Reiber charges to Coors Light title

September 11, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Kevin Reiber hits from the fairway during Sunday's Coors Light Championship at Black Rock Golf Course.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Kevin Reiber and Ken Lampard rode together in the same golf cart as part of their foursome in Sunday’s final round of the fifth annual Coors Light Championship at Black Rock Golf Course.

Reiber trailed first-round co-leader Lampard by three strokes after Saturday’s opening round, which made it only a possibility the two would be the focal point heading home on Sunday.

Reiber used a back-nine blitz to catch Lampard, setting up  a dogfight heading to the clubhouse. Reiber finished the job as he shot a 4-under-par 68 for the title, two strokes better than Lampard, who shot a 73 to finish second at 144.

“I had an embarassing day on the par 5s on Saturday, but today it was fun playing golf,” said Reiber, a Waynesboro, Pa. native. “I drove the ball all weekend.”

Reiber was 1-under 35 on the front nine but only chopped one stroke off the deficit as Lampard and Bernie Deane remained tied through nine. He had birdies on No. 1 and 3, the two par 5s, and then went to work on the back side.

He posted back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 to forge a tie with Lampard while Deane suffered through three straight bogeys.

“The bird on 10 was good but the birdie on 11 got me going,” said Reiber.

The turning point came on the 539-yard par-5 14th hole when Reiber drilled a fairway metal to within 3 feet on the cup to set up an eagle.

Meanwhile, Lampard took aim short of the green and a chip set up a nice 12-foot birdie before Reiber stepped up an knocked in an eagle for a sudden one-stroke lead.

“It was a dogfight between two guys and became like match play after that,” said Reiber.

“I was OK with him getting that eagle, I just had to hit some shots better to the green,” said Lampard.

Neither made additional moves on the scoreboard and both  had problems on the par-4 18th over water, where Reiber’s three-foot putt for bogey wrapped up the title while Lampard came in with a double-bogey following an errant tee shot.

“I pulled the drive and it changed things around on that hole for me,” said Lampard. “(Kevin) is just so much better. He got going and made the shots and I didn’t.”

Deane and Randy Barnes, the other players in the foursome, tied for third place with 146. Zach Weber, Tracy Piper and Shane Williams, each at 155, tied for fifth place.

Rich Rostek and Clive Felgate shot 157 for the tournament to tie for first place in the First flight.  John Lipscomb’s 166 took honors in the second flight.

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