Fink, Homan recapture Park Hills title
Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan have been playing area golf courses for years, and successfully, too.
The Fink-Homan duo teamed up this past weekend to capture the championship of the 46th annual Park Hills Classic.
It was their third Park Hills championship, although they weren’t sure of the previous years they were victorious.
“It’s our third one,” Fink said.
“Not last year, but the year before,” Homan said. “That would have been 2011.”
“Maybe ’09 was the other,” Fink guessed. “I’m not sure, but it was around there.”
The years are insignificant to the teammates. Both are 43 years old and have been on area leader boards for years during the best-ball season.
The Altoona pair closed out Leonard DelBaggio and his nephew, Ben DelBaggio, of Tyrone, on the 16th hole Sunday, winning 3 and 2.
Fink, one of the area’s better all-around athletes, was a standout baseball player during his school days and later became one of the area’s top bowlers. There’s no doubt that he prefers golf these days.
“If I would have played golf as a kid, I probably wouldn’t have played baseball or bowled,” Fink said. “There’s no doubt that [golf] rules the roost now.”
Golf is played in all kinds of weather, and Sunday was no exception. Late-day rains made the final round of the championship flight a challenge.
“It really didn’t start raining until we got to [hole] 14,” Fink said. “Someone [a spectator] wrecked a cart on 11, they called AMED in and there was a long delay.
“We hit our shots on 10 and then waited 35 minutes,” Homan said. “Then we played a couple holes and the rain came, and we sat there for about 40 minutes during the first storm.”
“It was kind of a circus for awhile,” Fink said, laughing.
Nothing kept Fink and Homan from playing outstanding golf, however.
“It was a great weekend,” Homan said.
“He played the best golf I’ve ever seen him play for three days,” Fink said of his partner. “He was unbelievable. He was under par every day on his own ball. I just tried to help a little.”
Homan didn’t take all of the credit.
“This field is very strong,” Homan said, “and you need two guys playing in and out and together or you’re not going to win. He [Fink] played great as well.
“We’re lucky to win,” Homan continued. “You’ve got to play good golf, get some breaks and hit it well, and I think we did that.”
It was especially gratifying for Homan, a Park Hills member. Fink plays out of Sinking Valley.
“This [Park Hills] is my home club,” Homan said, “and you get a lot of support up here with people coming out and watching, and, obviously, they know him [Fink] well, too.”
Fink and Homan plan to team up the next two weekends when best-ball events are held at Iron Masters and Summit.
“Hopefully, the horse [Homan] will keep playing for the next two weeks and I can keep tagging along,” Fink said.
“I picked the right partner,” Homan chimed in. “You can’t go wrong with Artie.”
“Any win is a good win,” Fink added.