The York County Amateur Golf Association recently honored one of the area's best-ever players with one of its highest honors.

Ed Malehorn, 57, was inducted into the YCAGA Hall of Fame earlier this month, after being nominated by six-time York County Amateur champion Bill Brenner.

Malehorn's list of golfing accomplishments is impressive.

He's a three-time York County Amateur champion (1977, 1982, 1991) and two-time Pennsylvania Publinx champion, but his greatest golfing accomplishment may have been qualifying for the U.S. Amateur in 1974, when he lost in the second round of match play. In that match, he was four holes down, only to battle back and even the contest.

"I figured I had that match won and would be playing Curtis Strange (who went on to win two U.S. Open crowns) in the next round," Malehorn said. "I ended up losing the match when the guy hit to two feet on the next hole. That was a lesson learned — never get ahead of yourself."

Malehorn said the U.S. Amateur appearance "opened up doors to a lot of big-time events."