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Mike Schmidt Jr.’s golf game is based on momentum, ball striking and putting. He’s a streaky player who thrives on adrenaline

But when he’s got it going on, there aren’t too many local players better than Schmidt.

On Saturday at Blue Mountain Golf Course, during the first round of the annual Lebanon County Better-Ball-of-Partners tournament, Schmidt got hot. His inspired play help him and teammate Pete Parpagene to an early three-way tie for the lead at the popular event.

Schmidt and Parpagene combined to fire an opening-round 64, which was seven-under par. The partners collaborated on five birdies, 11 pars and a bogey during Saturday’s first round.

But the highlight of their round came at the par-five fourth hole, where Schmidt registered an extremely rare double eagle. Following a well-placed tee shot, Schmidt blasted his second shot, from the fairway, into the hole.

With the score of two on the par-five, Schmidt and Parpagene went from one-under on their round to four-under par. Even more amazing was the fact that, for Schmidt, it was his second double-eagle in eight days.

  • Jeff Falk

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