Haidle beats defending champ


Joins Trueblood, Friesner, Kuhlman in city golf semifinals

By Jim Naveau - jnaveau@civitasmedia.com



Ian Haidle watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.

Ian Haidle watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.


Phil Trueblood watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.

Phil Trueblood watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.


Denny Watt reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.


Michael Sarno plays a bunker shot on the sixth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.


Rob Fletcher chips onto the sixth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.


Steve Creps Jr. watches his tee shot on the ninth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.


SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A new attitude took Ian Haidle to a new level in the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship on Saturday.

The former Elida High School golfer thought he put too much pressure on himself the first two years he played in the tournament, so he attempted to use a more relaxed approach this year.

That change helped him beat defending champion Josh Hollar 1-up on Saturday in a Championship Flight quarterfinal match at the Shawnee Country Club on Saturday.

Haidle will play two-time champion Phil Trueblood in one semifinal this morning at Hidden Creek Golf Club with the winner moving on play in the championship match this afternoon at the Shawnee Country Club.

Ian Friesner will go against Brian Kuhlman in the other Championship Flight semifinal.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself the first two years. Coming out, I wanted to show out and play well. I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself,” Haidle said.

“This year I just came out with the attitude that if I’m playing well, there’s not a kid out here I can’t beat,” he said.

This is Haidle’s first time in the semifinals of the city tournament. So which is bigger, reaching a new level or knocking off last year’s winner?

“I’ve known Josh a long time. He’s a great player, a great competitor. It feels a little good to beat the defending champ but I have a tough match tomorrow and I’m going to focus on Trueblood now,” he said.

Three of the four Championship Flight quarterfinal matches were close, with Friesner beating Chance Campbell 1-up, 19 holes and Kuhlman taking a 1-up win over Steve Creps Jr.

The exception was Trueblood’s 6-and-5 win over Dean Meyer.

“I probably played better than I have all week so far,” said Trueblood, the city champion in 2014 and 2011.

“Right out of the gate, I birdied No. 1 and No. 3. I was up four (holes) early. From there I just wanted to make pars. Once I get up early on somebody I just want to make a bunch of pars.

“I think I hit every drive, I really didn’t miss a drive all day. I had some really good approach shots early. Making the turn, I kept the pedal down. I’d made the mistake before of having a big lead and getting a little relaxed,” he said.

Friesner, playing in his first city tournament, said on Thursday his goal had been to win one match. Now the recent Lima Central Catholic graduate is one win away from playing for a championship.

“Today is just a huge added bonus,” he said.

He clinched Saturday’s win on the playoff hole with a par when Campbell made a bogey.

“I went left and got a little lucky. I hit a tree and it kicked back right into the fairway. I lipped out my birdie putt and he came back and put one up there close and he had a huge lip-out on his par putt. I thought it was going in,” he said.

Kuhlman said he had to adjust to what seemed like faster greens at Shawnee than he had played on there a day earlier.

“Steve and I struggled from the start. We talked to each other on the practice green and I looked at him and said, ‘These things seem faster than yesterday.’ They speeded them up. But we made a lot of pars and birdies coming in and had a good match,” he said.

The championship match-ups in the other six flights this afternoon at Shawnee will be: Bryan Joseph and BJ McPheron in the First Flight; Kirk Slusher and Michael Sarno in the Second Flight; Jim Sherrick and Mitch Hasting in the Third Flight; Todd Stump and Paul Masters Sr. in the Senior Championship Flight; Mike Walsh and Rob Mitchell in the Senior Open Flight and Willie McGuire and Jim Odenweller in the Super Senior Flight.

Results, pairings

Championship Flight

At Shawnee Country Club

Saturday

Phil Trueblood def. Dean Meyer 6-and-5; Ian Haidle def. Josh Hollar 1-up; Ian Friesner def. Chance Campbell 1-up, 19 holes; Brian Kuhlman def. Steve Creps Jr. 1-up.

Sunday’s Schedule

Semifinals

At Hidden Creek Golf Club

6:50 a.m. — Trueblood vs. Haidle; 7:05 a.m. — Friesner vs. Kuhlman

Finals

At Shawnee Country Club

3:12 p.m. — Trueblood/Haidle winner vs. Friesner/Kuhlman winner

First Flight

At Shawnee Country Club

Saturday

Bryan Joseph def. Chris Inskeep 1-up, 19 holes; B.J. McPheron def. Ian Hasting 1-up

Sunday’s Schedule

Finals

At Shawnee Country Club

3:05 p.m. — Joseph vs. Inskeep

Second Flight

At Shawnee Country Club

Saturday

Kirk Slusher def. Rob Fletcher 1-up; Jeff Harris def. Michael Sarno 2-and-1

Sunday’s Schedule

Finals

At Shawnee Country Club

2:58 p.m. — Slusher vs. Sarno

Third Flight

At Shawnee Country Club

Saturday

Jim Sherrick def. Patrick Heffley 2-and-1; Mitch Hasting def. Billy Taflinger 8-and-7

Sunday’s Schedule

Finals

At Shawnee Country Club

2:51 p.m. — Sherrick vs. Hasting

Senior Championship Flight

At Shawnee Country Club

Saturday

Todd Stump def. Keith Augustus 7-and-6; Paul Masters Sr. def. Dennis Medeiros 5-and-4

Sunday’s Schedule

Finals

At Shawnee Country Club

2:44 p.m. — Stump vs. Masters

Senior Open Flight

At Shawnee Country Club

Saturday

Mike Walsh def. Mike Ketcham 7-and-5; Rob Mitchell def. Jeff Cary 3-and-2

Sunday’s Schedule

Finals

At Shawnee Country Club

2:37 p.m. — Walsh vs. Mitchell

Super Senior Flight

At Shawnee Country Club

Saturday

Willie McGuire def. David Webb 4-and-3; Jim Odenweller def. Denny Watt 4-and-3

Sunday’s Schedule

Finals

At Shawnee Country Club

2:30 p.m. — McGuire vs. Odenweller

Ian Haidle watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/web1_City-Golf-RP-01-4.jpgIan Haidle watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
Phil Trueblood watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/web1_City-Golf-RP-02-4.jpgPhil Trueblood watches his tee shot on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
Denny Watt reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/web1_City-Golf-RP-04.jpgDenny Watt reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
Michael Sarno plays a bunker shot on the sixth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/web1_City-Golf-RP-06-4.jpgMichael Sarno plays a bunker shot on the sixth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
Rob Fletcher chips onto the sixth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/web1_City-Golf-RP-05-4.jpgRob Fletcher chips onto the sixth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
Steve Creps Jr. watches his tee shot on the ninth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/06/web1_City-Golf-RP-03-4.jpgSteve Creps Jr. watches his tee shot on the ninth hole Saturday during the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship at Shawnee Country Club.
Joins Trueblood, Friesner, Kuhlman in city golf semifinals

By Jim Naveau

jnaveau@civitasmedia.com

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.

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