Stu Hanford has never won the championship of the W.B. Sullivan Better-Ball-of-Partners golf tournament, which is hosted by his home track, the Lebanon Country Club. It’s a fact that, to a degree, weighs upon.
Perhaps, he’s just never found the right partner. And if so, this could be his year.
On Saturday, at LCC, during the 75th edition of the event, Hanford and new partner Brian Blalock, barged into the semifinals of the match-play championship flight. During their quarterfinal match in the afternoon, Hanford and Blalock upset the defending champions, Dan Brown and Jason Troutman, 3&1.
Following a back-and-forth battle, Hanford-Blalock asserted themselves late to advance. First, Blalock ran in a birdie putt on the par-four 16th to give his side a one-up advantage, then Hanford closed out the quarterfinal match with a birdie strike at the par-four 17th.
Being one of four teams still standing heading into Sunday’s semifinals, it would seem that Hanford-Blalock entertain as good a chance as anyone to garner the prestigious mantel clocks. For Hanford, it would be a long time coming.