Botts comes from behind to win city golf title
JANESVILLE--Erik Botts put the pressure on early and then slammed the door late—in overtime, even—at the Janesville Men’s City Golf Tournament on Sunday.
Trailing leader Andrew Morrison by six shots entering the third and final round at Riverside Golf Course, Botts quickly erased that deficit on the front nine and then built a three-shot lead down the stretch.
Morrison recovered to force the first playoff in the recent history of the event. On the second playoff hole, Botts capped the roller-coaster final round in fitting fashion, burying a birdie putt from more than 30 feet away and securing his first city title.
“I had a good read on that putt, having been on that side of the hole three times before that,” Botts said. “I knew it moved a little to the left, so I just put it out there. Luckily the speed was good and I knocked it in. It looked good the whole way.
“This just means that I beat a bunch of buddies. We all play together all the time. Me and Andrew have been partners a bunch of times already this summer. It’s just fun to play against these guys competitively. It’s nice to win one.”
Botts shot a final-round 1-under-par 71 to close at 1-under over three days. Morrison, who held the lead after each of the first two rounds after a solid start at the Janesville Country Club on Friday, shot 77.
Sam Van Galder, the six-time city champion and two-time defending champ, birdied his final two holes to shoot 70 and finish at 2-over for the tournament, taking third place. Aaron Coffey’s 68 was the best round Sunday and helped him finish fourth.
Botts erased Morrison’s six-shot lead by making birdie on three of his first six holes, including the par-4 first. Morrison, an Edgerton native who won his home city title last weekend, played the front nine in 6-over.
“He did exactly what he had to do being down six,” said Morrison, the 2013 WIAA Division 2 state individual champion while at Edgerton High, who was eligible for the Janesville tournament because he has membership at the Country Club. “He made some birdies and I made some bogeys right away. I wasn’t hitting it bad but left myself with some awkward putts.”
Botts was at 3-under for the round and up three strokes after making birdie on the par-5 10th, and he was still up three with five holes to play.
“The key to doing anything today was going out and birdying a couple holes to put some pressure on,” Botts said. “I just needed to get some good feelings going, so that birdie on 1 was a great start. And I birdied three of the four par-5s, which was essential.”
Morrison got back within two shots by making birdie on the par-5 14th. His deficit dwindled to one when Botts’ drive on 16 found the trees on the right and he made bogey. And Morrison forced the playoff with a tap-in par on 18 after Botts again suffered a bogey.
“A couple loose drivers, and I just tried to make bogey and stay in there,” Botts said.
Returning to the par-4 18th for the first hole of the playoff, each golfer left himself with a tricky up-and-down from the fringe. But both salvaged par to force a second sudden-death hole.
This time on 18, they both left their approach shots well below the hole. Botts lined his putt up first and immediately looked confident when the ball left his putter. He gave his club a baseball-like swing as the ball dropped in the cup to the excitement of a gallery surrounding the green.
Morrison’s birdie attempt, from about 25 feet, then slid just by the left side of the cup.
“It was going to come down to someone making a putt eventually, and he did it,” Morrison said. “We’re good friends, so if I was going to lose to somebody, I’d like it to be him.”
Tanner Woodman shot a 2-over 74 to win the First Flight by one shot over Jeff Adams. Paul Burkholder and Brent Corey shot three-round totals of 256 to top the Second Flight. Jim Tullis captured the Third Flight by three strokes.
Janesville Men’s City Tournament
Country Club (72)-Glen Erin (71)-Riverside (72)
Erik Botts 73-70-71—214, Andrew Morrison 67-70-77—214, Sam Van Galder 71-76-70—217, Ryan Coffey 78-76-68—222, Michael Oellerich 73-74-76—223, Bentley Glass 79-73-74—226, Brian Angileri 79-74-73—226, Jason Collas 79-76-73—228, Michael Kletzien 76-78-74—228, Kevin Riley 80-77-72—229, John Milner 78-80-72—230, Matt Kempfer 81-80-70—231, Gary Merk 81-75-76—232, Joe Lange 81-78-76—235, Aaron Coffey 92-70-74—236, Shannon Riley 82-79-77—238, King Clark 80-79-82—241, Wade Hanson 85-77-81—244, Mike Johnson 85-78-81—244, Daniel Thomsen 85-77-82—244, Dale Bladorn 88-72-85—246, Bobby Kennedy 82-79-85—246, Nikolas Sitter 83-77-87—247, Brad Schumacher 85-77-86—248, Jose Perez 83-80-87—250, Henry Chacon 81-82-88—251.
Tanner Woodman 85-79-74—238, Jeff Adams 83-81-75—239, Brian Brieske 88-78-74—240, Nolan Moran 81-88-72—241, , Mark Thomsen 83-82-76—241, Tom Ellis 86-81-76—243, Phillip Konkol 82-90-72—244, Drew Siefert 85-80-79—244, Jimmy Mead 88-85-72—245, Brady Farnsworth 89-79-77—245, Brent Kern 84-83-79—246, Rick Berry 87-79-80—246, Matthew Frank 87-78-82—247, Jon Phillips 91-78-80—249, Chris Koppa 88-80-82—250, Jon Moldenhauer 91-82-78—251, Aaron Phalin 92-80-79—251, Steve Thompson 89-81-81—251, Greg Mullen 89-80-83—252, Jordan Manthey 88-82-82—252, Mike Oliver 88-83-84—255, Connor Kelly 90-83-84—257, Rob Ackerman 84-85-90—259, Joe Kapugia 87-84-90—261, Nick English 86-86-93—265
Paul Burkholder 89-91-76—256, Brent Corey 91-85-80—256, Steve Caya 100-81-77—258, Jim Crawford 96-83-79—258, Jake Hassinger 94-83-82—259, David Palan 91-85-83—259, Terry Kletzien 96-83-81—260, David Adler 90-87-83—260, Joel Chappelle 88-94-79—261, Steven Wagner 93-84-84—261, Jeremy Zahn 92-83-87—262, Steve Thurner 91-90-82—263, Sam Kisting 92-87-84—263, Lyle Rasmussen 94-84-85—264, Connor Perkins 90-91-83—264, Kevin DeLap 95-84-85—264, Pat Kennedy 93-84-87—264, Tom Flora 95-87-85—267, Jay Gorman 92-83-92—267, Tyler Schwenkner 98-83-87—268, Jordan Hansen 86-89-95—270, Aaron Vogel 91-92-88—271, Matt DeWitt 98-85-93—276
Jim Tullis 93-91-80—264, Brian Siefert 101-86-82—269, John Bauer 97-93-80—270, Sal Gomez 99-90-83—272, Larry Kotwitz 92-92-89—273, Ken Kulinski 97-89-87—273, Matt Runde 95-97-84—276, Jason Nelson 101-90-87—278, Scott Blegren 102-92-85—279, Ned Moser 101-86-92—279, Jeff Luek 108-91-84—283, Dan Bloom 99-96-88—283, Bob Logan 99-89-95—283, Jeff DeGarmo 101-91-92—284, David Botts 106-93-86—285, Wayne Hansen 96-93-96—285, Bill Hess 106-92-88—286, David Martin 102-92-94—288, Wayne Yearwood 107-93-92—292, Mitchell Thurner 103-97-92—292, Todd Cullen 100-105-90—295, Dylan Benway 110-97-90—297, Chris Crosby 105-107-96—308, Nigel Davies 109-97-102—308, Tim Cullen 119-105-104—328
Last updated: 11:32 pm Sunday, July 30, 2017