Lombardi, Winfield again come out on top

Fennels win net title at Dick Kelly tourney

Fennels win net title at Dick Kelly tourney

May 31, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Kirk Lombardi and Ken Winfield have made a habit of winning the Dick Kelly/Herald-Mail Golf Tournament.

For Bob Fennel and son Eric, they're happy breaking into the winners' circle.

Those twosomes were the top winners in the 15th annual event at Black Rock Golf Course on Friday, which for the first time played with a shotgun start over the 6,500-yard, par-72 layout.

Lombardi and Winfield picked up their fourth Kelly gross title after emerging from a three-hole playoff on the eighth hole at Black Rock, a par-4 of 413 yards. They had previously won the event in 2004, '05 and '06.

Three pairs were deadlocked with gross cards of 7-under 65 -- Chad Bricker-Jake Wetzel, Rick Sovero-Chuck Hiltabidle and Lombardi-Winfield. Bricker and Wetzel, both Waynesboro (Pa.) High School graduates, fell out on the second extra hole with a bogey on the ninth.


On the third playoff hole, Sovero, who missed a short uphill putt the previous hole that could have won it, missed a 10-foot birdie putt. That was good for Lombardi, who was on the same line eight feet away.

"I saw that (Sovero's) putt didn't break like I thought it could," said Lombardi, who plays out of Montgomery Village.

"You keep the ball in the fairways here and you can do good things," said Winfield, who plays out of Montgomery Village and Beaver Creek. "This is a good course for us together."

For the Fennels, the Hagerstown golfers have played in the Kelly each year since its inception.

With their handicap, the Fennels posted a 59 for the net title, one shot better than The Herald-Mail duo of Dave Elliott and Bob Fleenor.

"We've won some tournaments before but they were flighted, nothing like this," said Bob Fennel. "We played well, especially on a hole when the other was out of it."

Eric Fennel grew up in the early stages of Washington County Junior Golf and is a St. Maria Goretti graduate.

"Our short game saved us," he said. "We had good approach shots."

The Kelly Memorial Foundation awarded six $1,000 scholarships to the following high school students (with colleges and planned studies in parenthesis):

Chad Benford, Walkersville (West Virginia University, finance/economics); Ryan Coccagna, Chambersburg (St. Francis University, accounting); Andrew Duff, Williamsport (Fairmont State University, undecided); Tyler Fairley, North Hagerstown (Hagerstown Community College, seconard education/history); Derek McGwin, Chambersburg (Brigham Young University-Hawaii branch, secondary education); and Dustin Starliper, Williamsport (Hagerstown Community College, engineering).

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