Pagana, Lang capture Iron Masters

ORE HILL — Although Barb Pagana and Patty Lang are from opposite ends of the state, their golf games match up perfectly.

At least they do when they team up for the Iron Masters Country Club Ladies Classic.

Pagana, from Selinsgrove, and Lang, from Meadville, repeated as IM tournament champions by posting a two-day total of 147 strokes to win the 24th annual event on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon at the Cove golf course.

It was either the fifth or sixth time the duo has been victorious at Iron Masters.

“We have won a few, but we don’t know how many,” Lang said prior to the trophy presentation. “Barb has won more than that without me because I’ve had some injuries.”

Lang didn’t play two years ago while recovering from hip surgery.

“She had to bring in a sub and probably won that, too,” Lang said.

“We met at the Pennsylvania State Amateur several years ago,” according to Pagana, and that’s when they decided to team up for some tournaments.

“That’s right, the women’s state amateur, years ago,” Lang chimed in.

They play in a couple of tournaments around the state and both spend part of their winters in Florida where they hone their golf games.

“We play some member-guests and some things in Florida,” Pagana noted.

“We’re near Jupiter and Port St. Lucie,” Lang said of their Florida homes. “Nice in the winter.”

There were nine teams in the championship flight at Iron Masters. Pagana and Lang shot a 73 Monday and took a three-stroke lead over Gwen Paden and Ashley Albright into Tuesday’s second round. Pagana and Lang shot a 74 to clinch the title while Paden and Albright skied to a 78 and finished sixth with a 154 total.

Chris Sisto and Michelle Day posted a two-day total of 150 and finished runnerup. Ellen Frank and Debbie Novack also shot 150, but Sisto and Day got second on a card off.

Despite Monday’s 73, “it was not consistent,” Lang noted. “We shot 40-33 and caught fire on the back nine. Today was much more consistent, 37-37.”

Although they weren’t pushed on the second day, Pagana offered: “You never know what the others are going to do. The ladies we played today (Paden and Albright) had a bad start, but we didn’t know how the others were doing.”

Tourney notes: Paden was the tournament director. … There were 48 teams and 96 players. … Besides the championship flight, there were four other flights.

RESULTS

Championship flight: 1, Pagana-Lang, 73-74–147; 2, Sisto-Day, 77-73–150; 3, Frank-Novack, 78-72–150; 4, Bloom-Bence, 77-75–152; 5, VanSaun-Kapalka, 78-75–153; 6, Paden-Albright, 76-78–154; 7, Evans-Stallsmith, 79-76–155; 8, Bolger-Kelly, 77-79–156; 9, Solamon-Smith, 79-80–159.

First flight

Robin Craig-Danielle Mitchell, 81-70–151; Patti Nelis-Caroln Thompson 82-75: 157; Kathy Bottenfield-Carol Onufro 80-79–157; Pam Rohrer-Jan Peters 80-79–159

Second flight

Beth Allwine-Joan Flinko, 83-76–159; Holly Guerrieri-Janine Vertacnik 84-76–160; Dana Kovach-Joelle Sweeney 83-79–162; Kate Conway-Suz Price 85-79–164

Third flight

Sandy Hassinger-Jen Johnston, 88-85–173; Pat Noble-Krissy Lunger 90-86–176; Susan Dabbs-Deb Shaffer 93-84-177; Loane Maier-Anna Myers 92-90–182

Fourth flight

Deb Goodman-Marcia Kuhns, 94-87–181; Carol Laich-Sue White 95-89–184; Jane Koss-Susan Cortright 95-92–187; Elaine Berringer-Bernie Sgro 98-90–188

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