The St. Marys Lincolns’ Golf Day winners pointed to one big reason for their victory on Saturday at St. Marys Golf and Country Club: three eagles.
The entry of Brad Roth, Dan Murrell, Curtis Gricken and Jimmy Holliday eagled three par 5s--No. 2, 6 and 15--en route to an 11-under-par score of 61.
The team of Darryl Sterkenburg, Aaron O’Connell, Mike Glover and Kyle Dick also finished with an 11-under 61, but the Roth group emerged as this year’s trophy winners due to retrogression.
“I think just the fact that we eagled three holes was huge,” said Murrell, a former Lincs’ player. “We parred all five par 3s, only birdied three par 4s, and birdied the other two par 5s.”
The birdies for the Roth team came on No. 4, 8, 10, 12 and 18 for splits of 31-30.
Murrell noted “clutch second shots” by Gricken and Roth helped set up their eagle attempts. “That’s what did it for us today, those two guys,” he said.
“It was a fun day,” Roth added.
It was the first time any member of the Roth team had won the Lincolns’ golf tourney. “And it feels really good to beat (friends) Kevin Thompson and Darryl Sterkenburg,” Murrell quipped.
The Sterkenburg foursome collected nine birdies and one eagle (on No. 8) during their round. Their birds came on No. 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17 and 18 for splits of 31-30. They started on No. 15, and reeled off four birdies in their first five holes.
Finishing with the day’s third best score was the team of Kellen Fifield, Jon McPhail, Bill McPhail and Stu Cardiff. The former tournament champs fired a nine-under 63, with splits of 33-30. They had one eagle, on No. 12, after Fifield hit a 275-yard approach shot onto the green. They also pencilled in seven birdies.
The defending champs--Kevin Thompson, Greg Thompson, Scott Graham and Brett Graham--posted a seven-under 65 (31-34) this year.
The mixed winners were the foursome of Jim Craigmile, Jessie Thompson, Sandy Fifield and Heather Parkinson. They teamed up for a seven-under 65 (32-33), with four birdies on the front nine and four more on the back, but also a bogey 4 on No. 16.
Thirty teams took part in Lincs’ Texas Scramble format, played in windy, but pleasant conditions. The golf course and greens were in excellent shape Saturday.
“(Grounds superintendent) Sandy Fifield did an outstanding job preparing the golf course,” said Ed Parkinson, the day’s master of ceremonies.
--Closest-to-the-pin winners were: Mitch Watt (No. 16) and Barb Westelaken (No. 9).
--Longest drive winners on No. 10 were: Dan Murrell and Heather Parkinson.
--The putting contest was won by Mike Siddall’s team.
--Four ‘skins’ were won: by Darryl Sterkenburg, Kellen Fifield, Brad Roth and Tyler Rae.
--Twelve $25 coupons were donated by McDonald’s Independent Grocer. Other donations came from Westover Inn, Stone Willow Inn, the Parkview Creamery and GOCO Fuels.
--The Lincolns golf tournament dates back to 1983. Over 20 former and current Lincs’ players played in Saturday’s tourney.