Previewing This Year's NC7 Golf Classic and a Look Back at Last Year's Finish

By: Ryan Wing Email
By: Ryan Wing Email

The 2011 edition of the NewsChannel 7 Golf Classic is just a few days away.

This year the event will call Greenwood Hills home.

You couldn't have written a better script for the 50th annual NewsChannel 7 Golf Classic at Wausau Country Club last year.

Alex Molski trailed by one heading to the final hole when he made birdie to force only the 6th playoff in Golf Classic history.

"Group of people around number 18 green, pretty pressure putt and I made it to send it into a playoff. That was actually one of the best feelings I've had," Alex Molski said.

Eventual champion Derek Hilmershausen had finished five groups before the final group and couldn't stand to watch the last hole.

"I just didn't want to sit there and wait and watch and I was pacing inside the clubhouse and just kinda waiting for everything to get done," Derek Hilmershausen said.

Molski and Hilmershausen then headed to the par 3 17th for the first playoff hole.

Derek holed his putt from just off the green, while Alex's putt came up just a few inches short, making Derek the champion.

"Golf is golf and he made it from off the green. Then you sit there and say you gotta make it. I left it short and you should never leave a putt short," Molski said.

"I don't think I appreciated it as much last year when I first won it, but after thinking about it, just seeing some of the names that won it and stuff like that, it really started to sink in a few weeks after and made me feel pretty good," Hilmershausen said.

There's always pressure that comes with being defending champion, but that pressure is amplified even more since Greenwood Hills is Derek's home course.

"I know where not to hit it and what clubs to hit off certain tees and stuff like that. It can be a good thing or a bad thing, but I'm really hoping it'll work out for the better," Hilmershausen said.

Fans won't get the chance to see Alex play at this year's classic since he has turned professional and is no longer eligible.

But Derek will be there looking to defend his title.

"I'm just going to go out there and take the same approach I did last year and just go play golf and hopefully it works out," Hilmershausen said.

If the 51st version of the Golf Classic is anything like the 50th, golf fans are in for a treat.

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