Battle CREEK – Jay Jurecic of Crystal Falls in the Upper Peninsula, a 50-calendar year-outdated sixth and seventh-quality West Iron County math instructor most of the yr and a mini-tour golf specialist in the summer time, gained the 39th Club Automobile Senior Open up Championship offered by ADN Administrators Tuesday.
Participating in in his to start with Senior Open up, the math trainer counted just just one skipped eco-friendly in two times and shot a closing 3-beneath 69 for a 9-below 135 full at Bedford Valley Golf Club, just ample for a a person-shot win over Michigan Golfing Corridor of Famer Scott Hebert of Traverse Metropolis Golfing & Country Club.
“I’ve been functioning tough on my activity lately and its starting to occur around” explained Jurecic, a two-time winner around various summers enjoying the Dakotas Tour. “I performed properly for the two times. I definitely focused on my photographs, visualized my pictures and hit a great deal of excellent types. I’ve performed in the Michigan Open many moments – I imagine my ideal end was an eighth – and now that I’m 50 I believed I would occur down and give this one a attempt.”
Hebert, a native of the U.P. himself. from Escanaba, followed up a 1st-day leading 65 with a 71 for 136, and the following four places had been stuffed by Michigan Golfing Corridor of Famers, too.
Jeff Roth of Boyne Golf Academy birdied his past a few holes of the day for a next consecutive 69 and 138. PGA Tour Champions player Tom Werkmeister of Hudsonville shot 73 for 139. Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Golf & Mastering Heart in Plymouth shut with a 72 for 142 and tied with very low senior amateur Greg Davies of West Bloomfield, who experienced a closing-spherical 70. Roth, Werkmeister and Cairns are all earlier champions of the match, far too.
“I by no means could determine out the velocity of the greens right now,” Hebert explained. “I strike the ball superior now than yesterday when I shot 65, but I did not score.”
In the over-age-65 Super Senior level of competition, Corridor of Famer Randy Erskine of Lake Orion, an additional past champion, shot a next-consecutive 70 for 140 to earn. Mike Parker, an amateur from Lapeer, was next amongst the super set with a 70 for 142.
“Since I acquired household from Florida I have performed horrible, but when the event arrived all-around my game came close to,” said Erskine, a five-time Michigan Open up winner who is 73. “In a tournament my frame of mind is superior, I concentrate greater. I just can’t defeat the young little ones any longer, but I seriously delight in competing.”
Jurecic, largely unidentified amid a area of 125 golfers that involved 14 Michigan Golf Corridor of Fame users, teaches faculty most of the yr and then devotes his summers to golfing. He turned skilled in 2000 to chase the PGA Tour desire, and now that he is 50 designs to chase the PGA Tour Champions desire, much too.
“I played two yrs complete-time, but I’ve been instructing for about 22 a long time and playing in the summer months to preserve the aspiration alive,” he said immediately after accepting the $2,600 very first-area test.
“I’ll be 51 in July and we’ll see what occurs with this senior things. It feels good to get this. My sister (Pam) came around from Midland and caddied for me. It was exciting. I’m headed back again to the Dakotas and hopefully I’ll retain the video game likely like this.”
He said he held his round with each other with a birdie on the par 5 13th.
“I hit a 2-iron on that environmentally friendly (2nd shot) and manufactured birdie next a bogey on 12,” he mentioned. “I stayed aggressive and hit a couple truly great 2-irons on a pair of the par 5s now.”
Hebert trailed Jurecic by three pictures with 4 holes remaining but rallied with two birdies in his last 4 holes.
“Had a three-putt bogey now that seriously hurt and just did not get nearly anything going, at minimum soon ample,” he explained.