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    About Lanco

Beginnings

On July 8. 1959 representatives from the four existing clubs, Lancaster Country Club, Meadia Heights Golf Club, Conestoga Country Club and Overlook Golf Club, officially created the Lancaster County Golf Association.

They determined that three men from each club (golf pro, golf committee chairman and one other club member) would comprise the Board of LANCO.

The original officers were President Boyd Heath, Secretary George Shenck, Treasurer Charles Rohrer and Executive Committee Member D. K. Kaiser.

The Chairman of the Board would be the golf pro for the host club of the LANCO amateur each year.

The Board was tasked with enabling the USGA rating of each of the member courses and the running of four tournaments each year (Amateur, Ladies Amateur, Senior and Junior).  The only tournament requirement was residency in Lancaster County. 

It was agreed that all LANCO events be self-supporting and all team prizes would be discontinued.

In 1996, Steve Graybill began his 9 year term on the board.He was the first golf course owner to serve.  Steve suggested that LANCO should pay the courses more than the customary $8 per round since that created a lossing position for the host courses.

In 1998, Jim Fuhrman joined the board as Assistant Tournament Chairman (to Bob Handler).

Assuming the Tournament Chairmanship the next year, he followed up on Steve’s recommendation and increased the fee to the host courses to be 65-85% of their going rates thereby assuring the LANCO member courses would be financially enthusiastic about hosting our events.

Tournaments

1953 – Amateur begins

From 1953-1967 the Amateur was played as a one-day, 36 hole event.  In 1968, it was changed to two days event.

Started with only four qualifiers from each of the four existing clubs in the county (Lancaster, Conestoga, Meadia and Overlook).  By 1959 the four existing clubs qualified 6 players each for the Amateur.  By 1967 six clubs qualified 9 players each for the Amateur (including one spot reserved for the defending champion).

1964 – Better Ball begins - King Knox and Bobby Huber won the two day tournament by 15 strokes and the event is tabled until further notice

1973 – Open begins

1975 – Junior begins (turned over to Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour in 2009)

1976 – Senior begins

1978 – Better Ball reinstituted

1981 – Mixed begins (turned over the Ladies Lancaster County Golf Association in 2010)

1994 – Two Man Scramble begins

1995 – War of the Roses begins

2003 – Team Competition (discontinued after one year, Overlook was winner)

2006 – Mid-Amateur begins

2009 – Match Play begins

Other Notes

Website created in 2004 and in 2007 started taking applications and payments for all events

Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour established in 1999 

Hall of Fame created in 2006

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