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Fore 81 Golf Classic: Gannon's, Eagle's Nest Win Team Titles

Teams in the Fore 81 Golf Classic may enjoy the camaraderie during their day at the Towanda Country Club.

But the competition can be fierce and that was the case for this year’s 11th annual battle on the Wysox course on June 24.

In the Green tournament, held in the morning, the team representing Gannon Associates—Kevin Rude, Gregg Murrelle, Jesse Funk and Tom Stein—won first flight honors with a score of 62.

Five teams finished with 64s with Rude Dogz winning the tiebreaker to finish second.

Tuscarora Wayne won the second flight with a score of 68, edging Team DeNault by the tiebreaker.

There were several individual prizes available on holes on the course.

The closest to the pin prize winners included:

•No. 2: George Morris of Stoddard Farms at 15 feet, 11 inches.

•No. 4: Kyle Rude of Rude Dogz at 8 feet, 9.5 inches.

•No. 14: Jordan Wollenberg of Peoples State Bank at 3 feet, 7 inches.

•No. 16: Joe Ritsko of Beuford’s Gang at 17 inches.

Mike Earle made the longest putt on No. 18. The Ram Wrestlers team member sank a putt of 25 feet.

Brian Sutryk and Frank Sutryk, both of Pride Power Washing, swept the longest drive competition. Brian Sutryk won at No. 5 and Frank Sutryk took the prize on No. 15.

Stein had the straightest drive on No. 1, while Bill Rider of The Hawks had the most accurate drive on No. 9.

Scott Hercenberg won the only Skins competition, shooting a birdie on No. 16.

The Gold tournament, which began play at 2 p.m., was won by Eagle’s Nest with a score of 58. The team included Alan Kinney, James Altemus, Clayton Frazier and Curtis Hicks.

They edged the runner-up team, Wear Solutions, by one stroke.

Fore Lola was the second flight winner, winning by tiebreaker over Heavy Hitters. Both teams shot 70.

The Gold closest to the pin winners were:

•No. 2: Tim Salsman of Mountain Energy at 13 feet.

•No. 4: Bob Watkins of Iddings Insurance at 11 feet, 5 inches.

•No. 14: Al Storer of Tioga CC Fearsome Foursome at 8 feet, 11 inches.

•No. 16: Chrissy Reilly of Yak Attack at 15 feet, 6 inches.

Ed Knolles drained the longest putt on No. 18 with a length of 30 feet, 7 inches.

Hicks had the longest drive at No. 5. Gabe Sheldon, playing for Sheldon Funeral Homes, was longest on No. 15.

Jacob Brink of Heavy Hitters had the straightest drive on No. 1. Michelle Salsman of Mountain Energy was straightest on No. 9.

Three players claimed skins in the Gold tourney, including Doug Franklin with a birdie on No. 2, Mark Fogel with an eagle on No. 7 and Andy Ripic with an eagle on No. 9.

One player from each tournament also had an opportunity to draw a lucky envelope for a $10,000 prize. Mike Lee was the participant from the Green tournament, while Dody Hitchcock drew from the Gold tournament.

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