Iron Masters women top field at event

Congratulations to the Iron Masters women’s team, which recently captured the championship of the Women’s Golf Association of Central Pennsylvania.

The annual ladies’ championship is contested over three rounds each summer at various central Pennsylvania courses. Points are awarded to golfers on a match-play basis, with six golfers participating for each team at all three events.

The Iron Masters women trailed the Centre Hills team going into the final event but were able to overcome a seven-point deficit on their home course to capture the title.

Iron Masters’ final point total of 500.5 narrowly edged out Centre Hills, who finished with 494. The Nittany ladies’ team finished third with 474 points.

The Iron Masters’ victory ended Centre Hills’ three-year run as Central Counties champs.

The Iron Masters winning team includes Gwen Paden (captain), Patti Dodson, Deb Showalter, Deb Long, Denise Kelly, Kathy Bottenfield and Connie Bolger.

Congratulations as well to Barb Pagana and Patty Lang, recent winners of the championship flight at this year’s Iron Masters Ladies Classic. The first flight was won by Dodson and Deb Showalter, who won an exciting playoff to capture the title in their flight. (This result was previously incorrectly reported.)

Mahan a new dad

PGA golfer Hunter Mahan certainly gained plenty of new fans last week – especially among mothers and wives – without hitting a single shot over the weekend.

The 31-year-old professional golfer held a two-shot lead after Friday’s second round of the RBC Canadian Open when his wife went into premature labor with the couple’s first child. Mahan quickly withdrew from the tournament and flew home to Dallas to be with his wife, Kandi.

On Saturday, the couple announced the birth of their healthy baby daughter, Zoe.

Team to beat

The team of Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan captured their second straight best-ball invitational at Iron Masters last weekend. They won at Park Hills the previous week. The duo will team up again this weekend at Summit Country Club to compete for a third straight victory.

Individually, they are two of the best golfers in our area. Together, they’ve become the team to beat.

Mike Macionsky and Chris Perry, looking to defend a title they won last year, are also in the field.

Ken Love covers area golf for the Mirror. His column runs on Fridays.