Woods’ comeback stokes exciting British Open

The golfing world was whipped into a frenzy last Sunday when Tiger Woods surged into the lead halfway through the final round of this year’s British Open.

As Woods finished his front-nine, he found himself at 7-under par and alone atop the leader board.

The wild excitement of the day eventually cooled, however, after a quick double-bogey/bogey run on the 10th and 11th holes dropped Woods off the lead (to an eventual tie for sixth place).

When all was said and done, however, it showed that Woods’ latest comeback has been nothing short of amazing.

He has definitely overcome a multitude of physical setbacks, and at 42 years old, Woods seems to be conquering the mental obstacles that seemed even more daunting.

It’s something I thought we’d never see again.

There’s one major championship remaining this year — the PGA — and I wouldn’t be surprised if Woods puts himself in a position to win there, too.

Park Hills recap

Congratulations to Lebanon’s Dan Brown and Harrisburg’s Patrick Rohrbaugh who defended their title during last week’s Classic at Park Hills.

One interesting note from the tournament involved the performance of John Dimuccio, who at 71 years old teamed with Jeff Dimuccio to advance to the semifinals of the tournament’s championship flight.

Dimuccio has quite a long history competing in the Park Hills Classic. In 1969, he teamed with Bob Palmer Jr. to win the tournament in its second year of existence. He would also go on to capture the title in 1974 with partner Albert Richards.

The amazing Dimuccio, a native of New Castle, has competed in nearly every Park Hills Classic over the past 50 years. This year, the septuagenarian turned in another great performance.

The Dimuccios won their first two matches (including a quarterfinal win over Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan) before losing to the eventual champions, Brown and Rohrbaugh.

There was also an incredible opening-round match in the championship flight that went to extra holes.

The teams of Paul Mudrey and Larry Long and Nick Desante and Jordan Albright finished regulation play all square. Darkness eventually required the teams return Saturday morning to finish their sudden-death playoff.

The match would finally end on the 14th extra hole after Mudrey and Long closed out the match — after an amazing 32 holes.

Andrew Ferguson

Congratulations to Sinking Valley’s Andrew Ferguson for another great performance.

Ferguson captured the PGA Tri-State Dr. Charles Cuden Memorial Jr. Tournament held at Green Oaks Country Club in Verona on Monday.

During the round, Ferguson calmly overcame a quadruple-bogey on the sixth hole to finish at 4-over par, 75 on his way to winning the title.

Pennsylvania Amateur

Congratulations to Scotch Valley’s Anthony DeGol and Iron Masters’ Isaac Woods who have qualified to play in this year’s Pennsylvania Amateur Championship.

The historic tournament, which originated in 1909, will be played at Sunnehanna Country Club next Monday and Tuesday. The format is 54 holes of stroke play.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at gltr777@atlanticbb.net.

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