Forty-eight teams teed it up for this year’s Jim Benson Championship at beautiful Dalhousie Golf Club in
Cape Girardeau. We had two “Chamber of Commerce” weather days the venue was a great test of golf for all who participated.
In the Monday Day Fourball competition, Buddy Allen (Dalhousie) and Tom Sinak
(Meadowbrook) shot a 7 Under 65 to lead the way in the Gross Competition. Close behind
were Dan Emrick and Adam Stamper (Old Hickory) and Matt Lewis and Steve Hyten (Sunset
Hills), shooting 66 Hometown favorites, Brevin Giebler and Drew Denton (Dalhousie) shot 68.
In the Fourball Net Competition on Day 1, Dave Diemer and Jeff Marquitz (Greenbriar Hills), led
the way with a 10 Under 62. Mike Maher and Bryce Roderick (Algonquin), shot 63, and the Old
Hickory teams of Mark Keller and Jim Hennessey, and Kevin Hundelt and Matt Nemnich both
shot 64s. The Sunset Hills team of Drew Santee and Bob Kozyak shot 65.
The Day 2 Foursome Gross Competition proved a bit tougher than the Fourball competition.
Denton and Giebler were the only team to break par, shooting a One Under 71. Lewis and
Hyten carded an even par 72, while Dave Koob and Kerry Morgan (Whitmoor), and the team of
Chris Pope and Marty Reuther (Lake Forest), carded 76 for a tie for third place.
The Foursome Net Competition was led by Mike Sandy and Jerry Thomas (Old Hickory), and
Ryan Dilberto and Jeff Eldred (Westborough) both carding a 2 Under 70. Santee and Kozyak
were -1 at 71, as was the host team of Cord Dombrowski and Woody Harrelson (Dalhousie).
So the team of Matt Lewis and Steve Hyten (Sunset Hills) captured the overall Gross
Competition, with a two day total of 138, capturing their second Benson title. Drew Denton and
Brevin Giebler finished a close second at 139, and the teams of Morgan/Koob, Dilberto/Eldred
and Allen Sinak, shot a two day total of 145 to tie for third place.
On the overall Net Competition, the teams of Kevin Hundelt and Matt Nemwich, Mike Sandy and
Jerry Thomas, and Drew Santee and Bob Kozyak, all shot a Net 8 Under 136 for a three way tie
for first place, while Dave Diemer and Jeff Marquitz shot 138, and Cord Dombrowski and Woody
Harrelson shot 139 for fifth place.
Many thanks go to Cord Dombrowski, Bill Morrow and Jack Connell from Dalhousie for hosting
a great event. Their local volunteers to assist in starting and spotting during the championship
were invaluable. The players loved the venue, as well as the “Road Trip” format, and can’t wait
to come back.