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Combo teams for Kelly tourney title

May 26, 2000|By LARRY YANOS

Harry Kendig and Dick Roulette worked overtime Friday to win the seventh annual Herald-Mail Dick Kelly Memorial Team Championship at the Black Rock Golf Course.

Fountain Head Country Club members Kendig and Roulette, who had won the event in 1997 and 1998, tied the team of Beaver Creek Country Club members Finley Benjamin and Bill Kushay through the regulation 18 holes with a 6-under-par 66 in the Better Ball format.

They then claimed the Gross Division title on the second playoff hole when Kendig sank a clutch 25-foot birdie putt.

After the two teams parred the eighth hole, Kendig delivered the winning shot on the par-4 ninth hole.

Following his drive, Kendig hit an 8-iron 25 feet from the cup and before delivering the game-winner.

"It was a 25-footer and it broke left-to-right downhill," Kendig said. "It was dead center."

Earlier in the day with the 66 score of Benjamin and Kushay already posted, Kendig and Roulette carded an eagle and two birdies on the first three holes to begin their quest for the championship.

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Roulette recorded the eagle on the par-5 first hole by drilling a three-wood into the hole from 240 yards away.

"It was dead into the wind," Roulette said of the eagle. "I was in the rough. It flew out on a line, went over a bunker, hit the green and went in the hole."

The two teams praised the course conditions.

"The fairways were in great shape and the greens were smooth," Roulette said. "The wind bothered us some but the course played great."

The former champions needed a par on 18 to tie matters and force an overtime and Kendig delivered with a short putt.

The Benjamin-Kushay team finished earlier in the day and played well, also. They were not surprised a playoff was in the offing.

"We really showed some teamwork," Kushay said. "I was 2-under on the front and he was 3-under on the back.

On the 17th hole, Benjamin missed a hole-in-one by 6 inches.

"This is my first year in the tournament. It's a great tournament," Kushay said. "The course is in immaculate condition, the greens were as good as they could be."

Both Benjamin and Kushay were upset they parred, not birdied the first and third holes.

"They are definite birdie holes and we left them get away," Benjamin said. "Overall, I thought we played well. This is only my second time playing the course."

Kushay said he has played Black Rock only three-four times in his career. Benjamin had played there twice previously.

"It's a fun course, a lot of birdie holes out there," Kushay said.

Both teams recorded five birdies on the day.

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