Stefanski & Heestand Take Turkeyfoot Fall Jumble

Turkeyfoot Lake Golf LinksIt was a perfect day for golf, on a course where the conditions were as perfect as the weather, in a 27-hole format that tests a 2-man team in every way.

One team loved that combination: recently-reinstated amateur Ryan Stefanski and 2012 Cleveland Am runner-up Matt Heestand ran out to a sizzling fast start — then held on at the end — to capture the 27-hole Fall 2-Man Jumble at Turkeyfoot Golf Links on Saturday.

Stefanski and Heestand tied for the low nine in the scramble format, shooting 5-under par 31 to equal Dr. Jeff Mallette and Mike Kracker on the first nine. But it didn’t look like that would happen right out of the gate: the pair birdied the first but then made par on the next four holes. Loosening up on the par fives, they ripped off four straight birdies from holes 6 through 9 to finish strong.

Heestand and Stefanski continued the scorching pace starting the second nine holes, going eagle-birdie-birdie on holes 10-12, which included two chip-ins. With that amazing seven hole burst, they stood at 9-under par after 12 holes!

But with a bogey at the par-3 15th offset by a birdie at the par-5 16th, the pair finished the better ball nine hole set at 4-under par 32, and in a first place tie in that format with Fred Miller and Larry Lahnan.

So with two first-place ties after the first two segments, Heestand and Stefanski looked to have the event well in hand. But it wasn’t a walk-in victory.

After a disappointing better ball nine that started with an eagle but went nowhere for the next eight, the team of Aaron Crewse and Brian Vincelette regrouped then made a big move in the alternate shot session on the third nine. Birdies at 20, 21, 24 and 27 led them to a bogey-free 31 and a 9-under par total score of 97, making them the leaders in the clubhouse.

A birdie at the easy par-5 21st by Stefanski and Heestand kept them in the lead. But a bogey at the very short par-4 22nd spun the wheels a bit, putting them a shot behind Crewse and Vincelette for the day. A birdie on the 24th righted the ship to allow them to get back to even. Then a giant birdie on the tricky par-4 26th gave them a one-shot lead heading into the short par-5 finishing hole. A pedestrian par there sealed the deal.

Stefanski and Heestand finished at 10-under par 96, good for a one shot victory. With the two first-place nine ties and the overall tournament prize, they earned $645 ea.

Vincelette and Crewse earned $424 each for their overall second place and nine hole finishes.

Another shot back in a three-way tie for third place overall were the teams of Mallette / Kracker (earning $504 ea after 2 skin winners), Miller / Lahnan ($322 ea), and Norton Brick / Brian Smith ($315 ea).

Complete results below.

Thanks yet again to Tim Davis and Charlie Mozingo for running one of the truly fun annual events of the Northeast Ohio golf season! A great day, great course conditions, a perfect setup, and a well-run event.


FINAL RESULTS: 2012 Turkeyfoot Fall 2-Man Jumble
9 holes each of Scramble, Better Ball and Alternate Shot
Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links, Green, Ohio | Par 35-36-35=106
Saturday, September 15th, 2012:

Stefanski – Heestand313233 =96$800.00
Crewse – Vincelette323431 =97$600.00
Brick – Smith343331 =98$400.00
Malette – Kracker313334 =98$400.00
Miller – Lahnan343232 =98$400.00
Blaze – Oman343333 =100$200.00
M. Thomas – Simpson333931 =103$80.00
Martin – Stack353434 =103$80.00
Skirpstas – King323933 =104
Hedrick – Tarter363335 =104
Russel – Miller353633 =104
Selzer – Senghas353733 =105
Freeman – Kovach333834 =105
Armour – Trier323736 =105
D. Thompson – Rybka353635 =106
Bishop – Li353536 =106
Cea – T. Davis363535 =106
Duda – Livak343538 =107
Kinkel – Mudrey333341 =107
Hetler – Kern363635 =107
Eberly – Morton343539 =108
Thornton – Roberts353835 =108
Seever – Shisler353637 =108
Karamas – Kloetzer363637 =109
Stull – Linn373736 =110
Biscardi – Andrews343640 =110
Schrader – DiFrancesco373440 =111
Woodrum – Szwast393538 =112
Hinkle – Dieckman354236 =113
Petit – Stewart393639 =114
Huff – Swartz373840 =115
Plute – Stenagle383742 =117
Ream – Rhode394138 =118
Rizzo – Rizzo384146 =125


Stefanski / Heestand 31 $245
Mallette / Kracker 31 $245
Crewse / Vincelette 32 $43
Skirpstas / King 32 $43
Armour / Trier 32 $43

Skins: $225 ea
Ream / Rhode (Birdie #2)
Freeman / Kovach (Eagle #5)


Stefanski / Heestand 32 $245
Miller / Lahnan 32 $245
Blaze / Oman 33 $26
Kinkel / Mudrey 33 $26
Brick / Smith 33 $26
Mallette / Kracker 33 $26
Hedrick / Tarter 33 $26

Skins: $225 ea
Hinkle / Dieckman (Birdie #13)
Kracker / Mallette (Eagle #16)


Brick / Smith 31 $205
Crewse / Vincelette 31 $205
Simpson / M. Thomas 31 $205

Skins: $112 ea
Davis / Cea (Birdie #19)
Hinkle / Dieckman (Eagle #21)
Mallette / Kracker (Eagle #24)
Simpson / M. Thomas (Eagle #27)


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