Lima City Men’s Golf Championship: Trio of past champs all advance


Championship play starts at city tourney

By Jim Naveau - jnaveau@limanews.com



Aaron Belcher watches his tee shot on the 12 hole during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club.

Aaron Belcher watches his tee shot on the 12 hole during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Bryan Kohli chips onto the 13th green during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club.

Bryan Kohli chips onto the 13th green during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

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Results, pairings

Championship Flight

Qualifying

at Colonial Golfers Club (par 72)

B. Kuhlman 72, J. Hollar 72, B. Stevenson 73, R. Blair 74, J. Kidd 77, S. Creps Jr. 77, A. Belcher 78, M. Metzger 79, M. Bollinger 79, A. Aguilar 79, G. Karch 80, C. Cotner 80, D. Zwiebel 80, L. Young 82, K. Richardson 82, J. Bolon 82, T. Burkholder 83, E. Fischnich 83, S. Geier 84, M. Franks 84, R. Kuhlman 84, I. Friesner 85, K. McKinley 85, B. McPheron 85, C. Campbell 86, B. Kohli 86, A. Koester 87, T. Bullinger 88, I. Bolon 88, J. Keeler 94, S. Miller 96.

Match Play Opening Round

Josh Hollar def. Steve Miller 4-up; Todd Bullinger def. John Kidd 1-up; Adam Belcher def. Brian Kohli 1-up; Matt Metzger def. Chance Campbell 5 & 4; B. J. McPheron def. Mike Bollinger, 6 & 5; Alejandro Augilar def. Keaton McKinley 3-and-2; Reece Blair def. Isaiah Bolon, 8 & 6; Roger Kuhlman def. Chris Cotner, 3 & 2; Brian Stevenson def. John Keeler 6 & 5; Adam Koester def. Steve Creps Jr. 6 & 5; Gary Karch def. Ian Friesner, 8 & 7; Michael Franks def. Drew Zwiebel 5-and-3; Scott Geier def. Luke Young 2-and-1; Kayne Richardson def. Eric Fischnich 1-up; Todd Burkholder def. Jeremiah Bolon 6-and-4.

Today’s Pairings

At Hidden Creek

7:30 a.m.: Brian Kuhlman vs. Todd Burkholder; 7:37 a.m.: Matt Metzger vs. BJ McPheron; winners play at noon.

7:44 a.m.: Reece Blair vs. Michael Franks; Todd Bullinger vs. Roger Kuhlman; winners play at 12:10 p.m.

7:58 a.m.: Josh Hollar vs. Kayne Richardson; 8:05 a.m.: Aaron Belcher vs. Alejandro Aguilar; winners play at 12:20 p.m.

8:12 a.m.: Brian Stevenson vs. Scott Geier; Adam Koester vs. Gary Karch; winners play at 12:30 p.m.

First Flight

Match Play Opening Round

at Bluffton Golf Club

C. Plaugher def. T. Grigsby, 1 up (19 holes); J. Gaines def. J. Sizemore, 4 & 2.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

11:14 a.m.: Drew Hobensack vs. Clay Plaugher; 11:21 a.m.: Jacob Good vs. Rich Dakin; winners play at 3:24 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

11:28 a.m.: Brock Howe vs. Josh Gaines; 11:35 a.m.: Mitch Hasting vs. Clint Whitley; winners play at 3:31 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Second Flight

at Bluffton Golf Club

Match Play Opening Round

M. Sarno def. S. Anderson, 4 & 3; M. Sroka def. J. Burgbacher, 3 & 1; B. Newland def. P. Masters Jr., 1 up; T. Cutlip def. T. Coil, 5 & 4; S. Kessen def. D. Smith 4 & 3; E. O’Connor def. J. Long, 4 & 2; B. Farley def. R. Fletcher, 4 & 2; E. Worsham def. M. Tobias 4 & 3.

Today’s Tee Times

at Hidden Creek

10:46 a.m.: Michael Sarno vs. Mitch Sroka; 10:53 a.m.: Brayden Newland vs. Todd Cutlup; winners play at 3:10 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

11 a.m.: Steve Kessen vs. Ethan O’Connor; 11:07 a.m.: Brent Farley vs. Eric Worsham; winners play at 3:17 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Third Flight

Match Play Opening Round

at Bluffton Golf Club

A. Ambroza def. T. Lee 7 & 5; A. Spivey def. S. Burden, 1 up (19 holes); B. Jones def. S. Mulcahy, 8 & 6; J. Sherrick def. J. Hemmelgarn, 3 & 1; M. Borges def. B. Lybarger, 7 & 6; T. Taviano def. K. Newland, 1 up (19 holes); D. Collins def. K. Ruggley, 5 & 3; G. Stumbaugh def. M. Swords, 6 & 5.

