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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Men's league crowns new champs

  • New champions of men's league were crowned Tuesday night following playoffs at Park Hills. In a match actually played Monday due to one participant being unable to attend Tuesday night, Dan Gillig and Scott Strong survived a spirited rally by Frank Meisenheimer and Darrell Shumway to emerge victorious in the championship match.
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  • New champions of men’s league were crowned Tuesday night following playoffs at Park Hills. In a match actually played Monday due to one participant being unable to attend Tuesday night, Dan Gillig and Scott Strong survived a spirited rally by Frank Meisenheimer and Darrell Shumway to emerge victorious in the championship match.
    Gillig/ Strong surged to an early lead, but Meisenheimer and Shumway talked themselves into mounting a charge, as they had been doing all season. Despite being down 9-1 after five holes, Meisenheimer/ Shumway got the match back to where it came down to one putt on #9. Gillig/Strong were able to right the ship and came away with a 12-10 hard-fought victory.
    In the third place match, John Stineman subbed for John Mathes, playing with Jim Lewis against Gary Skaggs and Phil Shrack. Stineman shooting a scratch 36 with a 4 handicap may have been instrumental in tipping the match in Mathes/ Lewis’ favor. 19-3 was the final tally.
    There were no sour grapes afterwards. Gary Skaggs was gracious in defeat, saying “John and Jim played very well. They certainly deserved to win.” Or at least, words to that effect.
    In the fifth place match, Frank Laubhan posted a net 33, and carried partner Neil DePew along to victory. Laubhan spent his evening productively, shooting a nice 43. DePew on the other hand, spent his evening 3-putting, screaming “Work for Brooksie!” after his own shots, and saying  “Nice shot, Frank!” following partner Laubhan’s.
    Opponents Don Peters and Kelly Garretson were no doubt distracted by DePew’s atrociously horrific hacking and, frankly, obnoxious etiquette. At any rate, neither played his best and Laubhan/ DePew (mostly Laubhan) took fifth place as a result.
    The rest of the Park Hills men divided up and played the first of the scrambles that will continue until the time change on Tuesday nights. Dillon Ezell, AC Boland and Rodger Tiesing took first place with a 32.
    At the Awards Banquet following play, league statistician Frank Laubhan presented a number of league awards in addition to the 1-6 places and the Scramble winners. Some awards were very impressive and prestigious, others not so much. Awards are listed below:
    Mike Koler: most variable handicap over the season
    Jack Galle: most birdies in a game (4)
    Chase Galle: most improved handicap (-4 strokes)
    Bruce Kempton and AC Boland: most eagles in a game (1)
    Ned Albers: most pars during the season (77)
    DeWayne Bryan: low net for season on both #6 and #9, Division 2
    Mike Sewell (22) and Dakota Holtgrieve (21): lowest score gained by adding the best score achieved on each hole during the season
    Andy Lee: best average score on #3 in Division 2 (4.3)
    Page 2 of 2 - Dillon Ezell: most consistent golfer (only 6 strokes difference between highest and lowest scores)
    Don Hommertzheim: best average score on #9, Division 1 (3.7) {Some members pointed out that he has an unfair advantage, as that hole’s fairway is practically his back yard.}
    Kenton Ladenburger: largest spread between highest and lowest scores (shot a 36 and a 52 for a difference of 16)
    Rick Reber: most bogeys in a game (8)
    Rodger Tiesing: played with the most subs during the season (9)

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