BY JEFF FALK
LEBANON – It’s sort of like watching an engaging, award-winning movie and being denied the climax. What we do know about the ending is that it will be a happy for one local team.
A severe and violent thunderstorm interrupted Sunday’s final hours of one of the more memorable W.B. Sullivan Better-ball-of-Partners golf tournaments of recent times. The championship match between the Lebanon County duo of Mike Schmidt, Jr. -John DiGiacomo and Lebanon Country Club member Brady Goodling and his Monmouth College teammate Kyle Deisher was suspended around 6:30 p.m., through 14 holes with the match all square.
The final match in the championship flight of the 69th edition of the prestigious event will resume next Tuesday, August 5 at 5 p.m., on the tee of LCC’s par-five 15th hole. The start of Sunday’s championship match was pushed back about two hours because of the length of Schmidt-DiGiacomo’s morning semifinal victory over Garret Barbush and Corey Wenger.
Schmidt and DiGiacomo prevailed on the 22nd hole – the 398-yard, par-four fourth – when Schmidt converted a tap-in birdie. Goodling and Deisher had eliminated Patrick Sullivan and David Kimbley 6&4 in their Sunday morning semifinal.
Goodling and Deisher then took a one-up lead on the fourth hole of the championship bout, only to have DiGiacomo square it at the par-three ninth. A hole later, DiGiacomo and Schmidt assumed a one-up lead, before Goodling and Deisher responded at the par-four 11th.
The two teams halved the next three holes, ahead of the threatening weather.