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Fink, DeGol go extra for victory

Courtesy photo Artie Fink Jr. (left) and Anthony DeGol had a solid day on the links in Cambria County.

By Matt Michelone

For the Mirror

CRESSON — Round two of the Summit Country Club’s 28th annual Two-Man Better Ball Golf Tournament came down to three teams and a two-hole playoff as they tried to beat the sunset.

When all was said and done, it was Artie Fink, Jr. and Anthony DeGol taking the tournament crown on a cool Sunday evening. The duo defeated Sean Brannan and Mike Macionsky, as well as Quintin Dziabo and Andrew Ferguson.

“When you’re playing with Ant(hony), you’re always one of the favorites,” Fink, Jr. said. “It’s fun to come through when you need to come through. It’s why we play.”

DeGol was equally excited about pulling out the title.

“It was a great feeling to get this victory,” DeGol said. “It’s always a pleasure playing with Artie. He’s been a life-long partner, always will be.”

This caps off what has been a great week and month on the course for Fink, who won the Iron Masters Country Club Men’s Classic with Greg Ferguson, Sr. the previous week, and tied for the Sinking Valley Two-Man Best Ball title with DeGol in early July.

DeGol is having quite the week himself as he and his wife will welcome their first son into the world in the coming days.

Both men felt getting the early birdies played a role in why they ended up winning.

“With the layout of the course, you’ve got some birdie holes right out of the gate, so you know you just got to be aggressive, and hope they don’t (make birdies),” Fink said.

Adjustments can be made because of mistakes according to DeGol.

“A bad shot doesn’t take you out of the hole,” DeGol said. “It’s open enough that you can get right back into play and get a chance to make a birdie.”

Both gentlemen are grateful to have enjoyed the success they have had with each other.

“He’s the best player around,” Fink, said. “To have him as a partner, you’re thankful. He’s first-class all the way, he’s a great player. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.”

DeGol echoed Fink’s sentiments.

“Artie’s a phenomenal player in his own right,” DeGol said. “His demeanor is great. We’re both very, very competitive. We never want to lose, so we do everything we can. We’re both hopefully playing great, but if one of us are playing better, it can be good enough sometimes.”

Steven Dull and Kellen Brown won the first flight with a score of 142, Brad Mikolajczyk and Cory Perry took the second flight at 142, while Brett Weibley and RJ Barnard teamed up to take the third fight at 148.

Justin DeGennaro and Nck Lytle combined to take the fourth flight at 155, and Paul David Myers and Ryan Link captured the fifth flight at 158.

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

T-1. Artie Fink, Jr.-Tony DeGol, Sean Brannan-Mike Macionsky, Quintin Dziabo-Andrew Ferguson, 136. 4. Clavin Mentzer-Landon Hollenshead, 139. T-5. Josh Leibfreid-Andrew Ferguson, Ron Hinish-Spencer Hinish, 141. 7. Bobby Stiffler-Don Dimoff, 142, 8. Brett Miller-Wes Elder, 144, 9. Brad Swindell-A.J. Corte, 145. 10. EJ Beidle-Paul Pentz, 150. Adam Ritchey-Mike Raley, 151. Wally Clapper-Eric Glunt, 153.

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