Taylor City Golf Championship close from start to finish

The 2007 Taylor City Golf Championship was held July 28-29. As in previous years, this tournament was a sellout.

The qualifying round, held Saturday, July 28, at Taylor Meadows, brought out a full field of 120 competitors and introduced them to something a little different from tournaments past: a shotgun start with carts – a change that was received well by most.

The final round on Sunday, July 29, at Lakes of Taylor started with 112 golfers teeing off in eight flights with some familiar names filling the top spots: Steve Avery (2002 champion) and Sean Habratowski (2005 champ) tied at 1-under par, Dave Mitchell (2004 champ) close behind with 71 (even) and Dave LeClaire Jr. (last year’s champion) with a 2-over-par 73.

The Men’s Championship Flight came down to the 36th hole of the tournament -- the ninth hole at Lakes – where Avery and LeClaire were tied for the top spot and Habratowski was behind by a stoke. Avery birdied the ninth and pulled ahead to claim the title, with LeClaire finishing runner-up and Habratowski finishing a close third.

The Men’s First Flight was won by Chris Bronis with a two-stroke spread over runner-up Dan Bzura. The Men’s Second Flight was won by a scorecard playoff between Michael McKay and Ryan Rickabaugh, with McKay coming out on top. The Men’s 2006 Third Flight champion, Les Molnar, came in four strokes behind this year’s champion, Gary Egbert. The Men’s Fourth Flight champ, Ken Bzura, took his spot early in the game with an eagle on Lake’s #2, followed by a birdie on #3.

The Women’s Flight champion is a familiar name as well, having been the 2004 and 2006 Women’s Flight champ. Verna Jasieniecki pulled way ahead of the flight, with runner-up Mary Lou Arnold (2006 Women’s First Flight Champ) rounding out the Womens Division.

This year was the second City Tournament in a row that there were two Senior Flights. The Senior Champion Flight was tied in the beginning and the end and was then settled by a three-hole playoff between 2005 Senior Flight champion Ed Meredith and Jerry Reinstein, with Meredith coming out on top by parring the third playoff hole. The Senior First Flight champion, Bernard Tockstein, started out the final round in second place, but finished three stokes ahead of runner-up Bill Crova.

The annual event is unique in the area as golfers play two great courses on two days. All golfers are “flighted” to compete with those who shot similar scores so the competition level is balanced for the final round. Players can also review the final results on TaylorGolf.com.

Final results of the two-day event: 

