MARSHALL - Round 1 leader Chad Michelson had several strokes to play with after shooting even par on the front nine Sunday, the final day of the Marshall Golf Club Championships. He played with many of them on one hole, taking a nine on the par-5 14th, and with Mark Veglahn mounting a Sunday rally, wrapping up a fifth straight club title got a little more interesting for Michelson.
A 41 on the back nine wasn't a score Michelson was pleased with, but it was enough to fend off Veglahn, who shot a 73 Sunday for the low score of the day. A birdie on the par-5 18th put Michelson two strokes clear of Veglahn, as Michelson followed a 73 on Saturday with a 77 on Sunday to claim his seventh overall title at MGC.
"It definitely doesn't get old," Michelson said. "Through 13 holes it was fun, I was hitting the ball well and playing well. To stumble like that coming in makes it a little more bittersweet, but it's still fun to win."
Photo by Matt Dahlseid
Chad Michelson eyes his iron shot into the 18th green Sunday during his final round of the Marshall Golf Club Championships. Michelson stuck the 117-yard shot within inches of the cup and tapped in for birdie to wrap up his fifth straight club championship.
Michelson was 1 under on his round through 13 holes and estimated his lead to be at eight strokes. On the 14th hole he hit his drive into the trees to the right, but had an opening to the green from about 174 yards out. He hit a 7-iron shot that jumped on him and flew the green out of bounds. He hit again from the same spot and his ball careened off a tree out of bounds. He said he was lucky to get up and down to finish with a nine.
A par on the next hole settled Michelson down, but he doubled the 16th and three-putted while playing a 17th hole that had a difficult pin placement. His lead down to one, Michelson responded on the 536-yard par-5 18th hole. He drilled his drive down the fairway, laid up before a stream that protects the green, then stuck a wedge shot right next to the cup from 117 yards out.
It ended up paying off to play smart, Michelson said of his approach on the final hole.
"I hit a good drive to where normally any other day I would go for it," Michelson said, "but I knew I had a couple strokes to play with so I hit a wedge (to lay up) and another wedge to within two inches and had a tap-in birdie putt.
"I guess I really needed it. Par would have been (a one-stroke win). It's a good thing I didn't try going for it and making a bogey."
Michelson entered the day with a two-shot lead over Tom Homan. Homan fell back Sunday, following a 75 with an 82 and dropping to fifth place in the Championship flight. Veglahn did the opposite, shooting a 73 Sunday after a 79 on Saturday to take second with a 152. Josh Hawkinson and Brent Haukom each shot 74 Sunday and finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Hawkinson was five back of Michelson with a total of 155, and Haukom tallied a 156.
There were four other flights in the men's tournament. Lee Webskowski and Gary Koosmann each shot 159 to finish atop the first flight. Webskowski won a playoff hole to take the title.
In the second flight, John Thomsen shot an 84 Sunday to tie for the best round of the day in his flight and shot a two-day total of 169 to hold off Bill Archbold by a stroke. Matt Bauer won the third flight by two strokes with a 180, while Mike Vandrehle shot a 187 over the two days to win the fourth flight.
The women's field was small this year, as just six golfers entered the competition, but it had an exciting finish. Kari Loft shot an 89 Saturday and was up five strokes over Olivia Bennett entering the final round. Bennett closed with a 91 Sunday and Loft shot 97, giving Bennett a one-stroke win with her two-day total of 185.
MGC Club Championships
Championship Flight: Chad Michelson 73-77-150, Mark Veglahn 79-73-152, Josh Hawkinson 81-74-155, Brent Haukom 82-74-156, Tom Homan 75-82-157, Charlie Ehlers 78-80-158, Charles Kost 81-79-160, C.J. Haukom 80-82-162, Nate Berglind 78-86-164, Tim Stegner 83-82-165, Eric Eben 82-88-170, Jason Kruger 84-87-171.
First Flight: Lee Webskowski 77-82-159, Gary Koosmann 78-81-159, Tim Deutz 82-80-162, Dan Gilland 80-83-163, Darrell Wiener 79-84-163, Erik Porter 81-82-163, Eric Bly 79-85-164, Corey Skogrand 78-86-164, Fred Almer 84-81-165, Dusty Koster 83-84-167, Jesse Drager 85-83-168, Matt Terfehr 84-86-170, Bruce Mitlyng 84-86-170, Shane Plante 85-87-172, Tom Ellingson 87-86-173, John Claggett 85-90-175, Duke Pogatchnik 90-86-176, Bill Toulouse 86-93-179.
Second Flight: John Thomsen 85-84-169, Bill Archbold 84-86-170, Scott Beukelman 80-91-171, Tom Gruhot 85-86-171, Doug Kunde 86-90-176, Ron Labat 93-84-177, Chris Versaevel 85-92-177, Scott Baker 87-91-178, Chad Andreas 89-90-179, Al Antony 88-95-183, Jeff Allen 88-101-189, John Seeman 99-95-194, Thomas Jackson 95-107-202.
Third Flight: Matt Bauer 91-89-180, Bruce Ahrendt 94-88-182, Tyler Bowen 88-98-186, Nate Tykwinski 99-88-187, Jeff Bragg 93-95-188, Kelly Loft 92-96-188, Kevin Kurth 95-96-191, Wade Boerboom 102-89-191, Dave Schroeder 98-93-191, Roger Evert 102-94-196, Andrew Buysse 106-92-198, Mike Martin 94-105-199, Steve Schuler 99-101-200, Rick Homan 101-99-200, Steve Seward 108-100-208.
Fourth Flight: Mike Vandrehle 91-96-187, Dan Prust 94-97-191, Nick Schwarz 100-96-196, Dick Labat 96-100-196, Bill Houston 101-99-200, Graham Falde 97-104-201, Terry Cinkle 104-100-204, Bill Larson 100-107-207, Ben Alcorn 103-104-207, Wayne Hanson 110-98-208, Tony Theisen 107-102-209, Jason Lewis 108-101-209, Jerred Lee 99-111-210, Amod Damle 107-112-219, Ed Yerka 119-113-232, Joe Luedemann 122-115-237.
Women: Olivia Bennett 94-91-185, Kari Loft 89-97-186, Marcia Scott 104-94-198, Norma Gile 105-108-213, Jeannette Prust 108-106-214, Robin Bednarek 118-123-241.