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|Paynesville Press - August 15, 2001|
Wall, Martinson win club championships
Ryan Wall and Dorothy Martinson claimed the men's and women's club championships at Koronis Hills Golf Course on Sunday by winning 27-hole stroke-play tournaments.|
Wall started the day with eight pars on the back nine, doubling #18 for an opening two-over-par 37 and a one-stroke lead. He increased his margin to two when he fired a three-over-par round on the front, but saw his two-shot lead evaporate with bogeys on #10 and #12 on the final nine on the back. He had to make a ten-foot putt for bogey on #12.
Wall resumed his calm with a par on #13, and played even-par golf over the final six holes of the tournament to claim his first championship.
Wall was aided by two tap-in birdies on the final four holes. On #15, he drove the ball within 40 yards of the green, just missed an eagle chip, and tapped in for birdie to offset a bogey on #14. Then he hit the pin with his approach shot on the par-3 #17 and settled for a tap-in birdie.
Wall's seven-over-par total of 113 (37-39-37) won the title by five strokes over former champions Tom Notch and Dave Johnson, who both finished at 118.
Notch climbed into second heading into the final round by firing a two-over-par round of 38 on the front (tied for the lowest of the day with Ryan Mackedanz, who chipped in for eagle on #3, and Mark Malingen, who ended up in fifth).
Notch, who won the title last year, had four birdies on the day, but lost a chance to repeat with two triple bogeys and three double bogeys, including consecutive double bogeys on #18.
Johnson had only one birdie, but never made worse than bogey.
Jeff Meyer was fourth at 119, Malingen fifth at 120, and Mike Atkinson, Dave Dilley, and Jeff McCarron tied for sixth at 125. Twenty golfers competed in the men‘s championship flight.
Wall – who called his play last year, in his first club championship, "terrible" – was happy to play well and win. "I was pretty consistent all day," he said. "Hit it right down the middle."
He admitted to being pretty nervous during the final round, especially after bogeying two of the first three holes.
For the women, Dawn Iversen tied Martinson with a par on #16 on their final round, but Martinson bogeyed the final two holes and won when Iversen tripled #17.
Martinson finished with a 27-hole score of 127 (41-44-42). Iversen was second among five players at 128 (46-43-39), and Sally Deyak was third, two strokes back at 129 (39-48-42).
"I didn't get into any trouble," explained Martinson of her victory. "The rest of them got into trouble." Martinson claimed her fourth club title by making one birdie (on #13 in her last round), seven pars, 16 bogeys, and three double bogeys. Martinson also won the club championship in 1995, 1996, and 1998.
Both Deyak and Iversen shot rounds of 39 on the back (Deyak to start the day; Iversen to close), but one high round cost each of them. Iversen had three triple bogeys and five double bogeys on the day, while Deyak shot 48 on the front.
On Saturday, the club hosted a "Survival" style shootout, where groups of eight would play, eliminating the high score on each hole. Ties were decided by a chip-off, reducing the field by one player on each hole. Meyer beat Malingen in the final of one shootout; Lee Landsteiner beat Notch in the final of another; and Doc Swenson beat Bob Stoneburner in the final of the handicap division. A long-drive competition was also held on Saturday afternoon on hole #1. Notch won with a drive of 343 yards.
In the senior men's championship on Sunday, Jerry Hunt won the gross division with an 18-hole total of 85. Otto Kaschmitter won the net division with a net score of 63 (96-33=63).
Play in the four flights on Sunday was match play with eight men in a flight. Prizes went to first, second, and fifth place.
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