ETTERS — It was not a great day on the course for many golfers who took part in Sunday's York County Amateur Golf Association McConkey & Co Insurance & Benefits Inter-Club Championship.
The wind and the pin placements drove scores up across the board. Many golfers could only shrug in dismay.
Not unexpectedly, however, was the outstanding score put up by South Hills' Matt Henry. Arguably the best golfer on the tour, Henry again showed why he is often the man to beat.
Henry had a nearly perfect day on a very windy afternoon at Valley Green Golf Club. He sank half a dozen birdies to go along with a dozen pars to finish with a 6-under-par (65) to claim the individual title by five strokes over Alex Hofstrand of Cool Creek.
Henry's score also produced a victory for South Hills in the team standings, which consisted of the four best scores from the team, in addition to the better-ball score of every hole among all team members. The Hanover-area club finished a with a 360 total, which bested Royal Manchester by eight strokes.
"The pins were tough," Henry said. "But I was fortunate enough. On this course you just have to hit it between the trees, and that's what I did all day long."
Henry converted birdies on holes 2, 4, 6 and 7 on the front nine to take a two-stroke lead over Hofstrand at the turn. He added birdies on 15 and 16 to complete a round that dominated the field.
"I normally get into a lot of trouble (with the trees), but today I just hit it right down the middle," he said. "This isn't a very long course, but the trees will get you out there."
Hofstrand was the only other golfer to break par on the day. The Kennard-Dale High School graduate was able to parlay a quick start with a birdie on No. 2 into a solid outing.
"This course was really tough," he said. "The pins were really tucked and there were some messy spots. I think if the greens were any faster that the pins would probably be illegal."
The wind and pin placements proved very difficult on the last hole on the course. Many golfers fell well short of the elevated hole, with their shots dropping into the rough below. Jeff Poet of Regents' Glen Country Club was the only one to birdie the hole for the day.
"The wind just made it that much harder," Hofstrand said. "Because you have to account for the wind and it just wasn't easy."
The next YCAGA event is the McClarin Plastics, Inc. York County Senior & Super Senior Championship slated for Monday June 23 at Hanover County Club.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.