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Durham Senior Amateur pays off in a big way

hlynch@newsobserver.com

Gary Robinson fired back-to-back rounds of 68 at Croasdaile Country Club this week to finish in first at the Durham Senior Amateur golf tournament, but he wasn’t the biggest winner.

ABC11’s Larry Stogner, who shot in the 90s both Monday and Tuesday, came out way ahead.

Organizers of the annual Senior Am dedicated proceeds from the tournament, one of the oldest and biggest amateur events in North Carolina, to the cause to fighting ALS.

Stogner announced his retirement from broadcasting on Jan. 23, revealing publicly he had been diagnosed with ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease. Stogner had joined the staff at WTVD in 1976 and anchored the 6 p.m. newscast since 1982.

Stogner said after his announcement that he would do his best to stay as active as possible, despite the degenerative disease. He mentioned golf specifically.

After Tuesday’s final round of the Edward Jones Durham Senior Amateur Golf Championship at Croasdaile, tournament director Dink Andrews handed Stogner a ceremonial check for $3,600 — adding that to the more than $3,700 raised directly by Edward Jones Investments and bringing the event’s donations to the ALS Association to more than $7,000. In the “For” line of the tournament check was printed: “In honor of Larry Stogner.”

“The final day was awesome,” Andrews said. “The tournament was a huge success again this year.”

Robinson finished with a two-day total of 136, four strokes ahead of runner-up Lawrence Hicks. Dean Channell fired a final-round score of seven-under-par 67 for a 141 total and third place. Keith Waters (142) was fourth, while John Bunn, Preston Edmondson and John Fritz all ended up at 145, tied for fifth place.

Ernie Newton won the Super Seniors Division with a 135 total, four strokes ahead of Ron Carpenter and George Leight at 139. Denny Adkins had a 142 total and John Green a 144 to round out the top five for the Super Seniors, who played from the white tees.

Stogner carded 96-91—187, while his friend Andrews shot 81-75—156.

Both knew that the checks were more important than their scorecards.

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