Same champs, different year at Kelly

May 27, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

Ken Winfield and Kirk Lombardi are making it easy for the engraver of names when it comes to the Dick Kelly Memorial Team Championship. The same two names, just change the year.

For the third straight year, Winfield and Lombardi captured the gross division title of the 13th annual Kelly tournament Friday at Black Rock Golf Course in a playoff that involved a trio of two-man teams.

"We're pretty much an experienced two-man team," said Winfield, who is a member of Beaver Creek Country Club and Little Bennett Golf Club.

With a morning tee time, the Montgomery County residents had a two-hour wait until the final groups challenging an already crowded first position finished their round. The wait was even more excruciating for Lombardi, who was in misery with a faulty back.


Waiting even longer to see if their 65 stood was Steve Caron of Waynesboro, Pa., and Hagerstown's Ashley Grier as the pair finished five hours before the final foursome finished. And Tracey Piper and Roy Lorshbaugh had less than a half-hour wait for the playoff after their 65.

Two other players, Bill Palko and Joe LaFavor, teed off at 8 a.m. and carded a 65 but left immediately for work responsibilities in Annapolis and missed the playoff.

On the par-4 eighth hole, playing 403 yards uphill, Winfield's drive went nearly 270 yards and the hole was his to play in the best ball format as Lombardi's drive was pulled left into tall grass and could not be located.

Not fazed with the solo prospects, Winfield took an 8-iron from 130 yards and stuck his shot within 2 1/2 feet of the pin.

Piper nearly holed a pitch from off the fringe, and Caron missed a long birdie putt. Winfield also waited for his potential winning putt as Grier and Lorshbaugh completed the hole before sinking his team-winning putt.

"You certainly could not complain about the course today," said Winfield. "The greens were in near-perfect condition."

The men played the par-72 layout to 6,650 yards and the women to 6,200 yards, somewhat softened by early rains.

While Piper and Lorsbaugh, both Beaver Creek members from Hagerstown, couldn't nail down the gross title, they did capture the net title with a 59 card.

Grier had four straight birdies to start her round and five in the first six holes, leaving her partner smiling.

"(Ashley) was impressive today," said Caron. "I just kept on watching her make birdies and I made pars."

The teams of Ken Lampard-Greg Henry and Kevin Reiber-Clayton Rotz threatened to join the playoff contingent but came in with 66s.

Bogeys on the 10th and 13th holes hampered Lampard-Henry, and Reiber-Rotz had a bogey on 18 that took them out of the hunt.

At the awards banquet, the Kelly Memorial Foundation provided $1,000 scholarships to seven area high school seniors.

Honored were Miles Brown of Boonsboro, who will attend Radford, Dennis Herbert of Smithsburg (Coastal Carolina), Logan Hintze of Williamsport (Potomac State College of WVU), Jarred Johnson of Waynesboro (McDaniel), Joe Pilch of Greencastle-Antrim (Penn State-Mont Alto), Brandon Sheaffer of Smithsburg (Hagerstown Community College) and Corey Jackson of Martinsburg.

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