Newcomer Greg Hicks battled his way past three veterans of the tournament and posted the low score in the NW District Golf Tournament at Shreveport Country Club Friday (May 22).
Hicks, a late entry with his father, 89-year-old Glen Hicks, fashioned a 41-39–80 as the senior golfers battled through some soggy conditions after heavy rains hit the course for two days leading up to the morning tee time. He beat Bob Jahnke, who made a charge on the back nine and finished with a 45-37–82, Charles Knox (44-40–84) and Larry Joubert (41-43–84).
Jahnke, Knox and Joubert were 2014 entries in the tournament.
At the midway point of Friday’s round, Hicks had shaken off a bogey-bogey start on the first two holes and was in a tie with Joubert at 41. Knox, Robert Gatti and Steve Pinkley were tied three strokes off the pace. But Jahnke came racing down the stretch with birdies at the final two holes to move into the runner-up spot.
Using a new USGA tie-breaking method in a scorecard playoff, Knox’s birdie on the 17th hole edged Joubert’s par. Scorecards were matched by counting down from the 18th hole. Knox and Joubert had pars on the 18th.
Because rains on April 24 had forced the Senior Olympics to move to the tournament’s rain date, only 12 golfers returned to play and each group teed off from No. 1, validating the new tiebreaker.
Seven golfers did not return from the original field, citing the wet conditions of the course that forced SCC Pro John Schurman to tell golfers they had to keep carts on the cart path rather than entering the fairways. “This made it pretty physical on us,” breathed Jerry Warren. “That and a course that doesn’t give us much roll today.”
Schurman and his staff conducted an event that prompted praise from the field, even those who posted higher scores than they usually do.
Overall Medal Scores
Greg Hicks 41-39–80; Bob Jahnke 45-37–82; Charles Knox 44-40–84; Larry Joubert 41-43–84; Steve Pinkley 44-41–85; Bill Bunyard 44-46–90; Richard Beall 50-41–91; Robert Gatti 44-49–93; Jerry Warren 45-48–93; Garland Williford 47-50–97; Leon Darden 50-50–100; Glen Hicks 60-54–114.
Medal Winners by Age Groups
65-69: Greg Hicks 80 Gold. Steve Pinkley 85 Silver. Garland Willifoprd 97 Bronze. 70-74: Bob Jahnke 82 Gold. Charles Knox 84 Silver. Larry Joubert 84 Bronze. Others Richard Beall 91, Robert Gatti 93, Leon Darden 100. 75-89: Bill Bunyard 90 Gold. Jerry Warren 93 Silver. Glen Hicks 114 Bronze.