going to play it to the pin and two putt, and it went in.”
So, with two rounds that featured 18 under par, what was going right for the winners?
“Everything,” both players blurted at the same time.
“I got a great driving tip during the week from a buddy, Jake Baranik,” Macionsky said. “It just clicked. I hit the driver well and (Chris) hit the driver well, but the difference this week was that we made just about every putt.”
Macionsky, a Hollidaysburg High product and a recent graduate of UPJ, said he’s taking a few months to determine what he plans to do.
Perry, a former baseball player and golfer at Altoona High, is a teacher at Juniata Elementary School.
They plan to team up Sept. 13-14 for a two-ball, match-play event at Scotch Valley.
“It should be a lot of fun,” Macionsky added.
Tournament notes: Summit pro Randy Repko said the performance of Perry and Macionsky was one of the two best in his 20 years at the club. … 96 teams were entered. … Flight winners: 1, Ken Fisher and Justin Park, 68-69-137; 2, David DeGol Sr. and Mac Rosenbaum, 66-69, 135; 3, (tie) Terry Funcheon and Francis Pirozzola, 73-71-144; Josh Porta and Joe Hall, 74-70-144; 4, Nick Panaro and Michael Eardley, 77-72-149; 5, (tie), T.J. Hileman and Dan DiSabato, 74-76-150; Adam Rabatin and Mark Boland, 80-70-150.