Call Wins Second CGA Stroke Play Title on Last Hole

When the dust settled at the end of the CGA State Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Buffalo Run Golf Course, fittingly it was a Buffalo that remained standing. University of Colorado Buffalo Matt Call of Omni Interlocken (pictured) went into the final hole, the par-5 18th, tied for the lead at 2-under with six other players. One of those players, current CGA Match Play champ Todd Vernon of Meridian Golf Club, was in Call’s final group. Call’s drive found the fairway, but Vernon’s drive found the right rough. Vernon’s second shot went left and found the hazard, and he would bogie the hole. Call’s second shot, with a four-iron, landed hole-high on the right collar of the green. He chipped up to within seven feet of the hole, and faced that birdie putt to avoid a five-way playoff and win the championship outright. With the same confident stroke that had gotten him to this point over the last 71 holes, Call sank the putt for a final round 70 and a 285 total to win by one-stroke. Call won this prestigious event in 1998 with a birdie on the first playoff hole against last year’s champion Rick DeWitt of West Woods Golf Club. In 2000 he did it again with a birdie, but this time to avoid a playoff with DeWitt who tied for second at 286.

Also tied for second were; Erik Billinger of Sunset Golf Course, who got there with a final round 68, Tommy Hart of Los Verdes Golf Club, and Robert Stephenson of Collindale Golf Course. Joining Vernon at 287 and tied for third were Nick Davey and Matt Genovese of Boulder Country Club. 1977 champion, John Olive of Broadmoor Golf Club, was in contention until he faltered on the final two holes (played them 3-over) and finished at even-par 288.

Matt Call, Omni Interlocken GC, 73-72-70-70–285
Erik Billinger, Sunset GC, 71-70-77-68–286
Tommy Hart, Los Verdes GC, 73-71-72-70–286
Robert Stephenson, Collindale GC, 75-71-70-70–286
Rick DeWitt, West Woods GC, 71-73-72-70–286
Nick Davey, Boulder CC, 72-70-75-70–287
Todd Vernon, Meridian GC, 71-72-71-73–287
Matt Genovese, Boulder CC, 69-73-72-73–287
John Olive, Broadmoor GC, 71-71-75-71–288
James Kurtenbach, South Suburban GC, 76-69-77-68–290
Nolan Martin, Ft. Carson GC, 73-75-74-68–290
Jared Jewett, Meridian GC, 75-70-74-71–290
Matt Parkin, Hyland Hills GC, 77-71-70-72–290
Stephen Carroll, Flatirons GC, 71-71-74-74–290
Marty Jertson, Gleneagle GC, 70-78-73-70–291
Bret Guetz, Columbine CC, 75-69-72-75–291
Matt Zions, Flatirons GC, 73-75-71-73–292
Bill Fowler, Rolling Hills CC, 71-73-79-71–294
Geoff Keffer, Willis Case GC, 70-74-76-75–295
Ray Makloski, Pueblo CC, 72-69-75-79–295
Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch GC, 74-71-73-79–297
Patrick Bowe, Hyland Hills GC, 75-74-75-74–298
Rick George, Castle Pines GC, 76-72-74-76–298
Chris Ellis, Flatirons GC, 75-74-70-79–298
Charlie Luther, Meadow Hills GC, 77-71-74-78–300
John Hulwick, Pinehurst CC, 73-75-74-79–301
Dean Clapp, Meadow Hills GC, 74-73-83-73–303
Shawn Mercer, Los Verdes GC, 72-76-77-78–303
Douglas Rouse, Hiwan GC, 79-71-75-78–303
Jim Grubbs, Canterberry GC, 77-76-73-77″”303
Brandon Tompkins, Ft. Collins CC, 75-72-75-83–305
John Buffalo, Walking Stick GC, 73-78-76-79–306
Jason Rauzi, Green Gables CC, 77-72-79-79–307
Richard Ronning, Lakewood CC, 78-73-76-80–307
Christian Sanchez, Coal Creek GC, 76-76-77-79–308
Matt McCoy, Legacy Ridge GC, 81-72-78-80–311
Chad Hanson, Sunset GC, 76-76-77-82–311
Sean McAllister, Columbine CC, 77-73-74-NS–NS
Frank Fager, Pinery CC, 74-75-WD–WD
David R. Brown, Wellshire GC, 75-77-WD–WD

Jeffrey Hanson, Sunset GC, 78-Cut 76
Josh Koschke, Hyland Hills GC, 77-Cut 77
Corey Allen, Sunset GC, 78-Cut 76
Dan Hernon, Red Rocks CC, 78-Cut 76
David Gross, Flatirons GC, 77-Cut 78
Michael Glaesel, Indian Tree GC, 79-Cut 76
John Turyn, Meridian GC, 77-Cut 78
Anthony Giarratano, Castle Pines CC, 80-Cut 75
Gary Kephart, Eisenhower GC, 77-Cut 78
Edward Kerr, Pelican Lakes GC, 78-Cut 78
Todd Novak, Vail GC, 82-Cut 74
Chuck Schmidt, Mira Vista GC, 80-Cut 76
Thomas Livingston, CC of Colorado, 83-Cut 73
Ron Platz, Loveland GC, 79-Cut 77
Arnold Hoy, Mountain View GC, 77-Cut 79
Nathan Winn, Yampa Valley GC, 78-Cut 79
Henry Bissell, Wellshire GC, 75-Cut 82
Chris Garehime, Columbine CC, 77-Cut 80
Randy Gaddis, Lone Tree GC, 80-Cut 78
Clint Dudley, Twin Peaks GC, 81-Cut 77
Jim Bristow, Meadow Hills GC, 80-Cut 78
Scott McTaggart, Ute Creek GC, 79-Cut 80
Mark Spenner, Hyland Hills GC, 81-Cut 78
Matt Hart, Los Verdes GC, 86-Cut 74
Alex Bidelman, Valley CC, 80-Cut 80
Grant Porter, Mountain View GC, 78-Cut 82
Jack Sayers, Gleneagle GC, 80-Cut 80
Todd Burgess, Meadows GC, 80-Cut 80
James Richardson, South Suburban GC, 77-Cut 84
Bob Chandler, Westwoods GC, 83-Cut 78
Chris Hill, Saddle Rock GC, 84-Cut 79
Kenneth Murray, GC Colorado, 86-Cut 77
D.J. Groetken, Buffalo Run GC, 76-Cut 87
Mark Fowler, Fox Hill CC, 83-Cut 83
Joe Miller, Wellshire GC, 84-Cut 83
Eric Keller, Fox Hollow GC, 85-Cut 87
Jeff Smith, Buffalo Run GC, 95-Cut 88
Nick Babl, Twin Peaks GC, 76-NC–NC
Mark Hirsch, Meadow Hills GC, 78-NC–NC
David Delich, Broadmoor GC, 78-NC–NC
Bob Schuler, Pinehurst CC, 82-NC–NC
Javier Maes, Willis Case GC, 87-NC–NC
Hubert Forbes, Applewood GC, 93-NC–NC
Perry Rickel, Meridian GC, WD
Kevin Keckler, Twin Peaks GC, NC
Smith Tonahill, Columbine CC, NS

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