Jim Gardner is usually good for at least one Lebanon County Golf Association victory every year. This year’s came at the County Better-Ball-of-Partners at Blue Mountain.
On Sunday, Gardner, one of the locale’s most consistent amateur players, teamed with partner Chris Gebhard to claim the championship of the popular tournament. Gardner and Gebhard posted a final-round score of 63, or eight-under par, for a 129 total that was good for a four-shot triumph.
Gardner played well throughout Sunday’s round, but especially early, and that propelled his team to the title.
Gardner’s 20-foot eagle at the par-five sixth hole moved his side to four-under for the final round. Then he connected on birdie putts at the par-five eighth hole and the par-four ninth hole to give him and Gebhard a lead they would never relinquish.
Gardner and Gebhard got off to a bit of a slow start in Saturday’s first round of the tournament. But over their final 27 holes, they combined to go 13-under par.