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. 0HIO COUNTY TIMES, HARTFORD, KENTUCKY, AUGUST 2, 1973, PAGE 2 David McPherson Captures Second Annual' Ohio County Invitational Golf Tournament % !i David McPherson, second from left, captured the championship flight of the Ohio County Invitational Tournament last Sunday with a final-round score of three-over-par 73. Other winners were, from the left of McPherson, Corky Norcia, second place in the championship flight, J. McPherson, winner of the fourth flight, Nick Nicoletta, winner of the second flight, W.H. Rightmyer, first flight winner, and Jackie Henry, winner of the fifth flight. Roy Darity, left, was given a dozen golf balls for recording the highest score. Darity is a member of the country club's "Fearsome Foursome." G. Stotts, the thhxi flight winner, was not present for the picture. OHIO COUNTY'S FEARSOME FOURSOME IIIIIII I II I I I I II li I I They Really Are For R eal.. By Dave'McBride' They looked sort of like the average golfer.., that is, until they stepped up to a tee. They had a little knowledge of the game but experienced great difficulty in transmitting what was in their heads to other parts of their bodies. They laughed and joked a lot and probably set a new world record. Such a record would come from the most strokes in the shortest length of time. You know when they're not playing because you can't hear them. You know when they are playing because. Bill Stanley and Bill Johnson. Trying to describe their particular brand of gold would be like trying to convince Alolph Rupp there are sports other than basketball. Saying these guys are the poorest golfers in the game would be a grave mistake. Saying they "probably" are the poorest golfers in the game would come religiously close to gospel. Just watching them play will knock a good golfer's game completely out of balance. Off the golf course Darity and Johnson are coal mine superin- tendants and Harrison and Stanley are in the concrete business. On the course the "fearsome foursome" The "golfing greats" in question are Roy Darity, Charles Harrison, makes Emmett Kelly, the world- renouned clown, look like a down- hearted grave digger. Bill and Bill and Charlie and Roy participated in last week's Ohio County Invitational tournament. And, did they ever participate. An example of their golfing antics came on the first hole of the second round. Johnson took his turn on the tee and smacked the ball right down the middle of the fairway. Only God knows how he did it. Immediately after the shot Harrison was heard to say, "you're in the middle of the fairway but that's all right." Harrison directed a little criticism toward officials of the tournament. It seems he was unhappy over the way the "blocks" (tee markers) were changed after each round. "I get one distance mastered and they change the blocks," he said. Harrison also said he was advised that there are 23 things a person can do wrong on the tee. "We do them all," he allowed. Darity had his listeners confused when he toki about talking to a ball for a full ten minutes before swinging the club. The mystery was solved when he said another player told him to properly "address' the ball. One of the real oddities of the day came when Stanley registered a birdie on number five. The roar from the four made Arnie's Army sound like a funeral service. Johnson said Harrison spent so much time in the woods he was beginning to feel like Smokey the Bear. All of this is not to say Bill and Bill and Roy and Charlie are not good guys. But, being a good buy has ab- solutely nothing to do with a person's ability to play golf. There will be other games and other tournaments and the four will slash their happy way around the course. Those whoknow them best would have it no other way. Roy Darity washes his ball in the "churn" in preparation for his foursome's tee-off Saturday in the Ohio County Invitational Tournament. The rest of the group, known as Ohio County's "Fearsome Foursome," take lessons. They are, from left, Bill Stanley, Bill Johnson and Charles Harrison, It's difficult to tell by this picture that the four cannot play the game. Country Club Cour00 Provides Challenge Whoever said the Ohio County Country Club's tight nine-hole golf course is easy needs only to look at the scores following the invitational tournament over the past weekend. David McPherson, winner of the championship flight, found the course to his liking but the visitor from Owensboro was unable to manage par on the final day of the 36-hole tourney. The