Usher, Miller defend titles at HCC
Another consistent 45 holes led to another Men's Club Championship for Tadd Usher at Headwaters Country Club last weekend.
Usher captured his fifth consecutive men's title as a 69 on Saturday and a 68 on the first 18 holes on Sunday led to a 174 and 10-stroke victory over Taylor Schroeder and 13-shot advantage over Walt Leckner.
After winning his first club title in 2005 in a sudden-death playoff over Leckner after both carded 187s, Usher coasted to the title the last four years. In 2006, Usher shot a 174 to defeat Jeff Falk by 13 shots. In 2007, Usher shot a 180 to defeat Leckner and Schroeder by nine shots. Last year, Usher shot a 177 for a nine-stroke victory over Nate Olson.
This year's title was similar as Usher opened with a 69 on Saturday for a two-shot lead over Leckner before expanding his cushion to nine shots with a 68 during Sunday's first 18 holes. A 37 on the final nine holes sealed another successful title defense.
Usher played steady both days, finishing with 14 birdies, 24 pars, six bogeys and one double-bogey. The five-time champ excelled on the back side, tallying six birdies and only one bogey on 18 holes.
Usher set the tone for the tournament by opening with birdies on the first two holes Saturday. Another birdie on No. 9 led to a 34. Leckner used birdies on No. 2 and No. 3 to open with a 35 while Schroeder used a birdie on No. 9 to card a 37.
After a bogey on No. 10, Usher carded birdies on No. 11 and No. 15 for a 35 on the back nine. Leckner used birdies on No. 11 and No. 18 for an even-par 36 while Schroeder had birdies on No. 10 and No. 15 for a 36.
Entering Sunday's final round, Usher had a 69 for a two-shot advantage over Leckner and four-stroke edge over Schroeder. Ryan Steinert, Scott Parker and Dana Husby were six shots back at 75 while Falk was seven strokes off the pace at 76.
Usher took control on the first 18 holes Sunday by being the only golfer to break par with a 68. Birdies on No. 7 and No. 9 led to a 36 on the front side before birdies on No. 14, No. 15, No. 16 and No. 18 sparked a 32 on the back nine for a 36-hole total of 137.
Leckner stayed in second place, but fell nine shots behind with a 37 on the front side and a 38 on the back side for a 146. Schroeder followed a 39 on the front side with a 36 on the back side to stay in third place with a 148. Schroeder carded birdies on No. 16 and No. 18 to end his second trip on the back side. Falk shot a 73 and Parker carded a 74 to share fourth place at 149 while Steinert duplicated his 75 from Saturday to claim sixth place at 150.
Birdies on No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 offset a double-bogey on No. 8 as Usher ended the tournament with a 37 for a 174. Schroeder used birdies on No. 2 and No. 9 for a 36 to move into second place at 184. Leckner ended with a 41 to finish third at 187. Steinert carded a 38 while Falk and Parker shot 39s as those three golfers shared fourth place at 188.
Steve Brown ended with a 34 to move into seventh place at 189 while Husby's 36 led to a 190 and eighth place. Trevor Baer and Gary Marjama tied for ninth place at 197 and Jack Schroeder finished 11th at 198. A total of 28 men signed up to play for the club title with 16 playing all 45 holes.
Leckner captured his fifth consecutive Men's Senior Championship with a 75 Sunday. It was Leckner's ninth overall senior title.
In addition to winning the club title, Usher took first in the First Flight with a net 68. Other flight winners were Jeff Massie with a net 69 in the Second Flight, Pete Nyhus with a net 70 in the Third Flight, Tim Usher with a net 68 in the Fourth Flight, Ken Mackley with a net 72 in the Fifth Flight, and Ed Adrain with a net 68 in the Sixth Flight.
1, Tadd Usher (68-0) net 68. 2, Jeff Falk (73-5) net 68. 3, Scott Parker (74-4) net 70. 4, Trevor Baer (75-4) net 71.
1, Jeff Massie (77-8) net 69. 2, Marcus Roman (80-8) net 72. 3, Gary Marjama (81-8) net 73.
1, Pete Nyhus (81-11) net 70. 2, Keith Mueller (82-12) net 70. 3, Jim Crabbe (80-9) net 71.
1, Tim Usher (81-13) net 68. 2, Mike Carter (86-13) net 73. 3, Dale Holten (88-13) net 75.
1, Ken Mackley (89-17) net 72. 2 (tie), Karl Olson (86-13) and Tom Marcussen (87-14) net 73.
1, Ed Adrain (85-17) net 68. 2 (tie), Bob Glimsdahl (87-18) and Karl Carlson (91-22) net 69.