Today’s matches

at Hidden Creek

10:18 a.m.: Michael Borges vs. Tug Taviano; 10:39 a.m.: Doug Collins vs. Greg Stumbaugh; winners play at 3:03 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

10:25 a.m.: Brett Jones vs. Jacob Sherrick; 10:32 a.m.: Abe Ambrosa vs. Andrew Spivey; winners play at 2:56 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Senior Championship

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

C. Inskeep def. V. Ozier; T. Windau def. K. Sweeney; T. Stump def. R. Cheney; B. Schulte def. B. Joseph; G. Bunn def. D. Medeiros; T. Keysor def. P. Miller.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

9:50 a.m.: Brian Norton vs. Chris Inskeep; 9:57 a.m.: Tim Windau vs. Todd Stump; winners play at 2:42 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

10:04 a.m.: Dean Meyer vs. Bob Schulte; 10:11 a.m.: Greg Bunn vs. Todd Keysor; winners play at 2:49 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Senior Open Division

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

S. Marzulli def. W. Lewis; K. Wilkerson def. Higgins; B. Haidle def. J. Fallon; J. Harris def. R. Rigali; R. Burgbacher def. N. Swaney; R. Cox def. M. Szymanski; R. Mitchell def. T. Kottenbrock.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

9:22 a.m.: Jim Sherrick vs. Sal Marzulli; 9:29 a.m.: Kevin Wilkerson vs. Bill Haidle; winners play at 2:28 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

9:36 a.m.: Jeff Harris vs. Rich Burgbacher; 9:43 a.m.: Randy Cox vs. Rob Mitchell; winners play at 2:35 p.m. at Shawnee Country Club.

Super Senior First Flight

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

B. Hollar def. J. Gronas; P. Hubbell def. C. Miller; T. Keysor def. D. Lowry.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

8:54 a.m.: Joe Bailey vs. Bob Hollar; 9:01 a.m.: Mike Allen vs. David Webb; winners play at 2:14 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

9:08 a.m.: Jim Troyer vs. Pete Hubbell; 9:15 a.m.: Dan Garlock vs. Ted Keysor; winners play at 2:21 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Super Senior Second Flight

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

S. Creps Sr. def. D. Shilling; J. Smith def. M. Ulm; D. Watt def. K. Mangas; B. Thaxton def. D. Tirral; W. McGuire def. G. Wheeler; M. McGough def. T. Rader; J. Dunlap def. R. Mason; L. Lewis def. M. Dotson.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

8:26 a.m.: Steve Creps Sr. vs. Joe Smith; 8:33 a.m.: Denny Watt vs. Barry Thaxton; winners play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

8:40 a.m.: Willie McGuire vs. Mike McGough; 8:47 a.m.: John Dunlap vs. Larry Lewis; winners play at 2:07 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Only three past city champions were in the field of the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship but all three came through the tournament’s championship flight qualifying round and the first round of match play on Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club.

Two of those former champions — Brian Kuhlman and Josh Hollar — tied for the low qualifying round with 72’s.

Kuhlman won medalist honors and a first-round match play bye on a scorecard playoff. Hollar drew a relatively easy path to the second round of match play when he went up by four holes over Steve Miller after nine holes and Miller conceded the match.

The other former champion, Todd Burkholder, shot an 83 in the qualifying round, then defeated Jeremiah Bolon 6-and-4 to move on to the second round.

“I kept it in play. The course played really tough today. Keeping it in the fairway and out of the trees made the difference,” said Kuhlman, who won back-to-back city championships in 2016 and 2017. “The greens were rock solid. You weren’t really going to hold anything. I basically played a club less than I usually play.”

Hollar, the 2015 city champion, said, “It was a pretty good day. I played pretty good in the opening round. I thought I was going to be the low man, I was kind of low man but Brian beat me in that scorecard (playoff).

“My chipping and putting were pretty good in the opening round and just getting up and down there for pars against Steve was key,” he said. “I tried to go as low as I possibly could today because I really wanted that bye but it didn’t faze me if I didn’t get a bye.”

Brian Stevenson’s 73 was one shot behind the qualifying round leaders and UNOH golfer Reece Blair shot a 74. John Kidd and Steve Creps Jr. had 77’s. Aaron Belcher (78), Matt Metzger (79), Mike Bollinger (79) and Alejandro Aguilar (79), also a UNOH golfer, also came in under 80.

