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June 1, 2014

Country Club men, women take early Crawford Cup lead

VENANGO — 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.

Sada shines

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.

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