The Gateway PGA Section hosted its first stroke-play event at Greenbriar Hills Country Club on Monday, April 10. The Stableford-scoring event saw a sweep of men’s members divisions by a pair from Bellerive Country Club. Michael Tucker won the Regular Division by two points while beating out friend and co-worker Brian Fogt in a two-hole playoff for the Senior Division crown. Fogt took home the bragging rights in the Super Senior Division by two points. On the women’s side, Ali Wells (Gateway Section) led the field by 10 points for the Women’s Division, and David Mueller (Meadowbrook CC) won the Assistant’s Division by a pair of points as well.
The modified Stableford scoring system gave one point for par, three points for a birdie, and six points for an eagle. On the flipside, a bogey earned you no points, while a double bogey lost you two points.
Tucker had a great day on the course, earning seven points on the front-nine and 19 points on the back for a total of 26. The most impressive stretch came on 15-17, when he made three straight birdies to earn nine points.
Fogt caught Tucker in the Senior Division by scoring 26 points as well. Fogt played a consistent round by scoring half of his points on the front-nine and the rest on the back. In the 18 holes of regulation, Fogt did not register a single negative point while breaking even on two holes, both on the back-nine.
Tucker and Fogt teed off on the first hole for the tiebreaker and saw both players record par to extend the playoff. On hole two, Fogt sent his first shot right and didn’t get a friendly bounce as the ball went out of bounds. Tucker played it safe and sent his tee shot down the left side, taking the out-of-bounds out of play. From 157 yards out, Tucker sent a great shot that stayed on the back of the green and two-putted to take the top spot.
In the women’s division, Wells ran away with the event by five points. On the front nine, Wells scored on seven holes, including a birdie on eight. On the back nine, Wells added six points to her total, with her highest point hole coming on 10 with a birdie.
Wrapping up the event was the Assistant’s division where Mueller edged out a two-point win. Mueller shot even for the day while earning a balanced 11 points on both sets of nine. In the round, he broke even or scored on 17 of 18 holes with five multi-point scores.
The most noteworthy shot of the day came from JD Auping on his last hole of the day. On the 556-yard par five Auping holed a double eagle with a four iron that earned him nine points and bolstered him from a tie for 19th finish to a tie for second.
The Gateway Section would like to thank Matt Gindler of Greenbriar Hills CC, as well as his staff, for hosting the event.