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Teamwork keys tough win

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Foursome's 48 tops Crenshaw Oil tourney

By Robert Howey

Jeff Davis and his foursome halted a links drought on Friday afternoon at the Lancaster Golf Club in the 18th annual Crenshaw Oil Company golf tournament which benefits Lancaster County Partners for Youth.

Davis noted about 10 years ago in his first year in the tournament, he was a member of the winning team.

“Since then, we’ve had fun playing in this tournament, but we really haven’t done too much,” Davis said.

That is until Friday.

Davis and his team fashioned a 48 in the captain’s choice tournament to take a close win. The winning team included Rodney Coggins, David Ensley and Greg Rowls.

The captain’s choice format calls for each team to have a handicap deducted from the team’s scored based on total team handicap.

Tournament proceeds are used to benefit the Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation Scholarship Fund. Sponsors include Crenshaw Oil Company, Crenco Food Stores, Crenshaw Supply, Raceway Express and Meeting Street Express.

“In golf, good team golf is what they call brother-in-law play and that’s what we did today,” Davis said. “We just had a lot of good teamwork out there.

“We hit some good shots and just had some good luck, but that’s what it takes,” he said. “We also rolled in some long putts.”

Davis noted the team had three eagles and three pars to boost its win for $2,250.

The second-place team included Lancaster native Bret Elliott who teamed with Josh Gallman, Baxter Culler and Jason Livingston to card a 48.87 to net $1,250.

The third-place team, which prevailed in a card playoff on No. 13, included Larry Wolfe, Bill Rabon, Mike Nelson and David Vincent who registered a 49.87 to split the $750 prize.

The field included 124 players, a team shy of what the 2008 tournament drew.

Crenshaw Oil has donated nearly $51,000 toward the scholarship fund thanks to the success of the tournament.To date 23 scholarships have been awarded to students of all ages – whether high school seniors, or college students.

The foundation offers $5,000 scholarships to future Lancaster County School District teachers which are awarded each spring. All scholarship recipients commit to returning to Lancaster County as teachers when they complete their undergraduate education.

“This is our biggest fundraiser and we couldn’t do it without the support of Crenshaw Oil,” said Sharon Novinger, the executive director of the Partners for Youth Foundation. “We’re glad the Crenshaw family is committed to education in our county and having top quality teachers here.”

Davis said the tournament offers a win-win situation.

“I don’t play in a lot of tournaments, but I look forward to this one,” he said. “It’s for a good cause and you can’t go wrong with what they do. The Crenshaws do a tremendous job with it each year.”

The tournament also featured a shootout on No. 9 which was won by Jerry Baker, who netted $250.

Buddy Adams won the putting contest and $500.