It 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 – Heestand||31||–||32||–||33||=||96||$800.00|
|Crewse – Vincelette||32||–||34||–||31||=||97||$600.00|
|Brick – Smith||34||–||33||–||31||=||98||$400.00|
|Malette – Kracker||31||–||33||–||34||=||98||$400.00|
|Miller – Lahnan||34||–||32||–||32||=||98||$400.00|
|Blaze – Oman||34||–||33||–||33||=||100||$200.00|
|M. Thomas – Simpson||33||–||39||–||31||=||103||$80.00|
|Martin – Stack||35||–||34||–||34||=||103||$80.00|
|Skirpstas – King||32||–||39||–||33||=||104|
|Hedrick – Tarter||36||–||33||–||35||=||104|
|Russel – Miller||35||–||36||–||33||=||104|
|Selzer – Senghas||35||–||37||–||33||=||105|
|Freeman – Kovach||33||–||38||–||34||=||105|
|Armour – Trier||32||–||37||–||36||=||105|
|D. Thompson – Rybka||35||–||36||–||35||=||106|
|Bishop – Li||35||–||35||–||36||=||106|
|Cea – T. Davis||36||–||35||–||35||=||106|
|Duda – Livak||34||–||35||–||38||=||107|
|Kinkel – Mudrey||33||–||33||–||41||=||107|
|Hetler – Kern||36||–||36||–||35||=||107|
|Eberly – Morton||34||–||35||–||39||=||108|
|Thornton – Roberts||35||–||38||–||35||=||108|
|Seever – Shisler||35||–||36||–||37||=||108|
|Karamas – Kloetzer||36||–||36||–||37||=||109|
|Stull – Linn||37||–||37||–||36||=||110|
|Biscardi – Andrews||34||–||36||–||40||=||110|
|Schrader – DiFrancesco||37||–||34||–||40||=||111|
|Woodrum – Szwast||39||–||35||–||38||=||112|
|Hinkle – Dieckman||35||–||42||–||36||=||113|
|Petit – Stewart||39||–||36||–||39||=||114|
|Huff – Swartz||37||–||38||–||40||=||115|
|Plute – Stenagle||38||–||37||–||42||=||117|
|Ream – Rhode||39||–||41||–||38||=||118|
|Rizzo – Rizzo||38||–||41||–||46||=||125|
SCRAMBLE – FIRST NINE – Par 35
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)
BETTER BALL – SECOND NINE – Par 36
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)
ALTERNATE SHOT – THIRD NINE – Par 35
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)