Phillips solves greens riddle to win Section Championship at Hillcrest CC

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By Ken MacLeod
BARTLESVILLE – Tracy Phillips used his stellar short game to overcome some testy pin positions on the undulating new greens at Hillcrest Country Club and win the PGA South Central Section Championship.

Phillips prevailed in a one-hole playoff with Steven Hausmann of Hausmann Golf in Wichita. Both finished 54 holes at 2-under 214. Phillips made a nifty up-and-down after driving his tee shot right into trees on the playoff hole, while Hausmann suffered a double bogey after his second shot drew a terrible lie in a greenside bunker. He pitched out short of the green, chipped long and missed a 20-footer for bogey.

Phillips, 50, who also won this event in 2011 at his home course at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, seemed one of the few players comfortable on the greens at Hillcrest, which were redesigned over the last three years by Norman architect Tripp Davis.

He overcame a double bogey-double bogey-bogey three-hole stretch on the first day and consecutive bogeys early in the final round by pouring in 12 birdies over the course of the tournament. After bogeys on holes four and five Tuesday, he pitched in from a greenside bunker for a birdie on six and nearly holed a shot for eagle and had a tap-in birdie on the par-5 seventh. After nearly driving out of bounds right on the par-5 eighth, he hit a low hook that bounced over a greenside bunker, leaving him 15 feet for another birdie which he made.

It was all pars from there, but that didn’t mean the adventures were over. Phillips continued to make excellent recovery shots whenever his driver failed him.

Phillips had not played at Hillcrest since high school and couldn’t remember the holes let alone the previous greens. He won’t soon forget the new ones.

"They are small and undulating," he said. "They have movement within movements. It’s not easy to consistently hit the right parts of the greens to give yourself a good birdie chance, because there’s so much slope."

Tim Fleming, director of golf at Oklahoma City Golf & CC, and Michael Boyd, director of golf at The Club at Indian Springs, tied for third at 1-over 217.

Jim Woodward won the Section Senior Championship by draining a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Pat McTigue. Woodward, a teaching professional at Oak Tree National in Edmond, also won the Senior event two years ago at Cedar Ridge. He will be defending his title next week in the Senior Professional National Championship in Virginia.

"My game is coming around," Woodward said. "I feel pretty good about it. I’m going to go there and give it a shot."

Both McTigue, owner of GolfTec stores in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and Woodward shot rounds of 71-71 to finish at 2-under in the 36-hole senior division. Rod Nuckolls of Willowbend CC in Wichita and Jim Kane of Edmond tied for third at 3-over 147.

McTigue hit the flagstick on his approach shot on 18, leading to a birdie that pulled him even with Woodward. He was four strokes behind at the turn. McTigue also finished runnerup in 2011 to Phillips at Cedar Ridge.

Trent Rommann, an assistant pro at Crestview CC in Wichita made a double-eagle on the par-5 seventh, hitting his second shot in from 189 yards with a six iron. He said it was the second double eagle he’s made, the first was back in high school.