tournament, drawing 100 players in only its second year, was played under ideal course and weather conditions. Lacy Blackburn, chairman of the event, said the player participation was an indication of the tournament's caliber. "We drew players from several surrounding towns and counties and everybody had a good time," he said. Blackburn also loaded credit on the many persons helping to make the tournament a success. "A lot of people worked hard on the course and in other areas in an effort to make it a fun tournament and one financially successful," he added. McPherson started and finished the front nine on Sunday with bogies and pulled upon the front side with a one- over-par 36. Only a bird on the long eighth hole kept him one stroke in front of second place finisher Corky Norcia at the turn. McPherson bogied number two on the back nine and put himself in real danger by taking a double bogy on the fourth hole. He sandwiched a bird between the two poorly-played holes and played par golf the rest of the way for a 37 and an 18-hole total of three- over-par 73. on more on number four to take a one-stroke lead. But, the smooth-swinging Norcia, also out of Owensboro, bogied 15 and 17 and finished with a four over 74. Smitty-Taylor and T. Whitmore each shot 75 on Sunday but Whitmore was awarded third place by virtue of his bird on 18. Taylor took a one-over- par five on the hole and placed fourth. W. Rightmyer posted rounds of 36 and 38 for 74 and a total of 147. His effort was good for fifth place. Art Jordan, another one of the several players out of Owensboro, and one of the pre-tourney favorites, blew up on the front nine by carding triple bogies on six and seven and going out with a fat 41. He came back with a good two-under on the back side but the damage was done. McPherson picked up a set of irons, Norcia went home with a set of woods, Whitmore was awarded a golf bag, Taylor will be protected with a new umbrella, Rightmyer received a putter and Jordan's stock of balls went up by a dozen. Actually, the best round on the final day of play was turned in by D. Rightmyer. Rightmyer, winner of the first flight, carded a par 35 on the front side and made the turn in 37 for a two- over 72. His two-day total was 152. S. Riggs captured second place in "Arnie " Ellis Hits Another Charles "Arnie" Ellis has done again. The free-swinging golfer who also holds the title of mayor of Hartford, has hit his second hole-in-one in a golfing career not yet three years old. The mayor's latest accomplishment came last Friday on the third hole at the Ohio County Country Club...or as the pros would say...his home course. Charlie used a five iron on the par- three hole while in the company of Jack Porter. After hitting the ball the mayor reportedly told his playing :::= partner, "that one just might be in the  : hole." ii!! The mayor's first hole-in-one came : :: two years ago when he carded an ace on the par-three five hole. : As far as can be determined, Charlie now holds the record for the most holes-in-one at the club. Chsdes "Arnie" Ellis the first flight with a 7'/ a two-day total of 156. score actually was twol than third place burn who also Riggs, however, hole on Sunday closed with a par. Fourth place recorded a 79 on sundY with a 159 total. C. Kingc Rightmyer won a Riggs was awarded a burn got the putter and King balls. Nick Nicoletta Sunday and won a 159 total. Second Thomas at 160, 162, fourth to T. fifth S. Hopper at 162. Again, because of ties, the place of mined by play on the G. Stotts carded a Sunday and a 162 place in the third Stotts and S. Hooks 162 at the end of Stotts picked up the death playoff. T. at 166, J. Bridges Onstott fifth with a 169 In the fourth brother of the winner, picked up the Sunday and a King was second with third with 174, A. the fourth spot with Wimmer was fifth at The fifth flight.. the "good" golfers, Jackie Henry with a R, Sainato in fourth Other players were: Henderson, 154, B. Deering, 161, H. Bruce, 149, T. Jones, 151, R. Newman, 153, Griffin, 150, J. HartZ, .First flight: D. Tincher, 162, B. Hagen, 162, L. Kimmel, 163, K. B. Boswell, 166. Second flight: ." H. J. Crowe, 163, Vance, 172, D. King, 165, T. Knight, 177, D. G. Blackburn, 189, 162. Third flight: H. G. W J. McClain, 178, C. Rfnney, 173, J. 172, B. Fredrich, 169, and R. Bozarth, 175. Fourth flight: R. Eaton, 184, L. Ray, 179, J. Buckman, 180, 176, G. Houchins, 181 184, G. Givens, 184, 180. Fifth flight: R. Harrison, 216, B. Johnson, 208, C. McBride, 209, Haskins, 190, G. Scoggins, 191.