By Jim Hunter
The Country Club’s men’s and women’s golf teams issued major statements in the opening round of the annual Crawford Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Attacking the Venango Valley Golf Course greens with untouchable dynamic duos, the CC squads shot the lowest score in both the men’s and women’s events.
In this year’s new three-player scoring format, the highest score per nine holes gets dropped.
Anchored by Tom Sada’s 75 and George Byrnes’ 78, the Country Club’s men’s unit shot a 153. Oakland Beach and Venango Valley tied for second with 160 and Whispering Pines and Mt. Hope were fourth and fifth, respectively, with 167 and 180.
The Country Club’s double-trouble women’s tandem was Patty Lang and Linda Reade, who shot an 84 and 87, respectively, for a leading 171. Oakland Beach placed second with 174, Whispering Pines finished third with 175 and Venango Valley and Mt. Hope were fourth and fifth, respectively, with 180 and 194.
While walking close to the 18th hole, Bay Lawrence of Mt. Hope Golf Course pointed to Sada and said, “He’s the one you need to talk to.”
Sada was the buzz among the men.
Opening with a 38 on the front nine, Sada followed with a 37 on the back nine to earn the men’s low score.
“I hit the ball pretty well,” Sada said. “I was consistent.”
Teammate Byrnes was right on his heals with a 40 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine.
Oakland Beach’s 1-2 punch of Keith Button and Chad DuPont each shot an 80. The latter was disappointed in his performance.
“It was a frustrating day for me,” said DuPont.
Lang leads way
Once again, Lang made her presence felt in the Crawford Cup.
Shooting 42 on both the front and back nines, Lang was the leading force for the Country Club.
“I was satisfied with my day ... it could have been better,” she said.
Lang had a strong teammate in Reade. After struggling on the front nine with a 47, Reade bounced back with a 40 on the back nine.
“The front nine gave me fits,” she said.
The low woman wasn’t Lang.
Shooting a career-best 80, Cindi Pringle — breaking out a new driver — grabbed low medalist honors. She shot a 40 on both the front and back nines.
“I hit some nice drives and I three-putted a lot,” she said. “Mainly, I was consistent. I am going to break 80 one of these days.”
Crawford Cup debut
Meadville High School’s promising freshman golfer Lilly Gunn competed in the event and her fellow competitors were impressed with her skills.
“Oh, she can play,” said Maria Price. “She is only 15 years old and she has a bright, bright future. She has a wonderful swing. She is getting fitted for clubs this week.”
Gunn shot rounds of 56 and 54 for a 110.
“You could tell she was nervous,” said Price.
The second round of the Crawford Cup will be held Aug. 3 at Whispering Pines Golf Course and the third round will be held Sept. 7 at the Country Club.
Will the Country Club dominate again? Time will tell.