DeRynck wins PVGL Club Championship
WORTHINGTON -- After building an eight-stroke lead at the conclusion of the first day of play Saturday, Ben DeRynck ran away with the 2013 Prairie View Golf Links Club Championship in the Championship Flight Sunday, finishing 12 strokes ahead of the second place finisher for a two-day total score of 148.
"Starting out on Saturday I was just trying to put myself in the position to get easy pars," DeRynck said. "I hit a lot of greens in regulation and, despite the wind, I was able to get the ball on the green and then make easy two-putts for par. I also took advantage the holes where there was a tailwind and get some close birdie putts. That put me in a really good position at the end of the first day."
DeRynck shot a 1-under-par 34 on the first nine holes Saturday to begin pulling away from the rest of the field early in the tournament. He then shot a 37 to close out the final round of the day, coming away with a first-day score of 71.
"I knew if I was around par, somewhere near the low, mid-70s there was a shot to win the tournament coming into Sunday," DeRynck said. "This course, with any little bit of wind, plays tough and it is tough for everybody. So, I just kept the ball low, kept it in play and didn't make too many mistakes."
Despite opening Sunday's second round with an eight stroke lead, DeRynck knew he couldn't allow himself to lose focus at any point on Sunday.
"Playing with the guys I was playing with, even with an eight-stroke lead, I just played hole by hole," DeRynck said. "I kept a mental note of where everyone else was at and what they are doing. I put myself into a match-play mindset and try to win each hole."
On Sunday, DeRynck started off the day shooting a 36 on the first nine before rounding out the tournament with a 41.
"With this course, you have to take what it gives you," DeRynck said. "It is going to give you something on a few holes, but then on others, it is going to be brutal."
Taking second in the Championship Flight was Nate Schorer with a two-day score of 160 (79- 81). Schorer was followed by Luke Peterson, who shot a 169 (85-84) to lock up third place, while Mat Weg (81-90) and Phong Ngamsanga (83-88) tied for fourth with a score of 171.
In the First Flight division, Dave Palmer came away with the title after shooting a 90, while Mark Wibbens had a net score of 73.
Chuck Winter shot a 79 to take first in the Senior Club Championship Flight with Don Baumgartner and Gene Hieronimus both shooting 82s to tie for second. Al Gerdes had a net score of 65.
In the Ladies Club Championship, Jennifer Wibbens shot a 45 to take home the title, while Kris Tutje and Myra Palmer each had a net score of 38.