Werkmeister picks up his first Club Car Senior Open Title

BATTLE CREEK –    Tom Werkmeister, professional from Grandville, MI competing in his second Senior Open since turning 50 last year, followed up his opening round of 67 with another 67 today to give him a 1 shot victory and his first Club Car Senior Open title.

Heading into the day Tom was tied with Robert Matthiesen, amateur from Mason, MI, who also shot 67 on Tuesday. Tom got off to a fast start and helped separate himself from the field with a (-5) under par 31 on the front.

Playing in his first Senior Open Championship Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & CC made a charge today with the low round of the tournament (-6) under par 66. Scott and Tom were both tied at -9 for the tournament with two holes to play.

After bogeys on #10 and #12 Tom steadied his round with birdies at #14 and a clutch birdie on the tough par 3 17th hole. With a two putt par at the last Tom clinched his first Senior Open title, finishing at -10 for the tournament, one shot ahead of Scott.

Matthiesen finishes as the low amateur of the event, finishing at (-5 for the tournament) and tied for 3rd overall with Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate.

Tom said that as of last year he always puts the Club Car Senior Open on his schedule between his Champions Tour Qualifiers and other events and enjoys the golf course. Tom will be traveling overseas next week to participate in the British Senior Open Qualifying.

It was an exciting finish in the 65 and older super senior division as Ian Harris, amateur from Bloomfield, MI defeated PGA Life Members Ron English and Randy Erskine in a playoff. Ian birdied the first playoff hole to clinch the victory. All 3 players finished at (-3) 141 for the tournament.

A field of 118 decorated golfers, including PGA Professionals, top amateurs, sixteen Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and thirteen past champions, participated this year in this Club Car Senior Open at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

   Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of six courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo including the new Stoatin Brae course. Bedford Valley 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.

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