Putting for the win

Woolums sinks putt on 18 to clinch Men’s Club by 1 stroke

By Linda Younkin Published:

There was plenty riding on Bill Woolums’ last putt of the Juniper Hill Men’s Club Championship Sunday.

Only thing was he didn’t know it.

Woolums sank a six-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at Juniper Hill to clinch the golf tournament by one stroke. If the putt hadn’t fallen, Woolums would have gone to a playoff with David Hicks.

“I just keep hitting the ball each hole and try to make putts,” Woolums said when asked if he knew making that putt on 18 would win the tournament.

“That’s the only putt I made on the back nine,” he said. “Today I was inside 10 feet six times and didn’t make any of them. That one, I read it right.”

Woolums came into Sunday’s round tied for the lead with Rex Fowler after both shot even-par 70 in the opening round Saturday.

Woolums came back with a 72 Sunday for a two-over par 142 for the tournament. Hicks, who shot 72 Saturday, finished with a 71 Sunday for a two-day total of 143.

Doug Marshall and Jon Tandy both shot 145 with Marshall taking third place in a scorecard playoff. Fowler rounded out the top five with a 147.

“This is the 15th time I’ve been second in either the club or the city up here,” Hicks said. “I’m happy with this because I’ve played hardly at all this year.

“I came out and struck the ball pretty good considering I haven’t played,” he said. “I think that’s the only way I could play halfway good. I had no expectations, and when you don’t have those you can swing a little more loose.”

Woolums has played a lot of golf this summer after having knee surgery four months ago.

“It’s been a difficult summer with rehab and playing golf,” he said.

He described his play this weekend as up and down.

“Both days on the front nine I had three pars, three bogeys and three birdies,” Woolums said. “That’s unusual, but it tells you I was kind of inconsistent. But I was hitting the ball good this weekend.

“With all the rain the course was playing soggy,” he said. “It was difficult. It was very soft, and the rough was high. The golf course was hard.”

But it was also very playable this weekend after Friday’s severe storms.

“Adam Curry, the greenskeeper, had the course in magnificent shape considering all the rain we had this weekend and the drought this summer,” Hicks said.

“I grew up here and have been playing here since the mid-60s,” he said, “and I’ve never seen the course in as good of shape as it’s been the last few years. Hopefully it’ll bring more pros to the Governor’s Open.”

The top finishers in each flight are listed below. Net and gross awards were given in the sixth flight, while just gross awards were given in the other flights.

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

1. Bill Woolums 142 (70-72), 2. David Hicks 143 (72-71), 3. Doug Marshall 145 (74-71) scorecard playoff, 4. Jon Tandy 145 (71-74), 5. Rex Fowler 147 (70-77).

FIRST FLIGHT

1. Scott Kinney 144 (72-72), 2. Ben Boggs 145 (73-72), 3. Bill Burleson 149 (77-72), 4. Kevin Whitaker 150 (76-74).

SECOND FLIGHT

1. Harold Moore 153 (76-77), 2. Brendon Woody 154 (77-77), 3. Danny Bailey 157 (77-80), 4. Elgie McFayden 159 (81-78).

THIRD FLIGHT

1. Bob Sharfe 148 (72-76), 2. John Yoshizawa 153 (75-78), 3. Tom Riffe 158 (80-78) SCP, 4. Raymond Casey 158 (80-78).

Fourth FLIGHT

1. Bob Robinson 157 (78-79), 2. Alan Smith 159 (79-80) SCP, 3. Danny Courtney 159 (80-79), 4. Tommy Hughes 161 (85-76).

FiFTH FLIGHT

1. Donnie Tingle 162 (78-84), 2. Eddie Riddle 166 (76-90), 3. Chad Wiard 172 (85-87) SCP, 4. Bob Detwiler 172 (86-86).

SIXTH FLIGHT

Gross: 1. Paul Hiser 173 (82-91), 2. Donnie Rodgers 183 (96-87).

Net: 1. Terry LaFontaine 134, 2. Bob Etherington 136.

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  • They must have been playing the ball up for Woolums to shoot that low.