Custer pur­su­ing fourth straight ti­tle

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Tony Leodora

For Mont­gomery Me­dia Some ge­nius once said, “Records are made to be bro­ken.”

In sports the stalk­ing of records is a daily oc­cur­rence. 7hHUH DUH thRVH thDt fiJuUH never to be bro­ken — Joe DiMag­gio’s 56-game hit­ting streak — and there are other seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able ones that are un­der pres­sure cur­rently — Jack Nick­laus’ record of 18 Ma­jor Cham­pi­onship vic­to­ries.

As the Mont­gomery County Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship en­ters its 12th year as the pre­mier golf com­pe­ti­tion in the county, one par­tic­u­lar record of ex­cel­lence could fall.

No player, on any level, has ever won more than three cham­pi­onships. sic­to­ria Arena won three Girls’ Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in a row, 2004-2006. She went on to play col­le­giate golf at Penn State and has not com­peted in the County Am in six years.

James Brauns­berg won three Boys’ Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships, over a span of four years. His ti­tles in 2006, 2007 and 2009 sparked him to a ca­reer at Drexel Univer­sity. He is en­tered in the Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion this year.

But it is in the Se­nior Di­vi­sion where the spot­light will shine … in terms of an at­tempt to set a new record. Rick Custer, who lives in Roy­ers­ford, has won the last three Se­nior Cham­pi­onships. In that span he has recorded close vic­to­ries over VRPH RI thH finHVt VHniRU JRlIHUV in the county — Scott Car­ney of Com­mon­wealth National, BuFN -RnHV RI Lin­fiHlG 1DtiR­nal, Jim Pick­ens of Ply­mouth, Jim Pren­der­gast of Brook­side and Jeff Paige of Belle­wood.

In or­der to post a fourth straight ti­tle — and be­come thH fiUVt SHUVRn HvHU tR win four Montco Am ti­tles of any kind — he will have to face DnRthHU VtURnJ fiHlG.

“There are a lot of good play­ers,” said Custer, who main­tained his hand­i­cap at Five Ponds GC this year but plays at cour­ses all over the re­gion. “In my mind, Buck Jones is the best se­nior golfer in the county … and maybe in the area.”

Custer, who has a jan­i­to­rial sup­ply sales busi­ness that al­lows him to set his own sched­ule and play a lot of golf, is to­tally im­mersed in the sport. In his spare time he works for the Philadel­phia Sec­tion PGA, as a UulHV RI­fiFiDl DnG D VuSHUviVing po­si­tion with the Ju­nior Tour. He also plays reg­u­larly in the Bunker Club, a trav­el­ing group mostly made up of se­nior and re­tired golf pro­fes­sion­als who play tour­na­ments ev­ery week.

Al­though Custer be­gan play­ing com­pet­i­tively in Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of Philadel­phia events around age 35, it was not un­til he reached se­nior sta­tus that he started col­lect­ing tour­na­ment vic­to­ries. He has been the model of con­sis­tency through­out his County Am play.

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