It would have taken an epic breakdown to change the outcome of the 30th McPherson City Golf Tournament after Saturday’s round at Rolling Acres Golf Course.
Treg Fawl, the reigning champion for two years running, held a six-stroke lead over Jamie Piper coming into Sunday’s final round at the McPherson Country Club, in spite of the high winds that plagued golfers the first two days of the tournament.
Sunday, Fawl cemented his claim on his third straight title, his fourth in five years, by shooting a 73.
“It gets better every time,” Fawl said. “Especially when me and my dad (Tony Fawl) come out on top as a team.”
The Fawls shot three straight 70s with a total score of 210 over the tournament to just out-distance Mark and Doug Gayer, who finished two-strokes behind with a 212. Scott Davis and Jamie Piper were three strokes off the lead with rounds of 73, 69 and 73.
This was the third time the Fawls had won the team title, having claimed it in 2011 and 2009.
Treg Fawl shot a 1-under-par 34 on the front nine Sunday, solidifying his claim to the tournament championship. He had birdies at holes two, three and eight. Fawl struggled a little on the backside of the round, shooting a 39 with five bogeys, including three straight.
“(McPherson Country Club) is always the toughest because I don’t play it as much,” Fawl said. “The greens are pretty slick so you’ve got to bear down and treat every shot with caution.”
Winds gusted as much as 45 miles-per-hour during the three day tournament, which caused headaches at all three courses.
“This was probably the toughest weekend I’ve ever played in,” Fawl said. “If you had told me at the beginning of the week I would have shot the highest score at Rolling (Acres Golf Course), I wouldn’t have believed you. Even Rolling was playing difficult (Saturday).”
Piper finished second in the individual standings with rounds of 75, 76 and 76 for a 227. Cliff Hawkes was third with a 233.
Fawl’s win puts him in rarified air, as he is now second on the all-time win list with his four, just behind Ray Hague’s nine titles accumulated from 1985 to 2007.
“That’s my goal,” Fawl said of breaking the record.
Fawl will be entering his senior year in the fall with Central Christian College.
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