In Wednesday’s other semifinal matches in the championship flight, Todd Bullinger beat Kidd 1-up, Adam Belcher won 1-up over Brian Kohli, Metzger was a 5-and-4 winner over Chance Campbell, B.J. McPheron defeated Bollinger 6-and-5, and Aguilar beat Keaton McKinley 3-and-2.

Also, Blair won 8-and-6 over Isaiah Bolon, Roger Kuhlman defeated Chris Cotner 3-and-2, Stevenson moved on with a 6-and-5 win over John Keeler, Adam Koester beat Creps 6-and-5, Gary Karch won 8-and-7 over Ian Friesner, Michael Franks defeated Drew Zwiebel 5-and-3, Scott Geier won 2-and-1 over Luke Young, and Kayne Richardson defeated Eric Fischnich 1-up.

All flights will play at Hidden Creek Golf Club today. The championship flight second-round match-ups will be Brian Kuhlman against Burkholder, Metzger against McPheron, Blair against Franks, Bullinger against Roger Kuhlman, Hollar against Richardson, Belcher against Aguilar, Stevenson against Geier, and Koester against Karch.

Aaron Belcher watches his tee shot on the 12 hole during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_City-Golf-Day-Two-RP-002-3.jpgAaron Belcher watches his tee shot on the 12 hole during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Bryan Kohli chips onto the 13th green during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_City-Golf-Day-Two-RP-005-3.jpgBryan Kohli chips onto the 13th green during Championship Flight play Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Championship play starts at city tourney

By Jim Naveau

jnaveau@limanews.com

ONLY ON LIMAOHIO.COM

See more photos from the second day of the Lima City Men’s Golf Championship.

Results, pairings

Championship Flight

Qualifying

at Colonial Golfers Club (par 72)

B. Kuhlman 72, J. Hollar 72, B. Stevenson 73, R. Blair 74, J. Kidd 77, S. Creps Jr. 77, A. Belcher 78, M. Metzger 79, M. Bollinger 79, A. Aguilar 79, G. Karch 80, C. Cotner 80, D. Zwiebel 80, L. Young 82, K. Richardson 82, J. Bolon 82, T. Burkholder 83, E. Fischnich 83, S. Geier 84, M. Franks 84, R. Kuhlman 84, I. Friesner 85, K. McKinley 85, B. McPheron 85, C. Campbell 86, B. Kohli 86, A. Koester 87, T. Bullinger 88, I. Bolon 88, J. Keeler 94, S. Miller 96.

Match Play Opening Round

Josh Hollar def. Steve Miller 4-up; Todd Bullinger def. John Kidd 1-up; Adam Belcher def. Brian Kohli 1-up; Matt Metzger def. Chance Campbell 5 & 4; B. J. McPheron def. Mike Bollinger, 6 & 5; Alejandro Augilar def. Keaton McKinley 3-and-2; Reece Blair def. Isaiah Bolon, 8 & 6; Roger Kuhlman def. Chris Cotner, 3 & 2; Brian Stevenson def. John Keeler 6 & 5; Adam Koester def. Steve Creps Jr. 6 & 5; Gary Karch def. Ian Friesner, 8 & 7; Michael Franks def. Drew Zwiebel 5-and-3; Scott Geier def. Luke Young 2-and-1; Kayne Richardson def. Eric Fischnich 1-up; Todd Burkholder def. Jeremiah Bolon 6-and-4.

Today’s Pairings

At Hidden Creek

7:30 a.m.: Brian Kuhlman vs. Todd Burkholder; 7:37 a.m.: Matt Metzger vs. BJ McPheron; winners play at noon.

7:44 a.m.: Reece Blair vs. Michael Franks; Todd Bullinger vs. Roger Kuhlman; winners play at 12:10 p.m.

7:58 a.m.: Josh Hollar vs. Kayne Richardson; 8:05 a.m.: Aaron Belcher vs. Alejandro Aguilar; winners play at 12:20 p.m.

8:12 a.m.: Brian Stevenson vs. Scott Geier; Adam Koester vs. Gary Karch; winners play at 12:30 p.m.

