SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – The 2015 Lima City Men’s Golf Tournament is assured of having a first time champion this year.
A long day of golf Friday at Shawnee Country Club saw two time champions Todd Burkholder (1996, 2004) and Phil Trueblood (2011 and 2014) both knocked out by Matt Smith.
Smith, an assistant golf and basketball coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio, was three holes down to Trueblood after the front nine Friday morning before making four birdies on the back nine to bounce back and record a 2 and 1 victory.
Smith then rode that momentum to an 8 and 7 win over Burkholder in the afternoon match.
“That was a tall order today, Phil is a great player and a great guy. I really had to work to get that win.” Smith said. “Then that back nine carried over to my match with Todd. I was just trying to make pars and shot 1-under on the front.”
Smith will meet Josh Hollar in a semifinal match today that tees off at 3:24 p.m. Hollar, a 2008 UNOH graduate, advanced with wins over Troy Breidenbach by a 5 and 4 margin before knocking off 2012 champion Oliver Holtsberry in his afternoon match by a 2 and 1 final.
“I just try to play my game and I made some putts when I had to,” Hollar said. “I was able to keep my driver straight. When he won a hole he made birdies, I didn’t give any holes away.”
2014 tournament runner-up Austin Goodridge is still in the title hunt after victories over Brady Garver (3 and 1) and Bryan Kohli (2 and 1). Goodridge is a 2013 Lima Central Catholic graduate and a junior to be at Ohio Dominican.
“I like playing here at Shawnee, I feel confident and know where to hit it,” Goodridge said. “I’m confident with my putter and have been rolling the ball well. Plus I hit my wedges close and was able to take advantage of my opponents’ mistakes.”
Tournament newcomer Kaleb Kuhn claimed victories over Joe Hobensack in the morning match by a final of 6 and 5 before knocking off No. 1 seed Brian Kuhlman in the afternoon by a 5 and 3 margin. Kuhn is from Celina and a sophomore to be at UNOH.
“I played well all around and made a lot of good putts,” Kuhn said. “I was 1-under par in the morning match and even par through 15 holes in the afternoon.”
The senior championship flight saw all close matches, including three of four that went extra holes to decide a winner.
Tim Windau bested Ken Sweeney 1-up in 19 holes and will meet Bob Kondas Jr. who took 21 holes to beat Jeff Oravitz. Paul Masters knocked off Vince Ozier 1-up in 19 holes and advances to meet Dennis Medeiros who was a 2 and 1 winner over Todd Stump.
Super senior flight action saw John Gronas beat Dan Garlock 3 and 1. Gronas will meet David Webb after Webb bested Willie McGuire 4 and 3. Ted Keysor was a 1-up winner in 19 holes over Larry Lewis and next faces Tony Hobensack who beat Steve Creps 4 and 2.
In senior open flight action Mike Stewart beat Ed Nolte 2 and 1 and moves on to face Mark Krick who beat Dave Windau 3 and 2. Kirk Slusher was a 5 and 4 winner over Mike Ulm and next meets Bill Haidle who bested Mike Ketcham 1-up in 19 holes.
First flight action saw Shawn Boyed advance with a 3 and 2 win over Greg Stemen. Boyed will meet Chris Inskeep who knocked off Paul Masters Jr. 2 and 1. Scott Conrad was a 3 and 2 winner over Tim Grigsby and will now face off against Tyler Rambin who beat Alex Stewart 9 & 8.
Second flight play saw Jeff Harris best Greg Stumbaugh 8 and 7 as Harris moves on to meet Stephen Kessen who knocked off Ron Williams 4 and 3. Marc Tobias beat Josh Gaines a final of 3 and 2 and Mitch Hasting beat Drew Boughan 2 and 1.
In third flight play, Matt Childers won 4 and 3 over Pat Heffley and moves on to meet Aaron Lee after Lee knocked off Tom Cutlip 5 and 4. Rick Michael bested Brian Jesko 4 and 3 and advances to face Rob Fletcher who won 3 and 2 over Dave Schimmoeller.