GOLF: Reed claims third Indian Springs club championship
Neither Matt Reed nor Bruce Daskivich will claim he played his best golf Sunday.
However, they were at the top of the pack at the Indian Springs Golf and Country Club Championship, and they engaged in a daylong back-and-forth duel that resulted in Reed winning his third title at the VFW course.
The course manager, Reed shot a 3-over-par 74 in Sunday’s second and final round and overcame a one-stroke deficit entering the day to beat Daskivich by one stroke. Reed finished at 2-over 144.
Cathy Bloom cruised to the women’s title, following her first-round 76 with an 81, good for a 32-stroke victory.
The top men’s pair was off pace from the first round, when Daskivich shot a 69 and Reed a 70, but no one from the field closed the gap. Third-place finisher Eric Vargo finished at 157, 12 back of Daskivich, allowing the leaders to do battle head-to-head.
“Neither of us played all that well, but still, when you know you’re either one up, one down or tied, you just continue to plug away,” Daskivich said. “It doesn’t really matter how you’re playing; you’ve got a match going on.”
Daskivich gave up his lead right away when he three-putted on No. 1 and went out of bounds on No. 2. He evened things up by the time they reached the back nine. Daskivich pulled ahead by a stroke two more times, and Reed did it once, but the match was knotted three more times, the last instance on No. 17 going into the final hole.
Reed’s drive on No. 18 was true, settling right on the fringe. Daskivich didn’t get quite as close and, in desperation, sailed the green with a chip. Reed safely putted for par to win.
Reed also won club championships in 2007 and 2008.
“It’s always fun,” he said. “We play with these guys a lot throughout the year. It’s competitive. Everybody wants to win. Then again, it’s enjoyable. It’s kind of like another weekend. … It’s peaceful out there, but also hectic when we come back in here. But it was good.”
Reed didn’t pick pin placements or anything related to the course, but he did have plenty of other work to do in organizing the players and handing out prizes, even if he earned the biggest one.
“Today I worked in the pro shot until about 12:25, 5 minutes before my tee time, and ran down and hit a couple balls, but I don’t usually hit balls before I play anyway, so it really didn’t matter,” Reed said.
“(Working at the course) is better than having to sit around. I was busy all day, so I didn’t really think about (the championship).”
Rob Nymick followed up his first-round 71 with a 76 to beat Craig Ciranni by two strokes for the first flight championship. Other flight winners were: Bud Polenik, second; Ryan Lightcap, third; Mike Tedeschi, fourth; Dave Kensey, fifth; and Leroy Putt, sixth. John Angelo won the junior championship.