It's a family affair for Wises at SOGC
The Wise boys decided to have a family reunion.
In the winner’s circle.
Scott and Justin Wise, playing at high levels but in different divisions, pulled off major victories in the 90th Southern Oregon Golf Championships Friday at Rogue Valley Country Club.
Scott, 44, opened a comfortable lead through nine holes on the Rogue Course and knocked off three-time defending champion Steve Taormino in the men’s junior-senior division. Taormino was going for his fifth crown in six years.
Justin, 38, took down Chris Polski, 5 and 4, in the men’s regular division. Polski, a former professional, was medalist this year and last and captured the men’s regular title in 2015.
The brothers have been around the tournament for decades: Their father, Jim, was the RVCC head pro involved in running it for 40 years before retiring in 2012.
The parents spent the day gallerying.
“That was a lot of fun,” said Scott. “My brother and I are best friends, and for him to pull that out, and me to win, and Mom and Dad both there to see us both go into tomorrow, it’s pretty cool, man.”
A family affair, indeed.
Theirs weren’t the only notable showdowns on the second day of matches in the long-standing tournament.
In the men’s super senior division, Kevin Klabunde got the best of Rich Flink in a rematch of last year’s senior division finale. This time, Klabunde triumphed 3 and 2.
Other defending champions made it through to see another match.
In the men’s regular, Matt Hedges swamped Paul DeCampo, 7-6. He’ll next meet Michael Wurzell, a 3-and-2 winner over Seth Walters.
In the men’s legends, George Mack defeated Mike Trautman, 2 and 1. Mack has an SOGC-record 14 championships, and has won them in every men’s division. He next faces Ron Dixon, who downed Gary Klouda, 3 and 2.
Marla Parmele, the senior women’s 2018 champion, eased past Laurel Kichli, 5 and 4. She next plays Sue Hunter, who dispatched Jan Hughes — Parmele’s mother — 2 and 1.
In his victory over Taormino, Scott Wise took an early lead with a birdie on the first hole, watched the match promptly square up, then eased ahead.
He was 4 up after 10 holes.
“I probably played conservatively toward the end,” said Wise, “but he’s such a good player. There was no doubt in my mind. He’s a three-time defending champ, of course this guy can play some golf. He’s a great guy, a great competitor, and I played solid.”
Wise made “one bad mistake,” he said, leading to a 7 on the par-5 12th, but that still managed to halve the hole.
Wise lost on No. 13 to go to 3 up, then brought it home.
He preferred not to call it an upset, adding that he and his brother have worked a lot on their games.
“Both of us have really concentrated on our games this summer,” said Scott, “and we both played to our ability today and got it done.”
The difference in his match, he said, was a putter that stayed hot through most of the match.
Scott Wise next meets Justin Azevedo, a 1-up victor over Matt Eschenbacher.
Like his brother, Justin birdied the par-5 first hole. He turned it into a 4-up lead after four holes.
Polski hit it out of bounds on No. 2, then Wise got up and down on Nos. 3 and 4 to win the holes.
“That’s not something I envisioned,” said Wise, “especially with him. I’ve known Chris a long time and he’s a good friend; a good family friend. He just wasn’t quite himself today. He hit it OK, he just missed some short putts. He didn’t putt like himself.”
Wise got to 6 up through 10. He was 5 up when Polski couldn’t get a 12-foot birdie to fall on No. 14, ending the match.
“I was just decent enough today,” said Wise. “I hit it square and made a few putts when I had to.”
Wise’s next opponent is Gerry Snyder, who beat Riggs Loftin, 1 up.
Klabunde had a plan in place when he faced Flink again. In their championship match a year ago, Klabunde won on the 19th hole.
“This is going to sound kind of hokey, or corny,” said Klabunde, “but I had visualized my opening two shots on No. 1, and they came off just exactly as I envisioned.”
He hit an effective drive, setting up his trusty 5-wood to the par-5 green. He rocketed the fairway wood to 20 feet from the hole and left his eagle putt a couple inches short, going 1 up.
Flink had Klabunde’s attention from the get-go.
“Because it went 19 holes last year, I knew it was going to be a good match, and it was,” said Klabunde, who regularly plays in a weekly group with Flink, albeit not usually on the same team. “He gave me everything I could handle until the very end. I had a little concern whether it would be a revenge match for him. But he’s such a good guy and we enjoy playing golf together so much.”
Klabunde is going after his 10th overall title, but Flink kept a wrench in those plans for much of the match.
Flink was 2 down after a Klabunde birdie at 10, but he birdied 11 and won 13 with a par to square the match.
From there, Flink’s drive left him and Klabunde won three straight holes to close it out on No. 16. On their last hole, Klabunde’s mammoth drive left him only 119 yards in on the par 5. After Flink made par, he conceded his opponent’s 5-foot eagle putt.
