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Crossin-Briggs win 65th Allan title - finally

Eight days after tourney starts, defending runner-ups earn crown

Pictured clockwise from top left, Len Coleman showing mid-season form.

photos by tony callaio

Bill Briggs cannot believe his 20-foot putt did not sink as it sat on the rim of the cup. Sunday’s rain made it impossible to finish. The match was picked up on Monday, July 4 with the team of Cross/Briggs taking the title.

That’s not snow you see, that’s Don Crossin and Bill Briggs having to putt out during a torrential downpour that interrupted play during the 18-hole playoff on Sunday.

It took over a week to decide, but a champion was finally crowned in the John A. Allan Tournament at Fox Hill Country Club on Monday.

The team of Don Crossin and Bill Briggs completed their round on Monday with a 7-under 65 to win the annual tournament over the team of John Mulhern and Len Coleman, who finished with a 68.

The two teams were back out on the course Monday to complete the last 13 holes of a special playoff that was interrupted by rain on Sunday.

The playoff was necessary after the two teams finished three days of play tied over a week ago.

On June 26, both teams finished at 14-under par in the better-ball stroke play format. After three playoff holes, neither team converted on its potential match-winning putts and the match was called due to darkness.

The teams returned to the course Sunday, but had to quit after five holes due to rain.

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