Sam Van Galder in control of Men's City Golf Tournament

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John Barry
Sunday, July 28, 2013

JANESVILLE—Sam Van Galder has taken all the drama out of this year's Janesville Men's City Golf Tournament.

The biggest storyline heading into today's final round is who will finish second?

Van Galder fired a second-round 2-under par 70 at Riverside on Saturday to open up a seemingly insurmountable 9-shot lead. The defending champion is lapping the field as he shoots for his fourth overall title today at the Janesville Country Club. Bill Poppas is nine shots back, while Michael Kletzien and Bobby Kennedy are both 11 back.

In putting together nines of 36 and 34, Van Galder was the only golfer in the field to break par. The pins were fair but challenging on a Riverside course that normally is a birdie haven.

“It was hard to be aggressive on a lot of holes today because of pin placements. Especially on 16, 17 and 18,” Van Galder said. “It wasn't unfair, they were just put in some tough spots. You had to kind of baby your first putt because you didn't want it rolling past the hole leaving you a four- or five-footer coming back.

“I played pretty well. I birdied three of the four par 5s, which is what you have to do on this course. And the one I didn't birdie (No. 4), I three-putted for par.”

Kletzien and Aaron Coffey both shot 74 to tie for the second-lowest round of the day.

Chris Pastore was the last Men's City champion to defend his title. The seven-time winner won back-to-back title in 1995 and 1996. With the final round on the course he grew up on, Van Galder should end the 17-year drought.

“I'm not thinking about that right now,” Van Galder said of defending his title. “I'm playing pretty good golf right now and I just want to keep it going tomorrow.

“Maybe if I've got a decent lead on the back nine tomorrow I'll maybe try to drive some of the shorter par 4s, but other than that, I'm not going to change my approach.”

Although Van Galder's Championship Flight win is a formality, the First Flight could come down to the last few holes. Mike Lansing has a 2-shot lead over Brian Brieske and a 3-shot advantage over Shannon Riley.

Randy Krueger has a 6-shot lead over Dave DeGarmo in the Second Flight, while Tom Collins leads Third Flight.

Janesville Men's City Tournament

Second round results

At Riverside (par 72)

Championship Flight

Sam Van Galder 74-70—144

Bill Pappas  78-75—153

Michael Kletzien 81-74—155

Bobby Kennedy  78-77—155

Mark Thomsen   79-79—158

Greg Ruef     81-77—158

Michael Oellerich       78-80—158

Payton Graham 82-77—159

Rob Ackerman    79-80—159

Sean Halverson 79-81—160

Charlie Roherty  80-80—160

Andrew Tearman      80-80—160

Dustin Richards 85-77—162

Braddy Bohlman       84-78—162

Aaron Coffey 88-74—162

Ryan Coffey 85-77—162

Taylor Braun 83-80—163

Jake Downing     86-78—164

Matt Kempfer     88-78—166

Johnathan Milner     85-82—167

Jordan Gagg 85-84—169

Robert Graham  88-82—170

Jon Phillips  90-80—170

Nolan Moran 85-88—173

Jordan Brovick   88-85—173

Kyle Ahrens  89-88—177

Brian Gerber 96-90—186

First Flight

Mike Lansing 76-75—151

Brian Brieske 79-74—153

Shannon Riley    77-77—154

Kevin Riley     84-75—159

King Clark      79-82—161

Rick Berry       80-81—161

Adam Griffin 82-79—161

Steve Schutz 82-81—163

Chad Sullivan     85-79—164

Gary Merk      82-83—165

Patrick Gandy    86-79—165

Jim Mead       80-85—165

Jon Moldenhauer      82-83—165

Dale Bladorn 82-84—166

Steve Gelbach    84-83—167

Gary Neumueller 87-85—172

Jacob Bandi  85-91—176

Second Flight

Randy Krueger   72-80—152

Dave DeGarmo   79-79—158

Ned Moser     81-80—161

Mike Mead     84-82—166

Jake Hassinger   86-80—166

Paul Burkholder 89-80—169

Efren Bianca 89-80—169

Eric Hoium    85-87—172

Ben DeWitt    91-82—173

Steve Thurner     84-89—173

Steven Wagner  87-88—175

Jose Perez      90-89—179

Joel Bailey      87-93—180

Philip Konkol 93-87—180

Paul Sullivan 94-88—182

Dave Diece     98-85—183

Greg Mullen 108-83—191

Third Flight

Tom Collins 78-84—162

Dan Hermanson 85-81—166

Chad Flanders    84-82—166

Bryan Thorson   90-81—171

Kevin Mickelson 81-90—171

Todd Sitter  92-79—171

Brad Schumacher     89-83—172

Steve Thompson       85-88—173

Doug Whitescarver   94-85—179

Eric Richards 89-90—179

Greg Galvan 89-90—179

Ben Myers    93-86—179

Lee Braem    90-90—180

Wayne Voyce 87-95—182

Wayne Hansen  92-90—182

Tom Fenton 94-90—184

Cliff Wakefield    90-95—185

Jeff DeGarmo 99-86—185

Andrew Schoeder     96-93—189

David Bitter            99-93—192

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