2007 TAYLOR CITY GOLF TOURNAMENT  FINAL RESULTS
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
MENS' CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
STEVE AVERY 70 81 151
DAVE LECLAIRE JR. 73 79 152
SEAN HABRATOWSKI 70 85 155
JIM GRANT 77 78 155
SEAN VONSCHWARZ 75 81 156
MICHAEL MAZZOLA JR 77 80 157
JOE DENINO 76 82 158
DAVID BENDER 75 85 160
DAVE MITCHELL 71 92 163
PAT CRAWLEY 75 88 163
PAUL BATTISTELLI 76 87 163
BOB ALANSKAS 75 88 163
JORDAN KLEIN 77 87 164
JOE SOBOCINSKI 76 90 166
ALAN BENGLIAN 77 92 169
RICK MORFORD 74 DNF  
RYAN MEHARRY 77 DNF  
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
MENS'FIRST FLIGHT
CHRIS BRONIS 78 78 156
DAN BZURA 78 80 158
BYRON HOWARD 79 81 160
DAN MYTTY 80 83 163
DAVE TULAK 78 86 164
ROGER HURD 78 86 164
JOE RYCHLICKI 80 85 165
ROD NORTON 80 85 165
GREG KING 78 87 165
DON SIMONS 79 88 167
STEPHEN BERNAICHE 80 87 167
VICTOR WENZEL 80 88 168
RODNEY RILEY 80 88 168
RICHIE REAMES 80 88 168
HENRY RUSSELL 80 89 169
TONY STIPCAK 80 92 172
JOHN BYRD 80 96 176
BRIAN THOMPSON 80 99 179
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
MENS' SECOND FLIGHT
MICHAEL MCKAY 81 80 161
RYAN RICKABAUSH 81 80 161
PETER HOLCOMBE 83 83 166
BRYAN TAPP 81 85 166
JOHN POWELL 81 86 167
DOUG SOMBATI 83 84 167
JEFF WELLMAN 83 86 169
MALEK MERHI 84 86 170
ROBERT SELBERG 81 89 170
CHARLES MARSHALL 84 88 172
RICK SINNOTT 82 90 172
STEVE MAZUR 82 91 173
DENNIS SCHULTZ 84 91 175
BRUCE KALANDEK 84 97 181
PATRICK LEE 85 97 182
RAYMOND DEMARTI 82 DNF  
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
MENS' THIRD FLIGHT
GARY EGBERT 88 79 167
LES MOLNAR 87 84 171
VINCE MUSCAT 87 85 172
RICK GORSKI 88 87 175
ROBERT SLAYDEN 86 89 175
RANDY HICKS 89 87 176
MARTY MCMILLIAN 86 90 176
RON SAWMILLER 86 91 177
MIKE LECLAIRE 86 94 180
GREG LOSACCO 87 93 180
TOM VERESH 88 92 180
SPENCER RHEE 86 95 181
BILL FISHER 89 97 186
DANNY MCMILLIAN 86 100 186
VARTAN MKRTUMIAN 86 103 189
WALTER QUILLICO 86 DNF  
JEFF SPEER 86 DNF  
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
MENS' FOURTH FLIGHT
KENN BZURA 90 85 175
MARK MITCHELL 93 86 179
BOB MCCURRY 90 89 179
MARTY WOJTOWICZ 90 91 181
MICHAEL JARVI 90 91 181
JOSH ISSER 91 90 181
SCOTT CULL 91 91 182
MARK MOLNAR 93 91 184
DUANE LAVENDER 93 91 184
JEFF PIZZO 91 94 185
EARL FESLER 90 96 186
DAVID GEISS 95 93 188
JORWIN PARKER 90 99 189
JEFF HAW 96 96 192
PHIL BZURA 95 97 192
DAN ROWLETT 91 112 203
DJ CHO 98 108 206
DOUG GEISS 102 107 209
BILL DATSON 112 125 237
TED SALVADORI DNF 83  
BOB MASTERS DQ 95  
MATT BIGGOTT 90 DNF  
LEN JUREK 98 DNF  
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
ED MEREDITH 76 76 152
JERRY REINSTEIN 76 76 152
DANIEL GREGG 73 81 154
FRANK PINKHAM 74 81 155
STEVE WESHALEK 79 79 158
LARRY SHOWLER 82 79 161
RAY ZOMPARELLI 76 88 164
ROGER BECHTOL 78 87 165
DAVE MELOTTI 81 86 167
DONALD MORRIS 82 89 171
RON ARNOLD 78 99 177
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT
BERNARD TOCKSTEIN 84 85 169
BILL CROVA 87 85 172
DAVID WILLIAMS 83 89 172
LEE BANKS 88 86 174
LARRY MCKEOWN 86 91 177
LEONARD JOHNSON 84 94 178
DAVE LECLAIRE SR. 91 91 182
JACQUES L. BELANGER 89 97 186
NOAH BERGERON 92 97 189
NICK EVOLA 96 95 191
JOHN DIFRANCESCO 94 100 194
ROBERT MUSZYNSKI 95 109 204
DWIGHT DORSEY 103 113 216
Name   TMGC Score Lakes Score TOTAL
WOMENS' DIVISION
VERNA JASIENIECKI 87 90 177
MARY LOU ARNOLD 99 105 204
SHIRLEY MUSZYNSKI 101 109 210
DIANE DREES 106 113 219
LELA THOMAS 108 DNF  

For more on the tournament, including photos of the winners, visit: http://www.taylorgolf.com/meadows/page/Results2007+City+Championship-77.html