BY JEFF FALK
NORTH LEBANON – Some say the most formative lessons come from losing. But there is also a lot be gleaned from winning.
And winning through adversity, well that might be the best teacher of them all.
If the goal was a championship and to teach Ryan Woelfling a few lessons that can’t be learned on the driving range, then mission accomplished.
On a torrid Sunday at Pine Meadows Golf Course’s 6,037-yard, par-72 layout, Woelfling and partner Dan Brown captured the championship of the 28th annual Lebanon County Better-Ball-of-Partners tournament. Brown and Woelfling fired an eight-under par, second-round 64 for a 36-hole total of 127, or 17-under par.
Brown-Woelfling, who had entered the day as co-leaders on the strength of an opening-roundd 63, earned a four-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up, first-day co-leaders, Tom Kintzer and Jesse Kreiser, who posted a 63-68=131, Bill Massar, Jr.-Tyler Shank, who registered a 64-67=131, and Chris Gebhard-Jim Gardner, who carded a 66-65=131. Finishing fifth was the team of Tony Ebersole-Shawn Preis and their 66-69=135.
The squads of defending champions Jesse Brown and Mike Potts, and Chuck Scwab and Randy Kohr, recorded identical 68-68=136 totals.
Woelfling, a 19-year-old college student, earned the title on his first try at the Lebanon County Better-Ball, and in the process became one of its youngest champions ever. Brown, who had garnered the championship at the prestigious W.B. Sullivan Better-Ball-of-Partners with Jason Troutman three weeks prior, won his fourth county better-ball crown, with his third different partner.
“Ryan tried to qualify for the Pennsylvania Open, which I think is excellent,” said Brown. “What I was hoping is that he would go back to college with a little momentum. Golf is a game of momentum. I was just trying to do a little mentoring for two days, which I think probably helped a bit.