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Hanzel dominates PBCC to Hall of Fame Senior Am title

By DON HOHLER • Updated Aug 7, 2019 at 12:18 AM

SANDUSKY — Not even a three-hour rain delay would fluster Savannah, Ga. doctor, Doug Hanzel.

And why should it? The second-best senior amateur on the planet had a six-stroke lead on the Plum Brook Hall of Fame field Tuesday afternoon when the rains came, so it was just a matter of waiting the weather out and finishing the job.

And finish it he did, carding a record-setting 9-under par 133 for the day. Hansel put together rounds of 5-under par 66 and 4-under par 67 for his two-day total. That total bested runners-up and defending champion Mike Kelley, New Albany, and one-time Norwalk new car dealer, Buck Baumann, from Fremont. Kelley was in at 138 (69-69) and Baumann 141 after rounds of 71 and 70.

“I hit the driver as well and as straight as I have all year,” Hanzel said. “And this is key on this course. Hit it straight and at a decent length and you put a lot of wedges in your hands. I think my longest club on a par four hole this week was a 7-iron.”

Hanzel was 3-under Tuesday afternoon when the first of two, three-hour weather delays almost inundated the Galloway Rd. course. It drained well and after the long session in the dry, one that saw 14 golfers decide they had enough and withdrew. Hanzel went back out, starting on 13 and made all pars until he birdied 18.

There were some fine finishes from Plum Brook members. One of them was former club president, Chris Price, the president of the Norwalk firm, Fabriweld. The 53-year-old businessman was rock solid with rounds of 82 and 84 for 166 and a winning net score of 130.

“I am truly humbled at winning this event,” Price said. “I have known Mr. Waldock for many years and appreciated what he did for this club and this tournament. It is an honor to have my name associated with what he has done.”

Price got started in golf as a member of Monroeville High School’s first golf team in 1981.

Milan’s Harry Perdue, who was second last year on the net board, tied for second again this year with 73-84–157 gross totals and 133 net.

Former Erie County Commissioner also played just under his handicap in winning the net title in Super Seniors. He shot actual numbers of 87-88–175 for a net 139.

Other gross scores came from area jewelery store owner Jim Boling (79-77—156, 134 net), Norwalk’s Rod Bordman (74-79—153, 143 net), Willard’s Roger Tolley (78-75—153, 145 net), Norwalk’s Chris Bleile (80-79—169, 147 net) and recent New Jersey transplant, Alberto Yoguez (86-89—175, 151 net).

Bordman was in the hunt for a runners-up spot in the gross department after a first-day 74 but let it get away after the weather delays Tuesday. The rains came when he was on 15 tee. He went back out and double-bogeyed 15 and 16, doing this after playing the first 14 holes in 4-over.

Tolley is probably lucky to be playing as well as he is. He suffered a serious arm injury and is nursing it on every shot.

“I love the game so I play through it,” he said.

Bleile had trouble with his tee ball on both days. He probably could have counted on one hand how many fairways he hit. He did finish the tournament on a super high note, however, with three birdies.

“That finish is how I expected to play,” Bleile said.

Yoguez admitted he needed a good start both days to stay with the better players in the field. A balky driver made that impossible.

“What a great course though,” he said. “I have sold my restaurant in Hobokan, N.J. and am building out at Eagle Creek. Count me in as a member here. I will be back and search for the shots I left out there this week.”

Other area players and their scores included Bellevue residents Brian Schubert (78-79—157, net 145) and Randy Rankin (82-79—161, net 141), Sandusky’s Jan Sadoski (81-87—168, net 140) and Huron’s Michael Swain (92-106—198, net 142).

The field also included OHSAA’s Senior Director of Officials, Beau Rugg. After 30 years at Ohio State where he left as the Associate Director for Recreational Sports, he took a position with the state association and now has charge of officials in all 16 sports.

Rugg put 81-77—148 actual numbers on the scoreboard, a net 144.

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