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Young wins in playoff

July 13, 1998|By LARRY YANOS

Jim Young Jr. worked overtime Sunday to win the Gross Division championship of the 40th annual Beaver Creek Country Club Invitational.

The 41-year-old Frederick VFW Golf Course member parred the 420-yard first playoff hole to edge Derek Ausherman and win the 36-hole amateur tournament.

Young and Ausherman - a recent Middletown High School graduate - each finished at 151, while first-round leaders Tracy Piper and Marty Miller followed at 152.

Josh Spreng, Ken Winfield and Jamie Young trailed the leaders at 154.

Tom Davies captured the Net Division championship with a 138 and was followed by Mitch Wright, 139; Gary Dingle and Miller, 140; and Kevin Forrester, Young and Mike Haloskey Jr., 144.

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Following an opening-round 79, Young countered with a 72 on Sunday. Ausherman had a 76 on Saturday and a 75 on Sunday.

The two golfers proceeded to the first tee for the playoffs, and Ausherman got into immediate trouble when his driver went left and under some trees. He made an outstanding second shot, which was just short of the green.

But he missed a long par putt, setting the stage for Young's victory.

The Frederick, Md., resident hit a solid tee shot, choked down and punched an 8-iron from 130 yards to the back fringe of the green, chipped a 40-footer to within 4 inches of the cup, and tapped in for a par and the championship.

"I really would have prefered using a 9-iron on the second shot. But I didn't have it in my bag. I took it out before the round and replaced it with another wood," Young said. "I was happy to get on the fringe. But I couldn't use a putter because of a swale on the green, and I used a sand wedge instead."

After bogeying the first hole on Saturday and Sunday while using a 3-wood, Young turned to his driver in the playoff.

"I was two over for the day after six holes, but then I made a tough birdie on No. 7," Young said. "I hooked a 3-wood into the hazard on the left side and then I hit a 7-iron from 160 yards to 18 feet from the hole. I sank the putt for a birdie."

Young followed with birdies on Nos. 9 and 14 and took bogeys on Nos. 1, 6 and 17. A par on No. 18 and an Ausherman bogey forced a playoff.

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