Kolberg Crowned NewsChannel 7 Golf Classic Champ

By: WSAW Sports Email
By: WSAW Sports Email
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The 53rd edition of the NewsChannel 7 Golf Classic is in the books, with history being made in both The Classic and Senior Men's at Bass Lake Golf Course.

Kyle Kolberg of Indianhead G.C. took home The Classic title, shooting a 70 on Sunday, 142 for the tournament. Kolberg began Sunday six shots back of first round leader Brian Krueger from Riverdale G.C. Kolberg won by three shots and his six-shot come from behind victory was the largest in tournament history.

Krueger had a tournament record setting 66 on Saturday giving him a three shot lead heading into Sunday's final day, but a day two 79 sent him to his fourth career runner-up finish.

This year's tournament also featured two hole-in-ones.

Jim Teymer from Eagle River G.C. shot the Classic's ninth hole-in-one on Saturday, the first since 1996.

2011 Senior champ Mark Heiting of Greenwood Hills C.C. followed up with the second hole-in-one in as many days and tenth in Classic history on Sunday.

Both were shot on the eighth hole.

In the Senior Men's, Joe Mertens of Greenwood Hills C.C. was crowned champion on Friday, edging out defending champ from Bullseye C.C. Rick Miller by one stroke. Miller double bogeyed 16 on Friday, and Mertens calmly sank a 12-foot par put on 18 to clinch his first career championship.

On Friday, the players had to endure two rain delays that totaled more than two hours. Saturday and Sunday was unseasonably cool and damp, but play was never halted during The Classic.

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