Pugh Claims Men’s Open Title In Playoff
It took a playoff hole to determine the winner of the 2016 Men’s Open Tournament Saturday evening, but Michael Pugh of Emmetsburg would claim the winners’ prize for his efforts. The Men’s Open attracted 103 golfers to the links of the Five Island Golf Club on Saturday.
The playoff wasn’t the only excitement of the day, however, as 18-year old Clayton Freeman of Emmetsburg tallied his first-ever hole-in-one during the first round of the tournament on the eighth hole – which happened to be a “Hole In One” contest hole, where an ace would win the lucky golfer a new 2016 Ford Fusion, sponsored by Farmers Mutual Insurance and Emmetsburg Ford.
“I hit my tee shot with my nine-iron and didn’t see it fall,”?Freeman said. “I thought it went over the back of the hole, but then a lady started waving and yelling and then it sunk in.”
Pam Stillman was the official witness stationed at the eighth green for the contest. “I saw the ball roll into the hole and I?just started yelling ‘We have a winner!” Stillman said. “It was so neat to see it!”
Freeman, the son of Kort and Sherri Freeman, graduated from Emmetsburg High School back in May and was golfing with Michael Pugh, Kory Hagen and Nate Kliegl in his foursome.
After 18 holes of play, Jimmy Geelan of Algona and Michael Pugh were tied with scores of 65 on top of the leaderboard.
For the Championship Flight, ties were the word. Both Geelan and Pugh had shot rounds of 32 in the Championship round, which required a playoff hole using the ninth hole. On the final deciding hole, Geelan would shoot a five, while Pugh carded a four to earn the Open victory.
A tie for third and fourth between Mike Myers and Tyler Tiffany with 34’s was split evenly between the two golfers at their agreement.
Michael Pugh 65-32-97*
Jimmy Geelan 65-32-97
* – Winner in one-hole playoff
** – Senior Division Champion
Dr. Ryan Reedy41-44-85
Dr. Dan Reedy45-52-97
Sponsors for the 2016 Emmetsburg Men’s Open included Jack Kibbie, John Hand, Mike Hermansen, Jon Lapczenski, Bill &?Marcie Frevert, Culligan Water Conditioning-Skip Wallace, ASI?Contracting-Todd Lungren, Joyce Funeral Home-Andy Joyce, Hughes, Brennan &?Wirtz Insurance and Kerber Milling Company.
Sponsors for the car giveaway/Hole-In-One contest were Emmetsburg Ford, of Emmetsburg and Farmers Mutual Insurance of Emmetsburg.