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Better-ball-of-partners is a different golf animal.

Players can feed off of their partner’s momentum. Then, that momentum can snow ball into something special.

If one player is out of a hole, a team can still score well. And if both partners are in a hole, well, look out.

That’s kind of how it worked out with Steve Sherk and his partner Dave Hoover on Saturday, during the opening round of the annual Lebanon County Better-Ball-of-Partners tournament at Lebanon Valley Golf Course. Sherk caught fire early, and then later in the round, Hoover joined in on the fun.

The result was a blistering 62, or nine-under par, which was good enough for part of a three-way tie for the lead.

On their way to a score of 31 on the front-nine, Sherk and Hoover were a combined six-under par over their first seven holes. They also teamed for a 31 on the back-nine, thanks to four more birdies.

  • Jeff Falk

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