After a couple of weeks of brutal weather of extremely hot temperatures and lots of rain,
Wednesday September 10th and Thursday September 11th brought some delightful
weather to Forest Hills Country Club, site of this year’s Senior Championship. The
course suffered a lot of damage from the excessive rainfall of the past two weeks,
forcing them to shorten the Par 5 8th hole, to play as a Par 3 Hole at 140 yards for all
competitors. Other than that, the grounds crew did a spectacular job of preparing the
course for the 56 player who teed it up for this year’s championship. As a result of the
closure, the Seniors played from 6006 yards and the Super Seniors played at 5675
yards, playing to a Par of 70.
In the Senior Division Gross Competition, Bellerive’s Brian Lovett recorded a two Under
68, to lead the way. David Johnson (Legends) was close behind at one under 69, while
three players, Paul Neeman (Persimmon Woods), David Pfeil (Legends) and Dalhousie’s
Buddy Allen all carded scores of 71.
The Senior Division Net Competition, Greenbriar’s David Diemer led the way with a Net
Score of 64, with Meadowbrook’s David Shockley and Brett Balber both carded a 68,
as did David Schelp (Bogey Hills).
In the Super Senior Gross Competition, Persimmon Woods’ Tony Brown, the reigning
Cassett Super Senior Champion carded the only sub par round, shooting 69, while his
nearest competitors, Gary Mindel (Persimmon Woods), Steve Nahrup (Whitmoor) and
Dennis Osborne (CC of St. Albans) all shot 76.
In the Super Senior Net Competition, Randy McFarland (Quincy CC) led the way with a
net 68, with Gordon Smith (Bogey Hills) recording an even par 70, and Forest Hills’ own
Ron Miles in a 72.
In the Super Senior Gross Competition, Tony Brown captured his second Super Senior
Championship, to accompany his 2006 Senior Championship, shooting 71 on Day Two
for a total score of 141, lapping the field by 11 strokes. Whitmoor’s Steve Nahrup was
second at 151, while Forest Hills’ Ron Miles finished third, defeating Denny Osborne in
a scorecard playoff, both shooting 153.
In the Super Senior Net Competition, Bogey’s Gordon Smith recorded another 70 to
finish at 140, to capture the Net Division, Quincy’s Kevin Becker was second at 143,
winning a scorecard playoff over Denny Osborne.
In the Senior Net Competition, Greenbriar’s Diemer recorded a great round on 60, for a
two day total of 124, to capture the honors, while Forest Hills’ Bob Reilly finished
second, shooting net 61 for a two day total of 133, while David Shockley from
Meadowbrook finished third, winning a a scorecard playoff over Legends’ David Pfeil
and Old Hickory’s Kevin Simmons.
The Senior Gross Competition was fun to watch, even on the Golf Genius Leaderboard,
as the contestants battled it out for the championship. Lovett fell out of contention
early, while Persimmon’s Paul Neeman, Legends’ David Johnson and Dalhousie’s
Buddy Allen traded the top spot several times, with Neeman sinking a great par putt on
18, to shoot 68/139, besting Johnson by one shot, at 140 and Buddy Allen at 141. Dan
Kelley( Meadowbrook) won a scorecard playoff over Pfeil to finish fourth. All of the top
5 gross finishers have now qualified for the Jim Jackson Invitational in October, as do
Tony Brown and Steve Nahrup in the Super Senior Division.
Many thanks to Director of Golf Jimmy Bals and his staff, along with the Grounds Crew
and the membership for hosting this great event.