There isn’t a better feeling in golf than looking at the leaderboard and finding your name at the top of the list.
On Saturday several golfers shared in the sweet taste of victory as flight winners were announced at the Port Huron Golf Club Men’s Invitational.
After a chance occurrence led to them playing together, Justin Nowak and Rob McNeil completed a strong final round to win the First Flight championship.
“Justin and I play in a golf league together and my partner two weeks ago had to back out of this tournament,” McNeil said. “I looked at Justin and I knew he was the best golfer in our league. I grabbed him and I figured we would do well. I didn’t know we would win but I thought we would be in the conversation.”
Nowak and McNeil shot 143 to stay ahead of the field with a three-round score of 268. Tom Burgess and D.J. Westrick were second in the flight at 275.
“It was a lot of fun and the course was in great shape,” Nowak said. “We had fun out there and we played well. We didn’t do as well on the sixth hole but we bounced right back.”
Dave Koschnitzke and Shawn Winston teamed up to win the Sixth Flight. They entered the day on top of the leaderboard and then had a solid round to finish with a three-round score of 269, including a 146 Saturday.
“It’s awesome to win an invite like this,” Winston said. “I had a great partner that coached me the whole way through. I don’t know the course and he does. The first couple of days you have to work together and we worked so well together.
“Even the last day we were going back and forth and trying to encourage each other and make sure we finish good and complete our holes. This is our second year here together. We took second last year. We were in a similar position but we fell apart. It feels real good knowing there are some strokes you would love to do again and contribute to the team. This year, winning our flight feels so much better than taking second.
Koschnitzke shared in his partners excitement.
“It was a good day,” Koschnitzke said. “It was a little struggle up and down. I wanted both of us with our handicap to shoot par. We held it together this year. We had 144 as our target and we shot 146. It’s a good feeling. In 18 years this is the second time we won.”
This year’s tournament featured a bigger field with 72 teams and it was as competitive as ever. Joe Mericka and Cliff Erickson were the second flight winners with a three-round score of 269 to hold off Jeff Thomson and Steve Wilhelm (273).
Rob Patterson and John Swistak won the third flight at 266. Randy and Matthew Maiers won the fourth flight with a 261 and Larry Beck and Ken Shaw won the fifth flight.
“It has been an outstanding tournament,” club PGA Pro Joel Peattie said. “It’s a good fitting end to a good tournament.”
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