Never had winning felt so lousy.
Treg Fawl was practically apologetic after defeating lifelong friend, and former high school and college teammate Mark Gayer Sunday in a two-hole playoff for the McPherson City Golf Tournament championship at McPherson Country Club.
Fawl had to rally from five shots back at the start of the day, shooting a 74 at MCC while Gayer shot a 79. It was nearly a three-man playoff, as tourney newcomer Chris Stucky stated his presence with authority by finishing one stroke back.
Both players parred No. 1 in the playoff, then Fawl won his fifth straight City title by parring No. 9 while Gayer made bogey. Both missed the par-3 green off the tee, with Fawl chipping it close and Gayer running it by.
“I wish one of us had made birdie, I didn’t want to win it that way,” said Fawl, who now has 10 McPherson majors with six individual titles and four two-man titles. “He kind of handed it to me and I felt bad for him. I told my Dad it was the least enjoyable of the ones I had won.”
Fawl was seven strokes back after an uncharacteristic opening-round 77 at Turkey Creek on Friday. He started to chip away with a 71 on Saturday at Rolling Acres, but McPherson Country Club has been where he’s quite often won the tournament as few courses are tougher.
Fawl said Friday’s round “was awful,” but he started to hit it better on Saturday. He saved his best for MCC as a 74 on a windy day is practically like an even-par round.
Gayer shot rounds of 73-70 to take a three-stroke lead over Kelly Sorenson heading into the final round. Stucky was in third at 147.
There was a first-time champion in the two-man competition. Mark Wash and Daniel Mitchell, playing as a team for the first time, used an amazing Sunday at MCC to win the championship by one stroke over Gayer and his father Doug, and Fawl and his father Tony.
Wash and Mitchell shot a 71 at MCC on Sunday despite the fact their individual scores were 84 and 87. On No. 2, Mitchell made a birdie while Wash made an 8, then on No. 5 Wash made a birdie while Mitchell made a 10.
“It was the all-time ham-and-egg round,” Wash said, adding that Mitchell’s birdie on No. 2 was helped when his second shot struck a fellow competitor to keep the ball in play.
They finished with a 209 total, while the two father-son teams were at 210.
Here are the placers, with scorecard playoffs determining the order where there were ties except for the championship:
• INDIVIDUAL •
1. Treg Fawl, 222 (won playoff). 2. Mark Gayer, 222. 3. Chris Stucky, 223.
1. Tim Schmidt, 235. 2. Matt Sandbo, 239. 3. Casey Cheek, 239.
1. Luke Aichele, 242. 2. Larry Bruce, 248. 3. Terry Malm, 248.
1. Kent Schmidt, 260. 2. Rick Davison, 262. 3. Zac Hoppes, 265.
1. Jared Hageman, 266. 2. Eric VanCampen, 270. 3. Monty Koehn, 271.
1. Dennis Shaw, 279. 2. Bret Reynolds, 280. 3. Brad Geren, 280.
1. Shelby Hoppes, 286. 2. Jim Adams, 286. 3. Glen Snell, 288.
• TEAM •
1. Mark Wash-Daniel Mitchell, 209. 2. Mark Gayer-Doug Gayer, 210. 3. Treg Fawl-Tony Fawl, 210.
1. Jeff Warren-Rick Davison, 225. 2. Casey Cheek and Kaden Warren, 226. 3. Larry Bruce and Terry Malm, 226.
1. Matt Sandbo and Brad Malm, 231. 2. Greg Jermark-Jim Adams, 235. 3. Glen Snell-Kevin McKean, 238.
1. Doug Cutting-Jared Hageman, 242. 2. Troy Folck-Colby Geren, 247. 3. Dennis Shaw-Rich Penner, 248.