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Foursome posts two-shot win in Rub of the Green tourney

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Area Golf Roundup

By Robert Howey

Play in the annual Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Rub of the Green golf tournament featured tight play at the Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday afternoon.

The winning foursome of Jay Rainey, Sonny Rushing, Pierce Horton and Bucy Baker teamed for a 48.7 to take a two-shot win.

Baker boosted the winning team with the close-up on No. 15.

The fun tournament had its share of serious golf, but a few light moments with special holes thrown in for the day.

“We want to have fun with this, but we also have some competitive golfers in the field,” said Chamber president Dean Faile. “The format is to have fun, so we mix in these special holes during the tournament.”

The runner-up team included Doug Arbour, Ronnie Daves, Nathan Crabdree and Ray Hudson, who teamed for a 50.7.

The 86-player field featured a host of individual winners.

Cary Phillips won on two different holes. Phillips had the closest-to-the-pin on No. 4 and also the longest drive on No. 14. Larry Westcott posted the close-up on No. 7 and Ben Horn had the longest drive on No. 5.

Mitch Lucas had the close-up on No. 12.

Tournament officials also saluted the last-place team with a special trophy and T-shirt. The foursome included Thomas Hardin, Charles Walters, John Crawford and Ted Wall, who carded a 58.

“That’s the first time I’ve finished last in anything,” said Hardin, a former standout baseball at Lancaster High School and the Post 31 American Legion program.

Wall looked on the bright side.

“Well, at least we got something,” he said.

Hardin, a member of the winning foursome a year ago, said he enjoys the event.

“The tournament is well-organized and you have a lot of fun,” Hardin said.

“It’s good to get out and play on a nice fall day. You want to win, but it’s still enjoyable.”

Farris Cauthen said he looks forward to the tournament each year no matter where he finishes.

“Your level of play doesn’t matter,” Cauthen said. “I like it because you meet new folks and it’s all about a friendly atmosphere. I look forward to it each year.”

Faile said he was pleased.

 “The number of golfers has grown and the format has changed,” Faile said. “It seems to get better each year and the participants seem to like that.”