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June 5, 2009

Darr, Luzar roll to first CDI title

John Darr and Rick Luzar finished what they started.

The two shot a closing 6-under 66 on Friday and breezed to the Clay Dykes Invitational championship in record fashion, blowing away defending champions Jerry Hudgins and Mike Rice by 11 shots at The Farm golf course in Rocky Face.

Darr and Luzar, who like Hudgins and Rice in 2008 led from start to finish, posted a 54-hole score of 191, breaking the old record of 196 set by Bill Ploeger and Rice in 2002.

“We survived,” the 62-year-old Luzar, who is from Pinehurst, N.C., said as he approached the scoreboard. It was a cruel joke for the rest of the field.

In actuality, they squashed all challenges over the three days and golfers leaving the course on Thursday said the other 14 championship flight teams were playing for second place.

Darr and Luzar, who finished fifth in their first CDI appearance last year, opened this year’s tournament with a 10-under 62, which is probably another record. They followed that up with a 9-under 63 on Day 2.

After cooling off and posting just two birdies on the front side Friday, Darr and Luzar birdied the first five holes on the back nine and then coasted to the convincing victory.

Their 19-under 125 through 36 holes set up an easy closing round.

“We knew we were pretty far ahead,” said Darr, also 62 and from Gainesville, Fla.

The champions found the par-72, 6,487-yard course was set up as difficult on Friday as it had been all week.

“This course shows you so many things that it’s hard to figure out what to do,” Darr said. “Some places you can’t put the ball, and we did a pretty good job of that all week. There are some places out there that if you hit there you’re cooked. It’s a challenge for sure.”

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