Four Playoffs Highlight Falcon's Fire Event
Posted: 7/2/2008 10:28:32 AM
Tour Partner SundDog Eyewear offers special price at Falcon's Fire
The individual competition resumed at Falcon's Fire as 103 players tested one of our favorite courses on tour. The event started off with tour partner Beau Oblinger of SunDog Eyewear (pictured with tour member Alan Neal) setting up shop on the driving range and offering players a great tournament day special. Many thanks to Beau for joining us.
We set (maybe tied) a tour record with four playoffs needed to decide first place out of eight flights. First up was the Championship flight where Jair Saenz posted a 75, then watched as three 76's came in and only one group left on the course. Sean Marlowe was in that group and he equalled Jair with a 75 of his own. So back out they went to #10 tee for a playoff. Long-hitting Sean took advantage and won on the first extra hole. Jim Hammons, Jonathan Stuart and David Holt posted the 76's. In the Senior Championship flight, Robert Kempinski shot an even par 72 to win by two over Tom Brennan. Ironically, Brennan was assessed a 2 stroke penalty for being late to the tee. He was at the course, but somehow he was not on the tee when the others started. His 74 included the penalty strokes. We're sure Tom won't be late to the tee again. If not for that, he would have forced the fifth playoff of the day. Joe Ondo finished thrid with 75.
The A flight came in next and Robbie Robinson and Ed Paterniti, playing in the same group each posted shiny 1-over par 73's. Tom Dillon, who also played with Robbie and Ed, was tied with them after 16 holes before finding the water with his tee shot on #17. Still, he took third with a fine 74. So, like Sean and Jair, Robbie and Ed headed back out to #10 for their playoff. They stayed a little longer. After pars on 10 & 11, Ed captured the top prize on #12 when Robbie suffered a double bogey. This playoff also served to decide the Senior A flight as Robbie and Ed were tops there as well.
The B flight, the largest flight on tour this year, produced a lot of terrific scoring at Falcon's Fire. There seems to be a lot of wild fluctuations in this flight as a few low scores seem to pop out every tournament. This week it was Eric Mead who edged past Andy Baker by a shot. Two strokes further back were Ryan Gregg and Steve Ley. Steve shot his lowest score on tour this year by nine strokes! Nice job Steve. Besides his fourth place prize (he lost a scorecard playoff to Ryan), Steve's 76 was good enough to take first place in the Senior B flight. Kevan Brown, 77 and Greg Takacs, 78 followed close behind.
Jeremy Langeneck and Subernia Johnson each came in with terrific scores of 81 to lead the way in C flight. They were far ahead of Dan Seidenfaden and Rick Whitman, who took thrid and fourth place with scores of 87. The playoff was short as Subernia took top honors on the first extra hole. This flight is shaping up to produce a great battle for Player of the Year. Joe Langa is a mere one point ahead of Subernia now and the top five players are separated by only 67 points.
The D flight belonged to Ray Bargainer. He smoked the field with a sizzling 80 in the hot, humid conditions. Chris Benedetti was a distant second on 87 and Chas McIntyre, with 93, finished third.
Next up is a trip to Victoria Hills on July 12.