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‘Hounds’ can’t hunt down Fox

Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Dustin Fox watches his tee shot on the par-3 12th hole en route to winning the Edgewood Tahoe men's club championship on Sunday.

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

STATELINE – It was like Tiger Woods competing in a Nationwide Tour event.

Dustin Fox had won three out of the past four Edgewood Tahoe men’s club golf championships and the only reason he didn’t make it four out of four was because he had to withdraw from one after the first round.

Fox ran away with his fourth men’s club title on Sunday, winning by eight shots after distancing himself from the field with a 3-under 69 on Saturday.

“Youth has taken over and rightfully so,” said David Moores, who won the championship pre-Fox in 1998. “I’m thinking Nancy Kerrigan. We’re gonna have to take a bat to his knees.”

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Once a tournament that usually produced a different winner each year, the men’s club championship has become as predictable as attendance figures dropping in Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Most of the field knew it was playing for second place.

Bruce Patras, one of three players to tie for runner-up honors, speculated on how to make the championship more competitive.

“We’re gonna have to make second prize worth more money and make the second-place trophy larger than the first,” Patras said.

Fox, who just concluded his collegiate playing career at the University of Nevada, Reno, wasn’t pleased with his final-round score of 83.

“I wanted to back up the 69 with another good round,” Fox said. “It was a hackfest. I got off to such a bad start and I must have three-putted five holes. It was frustrating.”

A double bogey-triple bogey start by Fox gave some players a chance, but Fox’s long and accurate drives off the gold tees put the pressure on his pursuers to make up the difference.

“Look at how he coils. He gets his front shoulder under chin. For me, that hurts,” said Carl Fair, who along with Pacas shot a pair of 80s to finish in second at 160. “I don’t think he hit the rough with his driver in two days.”

Fox took control of the championship on Saturday by sinking a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th and holing three birdies. He parred the 16th on Sunday after his punishing drive caught one of the menacing pine limbs hanging over the middle of the fairway.

His only mistake on the final stretch of holes by the lake was a chunked fairway approach to the 18th green. Luckily, the ball stopped short of Lake Laimbeer and Fox wedged his third shot to 10 feet short of the hole. He two-putted for par, wrapping up the title with eight strokes to spare.

The bad news for the men’s club is that Fox intends to keep playing in the championship as long as he can. There is good news, though. Fox won’t pursue a professional golf career, so he likely won’t play as much as he did the past several years while at UNR.

A.J. Hoffman, a pro shop employee at Edgewood Tahoe, shot the best final round – a 2-over 74. He finished in the three-way tie with Fair and Patras for second place.