'A Fun Rivalry' On The Links For 2 Springfield Friends

Posted: September 16, 1991

It wouldn't surprise the average fan to find out that Springfield juniors Rob Seavey and Steve Ashworth don't let friendship interfere when it comes to competing on the golf course.

Ashworth is the No. 1 one golfer for the Cougars, and Seavey is No. 2, just five strokes behind.

Despite the competition for the top spot - and an automatic seed in the districts - the friendship endures.

"I look at it as a fun rivalry that can only make both of us better," Seavey said.

On Wednesday, Springfield defeated Lower Merion 221-245 as Ashworth carded a nine-hole 37 in a match at Cobbs Creek. On Thursday, he fired a 45 against Penncrest at Rolling Green Golf Club, as the Cougars beat the Lions 240-296. The Cougars improved to 3-1 with the victories.

Seavey fired a 44 against Lower Merion and a 41 against Penncrest.

"Both have played pretty well so far this year," said Springfield coach Joe Cannon. "They are very close in ability."

Ashworth has been playing for 3 1/2 years, while Seavey started four years ago.

"Since September of last year, I have dedicated myself to golf," Ashworth said. "I even played in the winter. Playing in the winter really helped me stay down on the ball. If you hit it thin in the winter your hands will sting, so I made sure to stay down on the ball."

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

No team will ever be able to acuse the Upper Darby Royals of having an unfair home-course advantage.

Before the start of the season, coach Jim Clossick decided to schedule all of his squad's matches at their opponents' home courses.

"The greens at Cobbs Creek had been hurt by the rainy weather in August so I decided that it would be better for the kids to play at Merion West or White Manor or Rolling Green," Clossick said.

On Thursday, the Royals met defending Central League champs Haverford at Merion Country Club and were beaten 209-252. Senior Jason Nawn carded a 42.

"Even though we lost by more than 40 strokes, I think it was good for the kids," Clossick said.

One advantage the Royals will have from playing at other team's courses will come later in the year during districts.

"They will be able to deal with pressure better because they will have played everywhere but at their home course all season long," Clossick said.

Clossick had to do without sophomore Tim Toner, who is also a defensive back on the Upper Darby football team. Toner had to retire after just one hole against Haverford. He suffered a hand injury during a Royals football practice and it acted up as he was swinging on Thursday.

Clossick was hopeful that Toner would be ready today to face Radnor.

RECRUITING BATTLE

Although he hasn't played one hole this year, and may not because of PIAA regulations, Strath Haven's Jonathan Hopson is a hot commodity.

According to his father, Jack, the coach at Strath Haven, more than 50 major universities have made it clear they would like the younger Hopson to attend their school on a scholarship.

Although he isn't ready to announce his decision, the elder Hopson said that his son had pared the list of schools down to five.

And this comes despite the fact that the young golfer is ineligible for play under PIAA regulations. Jack Hopson would not discuss the problem in detail.

Last week, the Panthers were soundly beaten by top teams Haverford and Conestoga.

"We started the program just a year ago, so we are very inexperienced," coach Hopson said. "Not many of these kids has golf experience. So far I'm very pleased with their efforts."

Friday, against Haverford, senior number one Aubrey Proud fired a 39 at Springhaven. Sophomore Steve Galati fired a personal best 50.

It wasn't enough: the Panthers lost, 203-259.

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