Back repeats as women’s club champ; Watt regains men’s title

MEEKER | Five women and 18 men, divided into two flights, played 36 holes of golf last weekend at the Meeker Golf Course to determine women and men’s club champions, along with bragging and parking rights. After two days of play, Meeker’s Peggy Back defended her Women’s Club title and will keep her parking spot but defending champ Lex Collins will have to give up his title and parking space to former and new champion J.C. Watt.
The women’s field was small but the game was close between the defending champ and Jill Massey. Back trailed Massey by one shot after nine holes but recovered and took a one shot lead, finishing the first day with a gross score of 88. Back shot the same score Sunday, as did Massey, giving the defending champ a two-stroke victory.
There was also a close race in the championship flight of the Men’s Club championship as the defending champ shot a one-over-par 69 on the first day, one shot better than Watt and two shots better than last year’s runner-up Kyle Hooks, who shot a 71 after the first 18. Collins added a stroke to his score Sunday, while Watt and Hooks each took one off, only Hooks missed his final putt, forcing a playoff between Collins, the defending champion, and Watt.
“It was competitive,” Watt, who has won several men’s club titles, said. “There were three of us all within one shot of each other, which made it fun.”
A four-hole playoff was needed to determine the new/old champion.
Hooks finished with the best net score and Jason Mack had the second best net score in the championship flight.
The first flight also featured a two-man contest with Scott Bowman taking a two-shot lead over George Back after the first day of play but Back played five shots better than Bowman on Sunday to win the title by three shots.
Earl Scheuer finished with the best net score and Greg Ackerman was second.
The final tournament on the schedule at the Meeker Golf Course is the O.F.I.C. (Old Farts In Carts) tournament, Sept. 9.