This year’s Jim Benson Two Man Championship was hosted by Greenbriar Hills CC, with 26
teams participating, 19 in the Open Division (played 6400 yards) and the Net Division (played
5800 yards). The course played hard and fast, the weather was awesome, and there was a lot
of great golf played over the two days.
This event saw a number of first time players in District events, which was a great bonus for the
event. They indicated they had a great time and would be back.
Day One was a Fourball Competition. In the Open Division Gross Competition, the host team
of Jason Landry and Ted Moloney posted an early 5 Under 66, which held up throughout the
day. Greenbriar’s team of Justin Haupt and Sean Normile, playing with the Landry team, nearly
matched them, with a 4 Under 67. Persimmon Woods Ryan McNeil and Anthony Houska,
matched the 67. Winghaven’s Didier Villard and Doug Hord, carded 68 and Greenbriar’s Dave
Diemer and Jeff Marquitz, carded 69.
Since the Open Division also has a Net Competition, there were several sub par rounds,
including Diemer and Marquitz leading the way at 64, with the Lake Forest team of Scott
Cantwell and Joe Brown, shooting Net 65, as did the team of Cory Spielberg (Westwood) and
Matt Courtney (Greenbriar) and the Sunset Hills team of Scott Niehaus and Tripp Dacus.
In the Net Only Competition played from 5800 yards, the team of Scott Levine (Greenbriar) and
Kevin Tibbs (Glen Echo), carded a Net 67, while Bogey Hill’s Rick Latas and Rich Wessel
carded 68, and Chris Will (Greenbriar) and Michael Hamburg (Westwood) shot 72.
The Ryder Cup like Foursome Competition always tests the friendships between their playing
partners. It certainly didn’t affect the Landry/Moloney partnership, as they recorded a 1 over
par 72 to run away with the the championship, recording a two day total of 138.
Persimmon Woods team of McNeil and Houska also played well, recording a 75 for a two day
total of 142, while Persimmon Woods team of David Bremer and Ron Cerko, came from way
back to shoot 71/77=142 to capture third in the Open Division Gross Competition.
In the Open Division Net competition, Greenbriar’s Diemer and Marquitz recorded a 75 on Day
two, for a combined 139 to capture the Net title. Joe Stoll (Bogey Hills) and John Rankin
(Meadowbrook) shot Net 67/73 to capture second, with Niehaus and Dacus (Sunset Hills) shot
65/78 to capture third Net.
In the Net Only Competition, Bogey’s Latas and Wessel combined their Day One total of 68
and shot 78 on Day Two, for a combined 146 to capture the honors in the Net Division. The
Levine/Tibbs team recorded an 83 on Day two, their two day total of 150 captured second
place honors, and the Will Hamburg team posted 79, with their two day total of 151 to finish
Many thanks to Director of Golf Matt Gindler and his staff for hosting this fun event, and
Superintendent Shawn Pranger for having the course in awesome condition. And, as always,
thanks to our numerous volunteers who make our events happen.
See you at the Benson at Dalhousie next year.