Mattingly first to sweep New Salisbury summer tournaments
Standing at the No. 18 tee box Sunday, the final foursome thought they knew where they stood in relation to one another on the leader board. Kyle Mattingly, Kevin Nash and Dan Beckovich were believed to be tied, and first-day leader Matt Reynolds was two shots back.
Their thoughts were wrong; Mattingly held a one-stroke lead over the other three competitors in the New Salisbury Invitational.
Off the tee, Reynolds put his shot on the front center of the green on the 286-yard par-4. Nash and Beckovich went left, needing to navigate through trees on their second shots. Mattingly’s tee shot landed just short of the green, allowing for an easier chip.
‘I thought it was an advantage going last,’ Mattingly said about teeing off on No. 18. ‘I could sit back and watch where the guys in front of me went. If they went out of bounds, I could go down the middle.’
Mattingly did launch a drive down the middle, setting up a chip shot that landed within three feet of the cup. Reynolds missed his lengthy eagle putt, and Beckovich finished out with a par and Nash a double bogey.
‘The chip was pretty easy from that spot,’ Mattingly said. ‘I didn’t miss a putt within three feet all day. The problem was I couldn’t make one outside that.’
Mattingly tapped his short putt in to win his first New Salisbury Invitational title. The local golfer also won the New Salisbury Membership title earlier in the summer, and is the first to win both plaques in the same year.
Mattingly finished the final round with a one-under par 69. He shot a 71 on Saturday, to finish even par for the event.
Reynolds finished second after holding the lead at the end of the first day. He shot a 69 Saturday, and followed it with a 72, one shot back of Mattingly. Beckovich finished third with a two-day total of 142. Nash took fourth with a 144.
‘I had a great time,’ Mattingly said of playing in the final group. ‘We all got a long real well.’
Mattingly took a two-stroke lead into the 16th hole. The par-3 gave him trouble, taking a double bogey, allowing Beckovich to draw even with him and Nash and Reynolds within one. Beckovich later bogeyed the 17th hole, prompting the wild finish.
‘I thought I blew it on 16,’ Mattingly said. ‘It was a solid day except that hole.’
Mattingly said this summer he focused on improving his overall game and anticipates possibly participating in amateur events next year. He has only played three tournaments this year, winning both New Salisbury events and participating in Corydon’s Old Capital Invitational.
Rounding out the championship flight were Alan Reed (146), Zack Davis (146), Matt Key (147) and Ross Schulz (147). Matt Bruce, a member of North Harrison’s golf team, shot a 144 including a 69 on Sunday, but is ineligible for prizes.
Jared Arledge won the first flight, carding a 74 on Sunday. He finished with a two-day total of 151. Steve Smith (152) finished second followed by Tim Coffman (153) in third.
In the second flight, Buck Robinson won a tie-breaker over Greg Robinson for the win. Both competitors shot 157 for the tournament. Bob Trevree was third with a 160.
Ronnie Tuell won the third flight by five strokes over second-place finisher Steve Boone. Tuell carded a 170 and Boone a 175. Scott Armstrong placed third with a 180.
Prizes were provided by Schmidt Cabinets, Robertson Insurance Co., Jacobi Sales and Robinson Crushed Stone.
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Championship Flight ‘ 1. Kyle Mattingly (71-69–140), 2. Matt Reynolds (69-72–141), 3. Dan Beckovich (72-70–142), 4. Kevin Nash (70-74–144), 5. Alan Reed (75-71–146), 6. Zack Davis (72-74–146), 7t. Ross Schulz (71-76–147), 7t. Matt Key (72-75–147), 9. Jerry Uhl (74-74–148), 10. Jon Schmidt (71-79–150), 11. L.C. Nash (74-79–153), *Matt Bruce (75-69–144).
* ineligible for prize
First Flight ‘ 1. Jared Arledge (77-74–151), 2. Steve Smith (77-75–152), 3. Tim Coffman (77-76–153), 4. David Smith (78-76–154), 5. Jeff Kruer (77-77–154), 6. Jeff Schmidt (80-77–157), 7. Mike Jones (78-79–157), 8. Jeremy Tuell (78-80–158), 9. Bill Popp (81-80–161), 10. Bob Morris (81-83–164), 11. Charles Biggs (81-84–165), *Chris Worrell (77-75–152).
* ineligible for prize
Second Flight ‘ 1. *Buck Robinson (83-74–157), 2. Greg Robinson (84-73–157), 3. Bob Trevree (83-77–160), 4. Gene Robinson (82-80–162), 5. Les Long (83-79–162), 6. Carl Smith (83-80–163), 7t. Russell Alexander (82-81–163), 7t. Rob Higdon (82-81–163), 7t. Steve Decker (82-81–163), 10. Bill Uhl (85-79–164), 11. Bill Schieder (85-83–168), 12t. Ryan Coffman (83-87–170), 12t. Kevin Decker (83-87–170), 14. Vergil Biggs (82-92–174).
Third Flight ‘ 1. Ronnie Tuell (86-84–170), 2. Steve Boone (87-88–175), 3. Scott Armstrong (94-86–180), 4. Henry Shafer (94-88–182), 5. Stanley Shelman (86-100–186), 6. Larry Jones (98-88–186), 7. Tom Conway (94-93–187), 8. Scott Brown (89-99–188), 9. Brandon Heilig (94-95–189), 10. Kent Lance (98-94–192), 11. Trevor Cauler (96-98–194), 12. Bill Perez (100-116–216).