Chance Miller won the Pennsylvania Public Links golf title in 2007, and says he has, “tried to keep a low profile ever since.’’
Ian Albright was having none of that Saturday after he and Miller teamed to shoot a 10 under-par 62 and win the Lanco TFB Hospitality Two-Man Scramble at Tanglewood Manor.
“Chance’s short game is incredible,’’ said Albright. “He made about 100 feet worth of putts. He didn’t totally carry me; I contributed, and we were able to ham-and-egg it. But he was really good today.’’
The duo won the first event on this year’s Lanco schedule by two shots over two teams who shot 64s: Mark Oliveri and Conor Gilbert, who were five under after five holes before the putters cooled, and Mark Niamoli/Chris Fairbanks, who made nine birdies and mostly cruised, but were badly hurt by a bogey at the par-3 seventh.
Another shot back, at 65, were Matt Burkhart and Shane Glackin, who made an eagle at the par-5 10th to get to six under with eight holes left before cooling.
Miller and Albright never cooled. They played the first seven holes five under, made the expected birdie at 10, and went to eight under when Miller drove the green at the short par-4 12th and knocked in an eagle putt of 35 feet. Three holes later, Miller had a 30-footer for birdie.
“Yeah, I made a few today,’’ he admitted. “It doesn’t happen too often.’’
Albright closed out the scoring, so to speak, by coaxing home a treacherous downhill, sidehill 12-footer for a birdie at the par-3 16th.
It was the first tournament win for Albright, who plays out of Overlook but gets a lot of his annual golf in while wintering in Florida.
He calls Miller, “My mentor, although unfortunately I haven’t produced a lot of results (before today).’’
Miller plays all over the place, although he maintains a handicap at Briarwood, in York County. That’s how he was able to manage the feat, almost certainly unique, of earning a berth in the annual War of the Roses, a Ryder Cup-style team competition between Lancaster and York Counties, for both teams in the same year.
He also won the Lanco Scramble in 2012, with Rick Wise, and the Lanco Better-Ball, in 2007, with Sean Cabry.
Next up on the Lanco schedule is its biggest event, the Amateur Championship, June 18-19 at Highlands of Donegal.