The championship flight of the 66th W.B. Sullivan Better-Ball-of-Partners will have a distinct local flavor. What remains to be seen is the degree to which Lebanon County teams will feast on their out-of-town competition.
Friday’s second and final day of qualifying at the annual golf tournament at the Lebanon Country Club produced two more local teams for the match-play championship flight. The Lebanon County teams of Roger Karsnitz-Brock Karsnitz and Chris Gebhard-Bill Stover joined Thursday qualifiers Rick Troutman-Greg Ulp and Jesse Brown-Cody Kersey.
Reigninng champs Dan Brown-Brian Auman are both from the County and the number-one seed in the 16-team, match-play bracket. Brown and Auman will open defense of their 2010 title Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. against Craig LaBarbera and Jim Gardina.
Troutman-Ulp earned the bracket’s number-three seed and will battle Ben Smith and Casey Osborne in their opening-round match. A win there would propel Troutman-Ulp into a quarterfinal tussle against the winner of Gebhard-Stover and Chris O’Shea and Eric Schmidt.
Fourth-seeded Kersey-Brown will face Danny McCreesh-Anthony Campanile, while Karsnitz-Karsnitz, the five-seed, will take on Griff Baeshore-Connor Lefever.
Saturday’s quarterfinal matches are slated to tee it up in the early afternoon. The semifinal and championship matches are scheduled for Sunday a.m. and p.m..
What follows is the complete bracket for the championship flight of the 66th annual W.B. Sullivan Better-Ball-of-Partners tournament:
1 Auman, Brian – Brown, Dan
16 LaBarbera, Craig – Gardina, Jim
8 Kline, Al – Gunkle, Ed
9 Schell, Andrew – Romanoski, Tony
4 Brown, Jesse – Kersey, Cody
13 McCreesh, Danny – Campanile, Anthony
5 Karsnitz, Roger – Karsnitz, Brock
12 Basehore, Griff – Lefever, Conner
2 Bolcavage, Ken – Haley, Curtis
15 Pusey, Kevin – Knoll, Ed
7 Schultz, William – Ward, Jimmy
10 Over, Alan – Over, Phil
3 Troutman, Rick – Ulp, Greg Champion
14 Smith, Ben – Osborne, Casey Runner-up
6 Gebhard, Chris – Stover, Rob Semi-Finalist
11 O’Shea, Chris – Schmidt, Eric