City golf tournament: Meyerink knotches fourth championshipAfter back-to-back runner-up finishes, Jeff Meyerink was finally able to claim his fourth title in Mitchell’s city golf tournament. In a summer where he has dealt with continuous pain in his right knee, Meyerink put a brace on it and shot a 66 Sunday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell to finish with a two-day total of 142 and come out on top of the championship field of 13 players.
By: Kevin Pottebaum, The Daily Republic
After back-to-back runner-up finishes, Jeff Meyerink was finally able to claim his fourth title in Mitchell’s city golf tournament.
In a summer where he has dealt with continuous pain in his right knee, Meyerink put a brace on it and shot a 66 Sunday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell to finish with a two-day total of 142 and come out on top of the championship field of 13 players.
“This is one of the more competitive tournaments around the area,” Meyerink said.
“My knee has been cracking and popping with about every step, but I always expect to compete. And you always enjoy winning.”
Meyerink’s last championship in the event came in 2008. He also won in 2001 and 2004.
With the title, Meyerink becomes the sixth person with at least four titles. Donald Dravland, Dennis Cadwell, David Garton and Danny Rolfes all have four titles while Ronald Gates Jr. still stands alone at the top with five titles (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1998).
Entering the final round of play, Meyerink trailed by one stroke to Tyler Evenson, who shot a 75 in windy conditions Saturday at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell.
Meyerink said he was happy with his 76 on the first day and thought he was in a good position to make a run for the title.
“One shot can change real quick,” Meyerink said. “A birdie and a bogey and you’re up one. It’s just about being patient.”
Evenson struggled on the final day and finished the event in fourth place with a two-day total of 151. Last year’s champion Eric Hieb had the same score of 151 and was given third place as the tie-breaker was the final nine holes played.
Josh Hartman took second place, six strokes back of Meyerink with a 148. Jared Richter finished out the top five with a score of 153.
Meyerink said he was driving the ball well on the final day, but that his putting was the key to his score of 66 and championship run.
“I don’t know how many putts I had for sure,” Meyerink said, “but it wasn’t very many.”
Mike Fortier was the senior’s division champion with an event total of 150.
Jake Weber’s 160 was good for first place in the first flight while Clint Kiewel won the second flight with a 172. Larry Meyerink was the winner of the senior’s division second flight with a 184.
Mitchell City Tournament
Championship — 1. Jeff Meyerink 142; 2. Josh Hartman 148; 3. Eric Hieb 151; 4. Tyler Evenson 151; 5. Jared Richter 153; 6. Jason Meyerink 154; 7. Nick Gates 155; 8. Adam Anderson 155; 9. Terry Kirby 156; 10. Adam Bleeker 159; 11. Andrew Crothers 169; 12. J.P. Schmitz 173; 13. Brodderick Baker 182.
1st Flight — 1. Jake Weber 160; 2. Cody Larson 163; 3. Jason Carpenter 164; 4. Mike Sivik 164; 5. Jacob Rice 165; 6. Cory Bender 167; 7. Rick Hohn 167; 8. Steve Rice 170; 9. Gary Jackson 172; 10. Lyle Johnson 172; 11. Mark Johnson 174; 12. Tim McCain 175; 13. John Cersosimo 181; 14. Brad Pierson 183; 15. Luke Norden 185; 16. Travis Carpenter 186; 17. Randy Kee DNF.
2nd Flight — 1. Clint Kiewel 172; 2. Mike Kayser 174; 3. Nate Hofer 179; 4. Jeremy Kayser 184; 5. Troy Kokesh 196; 6. Dustin Long 199; 7. Pat McCarty 211; 8. Ken Pufpaff 218.
Senior 1st Flight — 1. Mike Fortier 150; 2. Dave Fridley 163; 3. Denny Rolfes 163; 4. Terry Imus 171.
Senior 2nd Flight — 1. Larry Meyerink 184; 2. Bill Buckmiller 185; 3. Dale Anderson 194; 4. Eddie Klose 198.