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Pugh Claims Men’s Open Title In Playoff

By Staff | Aug 2, 2016

WINNING?FORM - Michael Pugh putts on the final hole on his way to winning the Emmetsburg Men’s Open Tournament Saturday evening. Pugh would shoot a 65 in the opening rounds and then carded a 32 in the Championship round to tie Jimmy Geelan of Algona, but Pugh would win the playoff hole by a stroke to earn the victory. -- Dan Voigt photo

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.

2016 MEN’S?OPEN

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Michael Pugh 65-32-97*

Jimmy Geelan 65-32-97

Mike Myers67-34-101

Tyler Tiffany67-34-101

Troy Lavrenz68-34-102

Tyson Henrickson69-35-104

Jason Karsten71-36-107

Marc Riley70-37-107

Niel Reidemann70-38-108

Ross Froehlich71-37-108

Clayton Freeman72-36-108

Kort Freeman69-42-111

* – Winner in one-hole playoff

FIRST?FLIGHT

Monty Whitacre**38-35-73

Luke Lundt37-36-73

Steve Brock39-34-73

Nate Kliegl38-35-73

Luke Jackson36-38-74

** – Senior Division Champion

SECOND?FLIGHT

Steve Brown40-37-77

Maurice Greenway41-36-77

Marcus Busch42-35-77

Josh Finer41-37-78

Troy McAllister39-39-78

THIRD?FLIGHT

Brandon Banwart37-44-81

Brian Culver43-38-81

Jed Beschorner41-40-81

Caleb Cray42-40-82

Jim Haug44-38-82

FOURTH?FLIGHT

Jonathan Rittgers43-43-85

Brady Heddinger44-41-85

Dr. Ryan Reedy41-44-85

Chris Arndorfer42-43-85

Max Strube44-41-85

FIFTH?FLIGHT

Kevin Fahnlander44-44-88

Bill Lapczenski45-43-88

Taylor Johnson46-43-89

Ron Nyman43-46-89

Rich Stillman50-39-89

SIXTH?FLIGHT

John Heddinger49-45-94

Justin Vale49-45-94

Dr. Dan Reedy45-52-97

Blake Banwart47-51-98

Ryan Berkland54-48-102

SUPER?SENIORS

DIVISION

CHAMPIONSHIP?FLIGHT

Julian Erickson32-36-68

Ray Rouse37-39-76

John Hand39-38-77

Roger Mann39-38-77

Gene Enger38-42-80

John Larson40-40-80

Pete Hamilton40-41-81

Gene Myers42-39-81

FIRST?FLIGHT

Vern Enger41-42-83

Tom Arndorfer41-42-83

Lee Froehlich43-41-84

Gary Johnson46-40-86

Bob Jacobson41-45-86

Bill Eckert45-44-89

Bill Doerning48-43-91

SKINS?COMPETITION

Tyler Tiffany

Monty Whitacre

Taylor Strube

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.