Not every player who participated in the TRGA season opener at Fox Hollow is in mid-season form yet, but it's obvious that players have had more chances to practice this spring. Competitors enjoyed a beautiful day and took advantage of it with some solid scoring.
In the men's championship division, Tom McClintock, one of the top amateurs in Wisconsin, fired a one-over-par 71 to hold off three players at 72. That group included University of Wisconsin players Ben Skogen and Michael Abrahamson and Viroqua native Troy Dobbe. McClintock earned the win finishing the last three holes one under par.
The men's first flight provided the most fireworks of the day. Joe Loomis chipped in for eagle on the 18th hole to get into a three-way playoff with Kevin Groth and Mike Harris. All three players finished at 75. But Groth won the sudden death playoff which lasted two holes. Groth parred hole number two.
In the second flight Jeremiah Shimshak picked up where he left off last season. Shimshak played steady golf all day with one birdie, finishing with a 77—one stroke in front of Danny Jones.
Speaking of steady, Mark Werner was exactly that in the third flight. Werner carded 13 fours on his way to an 81. Bruce Nordstrom was three shots behind at 84.
Harper Taggart's 78 was two strokes better than Tim Smeija in fourth flight. Taggart's birdie on the par-3 17th hole gave him the cushion he needed going to the final hole.
In the fifth flight, Pat Rice outdueled Steve Crogan. Rice finished with an 86. Crogan shot 88.
Terry Thomas was the winner in the women's championship division. Thomas fired an impressive 38 on the front nine and finished with an 83. Lynn Lenz was second with 86.
And Sue Moore captured the women's flighted division shooting a net 72.