Troy Schreiber keeps it “All in the Family” with Victory
2019 Romain Buick Senior City
At The Masters it is said that the tournament doesn’t start until “the back nine on Sunday” and that is exactly what happen at the 2019 Senior City. Troy Schreiber shot a cool 1 under par 35 on the back nine to capture his first Senior City title and add to the Schreiber Family legacy. It was quite a scene in the clubhouse once Troy posted the lead at one-over and the last group still on the course was reportedly not playing well. Jerry was anxious and Phyllis was hard at work on the scoreboard. Once the last group posted, it was official and Troy was speechless as he finally gets to add his name to the Jerry Schreiber Cup, named in honor of his father the nine-time City Tournament Champion, and idol of us all.
Schreiber joins John Kaposta as the only Sr City Champions to have also won the Evansville Mens City Golf Championship…..John in 1984 and Troy in 1998. In addition, Troy won the Evansville City Junior in 1981 and has now become the only person to have won all three “City” championships.
At the turn on Sunday, Joe Stellern who shot the low round of 68 at Fendrich on Saturday was in a tie for the lead with Scott Hastings at +1 for the tournament. Troy was lurking one stroke back and Robin Rubrecht, Paul Kohlman, and Dave Turpin were just two behind. It was anybody’s ball game heading to the back nine. With early trouble on the back Stellern, Hastings, and Turpin started to falter while Schreiber played steadily with pars. Rubrecht and Kohlman both birdied #12 to tie for the lead with Schreiber at +2 but then Robin bogied the next two holes to fall back. Kohlman and Schreiber were tied going to #15 where Troy birdied to take a one up lead and then Paul double-bogied #16 and bogied #17. No one else could muster a charge and Troy parred out for a three-stroke victory with consistent scores of 71-71-142 (+1).
As the going got hot on the back nine, it was hard to know where the contenders stood. “I asked about the group behind us on the 15th tee and they said nobody was playing very well but I didn’t know exactly what that meant. So, I just put my head down and kept grinding”, Troy said. “I knew I had to be close to the lead and couldn’t make any mistakes.” “I drove 15 green and 2-putted for birdie, managed a par on 16, and 2-putted both 17 and 18 from well above the hole, which was no small task”, he said. “Overall I played very well from tee to green but I just couldn’t get the putts to drop. I missed 6 putts from inside 5 feet at Fendrich and missed 7 putts inside 10 feet on Sunday after missing only two fairways and hitting 16 greens.”
“I have been trying to win this thing for five years and it seemed I could never get it done down the stretch”, said Troy. “I know what my last name stands for in this area with Dad’s legacy and I have had self-imposed pressure to live up to that. To win this in a word is ‘Special’. I feel like Dad has 10 now. This was for him”.
Dave Turpin and Scott Hastings matched scores of 71-74-145 (+4) to tie for the Frances Fleming Flight (50-54) Championship. Dave survived back to back double bogies on 9 and 10 while making three birdies on the back nine to gain his share of the win. Scott had a two-shot lead going to the back but bogies on 11, 12, and 13 cost him the lead. He played even the rest of the way for the tie. Mark Wallace finished third at 148.
In the Billie Martin Flight (55-59) Brian Schmidt cruised to a 7-shot victory after up and down rounds of 72-74-146. Brian offset several bogies with five birdies for the two days and ended up at +5. Robert Prevo and Larry Williams tied for second at 153.
Joe Stellern with scores of 68-77-145 (+4) edged Paul Kohlman 69-77-146 and John Kaposta 75-71-146, to claim the win in the Bob Hamilton Flight (60-64). After the three battled back and forth on the back nine Sunday, Paul double-bogied 16 and John bogied 18 to narrowly miss a play-off. Joe’s 68 on Saturday was low round of the day from the championship tees and earned him the Sam Stucke Medalist award.
Robin Rubrecht with rounds of 69-76-145 (+4) parred the last four holes Sunday to hold off Neal Boughton 71-75-146 and Bryan Compton 73-74-147 to prevail in the Richie Moore Flight (65-69). The last three holes played very tough all day and cost Neal (+3 on the last three) and Bryan (+2) a chance to tie Robin. Jim Atkins had a Hole-In-One on #11 at Fendrich with an 8-iron from 135 yards, only the second ace in the history of the tournament.
The second-best story of the day was of the spectacular performance turned in by Tony Hill in the Ed Wolf Flight (70-74). Tony fired a 5-under par round of 66 on Sunday at Helfrich to go along with a 2-under 68 at Fendrich to set a new tournament record of 134 (-7) from the forward tees while shooting his age both days. “I hit a lot of fairways and greens and got three lucky breaks”, he said, “and I made a few 8-10 footers”. His seven birdies at Helfrich included a chip-in on the tough 16th. “I felt pretty much in control out there starting with a seven-shot lead”. Then he poured in four birdies on the first seven holes to seal the deal. Mike Hurt finished second at 150 and Steve Zehr third with 152. Steve Schroer shot under his age with a 72 at Helfrich.
Steve Pritchett won the Don Partridge Flight (75+) by three strokes over Reid Schnell with scores of 72-78-150 (+9). Don Shull finished third at 156 and shot his age both days along with Reid Schnell. Others shooting their age at Fendrich were Pritchett, Larry Swallows, Frank Harrington, James Harris, and Jerry Weigand.
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
2019: Troy Schreiber