After two days of basically playing pitch-and-putt golf, McPherson Country Club provided the perfect venue Sunday to separate the pretenders from the contenders in the McPherson City Golf Tournament.
And what had been a bottleneck at the top with several players involved turned into a runaway victory for McPherson High senior-to-be Treg Fawl.
Fawl, the Class 5A state runner-up last month at Emporia, entered Sunday’s final round with a one-stroke lead over Mark Wash.
And Wash proved to be the only contender to Fawl on the final day, as the diabolical Country Club again reared its nasty head, with much of the field unable to break 80.
Fawl, however, was unfazed by MCC’s treachery, carding a 2-over-par 71 for a three-day total of 210, five shots ahead of Wash and a whopping 10 strokes ahead of first-day co-leader Ted Morris.
Fawl’s father, Tony, was grateful for his son’s sterling play, as they combined to win the team division by two strokes over the teams of Wash-Mark Dautel and Kurt Kinnamon-Troy Short. The Fawls had a 204 total, including rounds of 67-66-71.
Treg Fawl was a bit unnerved at the start Sunday, making bogeys at the normally benign Nos. 1 and 2. But made birdies at Nos. 5 and 7 before a bogey at No. 9 left him at 1-over 36.
On the back, he had only two bogeys along with a birdie at No. 11 for a 35.
Fawl and Morris had shot 69s on Friday to tie for the lead, then Fawl shot a 70 on Saturday at Turkey Creek, while Wash moved into contention with a 69 at TC. Wash was 4-over par after eight holes, but eagled No. 9 and then played the back nine in 3-under-par 32.
Scores were uncharacteristically low at Turkey Creek, but this year the white tees were played and there were several players going low.
RESULTS
INDIVIDUAL
Championship Flight
1. Treg Fawl, 69-70-71-210. 2. Mark Wash, 71-69-75-215. 3. Ted Morris, 69-74-77-220.
First Flight
1. Kurt Kinnamon, 71-76-76-223. 2. Steve Sell, 76-71-78-225. 3. Gary Hess, 74-74-78-226.
Second Flight
1. Troy Short, 74-84-79-235. 2. Alan Porter 80-78-79-237. 3. Chet Buchman, 78-79-81-238.
Third Flight
1. Dennis Shaw, 78-85-83-246 (won scorecard playoff). 2. Larry Bruce, 80-83-83-246. 3. Terry Malm, 79-86-86-251.
Fourth Flight
1. Brett Reber, 86-91-92-269. 2. Jerry Grant, 93-91-88-272. 3. Keith Janzen, 92-84-102-278.
TEAM
Championship Flight
1. Treg Fawl-Tony Fawl, 66-67-71-204. 2. Mark Wash-Mark Dautel, 70-66-70-206. 3. Kurt Kinnamon-Troy Short, 66-69-71-206.
First Flight
1. Jeff Warren-Kenny Malm, 72-68-71-211. 2. Nick Ikenberry-Brady Sherman, 72-69-72-213. 3. Steve Sell-Cliff Hawkes, 70-69-76-215.
Second Flight
1. Andy Hett-Dave Lackey, 75-73-74-222. 2. Larry Bruce-Terry Malm, 72-77-77-226. 3. Tom Depperschmidt-Rick Davison, 70-77-83-230.