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August 20, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

Among Wakefield players, none match up with Ritzer

There is no disputing Lonnie Ritzer's position as Wakefield Valley's 1993 match-play golf champion. He won the title by turning back the best the field had to offer.

Along the trail to victory, Ritzer, a 39-year-old attorney, eliminated both Gerry Eckenrode and Bob Kirkner, who were the winner and runner-up, respectively, in 1992.

Ritzer's final tourney triumph came by way of a sudden-death decision over Howard Tiger, a first-year club member from Syracuse, N.Y.

The final against Tiger was a squeaker. With officials calling for the match to be played over 27 holes (all three nines at the Wakefield course) there never was more than a 2-up lead held by either player.

They were even after 18 holes, but Ritzer went 1-up at the 20th. Tiger struck back to pull even again at the 21st hole. After a string of tied holes, Ritzer built a 1-up advantage with one hole to play.

Again, it was deadlocked as Howard parred the 27th hole, forcing the match into a sudden-death playoff.

On the first extra hole, Tiger drove down the right rough, his ball settling against a tree. He was left with no chance at hitting the green with his second shot on the par-four hole.

Ritzer hit a powerful drive down the left-hand rough, but was in splendid position. His second shot with a nine iron reached the middle of the green, from which he two-putted for an easy par. Tiger attempted to recover with a third shot from the right rough, but his remaining 10-foot par putt failed to drop.

Ritzer's previous best effort in the Wakefield championship was in 1988 when he bowed to Todd Eckenrode in the finals.

Results of other flight finals were: first-Mackie Pajak defeated George Tears; second-Mike Fastner defeated Joe Rhodes; third-Howard Frymier defeated Gene Sines; fourth-Wayne Putman defeated Hank Fridley; fifth-Jack Venedam defeated Al Kirkner.

In the women's final, Diana Tames defended her championship with a 1-up victory over Barbara Linder.

Piney Branch

In the club's fall mixed two-ball tourney, the team of Charles Palmer and Peggy Eline won low-gross honors with a 147 score for the two-day 36-hole event. They were followed by Dave Schmidt and Nancy Gailey with a 150.

Low-net leaders were Harry Schmale and Jamie Winter, 127; Benny Myers and Joan Hayden, 129; Steve and Debbie Stricher, Steve and Audrey Zink, 131; Gloria Barry and Russ Arenz, 132; and Harry Barry and Bea McCauley, 132.

Bear Creek

Winning captains in first-round play of the Industrial League's double-elimination test were Pat Lynch, Bob Mitchell, Charles Richardson and Bill Welsh.

The team of Ron and Kathy Comfort scored a winning net 30 in the couple league's competition.

In senior-league foursomes, the winners, with a score of 16-under-par, were Ken Barnhart, Bruno Blomkowski, Jim Hanley and Charles Amereihn.

Bear Creek's 36-hole stroke play championship will be played tomorrow and Sunday. Chris Conklin is defending champion.

Oakmont Greens

A donation of $2,000 was raised for Santa Claus Anonymous and Special Olympics at a golf tournament at Oakmont Greens. The event was sponsored by the Social Security Administration and Health Care Financial Administration. Tom Talbot was the tourney chairman.

Golfers winning prizes for the closest to the pin were: Terry Simmons, Paul Boerschel, Ken Fuller and Art Paul. Low-gross winners were Al Block, Bill Karentzalis and Bill Hill. Winners in low net were Mike Walsh, Bill Walsh, Ken Kozinor and Walter Liupaeter.

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