Scott Shosted wins club championship at Koronis Hills

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 8/25/99.

A final round of 37 on the back nine holes of the Koronis Hills Golf Course vaulted Scott Shosted to the club championship Sunday with a 27-hole score of 114, eight shots over par.

"It was a great day for golf," Shosted said, "very little wind, and I played pretty well. It was a good day."

Randy Beier and Dave Johnson were the runners-up in the championship flight with totals of 116. Ryan Mackedanz was fourth with 119, and Mike Atkinson and Brad Deyak tied for fifth at 122.

The 27-hole, stroke-play tournament started with a round on the back, then went to the front nine, and finished with another round through the woods in back. Fifteen golfers competed in the championship flight.

Beier took the lead after the first nine with a round of 37 that included just two bogeys, each on a narrow par-5. Shosted used a birdie on the par-3 17th to finish at 38 in second. Two shots off the pace were Mackedanz, Johnson, and Eric Werlinger with 39s.

On the front, Mackedanz took the lead with an even-par nine-hole round of 36. He bogeyed the first hole but birdied the second and then got pars on the next seven holes. That put him in the lead after 18 holes with a total of 75.

Johnson made eight consecutive pars before bogeying the 9th to score a 37 on the front and move into a tie for second at 76 with Beier, who shot 39.

That was Shosted's front nine effort, too, and he was two strokes off the lead going into the final round with a total of 77. He was joined there by Mike Atkinson, who had two birdies and three bogeys on the front in tying for the second lowest score with a 37.

The only other player within five strokes of the lead at that point was Randy Norris, at 80.

In the final nine holes, the leaders were paired together in a foursome: Mackedanz, Johnson, Beier, and Shosted, who trailed all three at the start of the round. "I had a little ground to make up," Shosted said.

The leaders found trouble at the start of the back nine, and Shosted, who normally prefers playing the front, concentrated on finding fairway and greens and making putts. "I managed to stay out of the woods," he said, "and I got a few lucky bounces."

Shosted bogeyed the 10th, 14th, and 16th, but birdied the 12th and had pars elsewhere. His 37 enabled him to pass the other leaders and win his first club championship by two strokes.

Shosted said he feels extra pressure and extra incentive in playing tournaments at Koronis Hills. he was disappointed with his performance at the Shortstop Tournament earlier in the summer. "It was really nice to finally come out and play well," he said. "It was a lot of fun. It was run really well."

Brad Deyak, head greenskeeper at Koronis Hills, also had a 37 on the final round. He had all pars except for bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes. That score brought him into a tie for fifth place with Atkinson at 122.

Johnson and Beier closed with rounds of 40 to finish tied for second at 116, and Mackedanz fell to fourth at 119.

There were also six flights, which all consisted of eight players except for the sixth flight, which had four. The flights used a match-play format, with payouts for the champion, runner-up, and consolation champion.

Flight results
First flight:
John Janotta, champion; Chris Stanley, runner-up; Lee Landsteiner, consolation champion.
Second flight: Tim Younkin, champion; Chuck Chesness, runner-up; Rick Grabow, consolation champion.
Third flight: Jim Drimel, champion; Bill Drimel, runner-up; Harry Halvorson, consolation champion.
Fourth flight: Howard Caldwell, champion; Bruce Eddy, runner-up; Dan Wall, consolation champion.
Fifth flight: Larry Miller, champion; Otto Kaschmitter, runner-up; Joe Speldrich, consolation champion.
Sixth flight: Conrad Patsch, champion; Michael Holtz, consolation champion.

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