DeGol, Fink capture Summit Invitational
CRESSON — Heavy rains Friday ushered in a weather front that made for wet, windy and cold playing conditions Saturday at the Summit Country Club’s 24th annual Two-Man Invitational tournament.
Despite the conditions, two teams thrived, shooting well under par to put themselves in contention for the win Sunday. Artie Fink Jr. and Anthony DeGol posted a 9-under 63 for a one-stroke lead over Brett Miller and Shaun Foor.
The two teams were still separated by just a stroke through nine holes Sunday before Fink and DeGol managed to pull away early on the back nine and go on to a six-shot win.
For Fink, it’s his 40th win in local best ball events.
“Winning never gets old. I’m just as excited this time as I was the first,” Fink said.
He gave all the credit for number 40 to his partner, however.
“Anthony played amazing golf (Saturday). I just drove the cart around,” Fink said. “He had seven birdies and an eagle. He shot 64 or 65 on his own ball. It was sick how well he played, but it was fun to watch.”
“We have great chemistry on the course. It’s tough to replicate. Every putt just seemed to drop,” DeGol added. “He’s such a solid player. I’m glad to have his back. He’s had mine many, many times.”
A birdie on No. 10 Sunday put Fink and DeGol up two strokes heading into the pivotal 11th hole.
“Anthony made a birdie on 11, and we both doubled. That’s a three-stroke swing right there,” Foor said. “They’re tough to beat. You have to be on your game. They don’t make mistakes.”
“The double on 11 and a bogey on 12 took the wind out of our sails,” Miller added. “We never put any pressure on them after that.”
Both Miller and Foor said Saturday’s 64 was the result of strong partner play.
“When one of us was bad, the other was good. We just clicked and our putts fell,” Foor said. “To have that score in those conditions felt like a 10-under instead of 8-under. I thought we’d be in good contention at 5- or 6-under.”
“We rolled a lot of putts in. It was good partner golf,” Miller added.
With the extra cushion, Fink and DeGol focused on playing mistake-free golf the rest of the round.
“Just put your shots in the middle and try for par. Don’t do anything stupid and get your putts to drop,” Fink said.
Fink and DeGol finished with a 67 for a two-day total of 130. Miller shot an even par 72 Sunday to finish in a second place tie at 136 with the brother tandem of Wes and Lee Elder, who shot 68 both days.
Jay Pheasant and Steve DeStefano rebounded from a 1-over 73 Saturday with a 64 Sunday to finish in a fourth place tie with Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky at 137.
Despite Friday’s heavy rain, numerous players said the course was in excellent shape, particularly the greens.
“The course was excellent. The greens were unbelievable. Best greens I’ve played all year,” Fink said.
SUMMIT TWO-MAN INVITATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT: Artie Fink Jr./ Anthony DeGol 63-67 130, Brett Miller/Shawn Foor 64-72 136, Wes Elder/Lee Elder 68-68 136, Jay Pheasant/Steve DeStefano 73-64 137, Chris Perry-Mike Macionsky 69-68 137, Todd Homan/J.P. Stultz 70-68 138, Quintin Dziabo/Brady Moran 67-72 139, Greg Adams/Dan Brown 72-67 139, Wally Clapper/Ken Love 72-68 140, Ron Hinish/Spencer Hinish 71-70 141, Ben DelBaggio/Ken Fisher 73-68 141, Derek Hayes/Dave Murgas 72-73 145.
FIRST FLIGHT: P.J. Shell/Josh Vasilko 70-67 137.
SECOND FLIGHT: Neil Rapski/Brady Eckenrode 71-71 142.
THIRD FLIGHT: Backie Gibbons/Dave Hummel 76-70 146.
FOURTH FLIGHT: Dennis Walter/Trentan Moore 72-78 150.
FIFTH FLIGHT: Keith Wilson/Charlie Horten 77-77 154.