Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 15, 2013

KELLEY: Congratulations to club champions

Cardwell survives first stage of LPGA Q-school.


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Each year, members of golf courses across the country look forward to their annual club champion-ships. Some clubs across the country bestow special honors on their champions perhaps with a prominent and convenient parking space. I am not aware of any of those special perks being applied here, but the prestige of being the club champ is enough to draw in participants. It usually is.

However, this year, two of the local clubs did not hold a club championship. Earl Howard reports that there wasn’t a lot of interest at Green Acres. There is a remote possibility that it could still be held sometime in October. American Legion professional Bob Balsbaugh reports that he had about seven men signed up but one of them needed to drop out. So they also cancelled due to lack of interest.

The good news is that club championships were held at three of our local courses with good participation. Chippendale drew 41 men and nine women for a total of 50 players. Wildcat Creek had 36 participants of which nine were women.

Tennis Guyer captured his first club championship with rounds of 68 and 72 at the Kokomo Country Club for an even-par score of 140. Two-time Howard County champion Kyle Dunphy captured the Chippendale title with a score of nine-over 155. John Hodson captured his first Wildcat championship with his score of seven-over 151. It had been 24 years since Hodson’s previous club championship, that being at Chippendale in 1989.

Of this year’s county champions, only Ellen Hart was able to double up and add a club championship to her 2013 accomplishments. Nick Wooley couldn’t quite pull off the feat.

Here is a summary of all the champions. Congratulations to all of them! And next year — be sure to enter your club championship!

CHIPPENDALE

Championship gross: Kyle Dunphy, 155

Overall net: Bill Deafenbaugh, 138

Senior gross: Mike Pantaleo, 159

Senior net: Deafenbaugh,138

Super senior gross: Pantaleo, 159

Super senior net: Deafenbaugh, 138

Women’s gross: Sally Masariu, 173

Women’s net: Dana Osburn, 139

Women’s senior gross: Masariu, 173

Women’s senior net: Osburn, 139

COUNTRY CLUB

Championship gross: Tennis Guyer, 140

Championship net: Guyer and Ryan Newell, 128

Senior gross: Guyer, 140

Senior net: Guyer, 128

Super senior gross: Jerry Jackson and Joe Klein, 148

Super senior net: Klein, 134

Women’s gross: Ellen Hart, 165

Women’s net: Deb Foland, 142

WILDCAT CREEK

Championship gross: John Hodson, 151

Championship net: Mark Waldron, 141

Open gross: Floyd Russell, 170

Open net; Mohajit Gill, 142

Senior gross: Bob Elkins, 154

Senior net: Lynn Hufford, 140

Super senior gross: Ron Swan and Jeff Rudolph, 159

Super senior net: Hufford, 140

Women’s gross: Julie Wagner, 83

Women’s net: Shirley Hamilton, 66

Women’s senior gross: Jo Hufford and Hamilton, 87

Women’s senior net: Hamilton, 66

cardwell in q-school

Former Kokomo and Iowa Hawkeye golfer Kristi Cardwell advanced through the first stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying School several weeks ago at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The top 100 players from this first stage advanced to the second stage.

Cardwell stood in 90th place after her first three rounds, but came through in the clutch with a two-under-par round of 70 to make it all the way up to a tie for 35th. Her previous rounds were 74, 76 and 73. Other notable participants were Cheyenne Woods and Madison Pressel. Woods, the daughter of Tiger Woods’ half-brother, finished the stage in second place with a nine-under-par score of 279. Pressel, the younger sister of LPGA Tour player Morgan Pressel, also made it to the second stage. She finished in a tie for 58th place.

Stage two of Q-school will be played Oct. 8-11 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. The final stage will be contested over five rounds Dec. 4-8 in Daytona Beach. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2014 LPGA membership and all others who make the cut will receive Symetra Tour status.

Good luck Kristi!

Until next time, have more fun playing more golf!

Jon Kelley is an active golfer and local golf historian who contributes columns to the Tribune. He may be reached by email at jon_kelley@comcast.net.