Kaposta Claims Third Senior City Crown with Solid Back Nine on Sunday
After a 5 under par, bogey free, round of 65 at Fendrich Golf Course on Saturday, John Kaposta settled down to post a solid back nine on Sunday at Helfrich to win his third Blue Jacket signifying the winner of the Romain Buick Senior City Golf Championship. The even par round of 71 and total 136 (-5) was good enough for a 4-shot victory over runner-up Bryan Compton (67-73-140, -1). Troy Schreiber and Mike Schapker were the only other players in the field to match par 141 for the two days and finished in a tie for third.
Kaposta bogeyed 4 holes in a seven hole stretch in the middle of the second round including a bad break for a 3-putt on #10. Following another bogey on #12, John hit a “career 3-wood” on 13 to set up a birdie and played the last five in one-under par to seal the victory. “The 15th hole was pivotal” he said. “I made a hard par and the others had trouble. That was a tough hole today. It was ‘middle of the green’ from there in”.
Compton, who started the last round 2 shots back after a 67 at Fendrich, pulled to within one shot at the turn on Sunday….shooting a 2-under 33 on the front. With his third bogey on the back nine coming at the short Par 4 15th hole Bryan’s chances faded as he dropped 4 shots off the pace. On the positive side, he posted an 8-stroke win in the 65-69 flight.
Troy Schreiber, who matched the best score of 65 in the first round, couldn’t get it going on Sunday as his driver let him down most of the day after driving it perfectly on Saturday. After a double bogey start Troy managed to fight back and, with a rare birdie on #10, pulled within 2 strokes of the leaders. “At that point I told myself ‘I am back in this thing’”, he said. Troy then bogeyed the birdie-able par 5 11th and with a double bogey at 15 lost any chance of winning. Troy was victorious in the 50-54 flight by 5 shots over Galen Egdorf.
“It was a struggle all day. It was just one of those days……that’s golf”, Troy said. “But, even though I didn’t play well, we had a good day out there and we were all pulling for each other and acknowledging good shots. There aren’t too many golf tournaments where you can say that. This tournament is special!”
Mike Schapker posted scores of 69-72 for an even par total of 141. He finished strong on Saturday with a birdie, eagle finish……chipping in from about 20 yds out on #18. Mike got off to a slow start with 2 bogies on the front nine at Helfrich then almost aced #8 for an easy birdie. “I’m back to even. Anything can happen”, he thought. “I’m playing really solid not missing many fairways or greens, I’m still in it”. He birdied 15, but missed birdie putts on the last three holes. “What’s really great about the tournament is that we have all been playing with and against each other for so many years and we are still able to compete”, he said. Mike posted an even par 36 on the back to hold off George Nord by 2 shots to win the 55-59 flight.
Three-time defending champion Robin Rubrecht didn’t have the “scoring part of his game” going this weekend shooting a pair of 71’s for a 142 (+1) total good enough to win the 60-64 flight over Stan Bealmear. Robin was in good shape early on Saturday until he played holes 14-18 in one over par….. “which sort of took me out of the tournament”, he said. Needing to get off to a fast start on Sunday, he three-putted the first hole and was unable to gain any momentum the rest of the day. “This tournament is so much fun”, Robin said. “I’m just happy for John again and all the winners and everyone who played. It’s a bunch of great guys”.
In the 70+ Flight Steve Pritchett shot under his age with a one-over par 72 at Helfrich to come from 3 shots back to post victory over Paul Berryman and Steve Schroer. This is Steve’s fourth flight championship to go with 6 runner-up finishes as he has played in all sixteen events and is still going strong. Others shooting their age at Fendrich were Paul Berryman 72, Frank Harrington 77, James Harris 76, Don Shull 76, and Bob Van Britson 72.
2002: Brad Coole
2003: Dave DeLong
2004: Dave DeLong
2005: Joe Hahn
2006: Paul Gentry
2007: Dave DeLong
2008: John Kaposta
2009: Jim Cheaney
2010: Robin Rubrecht
2011: John Kaposta
2012: Tim Heath
2013: Mike Finnin
2014: Robin Rubrecht
2015: Robin Rubrecht
2016: Robin Rubrecht
2017: John Kaposta