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Teamwork key in Chamber tourney win

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By Robert Howey

Evan Scott said brother-in-law golf play proved to be the difference in his team’s success in the 21st annual Rub of the Green golf tournament Thursday afternoon at the Lancaster Golf Club.Brother-in-law golf is solid alternating partner play in a match.“We’re not related, but we used brother-in-law golf to win here today,” Scott said of his team’s triumph in the tournament sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.Scott said the winning foursome, which included Reggie Starnes, Tom McDougal and Billy Moseley, teamed to shoot a sizzling 14-under over 18 holes.“That score has to go down as one of the best in the tournament,” said Richard Patterson, the chairman of the Rub of the Green golf tournament committee. “It’s probably close to a record for this tournament, but I’m not sure. I do know that score is outstanding for this event.”Scott said the winning foursome posted two eagles, eight pars and 10 birdies.“We had three pars to finish the tournament and we were a little disappointed,” Scott said. “We really played well together today.“When somebody had a bad shot, then somebody else would come through for us out there,” Scott said. “If I went into the woods, then Reggie would come right behind me and come through with a good shot to get us back on track.“Overall, Billy’s putter was on fire today,” Scott said.Starnes aided his team’s win with the close-up on No. 7.A card playoff determined second-place, with the runner-up foursome prevailing with a birdie on No. 13, the playoff hole.The second-place team, which shot an 11 under, included Jimmy Jackson, Sonny Rushing, Rudy Carter and Paul Basha.Jackson highlighted his day, winning the $500 prize with the close-up on No. 4. The prize was sponsored by Cauthen Motors Jackson’s shot was two and a half feet from the hole.“This is my first time to win this and it feels good to win it,” Jackson said.The third-place team included Ben Horn, Tony Pope, Marc Howie and Tee McWhirter.Other close-up winners included George Flanders (No. 13) and Daniel Bohler (No. 15).The ladies long drive winner on No. 14 was Allison Hilliard, with James Little taking the senior long drive prize and Josh Tucker prevailing on the men’s long drive.Patterson said the tournament went well.“We had as many teams as last year, 15 and we appreciate the participation from the business community,” he said. “This shows our area businesses are holding their own in tough times here. Overall, it was a good day with good weather and the course in good shape.”Chamber president Dean Faile said he appreciated the support from more than 70 sponsors.“We had some real nice prizes in here and we didn’t have to beg them for providing quality gifts,” Faile said. “We’re up two or three sponsors over last year, so that’s a plus for us.”Proceeds are used to fund chamber projects.Prior to the tournament, a putting contest was held, with Bruce Barrett taking the top prize. Leo Maguire, Tim Hallman and Gary Shamp followed in the top four.The putting contest was sponsored by AG South Farm Credit Service.