BY JEFF FALK
There is no one alive who has more emotions invested into the Lebanon County Amateur golf tournament than Dan Brown. On Sunday at Pine Meadows Golf Complex, Brown became even more emotionally attached to the event.
Brown, the tournament’s long-time chairperson, won his first-ever – and long awaited – Lebanon County Amateur championship by edging Cody Kersey in a three-hole playoff. The playoff was necessitated when Brown fired a one-under par score of 71 on Pine Meadows’ 6,348-yard layout over his final round, while Kersey carded an even-par 72.
The two both finished with two-under totals of 142.
Brown, 45 and an active member in the sponsor of the event, the Lebanon County Golf Association, had finished second on two previous ocassions at the County Amateur and third another couple of times. Brown, along with partner Brian Auman, is the reigning W.B. Sullivan Better-Ball-of-Partners champs.
Brown took control of the tournament and the championship with a birdie on Pine Meadows’ 538-yard tenth hole with a birdie. On that particular hole, Kersey ran into difficulties with his second shot.
Brown closed out the playoff with pars on the 360-yard, par-four 11th hole and the 369-yard, par-four 12th hole.
Finishing third was County Amateur newcomer John Bankes, who carded a 143=73-70. Auman was fourth with a 145=73-72, while Jimmy Gardner and his 149=73-76 and Darren Lutz and his 149=75-74 tied for fifth.
Jesse Brown, who tied Kersey for the first-round lead, counted an 82 on Sunday. Andy Gibbons had a 153=72-81 and Brady Demey collected a 157=73-84.