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‘Sly’ Fox’s game is on par

Steve Yingling

His playing companions joked that he was too young to win, but in the end, youth was served in the annual Edgewood Tahoe Men’s Club Golf Championship last month.

Dustin Fox, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Nevada, became the youngest to win the 36-hole championship.

“They didn’t think I could win it,” said Fox, who was three shots better than perennial runner-up Dave Huber.

Fox, a former No. 1 player for the Whittell High golf team, finished four strokes out of first in his club championship debut last year, but quickly showed off a more-rounded game with his winning rounds of 81 and 78.

“This year, I’m just a better player … just my short game and being able to get up and down when I miss the greens,” Fox said.

And unparalleled off the tee, according to 2000 champion Phil Weidinger.

“He used his distance to his advantage,” Weidinger said.

Not to mention several clutch par putts. Fox drained 10-foot par putts on No. 16 and No. 17 to take a two-stroke lead into the final hole.

A conservative approach on the 18th hole removed any chance of Fox taking a big number and squandering the title. After hitting his tee shot to the right on the par-5 hole finishing hole, Fox recovered by laying up in the fairway and then taking the water out of play with a wedge shot to the right side of the green. He two-putted for par a three-stroke victory.

Huber fired rounds of 83 and 79 to finish second for the third time in four years. Dick Schwarte took third.

Fox backed up his splendid play at Edgewood by taking third in the 36-hole Squaw Creek Amateur Championship the following weekend. Fox grabbed the first-round lead with an even-par 72 and clinched third with a closing 75.

“Squaw Creek is all about hitting it straight, and lately I’ve been concentrating more on hitting it straight rather than the length,” Fox said.

Fox plans to keep working on his game so he can make his next tryout for the men’s golf team at UNR a successful one.

“This year I had a rough qualifying,” Fox said. “It showed me where I was and how much I had to improve.”

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