Section Championship
at Hillcrest CC

Pos    Player    Today    Thru    Total    R1    R2    R3    Total
1    Tracy Phillips (p)  Cedar Ridge CC    -1    F    -2    70    73    71    214   
2    Steven Hausmann (p)  Hausmann Golf    E    F    -2    72    70    72    214   
T3    Tim Fleming (p)  Oklahoma City G&CC    E    F    +1    74    71    72    217   
T3    Michael Boyd (p)  Indian Springs CC    +2    F    +1    73    70    74    217   
5    Trent Rommann (p)  Crestview CC    -2    F    +2    77    71    70    218   
T6    Edward Roethlisberger (p)  Big Creek G&CC    -1    F    +3    75    73    71    219   
T6    Tim Graves (p)  Coffee Creek GC    +1    F    +3    74    72    73    219   
8    Shannon Friday (p)  Lake Hefner GC    +3    F    +6    74    73    75    222   
9    Kyle Flinton (p)  Quail Creek G & CC    +5    F    +7    75    71    77    223   
10    Cary Cozby (p)  Wichita CC    E    F    +8    73    79    72    224   
T11    Lee Johnson (p)  Hidden Lakes    +1    F    +11    81    73    73    227   
T11    Peter Vitali (p)  Gaillardia CC    +1    F    +11    75    79    73    227   
T11    Greg Bray (p)  Terradyne CC    +8    F    +11    77    70    80    227   
14    Philip Holley (p)  Hot Springs CC    +5    F    +12    77    74    77    228   
T15    Mark Fuller (p)  Gaillardia CC    +5    F    +13    81    71    77    229   
T15    Bruce Baxley (p)  Searcy CC    +5    F    +13    75    77    77    229   
17    Jeremy Dear (p)  LaFortune Park GC    +4    F    +14    76    78    76    230   
T18    Jonathan Beaver (p)  Emerald Falls GC    +3    F *    +15    77    79    75    231   
T18    Kyley Tetley (p)  Cedar Ridge CC    +3    F *    +15    74    82    75    231   
T20    Kirt Mowery (p)  Shangri-La GC    +6    F    +16    80    74    78    232   
T20    Jarod Lundy (p)  Quail Creek G & CC    +2    F *    +16    80    78    74    232   
T22    Matthew Luther (p)  University of Oklahoma    +4    F *    +17    79    78    76    233   
T22    Michael Henderson (p)  Lakeside GC    +4    F *    +17    81    76    76    233   
T24    Rod Alexander (p)  Lew Wentz   +9    F    +18    76    77    81    234   
T24    Paul Eiserman (p)  Pinnacle CC    +2    F *    +18    79    81    74    234   
T26    Tyler Bolin (p)  Crestview CC    +5    F *    +22    82    79    77    238   
T26    Mike Hansen (p)  Duncan G&T Club    +1    F *    +22    82    83    73    238   
28    Brian Soerensen (p)  Kickingbird GC    +6    F *    +24    79    83    78    240   
29    Kurt Gibson (p)  Reflection Ridge GC    +11    F *    +25    80    78    83    241   
T30    Steve Blaske (p)  Tex Consolver  GC    +10    F *    +27    78    83    82    243   
T30    Scott Donovan (p)  Choctaw Creek GC    +9    F *    +27    84    78    81    243   
T32    Corey Burd (p)  Bailey Ranch Golf Club    +13    F *    +33    80    84    85    249   
T32    Dee Roadman (p)  Battle Creek Golf Club    +12    F *    +33    87    78    84    249   
34    Jim Elliott (p)  Willowbend GC    +11    F *    +34    91    76    83    250   
35    Robert Yanovitch (p)  Shangri-La GC    +12    F *    +35    83    84    84    251   
36    Aaron Speaker (p)  Hillcrest    +18    F *    +36    82    80    90    252   
37    Brent Cryer (p)  The Greens CC    +14    F *    +45    87    88    86    261   
38    Michael Booth (p)  Terradyne CC    +20    F *    +56    88    92    92    272    

Senior Section Championship
at Hillcrest CC

1    Jim Woodward (p) (p)    -1    F    -2    71    71    142
2    Pat McTigue (p)  GolfTEC – Tulsa    -1    F    -2    71    71    142   
T3    Rod Nuckolls (p)  Willowbend GC    E    F    +3    75    72    147   
T3    James Kane (p)    +1    F    +3    74    73    147   
5    Tim Jenkins (p)  Country Club of Arkansas    E    F    +4    76    72    148   
6    Vince Bizik (p)    +2    F    +5    75    74    149   
7    Chuck Coatney (p)  Stillwater    +5    F    +7    74    77    151   
8    Fletcher White (p)    E    F *    +8    80    72    152   
9    George Glenn (p)    +6    F    +9    75    78    153   
T10    Darren Watts (p)  Lake Hefner GC    +1    F *    +10    81    73    154   
T10    Mike Stewart (p)    +4    F    +10    78    76    154   
T12    Michael Gowens (p)  Brent Bruehl Mem GC    +5    F *    +12    79    77    156   
T12    Troy Hendricks (p)  Auburn Hills Municipal    +9    F    +12    75    81    156   
14    Brian Gunter (p)  Crestview CC    +7    F    +13    78    79    157   
15    Jeff Tucker (p)  Fairfax    +8    F    +14    78    80    158   
16    Jerry Garrison (p)    +9    F    +15    78    81    159   
T17    Andy Schaben (p)  Wild Horse Canyon    +11    F    +16    77    83    160   
T17    Fred Forbes (p)    +9    F *    +16    79    81    160   
19    Kevin Brown (p)  Lew Wentz Memorial Golf C    +7    F *    +18    83    79    162   
20    Barry Howard (p)  Hot Springs CC    +8    F *    +19    83    80    163   
21    Robert Lee (p)    +10    F *    +20    82    82    164   
22    Jerry Benedict (p)  Adams GC    +10    F *    +22    84    82    166   
23    Kevin O’Brien (p)  Twin Hills Golf & CC    +7    F *    +24    89    79    168   
24    Patrick Tubach (p)  Cedar Ridge CC    +11    F *    +33    94    83    177   
25    Tim Andruss (p)  Dick’s Sporting Goods    +16    F *    +37    93    88    181   

 

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