DeGol, Fink Jr. post historic 58 in win
CRESSON — Artie Fink Jr. and Anthony DeGol have been on top of the local golf scene for years, but they have never had a round like they did Sunday.
The duo made history by making two eagles and 10 birdies en route to shooting a 14-under par 58 to win the 27th annual Summit Country Club Two-Man Invitational.
The 58 is the first score in the 50s recorded in local two-man invitational competition history.
“It’s just crazy,” Fink said. “You just never even think about shooting a number like that. We were hoping to come out today and shoot eight- or nine-under and hope that was enough. But the wheels got rolling, and we kept riding the tide.”
Already assured of a 59 after DeGol tapped in a par putt on No. 18, Fink rolled in a birdie putt and pumped his fist in excitement, a rare display of emotion from the man who has dominated local golf courses and bowling alleys for years.
“That’s probably something that will never happen again,” Fink said. “That’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and it feels great to do it with a good buddy. Anthony is a first-class kid all the time, and nobody can ever say anything bad about him. It just makes it even better.”
For DeGol, the nine-stroke victory over Chambersburg Country Club members Calvin Mentzer and Landon Hollenshead in the championship flight meant almost as much as carding the 58. It completed a five-for-five stretch over the last month-plus in which he was part of the winning team at the major events at Sinking Valley Country Club, Park Hills Golf Course, Iron Masters Country Club, Down River Golf & Country Club and Sunday’s win at the Summit Country Club.
“This is a career achievement for me,” DeGol said. “It’s really special to do. You can’t have any weeks off, and you have to play well every time. You have new teams playing their best each week.”
As fellow golfers took turns congratulating DeGol and Fink after their score was posted, DeGol was still shaking his head trying to wrap his head around the round.
“Today was historic,” DeGol said. “I think the lowest we have ever shot is 62. Shooting in the 50s in unheard of, I don’t think it’s ever been done, let alone a 58.”
Amazingly, the duo was actually down by three strokes to Mentzer and Hollenshead after three holes of play Sunday.
“We have both played enough golf that we knew it was still early. You don’t panic, you just ride with it,” Fink said. “They were playing good golf too, and we can’t control what they do, only ourselves. We just wanted to keep making birdies and see what happened.”
DeGol said even he was taken aback by what he saw from Fink over the weekend.
“Artie was in the zone today, unlike anything I have ever seen,” DeGol said. “Yesterday, he was even more important because I really struggled and Artie kept us in this tournament. He ended up making two eagles on the back nine with a hole-out on No. 16, and it was fun to watch. I was trying to contribute when I could as well. It was awesome.”
In other action, both the first and second flights were decided in playoffs. Adam Ritchey and Mike Raley outlasted Danny Stubbs and Grant Delozier to win the first flight after first shooting a 66 Sunday to force a playoff and then winning in extra holes. In the second flight, Evan Link and Matt Repko held off Mike and Tom Sgriccia.
Mike Farrell and Randy Jarratt won the third flight, Jody Dawson and Rafe Hite captured the fourth flight and the team of Bud Brenner and Jared Colmer won the fifth-flight championship.
CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT: 1, DeGol-Fink 68-58–126; 2, Mentzer-Hollenshead 66-69–135; 3, Eckenrode-Q. Dziabo 70-66–136.
FIRST FLIGHT: 1, Ritchey-Raley 75-66–141 (won playoff); 2, Stubbs-Delozier 71-70–141; 3, Smith-McAlkich 69-73–142.
SECOND FLIGHT: 1, Repko-Link 68-73–141 (won playoff); 2, M. Sgriccia-T. Sgriccia 70-71–141; 3, States-Fogel 71-71–142
THIRD FLIGHT: 1, Farrell-Jarratt 76-69–145; 2, Pirozzola-Funcheon 70-77–147; T-3 Szczechowicz-Persio 71-77–148; T-3 B. Fabbri-G. Fabbri 74-74–148
FOURTH FLIGHT: 1, Dawson-Hite 71-76–147; T-2 Elliott-Maier 73-76–149; T-2, Walter-Moore 74-75–149.
FIFTH FLIGHT: 1, Brenner-Colmer 79-76–155; T-2, Clapper-Hileman 79-78–157; T-2 Ruggiero-J. Dziabo 80-77–157.