MANCHESTER — While neither Don Dimoff, nor Bill Brenner, are professional golfers, there’s little doubt that both are pro-caliber players on the York County Amateur Golf Association Tour.
Both Dimoff and Brenner displayed their skills on Sunday, Sept. 17, during the YCAGA Champion of Champions event at Royal Manchester Golf Links.
Dimoff shot a 2-under-par 70 to edge his rival and sometimes teammate, Bob Ruby, by a stroke to capture the overall crown. It was Dimoff’s first-ever Champion of Champions title. The event is restricted to golfers who are past champions either at a local club or in a YCAGA event.
Brenner finished with a 2-over 74, which tied with Wayne Jacobs after 18 holes, but Brenner won a playoff to take the Super Senior title.
“I played really, really solid,” said Dimoff, who is a member at Royal Manchester. “I started off with a birdie on No. 1, but then I tripled (bogey) the second hole. But then I played solid from then on out.”
Dimoff took charge near the midway point of his round. The former Red Lion girls’ basketball coach notched three birdies in a row starting with No. 9 to get to 1-under. He added birdies on No. 14 and No. 17 before a 3-putt on No. 18 resulted in a bogey.
His troubles on No. 18 left Dimoff feeling as if he may have cost himself the title. Ruby, who played in the group directly before Dimoff’s, was the leader with a 2-under score at the turn. Dimoff knew that, but he didn’t realize that Ruby shot 1 over (three bogeys, two birdies) on the back nine to fall to 1-under.
“I really thought that was going to cost me,” Dimoff said. “I three-putted and I actually thought I was going to lose by one.”
The victory capped off a solid finish to the season for Dimoff, who captured the YCAGA Senior Match Play title over Ruby in August. He also won the BAPS Match Play crown in late August before teaming up with Ruby to win a Senior Scramble earlier this month.
“I’ve been playing pretty good the last half of the year,” he said.
Brenner earns Super Senior win: While Dimoff relished his first Champions crown, Brenner has been no such stranger to YCAGA victories. Arguably the greatest amateur to play in the YCAGA, Brenner decided to give the Super Senior side, which requires golfers to be over 60 years old, a chance this year.
“This was the first time I’ve done it,” said Brenner, who golfs out of Briarwood. “I figured if I was going to do it, that I’d do it here. Even playing from the hybrid tees, it’s still a long way. The difference is only about 300 to 400 yards.”
After a bogey on No. 15 took Brenner to 3-over, the 25-time Briarwood course champion converted his only birdie of the day on No. 16.
Pretty good, right? Not quite for Brenner, who was a little salty after missing an eagle putt.
“On No. 16 I hit my second shot on the green,” Brenner said. “I knocked my putt about eight feet by (the hole), but made it coming back.”
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