Lanco Board Member Jared Texter (l) presenting Chris Fieger, Sr with the 2016 Golfer of the Year Trophy, along with Jodi Fieger
Chris Fieger Sr.
Home course: Foxchase Golf Club
Previous times named Golfer of the Year: 2013, 2014
Wins: 2016 Lanco Open; 2016 Lanco Match Play; 2011, 2012 and 2014 Lanco Mid-Amateur; 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Lanco Senior; four Philadelphia Public Links crowns
Paula Wolf, Staff Writer, LancasterOnline
In golf, said Chris Fieger Sr., the key isn’t how good your good shots are, but how good your bad shots are.
And that ability to perform consistently is why Fieger was named Golfer of the Year — for the third time in four years — by the Lancaster County Golf Association.
Fieger, who received the award Tuesday, competed in six Lanco events this season, placing first in three of them — the Match Play, Senior and Open tournaments.
He accumulated 899 points, ahead of Brandon Detweiler’s 586.
“I feel very fortunate” to have earned the honor, Fieger said, which he also won in 2013 and 2014.
“There are so many good players in the county.”
The 54-year-old married father of four lives in Denver and uses Foxchase Golf Club as his home course.
Getting better with age
Fieger said he probably became serious about the sport at the age of 13.
Diagnosed with a hip condition, he said he had to shy away from more physical activities, so he turned to golf.
He started out by caddying at Springhaven Golf Club in Delaware County, where he later became a member.
By the age of 17, Fieger — who never took a golf lesson — had finished 10th in the PGA junior nationals.
He then received a partial golf scholarship to Division I Temple.
As a youth, his dream was to play on the pro tour, but that idea ran into reality.
“When I was a teen, I was going to take the world by storm,” he said with a laugh.
Fieger, who works in sales, and his family moved to Lancaster County in 2004.
Unaware at first about the Lancaster County Golf Association,
he didn’t participate in his first Lanco event until 2007.
Fieger said he started golfing more when his children got older. His two sons, Chris Jr., 25, and Daniel, 18, also compete in the sport.
“When we can, we play together,” he said.
Asked if he was playing the best golf of his life, Fieger didn’t quite go that far, but did say, “As you get older, you get smarter, and you play smarter.
“I’ve learned how to score better.” Fieger, who has an artificial right hip, said he usually golfs once or twice a week. The hip doesn’t slow him down at all, he said.
There’s not a part of his game that really stands out, as a strength or a weakness, said Fieger, whose average score per round for the 2016 Lanco tournaments was a 70.
His best rounds were a pair of 68s in the Senior and Mid-Amateur events.
In addition to the three that he won, Fieger finished second in the Mid-Amateur and tied for seventh in the Amateur and Better Ball tournaments.
His resume also includes 2011, 2012 and 2014 Lanco Mid-Amateur titles, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Lanco Senior championships and four Philadelphia Public Links crowns.
Don Landis, board president of the Lancaster County Golf Association, said the vote to name Fieger Golfer of the Year was unanimous among the 16 board members.
Considering Fieger’s three victories in six tournaments, it was an easy call, he said.
And it’s all the more impressive given the number of younger golfers Fieger was competing against, Landis said.
As Landis said he told Fieger, “Chris, you beat all the kids!”