Beautiful albeit chilly weather greeted the participants for the 2015 Eagle Ridge Club Championship. Thanks to greens superintendent Jaron Holmes and his staff, the course was in the best shape it has been all year.
There were eight flights up for contention with Chris Buffaloe running away with the overall men’s championship flight. With an opening round 79, Chris jumped out to a two stroke lead over Ben Allweil. That lead wouldn’t change after Chris shot a second round 78 for a 157, for the 2 day event. Chris Osentoski wound up second (82-83=165) and Ben Allweil finished third.
The senior division championship flight was more closely contested with Bruce Bright 149 total (71-78) holding off the strong performance by Tim Tant who trailed Bruce by one going into Sunday and stayed right there to the end finishing where he started one shot back finishing the tournament at 150 (72-78).
The ladies championship division was closely contested with the top two ladies within 2 strokes of each other after day one. Pam Bergquist relied on a strong first round of 83 and held off Tami Bright who after a first round 85 was unable to close the gap on Sunday. Pam won by three shots while shooting a 177 over the weekend.
Winners of the other flights included men’s first flight champ Craig Taylor 159 (76-83) edging Ray Casey’s 160 by a shot (79-81). Men’s second flight winner Sam Kocurek two day total of 161 (83-78) defeated his very own son Sammy Kocurek on Sunday after sharing a 18 hole lead, Sammy rolled in three birdies on the back nine but his dad was to far ahead. Sammy shot a 165 (83-82) total. Kevin Norman is our third flight champion with a two day total of 187 (96-91) fending off Rob Hostetter’s 190 (97-93).
The senior first flight competition was also close as Dean Debardelaben (165) edged friend and fellow competitor Mike Johnson (166) by a single stroke. Dean opened with an 82 to Mikes 83 and that was the difference as both players shot 83’s on Sunday.
The tournament was highlighted by very competitive play at all flights. Players enjoyed nice meals thanks to Rocco and his staff, as they discussed the great shots and what ifs at the end of each day’s play. Special thanks go to assistants Tyler Dingman and Andrew Sebastiani for all their hard work.