Glisson Overtakes Schreiber and Kaposta for First Senior City Victory
Greg Glisson birdied two of the last four holes to come from 3 shots down at the turn to defeat Troy Schreiber and three-time champion John Kaposta and claim the 2018 Romain Buick Senior City Golf Championship. This is Glisson’s first title and came on rounds of 1-under par 70 on Saturday and 72 on Sunday for a two-round total of 142 (+1). After Kaposta maintained the lead throughout much of the back nine Glisson birdied #15 to pull within 2 shots and then pulled even at +1 on #17 after a career drive to 12 feet for eagle. He missed the putt but made birdie. Kaposta hit 3W in the bunker and made bogey. “That was the turning point”, Greg said, “all of a sudden I can win this thing”. Glisson hit another “high rocket” drive on #18 to 66yds from the green. Kaposta clipped a tree on his second shot from way right ending with a double bogey taking himself out of contention and ended up tied for third. Glisson made routine par on #18 for the win. Schreiber had posted +2 ahead of the final group after a weekend of battling a balky putter and was awaiting the final group behind the 18th green. “I knew I had a chance going to the back nine and I hit every green but I just could not make a putt”, he said. Others tied for third at 144 (+3) for the Overall were Dave Turpin, Drexel Brothers Jr, Robert Prevo and Britt Reddington.
A higher power led Greg to the winner’s circle. Six years ago on Saturday of the Senior City at McDonald’s he was pulled off the golf course due to the death of his 6-month old grandson. “Everytime I think of him, I smile”, he said. “As the back nine progressed I felt I had someone pulling me along and I kept thinking about him”. “It kept me calm. I never got nervous until the last 6-inch putt when I realized I had won”, Greg said. Then he got emotional. “Golf is a game of failure and to compete and win at any age, especially as we get older, is a big deal.” “To get my name on that trophy and have it presented to me by the 9-time City Champ Jerry Schreiber is a big deal to me”, he said. “If I never break 90 again, my name is on the trophy and nobody can take that away from me”.
In the Frances Fleming flight (50-54) Troy Schreiber edged Dave Turpin 143 to 144 for the win. These were the only two players in the field to match par 70 in the second round on a day when the wind and wet course conditions caused the scores to run high. Both players made 1 birdie on each side and shot matching 35’s. Neither player could make a putt when it counted. Scott Hastings was third at 149.
Robert Prevo made a routine par on the first playoff hole after tying with Drexel Brothers Jr at 144 (+3) for the Frances Fleming flight (55-59) victory. Prevo shot 73 at Helfrich going 3 over on the last two holes then came back with a 1 over 71 to get in the playoff. Brothers who was one of just three players to match par 71 on Saturday birdied #17 at Fendrich to achieve the tie. Travis Buente finished third at 148.
After a disappointing finish for the Overall Championship John Kaposta birdied the first hole of the playoff to defeat Britt Reddington to win the Bob Hamilton flight (60-64). Kaposta fired a first round score of 69 (-2) at Helfrich on Saturday to earn Medalist honors and the Sam Stucke medallion. That was backed up by a 75 with an uncharacteristic 40 on the back nine Sunday. Reddington shot a consistent pair of 72’s for the 144 (+3) total to qualify for the playoff. Joe Stellern was third at 147.
Dave Bates prevailed in the Richie Moore flight (65-69) as Bryan Compton, with whom he tied, was unavailable for a playoff. Bates and Compton shot 145 after matching rounds of 74-71 finishing 3 hours ahead of first round leader Joe Hahn who was playing in the last group after an even par 71 on Saturday. Hahn faltered on the front nine Sunday and finished at 147. Stan Bealmear closed with 2 birdies in the last 3 holes to shoot the low round of the day at 68 (-2) and a 146 total for third place. He earned the Dan Scism Medallion for medalist for the second round of the Championship.
In the Ed Wolf flight (70-74) Tony Hill closed with a 2-under par 33 on the back nine Sunday to defeat Bill Osbourne by two shots with a score of 143, 2 over for the tournament. After trailing by 2 shots going to the back nine, Tony picked up 3 shots on holes 12-15 (including two birdies) then drained a slick downhill 20-footer for birdie on #18 to seal the deal. Osbourne, by posting rounds of 73 and 72, shot his age both rounds. Others besting their age were Mike Hurt 71 at Helfrich and Steve Schroer 73 at Fendrich.
The newly formed Don Partridge flight, for players over 75 years of age, featured a very solid performance by Don Shull making one birdie and shooting 1 over on each nine for a 72 and a 146 total for the championship. Frank Harrington was second at 149; and, along with Shull, Reid Schnell and Bob Lewis shot under his age both days.
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
2018: Greg Glisson