The results of the qualifying nines holes had players @Forrest-Nelson, @Nick-Ward, @Sheldon- Silberman, @Mark-Lange, @Pete-Steichen, @Stan-Hop, @Dick-Koppy, @Brian-Beitlich, Krasen, and Sifuentes all vying for the coveted championship. Krasen was the low Gross qualifier with a 38, and Silberman was the low Net qualifier with a 32.
Defending champion Ward started out shaky and was eliminated on hole #10. The pond came into play and Nelson was eliminated on hole #11. There was a chip off on #12. After each player had a couple hiccups, Steichen advanced eliminating Silberman. Hole #13 proved too much for Lange as he lost in a chip off to who else – Sifuentes. Most of the players hit great drives on #14, however producing no gross birdies. Hop and Steichen advanced with net birdies, leaving a chip off with the remaining four players. Beitlich was eliminated after all four had nice chips. The final five players standing all received a stroke on #15. Mr. Hop’s net bogie was not good enough to advance and Stan was shown the showers. A couple bad shots on #16 sent Koppy to the sidelines. Other than that, he played solid. Krasen, Steichen and Sifuentes all approached #17 tee box with great confidence. Ramiro pured a shot to the middle of the green, leaving himself a 35 footer. Matt flushed one right on line but came up a little short, leaving a 25 footer. Finally Pete hit one a little heavy, leaving himself a tough pitch shot. He proceeded to knock his second about eight feet from the cup. Ramiro got the crowd excited as he rolled in his long putt for a duece. Not stunned at all, Matt hit his birdie putt with a tidbit too much speed, ramming the back of the hole and popping out. To extend his chances Pete (Clutch) Steichen calmly made his par putt to force a chip off with Krasen. Matt hit a solid chip and Pete couldn’t match it and was eliminated. On #18, Sifuentes, who was getting a stroke, nuked a drive right down the fairway. Krasen powered one through the fairway on the right side. Sifuentes second shot rolled slightly over the green, leaving him a delicate downhill chip. Matt was facing a difficult second, as he had to punch it under some tree limbs and hope to make a birdie. He mishit it – leaving him another chip, which he left eight feet short of the cup. Ramiro proceeded to hit his difficult chip three feet from the hole, made the par putt, and claimed the title.
The following prizes were awarded in the tournament. Low Gross Qualifier – Matt Krasen $25. Low Net Qualifier – Sheldon Silberman $40. 1st Place – Ramiro Sifuentes $85. 2nd Place – Matt Krasen $50. 3rd Place – Pete Steichen $35. 4th Place – Dick Koppy $20. 5th Place – Stan Hop $10.
Much thanks to @Jeff-Towey for overseeing this entire event. Hope you all had a great season.