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Mathes untouchable in OC club championship

Mathes untouchable in OC club championship
Mathes untouchable in OC club championship
Jon Mathes watches his drive on the 15th hole in Sunday's final round of the Old Capital Club Championship. Mathes won his first club title by nine strokes over 33-time title holder Jack Miles. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Someone finally stepped on Superman’s cape on Sunday at the Old Capital Club Championship.
Jon Mathes, the runner-up last year, demolished the field by shooting a two-day total of 141, which was three under par and nine strokes better than his next-closest competitor. On Saturday he shot a 71 and came back with a 70 on Sunday.
Paired in the final group with Mathes were 33-time champion Jack Miles and always-tough Kevin Nash, but neither proved to be much of a threat.
Mathes opened with two birdies on the first four holes and never looked back as the normally unflappable Miles and Nash posted uncharacteristic high numbers during their front nine.
After marking a birdie on the third hole of the day, Miles followed back-to-back bogeys with a double-bogey seven on the par-5 sixth hole. Nash had his own struggles with bogeys on Nos. 2, 3 and 6, a double on 7, and one last bogey on No. 9.
Both Miles and Nash hit their drives on the par-5 sixth far to the right, which led to their lofty scores on the hole.
‘Winning the first one is great, but in a way I feel bad for Jack and Kevin because of the day they had. Those guys are tough. I was extremely surprised that they played that bad. It was a nice day, but I feel sorry for them, too. It’s nice to win, but it’s unfortunate to win that way.’ Mathes said. ‘I figured with Jack only being one over after the first day, he’s capable of shooting a 68 or a 69, which would mean that I’d have to shoot another 71 to stay in it.’
Mathes, who plays against Nash, Miles and Bud Bennett every weekend, said having the big lead was an added bonus.
‘If it’s a one- or two-shot advantage, the knees start to buckle, and you have to really focus. I’m very comfortable playing against (Nash and Miles), so I was able to just relax and continue to play the way I’d been playing,’ Mathes explained.
The champion was the only player in the championship flight to shoot better in his second round.
‘For the longer hitters, the difference between the blue tees and black tees isn’t that much. I’m either going to have a full wedge into a green or a half-wedge,’ Mathes said. ‘I hit the ball better yesterday, but I hit more putts today and that was the biggest difference. Today my putter was hot, I hit a couple of three- or four-foot putts to save par and then hit a couple of seven- or eight-footers for birdie that weren’t falling yesterday.’
Larry Harmon, who tied for second but lost in a card-playoff to Miles, had back-to-back 75s for third place.
Miles hit an 18-footer on the final hole for a birdie to tie Harmon.
Both Nash and Miles played more to their capabilities on the second nine as both penciled 38s.
Nash finished fourth with a total of 154, Kerry Zimmerman had a 157 for fifth, Scott Schmitt was sixth with a 158, and Darin Ward was seventh with a 160. Rounding out the championship flight were Bob Glordan with a 161 and Bennett with a 165.
Betty Palone defended her championship by firing an 80 and an 81 to win by 16 shots over Linda Davis. Karen Breeden brought home third.
In the other flights, Pat Palone won the First Flight with a 154, defeating Kevin Evans (156) and Alan Hess (157). Mike Kochert took the Second Flight over Mick Saulman, 161-164. David Smith was third with a 165. Steve Hauswald bested Monty Miller by two strokes, 183-185, with Alan Beckman in third. In the First Flight for the Womens’ Championship, Monica Harmon won by six shots over Sue Glordan, 188-194. Christie Ledford was third with a 196.
Old Capital Club Championship
(par 72-72-144)

Championship Flight
Jon Mathes 70-71’141
Jack Miles 77-73’150
Larry Harmon 75-75’150
Kevin Nash 80-74’154
Kerry Zimmerman 80-77’157
Scott Schmitt 83-75’158
Darin Ward 84-76’160
Bob Glordan 84-77’161
Bud Bennett 90-75’165
Curtis Eskew 77-WD
First Flight
Pat Palone 75-79’154
Kevin Evans 78-78’156
Alan Hess 77-80’157
Shaunti Fondrisi 80-79’159
Jim Kerr 80-79’159
Alex Zimmerman 80-79’159
Bill Glass 81-79’160
Tim Coffman 82-81’163
Tony Lacey 86-81’167
Gary Headrick 86-81’167
Richard Timberlake 86-81’167
Curt Jordan 87-81’168
Roger Miller 90-80’170
Scott Glordan 81-WD
Second Flight
Mike Kochert 79-82’161
Mick Saulman 82-82’164
David Smith 82-83’165
Ed Abner 86-83’169
Brent Martin 78-91’169
Bill Davis 86-84’170
Wayne Loney 87-86’173
Ken Bailey 87-87’174
Nevin Ledford 86-92’178
Rick Pflanz 96-83’179
Gerald Carpenter 96-87’183
Tom Conway 100-88’188
Bob Clark 114-90’204
Third Flight
Steve Hauswald 88-95’183
Monty Miller 85-100’185
Alan Beckman 85-101’186
Frank Kemp 92-95’187
Allens Gilbert 91-96’187
Larry White 90-99’189
Ron Timberlake 90-100’190
Gary Wood 92-100’192
Carl Smith 92-100’192
Marty Cook 95-101’196
Lennie Smith 92-104’196
Bill Coleman 95-104’199
Wayne Darnall 92-110’202
Betty Palone 81-80’161
Linda Davis 82-95’177
Karen Breeden 93-96’189
Christi Darnall 117-94’211
Lynn Finn 83-WD
First Flight
Monica Harmon 91-97’188
Sue Glordan 97-97’194
Christi Ledford 92-104’196
Jean Pflanz 99-105’204
Cecelia Emmons 98-109’207
Janice Eurton 115-105’220
Sandy Kochert 109-117’226