ELI NELLIS: ICC members make their mark
Indiana Country Club players have had a successful run recently in Tri-State PGA play, even if the one to win a championship did so for another course.
Sue McMurdy, an Indiana resident and a member at ICC and Oakmont, teamed up with well-known Oakmont pro Bob Ford to claim the title at the Pro-Lady Club Championship on Tuesday at the Montour Heights Country Club.
The duo shot a 1-under-par 71 and won the tiebreaker over Treesdale’s Joe Boros and Norma Efremenko and The Club at Nevillewood’s Kevin Shields and Colleen Adams.
The Indiana team of ICC pro Dan Braun and Darlene Shea shot a 77 to tie for 12th place out of 22 teams.
ICC assistant pro Todd Larrimer headed a team that finished in second place in the Michael Vucinich Memorial Pro-4 Junior Championship on Friday, July 18, at Greensburg Country Club.
Larrimer, Matt Holuta, C.J. Hughes, Kyle Grube and John Louis Gatti scored a 16-under 124 in the best-2-of-5 format. They finished four back of the first-place team from Allegheny Country Club, headed by John Aber.
Two ICC teams placed at the Pro-Scratch tournament on Monday at the Latrobe Elks Golf Club.
Larrimer and Derek Hayes and Braun and Frank Fairman were among the six pairs that tied for 10th place at 5-under 67. The champions, Adam Corson and Joey Seabright from Dick’s Sporting Goods, shot an 11-under 61.
ALSO AT INDIANA COUNTRY CLUB: Matt Holuta qualified for the Pennsylvania Open Championship, getting just under the cut line at the west qualifier at the Greensburg Country Club.
Holuta, a 2014 Indiana High School graduate who will play golf at Rutgers University, shot a 3-over 73 to finish in a four-way tie for 12th place and just under the cut.
Easton Renwick of the Punxsutawney Country Club shot a 75 to tie for 19th place, two back of the cut.
The Pennsylvania Open Championship is Aug. 11 through 13 at the Country Club of York.
• Several area players, including three from the Indiana County Club, will play in the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship, which runs from Monday through Wednesday at Oakmont Country Club.
From ICC are Doug Gradwell, Sean Sweithelm and Don Erickson. Punxsutawney Country Club’s Easton Renwick and Justin Cameron are competing, as are Thomas Steve, grandson of Tom Steve of Indiana; Joseph Reed III of Clarksburg; and Ronald DeNunzio and David DeNunzio of Greensburg. The DeNunzio brothers have been regulars at the Indiana Country Club Invitational the past several years and won their first title in June.
AT MEADOW LANE: Fran Super and Scott Cunningham are the finalists in the Coney Island-Meadow Lane Match Play Tournament.
They each won their bracket finals matches and will square off for the championship.
Super went to 19 holes to defeat Kevin Jack, 1-up, while Cunningham also had a tight match, beating Jeremy Flynn, 2 and 1.
• Kathy Glassford, Pat Kunkle, Barb Peterson and Theresa Wise teamed up to win the Ladies’ 18-Hole League’s Best Two of Four event on Wednesday.
Wise won the special event, sinking the longest putt on No. 6.
Glassford had a birdie on No. 5.
• The Three-Person Scramble is this weekend.
• The club championship is next weekend. Colton Wiggins, a three-time winner, is the defending champion.
AT INDIAN SPRINGS: The teams of Diane Daskivich and Ann Hollis and Shirley Niehenke and Pat Lewandowski tied for the top spot in the Tuesday Morning Ladies’ League’s Blind Partners event.
Betty Cook recorded a birdie, and Niehenke and Jan Cikowski had chip-ins.
Marianne Spickler made the longest putt.
• Bob Campbell, Wayne Jennings, Dave Wagner and Ducky Bistok shot a 10-under 61 to win the Senior Scramble on Thursday.
Sporty Chutorich, Ed Lovelace and Gary Leonard finished second at 62.
• Jeff Yachisko beat Matt Reed, 6 and 5, and Ryan Lightcap topped Joe Bujdos, 2 and 1, in Indian Springs Match Play Tournament quarterfinal matches.
George Oaks beat Craig Ciranni, 1-up in 19 holes, in a second-round match. Oaks will face Bill McGinnis in the quarterfinals.
THE GOLF BALL GAME: I’m going to the beach to play the Golf Ball Game; as such, there won’t be a golf column next Sunday.
The Golf Ball Game, I’ve been told, was invented by my friend Brad Holuta at Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 2000. All it takes is a few golf balls and a shovel.
To play, you dig two holes, each about the size of two golf holes, in the sand. The holes can be as close or as far apart as you want them, depending on the skill level of the players.
Players stand at each end and roll the golf balls one at a time toward the opposite hole. The player who gets the ball in the hole and reaches 21 points first is the winner.
If you’re feeling particularly crazy, take a neon or otherwise different-colored golf ball and make that ball worth double points.
As simple as the game is, you’d be surprised how many people are intrigued by it and want to join in.
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