Dziabo sets mark at Summit

Last weekend, just days after mentioning a few of his recent golfing exploits in this column, Summit Country Club’s Quintin Dziabo accomplished yet another fantastic feat.

Competing in a club event, Dziabo recorded an incredible round of golf that included an unbelievable 10 birdies. Dziabo’s round was blemished by just one bogey in an otherwise perfect scorecard.

The long-hitter’s amazing day totaled to an 18-hole score of 63 – a new record from the club’s white tees.

Dziabo and partner Brett Smith will be among the top contenders at Summit Country Club this weekend during the club’s annual Two-Ball Invitational.

Woods’ quest

Here’s hoping that that a return to Firestone Country Club this week, a place where he’s won an amazing eight times, will see Tiger Woods return to his old form.

Woods has endured a couple of tough weeks following his recent return from back surgery – a missed cut at the Quicken Loans National and a 69th place finish in last month’s British Open.

Woods will need strong finishes in this week’s WGC event and next week’s PGA Championship to have a chance at finishing in the top 125, necessary to qualify for the FedEx Playoffs.

Strong finishes are also paramount to Woods if he hopes to be chosen for this year’s Ryder Cup team. It’s been interesting to see how unusually vocal Woods has been about his desire to be chosen for the team in recent weeks.

Furyk’s fate

It was agonizing to watch last Sunday as Pennsylvania-native Jim Furyk failed to hold on to his 54-hole lead in the Canadian Open.

Furyk shot a respectable final-round score of 69 but lost out to South African Tim Clark, who shot an amazing final nine holes in 30 strokes.

Furyk, who won the 1987 Pennsylvania PIAA state championship at the Penn State Blue Course as a high school senior from Manheim Township, has had a great PGA Tour career – 17 wins, including the 2003 U.S. Open.

He’s been a consistent professional who always says and does the right thing.

Last week’s performance, though, continued an unfortunate, recent trend for the 44-year-old veteran golfer. Sunday’s loss marked the seventh straight time Furyk failed to hold on to a 54-hole lead.

Here’s hoping our native Pennsylvania son reverses his recent PGA Tour fortunes and wins again soon.

From the Skytop

The Skytop Mountain Golf Club, located near State College, has undergone significant upgrades following a change in ownership in 2012.

Recent course modifications include a significant widening of landing areas throughout the 18-hole layout, with additional improvements to the course’s drainage systems.

The course was recently added to the Forelinksters Guide to the Best Golf Courses to play in America.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. His column runs on Friday.