“It was a great match,” said Klabunde, “he just kind of gave me a couple at the end, and that’s unfortunate.”
Klabunde next faces Terry Smith. Smith downed Doug Ward, 4 and 3.
SOGC FRIDAY MATCH PLAY
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Justin Wise def. Chris Polski 5&4, Gerry Snyder def. Riggs Loftin 1 up, Matthew Hedges def. Paul DeCampo 7&6, Michael Wurzell def. Seth Walters 3&2, Jon Robinson def. Taylor Klemp 3&1, Cameron Barnhardt def. Travis Brink 3&2, James Kelly def. Cory Marineau 3&2, Mayson Tibbs def. David Murphy 5&4.
MEN’S FIRST FLIGHT
Cameron Smith def. Jason Caplan 1 up, Randy Croucher def. Jeshua Buchanan 2&1, Gauge Meadows def. Cody Stover 6 up, Brooks Newsom def. Jacob Gooding 6&5, Ethan DeVore def. Scott Weiland 1 up, Alfonso Powers def. Matt Johnson 6&5, Ryan Suvoy def. Ryan Kantor 1 up, Kristopher Kaufman def. Travis Campoy 1 up.
JUNIOR SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Scott Wise def. Steve Taormino 3&2, Justin Azevedo def. Matt Eschenbacher 1 up, Richard Owens, Jr. def. David Cuttrell 4&3, Todd Dixon def. Todd Couch 1 up, Tommy Smith def. Curtis Wagoner 1 up, Johnny Mansfield def. Erik Doolen 4&3, Jim Mansfield def. Ian Powers 1 up, Erik Pedersen def. Michael O’Connell 1 up.
JUNIOR SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Jake Rockwell def. Bobby Foote 1 up, Benny Shapiro def. Greg Jacobs 1 up, Rich Stremming def. Alan Peterson 2&1, Steve Forbes def. Eddie Bostwick 3&1, Cameron Mitchell def. Jeffrey Morgan 1 up, Bret Breeze def. Anthony Ulloa 2&1, Ryan Schaefer def. Todd Ostenson 3&2, Jeff Barry def. Andy Baida 1 up.
JUNIOR SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Matt Yamashita def. Mike Stavish 1 up, Rick Hutchins def. Joe Arnesen 2&1, Jason Rowen def. Ed Lindbloom 1 up, Steve Tollefson def. Scott Entinger 3&1, Chris Norlander def. Rob Neff 3&1, Ralph Wallis def. Eric Englebach 19th, Craig Knips def. Derron Moreland 3&2, Keith Lallo def. Marshall Pierce 1 up.
JUNIOR SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Scott Lewis def. Alex Clark 3&2, Dennis Richards def. Bill Savarino 1 up, Joe Mahar def. Josh Godfrey 1 up, Gary Pirkkala def. Hank Munn WD, Phillip Heiner def. Brian Sherrill NS, Tom Pepple def. Don Shanklin 2 up, Brooks Gard def. Jim Retzlaff 5&3, Mike Walker def. Ken Lindbloom 1 up.
JUNIOR SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Joe Bowles def. Tim Price 8&7, Brian Carr def. Kevin Primerano 5&4, Joe Davis def. Jason Miller 1 up, Billie Burke def. Korey Little 2&1, Dave Mettler def. Joe Hunter 1 up, James Figueroa def. Jad Dickson 4&3, Tom Jones def. Jim Stormo 1 up, Thadd Reeder def. Darrell Thompson 6&4.
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Brad Bills def. Dwayne McIntosh 5&4, Ken Stringer def. Bill Wells 3&2, Rick Dollarhide def. Dan Keck 3&2, Dave Muswieck def. David Loustalot 2&1, Marty Morlan def. Glen Clark 1 up, Tim Arnsberg def. Mark Wilson 2&1, Mitch Weisberger def. Marshall Holman 2&1, Brent Barr def. Jerry Quast 2&1.
SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
Carl Wolfe def. Ron Merryman 1 up, Stan Presley def. Terry Newsom 19th, Gordon Humphrey def. Eric Hansen 19th, Eric Austad def. Evan McArthur 5&4, James Overmeyer def. Scott Moore 1 up, Michael Gibson def. Dave Card 4&3, Brian Adolph def. John Justin 1 up, Joel Jessel def. Doug Engle 1 up.
SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Bill Cox def. Cris Carrigan 1 up, Brad Heilman def. Dennie Conrad 3&2, Brian Odell def. John Budda 3&2, Eric Artner def. Kelly Brown 1 up.
SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT
Steve Watkins def. Doug Merryman 2 up, Lance Hunter def. Dan Marshall 1 up, Rich Mettler def. Bill Allen def. 19th, Mel Friend def. Rich Warner 4&3.
SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Tom Urby def. Tim Moser (concede), Kevin Aquirre def. David Lindley 3&2, Gary Sterton def. Troy Alexander 3&2, Bruce Mendelson def. Don Pinkham 6&4.
SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT
Gibb Mitchell def. Tim Casey 1 up, Greg Wojtal def. Craig Schumacher 6&4, Ron Moore def. John Sellers 2 up, Ron Harvey def. Doug Hartley 1 up.
SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Jim Hoffman def. Patrick Daggitt 2 up, Bob Dickey def. Jerry Eklund 2&1, Kevin Klabunde def. Richard Flink 3&2, Terry Smith def. Doug Ward 4&3.
SUPER SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
David Orr def. Dan Dixon 2&1, Doug Freeman def. Dick Brekke 5&4, Robert Cox def. Kenny Weist 4&3, Billy Crenshaw def. Ron Kantor 1 up.
SUPER SENIOR SECOND FLIGHT
Gregory Miller def. Bob Wolfe 4&3, David George def. Bruce Hart 2&1, Doug Olson def. John Leuthold 2&1, Dave Allen def. Rob Stassi 1 up.
SUPER SENIOR THIRD FLIGHT
Chuck Kenny def. Art Bettencourt 4&3, Michael Goldman def. Scott Swendiman 3&2, Ross Cooley def. John Dunkin 1 up, Tony Nieto def. Paul Reynolds 1 up.
SUPER SENIOR FOURTH FLIGHT
Scott Saxon def. Dane Smith 19th, Tim Wray def. Jerry Sessions 2&1, John Johnson def. Lou Tittle 1 up, Terry Anderson def. John Bucchino 1 up.
SUPER SENIOR FIFTH FLIGHT
Gary Bates def. Wayne Van Wey 3&2, Michael Armitage def. John Kruesi 1 up, Neill Smith def. Scott Mayfield 3&2, Larry Garvin def. Gerald Carstens 3&2.
SUPER SENIOR SIXTH FLIGHT
Steve Simonson def. Mark Pagan 20th, Michael Smail def. Jim Hatton 1 up, Bill Shevlin def. Brent Orrico 4&3, Stan Sherer def. Tom Groves 1 up.
SUPER SENIOR SEVENTH FLIGHT
Conrad Caprez def. Roger Peck 19th, Tom Michaels def. George Parsons 1 up, Brian Schmitz def. John Liston 1 up, Bruce Van Zee def. Frank DeSpain 4&2
SUPER SENIOR EIGHTH FLIGHT
Tom Powley def. Rick Moser 1 up, Brian Gross def. Walt Packard 5&3, Rick McCabe def. Gary Wood 3&2, Ray Figuera def. Henry Burgoyne 5&3.
SUPER SENIOR NINTH FLIGHT
Mike Ritchie def. Roger Campazano 8&7, Darrell Hunt def. John Jensen 5&3, Dwight Samuel def. Dan Kosmatka 6&4, Mark Fawver def. Frank Lucas 3&1.
LEGENDS CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
George Mack, Sr. def. Mike Trautman 2&1, Ron Dixon def. Gary Klouda 3&2, Dodd Samuel def. Len Merryman 3&1, Robert Maentz def. Randy Kane 6&5.
LEGENDS SECOND FLIGHT
Dave Mansfield def. Bruce McDonald 2&1, Dick Entinger def. Larry Schmaltz 5&4, Gilbert Roque def. Rich Karchmer 3&2, Tom Hamlin def. Jim Arnsberg 1 up.
LEGENDS FOURTH FLIGHT
Tom Barry def. Phil Gossner 1 up, Mike Trovato def. David Rasmussen 6&5, James Achenbach def. Alex Bellen 2&1, Jim Barry def. Bob Glover 2 up.
SENIOR WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Marla Parmele def. Laurel Kichli 5&4, Sue Hunter def. Jan Hughes 2&1, Sheri Gibson def. Carolyn Turner 2&1, Toni Watkins def. Lavone Kirkwood 1 up, Linda Johnson def. Maureen McFadden 2&1, Lonnie Budd def. Deb Stuart 1 up, Diane Law def. Michele Sandifur 4&3, Nettie Morrison def. Karen Fay 2&1.
SENIOR WOMEN SECOND FLIGHT
Cathee Shorkey def. Tammie Allen 1 up, Pam Schepis def. Tamara Cottongim 1 up, Cathy Trower def. Shelley Fisher 1 up, Sharon Swartsley def. Darla Allen 2 up, Barb Stormo def. Dana Carrigan 1 up, Mary Wittenberg def. Jane Conrad 19th, Peggy Tomlins def. Paige Filomeo 1 up, Julie Schamanek def. Dana McIntosh 19th.
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