Ron Petersen Captures WSGA Super Senior Championship; Gudmund Lindbjerg Runner-Up in Senior Men’sSeptember 27, 2012
Defending Champions Repeat at 26th Washington State Senior Men’s and 5th Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championships
DuPont, Wash. (WSGA) – Defending champion Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. capped an outstanding championship season with a final round 3-under-par 69 at The Home Course to win the 26th Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur Championship. In the 5thWashington State Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, defending champion Ron Petersen of Coquitlam, B.C. made a final round charge with a 2-over-par 74 to outlast Travis Gamble of Gig Harbor, Wash. and repeat as champion.
Entering the final round with a two shot lead over Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C., Brandes quickly pulled away from the field on the front nine with a spotless 5-under-par 31 that included birdies on holes one, three, four, seven and nine. He made the turn at 7-under-par for the championship and six shots clear of Lindbjerg. “I wanted to go low today,” he said. “The first two days, I hit it about the same but today I knew it was out there, especially as good as the greens were.”
Bogeys at 12 and 13 dropped him back a few strokes, but the rest of the field simply could not muster enough fire power to make a run. “I wavered a little bit on the back nine but I wanted to get something in the 60s.” He did just that, finishing with a final round 69 for a championship total of 5-under-par 211, good enough for a six shot cushion over Lindbjerg.
After a final round of 1-over-par 73 that included one birdie and two bogeys, Lindbjerg finished alone in second place with a three day total of 1-over-par 217. Keith Crimp of Ellensburg, Wash. and John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C. finished eight shots off the pace at 3-over-par 219 for the championship.
The win caps an impressive year for Brandes, who won the Washington State Senior Men’s Champion of Champions, the Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, the Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, and the Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship earlier this year. “A lot of it has to do with tournament experience, having played on the big stage in a couple of U.S. Senior Opens,” Brandes said about his year. “You may not excel at that level, but when it’s over, you learn how to handle pressure. I’ve learned how to stay focused. That’s been a big difference.” (Watch Brandes’ Interview Here).
For Petersen, it took a bit more work to defend his title, as he entered the final round trailing second round leader Travis Gamble of Gig Harbor, Wash. by three strokes. The Super Senior Men’s Amateur field teed off on the back nine, but Petersen made his move on the front nine with back-to-back birdies on holes seven and eight en route to a 1-under-par 35 that allowed him to slip past Gamble and into the lead. His championship total of 7-over-par 223 was good enough for a three shot victory over Gamble. With the win, Petersen becomes the second two-time winner in the championship’s history along with Bruce Richards of Seattle, Wash.
Gamble struggled early, posting seven bogeys on his front nine en route to a 7-over-par 43. He recovered nicely on the back nine with a 1-over-par 37 but it was simply too little, too late. He finished alone in second place with a three day total of 10-over-par 226.
Shelton Washburn of Chimacum, Wash. posted a final round 3-over-par 75 to finish in third place with a three-day total of 11-over-par 227.
For more information about the championship, including final round results, go to www.thewsga.org.
26th Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur Championship
The Home Course, DuPont, Wash.
