GODFREY – Same scene, different result.
Kyle Hogan of East Alton and defending champion Scott Redman of Godfrey fashioned another dramatic playoff finish in the 11th annual Godfrey Open.
This time, Hogan prevailed on the second playoff hole to earn his second A flight golf title in the past three years Sunday at the Rolling Hills Course. Redman outlasted Hogan in a wild five-hole, four-person playoff in 2014.
“This makes it special, especially after last year,” said Hogan, a 2005 Roxana High graduate. “It was fun because Scottie and I were battling back and forth like that. It was the same kind of scenario that we had going last year.
“I felt good going into the playoff.”
Hogan and Redman both registered par scores on No. 8, the opening playoff hole. Then Hogan got a par on No. 9 to win it.
“We fed off each other all day,” Redman said. “Kyle had things going on the front nine and I did on the back nine. It kept going back and forth.”
Both of them logged rounds of 68 for a 141 score after 36 holes. Each had scores of 73 on Saturday and were three strokes off the pace. However, they charged through the competition on Day 2 to set up the playoff thriller.
Ryan Coughlin and Brian Gebben shared third place with 142 scores. Evan Franklin followed them at 143. J Ryan Waters, Mark Strain and Pat Moore were next with scores of 144.
“It’s nice to get back into the winners’ circle,” Hogan said.
Dee Ketchum easily snared the Seniors A championship by shooting his age during the final 18 holes.
Ketchum, 68, benefited from seven birdies to record a three-under par 68 for a 137 total, the same score he shot to win in 2014. This time, he finished eight shots ahead of runner-up Dick DeQuaise. Mike Hudock had a 167 score to capture honors in Seniors B.
“That’s pretty good to shoot my age. I’ve shot my age quite a few times,” Ketchum quipped. “I really didn’t expect to do much in this tournament because I’ve had a swollen left wrist. I’ve played only a few times and I haven’t played here since last year.”
Yet he notched 10 birdies in two days and continued his Rolling Hills magic.
“I putted really well both days,” said Ketchum, a four-time winner of the Gold Medal tournament, the Alton city championship. The 62nd annual Gold Medal is set for Aug. 1-2 at Rock Spring Golf Course, where Kyle Hogan is the defending champ.
Ketchum shrugged off Sunday’s wet weather, which caused players to start 1.5 hours later. Golfers also had to contend with thunderstorms and lightning.
“It was so wet out there that it was unbelievable,” he said. “There was water laying in the fairways. So you try to pick your shots the best you can.”
He plays regularly at The Woodlands in Alton and logged a 61 score there five years ago at age 63.
Others Godfrey Open winners included: Chris Lilley (148) in B Flight, Michael Clayman (151) in C Flight, Josh Harrison (163) in D Flight and Chris Smith (180) in E Flight. Kolten Bauer (149) reigned as the top amateur.
Bauer, a freshman-to-be at Marquette Catholic High School, enjoyed his victory. Thanks to four birdies, he shot a 73 the second day to secure the win.
“It was pretty cool,” said Bauer of Godfrey. “There were a lot of good amateur players in the field. I played better on Sunday and hit better iron shots.”
He can’t wait to begin playing prep golf this fall. “I’m excited about that,” Bauer said. “I’m looking forward to it because we should have a pretty good team.”
Next up for local golfers is the Timber Lakes Mid-Summer Classic. It’s scheduled for June 27-28 at the Staunton course. Jim Odle is in the charge of it, the third event of the Metro Cup points race.