Repeat was the name of the game Sunday at the Dyersville Golf & Country Club’s annual club championships. Michelle Bell did it, taking her second straight women’s title and Chance Maiers did it with his second title of the summer.
Bell fired a stellar 44-40=84 to top league teammate Ann Salter (44-43=87) by three strokes. The two both shot 44 on their front nine, with Salter holing her approach at number four from 70 yards out. But Bell came back in the second nine to shoot one of her low rounds of the summer for the win.
“I think this title was more exciting to me than last year’s,” said Bell. “The group I was playing with was a lot of fun and this, because it was stroke play, was a tougher test. That, especially since Ann made it hard for me to win, and to repeat two years running, was great.”
Maiers escaped three-time defending champion Tom Olberding by a single stroke over 27 holes, firing 35-36-33 for 104. Olberding was a steady 35-35-35=105. The deciding putt came on No. 16, “where I made a downhill, sidehill eight-footer for par and he missed his birdie putt,” said Maiers. “That put me one-up going into the last two holes. It was a great match, especially since we played all 27 in the same group.
“To take this title after the City, it was a pretty good summer, especially since I haven’t been playing the amount of golf I normally play. I just moved to Waverly for my job this past week and time on the course isn’t there right now. I was really happy to play well.”
Mark Wessels, a former champion, claimed third place with 38-35-35=108. (The top 14 scores after players finished 18 holes were sent back out for competition in the championship flight.)
In the women’s net division, Ellyse Ungs claimed that title with a net 64 after putting together her best two rounds of the season, 48-48=96. “It was easy to play well today for some reason,” said Ungs, “even though I had two 10s. But what was cool about them was I followed each one with a three. My 10 on No. 2 was followed by a par on No. 3 and I birdied No. 6 after taking a 10 on No. 5. That and when Mom holed that shot on No.4, it got us all pumped to play well.”
The men’s first flight was won by Ryan White with a 40-37=77. Ryan added, “I was a little disappointed I didn’t make the championship flight. I played just OK today.”
Second in that flight was Jim Offerman with a 37-41=78, in a tie breaker over Elliot Salter (39-39=78).
Steve Boeckenstedt claimed the second flight title with 38-44=82. “I shot really decent on the front, not so good on the back. But it feels great to win the flight.” Second went to Beau Ellingson with 45-38=83 and third was Jared Lueken (43-40=83).
Steve Evers fired 42-48=90 to claim the third flight title, a stroke in front of Dylan Vierkant (47-44=91). Evers said, “I shot just bad enough to win something.” Third went to Mark Scherbring with 45-47=92.