Completing their first round at the 1984 Amateur at Meadia Heights Rich McKee
relates that one of his playing partners, Hank Kline, thinned his tee shot on
number 18 into the short right bunker (known by club members by a more colorful name).
Faced with a long bunker shot and not wanting to take too much
sand, Hank caught all ball and lined his shot into the front roof of the
Meadia club house with so much force that the ball skipped completely over the roof
and came to rest near the eighth tee. After an extended discussion with
head pro Doug Ritter concerning available relief Hank then played his third shot
to just over the practice trap. Chipping on to the green from there to within 25 feet
he then sank the putt for five! A truly remarkable adventure that, by most
estimates, turned the straightforward, 198-yard par 3 into a 340-yard, double dogleg odyssey.
As Meadia Heights Golf Chairman in 1958 Al Medved recommended that the club use
a "shotgun" start for their Opening Tournament. This was considered such a radical
suggestion (the concept was only created in 1956 by a pro in Washington State) that
the entire golf committee resigned rather than agree to his idea.
Meadia went ahead with the shotgun and a new tournament format had arrived in Lancaster County.
The first official LANCO Better Ball tournament was held in 1964 (a two day event at Meadia Heights).
King Knox teamed with Bobby Huber to win by 15 shots. Perhaps due to this huge
victory margin LANCO did not hold the next official Better Ball until 1978.
In the early 1980's John Abernethy, head pro at LCC, asked assisitant pro Chris Williams
to help with a new logo design for the Golf Association. Chris called on artist Dana Miller
and they worked up a drawing of a golfer whose picture they had taken for the project.
That golfer's swing has been pictured on the LANCO Golf Association logo ever since. His name...Don Landis.
In 1971 the LANCO Amateur was held at Overlook. Favorites King Knox (who had won three straight Amateurs)
and Bobby Huber were expected to light up the scoreboard so the owner advised his second year
head pro Mike Atkins to have the course set up be extremely difficult. The rough was grown and
the pins were tucked. An interested spectator, CCC pro Joe Kelec, read the riot act to
Mike for the "impossible" nature of the course set up. Depsite this, King won his fourth straight
Amateur with a 3-under par 137. Later, Mike Atkins and Joe Kelec became good friends for many years.
At the 1979 LANCO Open at Host Farm several players
were enjoying a few post-round beers near the 18th green.
An approach shot to the green arrived near them and one of the onlookers asked the
lefty who hit it if he could try his club while the player awaited his turn to play.
The onlooker used the opportunity to aim a ball at the ski shack which used to sit
on "Kramer's Hill" at that time. This soon turned into a game for those men enjoying
their post-round beers and others joined in. Although there were scant few successes
in actually hitting the shack with golf balls the group soon discovered that they were
running low on beer. The onlooker volunteered to remedy that problem and headed off
for the nearest beer distributor on Route 30 - in a golf cart! These actions were deemed
inappropriate by the LANCO Board and they determined that the drinking of alcohoic
beverages during the play of a competitor's round would no longer be permissable
for the safety of the players and the decorum of the events.
That rule was instituted for 1980 and is still in effect today.
As young assistant pros at The Host in the late 1960's Craig Hall and Mike Atkins were able to
find time to play the Old Distelfink Course (Par 3) late on a few afternoons. Craig would generally
dominate these games until dusk would approach. Then, since Mike's eyes were sharper in the twilight he was
usually able to turn the match around. And, did you know that you could see the screen at
the old Sky-Vue Drive-In from that old course at The Host?
In the 1999 Amateur at Tanglewood John Sweeney hit his tee shot to the right of No. 9 fairway.
The ball lodged high up in a large fir tree but, without proper identification of the ball,
John would have to declare it lost and head back for the tee. A young fan volunteered to scale the tree,
identified the ball as John's and Sweeney was able to continue from where it dropped under the
unplayable lie rule. The young fan was a 12-year old Brandon Detweiler.
In the 1998 Scramble at Crossgates Marlin Detweiler, teaming with Hank Kline, holed his second shot
for eagle at the par-4 eighth hole (their final hole) to force a playoff with Andy Tompos and Deryl Denlinger.
Then, on the first playoff hole, he chipped in for eagle on No. 10 for the win. A couple of days later
in a scramble at Foxchase Marlin again holed his fairway shot for eagle on their third hole, the par-4 No. 12.
A total of three holed out eagle shots in the last five holes they had played.
His comment to Hank..."Partner, that's all I've got!"
In recording his third consecutive LANCO Amateur victory in 1976 at The Host Marlin Detweiler played
one of the most solid rounds in the history of the event. His 5-under par 67 included all 18 greens
in regulation or better (he hit two of the par-5's in two). A second round 71 gave him two rounds under par
for the event. It was such a wide margin of victory that host pro Howard Kramer began the presentation
ceremonies on the 18th green before Marlin was able to putt out
(he made the six foot putt he needed for his under par round after receiving the trophy).