Par 72, 6,616 Yards
Final Round Results
Tom Brandes, Bellevue, Wash. 70-72-69–211
Gudmund Lindbjerg, Port Moody, BC 74-70-73–217
John Gallacher, Burnaby, BC 74-72-73–219
Keith Crimp, Ellensburg, Wash. 75-72-72–219
Bob Christensen, Post Falls, Idaho 72-75-73–220
Kent Brown, Colville, Wash. 73-75-73–221
Paul Harris, Vancouver, BC 73-74-74–221
Pete Guay, Kirkland, Wash. 74-77-71–222
Mark A. Johnson, Vancouver, Wash. 72-77-74–223
Grant Horiuchi, Silverdale, Wash. 79-72-74–225
Dave Farnam, Kent, Wash. 75-75-76–226
Richard Jonson, Seattle, Wash. 74-78-74–226
Ron Bell, Vancouver, BC 73-75-78–226
Stephen Berry, Vancouver, BC 74-76-76–226
Tom Phillips, Seattle, Wash. 76-72-79–227
Chris Indall, Richland, Wash. 79-76-73–228
Steve Johnson, Bremerton, Wash. 75-77-76–228
John Molitor, Ephrata, Wash. 76-78-75–229
Richard Schneider, Lacey, Wash. 76-76-77–229
Ron Janney, Colbert, Wash. 77-78-74–229
David Bergsvik, Bellevue, Wash. 82-73-75–230
Steve MacGeorge, Shoreline, Wash. 76-74-81–231
Michael Jonson, Sammamish, Wash. 75-79-78–232
Bill Gardner, Gig Harbor, Wash. 75-80-79–234
David Miller, West Vancouver, BC 81-72-81–234
Fred Urquhart, Bellingham, Wash. 83-75-76–234
Brian Graham, New Westminster, BC 81-74-80–235
Paul Rietmann, Tacoma, Wash. 80-76-79–235
Rich Evenson, Mercer Island, Wash. 80-75-80–235
Scott Ponto, Kenmore, Wash. 76-80-79–235
Tom Kubisa, Bremerton, Wash. 74-77-85–236
Bob Witte, Spokane, Wash. 76-80-81–237
Duane Diede, Everett, Wash. 79-80-78–237
John Von Lossow, Kirkland, Wash. 81-77-79–237
Mark G. Johnson, Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 79-83-75–237
Lawson Abinanti, Bellevue, Wash. 83-78-78–239
Charles Peterson, Renton, Wash. 78-81-82–241
Paul Reni, Shoreline, Wash. 83-81-78–242
Grant Gribble, Seattle, Wash. 81-82-80–243
John Germain, Port Ludlow, Wash. 81-84-78–243
Jim Adolphsen, Moses Lake, Wash. 85-82-83–250
Scott Cubberly, Olympia, Wash. 86-84-80–250
Steve Anderson, Orting, Wash. 80-86-84–250
Todd Johnson, Sammamish, Wash. 84-83-84–251
Jerry Brady, Port Ludlow, Wash. 84-81-87–252
Steve Shroyer, Seattle, Wash. 78-83-91–252
Bill Jackson, Federal Way, Wash. 87-84-86–257
David Amarelo, Oak Harbor, Wash. 82-82-93–257
Hans Woldseth, Renton, Wash. 84-83-94–261
Jack Thomas, Kenmore, Wash. 84-85-93–262
James Dempsey, Blaine, Wash. 82-96-88–266
Michael Raymond, Port Ludlow, Wash. 94-85-87–266
Andy Hale, University Place, Wash. 78-75-WD–WD
Doug Hamilton, Bothell, Wash. 86-78-WD–WD
Mark Hanna, Kirkland, Wash. 81-87-WD–WD
5th Washington State Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship
The Home Course, DuPont, Wash.
