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South drives a car-in-one at Buick Scramble

June 13, 2004|By TIM KOELBLE

Most golfers would not interrupt their game to make a phone call home except for a believable situation, one that had never yet been experienced.

Hagerstown's Doug South had a hard time convincing his wife, Wanda, and son, Cory, that he had just won a new car while playing in the Buick Scramble golf tournament Saturday at Black Rock Golf Course.

South, 52, made his first hole-in-one count on the seventh hole as he watched the flight of his ball travel 171 yards off a six iron to win a 2004 Rainier CXL.

"I tried on and off for three holes to call home and finally my son, Cory, answered and he didn't believe me at first," said South. "He said, 'Oh my,' and then my wife (Wanda) got on the phone and asked what I was talking about? Then she asked me how much I've had to drink?"

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South had switched to a Titleist Pro V1 ball, sure to become a lifetime charm, for the tournament.

"I hit it solid," he said. "There was no draw, no fade, but I didn't think I had enough to get there."

Club professional Dirk Schultz happened to be among some watching the action and told South the shot hit about four feet in front of the hole, released and went in.

"(Schultz) hollered back to us, 'It went in ... you got a car,'" South said.

South has the option on taking the manufacturer's wholesale price for the car as a cash prize, but he said he had to go home and talk about the choices, noting his wife has a nine-year-old vehicle.

South played in a team foursome with Pete Favret, Bill Young and Terry Haugh. The group did not qualify for the sectionals, posting a 62 gross and 60 net.

Qualifiers from the area included the team, which won the gross division with a 57, of Dean Hamburg and Roy Lorshbaugh, both of Hagerstown, Kenny Smith of Waynesboro, Pa., and Donnie Wishard of Roswell, Ga., and formerly of Hagerstown.

Taking the top spot in the net division with a 56 were Michael Griffee and Jesse Hoffman of Williamsport, John Miller of Hagerstown and Jason Fauble of Rohrersville.

The two winning teams qualified for the Buick Scramble sectional that will be contested July 12 at Maryland National Golf Club in Middletown, Md.

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