Elliott, Caldwell take top honors at Rifle Creek Men’s Club Championship
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor
Joe Elliott shot an even-par 144 for two days — including a 1-under 71 during his opening round — to earn the championship flight gross scoring title in the Men’s Club Championship on Sunday, July 14, at Rifle Creek Golf Course.
Also winning in the championship flight was Marc Caldwell, who rallied from a two-stroke deficit on the final day of the tournament to card a 133 and four-stroke victory in the net scoring category.
Elliott’s first-round score gave him a one-stroke lead headed into the final day, with Kyler Smith, Jack Parkinson and Jeb Savage each carding an even-par 72 on Saturday, July 13. Savage and Smith, however, ran into trouble on the back nine in shooting 5-over 77s, and Parkinson shot a 76 on the final day.
Jordan Smith, who entered Sunday’s final round tied with Mark Jon Fergen for sixth place with a 75, shot a 1-over 73 on Sunday to finish tied with Parkinson for third place with a two-day score of 148. Fergen and Kyler Smith each finished one stroke back with a 149.
Caldwell’s gross score of 147 was good enough for second place in gross scoring, but his net score was good enough for first place, thus eliminating his gross score.
Caldwell shot the best round of the tournament on Sunday, as his 3-under 69 gave him a net score of 62 for the day and earned him the net scoring championship. Fergen finished second in the net scoring chase, finishing four back of Caldwell with a 137. Smith was third in net scoring at 139.
In the first flight, Tim Roe’s two-day score of 164 earned him the first-flight title, with Wyatt Carter (165) and Steve Stanek (168) following. Jacob Smith and Frank Mooney tied for the net-scoring title, each carding a two-day score of 139. Mike Higginbotham won the second-flight gross scoring title with a 167, with Troy Mannon winning the net-scoring crown at 132.
Pat Antonelli won the third flight with a two-day gross score of 177. Winning the third-flight net scoring was Craig Teter, who carded a lopsided winning score of 126.
The tournament drew a total of 56 golfers.
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