I will start by apologizing for the incoming long blog post. What an exciting weekend we had at the club. Our mens and ladies club championship was quite the event. With a record 91 people participating, we were delighted to have such a large field. Starting on Friday, 27 men took part in the championship flight. Justin Sumbrum conquered the difficult course set up by firing a wonderful even par round. Michael Carrig, Jr. was close behind shooting a 1 over 72. Mike Beatty, Dave Militello and Brennan Payne weren’t too far behind, all shooting a 73.
On Saturday, the rest of the field got rolling, along with the ladies. Sumbrum stumbled and fell down the leaderboard after his 7 over 78. Carrig, Jr. continued his steady form after his 1 under 70 round. The round of Saturday belonged to Mike Schoell, who had a blistering 68 to jump into a tie of the lead with Carrig, Jr. In the ladies championship, Gaelin Carrig and Michelle Kirby battled hard on Saturday, but Gaelin had a comfortable lead after Michelle’s putter went ice cold. The shot of the tournament, potentially the shot heard round Springville, was had by Mark DiPasqaule who, on the third hole, knocked it right into the cup off the tee. His first hole in one, and in the club championship no less!
Sunday’s round the air around the first tee was stressful. Kim Cranston, Janel, Gaelin and Michelle were in the final group of the ladies Championship. Michelle pushed hard to try to regain some strokes, but the putter never cooperated. Kim made up some ground after day 1 to finish in fourth. Toni Sawyer had an absolute blistering round on Sunday, shooting 86 to come flying back to place third. Gaelin continued her regular Carrig form, and had a wonderful round of 77 to win the ladies club championship over Michelle Kirby. Ladies, wonderful playing by all! Thank you for competing!
Over on the Men’s side, Brendan Reid came out of the gates on fire, shooting a 5 under 31 on the front 9. He finished the day with a tournament tying round of 68. Sumbrum rebounded after day 2, and shot a steady 73 to have him in 6th place. Last years champion Jim Fredo, who struggled in round 1, shot an even par round 71 to finish in 5th. 4rd place belonged to Dave Lindstrom, who never shot higher than 74 any of the 3 rounds, and finished with a 3 day total of 220. Dave Militello had a fantastic 3 day total of 218, shooting 73, 74 and 71. And then there were two. Brennan Payne and Mike Schoell we’re battling on the back 9 on Sunday, one group apart. Mike had a 3 shot lead, but Brennan came back to get within 1. Then on 16, Mike made an untimely bogey, to have things all square. After pars on 17 and 18 for both Brennan and Mike, we went to a playoff. After a brief break, we started on number 1. Mike hit first, hitting his 2 iron, but he pulled it slightly left. Brennan hit driver over the trees and had only a flip wedge into the green. After their second shots, both were on the green safely. Mike putted first, but hit the putt just a little too hard and it slid 4 feet by. Brennan hit a wonderful first putt, almost holing it, but it stayed out. Brennan taped in for 4, and Mike had to make his 4 footer to keep the playoff alive. Mike hit his putt firm, and it hit the back of the hole….but it popped out. Sadly another heartbreak playoff loss for Schoell. Brennan, now a 3rd time Club Champion Victor, played with only 13 clubs in his bag, as he broke his 2 iron prior to day 2.
In the A flight, Josh Heidinger took home the victory after a second round 73, which was his best ever round at Springville. In the B Flight, Sean Reagan fired a wonderful 81 on Sunday to claim victory. In the C Flight, Don Brady, on the back of an eagle in 16 on Saturday, played smooth enough to beat Ray Latona by 1 to win. In the D Flight, Joe Benzinger was steady eddy, and won the flight by 3. Thank you everyone for playing, and making this the largest club championship field in recent history!
Moving on, for those planning on attending the Erie County Fair, there is a Springville Country Club/ Cascade Park display in the historical building. Here is a quick picture:
Finally, onto this upcoming week. Today and tomorrow, the entirety of the club is closed for aeration. Make sure to look for Brian’s post for the all clear and for more information. As for upcoming events, the Ladies Fundraiser on September 1 is taking sign ups. Please sign up with your foursome. As for Fall Classic sign ups, those should be out shortly. I will send out a post when we are ready to accept sign ups. Finally, after all that, here is the weekly outlook:
Mon. 8/15 – Club and golf course Closed
Tues. 8/16 – Club and golf course Closed
Wed. 8/17 – Open golf all day. Couples league tees off between 4pm and 6pm, but the first tee will not close at any point.
Thurs. 8/18 – Open golf all day
Fri. 8/19 – Open golf all day
Sat. 8/20 – Open golf all day
Sun. 8/21 – Open golf all day
Mon 8/22 – Open golf beginning at Noon.