Brian Cairns wins the 2016 Club Car Senior Open

BATTLE CREEK – It took one extra hole to decide the winner as Brian Cairns, PGA Professional from the Fox Hills Learning Center made birdie to win the playoff and capture  first Club Car Senior Open title.

With the tough windy, rainy conditions in the afternoon you knew anything could happen. Dennis Smoker ,amateur from Coldwater, MI and our first round leader continued his steady play for most of the day and had it to (-5) under for the tournament with 5 holes to play. After the weather delay Dennis bogeyed #15 and made double bogey at #17, dropping him back to (-2) under for the tournament. His birdie putt at #18 just missed, forcing the playoff with Brian Cairns, who battled back by making birdie at #18 to finish at (-2).

Joining Brian and Dennis in the playoff was Steve Wakulsky, PGA Professional from Owosso Country Club who finished strong going (-1) under in his last 3 in  the tough conditions and shooting 73 today to put him at (-2), 142 total as well.

With the bad weather still looming to start the playoff Brian hit his approach to 5 feet and made the birdie putt at the par 5 16th hole to win the championship on the first playoff hole. Brian takes home $2,800 and his first Club Car Senior Open title.

It was Dave Kempner, amateur from Ann Arbor, MI who followed up his first round of 72 with a 74 on Wednesday to win  the Super Senior ( 65 +) Division in this event. Dave’s 146 total was good enough for a one shot victory over PGA Professional, Paul Haase from the Kendall Academy. Paul finished up with a nice even par round of 72 on  Wednesday after a 75 in the first round.

A field of 114 decorated golfers, including PGA Professionals, top amateurs, seven Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and 10 past champions made up the field this year at the  2016 Club Car Senior Open  at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

We would like to thank our host site Bedford Valley Golf Club as well as our sponsor Club Car and US Golf Cars.

Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of five courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. It was a 2008-2009 Best Places to Play selection by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named the Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

It was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and purchased by the Scott Family of Gull Lake View in 1988. The classic parkland design is known locally as “The Big Course” and features big greens, bunkers and fairways lined with large oak trees.

Bedford Valley has hosted several of the state’s top tournaments including the Michigan Open, multiple Michigan Senior Opens, the Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior, the Michigan Publinx State Match Play and the NCAA Division III National Championship.

For final results click HERE

 

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