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Photo by Diane Cox
Scott Redman of Godfrey won his first Open championship in thrilling fashion at the Rolling Hills Course.
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Submitted photo by Denice Redman
Scott Redman holds his daughter, Ainsely, age 11, after Redman won the Godfrey Open golf championship on Sunday at the Rolling Hills Course. It was his first Open title.
GODFREY – Scott Redman of Godfrey plays a lot of golf and is successful at it, particularly in local tournaments.
The past weekend, the 43-year-old businessman toasted the most meaningful tournament title of his golfing career. Redman finished first in the 10th annual Godfrey Open at the Rolling Hills Course. It was his first Open title.
“This is my course and the place I want to win a tournament,” said Redman, an insurance representative and car salesman.
With wife, Denice, and daughter, Ainsley, 11, cheering his every shot, Redman fired a 69 Sunday to force a four-way playoff for tourney honors. He posted a 73 on Saturday and was four strokes off the pace with 18 holes to play.
“I was more timid with my play Saturday,” Redman said. “I was playing defensively.
“But I played more aggressively Sunday, and that’s the way I usually play.”
He locked up with defending champion Kyle Hogan, Scott Downs and Kip Linard, in with scores of 143, to set up a four-game playoff. Linard had the first-round lead with a 69, but things changed on the final 18 holes.
And they didn’t stay the same in the playoffs.
Redman and Hogan both notched birdies on the first playoff hole – No. 1, a 534-yarder. With Downs and Linard out, Redman and Hogan went at it for four more holes.
Both of them logged pars on the Nos. 2-4 holes. But when it came to the No. 5, a par-5, 484-yarder, Redman hit a strong drive and Hogan couldn’t escape trouble. By the time they reached the green, Redman secured his victory.
“I stayed aggressive and my drives were the key to the way I played,” Redman said. “It’s a huge win for me and it means a lot to win it in front of my family and friends that were here.”
Redman had fared well in previous Godfrey events, as well as the Gold Medal championship at the Rock Spring Park Course. Yet a title eluded him until the past weekend.
Hogan thus finished second, while Downs and Linard shared third place. Pat Moore was fourth at 144. Ryan Hansen (146) won B Flight and Morgan Carrow (163) was tops in C Flight.
Dee Ketchum, 67, of Godfrey won another Seniors championship. He shot a blistering 5-under par 137, including a 67 the first day. Ketchum’s 29 score on the back nine Saturday tied a course record.
“Everything was working for me and I was nailing my iron shots,” said Ketchum, a four-time Gold Medal champion. “That (29) score Saturday is probably the best nine holes that I’ve played.”
Ketchum didn’t play in the Gold Medal but was primed to defend his Seniors title in the Godfrey Open.
“I fell on the ice in December and separated my right shoulder,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt to swing, but my shoulder is stiff.”
Nevertheless, Ketchum always finds time to play a round of golf somewhere.
“I play about every day,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve played here since last year’s Godfrey Open. I play most of the time at The Woodlands.”
Ralph Koenig shot a 167 score to win the Seniors B division.
Elsewhere, former Godfrey Open champion Jim Odle of Litchfield is coordinating the Timber Lakes Mid-Summer Classic. It’s set for July 12-13 at the Staunton course.
The format is 36-hole stroke play, with tee times starting at 7 a.m. Entry fee is $140. Call Timber Lakes at (618) 635-4653 for more information.
Godfrey Open Champions
2005 – Jim Odle
2006 – Scott Teague
2007 – Scott Teague
2008 – Shane Smith
2009 – Andrew Hopkins
2010 – Gideon Pienaar
2011 – Andrew Hopkins
2012 – Shane Smith
2013 – Kyle Hogan
2014 – Scott Redman