Golfers scramble for titles
Kyle Bahe and Bryant Black used a birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole to capture the title at Sunday's 2-Man Best Ball/Scramble Tournament at Headwaters Golf Club.
Kevin Krigbaum and Tom Jenkins used a 59 during Sunday's 18 holes of scramble play to wipe out a three-shot deficit and tie Bahe and Black at 124 after regulation play in the two-day event. A birdie on No. 1 in the first hole of a playoff gave Bahe and Black the title in this 31-team tournament.
Bahe and Black took control during Saturday's 18 holes of best ball play as birdies on No. 1, No. 3, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 led to a 29 on the front side. That duo followed with birdies on No. 10, No. 15 and No. 18 for a 33 on the back side and a first-day total of 10-under par 62 for a three-shot lead.
Krigbaum and Jenkins used birdies on No. 1, No. 2, No. 4, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 9 for a 30 on the front side while birdies on No. 15 and No. 18 and a bogey on No. 17 resulted in a 35 on the back side for a 65 after Saturday's first round. Robby Polipnick and Andrew Rentz used rounds of 32 and 33 for a 65 while Andrew Israelson and Derek Hasselberg opened with a pair of 33s for a 66.
During Sunday's round, Krigbaum and Jenkins gained a share of the lead with a 28 on the front side behind birdies on every hole except No. 3. Bahe and Black had birdies on No. 1, No. 4, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 9 for a 31. Hasselberg and Israelson also carded a 28 with birdies on No. 1, No. 2, No. 4, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 and an eagle on No. 9. Polipnick and Rentz fell back after carding a 33.
The leading groups both carded 31s on the back side with Krigbaum and Jenkins taking a one-shot lead with two holes to play with birdies on No. 13, No. 14, No. 15 and No. 16. Bahe and Black had birdies on No. 12, No. 13 and No. 16 before a birdie on No. 17 forged a tie. Both teams birdied No. 18 to force a playoff. Israelson and Hasselberg had an eagle on No. 15 and birdies on No. 16 and No. 18, but bogeys on No. 11 and No. 17 resulted in a 34 and third place at 128.
Polipnick and Rentz closed with a 32 on the back side for a 65 to finish fourth with a 130. Tying for fifth place at 131 were the duos of Scott Mathews and Clint Cornell (68-63) and Tim Feichtner and Cade Montplaisir (69-62). Sam Pokorney and Jeff Cannon (68-64) took seventh at 132 while Ekren Miller and Will Czeh (70-63) finished eighth at 133. Tying for ninth at 135 were the duos of Tadd Usher and Tate Usher (70-65) and Mark Frie and Rick Frieburg (70-65) at 135.
In the Handicap Division, Brent Tollefson's hole-in-one on the No. 17 hole helped force a sudden-death playoff as Tollefson and Brian Knoblauch used a birdie on the first extra hole to claim the title after tying Jim Day and Ron Litzau after 36 holes at 122.
Knoblauch and Tollefson followed a 64 during Saturday's round with a pair of 29s for a 58 during Sunday's round. Tollefson's ace on No. 17 and a birdie on No. 18 helped that duo overcome a three-shot deficit with two holes to play as Day and Litzau settled for pars on the final two holes. Day and Litzau opened with a 65 on Saturday before following a 29 on the front side with a 28 on the back side for a 57 during Sunday's round.
Jed Ryan and Taylor Schroeder (64-61) finished third in the 50-team field with a 125 while three teams tied for fourth place at 126. Those three teams featured Dave Kloss and Bob Jamison (69-57), Todd Hallett and Bill Forbrook (64-62), and Justin Day and Jake Lund (66-60). Five teams tied for seventh place at 127. That group featured Ron Husby and Jeff Massie (68-59), Ken Pearson and Wayne Pearson (67-60), Bryan Kirby and Kyle Kirby (66-61), Ed Talbot and Jim Talbot (66-61), and Mike Dube and Todd Griffin (68-59). The duo of Lee Davis and Todd Sanquist (65-63) tied the team of John Grand and Tracy Lura (69-59) for 12th place at 128. Tying for 14th place with 129s were the duos of Bryce Fazekas and Ken Sikorski (67-62), Dylan Cristman and Chris Lownsbury (69-60), and Randy Hanson and Terry Hanson (68-61).
Randy Hanson won closest to the pin on No. 3 on Saturday while Montplaisir was closest to the pin on No. 11 on Sunday.