No bologna at Lebanon CC — just swish steakScott Stoner
You could fill a Ryder Cup team with the players that came out of Lebanon Country Club.
Co-captains Greg Lesher and Stu Ingraham could lead the squad. Lesher played on the PGA Tour and has since regained his amateur status and plays out of West Shore Country Club.
Lesher won the coveted Jake Gittlen Memorial Tournament and plays occasionally, but spends most of his time now with his wife and five lovely children.
Ingraham continues as a PGA Professional at the MGOLF Driving Range & Learning Facility near Philadelphia and has stuffed his pockets with cash from Philly section tournaments for years. He finished low club professional in the 1993 PGA. He finished ahead of Lee Trevino on the Champions Tour Money List last year with his SR PGA performance (176th — I wouldn't laugh.).
Blaine Peffley turned pro in 2007 and has won two tournaments on the Hooters Tour. Peffley had an amazing amateur career before turning pro. He won the PIAA State tournament in 2001 and 2002 and was AJGA All-American in 2001. Peffley was ranked the top JR player in the nation by winning three national tournaments.
Stephanie George turned professional in 2002 and has won two LPGA Future Tour Events. George was the first golfer at Radford University to be selected to an East Regional Division I golf position.
Lebanon CC has produced many great amateurs as well.
How did this happen?
Two reasons, I think.
Lebanon CC is a wonderful golf course. Beautifully conditioned and tests your entire game. Also, its recently retired Professional Mike Swisher is a premier instructor. Swisher created and maintained a factory that produced stellar golfers. There was a wonderful farewell for this great man from what I understand. Could have filled Lake Erie with the tears shed. Someone should text Davis Love III and recommend Swisher as co-captain for the team. He would be perfectly capable. He gave lessons to Jim Furyk, too!
Lebanon CC has fast greens that require a smooth putting stroke and good nerves. On any fast green, I make an extra effort to ease my grip pressure and tension in my forearms. It's easier to make a smooth stroke with the big shoulder muscles than with the hands. Also, the putts might have a tendency to break more than the read dictates, especially the downhillers.
Lebanon CC Fore F Rating 6.5
Scott Stoner is in his 33rd year teaching technology education at Cumberland Valley Eagle View Middle School and has coached the Cumberland Valley High School golf team for 21 years, winning seven championships. He advanced to the Final 64 in the 1979 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Cleveland.