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|Paynesville Press - August 27, 2003|
Beier, Fuchs win club championships
Randy Beier and Heather Fuchs won their first club championships at the annual club tournament at Koronis Hills Golf Club on Sunday.|
Beier shot three-over-par 110 for 27 holes, playing the front twice and the back once, to win the men's championship by seven strokes.
Fuchs won the women's title with a 27-hole total of 123, winning by two strokes.
Beier took an early lead with a one-under-par round of 35 on the front, leading by two strokes after nine holes as five players opened with rounds in the 30s. Beier had eight pars and a birdie on #6 in his first round.
Beier also had the lowest round on the back, a two-over-par 37 that featured three bogeys and a birdie on #11. He was one of only three players in the 30s on the back nine.
After 18 holes, Beier had a round of 72, tying his best ever at Koronis Hills, and had built a seven-stroke lead over Brian Weiss (79), an eight-stroke lead over Dave Johnson (80), and a nine-stroke lead over Rand Roeske (81).
Seven players shot rounds in the 30s in the final round, including Beier, with a two-over-par 38. Beier birdied #6 again and played the last seven holes in one-under par to win by seven strokes. For 27 holes, Beier had three birdies, 19 pars, four bogeys, and one double bogey, when he hit a ball out of bounds on #2 in his final round.
Beier, whose previous best finish in the club championship was a tie for second, said Sunday was the best he has ever played, driving the ball straight, chipping well, and saving lots of pars. "My goal has always been to hit a hole in one and to win the club championship, and I did them both in a month," said Beier, who recorded his first hole in one on #4 at the end of July.
Taking second was Dave Johnson, the 2002 champion, who finished with a one-over-par round of 37 on the front that featured three birdies. Johnson edged Weiss, who took third, shooting a 39 on the front in the final round that included a hole in one on #7. Earlier, Weiss had shot one-over-par 37 on the front, making three birdies.
Fourth was Ryan Mackedanz, who shot even-par 36 in his final nine holes, including three birdies in his final six holes. His 36 tied for the low round in the final round, with Lee Landsteiner also carding that score.
Fifth was Roeske, who shot 39 in the final round.
Fuchs, who will be a high school senior this fall, trailed RaNae Martinson, who has finished as women's runner-up the past two years, by one stroke. Martinson carded a 41 on the front, with Fuchs tied with Lynn Stoneburner at 42.
Fuchs shot 40, the low round on the back for the women, to take a two-stroke lead over Martinson, a five-stroke lead over Stoneburner, and a double-digit lead over the rest of the women's field.
Fuchs had three birdies and shot 41 on the front again to win by two strokes. Martinson also shot 41, and Stoneburner cut on shot into Fuchs' lead with a round of 40.
Fuchs - who played golf everyday this summer and estimates that she played 100 rounds - was playing in her second club championship. Her goal was to have a score between 120 and 135, so she was pleasantly surprised to total 123. She said she had long, straight drives and putted well all day, three-putting only once, making two long birdie putts, and making a number of par putts.
"I was surprised with my score because I haven't really been comfortable with my swing for the past couple weeks," said Fuchs.
In the men's senior championship Tony Werlinger won a close three-way race with Jack Binsfeld and Mike Atkinson.
After Werlinger and Binsfeld shot 18-hole rounds of 83 (with Binsfeld carding a three-over-par 38 on the back), Werlinger opened the final rounds with four consecutive pars, building a four-stroke lead over Binsfeld. But Binsfeld cut the lead to one, and Atkinson - with a birdie on #7 and a par on #8 - tied Werlinger with a hole to play.
Werlinger recovered to birdie #9, the final hole, and beat Binsfeld by three strokes and Atkinson by four. Match play was also used in the men's flights, with golfers playing the front, then the back, and then the front. First, second, and consolation winners were recognized in the eight-person flights.
Flight winners were Chris Stanley (first flight), Greg Heinen (second flight), and Glenn Thompson (third flight).
Men's Senior Championship
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