Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Golfers take aim in match play finals, Pro-Am

At Valley Club, Sun Valley

Wood River Valley golf courses were busy with high-quality competition last week.

The Valley Club staged the Idaho Golf Association's Match Play Championships Friday through Sunday, June 1-3.

And Sun Valley and Elkhorn golf courses were the sites of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Snake River Chapter Pro-Am golf tournament May 29-30.

Match Play finals

Long-hitting Jimmy Burnett, a Challis homebuilder and 2006 Challis High graduate, won the IGA Men's Match Play championship Sunday 5&4 over Todd Points of Boise.

Burnett, 23, is having a good spring, having won the Southeast Idaho Amateur by seven strokes May 6 at Riverside Municipal Golf Course, Pocatello.

In Sunday's semi-finals Burnett defeated on the 19th Jesse Hibler, 34, of Boise, a former Brigham Young University golfer. Points made it to the final 6&5 over Chris Reinke, 33, an Ashton golfer from North Fremont High and Memphis University. Reinke was last year's IGA runner-up.

There were 30 golfers in the men's match play bracket including Albert King of The Valley Club and Hailey's Matt Meador. Meador won 3&2 over Darren Kuhn before falling 5&4 to Hibler in the quarterfinals.

Last weekend's IGA meet included a Women's Flight won by Boise's Sheryl Scott 2&1 over Mountain View High and College of Idaho golfer Baylee Borchers. Norris Dancer, 60, of Star took Senior Men 2-up over Boise banker Joel Hickman. Dancer, last year's Match Play runner-up, edged local Chuck Conn 4&3 in the semi-finals.

SV/Elkhorn Pro-Am

The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured one round at Sun Valley and one at Elkhorn. In each case, the Pro-Am Team Division winner was the same.

It was the Sun Valley team of Dominick Conti, Clark French, Rob Hogan and Matt Meador. They won outright at Sun Valley with a 125, with $254 winnings, and shared the title at Elkhorn at 128, for $200.

Other local foursomes at Sun Valley were Scott Syms, Bill Mason, Lane Monroe and Shawn Aicher at 131, and Tommy Sanderson, Pat Bauman, Dave Berman and Tim Flaherty with a 132.

The Sanderson foursome also toured Elkhorn, as did Doyle Corbett's group with Mike Pirzynski, Steve Myers and Phil Doerflein.

Sharing the Professional Division victory with two-day scores of 143 for $566.59 apiece were John Shaw and John Graham. Shaw is Jackpot (Nev.) Golf Club assistant pro and reigning chapter Match Play king, while Graham is from Sand Creek in Idaho Falls.

Retired Sun Valley director of golf and PGA pro Doyle Corbett shot 144 for third-place money of $370. Sharing the Senior Pro title at 140 for $294 were Sun Valley-based PGA pro Tommy Sanderson and Ron Rawls of Boise's Crane Creek.

Hunter Storey won Amateur Division Championship Flight net and $346 at Elkhorn, while Meador took Amateur Championship gross at Sun Valley with a score of 72 for $346 winnings. Meador shared the amateur gross title at Elkhorn with Shawn Aicher, each 70 for $305.

Other placers in Amateur included Norris Dancer, Rob Hogan, Mike Pirzynski, Tim Flaherty and Lane Monroe.

Amateurs at Sun Valley

Championship Flight, gross: 1—Matt Meador 72 ($346). 2—Shawn Aicher 74 ($264). 3—Calvin Fillmore 75 ($193). 4—Tim Flaherty 76 ($132). 5—Jay Sutton 77 ($81).

First Flight, gross: 1—Mike Thompson 80 ($337). 2—Chris Coles 81 ($258). 3—Jay Bride 82 ($188). 4—Austin Warner 85 ($129). 5—Gary Fawcett 86 ($39) and Tyler Garn 86 ($39).

Championship Flight, net: 1—Dave Hendrickson 68 ($346). 2—Marty Fehringer 69 ($229) and James Ray 69 ($229). 4—Hunter Storey 70 ($106) and John Baker 70 ($106).

First Flight, net: 1—Mark Villano 67 ($337). 2—Mark Skeltono 68 ($258). 3—Lane Monroe 71 ($158) and Rob Hogan 71 ($158). 5—Tim Obenchain 72 ($79).

Amateurs at Elkhorn

Championship Flight, gross: 1—Shawn Aicher 70 ($305) and Matt Meador 70 ($305). 3—Norris Dancer 74 ($193). 4—Rick Bennett 75 ($106) and Doug Schlosser 75 ($106).

First Flight, gross: 1—Mark Skelton 82 ($337). 2—Tyler Garn 84 ($258). 3—Rob Hogan 85 ($188). 4—Doug Hampton 86 ($104) and Dick Jones 86 ($104).

Championship Flight, net: 1—Hunter Storey 66 ($346). 2—Stanley Kolby 68 ($264). 3—Mike Pirzynski 69 ($135), Chris Abend 69 ($135) and James Ray 69 ($135).

First Flight, net: 1—Bob Maloney 68 ($337). 2—Patrick Maloney 70 ($223) and Todd Cornelison 70 ($223). 4—Dan Willie 71 ($129). 5—R.J. Andrus 73 ($19), Tim Obenchain 73 ($19), Mark Villano 73 ($19) and Terry McAlvain 73 ($19).

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