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Westby defends Rugby men’s club title

By Staff | Aug 11, 2009

Randy Westby wasn’t ready to relinquish the Rugby men’s club title just yet.

The defending club champion topped Keith Duchscher 3 and 2 in the finals of the match play championship flight on Aug. 9,and became a five-time winner of the tournament.

Westby, who won titles in 1991, 2003, 2005 and again last year, also became the first back-to-back champion in a decade.

He was seeded No. 1 in the eight-player championship flight, defeating No. 8 seed Brett McAtee in the first round and then No. 5 Rob Hovland in the semifinals.

Duchscher reached the championship for a third straight year by topping No. 6 Rick Bruggeman in the first round and No. 2 Corey Espe in the semifinals.

Espe, who carded a five-over round of 78 to earn medalist and low handicap honors in the 18-hole qualifier a day earlier, finished third, defeating Hovland. Bruggeman rallied for fifth place.

Other flights

Daniel Gannarelli won the first flight, defeating Lance Zietz in the championship match. Gannarelli needed to rally in his semifinal match over Randy Deckert. He opened with a win over Dan Schneider. Zietz reached the finals with match wins over Byron Nilsen and Kendall Schieve.

Craig Wollenburg won the second flight, defeating Jeff Duchscher in the finals. Wollenburg topped Jim Lake and Bob Stenson en route to the finals. Duchscher won matches over Mark Gunville and Brian Burke.

In the third flight, Ron Burgard defeated Eugene Volk in the finals. Burgard opened with a win over Chuck Duchscher and then Ray Uhlenkamp in the semis. Volk defeated Mark Hamilton in round one and then Duane Paul in the semifinals. Complete tournament scores are below.

Notes: Westby now trails only Carlan Kraft (7 championships) for most club titles…The last champion to successfully defend his crown was Russ Schell (1998-1999)…Play was suspended about 30 minutes on Aug. 9 due to rain…No. 4 championship flight seed Jesse Hofstrand of Leeds withdrew after his first round loss to Rob Hovland.

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