Duffy, Shellenburger take control at WCC Invite

With two rounds of play in the books, the cream is beginning to rise to the top at the Williamsport Country Club Invitational.

As the tournament’s second round of play came to an end Saturday, there were two names in the championship flight bracket that stood out from the pack: Sean Duffy and Scott Shellenburger.

Duffy and Shellenburger, who were seeded first in the tournament after shooting a 64 during qualifying on Thursday, have been rolling past their competition through the first two rounds.

In the first round of play on Friday, the pair faced-off with 1999 invitational champions, John Zurich and Eric McNulty, winning 3 and 2.

In 2008, Duffy and Shellenburger beat Zurich and McNulty in the tournament finals, marking their second invitational championship after winning the tournament in 2004.

On Saturday, the duo was able to build off of their first round momentum, as they went on to top the team of Todd Vonderheid and Tim Rutkowski, 5 and 4.

With their stiffest competition of this year’s tournament still ahead of them, Duffy and Shellenburger are now faced with the challenge of squaring-off against John Cattoni and Trent Miller in the championship flight semifinals today.

Cattoni and Miller, last year’s qualifying medalist after shooting a 62 on the par-71 course, have been playing lights out this year. They won by the largest margin of victory in the first round of this year’s tournament, beating Ed Schneider and Al McCormick 6 and 5. They were then able to work their way into the championship flight semifinals after upsetting last year’s champions, Zach Prowant and Kyle Deisher, winning 4 and 3.

In the other match of the championship flight semifinals, Mark Spooner and Robert Emert will challenge third-seeded Scott Hanna and Tommy Hanna.

Spooner and Emert won their second round match, 3 and 2, over Chris Walzer and Greg Notz. While the Hannas posted a 4 and 3 win over Kyle Gordon and Robbie Seebold.

The championship flight semifinals are scheduled for 9 a.m. with finals to follow later in the afternoon.

Saturday’s results

Championship flight: Duffy/Shellenburger def. Vonderheid/Rutkowski, 5&4; Cattoni/Miller def. Prowant/Deisher, 4&3; Spooner/Emert def. Walzer/Notz, 3&2; Hanna/Hanna def. Gordon/Seebold, 4&3.

First flight: Lytle/Myers def. Reigle/Driscoll, 4&3; Griggs/Isenburg def. Brayton/Kiessling, 19 holes; Furey/Bonnell def. Krout/Krout, 3&2; Lewis/Lewis def. Wheeland/Huffman, 4&3.

Second flight: Sampsell/Farley def. Nichols/stopper, 1 up; Pringle/Pringle def. Emery/Riley, 5&4; Ranck/Cotner def. Casale/Kimble, 3&2; Young/Bartlett def. Wolf/Sears, 4&3

Third flight: Odell/Sunderland def. Dougherty/Deparlos, 3&2; Smith/Smith def. Fish.McCowan, 21 holes; Dougherty/Fry def. Berg/Hoff, 6&5; Kinley/Pulizzi def. Zagarski/Franzoni, 1 up.

Fourth flight: Wall/Wall def. Grausman/Reese, 1 up; Huffman/Young def. Bower/Papalia, 1up; Deisher/Murray def. Eck/Eck, 5&4; Molesky/Keener def. Pfleegor/Higgins, 1 up.

Fifth flight: Rich/McGrath def. Smith/Bastian, 1 up; Howell/Bower def. McDonald/McDonald, 7&6.