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Gibstein, Madden win George Sands event

Ed Gibstein and Steve Madden of Engineers Country Club shot a better-ball 4-under par 66 to win the Long Island Golf Association's George Sands Invitational Thursday at the Woodmere Club. They scored a one-shot victory over Dennis Lynch and Kevin Murphy of Nassau Players Club.

Donald Hendler and Peter Van Ingen of the Meadow Brook Club won the senior division in a playoff with Barry Koff and Gerry Zipkin of Middle Bay Country Club.

The event is held in memory of the former LIGA and Metropolitan Golf Association president who died at 99 in Sept. 2000. Sands helped establish the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, which held its annual fundraising tournament last week at Rockaway Hunting Club.

Honoring grandfather

If he can get away for a few days in May, North Hills teaching pro Scott Ford might just go to Florida to see his grandfather, Doug, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. The younger Ford won the 1982 Florida Junior championship with the same set of irons Doug used to win the 1957 Masters.

"I think it was long overdue, really, considering his achievements on and off the course," said Scott, who won the Met PGA Professaionals Championship in July. He referred to Doug's 1955 PGA Championship, 1957 Masters win and 17 tour wins and the fact the patriarch served on the boards that created the current PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

"My grandfather never let on over the years. If somebody asked him , he'd say, 'Oh, I don't care,' " the younger Ford said. "But I think he did. I think he was pretty happy to finally get the recognition."

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