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Fifty is the new 40.

Age is just a number.

And you’re only as old as you feel.

At 52, Jim Gardner was the youngest competitor at the Lebanon County Senior Amateur golf championship, contested on Friday at the Lebanon Country Club. The way it turned out, youth was served.

Gardner claimed the senior amateur title by defeating friend Dan Brown in a three-hole playoff, after both players had finished their regulation rounds with matching 74s. The key to the playoff was Gardner’s birdie at LCC’s par-four Number One hole, after Brown recorded a bogey.

Gardner captured the Lebanon County Senior Amateur title during his first time competing in the local tournament. He has now won championships in the Lebanon County Amateur, the Lebanon County Better-Ball-of-Partners, the W.B. Sullivan Better-Ball-of-Partners and the Lebanon County Senior Amateur.

Paired with him during their round, Gardner engaged Brown in a back-and-forth battle over the entire afternoon. Gardner was one-under par after registering back-to-back birdies at Numbers Five and Six.

He made the turn with a two-shot advantage over Brown. But Brown quickly erased that lead with an eagle at the par-five 10th.

  • Jeff Falk

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