Toledo Metro Golf Association
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Hoelzer goes back to back and cruises to Jed's Toledo Am victory!! Payouts and scoring summary now posted. Thanks to Jed's, Master Golf and yes the TMGA for continuing this great tournament.
The field was smaller this year, but there were plenty of talented players, and Brandon Hoelzer once again came to play and came to win. After losing the title to Tom Yeager by a shot in 2015, Hoelzer shot 9 under par to win in 2016 by a shot. This year, Hoelzer opened with a 4-under 67, and then shot 66 Saturday for a 5-shot lead heading to Sunday. After firing 69 Sunday morning, Hoelzer maintained his 5-shot lead over energetic BG golfer Max Rispler, and was able to coast home in the afternoon round for a 6-shot victory over Rispler. Hoelzer's total of 10-under 274 was a shot better than his winning 2016 total. BG golfer Mitchell Kontak fired the day's best round in the morning with a 5-under 66 and finished third at 286, followed by teammate Trey Walker at 287.
.Joe Cline was basically unchallenged Saturday as he carded 5 birdies against just 2 bogeys on the tough Red Hawk Golf Course while shooting 35/34-69. Cline's 69 bested Scott Conrad and Jace Neal by 6 shots and Clint Schreiber and Tom Yeager by 7. While Cline's net 68 was also low, Scott Conrad and Doug Gust, with net 70's will share 1st and 2nd place prize money. John McCarthy and Dave Mikolajczak were next with net 71's.
Golf has proven to be an ageless game, at least in the TMGA. Mike Kennedy in his mid 60's and John Zitkovic recently 60, sure didn't play that way Sunday in the second round of the TMGA Championship at Fremont CC. Kennedy, after shooting 1-over 73 in the first round at The Legacy, blistered the front nine with 5 birdies, including 4 in a row on holes 4-7 for a 4-under 31. However, Zitkovic, who shot 74 Saturday, wasn't going away as he shot a bogey free 2-under 33 to trail by 3 at the turn. Kennedy made a double at 11, and 2 other bogeys, and trailed Zitkovic by 1 heading to 18. All Kennedy did was make his 7th birdie of the day (the only birdie on 18), while Zitkovic made a crucial sand save on the tricky green and the 2 ended up tied with two day totals of 1-under 142's. They decided to let it end there and split the points. Brian Gerken was third at 148 and Jim Torsok 4th at 150.
With Kennedy playing lights out, the only battle in the net division was for second, with Steve Snyder besting Scott Huffman and Zitkovic by a shot with a net total of 137 (seven behind Kennedy). Mark Augustyniak and Jim Kennedy were next at 141.