Bobby McKillop dropped a scorecard on the table Saturday that read 63, a fantastic score on Day 2 of the Port Huron Elks Men’s Invitational from him and teammate Mitch Bazinski.
But McKillop had a look of exasperation on his face, because the pair he and Bazinski played with, Mason Motte and Joe Mericka, had carded a 58.
“We hit some good shots, we knocked it close, then the whole key is just hitting putts,” Motte said. “We made putt after putt. Just a team effort. It really helps with me being long and Joe being such a good iron player and a good putter.”
Motte and Mericka will take a two-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of the tournament, as they sit at 128 through two days. Patrick Cansfield and Ryan McNamee are in second with a 130 after a 61 during Saturday’s scramble format. McKillop and Bazinski are tied for third at 133 along with Dan Bowman and Glen McCoy, while Dieter Schulz and Markus Schulz, as well as Ted Ernst and Tim Phipps are tied for fifth at 134.
It should make for an interesting day as the tournament returns to a best ball format for its final 18 holes.
“We just have to keep the momentum from today, keep it up,” Motte said. “Then we’ll do fine. We’ll be good going into tomorrow.”
With a 58, one would figure some eagles were sprinkled into the round, and the Elks features a par 5 18th hole that is reachable in two. But it was 14 birdies and four pars that made up Motte and Mericka’s round.
“We played well,” Motte said. “It was just a really easy-going round. We played well, we didn’t have anything stressful. Once you get birdies, you just have to keep them going and keep the momentum going.”
Thanks to a 65 on Saturday, Shawn Eagle and Jeff Bassett lead the fourth flight with a 140. They’re four strokes ahead of four other teams.
“He’s great with his short irons, so I hit it down there and let him go for them,” Eagle said. “That’s what we did, and we made the putts. That’s all there is to it. We made a couple big par putts on six and 13.”
They were four strokes better than any other team on Saturday despite a three-putt bogey on the ninth hole, so the round could have been even more spectacular.
“We shot 65 and said thank you,” Eagle said with a laugh.
Elks Men’s Invitational Leaderboard
Slow BarBQ First Flight
1. Mason Motte-JoeMericka, 128
2. Patrick Cansfield-RyanMcNamee, 130
3t. Bob McKillop-MitchBazinski, 133
3t. Glen McCoy-Dan Bowman, 133
Great Lakes Gypsum Supply Second Flight
1. Tom Green-Darin Arnett, 136
2. Mark Gourlay-JohnCrisenberry, 138
3. Harold Tramski-Gary Bowman, 139
St. Clair Chevrolet/St. Clair Chrysler Third Flight
1. Sandy Korich-JimLotts, 138
2. Mike Easton-EricEaston, 142
3. Bill Liedke-TravisLiedke, 143
Eagen Drywall Fourth Flight
1. Shawn Eagle-Jeff Bassett, 140
Four tied at 144
Marysville Tire & Auto Fifth Flight
1. Brad St. Onge-Brian St. Onge, 142
2. Bill Rogers-John John Chambless, 143
3. Mike Halifax-Paul Hoffman, 144
Michaels Car Center Sixth Flight
1. Darin Magneson-CraigHeimbach, 148
2. Pat Patterson-Mark Whitney, 152
Three teams tied at 153
Jets Pizza Seventh Flight
1. Dave Koschnitzke-BrettVanDrew, 150
2. Herb Falk-DickSharrow, 152
Three tied at 153
Foster Blue Water Oil, Sunrise, Blue Flame Propane Eighth Flight
1. Paul McDonald-Scott Worden, 150
2t. Brad Heier-NickHeier, 153
2t. Aaron Currie-Justin Smith, 153
Worden Insurance Ninth Flight
1. Joe Heimbach-JoelHeimbach, 156
2. Karl Livingston-Lou Flanigan, 158
3. Brian Immel-DeanMardlin, 159
DTE Energy and Fred Smith Memorial 10th Flight
1. Jim Johnson-Joe Fogarty, 156
2. Tim Class-Fritz Lepley, 160
3. Dale Camphausen-BobMurdick, 161
Joann Wine & Associates 11th Flight
1. Brad Priehs-LarryWestphal, 160
2. Jeff Perkins-Charlie Hicks, 162
3. Greg Shannon-Dennis Shannon, 163
NAPA/Granite Home Design 12th Flight
1. Al Randolph-John Stewart, 122.5
2. Don Robertson-Chip Hayward, 124.5
3. John Virnich-BillBlay, 126.7
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