Lackey wins City title in dramatic fashion

By Steve Sell
June 27, 2016

Jacob Lackey and Treg Fawl kept playing back-and-forth with the lead during the final round of the 33rd annual McPherson City Golf Tournament on Sunday at Turkey Creek.

As both golfers said afterward, “we took turns trying to give it to each other.”

But during the birdie-fest that ended in the gloaming as the tournament was delayed by rain, it was an eagle that determined the winner just before 9 p.m.

On the 18th hole, no less.

Lackey, the senior-to-be at McPherson High, ran in a dramatic 30-footer on his last stroke for a final-round 70 and one-shot victory over Fawl, who was attempting to win his record sixth straight City title and seventh overall.

“It feels pretty good,” Lackey said. “It was a lot of fun and he’s a really good player. We both had some hiccups down the stretch and were trying to give it to each other. He had a couple of shots where he could have got up and missed short putts and I did the same. So it went all the way down to the wire.”

Lackey, who earlier in the week had won the Hesston Junior Open with a 5-under-par 66, had four birdies and four bogeys on his final round.

He had posted earlier rounds of 76 at McPherson Country Club and 68 at Rolling Acres. Fawl, who was fighting his putter all weekend, shot 77 and 67 as the two were deadlocked going into the final round.

“I didn’t lose it, he won it,” a gracious Fawl said.

Chris Stucky matched the best score of the day with a 69 and finished in third with 221, the second straight year he has taken third. Kelly Sorenson had the other 69 as he won the First Flight.

Lackey also combined with high school teammate Casey Cheek to win the two-man division with a 207, which included a 68 on the final day. They finished two shots up on Fawl and his father, Tony, who shot 71.

Here are the winners, with a scorecard playoff determining ties:


• Championship Flight •

1. Jacob Lackey, 76-68-70-214. 2. Treg Fawl, 77-67-71-215. 3. Chris Stucky, 80-72-69-221.

• First Flight •

1. Kelly Sorenson, 83-80-69-232. 2. Kenan Warren, 75-87-79-241. 3. Jamie Piper, 89-76-80-245.

• Second Flight •

1. Daniel Mitchell, 93-74-73-240. 2. Gary Hess, 92-76-84-252. 3. Scott Davis, 87-80-87-254.

• Third Flight •

1. Casey Cheek, 94-78-80-252. 2. Gordon Reimer, 88-83-84-255. 3. Brett Bate, 88-83-85-256.

• Fourth Flight •

1. Maury Hoefer, 86-88-77-251. 2. Mark Wash, 92-83-76-251. 3. Jeff Warren, 85-89-87-261.

• Fifth Flight •

1. Colby Geren, 97-86-91-273. 2. Bill Gately, 99-83-91-273. 3. Sam Williams, 93-89-92-279.

• Sixth Flight •

1. Kevin McKean, 102-93-96-291. 2. Jim Adams, 98-91-104-293. 3. Ron Hamilton, 105-86-103-294.

• TEAM •

* Championship Flight •

1. Jacob Lackey-Casey Cheek, 72-67-68-207. 2. Treg Fawl-Tony Fawl, 73-65-71-209. 3. Chris Stucky-Jason Buschbom, 72-70-68-210.

•  First Flight •

1. Kelly Sorenson-Alan Porter, 77-74-66-217. 2. Daniel Mitchell-Mark Wash, 80-72-66-218. 3. Jamie Piper-Monty Koehn, 81-71-74-226.

• Second Flight •

1. Gordon Reimer-Zack Lock, 81-74-75-230. 2. Gary Hess-Bill Gately, 82-72-76-230. 3. Jason Shober-Maury Hoefer, 82-73-75-230.

• Third Flight •

1. C.W. Reiman-Sam Williams, 84-77-81-242. 2. Morris Mills-Noel Eshelman, 84-76-86-246. 3. Vaughan Burch-Travis Burch, 87-77-87-251.