Par 72, 6,212 Yards
Final Round Results
Ron Petersen, Coquitlam, BC 77-72-74–223
Travis Gamble, Gig Harbor, Wash. 74-72-80–226
Shelton Washburn, Chimacum, Wash. 74-78-75–227
Jeff Remington, Edmonds, Wash. 78-71-79–228
Robert Denkmann, Redmond, Wash. 75-75-78–228
Bruce Richards, Seattle, Wash. 75-74-80–229
Mike Welling, Asotin, Wash. 77-76-76–229
Steve Sander, Seattle, Wash. 82-75-73–230
Mick Remington, Sammamish, Wash. 77-73-81–231
Roger Telford, Goldendale, Wash. 78-78-75–231
Charlie Wozow, Woodinville, Wash. 80-76-78–234
Ben Denson, Bellingham, Wash. 80-84-71–235
Dr. Jack Lamey, Bellevue, Wash. 78-81-76–235
Bill Montgomery, Gig Harbor, Wash. 71-86-80–237
Charles Brank, Sumner, Wash. 73-82-82–237
Dennis Sierts, Yakima, Wash. 80-81-77–238
George Kauffman, Shoreline, Wash. 82-82-74–238
Seiji Yamamoto, Redmond, Wash. 83-78-79–240
Gary Groth, Stanwood, Wash. 79-82-80–241
Tony Schueler, Seattle, Wash. 79-86-77–242
William Ashley, Anacortes, Wash. 82-81-81–244
Leo Solis, Richland, Wash. 81-85-80–246
Tom C Hare, Olympia, Wash. 84-78-84–246
Michael Martin, Bellevue, Wash. 84-82-82–248
Don Knight, Yakima, Wash. 80-87-82–249
Byron Hall, Abbotsford, BC 87-80-83–250
Allen Fleckenstein, Bellevue, Wash. 86-85-80–251
Gregory Johnson, Bellevue, Wash. 83-86-84–253
Drew Melluzzo, Rainier, Wash. 88-84-83–255
John Greene, Gig Harbor, Wash. 83-89-85–257
Lindbjerg on the Hunt for WSGA Senior Men’s; Gallacher 4 Back
DuPont, Wash. (WSGA) – After the fog lifted on Thursday morning, Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. was once again at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day after firing an even-par round of 72 to take a two shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the 26th Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, held at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
Players were greeted at the course this morning by heavy fog, and after a two hour and 10 minute delay, play resumed. Brandes, playing in the final group of the day, got off to a slow start with bogeys at holes three and four to drop to even-par for the championship. Ever the competitor, he responded four holes later with a birdie on the par-5 eighth hole to get back to 1-under-par, which was where he remained through nine holes. On the back nine, Brandes sandwiched a bogey on the 14th hole with birdies on the 10th and 16th holes for a 1-under-par 35. His two-day total of 2-under-par 142 is good enough for a two shot lead over Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C., who sits alone in second place.
Lindbjerg posted the round of the day in the Senior Men’s Championship, a sparkling 2-under-par 70 that included four birdies to only two bogeys. He started his round with pars on the first five holes before dropping a shot on the sixth hole to fall to 3-over-par for the championship. Over the final twelve holes, however, Lindbjerg turned his game around with birdies on holes seven, 10, 11, and 16. His 3-under-par 33 on the back nine moved him to even-par 144 for the championship.
Brandes and Lindbjerg will be joined in the final group tomorrow by John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C., whose even-par round of 72 on Thursday gave him a two-day total of 2-over-par 146. Gallacher was 2-under-par through today’s front nine, but could not keep the pace, as he double-bogeyed the 17th hole and bogeyed the 18th hole to slip to solo third.
In the Washington State Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, Travis Gamble of Gig Harbor, Wash. surged into the lead after firing an even-par 72 that included two birdies and two bogeys. Gamble, who entered Wednesday’s second round trailing first round leader and fellow Gig Harbor native Bill Montgomery by three strokes, used steady play on the 6,192 yard, par-72 layout to take the lead. His birdie on the par-4 18th hole made him the only player in the Super Senior field to birdie the difficult finishing hole and propelled him to a two-day total of 2-over-par 146, good enough for a three stroke lead over three players entering Thursday’s final round.
Hot on the heels of Gamble are Jeff Remington of Edmonds, Wash., Ron Petersen of Coquitlam, B.C., and Bruce Richards of Seattle, Wash., who all finished in a second place tie with a two-day total of 5-over-par 149. Petersen, the defending champion, made his move on the back nine after a colorful front nine left him at 2-over-par for the day. Birdies on 10, 13, 15, and 16 vaulted Petersen up the leaderboard, as he finished at even-par 72. Richards, who won the Washington State Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship in 2009 and 2010, is once again in the hunt after posting a 2-over-par 74 that included two birdies and four bogeys.
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