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July 1, 2013

Janes wins Field Club Open on the course where he learned the game

FAIRMONT — "Well, that will make things interesting,” Rush Janes said as he slammed his club into his golf bag.

Janes was leading the Field Club Open Championship by two shots heading into the final hole. So when his approach shot sailed over the green on the 18th, he left the door open for Mike Koreski, whose ball was sitting squarely in the middle of the fairway.

“If I chip up and made bogey or double and he sticks one close, in my mind we’re going to be even,” Janes said.

But with his next shot, Janes eliminated any drama. He chipped his fourth shot from behind the green inches from the hole and tapped in for par to win the Field Club Open Championship.

After an opening day 68, Janes carded a 71 to claim the title. Second place went to Koreski, who fired scores of 70 and 73. And John Kingora, who won the Green Hills Open two weeks ago, took third with a 72 and 74.

Janes, last year’s Tri-State Open amateur champion, felt right at home at Fairmont Field Club. After all, he grew up in a house just a short drive from the course — a drive with a golf club, not a car, that is.

The white home is across the street from the course. A decent golfer could hit the front porch on a fly from where Janes tapped in his tournament-winning putt.

 

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