Taylor captures first Men's Club Championship
The way Doug Taylor won the Men's Club Championship at Headwaters Golf Club Sunday afternoon epitomized his steady play during the 45-hole, two-day tournament.
Taylor tapped in a routine par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Steve Brown to capture his first Men's Club Championship. Both golfers finished regulation play with 190s. Taylor, the 2015 Senior Club Champion, went 45 holes plus the playoff hole without carding a birdie to top the 12-golfer field. Taylor played consistent golf both days, finishing with 36 pars and 10 bogeys.
After Saturday's first 18 holes, Taylor joined Brown and Trent Wilcox atop the leaderboard after all three opened with 75s. Lee Davis was a shot back at 76 while Jerre Petersen and Dana Husby followed with 78s. Jim Emerson carded an 80, Jeff Massie shot an 81 and defending champion Taylor Schroeder had an 83.
On Saturday's front side, Taylor carded nine pars for an even-par 36. Brown had a birdie on No. 4 and bogeys on No. 2 and No. 9 for a 37 while Davis also had a 37 with a birdie on No. 2 and back-to-back bogeys on No. 7 and No. 8. Wilcox opened with a 38 behind back-to-back bogeys on No. 6 and No. 7.
Taylor fell into a tie after the back side as bogeys on No. 10, No. 15 and No. 18 led to a 39. Wilcox moved into a share of the lead by following a bogey on No. 10 with eight straight pars for a 37. Brown overcame bogeys on No. 10, No. 11, No. 13 and No. 14 with an eagle on No. 15 and a birdie on No. 17. A bogey on No. 18 led to Brown's 38. Davis ended Saturday with a 39 with bogeys on No. 11, No. 13 and No. 17. Husby followed a 37 with a 41 while Petersen carded rounds of 37 and 41. Emerson carded back-to-back 40s, Massie followed a 39 with a 42 and Schroeder had rounds of 40 and 43. Mike Dunn's 85, Jim Talbot's 93 and Charlie Schmidgall's 93 completed the list of golfers who were competing for the Club Championship.
The four first-day leaders stayed in contention throughout Sunday's rain-soaked first 18 holes.
Taylor took control on the front side as bogeys on No. 1 and No. 6 led to a 38. Wilcox opened with a birdie on No. 1, but a double-bogey on No. 4, a bogey on No. 5 and a double-bogey on No. 6 led to a 40. Brown fell three shot back as bogeys on No. 1, No. 4 and No. 7 and a double-bogey on No. 6 led to a 41. Davis also had a 41 on the front side behind a double-bogey on No. 1 and bogeys on No. 3, No. 6 and No. 9. Petersen, Emerson and Schroeder opened with 40s, Massie carded a 42 and Husby had a 44.
Brown rallied on the back side to take the lead as birdies on No. 11, No. 12 and No. 15 and a bogey on No. 16 led to a 34 and 36-hole total of 150. Taylor carded bogeys on No. 12, No. 14 and No. 17 for a 39 to fall two shots back at 152 while Wilcox and Davis entered the final nine holes three shots back at 153. Wilcox opened with a birdie on No. 10, but followed with bogeys on No. 11, No. 13 and No. 17 for a 38 while Davis offset a bogey on No. 12 with a birdie on No. 17 for an even-par 36. Petersen carded another 40 to sit at 158 while Schroeder stood at 162 after a 39. Those were the only six who continued to play the final nine holes. Emerson closed with a 39 and stood at 159 while Husby closed with a 38 for a 160. Massie carded an 84 for a 165, Dunn carded an 86 for a 171 and Talbot carded a 100 for a 193. Schmidgall didn't compete Sunday.
The final nine holes of regulation play saw all four of the leaders tied for the top spot at some point.
A bogey by Brown on No. 1 allowed the other three golfers to gain a stroke, but Brown regained a two-shot lead when Taylor and Wilcox bogeyed No. 2. A double-bogey by Brown on No. 3 forced a three-way tie for the lead with Taylor and Davis.
Taylor, Brown and Wilcox settled for pars on No. 4 before a par on No. 5 gave Taylor a one-shot lead over the other three golfers. Pars by Brown and Wilcox coupled with Taylor's bogey on No. 6 produced a three-way tie for the lead as Davis remained one shot back.
Taylor regained sole possession of first place with a par on No. 7 as Wilcox fell one shot back with a bogey and Brown fell two shots back with a double-bogey. Davis was also two shots back after a bogey.
Brown rallied in the final two holes with back-to-back birdies to finish with a 40 and force a sudden-death playoff. Taylor carded two pars for a 38 to tie Brown at 190 while two pars left Wilcox with a 38 on the back side and sole possession of third place at 191. Davis closed with a par and a bogey for a 40 to finish in fourth place with a 193.
On the first hole of sudden death, Taylor landed his approach shot within 6 feet of the cup on No. 1 and two-putted for a par and the win.
Petersen followed his 78 on Saturday with rounds of 80 and 41 on Sunday to finish fifth at 199 while Schroeder followed his 83 on Saturday with rounds of 79 and 43 on Sunday to take sixth at 205.
Davis' 77 on Sunday gave him his first Men's Senior Club Championship. Davis also won the First Flight in a scorecard playoff over Taylor after both had net 72s. Aron Moses won the Second Flight with a net 73 while Karl Olson and Mark Schroeder tied for first in the Third Flight with net 75s. There were nine golfers in the First Flight, seven golfers in the Second Flight and six golfers in the Third Flight.
1, Lee Davis 77 (minus 5 handicap) net 72. 2, Doug Taylor 77 (-5) net 72. 3, Steve Brown 75 (-2) net 73.
1, Aron Moses 84 (-11) net 73. 2, Todd Sanquist 88 (-14) 74. 3, Jeff Massie 84 (-8) net 76. 3, Mike Dunn 86 (-10) net 76.
1, Karl Olson 92 (-17) net 75. 1, Mark Schroeder 94 (-19) net 75. 3, Dick Bradow 94 (-17) net 77.
Jorgenson wins Junior title
Bjorn Jorgenson carded a 76 to capture the Boys Junior Championship Sunday.
Jorgenson ended the front side with four pars for a 40 and followed with seven more pars to take control. Jorgenson followed a bogey on No. 17 with a birdie on No. 18 for an even-par 36 on the back side for a 12-shot victory.
Tate Usher finished second with an 88. Usher used four pars on the front side for a 41 before carding a 47 on the back side. Luke Kosel finished third with rounds of 43 and 50 for a 93.
Women's championship delayed
The final 18 holes of the Women's Club Championship were pushed back to Tuesday because of Sunday's rainy conditions.
Sue Fisher carded an 89 during Saturday's first 18 holes for a two-shot lead over Maggie Winchell, who opened with a 91.
Those two were the only golfers vying for the women's title. See Saturday's edition of the Enterprise for complete details from the Women's Club Championship.