When the Inter Club Tournament’s second round wrapped up on Saturday, Port Huron Golf Club needed seven points to pass St. Clair Golf Club.
Waking up before the third and final round, the Port Huron golfers probably knew Sunday’s round had the chance to be a special day. After all, their last tournament win was back in 2009 and this year’s final round was being played right at their home course.
Throughout the day Port Huron chipped down St. Clair’s lead and snapped Port Huron Elks’ five year win streak by scoring 44.5 points on the final round. That brought Port Huron’s total to 80.5, topping St. Clair’s 70 points. The Elks finished third with 65.5.
“Home field advantage was great to have,” Port Huron’s Jerry Grace, who had 7.5 points on the weekend, said. “It’s a short course, but the greens are tough. You have to know where to putt and chip.”
In the individual match play rounds, Port Huron had a slight edge in their matchups against St. Clair by winning seven of the 12 head-to-head pairings. The Elks actually helped Port Huron’s comeback effort too, as they beat St. Clair in 10 of the 12 matches. Port Huron didn’t really thank the Elks as they won nine of their head-to-head pairings.
Halfway through the final round St. Clair held a six point lead, but that changed when the next two groups came in shortly after. Port Huron’s Tim Ojczyk, Dave Koschnitzke and Tom Jackson came in with a combined eight points to tie it up and turn the tide on the scoreboard. Those type of scores kept filling up the scoreboard as the final 12 Port Huron golfers came in with 27 points.
“Last year we were on the other end of this – we had the lead and we couldn’t finish it,” Port Huron PGA pro Joel Peattie said. “Today it really started to snowball. Momentum is a wonderful thing when you have it.”
While all the lime green polo-wearing Port Huron members enjoyed the win, perhaps no one enjoyed their weekend more than Bob Funk. On Friday he knocked in his fourth hole-in-one, and on Sunday he wrapped up a weekend that saw him bring a club-high 8.5 points for Port Huron.
“This is such a great tournament with all my friends here and at the tournament,” Bob Funk said on what he’ll take away from the tournament. “It’s just a great time.”
Also scoring high for Port Huron this weekend was Rick Heering (seven total points), Dave Koschnitzke (6.5) and Rob McNeill (6.5).
The only golfer on the course to score a perfect nine points was St. Clair’s Cesar Motis, who played in his first Inter Club. St. Clair also had high scoring from Chet Skrzypek (7.5), Dan Moran (7) and Rick Rose (6.5).
The Elks’ lone golfer to bring in more than six points was Rich Nichols, who tallied eight points over the three rounds.
Round three scoring
Scoring for Port Huron Golf Club was Dan Pink 2-1 over Elks’ Bobby McKillop; Jerry Grace 3-0 over St. Clair’s Keith Golembiewski; Rob McNeill 3-0 over Elks’ Jim Heimbuch; Doug Dolph 2.5-.5 over Elks’ George Murdick; Mike Wood 2-1 over Elks’ Don Allen; Tim Rogers 2.5-.5 over St. Clair’s Gary Ignasiak; Tim Ojczyk 2-1 over St. Clair’s Dan Moran; Dave Koschnitzke 3-0 over Elks’ Tim Conroy; Tom Jackson 3-0 over St. Clair’s Jim Johnson; Bob Funk 3-0 over Elks’ Tom Buckingham; Tim Lozen 2-1 over St. Clair’s Mark McIntosh; Craig Emerick 2.5-.5 over Elks’ Sam Catanzaro; Larry Beck 2-1 over St. Clair’s Fred Goodell; Rick Heering 2.5-.5 over Bud Laming; Dave French 3-0 over St. Clair’s John Vrana; Dave Ernst 2-1 over Elks’ Mike Larzelere.
St. Clair Golf Club had wins from Cesar Motis 3-0 over Port Huron’s Jeff Needham; Tom Cataldo 2.5-.5 over Port Huron’s Ryan McNamee; Greg Duva 3-0 over Elks’ Tom Green; Randy Frederick 2.5-.5 over Port Huron’s Bill Pruett; Rick Rose 2-1 over Elks’ Mark Howard; Walt Parsons 2.5-.5 over Port Huron’s Rob Patterson; Chet Skrzypek 3-0 over Elks’ Charlie Hicks.
Port Huron Elks found its points from Dan Bowman 2.5-.5 over Port Huron’s Tom Coury; Tim Phipps 3-0 over St. Clair’s Ed Nadolski; Ted Ernst 3-0 over St. Clair’s Pat Walsh; Mike Easton 2-1 over St. Clair’s Hugh Jackson; Doug Mertz 3-0 over Elks’ Kevin Gilbert; Bill Rogers 2-1 over Port Huron’s Frank Partipilo; John Chambless 2-1 over Mark Brusatori; Dave Goodrich 3-0 over St. Clair’s Mike Carr; Rich Nichols 3-0 over St. Clair’s Jim Cole; Herb Falk 2-1 over St. Clair’s Jim Forster; Brian Immel 2-1 over St. Clair’s Jim Petitpren; Mark Stevenson 2.5-.5 over Port Huron’s John McNamee.
The lone tie on the course was between St. Clair’s Paul Maxwell and Port Huron’s Ron Uppleger.
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