HARROD – The Lima City Men's Golf Championship open flights featured coaches and athletic directors from area high schools taking a break from their usual job duties to test their golf skills at the Colonial Golfers Club.
Denny Thompson, head boys basketball coach at Elida, shot a 76 in senior open flight play in his first opportunity to play the tournament in 15 years.
“The move from July to June worked out great. I'm normally in Las Vegas with AAU ball.” Thompson said. “I made a few bad swings that resulted in a double and triple bogey. The wind was factor, but the course was in great shape.”
Ron Williams, B.J. McPheron, and Rich Dackin all competed in the regular open flight.
Williams, LCC athletic director and the assistant boys basketball coach, struggled to a 91 but looks forward to today to get to play again.
“I did not play very good and never did figure the greens out,” Williams said. “It was a tough day with the windy conditions but I get to try again Wednesday.”
McPheron, Temple Christian athletic director and assistant boys basketball coach, shot 80 and saw room for improvement.
“I hit it good, but just didn’t putt well. I had two three-putt greens on the front nine,” McPheron said. “It was a 2-club wind today when you played into the wind.”
Dackin, the Bath athletic director, also is returning to the tournament after a 10-year absence.
“I just couldn’t get it off the tee and also didn’t putt very well,” Dackin said of his round of 88. “It was only my third round of the year so hopefully it will be better Wednesday. I’m just happy to be playing.”
Jerry Kaufman led the senior open flight with a fine round of 70. He was followed by Mike Ketcham with a 74 and Thompson, Carl Neely, and Bobby Kondas who all fired 76’s.
The senior open flight will begin match play today at 8:00 a.m. at Hidden Creek. The top eight finishers in Tuesday’s opening round all received byes on the opening day of match play.
Steve Creps fired a fine 33-38 round for a total of 71 to lead all open flight golfers.
Creps was 3-under-par standing on the 18th tee. A strong burst of wind and rain ensued and Creps struggled to a double bogey on the hole, but was still pleased with the way he played.
“I hit it good and also putted it well today.” Creps said.
Other low scores in the open flight included a 76 by Josh Miehls, a 77 by Shawn McGue, and 78’s from Pat Pasion, Nate Waleryszak, James Schipper, Joshua Adams, and Scott Conrad.
Open flight golfers will play another round of medal play today before they are divided into three flights for match play.