Babcock outlasts Kunzwiler for Club Championship

July 17, 2017

 

After opening day rounds of par 71 on Saturday, July 15, Joe Babcock and Alec Kunzwiler traded leads well into the Sunday final round before Babcock finally put the young Roberts Wesleyan College and OCC golfer away with a birdie on the final hole. 

 

Kunzwiler made the first bobble with a bogie on the par 3 2nd hole to go one down and then matched pars until the par 3 4th hole where Babcock birdied to take a 2 stroke lead.  With a Kunzwiler birdie on #6 and a Babcock bogie on #8, the match entered the final 9 all tied up.  Babcock bogied  #10 which was matched with a Kunzwiler bogie on #11 to keep the match even.  Babcock birdied the par 3 12th hole to take a 1 stroke lead.  Things looked tenuous when Babcck was forced to chip in on #13 for the par followed by a long par putt by young Kunzwiler.  After trading birdies on #14, the match again drew to even as Babcock bogied # 16.  On the long uphill par 4 17th hole, Kunzwiler hit a  tee shot left which resulted in a lost ball.  After re-teeing, he finished the hole with a bogie 5 to give Babcock a 1 stroke lead on the final hole.  After they both reached the 18th green safely, Kunzwiler had a longish downhill putt from the back of the sloping green for a birdie which ran about 5 feet by.  Babcock dropped his birdie putt and the match was over after an anti-climactic bogie from Alec Kunzwiler.  Babcock finished the tournament with (71-70 1 under par) and Kunzwiler finished 71-73 (2 over).   

 

Eric Morris put up a valiant effort to stay with the leaders after starting the day 1 stroke down but was sunk with a triple bogie 7 on the perilous 9th hole.  He finished the back 9 at even par but was never really in the match after that.  He finished 72-75 (5 over).  Ken Sturges finished at net 138 to finish first in the handicap division 1 stroke ahead of Mark Diment.  Chris Carpenter had the round of the weekend with a 3 under 68 on the final day to finish 4th.

 

Results (Scratch):

1st        Joe Babcock                71-70-141

2nd       Alec Kunzwiler           71-73-144

3rd        Eric Morris                 72-75-147

4th        Chris Carpenter          83-68-151

 

Results (Net):

1st        Ken Sturges                 68-70-138

2nd       Mark Diment              70-69-139

3rd        Joe Conzone               69-72-141

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