Steinert has to rally to capture HCC men's title
Ryan Steinert needed a late rally Sunday to win his first men's club championship at Headwaters Country Club.
Steinert trailed Taylor Schroeder by five strokes with five holes to play before closing with a birdie and four pars to claim the men's title by one stroke. An even-par 36 on the final nine holes gave Steinert a 45-hole total of 190 to edge Schroeder's 191 and Jeff Falk's 193.
A total of 20 men teed off Saturday for the first 18 holes, which resulted in a three-way tie for first as Schroeder, Steve Brown and Jim Emerson opened with 76s. Walt Leckner was one shot back at 77, Steinert was three strokes off the pace with a 79 and Falk was four back after an 80.
Schroeder, who used a birdie on No. 5 for an even-par 36 on the front side before following with a 40 on the back side Saturday, took control on Sunday with a 38 on the front side and a 35 on the back side for a 1-over 73.
Steinert used birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 for a 38 on the front side while birdies on No. 15 and No. 18 led to a 37 on the back side.
Falk used a birdie on No. 1 for a 37 on the front side before birdies on No. 14 and No. 15 led to a 38 on the back side.
Entering the final nine holes, Schroeder's 149 was five shots ahead of Steinert's 154. Falk was six shots back at 155. Brown shot an 81 and Leckner carded an 80 on Sunday as those two golfers were eight shots out of the lead at 157.
The lead remained the same after the first four holes on the final round as Schroeder had a bogey on No. 2, Steinert had a bogey on No. 4 and Falk had a bogey on No. 1.
The par-4 No. 5 hole proved to be the key hole as a birdie by Steinert and a triple-bogey by Schroeder sliced the lead to one shot. Falk pulled to within three shots of the lead with a par.
After pars by Schroeder and Steinert on No. 6, a par by Steinert and a bogey by Schroeder on No. 7 led to a tie atop the leader board before Steinert claimed a one-shot lead with a par on No. 8.
Steinert captured the men's title when he matched Schroeder's par on the No. 9 hole for an even-par 36. Falk birdied the final hole to cap a 38 while Schroeder held on to runner-up honors despite a 42.
Brown and Leckner tied for fourth place with 196s while Husby finished with a 202 and Nate Wittenburg ended with a 204 as only seven golfers played the entire 45 holes.
Leckner's 80 on Sunday helped him defend his men's senior title. Winning the individual flights were Steinert with a 73 (First Flight), Josh Schwengler with a 76 (Second Flight), Tim Usher with a 69 (Third Flight), Mike Carter with a 74 (Fourth Flight), Tom Stambaugh with a 70 (Fifth Flight) and Bob Hallett with a 68 (Sixth Flight). Steinert and Schwengler won their respective flights in sudden-death playoffs.
MEN'S FIRST FLIGHT
1, Ryan Steinert 75 (-2) net 73. 2, Taylor Schroeder 73 (0) net 73. 2, Jeff Falk 75 (-2) net 73.
MEN'S SECOND FLIGHT
1, Josh Schwengler 82 (-6) net 76. 2, Gary Marjama 83 (-7) net 76. 2, Don Gramenz 83 (-7) net 76.
MEN'S THIRD FLIGHT
1, Tim Usher 81 (-12) net 69. 2, Henry Dubinsky 89 (-12) net 77. 3, Dale Holton 89 (-11) net 78.
MEN'S FOURTH FLIGHT
1, Mike Carter 87 (-13) net 74. 2, Jim Talbot 90 (-13) net 77. 3, Karl Olson 91 (-13) net 78.
MEN'S FIFTH FLIGHT
1, Tom Stambaugh 87 (-17) net 70. 2, Charlie Schmidgall 86 (-14) net 72. 3, Ron Usher 93 (-17) net 76.
MEN'S SIXTH FLIGHT
1, Bob Hallett 87 (-19) net 68. 2, Rich Moen 96 (-23) net 73. 3, Bob Glimsdahl 97 (-18) net 79.