First Flight

Match Play Opening Round

at Bluffton Golf Club

C. Plaugher def. T. Grigsby, 1 up (19 holes); J. Gaines def. J. Sizemore, 4 & 2.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

11:14 a.m.: Drew Hobensack vs. Clay Plaugher; 11:21 a.m.: Jacob Good vs. Rich Dakin; winners play at 3:24 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

11:28 a.m.: Brock Howe vs. Josh Gaines; 11:35 a.m.: Mitch Hasting vs. Clint Whitley; winners play at 3:31 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Second Flight

at Bluffton Golf Club

Match Play Opening Round

M. Sarno def. S. Anderson, 4 & 3; M. Sroka def. J. Burgbacher, 3 & 1; B. Newland def. P. Masters Jr., 1 up; T. Cutlip def. T. Coil, 5 & 4; S. Kessen def. D. Smith 4 & 3; E. O’Connor def. J. Long, 4 & 2; B. Farley def. R. Fletcher, 4 & 2; E. Worsham def. M. Tobias 4 & 3.

Today’s Tee Times

at Hidden Creek

10:46 a.m.: Michael Sarno vs. Mitch Sroka; 10:53 a.m.: Brayden Newland vs. Todd Cutlup; winners play at 3:10 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

11 a.m.: Steve Kessen vs. Ethan O’Connor; 11:07 a.m.: Brent Farley vs. Eric Worsham; winners play at 3:17 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Third Flight

Match Play Opening Round

at Bluffton Golf Club

A. Ambroza def. T. Lee 7 & 5; A. Spivey def. S. Burden, 1 up (19 holes); B. Jones def. S. Mulcahy, 8 & 6; J. Sherrick def. J. Hemmelgarn, 3 & 1; M. Borges def. B. Lybarger, 7 & 6; T. Taviano def. K. Newland, 1 up (19 holes); D. Collins def. K. Ruggley, 5 & 3; G. Stumbaugh def. M. Swords, 6 & 5.

Today’s matches

at Hidden Creek

10:18 a.m.: Michael Borges vs. Tug Taviano; 10:39 a.m.: Doug Collins vs. Greg Stumbaugh; winners play at 3:03 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

10:25 a.m.: Brett Jones vs. Jacob Sherrick; 10:32 a.m.: Abe Ambrosa vs. Andrew Spivey; winners play at 2:56 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Senior Championship

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

C. Inskeep def. V. Ozier; T. Windau def. K. Sweeney; T. Stump def. R. Cheney; B. Schulte def. B. Joseph; G. Bunn def. D. Medeiros; T. Keysor def. P. Miller.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

9:50 a.m.: Brian Norton vs. Chris Inskeep; 9:57 a.m.: Tim Windau vs. Todd Stump; winners play at 2:42 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

10:04 a.m.: Dean Meyer vs. Bob Schulte; 10:11 a.m.: Greg Bunn vs. Todd Keysor; winners play at 2:49 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Senior Open Division

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

S. Marzulli def. W. Lewis; K. Wilkerson def. Higgins; B. Haidle def. J. Fallon; J. Harris def. R. Rigali; R. Burgbacher def. N. Swaney; R. Cox def. M. Szymanski; R. Mitchell def. T. Kottenbrock.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

9:22 a.m.: Jim Sherrick vs. Sal Marzulli; 9:29 a.m.: Kevin Wilkerson vs. Bill Haidle; winners play at 2:28 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

9:36 a.m.: Jeff Harris vs. Rich Burgbacher; 9:43 a.m.: Randy Cox vs. Rob Mitchell; winners play at 2:35 p.m. at Shawnee Country Club.

Super Senior First Flight

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

B. Hollar def. J. Gronas; P. Hubbell def. C. Miller; T. Keysor def. D. Lowry.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

8:54 a.m.: Joe Bailey vs. Bob Hollar; 9:01 a.m.: Mike Allen vs. David Webb; winners play at 2:14 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

9:08 a.m.: Jim Troyer vs. Pete Hubbell; 9:15 a.m.: Dan Garlock vs. Ted Keysor; winners play at 2:21 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

Super Senior Second Flight

at Springbrook

Match Play Opening Round (scores not reported)

S. Creps Sr. def. D. Shilling; J. Smith def. M. Ulm; D. Watt def. K. Mangas; B. Thaxton def. D. Tirral; W. McGuire def. G. Wheeler; M. McGough def. T. Rader; J. Dunlap def. R. Mason; L. Lewis def. M. Dotson.

Today’s Pairings

at Hidden Creek

8:26 a.m.: Steve Creps Sr. vs. Joe Smith; 8:33 a.m.: Denny Watt vs. Barry Thaxton; winners play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

8:40 a.m.: Willie McGuire vs. Mike McGough; 8:47 a.m.: John Dunlap vs. Larry Lewis; winners play at 2:07 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Country Club.

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